I hate cleaning the toilet bowl and windows is a close second. I never mind folding laundry or loading the dishwasher.
During the evenings I am usually engaged with my iPad, sitting on the couch in the living room with the television on and myself either reading or writing on my iPad. My husband is sitting on the other couch across from me, reading and writing on his, romantic don’t you think. Yesterday I decided to take the extra eggplant and zucchini, slice them long ways, salt, pepper and sprinkle both oregano and olive oil and roast them in the oven to make a type of vegetarian lasagna since I had ricotta, homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese lying around. I prepared the cookie sheets with the vegetables and into the oven they went at a comfortable temperature of 350F. I go back to my couch and start to read through some articles and my husband comes back into the living room and says what smells so nice and roasted. I didn’t even register that he had left the room, I jumped up, threw Jack the dog off my lap and ran into the kitchen, opened the oven door and was greeted with blackened eggplant, not all of them, two were salvageable, so was the zucchini, I had forgotten to mention the sliced onion, that was burnt to a charred crisp. Oh dear, I took what I could and constructed your basic lasagna minus the pasta sheets, and put the final layer of mozzarella cheese on top and back into the oven it went. I return to the living room to start reading again and lo and behold, my husband comes back into the living room and says it smells nice in the kitchen, I throw Jack back up into the air, run into the kitchen and take out the lasagna which isn’t black but a nice dark tan, salvageable and quite tasty. You would think that I would have learned my lesson the first time but no. The iPad is quite addictive and I lose all track of time and forget food, not good when you are cooking. I did get a good laugh at myself afterwards.
Yes, I have started writing a book. I joined the National November Novel Writing Month challenge just this past November, I successfully completed the challenge of writing 50,000 words but that didn't bring me near to the end of the story so I have continued writing everyday working towards finishing my book. I am at 108 pages so far and so good. A little more everyday and I will see the end of my story come to fruition.
The President’s tax plan proposal makes a lot of sense in terms of what it would do for much needed growth in the economy. Most wealthy people, I am sure when faced with the tax man would rather re-invest in their companies or in some other venture than pay the U.S government and make money from the capital investments thus moving and pushing the economy along. The economy gets fed instead of the government who still gets tax revenue but in the form of payroll taxes because those capital investments made by those same wealthy people generate more growth hence jobs and it is a win win. The tax rates being proposed are nowhere near the levels that existed before President Clinton so I really don’t understand all the fuss but I guess that I am just too poor to really understand conservative economic theory. I do think that I explained it pretty well to myself actually,lol.
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I say that for 2012 the most important elections are those for the house and senate. I want to see the house go back to the democrats so that President Obama can have the tools needed to implement the programs that he outlined in his SOTU. We need to invest solidly in green energy technology, we need to re-invest in our infrastructure both the physical and the technological, we desperately need to re-invest in our children educationally and nutritionally, the laundry list is long and the President can’t go it alone like he has been for the past 3 years. The obstruction that congress threw in the President’s face was awful and clearly it has to stop and that is up to us as the electorate. We have as much responsibility in this as the people who we elect to office. President Obama’s administration stemmed the risk of a depression and started the recovery process, I for one, want to see President Obama finish what he started and help lead us truly into the 21st century. We might have had a late start but better late than never.
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Outside your front door. Getting outside and walking is the best way to enjoy fresh air, nature and it's free. All you need is the desire to get out of the house.
I took advice from a very nice writing buddy, TillyBud, she said “to thine own self be true” and so I wrote my first intimate scene for my heroine, Madeleine and her true love Jack. The scene is short and the focus is on the emotion shared between the two and the complete convergence of their lives into one. This moment, especially for Madeleine, is the moment of no return, her destiny is no longer her own, it is now intertwined with Jack’s. This was a big stumbling block for me because I felt awkward in writing it and so I kept writing about everything all around Madeleine, the streets of Paris and the food that she made and ordered to eat, what she thought and how she felt. Now I feel liberated to move forward with the story and get Madeleine and her love Jack out of Paris and overseas to the exciting city New York.
I wonder if I’m stalling in Paris because since I miss France so much, I’m really enjoying researching the history of 1920′s Paris and writing about it. It is a lot of fun to write about French food and recipes but I am sure that researching New York of the 1920′s will be a lot of fun as well. The nightlife must have been a doozy given prohibition and the underworld of bootlegging.
The evidence that shows that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came late into the game of subprime loan mortgages has been written about and analyzed quite extensively since 2009 and I would think that it wouldn’t surprise anyone that the republican candidates for the nomination as well as any republican in political office would seek to counter point the evidence that shows that the private sector banking industry went full speed ahead in selling those subprime mortgage loans and bundling them into securities to make the most money possible. The republicans would never betray the banking industry and their campaign contributions especially just for us mere constituents. Unfortunately if you watch Fox news every single contributor will also back up the false evidence of wrongdoing in the mortgage industry by blaming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so if you are a republican and gravitate to conservative reading sources and news outlets, that belief in the wrongdoing of a government enterprise will surely be reinforced. I am sure that the same can be said of progressives but I have read from sources such as Der Spiegal, Guardian, Le Monde and others and the different publications all point to the same conclusion, that the private banking industry indulged their greed through fraud and criminal activities which is made even worse because no one has gone to jail.
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David Gregory is the one moderator who needs to be replaced. All he can ever talk about is the false premiss that social security and medicare are the only reasons for our federal deficit when there is clear evidence in black and white by the impartial CBO that the Bush tax cuts that occurred under Mitch Daniels watch as budget director 2001-2003, the two wars and the medicare Prescription part D plan and the Great Recession are the driving force behind the federal deficit that Gregory LOVES to scare his audience with. Can anyone imagine Trump participate in a debate? I know that he went to Wharton School of business and according to him, he did very well but his way of speaking doesn’t reflect his academic record and that is a minus. I have grown tired of the republican field of candidates because there is nothing new coming from them, Romney and Gingrich both pay homage to the same tired supply side economic theory, bashing illegal immigrants without coming up with practical solutions, silent on matters related to our numbers in poverty except in placing blame on them for their own plight in poverty.I hope that the house reverts back to the democrats in 2012 and that the senate stay in democrat hands so that the proposals laid out in the SOTU can be achieved.
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In my small town we have various committees who plan quite a bit of recreational activities for Blandfordites. Since I am on the board of directors of the Blandford Historical Society, the hubby and I get invited to all the gatherings and social events. Today, our first outing was hiking the trails at the Knittel Conservation Area on Herrick road. The Conservation Area is quite large, 243 acres dedicated to the public for nature’s activities. The hike was quite lovely, in the mountains and snow covered ground, the sky’s pristine blue,not too cold, not windy. A glorious day for a hike and for really appreciating the luxury of being able to walk down the road, meet up with your fellow townspeople and breath cold fresh air, hike around a beaver dam, and wonder if you might see some wildlife like a moose, a deer or coyote. We walked for a good forty minutes and then it was time to go home and prepare a dish for the potluck dinner at the Historical Society. I agonized over what to make yesterday because I don’t have a slow cooker or anything to keep a dish warm so I was torn. It was only late last night that I decided to make pasta Carbonara. What pushed me in that direction is that pasta Carbonara still tastes good lukewarm, I had all the ingredients and I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like it. Essentially, pasta Carbonara is linguine, I used thin spaghetti, folded into an egg, cream, Parmesan cheese, bacon and onion mixture. What is not to like? At 6:00 we met at the Historical Society, everyone put out their dishes and we had a lovely dinner, the food was delicious and eclectic, there was potatoes gratineed, a pork stew, chicken and rice soup, a cheese and broccoli quiche, pasta, coleslaw and dessert. Someone even brought red wine, there was water for me and tea for whoever wanted it. The conversation flowed freely, everyone had seconds and we all cleaned up together. The hubby and I had a wonderful day in and around our town.