Sunday, May 25, 2008

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Raw Onions & Butter - Do Not Stir for 15 Minutes!

Starting To Carmelize

More Carmelizing

Super Carmelized

Add White Wine

Burning Off The Alcohol - Concentrating the wine flavor
Add Unflitered Apple Cider & Broth

Preparing The Toppings

Laddle Into Bowls

Top with Crusty Bread and Gruyere Cheese

Bake Under Broiler

Enjoy on Patio

Side of CousCous Salad

You gotta love Alton Brown! Here is the full recipe! 

Rob did most of the work - He's such a great cook.


Saturday, May 24, 2008


I think this cartoon is so true.  Why have we let people in raised pickup trucks highjack the meaning of patriotism and the american flag?  I think Obama is so right in saying that you should judge a persons patriotism by their actions.


I passed!

I passed!!!! You can officially call me a LEED Accredited Professional! WooHoo!

I was so nervous all last night and this morning. I was especially nervous to press that button on the screen that said "Done", since I knew the results would be instantaneous. As the questions seemed to get harder and harder in the middle of the test my confidence that I had it nailed got smaller and smaller. 

The woman next to me seemed to be clicking her mouse really loudly and fast as if she was skipping a bunch of questions. She also coughed a ton and it was hard to ignore.  I took the test at one of those testing centers where not everyone is taking the same test and there are multiple exams going on at once. The girl next to me in the waiting room was taking the CPA exam and a few students in the waiting room were studying for the GRE. I think I might have been the only person to be taking the LEED exam.

I am looking forward to work on Tuesday and telling everyone I passed. Most of my immediate coworkers already know. Brian, Shawn, and Toni asked me to text them right away. They all texted back within a matter of minutes with congratulations.

Off to more adventures. I am glad I have this behind me!


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Places To Eat In Geneva

So I like browsing the internet during my lunch break at work and finding places to vist and explore during my year off!

Here is what I found today!

Na Village - Thai Food In Geneva

Cafe du Soleil - Best Swiss Fondue in Geneva

Les Brasseurs - Brew Pub Geneva

Fetes de Geneve - Festival July-August (see below)


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Flag Pin Sillyness

This makes me laugh.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Catching Up!

I often find myself saying, "I should blog about that", and never actually do it. So to try to make up for the past few weeks of thinking instead of doing - here is a big list of things on mind.

1. B. Bhutto - Rob and I have been listening to her book "Reconciliation" and have been deeply involved in her story. She was an amazingly strong woman and I don't think she got enough recognition when she was assassinated. The links between Bush and the Pakistan military rule are disgusting. We can only listen to the book for at most an hour at a time. It become pretty mentally exhausting to listen to. It is also chilling to hear her write about the real danger of being assassinated and what it meant for here family. It's wierd it came true. 

2. LEED AP - Next Saturday is the big test. I need to really get my butt into gear and put the nose in the books. I haven't studied like this since college and I am really out of practice. Who knew working full time and then coming home to study is a wear and tear on the mind. I have been accustomed to letting my mind go blank in the evenings.

3. China & Myanmar - Terrible. I especially think the military rule in Myanmar is killing its own people. I also think they believe they have a right to do so if they please. Let me type that again. I think they believe they should be allowed to kill their own people if they want to. Terrible to say - but some people really do believe they hold the power over other people's lives. Personal power is a greedy thing. I was also shocked at the story of all the school's that have collapsed in China. These schools were not designed to take such terrible quakes and had very little steel in them unlike the big beautiful government buildings a few miles away.

4. Travel next year - three places have been added to the list of possible travel places for next year. Italian Rivera, French Rivera, and the "Spice Islands" off of Tanzania. 

5. Does the military require troops to go through cultural sensitivity training? It sickens me to hear of a man of the US Military shooting at the Koran. Pathetic.

I know there was much much more - but that's all I can think of for now.  


Monday, May 5, 2008

Mildred Loving

Check out this story I heard on NPR today. Mildred Loving passed away last Friday.

Without her - I probably wouldn't be here today.


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Tina & Rob have relocated their lives to Geneva, Switzerland. This blog is a story of their adventure during the year and all the details inbetween.

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