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Old 01-28-2009, 09:42 AM   #21
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Welcome for an expat Jerseyan now in "Paradise"!
Quicksilver,

When people ask where I grew up, I tell them with lots of teasing in my voice, "I'm an escapee from NJ". I live on the Upper East Side on a lovely tree lined street near Central Park. I love it, but when I visit my mom or my sisters in NJ, I do so love having a private backyard with a pool and a deck where I can enjoy my morning coffee. Sure I can get a Starbucks on my way to the park, but then I have to be showered, hair done and make up on - NJ is more relaxed! But when I hear about all the yard work and what it takes to keep up the pools, I'm thrilled to have 843 acres of park only two block away that I don't have to mow, weed, rake, etc!

If I didn't have an eat in kitchen I might hate being in an apartment, but this "apartment" is bigger than the first condo I had with my ex in NJ! Now that the kids are older and we have an "empty" nest most of the time, I like not having a big house and all it up keep. Hubby will never leave NY, so as long I decide to keep him, I'll be here - LOL

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:48 AM   #22
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If I could transport most of the world I had up there down here, this truly would be "Paradise". But for now my paradise is in my head! LOL!
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:06 AM   #23
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If I could transport most of the world I had up there down here, this truly would be "Paradise". But for now my paradise is in my head! LOL!
That's so funny - I have serious thoughts of Fl when we have winters like this one! Having driven route 4 in Fl many times, I don't think I'd enjoy living there! I do love visiting and can't wait for my best friend to buy his house in St Augustine, then I'll have a place to visit when I need to see sun in the winter! My arthritis hates the damp winter weather like we're having today and of course today is one of the few days I have to go to work. Hours on my feet in this weather leaves me in pain, but I do so love being at the store!! I enjoy helping people learn to cook. I have regular customers that wait for my shifts to discuss their next project or their special diet needs etc.

My first degree was a dual program for nutrition and culinary - I changed majors just before I graduated because I realized it wouldn't work with the situation I has then. I was in the middle of a divorce, my youngest was a year old and with that degree I'd be working odd hours, nights, weekends etc. I didn't want any more issues with custody. So I switched to business and Political science. I graduated and went to work on Wall Street. I waited 9 months and the company paid for me to get my masters in Information Management. I was a project manager in software development till just before 9/11 when I got sick. Sometimes life takes you full circle - I grew up in the food business and now I'm back in that area, but not in food production.

Where up here did you live?

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Old 01-28-2009, 10:50 AM   #24
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Don't measure all Fl. by Rt. 4. That's the worst conjested area of Fl. And St Augustine is still too cold. I'm about 800 miles southwest of Jacksonville.
In Jersey I grew up and lived most of my life in Essex County.
Alittle time in Union and Passaic Counties.
You'll see in checking out all the good posts here what I most miss is the food. Then the beaches/boardwalks, the old houses - wood; everything is stucco here, and the geography; everything is flat here. (I miss the South Mountain Reservation)
Plus + minuses to everywhere.
Your career paths do sound interesting.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #25
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Its a pleasure to meet you Stacy! Welcome to DC!
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:23 PM   #26
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Don't measure all Fl. by Rt. 4. That's the worst conjested area of Fl.
Plus + minuses to everywhere.
Your career paths do sound interesting.
LOL - My life's journey certainly can't be measured by a straight line. I'm a lot of things but boring isn't one of them!!

I think a flat landscape would be a the death of me even if I complain when I'm walking up the hill to my home from the East River. I can't eat out much due to the celiac disease and other food allergies, but I can get all the best raw ingredients close to the house.

I have often thought that Florida would be nice - but then I remember the few times I was there in August!

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Old 01-29-2009, 11:28 PM   #27
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Welcome, Stacy.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:12 AM   #28
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welcome Stacey ;o)
It seems that we could switch this forum to a photographer's soon ;o))
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:43 PM   #29
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welcome Stacey ;o)
It seems that we could switch this forum to a photographer's soon ;o))
Cara,

Oh my - did I/we hijack the welcome area - so sorry! Food Photography is a big issue for cooking contests, blogs, even self published cookbooks and this forum may be a good place to announce my interests, but I didn't mean to get things off track!

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Old 01-31-2009, 04:23 AM   #30
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Welcome to the DC ! It's my pleasure to be here and hope to me for have a great here.I am too curious about recipies so let's talk more about cooking concepts.
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