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September 14, 2009

Movie Weekend

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I usually feel torn when trying to choose movies for Victoria to watch. Here is the thing she is 10, a really young age but she no longer loves those character Disney movies she used to. Don’t get me wrong she can watch Alice in wonderland 50 times and never get bored of it, but she is changing so fast, she craves for a more realistic play.We have watched almost every Harry Potter and some other good ones. But she is the biggest fan of Jack. So, when she heard that Tim Burton was having a new movie, she was the first one in line to see it…well the 3 of us…

Now, the funny thing about this movie is that except the blue hair that Coraline (not Caroline) wears; Victoria does looks amazingly like her, she is really skinny and tall, long long legs, short hair in the back, longer on the front, they are both lefties, and her whole character…I mean, the first time we watched my husband looked at me like, what the h… and I was as shocked..well I leave you with the trailer. It’s a great movie but for older kids whom would enjoy a daily  quote of sarcasm..

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September 12, 2009

What a day..

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I know I have been neglecting my blog and my blogroll friends as well, but I have been really busy.  Starting on  Thursday. It was “Teachers appreciation day” here in Argentina, yeah same day as 9/11, so while the rest of the world was grieving I was thinking how many years have gone by since that day and baking cupcakes for Victoria’s teachers. So my attention was pretty much everywhere. Specially because since we moved back to Argentina I have never made butter frosting here and you know elements are different anywhere you go, so I’ll have to be careful not to screw it up and I didn’t have a lot of time. But I’m glad to say that the 8 cupcakes that went to school that day turned out Great!! I’m really proud of myself, haha

And then in the afternoon she had a birthday party. And let me tell you that should go totally by itself on another post, because I want to make an affirmation here.  There are sometimes when even people talking on the same language have no idea what the other is saying…so I’ll leave it there for now…

On Friday my oldest sister (I need to make a post just about my family..you’ll be surprised) her 3 boy, me and my sweetie pie, went shopping to one of the biggest malls around. It huge!! It’s so finely design that everytime I leave I feel I still didn’t see everything..So I need to come back, ya know.

anyway, if there is one thing I love about my sister is that she enjoys food as much as I do, actually my two sisters do, so, after some shopping around we felt hungry enough to feed the children so there we went.

After so many years of cheeseburgers, they don’t enticed me no more.. so I look for more ethnic choices, I will try anything just once, except for something I need to add to my list of no-no’s. So, we ended up here and boy were we glad we did!! A little taste of gourmet France in your mouth, delicious, superb, exquisite, soft, super yummy, fresh…
My sis had 2 quiches, the girl can eat, one with smoked salmon and broccoli and the other with leek and Roquefort, amazing both. I had a Chiavarina (Sandwich) with meat, tomatoes, arugula and a really soft mayonnaise, it was also amazing. Followed by two tarts, fruits and chocolate. Do I really need to say anything else?

September 4, 2009

I need sun

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I know how good rain is for the soil, believe me I feel blessed we’ve just got so many cm these past 2 days. But to be honest, even though I’m a “water” kind of person, I really need the sun…

I think my body and my whole being are  changing. That’s an obvious statement after you turn 30 but really, how can I be missing the sun when my fondest memories sometimes are my dark teenage years. When we put our long black coats on and went for a walk under the grayest of skies, listening to the music I still love, passing, sometimes, through the local cemetary and we actually enjoyed it.

But now it’s different. Specially today with so much rain outside and so little to do inside. Victoria and I looked like a carousel taking our turns between the tv and the computer and usually I would look for something to do with her, like for example my mother came for lunch today and I made a veggie stew (I’ll post the recipe and the pics later) so the morning went ok. But now,  after 4 days of cloudy skies, I feel depressed…I admit it. I know it will go away as soon as I can see a glimpse of a little bit of sun underneath a cloud. I’m even a little anxious and I don’t like this feeling of wanting…anything, just something different than this day.

Could I be actually gravitating to a new place in my life, a more warm and calm one?

September 1, 2009

Am I supposed to agree with you…

so I can see my comment posted on your blog?

Where the “free speech” ideal has gone. And if you have the right to moderate your comments, which I certainly find fair, at least have to consideration to let me know why my comment was deleted. I wasn’t lying; I wasn’t been rude; I wasn’t saying anything bad about anybody, ohh but wait, I got it now, I wasn’t totally buying what was being posted. I actually was making a “remarkable” observation. An observation every single person whom added a comment to your post seemed to be skipping ahead.

The above paragraph is just my thoughts on one of the most ridiculous things that have happened to me in a long while. I’m talking about my sincere and innocent comment on Martha Stewart’s blog.

She (or her staff, I really don’t know) has been writing for 2 days in a row about a trip to Montana’s Ted Turners house and acreage. Lovely trip and even more amazing pictures. That is one thing you can be sure to find on her blog, beauty and prettiness all around.

But I have to say, I’m not a big fan of Martha but I’m a fan of what Martha does. She is a perfectionist with incredible sense of beauty and style and I have always admired that on her.

Now here is where the ridiculousness starts: On the first post about this trip, and as usual on her blog, you get pics to see. Well that day there was 37 pics starting with Ted Turners private jet; look now and try to find it, you wont, they deleted it and I’ll tell you why. Because the whole post is about how amazing Ted is on keeping up with the environment and trying to be as green as possible. So, while I’m reading this and seeing the lines between the lines I wondered off and went to bed. Just to get up today and go back to add my thoughts into a comment and voila the pic is gone, which made me wondered even more. So, I had to say something. And this is what I wrote:

“I’m sure you guys have a great time. But, if I may say something. I think that Mr. Turner should use a more eco friendly way of transportation. Airplanes and private jets are responsible for a huge amount of waste in our air and I do believe he does a lot for the environment, but we need to go the extra mile and if that means to go slower on traffic, well, so be it”.

What is it so offensive on my comment that needed to be deleted? Or is it that because this guy has so much money and power everybody looks away from the atrocity that so many celebrities like him, are causing to our planet? Getting my comment deleted from the blog just shows exactly what I’m talking about. You can delete my comment, but you can make me quite, I won’t keep it quite, I don’t care who might be bothered with this. You can’t just go talking green when you have a jet leaving a huge carbon footprint waiting outside to take you home.

And as for Martha, maybe I was expecting more from her, maybe I was too naïve. There is only one thing I know for sure. This is making me talk even more…

Highschool reunion

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As the end of the year approaches I find myself in a turning point between morning pastries and fitting into my jeans again.

You might call it vanity, I call it the non-spending-machine. For many reason I do believe that if I watch what I eat I’ll be able to save more money. But the question in my head remains..I don’t really have unhealthy eating habits, so where should I cut back?

You see, I love vegetable and I cook dinner from scratch every evening. I love fresh produce and I get excited over ripped tomatoes and green herbs.  But if I have to be truly honest, I know exactly where I have to cut back. And that is the hardest thing I have to do.

I live in the country of the great cow, which means all our dairy is extremely creamy and delicious, including my biggest enemy: Butter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Paula Dean, but I do love my french bread and butter and if I tell you my hubby and I can get a kilo down in no time, that wouldn’t help the situation. So there you have it. If I want to fit on my nice summer clothes for my 19th high school reunion this December, I better start cutting back on those.

Let’s see how it goes…

August 29, 2009

The cake is out of the oven

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tazaSome years ago, my sister gave me this cup as a gift. This cup has travelled a great deal with me. We’ve been together through some things, and I keep coming to her when I need a hot drink on a cold night or when flowers start to bloom around my house, I know is not a flower base, I know it’s just a cup.

Whe life is not beautiful is at least interesting…

August 28, 2009

I’m allergic to cats

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there..I said it. The only problem is that I love cats. I found them the most sweet and intriguing animal there is. My earliest childhood memories have impregnate cats and dogs on them. My very first cat was Toto, I was 12 when I found him on a Sunday morning at church’s door. The poor thing was in not the best shape and he was very persistent to stay with me. So I looked for my mother’s approval to take him home. She surprised me…She used to be a tough kind of controlling person back then, so it was really hard trying to convince her the cat was going to make our lives easier. But that day my pretty please with sugar on top face worked. So Toto came home, he was just a kitten but he lived for 13 years. He accompanied me during my hardest teenage years and when he died I really felt I lost more than a cat. It’s hard to say an adjective without sounding like a freak, so I’ll leave it there.

Today we don’t have any dogs but we have 2 cats, Barack and Michelle. Barack was a Christmas gift for Victoria and Michelle was runaway cat from supposedly one of my non so friendly neighbors. Well she choused us, get over it. Seriously she ran away from that house and made our home a sweeter one.

Like I said in other posts, Spring is coming, everything is blooming and every single animal is changing their hair, my cats are not exception, and the worst part is that Michelle is a long haired cat. She is literally killing…But my husband will never find this out

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August 26, 2009

Turning my child into a less materialistic one

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Is it possible to raise a non-materialist child on these technological times? I keep wondering this to myself while I look at my 10 year old daughter going from her Nintendo DS, to the Notebook, to the TV to watch Cartoon Network and from there more than often to borrow either mine or my husband’s mp3. And yes, she has her own mp3 player but because is not an iPod isn’t as fun. Ya know..

Can we be technologically prepared and at the same time frugal? This is a question that has been daunting me for quite some time and even though hippy’s is not my favorite lifestyle, sometimes I think we need to go back to nature in order for us to truly disconnect.

Imagine how happy I feel when we go for lunch once or twice a week to my mother’s house and my daughter plays with everything and anything she finds on the well planted yard. Just yesterday while there, she was playing for 2 hours straight with mud, she said she was making cookies and because the weather is getting to be great this time of the year, we are really enjoying it, but back home is another story. Obviously is not easy for an only child with a working from home mom to get a lot of fun by herself but I only wish that these kids could truly appreciate being outside and connect to each other face to face instead of doing it  through the computer.

Today she has a Birthday party, one of her classmates is turning 11!! I can’t believe this..she is getting to be a pre-teen and I am not ready at all for it.

Anyway, we got her a cute little necklace and we made some cookies for her and I keep hoping that technology and frugalness can live together for ever..

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August 24, 2009

Only a month away

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After 3 years of living in sunny and humid and really extremely sunny and tons of humidity Florida, I was super excited to enjoy a long and cold Winter back home in Argentina.

But I was. not. prepared. for this much cold. We have had many days going on the -0° C mark and even though I like being warm and cozy and eating tons of good stuff, it got to the point when I was ready to wear only a shirt and not freeze to dead. Well, I did actually. Went for a lovely morning walk, got kind of “I don’t need this much clothes on”, took off my sweatshirt and kept walking, but after I barely made home I could feel the cold in my bones, I don’t think I ever felt that before, not even during my staying in Utah or Chile. Man..I was COLD, and it didn’t go away, no matter what I did.

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So, imagine my gratefulness and almost joy when I went to my backyard this morning and I found that one of the plants (I have no idea the name, not good at it) had little tiny leaves all around it..oh..how wonderful…Spring is almost here, just a month away and I couldn’t’ be readier.

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