Monday, January 30, 2012

Let's Go.....


Photo courtesy of wild at heart.

Sea Glass

At long last there were huge mounds of stones to scour along the shore.
I'm not sure what I love most about going to be beach....
wading through the tide pools or
beach combing for sea glass....














Happy Monday!!!
VU

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mia Slavenska, A Dancer's Odyssey Trailer


A beautiful feature documentary of Mia Slavenska's life. 
She lived for dance, family and all things beautiful.  Exiled as a dancer from
Croatia she took Paris by storm and became of the greatest dancers in 
the world.

Happy Monday!!!
VU


Saturday, January 21, 2012

High Tide

I missed the low tide and there wasn't a whole lot to see.
I did catch the sunset which was amazing.





Happy Weekend.
VU



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tonight I Can Write

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example, 'The night is starry
and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.'

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.
I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is starry and she is not with me.

This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

My sight tries to find her as though to bring her closer.
My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

The same night whitening the same trees.
We, of that time, are no longer the same.

I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

Another's. She will be another's. As she was before my kisses.
Her voice, her bright body. Her infinite eyes.

I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
and these the last verses that I write for her.
Pablo Neruda

Monday, January 9, 2012

Twilight

I had a few minutes left in the day to watch the sunset and do a little exploring
at the tide pools.....









Happy Monday!!!
VU


Almond Florentine Cookies

I've recently become obsessed with Florentine cookies.
I tried out a lot of different recipes but this recipe
by far is my favorite from David Lebowitz.
I have to admit that I did omitted the orange zest and chocolate this time around...so maybe it not really a true Florentine Cookie???? I'm not sure but I will tell you it is something very delicious and something worth experiencing for yourself. 


Click here for David's recipe for Chocolate Dip Almond Florentine.




Almond Florentines




1 large egg white, at room temperature
1/3 cup  powdered sugar
1 3/4 cup sliced almonds
a good pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 300F
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush very lightly with vegetable oil or use silpat.
3. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
4. Place heaping tablespoon-sized mounds of the batter evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet. You can use a round cookie cutter as a guide. See photos below. Try to avoid have any gaps between the almonds.
5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. 
6. Let cookies cool, then lift with a spatula and place them on a cooling rack until crisp.
7. Store cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.






Happy Baking and if you want to share your
favorite Florentine cookie recipe with
me I would love to hear from you.

VU





Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda



I don't love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.


I love you as the plant that doesn't bloom and carries
hidden within itself the light of those flowers,
and thanks to your love, darkly in my body
lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth.


I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don't know any other way of loving


but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.


To all the hopeless romantics out there....
Happy Weekend!!!
VU

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Plans for VU


...a little late but it's ok...right???




Pack my breakfast and lunch for work at least 3 times a week
This is going to be really hard....It's the planning ahead...but I will try.

Get 8 hours of sleep each night
I usually get about 6 hours if I'm lucky...that is going to change. I
function so much better when I get 8 hours or more.

Keep my car clean and when I get my new car keep it even cleaner
It's time to retire the old car and buy a new one. I have been hunting
for a new car and I promise to keep this car super clean

Reorganize my second bedroom
Suddenly my second bedroom transformed itself into a storage unit. Yikes!!!
I bought a new couch didn't have the heart to throw out the old couch out so I squished it into the second bedroom...but it's time to get it together...
I'm ready to move forward.

Take more cooking classes
I'm thinking about taking some random classes here and there but then enrolling
in a 12 week class during the summer and just learn it all.

Read more
I love books, I love reading. Someday I hope to have a larger home over looking the ocean with a loft to use as a sitting room and library. Bliss....

Improve my Russian and Lithuanian language
This will be super easy....I'm improving daily with the help of
my family.

Take some photography classes
I love my new cameras...just need to figure out how everything works.

Set up my printer
Oh boy!!! Wish me luck

Remodel Bathroom
Once I purchase the car which is going to be happening very soon...the next plan is to start thinking
about remodeling one of my bathrooms and put in a deep tub. I have been waiting 
for this moment for a really long time

Buy Washer and Dryer
So first comes the car, the remodel and yes at long last my own washer and dryer....this might happen
towards the very end of 2012 but nevertheless I would really like to make this happen.


Finish my crocheting projects
I'm loving the whole process. I should actually learn how to knit but I
have to finish this project before I start another one. 
Wish me luck!!!


The Beach
Spend lots of my free time at the beach and just taking in the beauty

I have a lot more plans this year but this is definitely a great start.
I'll keep you posted,
Happy 2012.
xo
VU



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jean-Paul Sartre


To
 read a poem
 in January is 
as lovely as
 to go for a
 walk in June.

xoxo
VU

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Something to think about....

It takes only a minute

 to get a crush on someone, 

an hour to like someone, 

and a day to love someone....

but it takes a lifetime

 to forget someone.



Trust me on this one....I know first hand....some people are
just hard to forget. Especially your first love!!!
Don't blow it!!!





Happy 2012




Photo courtesy of Bathwater