Top Three Reasons I Haven’t Been Blogging Lately. With Soundtrack.

So…I sort of feel like we’ve just spotted each other at the grocery store.  I haven’t returned your calls, and you’re probably good and miffed with me.  Any excuse I give is going to sound like some whopping big lie, and you’ll likely be even more annoyed than you were before.  I mean, really.  We’re ALL busy – but I couldn’t take two minutes in the past month and a half to check in with a FRIEND?  So, you glance away before we can make definite eye contact and divert your cart to the freezer section.  You didn’t need those bananas anyway, right?

Oh, come on.  Don’t be like that.  I swear, I have REALLY, REALLY good reasons for being AWOL.  Let’s go grab a paper cup of coffee at the courtesy counter near the deli and I’ll fill you in. 😉



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Rev. Horton Heat – Eat Steak

Broiled Pesto Porkchop with Fennel Saute. Yup, I made that. 😉

Yup – a Facebook buddy of mine stated eating a Paleo diet…basically eschewing processed food in total, and even foods that were introduced into the human diet with the advent of the agricultural revolution.  The thought process being that our bodies were designed to eat a certain way, and the foods now available were not factored into our production specs. No grains, no sugar, no dairy. (Well, maybe a little dairy…) She started posting photos of the meals she was making…and dude.  They looked YUMMY.

Now, I’ve needed to do SOMETHING for a while now.  My body keeps reminding me that it’s forty three, and lamenting the fact that I’m still treating it as if I’m twenty one with a hyperactive metabolism.  Trust me.  This is no longer the case.  In fact, my metabolism may have been mere days short of waving the white flag of surrender prior to my dietary switch.

So, how does this impact my blogging, you ask?  Well.  When I tackle a whole new subject about which I know little, I push the envelope of OCD’ing over details right to the gummy flap part.  Seriously.  I read, and read, and read.  I compared statistics.  I read labels.  I completely changed my way of grocery shopping.  I adjusted my snacking and cooking mindset…

And I lost eight pounds in two weeks.

More importantly, though…I FEEL better.  I’ve definitely got more energy and my mood is brighter, so that bodes well for future blogging.  😉  I’ve been posting photos of my Cave Food on Facebook, too – if you want to take a gander, go here.


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Golden Shoulders – Friends and Family

Pop, right after he was adopted – Age 2.5

We’ve always known that my Dad was adopted.  All we knew about his background was his birth Mother’s name, which was listed on his adoption papers.  While the “not knowing” has never bothered any of my siblings, it has haunted me my entire life.  Not because he didn’t have wonderful adopted parents – he did, and we loved them dearly.  I was blessed with a wonderful family on Mom’s side, too, and as she was 100% Italian, there was no question there about my heritage!  Perhaps it’s the control freak  in me, but I’ve always wanted to fill that gaping genealogical hole.

After my grandmother passed away in the early ’70s, my Dad did hire a private investigator to see what he could find.  That was a very expensive dead end – he was looking for a fish in a tree, as it were.  Totally wrong place. Dad gave up after that, and we never really spoke about it in the family, but I still had that nagging question.  So, last year, when started airing “Who Do You Think You Are?”, I decided to take my own shot at finding out.  I subscribed to the site and started digging.

Enter the OCD again.  The ex-analyst in me started methodically combing through the 1930 census (1930 being the year Dad was born) of the city in question…block by block, ward by ward…looking for that one name.  A good 18 – 20 hours later, I believed I had honed in on the only possible match for my birth Grandmother.  With no real way of proving it from there, though, I just left the name in family tree I’d started, marked it “public” and moved on to researching my husband’s family.  Ten months went by…

A few weeks ago I got a message through the site from an absolute ANGEL of a woman,  referencing the name and offering information.  Fast forward through the details, but BINGO!  We’ve all but confirmed (all but a DNA test) Dad’s birth parents, and found that he has an older brother (age 86) and younger half sister (age 75) still living!  He’s talked to both of them on the phone, and I’ve developed an especially fun friendship with my new Uncle.  He’s AWESOME, and has had such a colorful life – I swear, I could sit and listen to him reminisce for hours.  Matter of fact, FedEX just dropped off a package from him with a whole host of newspaper clippings and some great photos of his Mother.  Dad hasn’t even seen them yet, so I imagine he’ll be over for dinner so he can.

(See what I mean? Busy, busy, busy!)


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Bobby Long – Sick Man Blues

Liam and I have both had the flu, despite being first in line for the shots last fall.  Brian has had a month long cold, even though he bravely soldiers on and tries to act like he’s fine.  I’ve got what I believe may be a sinus infection right now.  Sweet cheeses, Spring – come on, already!  We need to open the windows and air out this den of incubating bacteria once and for all.



So, there you have it.  See, it TOTALLY wasn’t intentional, and I still love you more than Penny loved Russell Hammond in “Almost Famous”(Although if it were me, I’d have definitely gone for one of the out of focus guys…) Missed you all, and promise to be around more from here on out.



21 Responses to Top Three Reasons I Haven’t Been Blogging Lately. With Soundtrack.
  1. Janice
    February 23, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    Do you know why he was adopted? My grandmother (mom’s mom) was widowed early in life and had at that time 4 kids, one son and twin daughters and another daughter who died shortly after her father. Her family tried to get her to adopt out the children, especially the twins but she refused. She eventually met my grandfather and had 3 more kids, but again a daughter died. Life was tough back then.

    I’m sure you haven’t eliminated caffeine, otherwise I think we might have seen a mental breakdown 😉

    • Ri, the MSM
      February 23, 2011 | 3:07 pm

      Oh, Janice, you know me so well! Yup, still on the coffee, and that’s where I have my little bit o’ dairy – a shot of half and half in it. I HAVE, however, eliminated the sugar which I’ve ALWAYS used…so I figure I’ve been flexible enough there. A woman has to know her limits!
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      • Ri, the MSM
        February 23, 2011 | 3:10 pm

        Oh, and not sure why he was adopted, although his two older brothers were put in an orphanage by the father when the parents divorced – then the grandparents came and got them out as soon as they heard about it and raised them. This was all happening just before Dad was born. My guess is they were already separated when he arrived, or even divorced. He wasn’t adopted until he was 2, though, so he either spent time in an orphanage or his Mother tried to keep him as long as she could. Still working on piecing that part together.

        • Will
          April 28, 2016 | 2:00 pm

          Ya learn soiethmng new everyday. It’s true I guess!

          May 12, 2016 | 8:33 pm

          Good to find an expert who knows what he’s talking about!

          May 12, 2016 | 9:18 pm

          Pick me, pick me! Would love to be a recipe tester for you. I’ve just emailed. Sorry to hear your still having to deal with health issues. Wedding planning and recipe creating sounds a lot more fun although exhausting I imagine.

        • http://www./
          July 8, 2016 | 7:56 am

          Puede haber mucho desconocimiento del tema de la homosexualidad. Ahora, estudios comparativos estadísticos con 34 casos por lado, es como lógico que no salgan diferencias estadísticas . Eso demuestra ignorancia estadística de quien escribe. Sólo un estudio tiene 14.000 casos. Lo único claro es que la evidencia es escasa y faltan estudios.

          • Debra
            July 22, 2016 | 12:09 am

            Oh, my word! Just because a child has SNs she or he can’t have a bad school picture and then we can’t laugh about it or talk about it?!?!?! This person has way too much time on her hands, it sounds like it to me!! Not every coovsreatinn or incident is a SN issue!! My daughter is a child first and foremost and she has many normal childhood experiences. And I nearly lost it laughing outloud with your word picture of digging under the low road and building a subway. Carrie T.

            August 9, 2016 | 7:07 am

            Bondiay an 8 yr old did all of this? well my boy will be traumatized and live in guilt for the rest of his life. Daddy you don’t have to worry about this 1 lighting a cigar(ette) or blunt! He may even forget his 1st kiss, but never that day. I hope the star helps in in some way rather than jus putting the disclaimer.

          • kreditkarten preisvergleich
            October 22, 2016 | 11:27 am

            is excited for Thanksgiving!?   I missed out on the turkey last year when I was in the midst of my vegan experiment (which I need to jump back on soon) but this year I’m gearing up for turkey.   I have no

          • kredit für selbstständigkeit trotz schufa
            November 3, 2016 | 7:11 am

            Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wantedto give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy readingyour blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forumsthat cover the same subjects? Thank you!

            November 5, 2016 | 2:38 am

            That’s a quick-witted answer to a difficult question

          • http://www./
            November 15, 2016 | 7:11 am

            You mean I don’t have to pay for expert advice like this anymore?!

          August 9, 2016 | 6:55 am

          – Thanks for picking me for one of the host awards. I love that picture, too, even though the name “Satay Jellyfish” sounds very scary and unappetizing…LOL. But they are real good.

        • http://www./
          March 1, 2017 | 1:04 am

          बरोबर.. थोडी चुक झाली .. पण ठिक आहे , गेल्या ३० वर्षात किती वेळा झाली हे पहावे लागेल. पण मूळ मुद्दा – वेगळाच आहे.

  2. Janice
    February 23, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    Interesting story. Probably will never know since all involved are dead and the remaining brother was probably too young to understand what was going on. Oh well, we wouldn’t be related if he wasn’t adopted 😉

  3. Melisa
    February 24, 2011 | 7:41 am

    So you’re back, then? Don’t be a tease….

    Melisa´s last blog post ..Taking Obsessive To A Whole New Level

  4. oh_pook
    February 24, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Ri, now you just need to throw in some caveman exercises… like climbing trees, running fast, and crawling into small spaces, to avoid being eaten by tigers.

    Missed You.. but of course forgiven… life goes fast sometimes! *squishysmileyface*

    and nice songs too Horton Heat FTW

  5. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    New MSM post: Top Three Reasons I Haven’t Been Blogging Lately. With Soundtrack.

  6. April A.
    March 8, 2011 | 7:19 am

    Just emailed you to ask how you are, then reminded myself to read your blog. Sorry to hear about the flu, but excited to learn more about your collection of caveman recipes and ancestry……

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