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The Alkaline Diet

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Mark and I were first introduced to the Alkaline Diet of all places but on our Carribean Cruise. We have since sworn this is the best and healthiest way to live life and have never looked or felt better in our lives. Check it out!

What is an alkaline diet?
An alkaline diet is a diet that emphasizes, to a varying degree, fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts, and legumes. It does not completely replace other foods, but switches the balance to 80/20 alkaline foods to the Western diet stuff.

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Burritos para todos!

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paso doble burritos | Ottawa Tulip Festival May 2-19

Less than a week from now, our delicious burritos will be had by thousands of lucky, hungry Tulip festival goers!

paso doble burritos will be featured at the Canadian Tulip Festival May 2-19! The festival averages thousands of people daily, and on average 20,000 on weekends!

Mark and I are busy with the final details to prepare for opening day this Friday, May 2. He'll have a kitchen staff to manage in an official tent near the main food pavilion at Dow's Lake.

paso doble burritos will feature chicken, pork and veggie burritos with tortilla chips and salsa.

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GO! Mark's ancient Chinese skills

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Last week, in our attempts to deal with the Winter doldrums, we walked (in the sludge and freezing rain) to Rideau Centre and did a little shopping. I had completely forgotten that there is a game store on the first level, near the food court.

We went in looking for something new or old, but something that would be totally different than playing Scrabble, Cranium or Canasta - our three favs. I spotted Go! I knew about this game from my boss in Portland, and know a few people who absolutely love it - kinda like playing chess.

Mark and I have played a total of 3 times, and our running score is Mark 3, Jessica 0! I couldn't believe this! We're both so competitive with each other, so we really duke it out when we play board games. But it's a lot of fun, and like an Othello meets Risk kinda game of territory and freedom.

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Cruising the Caribbean

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2008 Caribbean Cruise

We're back from our Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. We had a great time! It was so nice to be down in a warm climate away from work and away from the snow. Us and 3600 other like-minded people had a lot of fun on our Southern Caribbean itinerary. We departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.

We've posted our pictures of the cruise so you can check them out! I know that we'll periodically go back and look at the pictures to pretend we're on vacation again.

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Laney's going to be OK!

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Laney's regular doctor diagnosed her as having only a *stretched* ACL. Several weeks have passed and she's putting more weight on the wounded leg. If it were torn, she would not put any weight on it at all. She seems happier, and is running around like her old self.

The doctor has her on pain medication daily, and we're still limiting the amount of human and kitty interaction she has to help her rest.

One positive side to all this is that we're training her not to jump up. It's working. So after all these years, Laney is getting more obedient. It's only been 10 years in the making, as she just celebrated her birthday this month. Happy Birthday Laneybeda!

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Project Better Place

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For those of you that know me well, you know that lately I've been very interested in our environment. One of the things that I've been especially passionate about lately is electric cars. In my mind, they are definitely where the future is. With the latest advancements in battery technology, they can be built to go as fast and as far as a gasoline car. You no longer have to compromise performance for the environment.

There has been one area that electric cars still have issues with -- the cross country road trip. Even the most sophisticated electric cars have a range of only 250 miles. That is where Project Better Place comes in. The wonderful YouTube video below (you may need to read the full blog entry to see it embedded at manca's cafe) does a great job of explaining their battery exchange concept.

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Manca family Christmas, Ottawa 2007

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I really can't believe how fast time goes by. Christmas 2007 has already come and gone. It was quite a Christmas to remember!! Jessica and I had the privilege of hosting my entire family here in our new house. In freezing cold Ottawa.

It was the first time we'd had a house full of people. We gleefully found that it is very possible to have six adults in the house without stepping on each others toes (well not too much stepping anyway). We each had our moments of frustration. But they were just that -- moments.

I do miss my family. While I do very much like being in Ottawa, sometimes it is hard to be so far away. It was funny that we slipped right back in to our old roles. I want things to be just so. Padre goes out in the morning for his exercise and his coffee. Marpoo is loud -- and now, Jessica helps!

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Yin Yoga

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In Portland, I had been introduced to a few types of Yoga - Hot, Ashtanga and a very powerful one called Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is an asana practice, and counterbalances the body from the more common Yang yoga practices. These poses target the deep tissue between the muscles rather than the muscles themselves. For me, it allows me to focus on greater flexibility and opening up areas that typically store the body's tension - in women, the hips and in men, the shoulders.

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80 Frank is now on Bullfrog Power!

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On January 3, 2008, we switched our home energy usage to Bullfrog Power! That means that we draw our energy from the Ontario grid's Bullfrog's green power. Our power costs now are supporting clean, renewable power instead of polluting and carbon-intensive sources like coal.

Support from customers like us is helping to bring more new renewable power online with the use of wind turbines here in Canada. To learn more, see Bullfrog and Flick Off: http://www.bullfrogpower.com and http://www.flickoff.org

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Laney has a torn ACL!

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My little dog Laney has a confirmed torn tendon in her knee. She injured herself jumping and landing poorly on the slippery hard wood floors over a week ago.

The doctor says she needs knee surgery to repair her little back leg. As she turns 10 this year, I think it's best that we go forward with the surgery. She's just not herself, and she stresses me out trying to jump and run to chase Natasha.

We'll schedule her surgery in early January. She's currently resting in her crate (doggie version of bed rest), and missing chasing squirrels.

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