Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Gifts are wrapped, but are not labeled to reflect a specific sender or recipient. Gifts are typically inexpensive, humorous items or used items from home and sometimes, they are just plain trash; the term white elephant refers to a gift whose maintenance cost exceeds its usefulness. All participants draw a number (from a hat, perhaps) to determine their order. An alternative to the drawing is to sit in a circle and take turns in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.
The participant with #1 unwraps any gift from the pile and then shows it to everyone. Each successive participant, in the order determined from the drawing, or in clockwise or counterclockwise order, can either 1) "steal" an already opened gift (if there's one they really like) or 2) be adventurous and go for a wrapped gift from the pile. If the participant chooses to steal, the person whose gift is stolen now repeats their turn and either 1) steals another person's gift (they cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just stolen from them) or 2) unwraps a new gift.
This cycle of stealing can sometimes continue for a long time, until a new gift is chosen, at which point the turn is passed to the participant with the next number from the drawing, or whoever is next in the circle, whichever arrangement is chosen.
Since items can be stolen, the item in your possession is not yours until the game is over. However, this is often amended with a rule declaring a gift "dead" or "safe" after it has been stolen a certain number of times (usually two or three). This helps the process go more smoothly (avoiding, for example, the hypothetical scenario of the same gift being stolen by every successive participant) and limits the disadvantage of being among the first to choose gifts. The game is over once all names have been withdrawn from the hat.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Since our wedding anniversary falls during the New Years Eve we don't do special, we usually celebrate our anniversary after the Christmas holiday. This year we planned to go out of town. After Christmas day we drove to San Francisco to celebrate our anniversary. We went to the Vasona Lake, Palace of Fine Arts and Exploratorium. We had a great time and it was fun.
Those who love sports will find that a Florida vacation offers lots of opportunities. There are many professional sports teams that call Florida home including football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. Additionally, a number of professional baseball teams offer spring training sessions. For race fans staying at a Florida vacation home, the Sunshine State offers NASCAR racing at Daytona as well as the occasional special events Grand Prix racing.
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Friday, December 26, 2008
When I came across to Teacup Yorkie Dogs website, I fell in love to see how cute they are. When I first saw Bella and Bubby it reminds me of the movie the "Wizard of Oz". Have you seen that movie? Bella and Bubby are teacup Yorkshire terriers. Very small Yorkie are called teacup Yorkie. “Teacup” is a term like unto toy as in poodle. What is Yorkie terriers? Yorkshire terriers were originally cross-bred from other dogs to create a dog that would kill rats. Yorkie used to be called Waterside Terriers, although these dogs were larger than current day Yorkie. The breed standard for a Yorkie is now 3-7 pounds, but the Waterside Yorkie weighed in at 6 to 20 pounds. The Waterside Terrier was a cross between a Black-and-Tan English Terrier and Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers. The AKC or American Kennel Club does not recognize these breeds of dog, although they were not cross-breed did not receive the name Yorkshire terrier until the late 1800’s. These dogs also originated from Scotland and England. The Yorkshire Terrier, however, true to its name originated in Yorkshire.
If you would like to know more about Bella and Bubby, you should check out teacupyorkiedogs.com. I am sure you will enjoy reading their story and the do's and dont's on how to take care a teacup Yorkie. You might consider on getting one on your own. Have fun!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The cop says to the kid, "Nice bike you got there. Did Santa bring that to you?"
The kid says, "Yeah."
The cop says, "Well, next year tell Santa to put a tail-light on that bike."
The cop then proceeds to issue the kid a $20.00 bicycle safety violation ticket.
The kid takes the ticket and before he rides off says, "By the way, that's a nice horse you got there. Did Santa bring that to you?"
Humoring the kid, the cop says, "Yeah, he sure did."
The kid says, "Well, next year tell Santa to put the stupidity in the horse's brain instead of on his back."
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Many Roman Catholics and Anglicans traditionally celebrate a midnight Mass (Eucharist) which begins sometime before midnight on Christmas Day; this ceremony, which is held in churches throughout the world, marks the beginning of Christmas Day. A popular joke is to ask what time Midnight Mass starts, but in recent years some churches have scheduled their "Midnight" Mass as early as 7 p.m. In Spanish-speaking areas, the Midnight Mass is sometimes referred to as Misa del Gallo ("Rooster's Mass"). In the Philippines, this custom lasts for nine days, starting on December 16 and continuing daily up to December 24, during which Filipinos attend dawn masses, usually starting at around 4:00-5:00 a.m.
In the Philippines, the predominantly Roman Catholic Christian country in Asia, Christmas Eve is usually celebrated by attending the "Rooster's Mass or Misa del Gallo which is celebrated hours before the clock ticks 12 A.M. signifying the arrival of Christmas Day. After attending church, Filipino families usually hold a feast named Noche Buena to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A great variety of food is eaten during this feast, an event that usually is done with great preparation. Foods being prepared include the famous lechón, quezo de bola, jamón (Christmas ham), roast chicken (turkey did not gain much popularity in the Philippines), barbecued meats, pancit, among many others. Despite the fact that some families are poor, they still find a way to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ through eating, family time and merry-making.
This is one of the events I miss since I moved here in the US. The celebration in the Philippines is totally different here. I wish they have stuff like that here in America. Well each country has its own way to celebrate the holidays.
1. What's your first impression on Umma?
- I thought that she's down to earth. 2. After you've known her, did that impression change?
- Nope! Not at all...she is very approachable.
3. What song will you sing to her aside from "Happy Birthday" and why?
- I guess...HEAVEN! Why because that's what Yeung Lie means! Heheh...:)
4. If Umma is a flower, what will she be? Why?
- I guess she will be a ROSE. Why because rose is a flower that blooms all year round. 5. When you meet Umma in person, what is the first word you might say.
- Hello Sistah! (hugs and kisses!)
6.When you look at her picture, what can you say about her personality.
-Hmmm...she's outgoing person!
7. How do you describe Umma as a friend online?
- I thought that she's very nice. Very vocal on her opinions and you can rely on her. I enjoy chatting with her.
8. What do you think of her as a mother?
- I thought that she's over protective and very passionate with Yeung Lie.
9 . What do you think of her posts and why?
- What? Hahha...:) Well, I can tell that she's educated, well mannered..you name it! Hehhe...I enjoy reading her posts and I can relate sometimes when it comes to family matters. 10. What is your birthday wish for Umma?
- My birthday wish for my pretty sistah? Hmmm...good health and more blessings to come. I think she got all the blessings in life. Maybe another baby!...opps, a baby girl.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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You Will Need
1 crown roast of pork (about 8 pounds)
1 pound ground pork
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup diced peeled apple
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
Spiced crab apples (optional)
What to Do
1. Tie roast and place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover the bone ends with foil. Bake at 350°F for 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the pork and sausage until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender. Add apple and celery; cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pork and sausage, crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and sage; mix well.
2. Remove roast from the oven. Carefully press a double layer of heavy-duty foil into the center of roast to form a base for stuffing. Spoon the stuffing lightly into crown. Return to oven and bake until a meat thermometer reads 160°F-170°F, about 1 hour more. Transfer to serving platter. Garnish with spiced crab apples if desired. Cut between the ribs to serve.
source: readers digest
Anyhow, Akesha and I took Buddy a shower yesterday. Akesha is fond of washing and brushing Buddy, she loves to put shampoo on him! I thought these photos are sweet! Every time Buddy moves she will say " No Buddy no!".
Question: What's red and white and gives presents to good little fish on Christmas?
Answer: Sandy Claws.
Question: Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
So he can ho-ho-ho.
Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.
Question: What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?
Answer: Ribbon hood.
Question: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Question: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Question: Why did the little girl change her mind about buying her grandmother a packet od handkerchiefs for Christmas?
Answer: She said "I could not work out what size her nose was!
Question: What was so good about he neurotic doll the girl was given for Christmas?
Answer: It was wound up already.
Question: What was wrong with the boy's brand new toy electric train set he received for Christmas?
Answer: Forty feet of track - all straight!
Here are some few Christmas jokes for you folks! Enjoy! Happy Holidays to everyone!
I wanna tell you what kind of luck I've got. If this year I cornered the mistletoe market, they'd postpone Christmas.
Christmas: When you exchange hellos with strangers and good buys with friends.
Christmas is the time when people put so many bulbs on the outside of their houses, you don't know if they're celebrating the birth of Jesus or General Electric.
Do you know what it is like to put up fifteen hundred Christmas lights on the roof of a house? The kids are giving two to one I'm gonna come down the chimney before Santa Claus does.
Christmas in Los Angeles is always interesting. Seeing carolers dressed in Bermuda shorts...groping their way through the smog singing: "It came upon a midnight clear."
Every Christmas pageant throughout the world has a scene showing Joseph leading Mary into Bethlehem on a donkey. Do you realize what would happen if the Republicans asked for equal time?
Did you hear about the Beverly Hills school Christmas pageant? Two kids dressed as Mary and Joseph and they are on their way to the inn in Bethlehem. On the other side of the stage, a boy in a shepherd's outfit is on a mobile/ cellular phone, calling for reservations.
Sometimes I get the feelin that if Christmas, Father's Day and birthdays did not exist, then aftershave too, would not exist.
Monday, December 22, 2008
While Mama in her girdle and I in chin straps had just settled down to sugar-borne naps. When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash tore open the icebox then threw up the sash. The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow sent thoughts of a binge to my body below.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear: a marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer! That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick.
The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear; On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS a Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox.
From the top of the scales to the top of the hall now dash away pounds now dash away all. Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress my clothes were all bulging from too much excess.
My droll little mouth and my round little belly they shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly. I spoke not a word but went straight to my work ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk.
And laying a finger beside my heartburn I gave a quick nod toward the bedroom I turned. I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry if temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by.
And I mumbled again as I turned for the night in the morning I'll starve . . . 'til I take that first bite.
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They're a superfood.
One medium sweet potato (often called a yam, although they're not the same thing) is rich in beta-carotene and meets your daily need for vitamin A. It also provides nearly a third of the vitamin C you need each day.
They're packed with fiber.
When eaten with the skin on (roasted whole or cut up into oven fries), a sweet potato has as much fiber as half a cup of oatmeal, for about 100 calories, says dietitian Joan Salge Blake, author of Nutrition & You.
Favorite dishes is sweet potato soup seasoned with ginger, garlic, and curry or sprinkled with olive oil or rosemary. Also includes sweet potatoes in casseroles, meat stews, and cinnamon-laced quick breads.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Florian Villa on Gift Hill
Saint John, United States Virgin Islands
Boston Celtics Will Honor Owners of Unparalleled Retreat in Caribbean
Deborah Bernstein and Scott Wahlen will receive a Heroes Among Us Award from the Boston Celtics on December 1, 2008 for their altruistic service.
Boston, November 30, 2008 – Deborah Bernstein and Scott Wahlen, owners of the Florian Villa, will receive one of the most coveted community service awards, the Heroes Among Us Award, from the Boston Celtics on December 1, 2008.
“It is truly an honor that we will cherish forever and we intend on sharing our award with every visitor to the Florian Villa,” stated Bernstein. Bernstein and Wahlen cannot believe that they were chosen for such a prestigious award for simply giving back to the community.
Bernstein and Wahlen provide weeklong, all-inclusive respites to families of fallen firefighters and returning wounded veterans at their exclusive Florian Villa on Saint John Island in the US Virgin Islands. Scott Wahlen, a captain with the Boston Fire Department and a former U.S. Marine, and Deborah Bernstein, a yoga instructor, founded the Florian Villa in 2007. Current residents of Boston, these two philanthropists routinely collaborate with other organizations, such as Soldiers Undertaking Disable Scuba (SUDS), to provide a well-rounded and supportive environment for the visiting families and veterans.
The Heroes Among Us program began in 1997 and has come to be recognized as one of the most prestigious community outreach programs in professional sports. A Heroes Among Us Award is presented at each Boston Celtics home game to individuals who have made tremendous impacts on the lives of others through their altruistic actions and contributions.
The Florian Villa was named after Saint Florian who is the patron saint of firefighters and their families. For additional information about the Florian Villa, visit http://www.FlorianVilla.com, http://florianyoga.blogspot.com or call (617) 429-6182.
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch flavored chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350°, (325° for glass dish). Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with a sheet of foil, making sure to cover the sites well. Place the butter in the baking pan and melt it in the oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour condensed milk evenly on top of crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients in order listed; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.