Days like these …

Sushi!!!!!!! This is one of my favourites … Dragon Roll!

One of my favourite people in all the world … Countess Lu Ann!

This is part of my journey back to my happiness …

Love Moschino Spring 2011 Collection

Positano, Italy

NYC Rainy Days.


Nothin’ could be finer …


Stylin’ and profilin’ …

London from the air …

1 September 2012.

Can you?

I don’t have to admit anything…

Forgive me bloggees, for I have sinned.  It has been forever-and-a-day since I last posted.  I’m going to really try to start scribbling more often … I think once I make a big transition next week … I’ll get myself on track.  Am I absolved? 🙂

I’ve not seen DESPICABLE ME yet, but I’m going to find a way to go see it soon.  I’ve heard from a good number of my friends that it’s really funny.  I saw this picture and it kind of reminded me of what it’s like when you’ve got things tugging at yer mind … you know, all kinds of things that can be either good or bad, but just a little too much at times.  Make sense?  I’m going through that right now, but by end of the day on 11 August … my life will certainly calm down.  And I’ll be extremely thankful for that in so many ways and there will be some sadness to not be working with some people on a daily basis, but it’s ALL good in the end! 🙂

I don’t have to admit anything, but I’ll let you in on a secret … if you’ve read my ramblings then you prolly already know this: I love reality tv.  I don’t watch as much of it as I used to, but I do have my favourites … The Real World, Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHoNJ), The Rachel Zoe Project, Kell on Earth, Flipping Out and My Life on the D-List.  Yer prolly saying, “That seems like a lot to me.”  Let me reassure you that this list pales in comparison to the past. 🙂  So, we’ve had our fair share of villains during the 24-year run of The Real World; however, I’ll have to say that Ryan on this season is the Villain of all Villain’s on the show.  I can describe him in one word (a lot of others, but I’m trying to be somewhat appropriate here!): asshole.  He’s the biggest hypocrite and I’m so curious to know if Preston finds out just about ALL of the things Ryan has done to him … I’d be PISSED.  As for my girls on RHoNJ … I’m so hoping that Danielle gets kicked off the show — I’ve NEVER seen anyone LIE as if she cannot be caught in her lies … she’s delusional and doesn’t seem to remember that when she says/does things on camera — people are GOING to see/hear it.  I was happy to see that Kim-G finally saw Danielle for who she has always been.  It was good to see Dina back on for the Christening!  Okay, enough … right? 🙂

Last night I had sushi with one of my former students and her mum.  It was an absolutely wonderful evening — I’d had such a long week @ work and it’s just what I needed.  I’ve aggravated an old pinched nerve and I’ve been dealing with pain … add that to the nonsense I’ve been ‘dealing’ with and it just makes everything tiresome!  And I’m having lunch today with another former student … I’m looking forward to it even though she’s a Gator. Blah.  I get to pick up Charlie this afternoon … we’re making a trial run to see if Nica can share her house with him … I’m hoping it WORKS out because she really needs a playmate for the times when I just need some peace and quiet — don’t get me wrong, I love, love my puppy, but Jack Russell Terriers aren’t — most of the time — the ‘let me lay down and not pester you to play, go for a walk’ kinda dogs!

The oil has stopped gushing into the Gulf; however, the devastation will take decades to deal with … it’s been heart wrenching watching or seeing the animals that have died or suffer because of the oil.  I’ve been watching the show Whale Wars and if I could single-handedly put a stop to Japan’s butchering of endangered Humpback Whales and the slaughter of dolphins, I’d do it no matter what the cost.  I’m so enraged by the lack of understanding the Japanese people have about EXTINCTION and the killing of some of the most prolific and intelligent creatures on the face of this planet.  I’m personally responsible for 11 of my friends doing a Tour of Asia totally cancelling 10 days in Japan … I think people need to boycott Japan completely — screw their “culture of killing whales and dolphins” in the name of “research” … yeah, research my ass.   You can learn more about the atrocities Japan is committing in the name of research by visiting Sea Shepherd — this site focuses on illegal whaling, murder of other ocean life and environmental issues involving our oceans.

Okay … that’s it for me for now … I’m going to make an effort to blog more … I promise. 🙂



Here’s to Friday!




that’s definitely some pocket change…

Sushi @ Origami Sushi

Well, my week long holiday is almost over … I’m holding on to the very last bit of it even as I sit here to type.  It all started off  last Sunday when I took my good friend Mary out for her birthday … she LOVES sushi and so, we went to Origami Sushi — it’s a well kept secret and she LOVED it!  You can see, we had a great sushi selection — we had the Tampa Roll – grouper, red onion; Japanese Tempura Bagel Roll – smoked salmon, cream cheese; Rainbow Roll – Red Tuna, White Tuna, Fatty Tuna, Salmon, Eel … cream cheese, chives and Boston Roll – salmon, cream cheese & avocado.  We had a great time!  I look forward to having sushi with her again sometime! 

This is my child - Nica 🙂

The love of my life – aside from my family – is my Jack Russell Terrier – Dominique “Nica” McCleoud.  This is one the common interests that Mary and I have because she has two JRTs!  I’ve come full circle with Nica’s diet since I decided that I want her to be around for a lot longer … I’ve been feeding her Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe since I found out that Blue Buffalo is by far the best natural dog food you can purchase.  I use to have to order it because it wasn’t carried locally and when I did find it — it was outrageously priced (cheaper to buy direct!), but now PetSmart carries it and yes, it’s expencive, but well worth the benefits!    

A lot of people truly don’t realise that the bulk of ingredients in dog food are the by products … which includes a lot of fat and unhealthy ‘stuff’ … the label on dog food – dry or wet – is just as important as the labels on the food we buy to eat.  I’ve also been mixing her dry food with some of the wet foods from Blue Buffalo … her favourites are Chicken Dinner and Wilderness Turkey & Chicken Grill.  I’ve bought some reuseable lids so that I can put the opened cans in the refrigerator since I only mix a couple of spoonfuls into her dry food.  I made the mistake of just giving her the wet one time and well, let’s just say — it’s very rich and her little system couldn’t deal with it … enough said!

I still have a ton of stuff to watch on TiVO — I did watch Little People, Big World, Selling New York and Glee.  Still have RHNYC, Millionaire Matchmaker and some other stuff to watch.  You know – all I need to do is WIN the PowerBall and I’ll be on JetBlue and in NYC in a New York minute to buy an awesome apartment  … I saw some of the coolest digs on Selling New York … there are some areas in the city that there is absolutely no bargaining when looking for real estate; however, there were some pretty amazing spaces I saw on the episode.  I loved the apartment in Brooklyn Heights and the one featured near Times Square … I also like Tribeca & the UES … one day!  🙂 

It’s been cool watching the Little People, Big World tour of Europe — Jeremy & Zach have been to Scotland, London, Germany and are enroute to Paris — now Amy, Molly & Jake are in Rome and they’ll meet the twins in France soon!  And of course, Glee returned … since I’ve not watched it from the start — not sure if this was the season premiere or not, but I do know I cannot wait for the Madonna episode on Tuesday!  Speaking of music …

It’s time for music … musik … música … ceol … musique … מוסיקה … hudba … muziek 🙂

This is by far one of my favourite songs of all time … Break My Fall – DJ Tiësto ft BT

And of course, I couldn’t possibly forget … Sonambulist (Simply Being Loved) – BT

And while I’m at it … this song makes me sing, dance, whistle and want to fly away …

So, I’m not really ready to go back to work … no luck w/ my PowerBall tix this week … but it’s up to $252M … that’s definitely some pocket change to keep me on permanent Bryce holiday! 🙂  I guess I should get back to TiVO … lots to watch and I need to keep on procrastinating!

Hope everyone has a great week … I’m sure some adventure will pop-up this week! 🙂



Hugs, kisses and fondles (for a select few!) –

Bryce & Miss Nica

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.  – David McCullough