A little bit about politics.

I will start off saying that I don’t think that posting your junk on twitter is a brilliant thing to do, but it also isn’t something that should force someone to lose his job, and yes I am referring to the Anthony Weiner case.

That said, I do have a few addendum to that:

* What Anthony “twitter”  Weiner did was no different from what Chris “craigslist” Lee did, so if you called for his resignation (Dems) then you should call for Weiner’s resignation. If you thought Lee should keep his job (Repubs) you should think that Weiner should keep his job. Anything else is just plain political hypocrisy in my book.

* Weiner’s bigger sin in my book is the 10 day media circus where he lied upon lies claiming he was hacked, that the picture was photoshopped or whatever. As a firebrand politician, with a sharp wit, he should have used that wit to be honest, and this whole thing would have blown over.

* I would expect our politicians to get with the program. In a world where nothing is really secret, and news media/bloggers get info out to the world in a matter of seconds, anything that you do, especially on line will probably be exposed, and the more powerful or famous you are, the faster that will happen.  After so many politicians were busted for sex scandals, you would think that the rest would show some restraint, or at least discretion. For that alone, the ones who didn’t learn the lesson deserve what they get.

I wish that Weiner could stick around to continue to champion progressive causes, but I think that his decision to resign was the first smart thing he did since this whole mess started.

I know that it is naive to hope for honest, upstanding politicians that I can look up to, but I do.

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Today I am cooking.

I leave in 3 days, but David is stuck here for 4 weeks till he joins me in Israel, and because I am home all day (summer vacation is a wonderful thing) and David works hours that should be illegal, I am making him some of his favorite foods so that he doesn’t have to come home exhausted and then cook.

So today I made Mediterranean Kugel (pasta bake):

This is so yummy!

It is actually easy to make!

 

Cook 1 lb of egg noodles, while they are cooking chop up (amounts according to taste) artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and black kalamata or Greek olives. Add to the (veggies some feta cheese, oregano, basil and italian spice. Mix with 2 eggs.

When the noodles are done, toss them in with the chopped veggies/feta mix.

Bake in a lasagna dish at 4oo degrees for 25 minutes, and enjoy.

(told you it was easy)

After that I made a spinach feta shakshouka. A Shakshouka is traditionally eggs poached over spicy tomatoes and onions, but this is a modern twist on it. Also shakshoukas are not pleasing to the eye, but are VERY pleasing to the palate.

This tastes much better than it looks

So here is the recipe for the shakshouka:

Cut 2-3 leeks (just the white sections) into thin slices. You may also use shallots with or instead of leeks. I like the combo.

Saute in butter

When the leeks are transparent, add 2-3 cloves of garlic, well chopped, and saute all together while stirring for about 1 minute.  Add 1 1/2 lbs of spinach leaves and saute for a few more minutes. Mix in salt and pepper to taste.

Break 6 eggs over the spinach mix, as if you were making sunny side up eggs, and gently break the yolks. Sprinkle feta over the eggs, and cook covered over low flame until the yolks are solid, and you’re done!

Tomorrow I make lasagna, and a fantastic mac and cheese from Aarti Party on the food network. the link for that recipe is:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/thai-red-curry-mac-n-cheese-recipe/index.html

I love cooking, and if you guys have any fun recipes please feel free to share, and I promise I ill share more recipes on here as well

 

 


Branson – AKA Redneck Disney

The big Chicken and me (I'm the one in front)

So this is me in Branson, and the big chicken kind of sums it up. Its like Wisconsin Dells with a drawl, and it was fun to go there ONCE.

We left Sunday morning, after mowing the yard. It was about a 4 hour drive (with stops), and after eating breakfast at Sonic on the way, and lunch at Sonic when we got there. We had some time to kill, since my parents got held up by traffic in Saint Louis and were running late, so we took the tour of Stone Hill Winery, which was lame, but at least we got free samples. I have to say that for a winery that won thousands of national and international awards, I was not impressed. They do have a sweet wine called Jaquess (or JackAss – wine with a  kick) that wasn’t bad, but the rest was meh. The “jokes” told by the tour guide were tired, but the place was air conditioned and we had the time to kill.

When my parents arrived, we checked into the studio apartment at the timeshare resort that they were booked in. The place was nice, but David and I had to sleep on a hide a bed.

David and my mom on what will become our bed.

 

After check in, we went to see the Hollywood wax museum, which would have been ok if it was $5-8 a ticket, but it cost us over $70 for the 4 of us to get in, including a coupon, and senior discounts for my parents. I did learn that Toto made more money per day than the munchkins did…

Later we went to Walmart to get some stuff for my parents. The Walmart in Branson is like a theme park based on the “People of Walmart” website, and was extremely amusing, and we left with a sense of superiority that they didn’t even charge us for!

Dinner at a Chinese buffet, chit chat with my parents and a very unrestful night on the hide a bed ended day one in Branson. I did finish the first Sookie Stackhouse , but thats a different blog post.

The next day we just relaxed in the morning and then went to a lunch/lets try to upsell the old folks. It was 2 hours of Fazoli, and misinformation. My parents didn’t buy any more “points” and got a lame coupon book out of it.

We drove around Branson to see what the place was really all about – the answer – Redneck Heaven! Its where hasbeens go to be idolized, and dignity goes to die.

There are however amazing views that I am guessing most visitors miss out on, but we went to the scenic overlook, and took some pictures.

Me and my parents and the view of the area around Branson

Then we went to the Chicken restaurant from the first picture for a late lunch/Early dinner, and then it was time for David and me to head home.

The drive home was uneventful, and went by quicker than we expected, and so ended our Branson vaca.

It is Tuesday, and I leave for Israel in 4 days and David leaves in 31 days, and thats when the REAL vacation happens!

 


Experiment with pictures

So tomorrow is the trip to Branson, and today was just another running around day. I figured it would be a great opportunity to try and post my first picture, and heres the story that goes with it –

After farmers market in the morning, and some shopping for gifts for the nieces (with a stop at Old Navy) we came home, and David got bored, so he surfed retail websites. He found this shirt at Walmart that was so trashy, that I just had to have it. We went to WallyWorld, because it was another reason to get out of the house, and I got the shirt – It is so extremely trashy, and so much fun, and for a mere $9 plus tax it is now mine.

How trashy is it?  Judge for yourself:

This shirt was so trashy, I just HAD to have it!

Let me know what you think, I love comments, and they are rare on my blog so far…


Am I a slug or what?

Yesterday was my birthday, and an exciting birthday it was… or not. I started the morning teaching child psychology and development to camp staffers. (and by the morning I mean 1 hour). Then after killing some time at the JCC went to lunch at Red Robin (yummmm) with David, Shelley, Matt and Molly. Then  home to make dinner, dinner, some TV, and that was the big birthday celebration… For the record, as of now, 44 feels no different than 43.

Today I was even more of a slug. If I had a dollar for everything I could have done, but didn’t, I could upgrade my seats on the flight to Israel and back to first class. Oh well. That all changed after David got home. We went to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes – and the “eat too much cuz its a buffet” balances out with  “at least it was healthy food for the most case” (all those birthday BOGO coupons I got in my email sure do come in handy), shopped at Old Navy – I now have 3 more shirts and another pair of shorts to take to Israel with me, and David also got 2 shirts. Don’t judge – I had to spend $50 to be able to use the $10 coupon I got in my email for my birthday, so shopping was an economic thing to save money. (Yes, I know, it makes more sense if you don’t think about it)

Then to the Plaza to walk off all the food, and with the Plaza comes more shopping – 2 hats and a pair of shorts for David at the Men’s store of Forever 21, nothing at the Gap or Banana Republic (maybe at the outlets at the Legends this weekend), a book of puzzles for the plane at Barnes and Nobles, and some soap and hand sanitizer at Bath and Body Works.

And just in case we walked and shopped off too many calories, we ended the plaza walk at Starbucks  one for the road.

Now we are home, David is getting a new pair of glasses, and I am returning to my slug ways, waiting for an email from my dad with the address of where they are staying in Branson, MO – cuz we are going to visit them there Sunday and Monday – never been,  so I am sure I’ll actually have something to blog about after that trip – and there will be pictures too – I almost promise!


Today is Tuesday (you call that news?)

Yup, the title says it all – nothing exciting happened today.

Got up, worked out with my Wii Active 2, talked our Israeli counselor off a metaphorical ledge (at least for now), did some cardio at the gym, and now I’m just chilling out at home. David is already in bed – that 4:30 am wakeup is a bitch, and I am watching The Voice for the first time since the Auditions show.

I did have to spend quite a bit of time with the airlines today – they are so good at nickeling and diming you to death. I fly Continental to Israel and back, and it has been easy as pie. David on the other hand is flying to Israel on Delta, and then to Rome, and back to Chicago on Alitalia, finally from Chicago to KC he flies American. That in and of it self is why using a travel agent maybe isn’t the best idea…

Here is where things get strange and pricey – Delta’s inflight entertainment is not free – you have to us a pay per view option – movies are $6 and TV shows are $2 each. How lame is that? Even stranger is Alitalia’s baggage policy – different flights have different rules. From Tel Aviv to Rome is 2 bags free, but Rome to Chicago only 1 bag is Free and the other is $55, and even though the flight is booked as one reservation/confirmation number, because we have a stop in Rome (as opposed to a layover), they are going to charge him for the 2nd bag. I guess we should be happy that they are only charging him for one leg of the journey.

I also had to call American, and they will not charge David for the bags, so my marathon of phone calls to the travel agent and the Airlines ended on a good note.

I dunno,  would have to say that for the price of the ticket, on a transatlantic flight, you should be allowed to have 2 suitcases and free movies, but I’m just a consumer, so what do I know? (I do know that if I possibly can, I will only be flying USAIR and Continental for international travel, and Southwest in the USA. Just saying.

Ok, that was more of a rant then I was expecting, and I didn’t even get into the Anthony Wiener issue. I’ll save that for another day that nothing happens.

Thanks for reading, and comments are always welcome!


Monday, Monday

And the weekend is officially over, but that means that I only have 12 days till my flight, and David only has 39.

Today is looking to be a nothing day – I have to go to the Holiday Inn where we had our Shabbat retreat to pick up some clothes (clean) that I left there. Good thing the retreat was in town. Work out, clean the kitchen and do some cooking. I am going to make sure that David has plenty of food prepared, so that he doesn’t have to worry about anything like that in the 4 weeks I am in Israel, and he is still here.

On the menu – Lasagna, Mediterranean Kugel, egg salad, tuna salad, and a whole lot of chicken cooked in various ways. If anyone has any other suggestions of things that I can make in bulk, and then freeze portions, I would be thankful! (I did already make Kabobs – mediterranean meatballsie kinds of things).

Yesterday was a good TV day since The Glades, and Next Food Network Star began their new seasons, so they are DVRd for us to watch at some point. I will miss both those shows while I am in Israel, but I guess I can handle that – I’ll just have some Ice Cream from Iceberg, or maybe some yummy Egyptian food at Julie’s in Kerem HaTeymanim to make up for it! (hmmmm seems food is a theme today – or everyday)

I guess I should let the dogs out and start this day of wonder and excitement!

Maybe I’ll add on some stuff later.