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SOCS: Food glorious food

October 9, 2011

Oh food, how I adore thee. Am writing this post from what I consider to be one of the best places to eat in the USA, Charleston, SC. The options are limitless, and it seems that as you walk the historic part of the town the smells that waft onto the street tease your nose with hints of the treats that wait within.

Charleston has it’s own vibe. Elegance mixed with hoodies and flip-flops. Little alleyways that are cobblestone that have music and laughter spilling out of narrow doors with the spicy scent of shrimp and grits. Busy main streets with restaurants on every corner that promise everything from local produce to sushi worthy of LA. Pastries, beer joints, and what may be my favorite diner breakfast. I’ll get back to healthy on Tuesday. It’s been a couple of hours, I need a bite.


SOCS: Its the little things, and how to deal

October 2, 2011

As a SAHD over the last 17 months, I have learned things about myself and how I handle the little things.  I am still learning.  In the work outside the home world, when things are flying all over and 15 people are pulling you in 20 directions, you can get by with closing your door for 5 minutes and breathing.  Being at home requires the same thing sometimes, and you have to allow yourself to do that.

This morning, the prompt for this post occurred.  Laundry day, along with two projects The Kid has due tomorrow, and a host of Sunday afternoon activities to attend, the washer is not starting.  Clothes loaded, soap in, and buttons pushed, all for nothing.  Error codes abound.  Earlier in life, this may have resulted in a good old adult meltdown, but being with The Kid has prompted me to just roll with things a little better.  Make it work.  So I may have to wash some unmentionables by hand.  I suggested to Wife that the dishwasher is available, but she didn’t think that was as funny as I did.

So rolling with the little bumps that happen day to day.  I am learning that it doesn’t spell the end of the world.  We all have clean undies for tomorrow.



The List of an Accident Prone person

September 30, 2011

This post from the lovely and gracious Katt, has a blurb on it about her dumbest injuries.  Well, after reading that, and making a comment, she challenged me to list my forays into idiocy, that may or may not have resulted in a trip to the local ER.  Over my lifetime, in various incarnations, I have had 120 or so stitches, but the only bones I have broken have been various toes, and a finger on my left hand.

My accident prone ability has led me to injure myself in unique ways:

– Had a 1.5 inch finish nail driven into hand by gas powered nailer.  The nail hit a knot in the wood I was nailing and did a u-turn, right into my hand.  (Adult age)

– Tripped over a dog while running around in driveway, and fell into side of house.  Corner made of rough brick met my head.  Had to have that one stitched up.  (Child age)

– Fell off moving vehicle on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC.  On Easter Weekend, at the old beach music festival they had there in the 80’s.  I have road rash scars in various places.  (college, need I say more?)

– Sliced small part of thumb off chopping an onion.  (Adult)

– Dumped FULL pot of freshly made coffee onto self as a 5 year old.  The day after my mom came home from hospital after giving birth to my brother.  2nd & 3rd degree burns.  (Child)

– No real feeling in pads of 4 fingers on left hand, as I burnt them on a bread pan at work.  (Adult)

There are others, that may or may not be wise to tell about here…  Some stories are best left for in person telling.


Wordless Wednesday

September 21, 2011

This will represent a happy spot


September 15, 2011
by Paul Jones

Oh, well, hi blog, its been a while.  Yes I have not posted but you know, sometimes the words just can’t form thoughts that I want to put out for public consumption.  Think of it as a brain full of stuff, yet you cant get a door open to haul it out.

On stuff, I am feeling the need to purge.  I get this way sometimes, and I start looking around the house and just want to pick it up, shake it out, and get rid of things and start fresh.  Dumping.  I want less.  However impractical that is, and now as soon as the family reads this I will be locked in a room to protect myself from me!

Anyway, I get these feelings that I hold on to things longer than I should.  Is it a sign of procrastination?  The “Oh put it here in this stack so I will deal with it later.”  Or is it a lifetime of Boy Scout training in “Be Prepared”, so if you have something you might need down the road, you do not throw it out?  Where is the happy medium?

You are not going to see us on Hoarders, so do not get your hopes up, but there are things around that we just do not use, and someone else might have a need for.  Hence the waffling back and forth of “Do I need this, REALLY?” will start to play out.  I might start with the easy stuff.  Magazines, and papers.  They have dates.  They have uses (taxes, etc.) What is not needed can recycle.  Paper makes up a generous amount of clutter, and getting shed of it really shows accomplishment.  Paper piles in the recycle bin is tangible proof of decluttering.  Can it work for a brain too?

Quiet, in a form…

August 25, 2011

Quiet.  It is what was the first thing I noticed yesterday, after getting back from the carpool lane.  The Kid started 6th grade yesterday, after a summer of putting up with me!  I think, in his own little way, he was happy to be back in the school environs.

The house was eerily quiet, as the dogs were all outside snoozing in the cool morning air.  The only noise were the constant motor hums of appliances and the A/C.  No movement, no kid laughter.  At first, it was a little unsettling, and then it washes over me, and I relax.  The nervousness I chose not to admit I was having about his first day back went away.

Then the OhMyWordThatsBig to do list waved at me.  But the silence was both relaxing, and inspiring.

Wordless Wednesday

August 3, 2011

Because I just can’t find words these days…

Food Truck in Rhodes, Greece

Wordless Wednesday, a link to photos of the Trip

July 27, 2011

Go Here to see all the photos we took on the trip.  Start with the last folder, as they are in reverse date order!  Have fun browsing.


I will post a different folder up with the photos that are the best as a permanent album.


Kusadasi, Part Two

July 14, 2011

Ephesus at one time was a teeming port city with 250,000 people in the area. The library was once the 3rd largest in the world. Seeing the remnants of everything from the public toilets to the market place stalls, to the brothels was to be able to step back into a cradle of modern civilization, feeling the influence on our present day. One of the most fascinating parts was the tour of the Terrace Houses. These are actual homes, owned by the wealthy merchants and parliamentarians. These were highly privileged people, and these homes rival the best of the McMansions of today.




We were fortunate to have a private guide for this tour. He took us through Ephesus, and also to the Temple of the House of Mary, a sacred spot for both Christians and Muslims. This is quite possibly the final place of Mary, mother of Jesus, stayed and died. It is overseen by nuns from the Franciscan Order, and has been visited by many Popes and other high ranking people. It was quite a moving place.

With the benefit of the guide, we were treated to lunch at a typical diner, the Turkish version of the lunch counter/cafeteria in the states. The main difference, however, is that the owners grow most of the veggies used, and also have their own olive groves, and press their own oils. They know their butchers, and the meats they get are superb. Eggplant and artichokes are grown in Turkey, and the use of them in local dishes reflects that.

One other little fun note about Kusadasi Turkey, there is a preponderance of storks. They are everywhere in the city, roosting on ruins and rooftops. Quite lovely to see. They are plentiful, but not the nuisance that the resident Canadian Geese are in North Carolina.

I was enthralled by the people and places we saw in Turkey. It is a lovely place, the people are very warm, and inviting. Their hospitality towards visitors is divine, and their passions are great.


Notes from the Trip; Kusadasi, Turkey

July 13, 2011

History is the name of this stop.  Many things are unique about this former little fishing village, that now boasts the second largest bazaar in Turkey, to the Castillo de Santa Catalina, a Genoese castle that was constructed in the 13th Century, that has the claim to fame of being used by the pirate Barbarossa.

IMG_4253(Castle, a Mosque, and the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, which was larger than the Parthenon, in Athens)

Tourism has caused Kusadasi’s exponential growth.  With its proximity to Ephesus and the entire Aegean coast, it is a hub that distributes people to what they want out of a vacation.  This area was settled by Ionian Greeks in 10th century BC, and the influence is apparent today.  This area is the beginning battle zones for the Greek-Persian wars, and out of that is thought to be the home area for Homer.

We traveled over the same paths that were traveled by important figures such as Apostle Paul, Mary, and others over the last 4 millennia. Early artifacts from Ephesus indicate settlements as far back as 2000 BC.  Thriving communities of Greeks, then the Romans used and built upon layers of civilizations. Through political and natural turmoil, earthquakes and finally the silting in of  the main river leading from the sea, effectively sealing off the port, and cancelling the trade.  That caused abandonment of the areas and plunder by all sorts of peoples.  Evidences of the re-use of columns and things throughout other structures today show a leaning towards recycling, even by the Romans and other settlers.

Standing in the Odeon where the Apostle Paul spoke was pretty awe inspiring.  The sheer magnitude of building a theater with the acoustics of this one all those centuries ago is incredible. It would hold 25000 spectators, and seated halfway up, I could hear conversations going on down on the stage floor with very little effort.

IMG_4242(The Grand Theater)

Several present day performers have used The Great Theater, including Joan Baez, and Sting.  Interestingly enough, the amplified music from Stings performance in the mid 1990’s caused large cracks to form in the seating areas, and so now all amplified concerts have been banned.

Seeing the areas of a town that held that many people, when throughout history you get the sense that all communities were small villages, is an awakening to just how far in civilization these people had progressed.  Yes, there were slaves, and women were not equals, but the cultures of arts, buildings and architecture, the sciences, and others were progressing well.