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Ahh, Florida

Wednesday, Jan, 4 2012

I love Florida.

Well, to be more exact, I love the beach. Take that away from Florida and there really isn't a whole lot there. Heck I was married on Sanibel Island, Florida and we try to visit there at least once a year still.

But as much as I like the beach, you have to admit, from the "Hanging Chads" to the retirees' bad driving, Florida can be flat-out weird.

Case in point: I give you Lego Man

Somehow this thing just washed up on shore, just one of the many bizarre stories that came out of that state last year.

I've got a list of goofy things from Florida as one of my stories today on the Wednesday PhilCast show.

Wow, they had no shortage of goofy stuff happening in Florida in 2011.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 36 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


...and so it begins

Tuesday, Jan, 3 2012

This feels like a Monday.
This feels like a new week.
This feels like a new year.
...and so it begins.

After the college bowl games whether or not all the Christmas cookies and candy are gone (they're not by the way) I immediately go into cold-turkey mode when it comes to eating.

Gone are the days of slamming cookies, chocolates, chips, dips and all the fun stuff that I only eat from Thanksgiving to New Year's. No more.

For the past decade I've seen the same pattern, although it is harder to achieve the goal each year. I put on about 8-10 pounds from my riding weight over the holidays, but lose it as I start to once again work out and eat smarter at the start of the new year.

Notice I only said eat smarter. This is no diet really. It's just a change in lifestyle back to being active and not routinely eating unhealthy but tasty things. It's a slow process losing this weight and getting back into shape. And it's always funny how difficult it is to start each year.

Like today...
A whopping stretching session with 15 sit ups and 5 push ups as a preamble to 30 minutes riding on the trainer at a simple and steady pace.

You have to start somewhere, then track your progress. So for the months of January and February it becomes "Weigh-In Wednesday" when we see how things went the previous week.

Last year I actually failed for the first time. The goal was to drop 10 pounds by March. I dropped eight and then just sort of got stuck there. I think it is more difficult to lose the weight with each passing year. Rather than doing a separate riding blog this season I think I'll just post riding stories here throughout 2012.

We'll see how it goes this year.
All I know is that I've just entered the most-boring and dull time of year for me. The next two months are tough, and March is no peach either. At least I have the Packers and the NFL playoffs to soften the blow through the Super Bowl on the first weekend of Feb.


Later.
 

posted by: Phil Cianciola 36 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Hello 2012

Sunday, Jan, 1 2012

I gotta think that if indeed somehow down the road called my life that if I murdered someone and was sentenced to death, the last meal that I would order before I'm walked to the 'big squirt' would be what we prepared for our last meal of 2011 at home on New Year's Eve.

Sandy and I whipped up a dandy. I can't remember the last time I felt that full and satisfied with a meal.

Sicilian shrimp was the headliner. You peel them, butterfly them, dredge them in egg and coat with Italian bread crumbs. They're then drizzled with a sauce made up of melted butter and cooking cherry. 

As the shrimp bakes you prepare some angel hair pasta, then toss it into a frying pan where olive oil, garlic and scallions are waiting to soak into the pasta.   

On the side was a fantastic from-scratch Italian salad, the ingredients so fresh that the entire kitchen smelled of a vegetable garden as Sandy whipped up her grandmother's recipe from Palermo.

A fresh loaf of Italian bread with butter completed the perfect meal.

And there was dessert too, a chocolate cannoli the size of Maine was washed down with the last of the bottle of champagne we had opened for the occasion.

I haven't eaten anything since. When I do, no matter what my next meal is it will only be a letdown from last night. The ultimate.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 36 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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