Weekend Arabic

My very-nearly-husband and I are practicing Arabic for our upcoming honeymoon to El Jadida, Morocco… more on that weekend jaunt soon! We both speak French relatively well and although that might just be enough to help us get around, we thought perhaps learning some basic Arabic would be smart. I want to be able to say “please” and “thank you” after all! It’s surprisingly easy to pick up and I highly recommend grabbing a CD for the car or just to have around the house. We practice a little every day and try to quiz each other. It’s a ton of fun!

Here’s a great site for learning basic Arabic… 


A Unique Weekend Restaurant

I highly recommend checking out Umana Wine Bar if you live in the Albany, NY area – a really unique dining experience for people who enjoy adventurous cuisine! They also offer a weekend brunch which I’m looking forward to exploring sometime soon. Read Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping Review of Umana…

Funereal Weekend

Last weekend my grandfather died. This weekend was about coping, and here are the two things that are helping me get through:

Remembrance… I remember the satisfaction my grandfather got from spreading honey from his own beehive on a piece of toast. I remember how he approached the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. I remember all the things he taught me, like how to take care of a vegetable garden and how to understand the punch lines in the Sunday comics. I remember the way he commanded respect from everyone around him. I remember his wit and his charm. I remember the way he told the same stories over and over, and how they never got old.

Forgiveness… Gandhi said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” As far as I can tell, when a loved one passes you have a choice to make; you can choose to hang on to unfinished (and often unforgiven) business, or you can forgive them and yourself if necessary, and move on knowing that everyone did the best they could with the cards they were dealt. Sometimes the greatest challenge is helping those around you to forgive as well.

Earning My Thanksgiving Pie This Weekend

This morning for the first time ever I am running a 5K race to benefit a local hospital. Since it is my first time running in any type of race since elementary school field day, and since I hate running, I have been finding all sorts of reasons to be unsettled about this event:

  1. I am incredibly nervous!
  2. I don’t have “professional” running attire.
  3. My iPod has been telling me I have been finishing the 5K practice runs in the park in roughly 40 minutes, and yesterday I ran on a treadmill with the iPod and realized it’s not calibrated or something so I’ve really only been preparing for 2 miles!
  4. It’s really cold out!
  5. I just want to sleep in…

Then I realized this morning I should shut my mouth, stretch my legs and do my best because there are people out there who physically can’t run and I am one lucky gal to be able to participate today. Today I am thankful for:

  1. The ability to run.
  2. A nice warm, Subaru to take me to the race and back home.
  3. My future sister-in-law, whose spirit and energy have pushed me to do this with her, and who inspired me by running her first half marathon.
  4. A local hospital that is working hard to care for the community, and for our hearts.
  5. A fabulous Thanksgiving dinner waiting for me at the finish line!

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Madeleine Albright

Support Your Lady Friends Every Weekend

Appreciate Adam Wallacavage This Weekend

This artist has a vibe that just won’t quit! Check it out…

Adam Wallacavage.

A Very Vermont Birthday Beer Weekend

How to celebrate a friend’s 32nd birthday? With beer of course!

For fellow New England residents, I highly recommend a Vermont beer tour as a fun summer activity or to celebrate a birthday with a group of your closest beer lovers.

Here’s what we did (from Albany):

First stop: Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Shelburne, VT

While it’s a small shop, you can get a great view of the brewers doing their thing, not to mention some cool Fiddlehead gear and growlers.

MUST SEE: Magic Hat Brewing Company and the Artifactory – South Burlington, VT

This is by far the highlight of the journey for me, and the tour is absolutely the best part. The art alone is worth the trip, not to mention the samples at the end. A huge gift shop and a full bar.

Dine at Prohibition Pig – Waterbury, VT

The sandwiches are phenomenal, and the beer selection is huge. Need I say more?

Last call for beer at The Alchemist – South Burlington, VT

We stopped by this joint right before they were about to close for the night, and the staff was not very friendly, despite a dramatic spike in business due to it’s Heady Topper double IPA recently being ranked #1 out of 250 of the world’s top beers by Beer Advocate. The retail shop closed to the public earlier this month so unfortunately it is a stop you will not be able to make on your road trip. Sorry folks!

And for dessert: Ben & Jerry’s – South Burlington, VT

Also a must-see if you happen to be in South Burlington… while we did not take the factory tour, there was plenty to see, including the “flavor graveyard”.

Make sure you bring a DD or sign up for a tour with Burlington Brew Tours so you can drink without worry. Also, plenty of tunes for the car so you can enjoy the scenery!

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