Maine Troop Greeters

December 1, 2017 Friday 

8:25AM Sassy

Heard of these folks? So nifty they do this.

Facebook page

Bangor International Airport is our nation’s main departure and arrival point for troops serving our country around the world. Troops are given heart-felt welcomes and good-byes at Bangor, by a steadfast group of Troop Greeters and others. 
9:56AM Phil
No but that’s pretty awesome!

10:00 AM Sassy
They have a museum in Bangor – I’m adding it to my list of places to visit.

Dog show winner

November 24, 2017 Friday

11:15 PM Sassy

The National Dog Show winner looks like an adorable little Chewbacca

 Bill McCay, NBC
Among the many winners on Thanksgiving Day: Newton, the Brussels Griffon.
The furry little guy was crowned “Best in Show” at the National Dog Show, winning the Toy Group (a.k.a. lap dogs) before besting six other group champions: a Portuguese water dog, a whippet, an English springer spaniel, an American Staffordshire terrier, a French bulldog and an Old English sheepdog.

Adult fun

November 11, 2017 Saturday
From: ogs1967
Still a little nervous…I guess you noticed…lol… 
love to have some adult fun, so let me know if next time you’re up for that…
sorry still using up for you and should be me…lol

Foodler farewell

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From my personal journal 

Farewell Foodler
Oct. 16th, 2017 06:25 pm
Welcome to my personal wake for Foodler this evening.  
Tonight is the final night before my favorite restaurant delivery service ceases to exist, having been absorbed by the more pedestrianly named GrubHub during some corporate shenanigans.  So I went for a little cruise around their website for the last time.  After 904 personal orders and 104 for work, I will be headed elsewhere the next time I want to order in.   
We’ve been together for nearly 10 years – my first order was from Cinderella’s in Central Square on November 9, 2007.  My final order was October 9, 2017 from Beantown Taqueria in the same area.  
I ordered from restaurants around the corner and across the river, from places I know to places I learned about on Foodler and have never been inside.  There are lots of places long gone – Pu Pu Hot Pot, Dolphin Seafood, Snack Bar, Spice & Rice, Alfresco, Lady Siam, Cambridge Coffee & Pizza, Potato Freak.  Some places we placed one order and decided never again, others we ordered over and over… and over.  I never lost the thrill of not having to call to place an order or read my credit card – just click on “repeat order,” tweak it a bit and hit SUBMIT.  
I remember the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, late night snacks and random indulgences like ice cream or chocolate cake.  I’ve had all sorts of food – pizza, burgers, omelettes, muffins, rice, noodles, mashed potatoes and home fries and fries and chips, wraps, subs, gyros, wings, smoothies, sushi, dim sum, turkey dinners, dumplings, soups and even Cream of Wheat!  I enjoyed Thai, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Greek, Swiss and more!  
I learned all the tricks to maximize the points earned for each order, and ended up with hundreds of dollars in free food over the years.  I am so sad to see that benefit go!  
I adored their “Best Bets” section, telling me what they thought I’d like to eat, based on my past orders.  I especially like the little green check marks telling me I’d ordered it before.  I often look for those on menus in restaurants and then slowly realize why they aren’t there!  
It wasn’t all good times – we had delivery drivers who wanted us to go out in the street to meet their car rather than coming up to our floor, a few who “got lost” and made us wait 90 minutes for them to appear, wrong items, missing items… but the nice folks at always made it right.  I wonder what will happen to them.  
It seems just my luck that I tried a number of delivery sites – Doordash, GrubHub, AllMenus, BeyondMenu, MixMenu – and decided I like Foodler best, so of course, they are the ones who are disappearing.  *sigh  I may have to… cook more.  Argh!  
So Farewell Foodler. Thank you. It’s been delicious! 

Random questions

October 14, 2017 Saturday

10:53 PM Sassy
Got this random question meme off Facebook.

This is a fun way to learn more about me. I usually don’t find these things doable, but this one seems easy!

1. Who are you named after? My great Aunt
2. Last time you cried? Can’t recall
3. What’s your favorite pizza? Sausage & mushroom
4. Favorite flower? A red & white tulip called “Lucky Stripe”
5. Would you bungee jump? No thanks
6. Did you go to college? Yup
7. Untie your shoes when taking them off ? Always
8. Roller coasters? No… barf
9. Favorite ice cream? Salted caramel
10. Favorite thing? Trying a new restaurant
11. Shorts or jeans? Leggings!
12. What are you listening to? Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”
13. Favorite color? Navy Blue
14. Tattoos? No
15. Color of hair? Silver
16. Color of eyes? Blue
17. Favorite thing to eat? Lobster w/ butter
20. Favorite holiday? Independence Day
21. Favorite drink? Iced tea!
22. Night owl or morning person? Both
23. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
24. Do you have a nickname? Yes. 🙂
25. Favorite activity? Helping make community projects happen!

Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2017 Tuesday

5:59 AM Sassy

Happy Independence Day from Boston!

6:46 AM Phil
1:36 PM Sassy
Lunch at C.K. Pearl in Essex
1:58 PM Sassy
Dessert at DownRiver Ice Cream
Tried their “Salty C” – the salted caramel with chocolate-covered pretzels! But the best was that they had three sugar-free flavors for my sister to try and she got two and declared them yummy!
4:29 PM Sassy
The Essex River – Finally got my sister and her beau to CK Pearl and DownRiver Ice Cream in Essex!

Soups to remember

From my private journal

Jun. 14th, 2017 2:03 pm

I’ve been sick with a wretched cough for nearly 2 weeks. I have eaten so much soup and want to remember them for the next time the germs catch up with me. 

 These are from restaurants that deliver via Doordash, GrubHub or Foodler, or available by sweet-talking Hubby into picking up for me.

  • Greek Corner – Avegolemono chicken lemon rice soup 
  • India Palace – spicy chicken soup 
  • Au Bon Pain – chicken noodle soup or pumpkin bisque
  • Pandan Leaf – Thai chicken coconut milk soup 
  • Asian House – Thai rice chowder 
  • Mary Chung’s – suan la chow show – spicy pork wontons soup with bean sprouts 
  • Panera – French onion soup
  • Genki Ya – Miso soup 
  • Dumpling House – chicken corn soup

Other soothing concoctions:

The Neighborhood – The Cream of Wheat is soupy and comforting

Mary Chung’s – Yu Shiang Eggplant with shredded chicken has a spicy sauce that feels great on a sore throat and opens the sinuses

Here’s to better health in the days ahead!

Cough central

June 12, 2017 Monday

Greetings from cough central!

Another day, more soup.  This is getting ridiculous!  I went in to the office but ran out of energy before lunch time.  Argh. 

Hubby picked me up, got my favorite Chinese soup – suan la chow show – and yu shiang eggplant, hoping they will cure me.  I ate them and fell into bed.

I had Thai coconut chicken soup for supper… I’m going to make a list of all the soups I’ve eaten so I can find it easily next time I’m sick.  Heh.

After 11 days of coughing I am running out of soups and wondering if I will ever get better.  Might be time to go to the doctor.  Yuck.   Usually when I think that, I start to get better.  Hope that works this time!