Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Keep your eyes peeled!

Sorry for the lack of posting lately... I have a good excuse, I promise! We moved in to our house on Friday and the past few days have been a whirlwind. I'm happy to say that all of our stuff made it here safely and nothing broke! Yay! The movers did stupidly stack something heavy on top of the grill, so one side is a little slated and the wheel is flat, but if that's all that's wrong, I'll take it!

The house is great. I love it. One thing I don't love, however, is the terracotta floors. Those floors are COLD in the morning. Yikes! We need to buy some rugs, STAT! Oh, and I might need to get some old lady slippers. Don't be jealous.

I'll take some pictures later this week and post 'em as soon as I can. Advance warning, though: our "stuff" is all over the place. I know, I know, hard to believe that my anally clean and organized husband would allow any disorder, but it's true. So, as long as you are willing to overlook our prized possessions littering the rooms, I'll post them. M'kay?

What else? Oh! I edited my first issue of the paper! You can check it out here. Go me! Job's going well, hubby's doing well, cat's doing well. Life is good!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pizza Festival

Just a flyby to drop off a picture from a pizza festival we went to a week or so ago. Here ya go!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Working 9 to 5... err... 8 to 4... :p

Yep, I got a job! Yay!? Haha, just kidding. I am now the editor of the base newspaper, The Signature. It's kinda a big job and I'm a bit intimidated, but I'm sure once I get some training, it'll be smooth sailing. I'm so lucky to have found a job in my field. No bagging groceries for me!!

What else? Oh! We signed on a house. It's adorable. I LOVE it. We move in next week. I'll take some pictures and post 'em when I get a chance. There's plenty of room for visitors, so we expect people to come across the pond and see us!!!

Sorry this is kind of a boring post. I'm swamped with the newspaper right now. Once I get a schedule and some sort of a routine, I'll be back to regular picture posting.

Ciao!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Pickin' Plums

This past Sunday, we went up on to Mt. Etna with one of Token's co-workers, Tommaso, to pick some plums on his family's farm. Tommaso is the Italian liasion for MWR and is also the guy who tracked down our luggage, so we're both big fans.


I think we'll be regular for awhile. :p

Token with his co-worker's daughter, Raquele. She's adorable and a tough quality inspector. It seemed like every plum Token was picking was 'malo,' which means it was bad!


This is Manfredi, who is Raquele's sister and super cute.

This is Token's boss, Bob, with Raquele.

This is Bob's wife, Rita, who's Italian and an awesome cook. She's pretty cool, too!
Mmmm... plums. Can anyone tell me what I can do with >50 plums? Tommaso wouldn't let us leave with anything less than that and I think eating five or more plums a day may be detrimental to ones digestive track...


The guys lugging the plums up to the truck. We (errr.... they... I was too busy playing paparazzi)picked a TON!!!
After working up an appetite, we headed to a restaurant for lunch. Lunch here is the biggest meal of the day and this was no exception. Our lunch lasted over three hours!!
This was the antipasti... mushrooms (that I didn't eat), some kind of lasagna thing with ham (that I didn't eat), two grilled eggplant (of which I ate one), some cheese (that was really strong, and therefore, I didn't eat), some weird looking vegetable things (that I didn't eat), and zucchini (that I ate!!!).



This was our pasti primo, which I think is first pasta course. I ate all of it. It was delish.

While the others feasted on Mary's best friend (her lamb), I opted for the vegetarian option. I don't mean to be a downer, and the food here so far has been exceptionally tasty, but this stuff was disgusting. It was some more of that icky cheese (I gave some away to Bob, which is why it's missing from my plate), and this weird COLD potato, onion thing. I felt bad, but ew.

Dessert, or dolce, was really good, though. Not sure what it was, but I know I liked it.

Bob ordered Token some kind of after lunch digestive. It was some kind of liquor, and I think Token's face shows what he thought of it... ha!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Agrigento

Hopefully it's just the screen I'm looking at, but these pictures seem "off." Don't know what it is!

Moving on...

On Monday, we decided to take a little road trip and headed two hours southwest to Agrigento. Agrigento, according to the handy site Wikipedia, is the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragras, which was one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden age of Ancient Greece.

The city is thought to have been established around 580 BC and quickly became one of the richest cities during the Magna Graecia period. It went through a lot of wars, and in 210, the Romans capured it and changed the name to Agrigentum. After the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, its occupants were recognized as Romans. It changed hands a bunch of times after that, from the Ostrogothic Kingdom, to the Byzanthine Empire. In 1927, Mussolini took control of it, and restored the name to one that was more Italian - hence "Agrigento." (thank you, Wikipedia!)

We visited the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), which is by far the main tourist attraction and is a World Heritage Site. Seven Greek temples were constructed in the area during the 5th and 6th centuries BCE and are some of the largest and best preserved Greek buildings outside of Greece.

Temple of Hera. Built for the Greek goddess, Hera.




What remains of the Temple of Hercules.




Me, looking pregnant (I'm not!), and sitting on some old rocks. ;)



Hercules, Hercules!



Temple of Concord - dedicated to the Greek goddess Concordia.








History, rocks, ancient-ness (my new word) - Token's in heaven!!



I think he's creating a blueprint in his mind for the temple he's going to build for me. Hahaha! Temple Tracie, for the goddess Tracie. :p




I might have flashed some Italians getting up into this thing. Oops.








Who's ready to visit and learn more about Greek temples?!? Come on over - I'm a pro!!!

Caltagirone

Caltagirone is a town about 45 minutes away from where we are staying. It's known for its ceramics, and we definitely helped bump this small town's economy during our three-hour visit!!

Here we are, walking on one of the small streets leading into the town...




My interestedinallthingsmuseum husband had read that there was a "ceramics through the years" museum (yawn... haha!), and was on a quest to find it. After walking up and down these little Italian streets, we found it, only to discover it was closed. Bummer?? ;)





Strike a pose! :p

Other than ceramics, the city is known for its staircase. There are 146 steps and each has a different painted ceramic tile on it. Me at the top!