The Blue Muse

The Blue Muse Exemplified in the phrase "deep thoughts, but mostly other things," The Blue Muse is a general-interest blog focused on telling stories about travel, general aviation (non-commercial), cooking, teaching/post-graduate education, photography, communication and everything in between. Most posts feature interesting, humor-infused "slice of life" tales from a personal viewpoint.

Web Site: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com/


I’m with Julia on this one: More moderation, less "skinny"

Mar 11, 2015
I’m with Julia on this one: More moderation, less "skinny"

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." --Julia ChildFree stock image. Used with permission.I do my fair share of magical thinking, especially when it comes to food. Scrolling through Pinterest, I'm just as likel...

Ellen DeGeneres says I’m doing it wrong

Ellen DeGeneres says I’m doing it wrong

Is that me on the Ellen DeGeneres Show?!I thought my sister was kidding when she announced on Facebook that I had been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past Wednesday.A joke that reminded her of me? A doppelganger, perhaps? Nope. Three seconds of yours...

Thursday 13: Life lately

Thursday 13: Life lately

I almost bragged too soon.Getting the Christmas decorations put away the second week of January? Unheard of in this household. And the direct result of a bet. The terms: If I could get all the Christmas decor put away in one night, Mr. T promised not t...

Wishful thinking: Cooking Light’s sausage and kale pesto pizza

Jan 31, 2015
Wishful thinking: Cooking Light’s sausage and kale pesto pizza

Let's be clear: I wanted to love this pizza.My version of Cooking Light's sausage and kale pesto pizza, cooked in a cast iron skillet.The image of bubbly cheese, bronze crust, rich pesto and sausage jumped off the pages of my January Cooking Light...

An introvert in the classroom

Jan 30, 2015
An introvert in the classroom

Stock photo used with permission.Last night when I rolled in near 9:30, it was all I could do to get to the couch with a grilled cheese and watch Scandal (#Gladiators, OMG, we have to talk!). I felt the week in every sore muscle, in the reverberat...

A post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s jaunt to New York

Jan 21, 2015
A post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s jaunt to New York

We enjoyed a beautiful but frigid visit to New York City, post-Christmas and pre-New Year's.Since most of our family lives in Northern California, we don't usually travel for the holidays. Just a few miles here and there. So planning for a post-Christm...

A grateful heart: Donating granulocytes, gaining compassion

Jan 16, 2015
A grateful heart: Donating granulocytes, gaining compassion

A few hours hooked up to an old-school leukapheresis machine. So weird to see blood going in one arm and out the other and through the machine. Note to yourselves, platelet donors: Although more intense due to the dual-armed nature, the physical side effects were MUCH...

Here’s to actually achieving goals in 2015

Jan 12, 2015
Here’s to actually achieving goals in 2015

On New Year's day, I read a short article about how of the people who make resolutions in January, more than half will have given up on their goals by June. More than half! How encouraging, right?Of course, I can totally relate because of the 81 to-dos...

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

Cranberry Kick challenge for January: A detox drinkof cranberry, lemon, apple cider vinegar and waterbefore each meal for 10 days, along with healthy eating.When your best friend is in the wellness business, you get dragged into a lot of things. Like b...

Nothing says Happy New Year like a flight in the Cessna 190

Nothing says Happy New Year like a flight in the Cessna 190

41 degrees on New Year's morning, preflighting the Cessna 190. Starting 2015 out right!No lies, I was in bed and asleep by 9:45 last night. Some New Year's eve, huh?Now before you go thinking I've turned in my Young Person's Card, do know that we spent...

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