Monday, November 30, 2009

Twilight

I started Twilight a little late in the day you might say, considering that everyone else has either read all the books, at least the next book, and seen both movies.
Better late than never , I always say.
While Twilight is not a literary genius of a book, it is a very easy to read, fast moving book.
The rest of this blog is for people who have already read the book.
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I have to admit, the book kept me on the edge of my seat, mainly because I didn't trust the majority of what the author was telling me.
Would Edward break down, and decide that Bella made a quick n easy snack?
And when Edward took Bella to meet his family, I kept wondering if the family was going to give up their 'vegetarian' ways and have Bella for dinner?
When Alice and Emmet escaped with Bella to Phoenix, I kept wondering if Bella would survive the trip, and then wondering if she would survive staying in a hotel room with them?
I still don't trust Rosalie, and expect her to be in conflict with Bella in the next book or the third book at the very latest. Will she be? I don't know anything about the books that follow, so I don't know.
I'd be interested to hear about your reading experience and thoughts on Twilight.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Twilight

Well, it's happened, I'm joining the crowd, and starting to read the best seller Twilight. I'm on page 66, and that is miraculous because every time I pick up the book, someone gets the urge to call me and talk for a minute or so.
I'm puzzled by the way Edward is reacting toward Bella, first with complete hate and loathing, then a week later, totally charming. I know ahead of time that in the Twilight books there are vampires, but the description of Edward with his fair, fair skin and slight purple circles under his eyes gave me the hint that Edward, and all the Cullen clan are the Vampires, from Alaska no less!! At least it's not the overly cliched Transylvania.
One question, when did Vampires acquire the talents of super-sonic speed? In all the old Bella Lugosi films, vampires walked at human speeds, but could turn into bats. I wonder if Edward can turn into a bat?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Reporting in for duty!

Wow, some blog! Are you underwhelmed? I know I am. This will be my third blog entry for the whole year of 2009. Whoopee. Notice the lack of exclamation points?
I guess in my own defense, I am still in recovery. Since February, I have been operated on, had chemo, had radiation, lost a significant amount of hair, been scared to death and/or tearful. I've lost feeling in the end joint of my fingers, and of my toes. I've certainly had plenty to blog about, but haven't.
My family isn't even celebrating Thanksgiving today, we celebrated it last Sunday, the day that all of my immediate family could get together and share time and a meal together. It was precious.
Today, I've had time to be introspective. I've always been thankful for my family, but this year I am more so. I'm thankful for the extra time I have been granted to be with my family, to talk to them, to hug them, to just be together - with or without us talking. I've accepted that I might never have the time to accomplish all my goals, even the ones I've had since I was a teenager. That what I might be remembered for, in the abstract, is that I was important in the lives of my children. That my accomplishment will live on in the lives of the children in my children's lives.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Where to begin?


So, my last post was in January. You may be wondering about my resolution to blog more often? Well, unknown to me, in January I was a pretty sick woman and February was the month that I started to pay the piper.
The piper happened to be the big C, cancer. I've only been home now six weeks, the last months have been filled with operations and days that I can't remember for myself , relying instead on what the nurses, doctors, and my husband tell me.
I had to learn how to walk again, which was a real adventure. I wondered if I would ever walk again, or would I be relegated to a wheel chair for the rest of my days? There is quite a science to learning how to walk. First, you have to be able to stand erect - quite a feat in itself. Once you are able to do that, then you need to coordinate your movements.
"Squeeze your butt cheeks together!"
" Tighten your left knee joint. Lock it!"
" Move your right leg forward!"
"Tighten your right knee!"
"Move your left leg forward!"
"Keep your butt cheeks tight!"
Honestly, if babies knew before they learned how to walk, how hard it is to learn, they wouldn't learn how to walk for free! No, they'd clean up. They could start a nice little nest egg, and parent's tired of lugging around increasingly heavy babies would pay it!

Baby: So, what you bringing to the table Pops?

Pops: Why should I bring anything? Babies have been learning to walk for free for centuries!

Baby: Is that so? Well I'll tell you, we're wise to you now. We're looking out for our futures, saving for retirement, see? After all, Social Security will probably be gone by the time I'm in my sixties. It's nothing personal Pops. Purely business.

Pops: Well I'm not paying. Forget it!

Baby: Is that so? You'll pay Pops, and the tab will be higher. You want to know why? Well it's like this, Ma is getting tired of lugging me around, so you'll pay because she'll force you to. Or you'll pay because lugging me around will become you're responsibility. I'm not getting any lighter Pops, and it's your back fella.

Pops: (Gulps) Okay, okay. What is the going price?

Anyway, I'm now among the walking and have just recently conquered the twelve stairs in our house.
So that is the quick update, and this blog has just begun again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Re-energizing!


So, New Year's Day and it's resolutions are just about a month old. More and more American's are opting to not make resolutions at all. If you were one of the few who did make a resolution, it probably fell into one of these categories 1. losing weight , 2. excercising, 3. eating more healthily, 4. paying down your debt.
The new year has started to look a lot like the old year. If you didn't make any resolutions, may-be now you'd like to make a resolution now, to live below, if not way below your means.
In the different newspapers, blogs etc, there have been different recipes published that helped stretch your food nickle during the Depression years. Personally, most of the recipes make me cringe because they are so high in saturated fat and starches. During the Depression, I guess you ate to stop your stomach from growling than for nutrition.
Meals that I have come across are Spaghetti Sandwiches in which families actually spread cooked spaghetti across a piece of bread. The other piece of bread for the sandwich would be spread with , to quote the author "the thinest skim of bacon grease, mayonaise or butter."
Another meal was called Squaw Stew, Squaw Supper and other names. It consisted of greasing a cast iron frying pan with bacon grease, and stirring in a can of creamed corn, left over boiled potatoes, left over vegetables and topping it with a few thin squares of Velveeta cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and a little brown. "Oven meals helped to warm up the house too." one person reminisced.
Some families only had meat once a week. "Mother cooked a chicken or a roast on Sunday. It was wonderful to come home after mass and be greeted by the warmth and the smell of meat roasting in the oven! Any leftovers were used as garnishes for our meatless meals throughout the week." one woman remembered fondly.
Today, we might do it a bit differently - if we can. For instance, we now have pasta products like Smart Taste by Ronzoni. There are other brands available, but this is the brand that I buy because it is available most of the time, and it does go on sale. Another brand that I have used and liked is DreamFields but I have had a hard time finding it. Each serving of Smart Taste (I'm reading off the Penne Rigata box now) has 6 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar , 1 gram of fat (no grams of saturated or trans fats) and 43 grams of carbohydrates of which 6 grams are dietary fiber.
So to take one writer's Depression dinner which consisted of a platter of spaghetti with one can of (heated) diced tomatoes poured over it and chunks of Velveeta cheese on top of that (melting into the hot tomatoes), I have replaced the plain spaghetti with the more nutritious Smart Taste Penne Rigata, I have heated a can of Goya small pink beans (rinsed and drained)in a can of diced Del Monte tomatoes in a pot until hot. I mixed the pasta into the tomato/bean mixture and topped it (completely) with squares of Velveeta cheese. An inexpensive meal made without meat and my volunteers all thought it tasted pretty good. Some thought it would be better without the addition of the beans. Okay, they are probably right, but, the beans were added to make the meal more nutritious.


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