White Sandwich Bread

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2006 | Recipes

1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 to 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dry milk, non-fat powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups water
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into pieces

Place the ingredients in the pan of your machine in the order indicated. Place the pan in the machine, program your machine for its basic setting, and press Start.


Pirate Rubber Duckie's 10th Host

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2006 | Pirate Rubber Duckie

Rochester, NY

Host tostina
Location Rochester, NY
Arrival Date February 27, 2006
Previous Location Rochester, NY
Distance for This Leg 0 Miles
Total Distance 14,970 Miles


Sperling's Best Places

Monday, 27 Feb 2006 | Internet


Sperling's Best Places is a neat site which shows data for cities across the United States. It has geneal city information as well as statistics on people, economy, housing, health, crime, climate, education, transportation, cost of living, religion and voting. You can compare cities on any of the categories. There are also interesting studies based on topics such as high gasoline prices, hurricane hotspots and more.

Go to Sperling's Best Places to find out how your city compares to the best cities in America!


Erin's Mock Trial Team Advances

Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 | Family

Erin has been participating in her school's mock trial competition the past two weeks. The participants learn about the United States Judicial System first hand by participating in a series of mock trials at real courthouses.

Erin is playing Brook DeMartini, a defense witness in the trial case she's been studying for several months. Twenty-two schools competed in four trials on four seperate days. The defense team and prosecution team each competed in two trials for a cumulative score. On Saturday, Erin's team advanced to the next level of the competition where there will be an elimination after each trial. Only eight teams were selected out of the original twenty-two schools. The prosecution team she is going up against is the top ranked team in this area, so she is concerned that they will be eliminated next week. I'm proud of Erin for the work and dedication she has shown to the mock trial competition thus far.

Hopefully they will win their next competition. I know it's a tough team they're going up against, but all I ask is Erin does her best. Hopefully they will advance again on Wednesday.


Dad's Surgery

Sunday, 26 Feb 2006 | Family

Dad went in for a scheduled outpatient surgery on Friday. It was set up months in advance to remove a skin cancer growth on his cheek. During the procedure they tested for and found a couple of new spots on his head. They succussfully removed all the spots that were cancerous and will follow up with some more tests in the near future. Hopefully his follow-up appointment will confirm all the affected areas are free from the skin cancer.


One Billion Songs!

Friday, 24 Feb 2006 | Apple, Entertainment, Internet, Music


One billion songs have been legally downloaded from Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store.

The one billionth song, Coldplay's Speed of Sound anthem, was downloaded by Alex Ostrovsky of West Michigan. In recognition, Apple established a scholarship in Ostrovsky's name at the Juilliard School of Music, and he received a 20-inch-screen iMac, 10 iPods and a $10,000 gift card for the iTunes Music Store.


My Dad Is a Sweetie

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2006 | Family


For Valentine's Day this year, my dad gave Toni a box of her favorite Godiva chocolates and a wonderful card. He expressed how he considers her to be like his real daughter and how much he appreciates her. Toni has been wonderful to my dad through his health problems and when my mom passed away. I am so grateful for both Toni and my father. I am truly blessed daily by their presence in my life.


Steak and Lobster

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2006 | Cooking, Family, Food

Last night I cooked dinner for Toni's parents. I had promised Toni's mom I would cook lobster for her someday and I figured it was due time to follow through. I bought West Australian cold water lobster tails because I love the milky white and sweet meat. I cut the lobster tails in half, applied olive oil and butter and grilled them meat side down and finished them in the oven. I served them with individual bowls of drawn butter. They were so good!

Along with the lobster, I served petite filet mignon steaks, baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives and sauteed balsamic mushrooms. I also served a 2001 Fetzer Gewurztraminer because Toni's mom likes a sweeter white wine. I had used this wine for the mushrooms. I like to serve the same wine I use as an ingredient. The dinner was a hit with everyone.

For dessert, I heated up some churros and served them with Breyers vanilla ice cream. I love Breyers vanilla ice cream because the ingredients are so pure and the taste is clean and refreshing.


Pirate Rubber Duckie's 9th Host

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2006 | Pirate Rubber Duckie

Rochester, NY

Host ljc@Flickr
Location Rochester, NY
Arrival Date February 15, 2006
Previous Location Bainbridge Island, WA
Distance for This Leg 2,171 Miles
Total Distance 14,970 Miles


Taffy's 88 Week Photo

Sunday, 19 Feb 2006 | Pets


Taffy perched on Erin's feet.



Thursday, 16 Feb 2006 | Entertainment, Internet, Music

I came across a very neat music site today called Pandora. It lets you set up personalized radio stations that are tailored to your musical tastes. It's really cool and it's free!

Basically, you select an artist or song you like and Pandora suggests songs you may enjoy based on your choice. Then while each song plays, you tell Pandora if you like or do not like the song and it adjusts future selections based on your input. You can also guide Pandora by adding new artists and songs so it can do an even better job of selecting music tailored just for you.

You can save favorite songs to a list and even send an email to a friend with a link to the radio stations you've created. If you discover a song you really like, it will link you to Amazon.com or iTunes so you can purchase it.

Pandora is great for just listening to music, but it introduces you to new music too. It's really a nice concept that's well executed.


NBC Olympics

Friday, 10 Feb 2006 | Sports, Television


The XX Olympic Winter Games will be broadcast in high definition on NBC. The games will be presented in surround sound and HD clarity. You can check for stations broadcasting in high definition by entering your zip code at NBC Olympics. This is one time I wish I had an HDTV television. I've been wanting to upgrade to HDTV for a while now, but haven't made the switch yet. Perhaps I'll do it within the next year or two in time for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

In addition to the NBC Olympics site, the Torino 2006 and the Official Website of the Olympic Movement are great resources for the Olympic Games.


Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Thursday, 9 Feb 2006 | Family

When I was a child, my mother used to tell me that she found me under the Golden Gate Bridge. Actually, I'm not sure if it was under or on the Golden Gate Bridge, but I'm certain about the Golden Gate Bridge part. Sadly, my mom is not around anymore, so I can't ask her to verify which is correct. Perhaps my dad can shed some light on the subject if he remembers the topic at all.

My mother was Korean. I am half Korean and half Caucasian. I remember talking to a Korean friend of mine who mentioned that her mom told her she was found somewhere as a baby too. Now I'm wondering if this is a common thing Korean moms tell their children. Or is it an Asian thing? I don't think it's common with American moms, at least I haven't heard of it. I wonder if there are lots of Korean folks out there who were told similar stories by their mothers.

The other day, I came across a post in a blog I frequent, Latitude13, where the writer shares a story that's somewhat similar. I'm not sure about Josie's ethnicity, but her father told her a similar story about being found in Korea. I thought that was amusing considering my mom's story.

I guess things like this are one of the joys of being raised in an ethnic family. LOL


XX Olympic Winter Games

Saturday, 4 Feb 2006 | Sports


In 2006, Torino, Italy is the venue for the XX Olympic Winter Games. I am very eager to watch the Olympics beginning February 10th running through February 26th. Torino is the Italian name for the city of Turin in north-western Italy.

Since I was a little kid, I have loved watching the Olympics. I used to watch intently with my dad. My favorite sport is definitely figure skating. I've been fascinated with ski jumping as long as I can remember. I frankly don't know how they muster up the courage to fly down those huge ramps and fly through the air. The only problem is there are so many events, it's hard to catch it all.


I'm the Next American Idol

Wednesday, 1 Feb 2006 | Daily, Family, Humor

I've been watching the auditions for American Idol with my family. Last night I watched the tryouts for Las Vegas and was again amazed and horrified by what I heard. I don't know how some of these people can believe they have a good singing voice. Are they so tone deaf they can't hear themselves? Do their friends not care enough to break it to them that they are awful? Wouldn't you at least make a cheap tape recording of yourself singing to see if what's coming out of your mouth is agreeable before embarassing yourself on nationwide television?

On American Idol last night I heard a particularly bad rendition of As Long As You Love Me by the Backstreet Boys. I guess that bad singing made more of an impression on me than I thought. Toni told me this morning that at 4:00 AM I started humming As Long As You Love Me in my sleep. Apparently, I was humming it loud enough that Toni had to put her pillow over her head to muffle the what I'm sure were mellifluous tones. Poor Toni. I feel so bad for her. She doesn't deserve such abuse.

While brushing my teeth, I asked her if I was good enough to pass the audition and if I was going to Hollywood. She said that was a definite no. I don't understand. What does she know? I know I'm good and everyone tells me so. She's making a huge mistake not sending me to Hollywood. HUGE. She'll be sorry when she's asking for my autograph when I make it big. LOL


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