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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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Mar 19, 2014 - Forgivness

How long can you hold on to the anger? well forever if you want but I don't want. It is time to forgive my parents and me :) When I was in the 6th grade my dad,Albert, went in for exploratory surgery and we were told that he had asbestos poisoning that would turn to cancer then we were told to prepare for his death. Medical issues and all went on until his last child (me) graduated from high school. Dad died of dehydration March 5 1993, I was 19. I watch him die (along with my family and a few extended family members). Off topic a handful...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Hip-Hop

As I sit on the terrace I keep looking out over the roof tops and it hits me, I live in Italy. hahahaha How the hell did that happen??? Just had to get that off my chest. Ok so I have started a Hip-Hop (dance) class. I have survived 2 classes so far. My knees are hatching a plan to kill me but I am hoping they will forgiving me soon. hahaha The back of my thighs are sore but I have more energy. All the kids in the class are in their early 20s, I think but I don't bring up age. Who needs to know I will be 41 this month. The teacher Rebecca...

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Mar 9, 2014 - And the seamstress drills it home

I went to see the woman making a pair of pants and what started out to be a shirt but I pulled the plug after a few disagreements but will now turn it in to a pretty scarf. We were to meet on Saturday for the final fitting of the pants and to pick up the completed scarf. The pants were there (after I waited 10 min for her to finish up something) but the scarf was still the loosely sewn up shirt. I ask the obvious question ˝the scarf is not ready?˝ and the seamstress drills home something I have been struggling with for a while now. Nope...

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Mar 7, 2014 - I'm going the wrong way.......

As I left the house today on this perfect Spring day, blue skies with enough of a breeze to keep you walking for hours, in Florence (sorry Canada) I wondered where I would go. And found myself walking the same way as the big grocery. I go this way often and had no plans today but to explore more. ˝I'm going the wrong way˝ I tell myself but I still keep walking. Turns out I know better than I think I do, when I am listening properly. I end up at traditional Naples restaurant (forget the name of the restaurant will have to look it up) having...

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