Join Early Retirement Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-04-2009, 12:06 PM   #2801
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Amethyst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5,872
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Today is the final prep day for my dinner party tomorrow eve. I just set the dining room table, and am just about ready to dive into making Baklava.
Just be careful, and don't go making a Balaklava by mistake

Love the red-white-and-blue table setting, but those aren't exactly Greek colors are they?

A.
__________________

__________________
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me ~ Miles Davis
'There is only one success to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley.
Amethyst is offline  
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-04-2009, 02:53 PM   #2802
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
I just set the dining room table, and am just about ready to dive into making Baklava.
I knew you would make that.........

Quote:
and yes I am winging it by having the statue of David (Michelangelo) there.
He fits in nicely.
Why did I KNOW you had a staue of David? I am quite SURPRISED he is NOT LIFE SIZE!!
__________________

__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline  
Old 12-04-2009, 03:02 PM   #2803
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,824
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Today is the final prep day for my dinner party tomorrow eve. I just set the dining room table, and am just about ready to dive into making Baklava.
I think we should all drop in at Freebird's house around dinnertime tomorrow night since she is making Baklava. (yum! sounds great!)
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is offline  
Old 12-04-2009, 03:06 PM   #2804
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by W2R View Post
I think we should all drop in at Freebird's house around dinnertime tomorrow night since she is making Baklava. (yum! sounds great!)
It's so cold here I need a Balaclava!!
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline  
Old 12-04-2009, 09:00 PM   #2805
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
You all crack me up.
Menu is...
- Calamata olives, pita bread, tzatziki (cucumber yogurt dip), tomato wedges, sliced cucumbers as appetizers
- Lamb souvlaki stlye, marinated for 3 days in red wine, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and lemon, on the grill if weather holds, else in the oven on skewers
- Spanakotiropita (spinach and feta cheese in phyllo dough folded in triangles)
- Orzo with tomatoes and feta cheese caserole
- Baklava
- Homemade coffee ice cream (by request)
- Semi dry red wine, NY Finger Lakes (Bully Hill Winery Table Red)

All made from scratch. Yummmmmmy.

The red dishes are all I had on hand for the tzatziki dip. The rest is done in blue and white, the colors of the Greek flag and a common theme for homes in Greece - whitewash with bold blue shutters. This is a pic dh2b took on the island of Mykonos in July 09 during our cruise.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P7210090.jpg (573.2 KB, 2 views)
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline  
Old 12-04-2009, 10:55 PM   #2806
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Dawg52's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Central MS/Orange Beach, AL
Posts: 7,432
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Today is the final prep day for my dinner party tomorrow eve. I just set the dining room table, and am just about ready to dive into making Baklava. My ToDo list is made up. I just need to tinker along and get things done. Alternating with goofing off, of course.
Theme is Greek food, and yes I am winging it by having the statue of David (Michelangelo) there.
He fits in nicely.
Where are the pot passers? Every house should a variety of them.

__________________
Retired 3/31/2007@52
Full time wuss.......
Dawg52 is offline  
Old 12-04-2009, 10:59 PM   #2807
Recycles dryer sheets
OldGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 75
Freebird, try Bully Hill's BANTY RED along with the Table Red. We get a few btls every time we're in Hammondsport, even though it's less expensive in liquor stores (go figure)...
__________________
Those who were seen dancing were thought to be crazy by those who could not hear the music. Friedrich Nietzsche.
OldGuy is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 09:49 AM   #2808
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
I played a Christmas party gig at a fancy schmancy restaurant last night. During the break we were served a meal with quail eggs, foie gras, and roast venison. The singer is a vegetarian and the drummer "can't eat meat," so I have two roasts in the fridge. It was quite good, but I wouldn't say it was "wow" food. The wine was "wow" however -- in comparison with the $1.79 Seacrest Syrah that I normally drink.

This is the first time I've worn my tux in about four years, and apparently I'm shrinking. The pants were dragging on the ground, and the sleeves were a bit too long.

Tonight we're playing a wedding in the same place, so DW will hem the pants today.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 10:17 AM   #2809
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,016
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
You all crack me up.
Menu is...
- Calamata olives, pita bread, tzatziki (cucumber yogurt dip), tomato wedges, sliced cucumbers as appetizers
- Lamb souvlaki stlye, marinated for 3 days in red wine, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and lemon, on the grill if weather holds, else in the oven on skewers
- Spanakotiropita (spinach and feta cheese in phyllo dough folded in triangles)
- Orzo with tomatoes and feta cheese caserole
- Baklava
- Homemade coffee ice cream (by request)
- Semi dry red wine, NY Finger Lakes (Bully Hill Winery Table Red)

All made from scratch. Yummmmmmy.

The red dishes are all I had on hand for the tzatziki dip. The rest is done in blue and white, the colors of the Greek flag and a common theme for homes in Greece - whitewash with bold blue shutters. This is a pic dh2b took on the island of Mykonos in July 09 during our cruise.
LAMB!!! mmmmm....

Great segue to Andrea Martin, from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.....

__________________
Meadbh is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #2810
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Menu is...
- Semi dry red wine, NY Finger Lakes (Bully Hill Winery Table Red)
Ooh! I've been to the Bully Hill Winery and loved it! SO and I took a short trip to the Finger Lakes several years ago and had a fabulous lunch in their outdoor dining area, overlooking the winery and the lake. Then we toured the winery and did a little wine tasting. (Sadly, only SO actually tasted the wine. I can't drink wine - I have a bad reaction to something, maybe sulfites, if I drink even a little wine). We brought back a few bottles of red wine for him and for gifts and everyone really liked it.
__________________
ksr is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 10:43 AM   #2811
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh View Post
My problem is emotional. I love my 1995 Honda Accord.....
I can so relate to this. I loved my 1986 Toyota and had it until a few years ago. It broke down on the way to w*rk one day. I had it towed and repaired, determined to keep it. Then it needed a couple more expensive repairs within the next few months and I figured it was telling me that it was time to move on.

I have no regrets about buying a new car, but I still miss that little Toyota.
__________________
ksr is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 01:51 PM   #2812
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,389
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
This is the first time I've worn my tux in about four years, and apparently I'm shrinking. The pants were dragging on the ground, and the sleeves were a bit too long...
Old age shrinkage, eh?

Reminds me of a joke, which I may post in the joke thread some time.
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 02:01 PM   #2813
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,389
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh View Post
My problem is emotional. I love my 1995 Honda Accord.....
Quote:
Originally Posted by ksr View Post
I can so relate to this. I loved my 1986 Toyota and had it until a few years ago. It broke down on the way to w*rk one day...
I don't love my old cars, but I get used to them, like with my clothes. Some would say like their worn jeans, but I do not wear jeans. When not at work, I live in my Bermuda shorts and T-shirts. I have to remind myself to throw out the shorts and pants that are scuffed and the T-shirts that get too thin. Don't want people to think I am homeless, you know?
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline  
Old 12-05-2009, 06:56 PM   #2814
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,323
That "He don't eat no meat" video is funny to me, because it is so true to life. Definitely, absolutely just the type of thing my Greek side would say and do. So typical...that's why it's so funny. In fact, the WHOLE movie is typical.
Vardalos has the culture down perfectly in such a funny way...great movie.
__________________
Please consider adopting a rescue animal. So very many need a furr-ever home and someone to love them! And if we all spay/neuter our pets there won't be an overpopulation to put to death.
Orchidflower is offline  
Old 12-06-2009, 02:52 PM   #2815
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh View Post
LAMB!!! mmmmm....

Great segue to Andrea Martin, from My Big Fat Greek Wedding.....
That was a fabulous movie.

Ok, I am probably about 3 lbs heavier today. Our guests just went ga-ga over the table setting and menu.
dh2b did some much needed brake work (his idea to volunteer) on their car with the Mrs helping. Yes, I said the Mrs! A gal who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, just like me.
I got Mr involved in the kitchen making the rice, spanakotiropita homemade coffee ice cream. Here I thought I was going to be busting my *ss all day and Mr got right in the kitchen and took right over for me. No complaints from me.
Our guests used to own a pizza place years ago and he was right in his element. All of us did cleanup.
All in all, a wonderful evening. Next theme is Mexican. I am loving doing real entertaining again.
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline  
Old 12-07-2009, 07:06 AM   #2816
Recycles dryer sheets
heyduke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 348
Of to Las Vegas for a week today - w$$k sends me to get a week long training...funny even though they know I retire in a year it is still "worth it" to train me... at least it is in vegas....
__________________
I am FIRE'd... :)
contract on the house, bought an RV and now traveling across America
heyduke is offline  
Old 12-08-2009, 04:20 PM   #2817
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
I call today to see if I have to go in for jury duty tomorrow. This is the only threat to my freedom -- happens every year. Pray for me.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 12-08-2009, 07:19 PM   #2818
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,196
Well, I have to report tomorrow. I have an unreasonable fear of jury duty. Being retired, I have no way to get out of extended trials. It's a 40 minute drive one-way to the courthouse, and if I have a gig in town, that's over 2.5 hours of driving in one day.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 12-08-2009, 07:38 PM   #2819
Moderator Emeritus
CuppaJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: At The Cafe
Posts: 6,866
T-Al, I put fear of jury duty right up there with fear of heights, not unreasonable at all. Good luck.
__________________
CuppaJoe is offline  
Old 12-09-2009, 01:02 PM   #2820
Recycles dryer sheets
LoftyNotions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Billings
Posts: 96
Ten ways to get out of jury duty: Top Ten Ways to Get (kicked) Out of Jury Duty - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com
TAl, it looks like number 1 is custom suited for you. You wouldn't even have to act.

1.Pretend to be completely skittish—terrified even—of the court, the judge, the officers and bailiff. Squirm uncomfortably in your seat, sort of like you have bad cramps or gas. Look around constantly with a nervous “I’m gonna barf’ look on your face, cringe whenever the bailiff moves, and wince a little when the judge talks...
__________________

__________________
LoftyNotions is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Did 2008-09 Results Help You Now? Idnar7 FIRE and Money 42 10-27-2015 10:10 AM
California Munis Closed End Funds tanked today, why? Disappointed FIRE and Money 10 01-20-2008 07:15 PM
Did you retire or Did you quit GTM Life after FIRE 19 03-09-2006 02:06 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:53 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.