Thursday, February 26, 2009


Over the weekend we watched this movie. It was very good. It is about the war in the Middle East. Leo DiCaprio plays a spook. Russell Crowe is his boss. Leo seems like a capable guy but Russell is always interfering in his efforts. Leo almost gets killed because of it.
If this is how things are done over there it is no wonder our efforts are in vain!

This movie was up for many awards. I like Richard Jenkins. He was the Dad on Six Feet Under.
He plays Walter, a guy with an empty life, who finds a couple living in his New York apartment. (He lives in Connecticut full time.) He gets to know the man, Tarek. They share a love of music. Tarek teaches Walter to drum. Unfortunately, Tarek gets arrested for a crime he did not commit. Walter is upset by this. We find out that Tarek and his lady are in the US illegally. Tarek gets threatened with deportation. His mother shows up because Tarek has not called her in 5 days. She and Walter start dating but everything comes to an end when Tarek gets deported back to Syria.
I think everyone shloud see this film. I felt bad for Tarek and the other illegal people in the movie but also a little pissed because of all the crap we have to go through to keep the King a legal resident.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What's Cooking Wednesday

Roasted Asparagus
Yesterday, the store had some great asparagus, so I bought some. Today I decided to make it for lunch. But how? I got the latest Eating Well magazine and they had an article on asparagus. They featured roasted asparagus. So that is what I did.
1 bunch of asparagus, washed and the tough ends broken off. Preheat the oven at 425.
I put them in a bowl and drizzled olive oil and salt over it and tossed them to coat each piece. I used a baking sheet with a piece of parchment on it. I placed the asparagus on the sheet in one layer and roasted them in the oven for 15 minutes. Talk about delicious! OMG, they were great. But I did not take a photo. I found this one on the internet. It looks just like my lunch! The photo is from a cool website
Check out her post on chocolate bowls!

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

I was surprised to find this video at the library. It was done as a blog on the internet by Joss Whedon. Joss Whedon is the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse (Fridays at 9 on FOX).
This video stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion (from Firefly) and Felicia Day (from Buffy). They are fantastic singers. I really liked this quirky little video. It lasted about 40 minutes. The songs are catchy. Something you would really sing along to!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bathroom Floor

Two weeks ago we decided to redo the floor in the bathroom. We (mostly him!) tore up the tiles and most of the subfloor. What a job!

On Saturday, the King had time to finish the job! Now we need to do the grouting!

The grouting is complete and dry. Later to day I will wash down the walls and the floor. The King needs to put one more coat of paint on the walls and install new lighting and finish off the doors. I can put everything away. I am so tired of the junk all over the bedroom! Another room done! Another step closer to our dream.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hershey Plant In Reading, PA Closes

Well, it is official.
Hershey Plant In Reading Closes
Closure Announced In 2007; Production Moving To Mexico

updated 10:47 a.m. ET, Sat., Feb. 21, 2009

READING, Pa. - After 23 years, Hershey is closing its Reading plant Friday, putting about 260 people out of work.
Hershey is moving production of peppermint patties, Fifth Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies from Reading to Mexico.
The closing was announced two years ago as part of Hershey's plan to cut 1,500 jobs and one-third of its production lines.
Some workers will stay on for a few more weeks to close down the plant.

If you eat peppermint patties, Fifth Avenue & Zagnut bars and Jolly Rancher candies, it will not be a "Made in America" product!
Actually, Hershey has been cutting back jobs ever since it bought the Luden's plant in Reading years ago.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Feast of San Biagio and stuff

Earlier in the month was the Feast of San Biagio in Italy. I don't know who he was. I googled him and got info about a church.
Our niece sent some photos of the fireworks they had in their town for the festa. Aren't these photos great. I can never get good fireworks photos!
These are the things that I am looking forward to. There is nothing like that here. Once a year the fire company has a carnival to raise money. It used to be really fun but lately it is not.
But everything always costs something here. It's like going to Hershey park and spending $40 to get in the park but you have to pay $5-$10 to park there.
Yesterday they had hail (in Sicily). That is not a usual occurance. Here we have horrendous winds. It blew the doors off the barn at my mom's place. I am thanksful for the clam today.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I have an announcement, for some of you this is not news, as soon as we sell our house we are moving to Sicily.

The King is from Sicily and has wanted to move back home for years but I did not want to. But with the current situation in America, Sicily is looking good!

But who could resist this!?!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Books turned into movies

I read this book this weekend. It was good. I like Parker's book, although I have not read a Spenser novel in awhile. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. It stars Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. I like those guys!