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Percy Jackson Fankids!

If I ever meet Rick Riordan I want to give him a huge hug because his books teach my children so much. I have tried to teach them about mythology, important to the understanding of much of Western culture without out much success. Since reading Rick Riordan's books they tell me all of the time about Greek gods and Greek words. They know Percy Jackson is a modern retelling of Perseus. Then there is the story of Jason. They love it. They told me about drachma and demigods that just gets their English major mother all excited.
For the first time I see my son, Jon, loving to read.

For some reason I just can't get them into Harry Potter.

I am also reading The Hobbit to the boys and they are LOVING it! I believe that was one of the reasons for mythology, for entertainment. Myths tell beautiful wonderful stories without affecting your faith in the one true God one bit.

My daughter tells me Rick Riordan will do Norse gods next. I am so excited! I wonder if he will do Celtic myths?

Hibachi Rice at Home

This is now our favorite dish. After some experimentation I figured out how to make the rice they have at hibachi restaurants at home. After spending $70 at a restaurant, I had to figure it out.

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar (I actually used apple cider vinegar, in restaurants they use a type of cooking sake I think)
1 tablespoon of honey (I tried sugar but it wasn't as good)
Mix it all together in a cup

Cook three eggs for two cups of cooked short grain rice.  First melt some MARGARINE (not butter as it burns and gives the rice too strong of a butter flavor) in a wok. Crack open the eggs in the wok and scramble them at the bottom. Then add two cups of cooked rice (I would use day old rice) Stir fry the rice and eggs together. Then pour the sauce over the top and stir fry until brown. Super awesome! I stir fry teriyaki chicken and vegetables separately.

I just saved myself $60!

The Genius of the Sheriff of Nottingham

Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves came out in 1991 and starred Kevin Costner. It was a fun interpretation of the Robin Hood story and had great reviews and earned lots of money. It cast the popular Kevin Costner with Morgan Freeman as his wise Obi Wan Kenobi companion. Bryan Adams had a hit song "Everything I Do, I Do For You" that was over played on early nineties radio. As I was always obsessed with Medieval History I fell in love with this movie despite inaccuracies. I was 16 when I first saw it around 1992. The problem with this movie was that I fell in love with the Sheriff of Nottingham, the nasty bad guy and thought Kevin Costner's Robin Hood was a "dork". That is what happens when someone is a bad actor and this movie showed how weak Costner's acting was compared to his supporting cast and his villain, Alan Rickman.

Alan Rickman "hammed" it up in this film and the audience could tell he was enjoying his role as the villain. Every line, no matt…

Man of Steel Trailer #2

My son is a huge Superman fan. He has been keeping an eye on the new Superman movie coming this year, Man of Steel. Every extra glimpse I get of this movie looks great. I am getting used to Henry Cavill being Superman but not too excited about Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent. His performance was the weakest parts of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and JFK. At least the part is not a main character. Maybe I just don't like Kevin Costner as the main star and can tolerate him as a supporting character.

Mortal Kombat is the Best Game Ever

This is the latest video from my brother who just launched Achtuleba Films. In it he tells why Mortal Kombat is the best video ever. Is it the graphics or the creative Mortal Kombat fatalities? Is this a promise of a series of video game reviews? Who knows what will come next out of Achtuleba Films.


"Antinous, who was alive but lately, and whom all were prompt, through fear, to worship as a god, though they knew both who he was and what was his origin."  Justin Martyr 150 AD

A few years ago my husband and I went to London. It was my husband's gift to me as he knows I am obsessed with British history. It was great to not only spend private time with my husband, but to see places that I have spent over 20 years of my life studying and reading about. I dragged my husband all over London to see my favorite places and to see the tombs of my favorite historical people. After a few days, my husband became tired and so I went to the British museum by myself. That was a very good decision because I got to take time to see the amazing exhibits and my dear husband got to have a quiet day to relax.

I was fascinated by the ancient British artifacts and saw the famous Sutton Hoo mask I read so much about. I teared up the in Medieval room as Medieval history is my specialty and in…

Another Conspiracy Theory

Nothing annoys me more than crazy conspiracy theories. I remember the first crazy one I heard about the CIA bringing crack to the inner city. Of course the conspiracy theories multiplied after 9/11 happened. Now I am hearing that people are saying that what happened at Sandy Hook was a conspiracy theory. I think that when you don't believe that people can actually be evil it is easier to believe in a vast conspiracy especially in today's confusing world.

Yesterday I read comments under an article about Aaron Swartz saying he did not commit suicide but that he was killed by the vast Zionist world government which currently chose Obama as its leader. The idea of a young man committing suicide hurts. It is easier to believe our government was behind it. The suicide happened not long after what seemed to be an epidemic of public mass shootings the worst of which occurred at Sandy Hook. Now I am reading that the government was behind Sandy Hook and a neighbor of the school, Gene Ro…

Aron's New Superhero

Usually Aron, my 6 year old, obsessively talks about super heroes. I can tell me all of the stats of his favorite super heroes like Superman, The Flash, and Green Arrow. Aron loves DC Comicbook heroes unlike his older brother who is a Marvel fan. Recently he has been loving Young Justice Robin and Nightwing.

When we go to the library he usually goes straight to the comic book section to pick out his favorite super hero book for the 5th or 6th time. He will grab 5 or 6 and I usually have to fight with him to return some of them for I know he won't read them. Jon liked to hear the stories. Aron likes to look at the pictures and make up his own.

Well, the other day Aron had to go to the dentist to get another filling (this was his 5th and 6th ones). While I waited for Aron, 18 month old Eli went for his first cleaning which required three women, the dentist, her assistant, and myself to hold him down. Aron was calm and did not complain the entire time he was getting drilled. I guess …

At the Comic Book Store

I love this comic book store in Rome, GA at the mall

Olive Garden at Home

My husband loves Olive Garden, especially Zuppa Toscana. We are happy to go to Olive Garden just to get the soup. We hate waiting for a table and going to restaurants are not a good idea with a toddler. My toddler loves to scream in restaurants. He gets lots of stares and attention when he screams. He hasn't learned that not all attention is good attention.

This is how I made Zuppa Toscana or Tuscan Soup, a hearty soup with kale and sausage. Brown Italian Sausage with garlic and chopped onion. Pour 2 cans of chicken broth in with a quart of water. Then add some chopped potato (keep the skins on it) and let it simmer. After about 20 minutes add 1 cup of evaporated milk and 1 cup of kale. It came out great.

For the main meal I made chicken alfredo. I admit I cheated and used the Velveeta box dinner with frozen cooked chicken. I did add some extra garlic. Hey! My kids loved it. The Velveeta box dinners are better than Hamburger Helper by the way.

Quick successful meal- Check!

Merlin and Doctor Who

As many of you know, Doctor Who is my favorite show to watch. I started watching it a couple of years ago when I read an article that said "Weeping Angels" were the scariest monster ever shown on television. So I found the Doctor Who episode "Blink" and tried it out. After that, I got hooked and have converted many to "Whovianism" and now we watch it as a family.

I started watching a new British show, Merlin and quickly discovered that many of the actors on Merlin have also been guests on Doctor Who. Here are some fun facts about Merlin actors who made surprise visits on Doctor Who.

MERLIN- Colin Morgan- The main character of the show Merlin who plays a gifted young wizard with a great destiny.

 He was the snarky teen, Jethro, on the Doctor Who episode, "Midnight"

GWEYN- Angel Coulby Lady-in-waiting to the Lady Morgana with a great destiny

Proud Mama

There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my children smile. The past year gymnastics meets were not the place to see smiles. Jon did not place in a competition in over a year so what I usually saw at competitions was a tired shrug and a "maybe next time will be better."

Maybe this competition will be better. The Jerrell Steele competition in Richmond was one of my son's favorites. It was his first ever competition when he was Level 4. In his first event, he placed 1st and got 9th overall. Maybe that will boost his confidence and he will do better in this competition, only his second this season because of an earlier bout of norovirus last November. 
My stomach was in knots as my son began his warm ups the first hour. I noticed his legs were not straight and though he successfully did every move, it wasn't clean. I could tell he was nervous and he slipped pretty bad when he practiced vault. Because I was by myself I could move freely around the stadium to take…

What is On Netflix

I always hear that having Netflix Streaming is not worth it, and that there is nothing ever on. It depends on what you are looking for. I find that Netflix is a perfect way to watch television shows. It is commercial free and you don't have to wait a week to watch the next episode. I have watched entire series in just a couple of days. That is especially easy to do with British Serials which run shorter than American ones. This superior way of watching shows may change the genre in the future. They will be called serials rather than TV shows and will be shown in a series rather than an episode at a time. (they are called series and serials in Europe)  I hope studios will make serials ready for streaming and maybe connect the serial to a website where viewers can get more information and give feedback about a serial in order to make additional money. I know Netflix previously came out with a serial Lilyhammer which I enjoyed except for the over use of the "f" word. (I thi…

Google Samsung Chromebook

I got a Samsung Chromebook for Christmas and I am in love! I don't like tablets as I love traditional keyboards. This laptop is simple and light, perfect for those who want to do simple internet surfing and blogging. It is definitely worth $250. The Google OS takes getting used to but I love it now.

Roast Pork/ Barbecue

I had delicious pork at my brother's house in Tennessee so I decided to make a pork roast after New Year's. I made it the traditional way with a few spices and in a crock pot for 12 hours. At dinner when we ate the pork the kids and I all made the same conclusion- it needed barbecue! We just weren't a plain pork and sauerkraut family. Also, my husband was raised to hate pork so he really doesn't want to taste it.The next day I poured barbecue over the pork roast in the crock pot and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. It came out beautifully. We put the new barbecue on hamburger buns and hate potatoes, mac and cheese, and a salad with it. Did I ghetto-fy my pork roast dinner? At least my picky eaters loved it!I have discovered that Eli's favorite meal is mac and cheese. As that is also Jon's I will be making mac and cheese a lot more in the future. I make it my grandmother's way with Velveeta cheese. None of that powdered stuff though I think the boys would …

Christmas Illness

I had a wonderful Christmas break. It wasn't relaxing but it was a lot of fun. I saw all of my brothers and their wives and my nieces and nephews. I don't have a great relationship with my extended family but I have a beautiful relationship with my immediate family. I don't mean to sound awful but I think part of that is that I have no sisters so there is less drama :-) The bad thing about that is that I come out to be the dramatic one. It didn't help that I had a kidney infection and was about to start my first menstrual period in two years.

When I am nursing a baby, I do not have cycles. I am normally a very regular person so not having a cycle messes my body up after a while. In December, my son was 18 months old and still nursing. My body was bloated and in pain. My back around where the kidneys are were in terrible pain so I was never comfortable. My bladder was irritated and I had restless legs syndrome. I was terribly constipated and my stomach felt like it was …

Winter Life Lessons

The last post I made was on Halloween! In the blogging world, I have fallen off the edge of the world! O really don't have much of an excuse except that I have had the worst writer's block. I struggled even to write a simple Tweet or a Facebook status. Changes in the country, family drama, and a new house are behind one of the greatest writer's blocks of my life!

As many of you know, I am a libertarian that votes GOP. I vote GOP mainly because of the two parties, the GOP stands for smaller government compared to the Democratic Party. I also do not like Democrat foreign policy and social programs. I am also staunchly anti-abortion except in extreme cases that should be between a doctor and patient instead of for social reasons. I was excited about Mitt Romney. He isn't the most libertarian candidate, but his ideas were more positive than Obama's. My husband and I worked hard for his campaign and the day before the election  I attended a rally for Mitt Romney with m…