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Today was a busy one. I didn’t even remember or get the time to take photos until late in the day. Whew! On my way home, I was wondering what to eat for dinner. I was feeling for something smothered in something. I was feeling for fries and something comforting smothering it. A memory of fries smothered in gravy came to my mind, I saw it on tv some time, I think on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Triple-D) with Guy Fieri. I decided, this what my dinner shall be. I stopped by the grocery and bought frozen fries, and a can of mushroom soup to make an imitation beef stroganoff.

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I finally got the time to look up when I got home.

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Lovely!

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I baked my fries, and cooked my beef stroganoff…

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Talk about it being just what I needed. It hugged me on the way down…

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After having my very comforting dinner, I made bananas foster for dessert. Butter, sugar, bananas, lemon juice, pinch of salt to taste, and alcohol. I use rum or wine.

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Voila! I usually cut my bananas into small slices. Today is the first time I cooked them as two large halves. I prefer cutting it into smaller slices, the caramelized sugar coats the surfaces of the slices more.

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I topped it off with caramel condensed milk. Mmmm…

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Here is a photo of my bananas foster (bananas sliced smaller) and yogurt. This photo was taken in Singapore in 2014.

Aaj bahut vyast tha! Today was a busy one. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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This weekend was rainy. It rained all day and all night. Perfect weather for the couch, the television, food, and friends!

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Perfection for indoors.

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I met this sweetheart on Sunday. Her name is Autumn and she is a seeing eye dog. A Black Lab. She is soooo strong, so gentle, so attentive. Heaven has to be filled with dogs.

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I marinated fish in a Korean BBQ mixture. I did it with chicken and wanted to try it with fish. I marinated them for just under 2 hours, then baked them at 350 until they were cooked. The seasonings really soaked through. Mmmmm! Spicy, tasty, delicious!

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On Sunday I made somewhat of a frittata. Tomatoes, spinach, sweet peppers, cheese, onions, and cilantro. Then I poured beaten eggs over the vegetables and baked.

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Before putting in the oven

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After it was done

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I kept working on my paper this weekend too. I love it. I love writing.

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Dinner! Rice (which I cooked with flax seeds – I wanted to experiment), veggies, and my Korean BBQ fish.

Someone asked me for the Koren BBQ recipe, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJdU-Y_4cig

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I did not have my smoothie this morning. Didn’t feel like it. I decided that I would go to a coffee shop and work instead of going to my office. I have to get writing done and everyday this week there has been something or another that distract me, and/ or takes me away from my work. Until I finish this paper, I will work elsewhere for the first half of my day. The skies are all blue again today.

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Look at it, blue!

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They are building two large condominiums in the area. This is one of them.

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Trees, sunlight, and shade are wonderful.

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This is the coffee shop that I came to work in. It’s a pretty nice spot to work, read, and be entertained.

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They are serious about their mugs. You can purchase your own, put your name on it, and leave it there.

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Hot chocolate

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I got a wrap with spinach, eggs, olive stuff, and some other stuff. I don’t like the texture of wraps, so I just eat what’s inside.

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The innards of the wrap. It tasted great.

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When I left, the pub next door had this sign outside.

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No words…

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Old Main

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Isn’t this beautiful?

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Again…

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more…

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I got to the office and jumped on troubleshooting stuff again. Test code worked, so that’s a good start.

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References.

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Scanned this book chapter which is very interesting.

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When I left, these flowers caught my eyes.

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Beauty blowing in the wind.

 Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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I was up late last night, later than my usual late. I wanted a bit more sleep this morning but had to head out for another meeting. I made my smoothie as usual this morning.

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Today was absolutely beautiful! Blue skies, green trees!

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Blue skies!

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More blue skies!

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Today was another day of fixing computer issues. I really got very little done. I started initial tests with the Lillypad Arduino.

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Testing.. Not finished as yet. Today, another slight bummer for me. I went to judo to clear my mind and energize my body.

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Post-workout judogi. Training was great tonight!

Happy Friday!!!!

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The smoothie start. Today I put papaya in my smoothie too, no kiwi.

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Today is a cold, grey, and cloudy one.

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My friend Shiva defended his Masters thesis today. He did such an awesome job! Here is some of the work that he did. Check out anonchitect.com. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more from you Shiva!

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Another shot of his presentation

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My other friend Dhaval also defended his Masters thesis. He looked into designing for earthquake resistant buildings and the use of recycled plastics in the process. Keep up the great work Dhaval! I am looking forward to seeing a lot more from you.

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I spent a lot of time again today dealing with computer stuff. All the issues are still not finished and resolved, tomorrow will be another day.

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These are just two of the programs I will be using this summer, Arduino and Processing.

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When I got home I had dinner and relaxed a bit. After resting I made sure to watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. It’s my 11pm thing. Jason Sudeikis was on tonight. He’s great!

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Writing, editing, thinking, writing, thinking, and editing.

I got work done tonight so I feel very good! Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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My morning started with my fruit smoothie. This smoothie was made with banana, apple, carrots, frozen strawberries, kale, frozen kiwi, flax and chia seeds, and white grape juice as my liquid.

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Colorful fruits and veggies = Healthy food!

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Loaded

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Flax and chia seeds seen at the bottom. I haven’t as yet put in the juice, this was some water.

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I was running late, so I had to put my smoothie to-go in my mason jar. It doesn’t look good, but it tastes delish!

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Today was another unproductive one. You know those days where you are busy, trying to get things fixed and in the end you have nothing to show for it? Yup! That was today. Windows 10 is not working properly with my Kinect &*$%*@!!. I went to IT to get help, and of course, they were unable to help me. I may have to drop it off so someone can have a look at it, OR, I will reformat my computer and install Windows 8. Such b-s. If you guys have any advice on this, I welcome it.

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After getting little done today, I left. Working out de-clutters my mind and keeps me focused, it also helps me release. So I packed my judo gi and headed off to training. Having some time to think of everything BUT work, and all the minutiae that comes along with it, is always a good thing. Tomorrow is another day. Side point, I took up judo again. I started in September of last year I believe. I am a martial artist, and taekwondo is my thing! I absolutely love it! I received my black belt in 2006. In 2014, I noticed something. In my mind I was moving extremely fast, but in reality my legs were not. Also, high impact strikes were affecting my knees more. I decided to do judo.

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Leaving judo, look at those ominous clouds, but still beautiful.

Today wasn’t very productive, and I feel it will be the same tomorrow because of meetings and presentations I have to attend… So maybe next Monday? LOL

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Today started with my fruit smoothie. Flax seeds, chia seeds, bananas, apples, lychee, kiwi, and white grape juice. I think that was it.

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Bulleted and ready to drink. Today is my first day putting flax seeds and chia seeds in my smoothie. It added a gelatin texture to the mix.

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I had a meeting first thing this morning for a new research project that I will be working on. Good meeting.

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My first item will be reading these two papers.

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I took a photo of this staircase because I was running up and down it way too much today. Administrative matters took up too much of my time today, but that’s Mondays for ya. Hopefully I actually get work done tomorrow.

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My desk. I organized my desk, my to-do list, and my mind so that I can hit the ground running tomorrow. Side note, Bing, has some of the most beautiful desktops.

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I collected books I reserved from the library too. This is not even 10% of the stuff I have to read.

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After preparing for tomorrow, I left. It was an absolutely beautiful day today. Just beautiful! Look at those trees! Look at the sky!

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Green trees, blue skies, white clouds, red buildings. Beautiful!

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I had to look up and take this one. Just amazing!

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Schwab Building

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I love the entry

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I bought notebooks. I will use these to write my jottings and thoughts from and for my readings, projects, and papers that I have to work on this summer.

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When I got home I opened one of my jars of kaya butter.

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Look at that beauty.. Will you marry me? So good.. sooo good..

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Today I relaxed at home before heading into the city to get my bus back to PA for work on Monday. I was walking quickly to the bus stop so I didn’t get the chance to take too many photos. There is A LOT of construction happening in NY. A LOT! Everywhere it seems something is going up. Next time I will try to get photos of the West 57th Project by BIG.

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It was cold today, and the clouds were spectacular. Look at those City Bikes!

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You see that building in the backdrop? The white residential building on the left…

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For all high-rises with Penthouses, I always wonder, “Who lives there?” I would love to see what it looks like and experience the views. Mmmm..

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Reflections, clouds, glass and skies.

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The past in the forefront, the modern in the back.

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I love the DHL Building, that bright yellow building. I look forward to seeing it. Again, look at the skies.

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Construction everywhere!

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My view leaving NY. Gotta love that city!

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When I came home I unpacked, then decided to make some eggs in muffin tins. I loosely followed this recipe. I used sweet peppers, tomatoes, spinach, sharp cheddar cheese, and cilantro instead. I used 4 eggs.

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Ingredients

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I also put cilantro on the top before putting them in the oven.

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The eggs when they have finished. Mmmmmm…

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I decided to rate my wines from the Tasting Room too. There was an order to the tasting. I had to taste the whites first (they had to be chilled), then the reds. In the photo above, I am going to taste and rate the whites.

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Here I am tasting and rating the reds. It was pretty cool.

All in all a cool day. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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My day started with some uncertainty. I wanted to be outside and I wanted to go see a movie. I went online and bought tickets for Captain America: Civil War 3D. My friend (Arlene) also messaged me and we met downtown. You know I love the subways, look at the lines, the perspective…so powerful!

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More of those sweet, black lines of the structure

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I would be meeting Arlene and Chris on Fulton Street.

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After getting some things and walking around some, we went to this place, Yaso Tangbao. It was my first time there. When I met my friends they told me about this delicious dumpling spot that they went to earlier, so I wanted to check it out.

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This was N1 on the menu, I think it was a braised beef soup. It was delicious. The noodles were perfectly al dente, and the soup tasty. I was more concerned with our conversation than the meal, but the meal was still great. The service was good too.

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Chris had these pork baos with black sesame seeds on top of them. They too were good.

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One of the walls in the restaurant. I liked the brick and wood juxtaposition. A clean, and modern interior. After our meals, snacks, and great conversations, we were on our way.

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On our walk along Fulton, my friend stopped this guy to tell him how much she loved his apron. He was happy to hear it, and even told them they can take a photo with him. A lovely guy with a lovely apron. He just might be the best belt man in Brooklyn. We walked around some more then went over to Arlene’s to chill, until I would leave for my movie.

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I love to see scaffolding, especially, well installed scaffolding. I feel like I am in a forest of steel. I almost always take photos of narrow scaffolded spaces.

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We saw this cool helluva car along the street too. Quite a beauty!

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I got to my friends’ place and we relaxed. We watched Empire. I know about the TV show, but I have never watched it. My friend loves it so I was happy to watch an episode. It was great! I think I might need to Netflix it. Great acting, great music, great style, beautiful people!! I might have to put that on my to-do list for the summer. I didn’t want to be late for my movie, so I had to leave during the second episode we were watching.

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34th Street

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I was running late and had to put wheels on my heels so that I would not miss too much.

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While rushing ahead, I looked back and saw this beautiful sunset reflecting on the buildings…  No matter how fast you rush ahead, it is always good to look behind every now and again.:)

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Lovely!

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More sunset…

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The opening of Captain America: Civil War. The movie was fantastic, and I can’t wait for Black Panther!

Today was a good day. I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow, since I am heading back to work on Monday. Ughhh!!!

 

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Today was a rainy one. I spend most of my time indoors.😦. I love the photo that I took above.

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Look at the sky.

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I spent some time watching a marathon session of “The People’s Couch.” This show cracks me up!

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I could not stand being at home any longer, so I went by my cousins. Again we would be inside, but at least it was a change of space.

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I love the griminess, the life, the geometry, the color, and people in the NY subway. Taking photos of them are always fulfilling to me. The young lady walking toward me, look at her style! Such swag!

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At my cousins we ordered food. I can’t remember the name of this place, but that sauce in that container on the upper right is pure heaven. It’s a ginger, mustard, and other stuff I can’t figure out just yet beauty.

Today, was a good one, but I need to get out tomorrow.