Monday, April 30, 2012

Palms Casino & Resort

Guess where I'll be staying tomorrow?!

Super excited!
More when I return...

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Good Morning

From Reno-Tahoe

My balcony view of Mount Rose... just on the other side is Lake Tahoe. Enjoyed with a cup of Black Rose Tea from Lauderee in Paris.

 On the other side of these mountains is the historical Virginia City.

Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012


Excuses reasons on why I haven't been around much.

I'm just going to be honest. It's not that I'm too busy. It's that I still haven't signed up for internet at home. I have a wireless loaner from time-to-time. There are many reasons why I haven't committed to an internet plan. For one, finances. When you have to register your car in two different states within just a few months, and furnish an apartment... well, at least I've found a new thrill in reviving second hand items; (which I do plan on sharing my Before and After projects this week)!

My camera is barely functionable anymore, and I would probably sell my left kidney for a new one.
It's also difficult to come home and sit at my desk and come up with an idea, photographer it, upload it, etc. You get the drift, especially after sitting at a desk all day anyway. I really miss my laptop!

My other reason is I've lost the desire for social media. It's overwhelming and I wore myself out with promoting. The only reason I use Facebook is to post blog links, and to be honest that is the audience I really don't care to reach, and I've contemplated doing away with it altogether. I'm just going to blunt and say, I've been beyond disappointed with people in general lately, and I feel as if I've been dreding posts because of an unspoken obligation to update people that really don't deserve need an update.

So, I'm going to focus on the real reason I began blogging and that was for the women in the blog world, whom I've never met but have inspired me in so many positive ways in my life the past few years and have been the best supporters; and of course my family, and the handful of true friends I have.

That being said... I appreciate the ones who have stuck by my sporadic posts and nearly-30 crisis I've been going through.  I really do want to get back into this for the reason I started it... it's only fair to myself and those who have been true blue. So, if you follow through my personal Facebook page and still want to follow along, I encourage you to follow either through Google, email subscription; lastly Twitter or Facebook Simply Colette page.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

M.O.R.E Event

Fox News 11

Remember the Medical Outreach Response Event I participated in last Friday... here is a screenshot of our news coverage.

You can see us standing like bobbleheads on this link to the Archived News Article for 4/13/2012, unfortunately I wasn't able to embed it on the blog. It is within the first two minutes of the segment.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Work Life

Lots of changes for me in relation to my work life. As I'm part of the Public Health Preparedness team, I've taken some FEMA courses to help with Emergency Response, which is something I've always been interested in helping with natural disasters and pandemics.

As a result, I've joined the Medical Reserve Corps and I'm excited for my first event this Friday for a Medical Outreach were putting on for a rural community in Nevada.

I've also signed up for a Teen Screen program put on by Columbia University to help out in local high schools with teens who may be going through a rough time, as part of an anti-bullying outreach. This is something I'm super excited and passionate about. I was bullied in high school. Though I never let it get to me, I hated the uncomfort some older girls caused during my high school years.

I've also been doing a ton with public policy with our state officials, and I just love it! Not to mention I'm putting my creative computer skills to use to build a forum, toolkit/ guide book for immunization billing in public health departments as funded by our grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On top of all this, I'm studying to get a medical billing certificate!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Life Lately

I haven't shared much of my private life lately... here are some sneak peaks.
No matter how much I've resisted buying a cat structure... my sweetie made me one to save my furniture and keep the kitties happy, but I couldn't believe how much they really love it.
Matching Oregon shirts and our monsterous breakfasts on St. Patty's!

Lots of nesting with my girls Sage and Rosemary!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Reminiscing a little on how I spent last Easter... and wishing I was doing the same now. Strolling through Kensington Park in London... ahh nothing thrills me more than old buildings covered with blooming wisterias! Craving the English life as I'm half way through Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility too.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Peach Pie

Happy Easter Weekend!

Made a little peach pie in honor of Easter.

Before and after...

Super Easy Peach Pie

3 cans of peaches
2 pie frozen pie sheels
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/8 tsp of nutmeg
dash of salt

Fold peaches with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Place in pie shell. Sprinkle over brown sugar. I used the second pie shell to cut our lattice and bunny. Bake at 375 for about an hour.

Bon appetit!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

One Call a Week


When I saw my cousin at the beginning of March, she told me about her One Call Monday. She chooses one friend whom she doesn't talk to on a regular basis to reach out and call. Keeping the pattern helps her keep in touch with friends. Understanding that we all get busy at times, she knows she at least did her part in reaching out to connect.

With the convenience of Facebook and texting, the etiquette of keeping in touch with a simple phone call or hand written letter has been lost. I'm often guilty of not being a phone person, which many of my friends and family can attest to. Though when I do see them, it's like no time has passed at all. But I do like the idea of putting forth a better effort to try a similar One Call a week mantra.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook

Book Signing with Frances Mayes

Oh I wish I was in Costa Mesa or San Diego this week, because I would be at the Frances Mayes booksigning at Williams-Sonoma. I just discovered she wrote, "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook". If you've been following awhile, you know Under The Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies.

South Coast Plaza
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 4:30pm
3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
(714) 751-1166

Fashion Valley
Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 6:00pm
7007 Friars Road, San Diego, CA, 92108
(619) 295-0510

Did you see when I went to Giada DeLaurentis' booksigning 
You can also view my past Tuscan bruschetta post.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jane Austen

Lazy Sunday

I've finally begun the adventure.

It's been on my To-Do list for quite some time...

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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