Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why I love The Mentalist.


I always loved crime series, the way investigators solve cases, how they use their intelligence and intuition to discover the truth.
That said, The mentalist is on that wave, it's well done, the characters are nice, but what I love most is the main character, Patrick Jane, and not because he has a great skill in understanding people and their behaviors, and because he genially solves cases (well this is one of the reasons).
No, what I like above all is his nature, the fact the he doesn't follow the rules, he follows, let's say, his inner guidance, with a gentle stubbornness and a childlike approach, and eventually he succeeds.
I'm now watching the second series, the episode I liked most, is one in which he was jailed by his own colleagues, and was supposed to be scared by the "bad guys", instead he became friend of them, and even psychoanalyzed them.
He makes me smile a lot.
And I like to smile.
Kudos to all the crew.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Child and dad, a short conversation.


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4 y-o boy: Daddy, can we go out?
Dad: Nah, it's too late, and you need to change your clothes, etc....
4 y-o boy: But I can do all by myself, I can wash my face too.... and remove snot.... :D

Note: sorry for the topic, but I cracked up when I heard it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Training Course for Men

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Course's theme: to become as intelligent as a woman (that is, to be perfect).
Pedagogical objective: training course that allows men to develop that part of the brain of which they ignore the existence.
Program: 4 modules of which one required
Module 1: Basic Course, Mandatory
1. Learning to live without the mother (2000 hours)
2. My wife is not my mom (350 hours)
3. Understanding that football it's just a sport (500 hours)
Module 2:
Married life
1. Having children without getting jealous (50 hours)
2. Stop saying nonsense when my wife hosts her friends (500 hours)
3. Overcoming the remote's syndrome (550 hours)
4. I do not pee out of the wc (100 hours, practical exercises with video)
5. Being able to satisfy my wife before she starts to pretend (1500 hours)
6. How to reach the basket of dirty laundry without getting lost (500 hours)7. How to survive a cold without agonize (300 hours)
Module 3: Free Time
1. How to iron, in two stages (a shirt in less than two hours, practical exercises)
2. Digesting and washing dishes without burping (exercises)
Module 4: Cooking Class
Level 1 (beginners): electrical appliances: ON = ON - OFF = OFF
Level 2 (advanced): My first pre-cooked soup without burning the pot.
Practical exercises: boil the water before adding spaghetti.
This course will also include Masters, due to the complexity and difficulty in understanding the issues, the courses will have a maximum of 8 members.
Theme 1: From the washing machine to the closet: a mysterious process.
Theme 2: The risk of filling the ice-cube trays (with the support of demonstration slides).
Theme 3: You and electricity: the economic advantages of hiring an expert for repairs (even the most basic).
Theme 4: Last scientific discovery: cooking and throwing the garbage do not cause impotence or quadriplegia (practice in the laboratory).
Theme 5: Why it is not a crime to give flowers even if you're already married to her.
Theme 6: The paper roll: "is the paper roll born in the holder?" (exhibitions on the subject of spontaneous generation).
Theme 7: How to lower the toilet seat, step by step (teleconference with the Harvard University )
Theme 8: Why you don't need to shake the sheets after issuing flatulence (reflection exercises in couples).
Theme 9: Can the men who drive ask for information to passers-by, when they are lost, without the risk of appearing impotent? (testimonials).
Theme 10: Fundamental differences between the basket of dirty clothes and the ground (exercises in the music therapy laboratory ).
Theme 11: The man in the passenger seat: is it genetically possible not to speak or freak out, while she's parking?
Theme 12: The breakfast's cup: does it levitate itself to the sink? (exercises conducted by a magician).
P.s.: this is not mine, but I find it totally hilarious. ( I'm a woman, of course)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Super yummy spinach pizza.


Today I made spinach pizza, and it was sooo good, that I want to share it with you, virtually of course ;)
I did it this way:
first, yesterday, I bought 1 lb of raw bread dough, at the supermarket, the dough is nothing else than flour, salt, yeast and water, if you want you can do it at home.
The important thing is to let the dough in the fridge, overnight.
In this way slowly leavens for a long time, as they do in a pizzeria.
In the morning I left it out, for two three hours.
At this point I oiled with EVOO, two baking trays, lined with parchment paper, and I rolled the dough over the table dusted with flour.
I stretched the dough into the trays, to fit them, and set them aside.
Then I prepared the filling.
I took some (the quantity depends on personal taste) frozen spinach ( you can use fresh ones ), and put them in a frying pan with few spoons of olive oil, a garlic clove finely shredded, and a pinch of salt.
I stirred on a medium heat for few minutes, until done.
Turned off the cooker, let it cool and grossly chopped.
Actually I chopped them with the wooden spatula, while cooking.
I spread a thin layer of tomato puree on the dough, put the trays in the hot oven (440°F), and let cook for 15 minutes.
In the meantime I shredded one mozzarella cheese and about the same quantity of Asiago cheese (any mild cheese will do) and mixed them together.
Since I like to put some extra virgin olive oil on pizza, but when I pour it, I can't spread it evenly, I tried this, I mixed some oil with the cheese, so when it melts, the oil melts too, it worked nice.
After 15 minutes, I took the trays out of the oven, evenly spread the spinach on the pizzas, and the cheese and oil mix on top.
Let them cook another 15 minutes, until the cheese was golden brown.
Enjoyed.
Ingredients:
Pizza or bread dough.
Fresh or frozen spinach.
Mozzarella cheese.
Asiago or any mild cheese.
Tomato puree, or sauce.
Garlic.
Extra virgin olive oil.
Salt.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Walking.


The other day I had to go to a Post Office in another zone of the town.
Since I don't drive a car, I should have taken two different buses, instead I decided to walk.
It took half an hour of fast walking, and I arrived there in pieces, but after some rest I realized that I felt more energized than ever.
It's how I started my new active life.
When I attended high school, I always walked a lot, then, with work and children I started a more sedentary life, especially after the second child, having had back problems.
But now I see that I can do it, I decide to not renew my bus subscription, thus I'll have to walk for almost an hour a day.
You know, once people went across the world, simply walking.
It's three days that I'm doing it and I'm feeling great, I want to keep on.
Walking is a great help for health, I find that it gives energy, and improves your mood, specially on beautiful days.

I'm walking on sunshine , wooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
and don't it feel good!!

Hey , alright now
and dont it feel good!!
hey yeh

Monday, February 8, 2010

A great new way to cook your pasta.

Photo courtesy: Ilpastaio.it

Today I read an article on line, who said there is a new way to cook pasta.
Chef Elio Sironi, fom Bulgari Hotel, Milan, reveals that the best way to cook pasta is passive cooking.
Pasta has to boil only for two minutes, from when the water start to boil, after you toss the pasta in.
Then you turn off the cooker, put on the pan's lid, and let stay until the end of the cooking time.
For example, the cooking time is 11 minutes.
When the salted water boils, you toss the pasta, stir it, wait until the water boils again.
Count two minutes.
Turn off the cooker.
Put the lid on.
Let sit for the remaining 9 minutes.
Drain the pasta.
Season and serve.
Today for lunch I had to try this system.
I made spaghetti, whose cooking time was 7 minutes.
They came out so nice, al dente, and very tasty.
Great!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I don't feel like writing.


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You can add the refrain here ( I don't feel like dancing ).
Sometimes, blogging appears to me like a not payed job, so I'm postponing for a while.
Currently I enjoy reading other blogs, may be I'm more in a taking mood, than a giving one, who knows.
It is not that I think that you are out there waiting for me to write something, however, just in case, just saying.....
Love.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Why I hate Black & Decker FV750.

Let's start from the beginning.
Once I had a well functioning carpet cleaner/vacuum, that unfortunately broke, leaving me with broom and dustpan, that it's not the ideal when you have carpets.
Searching on the web for the perfect vacuum for me, that was also cheap, I stumbled upon the nice blue "guy" pictured above.
I was thrilled.
It was relatively cheap, indeed, and had a rotating brush for carpets that was what I was looking for, plus it was nice.
Don't be fooled by appearance.
The real problem with it, is....it doesn't clean at all.
His suction is rather inadequate, you have to pass over and over crumbs before it sucks them up.
Not to mention carpets.
All the dust remains clogged in the rotating brush, thus releasing it when you "clean" the carpet, so that you have a dirtier rug than before.
If this is not enough, after a few minutes of use you have to turn it off, otherwise it overheats and it pauses itself.
Okay I know, you have what you pay for, but I ask myself how can they sell it, don't they test their products?
For me, it totally sucks...well no, it doesn't! ;)

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