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Apr 7, 2014 - I'm a writer

I have written in one form or another for most of my life. I have never had anything published professionally but that does not make me less of a writer. I entered a writing contest (a child story I made up for my Niece as a bed time story) with the writer guild of Canada and made it to the semifinals beating out 500 other Canadian writers. But this is not what defines me as a writer. My passion, my love, my need to write and share my stories (those that are real and those form my imagination) even if I don't make money at it, is what...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Hi, I'm Nadean and I'm an addict

I'm an addict. I have been most of my life, part of me wonders where it stems from. I have been addicted to sugar for as long as I can remember, for years I have been known to sit down with a bowl of icing sugar and a spoon. But my first memory of addivitve behaviour came when I was around 5 or 6 I think. I took a handful of butter (yep used my bare hands) hahaha and hid behind the kitchen table and chairs in the corner and preceded to eat the butter. The thought of eating butter like that now makes me sick, I mean a little on potatoes or...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Day 4 - Sunday 6 April - Florence - Amici Degli Uffizi

Today was a short train trip into Florence (Firenze) to visit the Art Museum – Amici Degli Uffizi. One of the highlights for me getting there was seeing the Duomo, a whopping great big cathedral. Booking tickets the night before was a great idea otherwise our 30 minute queue wait would have been 2 hours to buy the tickets and then wait in the queue to get in. We saw works from Leonardo Di Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and about a million busts. Afterwards walked through the streets of Florence, the markets and had lunch in a local...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Day 3 – Saturday 5 April - Tuscany

Breakfast at Principessa Isabella Hotel. Fast train to Florence (Firenze)taking 1 hour 20 minutes and met Trish. Local train to Pontassieve, Tuscany and met Harry and Sammy. 20 minute drive in their Audi hire car to Torri and arrived at our house for the next 7 days. Check out the photos. This place is just beautiful. Afternoon walk through the vineyards to the local grocery store. With the help from a customer to translate our requests to the Italian speaking owner we got supplies for dinner. Stoked the fire in the afternoon and sat down...

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Mar 31, 2014 - And then it clicks

I have spent a great deal of my life treating some people better than they treat me. And it's bullshit. The worst part of this is that I have been putting so much energy in to these people that I actually do not have enough energy for those who are treating me right. It is not that I dismiss them, I just don't create a big enough spot in my life for them. When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. (Dirty Dancing shout out) But I have learned. I will give people the amount of room they deserve in my life. And that will of course include the ones...

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Mar 30, 2014 - my day in the garden

Yesterday was the first sunny day in about a week and I wanted to take advantage of it. I am so grateful to live in a place where I can be barefoot in March. I am still figuring out what is next for me but I fall to my knees and cry thanks to the me that knew I needed the gift of this time. I hope this fines you well and happy. I think of you and would love to hear what is up with you <3 nadean31@hotmail.com in case you don't have it. Nadean

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Mar 24, 2014 - Lovely Lucca

Today was our last day in Italy and it wasn't raining! Yay! We started off by visiting the church of Santa Maria Novella which is right by the train station. It's a very pretty church with lots of Della Robia statues. Then caught the train to Lucca. The only trains to Lucca are milk runs, stopping at every tiny town so it took about an hour and a half to go about 45 miles. But certainly worth the time and effort. We only had the afternoon, but it really needs a full day. It is a walled city, founded by the Etruscans which became a Roman...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Rainy Firenze

So I'm catching a cold and it rained all night and what with the coughing and snorting and snoring, we slept late this morning. We wanted to see David (the statue,) the line was long and we weren't that ambitious. We wandered through an open air market and had our first canoli and bought some fruit flavored honey. Then to lunch at the Piazza Santa Croce. The restaurant that I've gone to every time I've gone to Florence (Leo's) was gone, so we had lunch at a place directly on the piazza. I had minestrone soup and David had the ribolitto,...

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Mar 23, 2014 - 40 invitations

So being the end of my 40ist year on Tuesday I thought I would share my 40 invitations for my 40th year. (these are not all the invitations I got but I chose to pick and chose invitations that were similar. I went for lunch with a lot of people) It is interesting to go back over the year. And this past year I am so glad I was brave enough to accept what ever came my way. well, If I possibly could, could afford it, would not be harmed or it did not go against my morels. 40 Invitations: 1 Lunch with my office buddy, Steph. I miss her. 2...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Chianti Classico - it's not just for drinking.....

So this tour is my favorite one. Today was David's third time, my sixth. Worth every penny. We headed out at 8:30 with the guide, Nadia, an Aussie who went to school in London and now lives here, the driver, a mother-daughter team from Alabama and a older married couple from Vancouver. They all have better ankles and knees than I do. So off to our first stop, San Gimignano. A hill town in the Chianti region that essentially stopped in the 14th century. No new buildings, no real economy but tourism, it is a city of towers. In its prime,...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Firenze Friday

I love Florence. I love just being here. I try to figure out if my favorite city is Florence or New Orleans and it is definitely Florence. At least until I go back to New Orleans in September. And the symbol of both cities is the fluer de lis! It's a sign! A symbol, actually, but anyway..... We went on a walking tour today. I had booked the Chianti tour I always do (went with brothers and SIL and got the guide drunk on tequila shots on the way back from Sienna). They asked if we could take that tour tomorrow and I said sure and they comped...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Firenze-Thursday

So our train didn't leave until 10, and since we had figured out the whole hotel to train station navigation, we got to start the day at a civilized hour. A one hour fifty minute train ride put us into Santa Maria Novella station. And since I am SO smart and know Florence SO well, we decided to drag our bags and walk to the hotel instead of taking a taxi. About 17 miles (maybe one) in 100 degree heat (it really was 75 which feels like 100 to me), we find our hotel door. Bordered on each side by sidewalk cafés, we dragged our asses and David...

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