Thursday, June 29, 2006

Dyed My Hair....

I have been thinking about dying my hair black. A friend of mine told me before going from the red to the black to slowly bring my hair back to my natural color and then dye it black. So, I picked up some brown dye. When Michael and I held it up to my roots in the store it looked close, so we got it. It ended up 2 shades darker. And the problems that I have heard that happen when people dye their hair black happened with my hair.

It didn't take on all of the hair even though the dye was saturated in all areas.

Not as noticeable straight on view....

So in a couple weeks I will dye it again with a protein filler and hope that it takes!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


From a news article about the newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church Bishop when asked if it was a sin to be homosexual--- "The Bible has a great deal to teach us about how to live as human beings. The Bible does not have so much to teach us about what sorts of food to eat, what sorts of clothes to wear -- there are rules in the Bible about those that we don't observe today."

I always think of that West Wing episode where President Barlet confronts a radio show host who says homosexuality an "abomination."

From the script of The Midterms Season 2

Bartlet: Exodus 21:7 "When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go free as male slaves do." I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleaned the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGary, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Or is it okay to call the police?

(Bartlet barely pauses to take a breath.)

Here’s one that’s really important, because we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?

(The camera pushes in on the president.)

One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building when the president stands, nobody sits.

(Jacobs sees that, in fact, the president is standing and she is the only one in the room sitting. After a moment, she rises, holding her tiny plate of appetizers. After the president exits, Sam Seaborn sternly approaches a thoroughly belittled Jacobs.)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Some Good Things...

~ I have lots of good friends that are very good to me
~ lots of great postcards from around the world via
~ lots of mail going out to friends across the USA
~ art...been a productive art weekend

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Email Scams....

Most of us have seen the infamous subject line in our email: "URGENT - Update your PayPal Account." Well, as it turns out - the hyperlink can take you to a seemingly innocuous, legitimate website. Except it doesn't. Instead - it takes you to a phony website spoofed to look like PayPal's login screen. It looks like paypal - all the logos and their info on it. But if you look at the url it doesn't say And by putting in your username/password information - some thief can take your information and let the endless spending games begin.

The latest trick is to spoof

-Never click on the hyperlink in the email..
-ALWAYS type out the correct URL for PayPal and Amazon to sign into your account..
-Report the erroneous email to PayPal and Amazon's security departments..

At best, they will contact the host company for the erroneous website and hopefully shut it down.

Be careful out there!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Friday, June 02, 2006

Mock Ravioli

I made Mock Ravioli last night for dinner

3/4 cup Ricotta Cheese (I use the skim milk ricotta cheese)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup of chopped onions
2 teaspoons of chopped basil
2 teaspoons of oregano
parsley (didn't measure)
1 egg (I forgot this last night and still worked and tasted fine)
1 pound sweet Italian sausage (I use the turkey sweet Italian) - sliced
1 package of won-ton wrappers
2 to 3 cups of red sauce - homemade or store bought

In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, 1 beaten egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until it is brown and cooked through, drain and set aside.

Working 1 at a time, place a little mound of cheese filling in the center of each wonton wrapper. I don't measure but maybe it is about a tablespoon. Top with a slice of the sausage. With a pastry brush or a finger, dab a small amount of water along the edges of the won ton wrapper. You can either fold them and half or top with another whole wonton wrapper (which is what I did last night). Press the edges together with a fork. I will sometimes flip them over and press again on that side to make sure they are sealed as you don't want them to leak when you boil them. Place on a baking sheet lightly dusted with flour and cover with wrap to prevent from drying out. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. You can make these up to 2 hours ahead time and just tightly cover with some plastic wrap and refrigerate. But only do them 2 hours ahead of time or they might either dry up or get soggy.

To cook the ravioli, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In batches, add the ravioli and cook until they are tender and float to the top, about 2 minutes. Gently remove with a slotted spoon and drain. To serve place on a plate, top with some sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.

Here are some pictures while I made them:

Bowl of Ricotta with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, chopped garlic, onion

Mixture, piece of sausage on wonton wrappper. I am sorry I didn't get one after I put the other wrapper on but my hands were all sticky from working with the wrappers and water.

After I boiled...