DIET, DESSERT AND DOGS HAS MOVED!  If you’ve landed on this page, you’ve probably been directed by a link to the old blog from the new one.  To return to the new DDD homepage, click here.

To return to the page you were reading, close this window (if it opened as a new window) or click the “back” button. There is a corresponding “Side Notes” page on the new blog as well–just click here.


In the same vein as endnotes or parenthetical references in an essay, this page provides references to things or people mentioned in various entries throughout my blog, especially those who’d prefer to remain otherwise anonymous. 

 Regular References (in alphabetical order): 

  • ACD: Anti-Candida Diet.  An eating plan for those who suffer from sugar cravings, recurrent yeast infections, or other conditions that might support an overgrowth of candida albicans in the body. I followed a very restrictive form of this diet for over 2 years, a while back; I started a more flexible plan in August, 2008.
  • The Architect: a dear friend whom I met the year I separated from my starter marriage, in a support group for divorced people (how cute!) back in the ’90s.  We helped each other through separation and singlehood, servings as each other’s perma-dates, until we both met someone else (at about the same time, too).
  • Babe: One of my oldest friends, whom I’ve known since we were seven.  After the movie Babe came out, we both loved it and soon, the nickname “Babe” began to stick.  It was vetoed after I unwittingly called out to her in a coffee shop, “Hey, Babe, what kind of muffin do you want?” and several elderly women threw glaring looks our way.  But this is my blog, and I can be as immature as I like here–so the nickname resurfaces!
  • CBC: Cool Boston Chick (not to be confused with THE CBC, or Canadian Broadcasting Company): my older cousin who lives in Boston and is a cherished cousin, “mom” and friend.  She’s the coolest!
  • The CFO:  my younger sister, a Chartered Accountant in Montreal.
  • Eternal Optimist: One of the most talented, hard-working people I’ve ever met, the EO and I met through a local literary festival where she used to work.  Now a marketing whiz, she’s also my role model as someone who’s funny, smart, and able to put a positive spin on any situation.
  • GBR: Great Bed Rest (also Grievous Back Relapse):  the period of ten days in March-April 2008 when I injured my back so badly that I was completely immobilized for almost a week.  I did learn a lot about patterns in ceiling stucco, however, as you can read here.
  • Gemini I, Gemini II: my two dearest friends, identical twins with whom I’ve shared fun and laughs since we were all about four years old (and those multiple decades make Oprah and Gayle look like recent acquaintances, believe me).
  • H.H. : My Human Honey (who prefers to remain anonymous), as opposed to my furry honeys, Elsie and Chaser.
  • NAG diet: diet I learned about in nutrition school (stands for “Natural, Alive, Good-Quality”).  To learn more see this post.
  • The Nurse:  my older sister, an operating room nurse in Montreal.
  • Phil (short for “The Philanthropist”): a dear friend that I’ve known since high school.  Trained as a lawyer, The Phil is one of the most generous and giving people I know.  When she finally realized law wasn’t for her, she  left to help raise money for various worthy causes, including a women’s walk for breast cancer that broke all previous records.  
  • PR Queen: a friend I first met when she signed up for one of my cooking classes, she is one of the most outgoing individuals I’ve ever met.  And while she doesn’t actually work in the PR field, she’s definitely got that bubbly, magnetic (if those two can coexist) personality.
  • Rocker Guy (He of the Black Leather Pants): rather charming, somewhat good looking psychopath I dated for a brief interlude after my separation from the Starter Husband. For some bizarre reason, references to RG seem to recur with alarming regularity on this blog.  (Who, me? Bitter? Pshaw!)
  • Starter Husband: the ex-husband from my first (far too young, far too immature) marriage.  Luckily, we ended it fairly quickly, lessons learned. 
  • Sterlin: one of my very best friends; our friendship was sealed back in high school because we were both sans boyfriend throughout that time and so bonded with each other (no, not in that way, you perv). 
  • WOCA: Week of Chocolate Asceticism.  Every few months, after a particularly repetitive, damaging binge on chocolate, I decide to cut it out of my life for a week or two as a way to return to a more moderate way of eating, and detox the chocolate out of me.  The first few days are the worst, but then I feel much better.  Really.

13 Responses to “Side Notes”

  1. TBC Says:

    So you’re from Montreal originally, Ricki? My sis is going to move there in a few months after her wedding.
    We’re trying to gather as much info about Montreal as possible now. 🙂

  2. Sterlin Says:

    I am totally gobsmacked, to coin an English term. I had NO IDEA what a blog is and how much has gone in to this one! OMIGOD. Did you write all this? So clever and witty and well-written! Loved the mint smoothie one…will have to tune in more often. How long does this take you? All those recipes and the pix are excellent. Who writes to you?


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  4. […] of toxins, my emotional fuse shrank along with the portion sizes and I’m afraid I snapped at the poor HH on more than one occasion (The Girls, of course, were left unscathed).  Now I understand why […]

  5. […] on the counter, its wrinkled top curled under in a makeshift closure.  Feeling fairly certain that the HH hadn’t ordered something untoward off the Internet (or at the least, that he wouldn’t […]

  6. […] moi?  I like ‘em all.  The HH is a huge fan of potatoes in any form, prepared using any cooking method and dressed with any and […]

  7. […] a wee problem:  every time the HH and I whip up a batch of that dressing for our romaine lettuce, we end up with enough silky, garlicy […]

  8. […] For those who might be wondering, yes, I tried all these sweets before I started my current ACD! Posted by Ricki Filed in baking, chocolate, cookbook, cookies, dessert, fruit, gluten free, […]

  9. […] loads of fun to be with.  The meeting had been planned for several weeks–before I started the ACD–and I didn’t want to cancel because of a silly little diet.  Besides, I was fairly […]

  10. […] that we’ve already surpassed last year’s (record-breaking) snowfall for this date, the HH helpfully piped up, “Yeah, and we’ve still got over a month more of this to […]

  11. […] not really. If I had to choose between a sweet tofu scramble and my sweet HH, of course the HH would win out.  But just […]

  12. […] the CFO is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, I’ll be taking a break from blogging between now and some […]

  13. […] deliberately placed pecan halves, as decoration.  I proudly held up the finished product for the HH’s approval.  He took one look at my painstakingly positioned pecan halves and remarked, “It […]

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