Even the Fish

We have a gold fish tank with a multitude of odd characters. As you know, we are an Italian family so it is only fitting to have Italian names for our fish.  The three goldfish names are, and I am not lying, Fat Clemenza, Tessio and Tony Soprano.  The beta fish is Luca Brasi and the bottom feeder is whatever we name him at the time, Don Fanucci, Sonny or Fredo.  We have had some mysterious deaths and we usually…

What’s better than chocolate?

Coffee.  OK, I thought so this morning but now I think nothing beats a good old fashioned hug. As I was in our local bagel shop to meet a friend, I was in line behind four older women who one by one came in to meet and greet each other.  It must have been a while since they last met because they were so exuberant in their welcoming.I felt like a voyeur watching this when I could not help myself. …

Cocoa Krispies Biscotti, really?

My daughter was eating breakfast this morning, her usual breakfast of champions: Cocoa Krispies.  She finished the box and handed it to me to break down and recycle.  As I turned the box over I read the recipe on the back: Cocoa Krispies Biscotti.  I had to read it twice. Really? Is that right?Now I am quite desperate for chocolate as I sit here on Day 13 but that insults my intelligence, my Italian heritage and any skill I may…

Acupuncture vs. Chocolate (Day 11)

I have a bad knee and ever since the hula-hoop incident, my lower right back is off, hurts a bit and gets stiff.  Wow, did that sound like the ranting of an old woman!Since my old friend chocolate cannot come to my assistance for another 35 days, I turned to acupuncture.  You naysayers let me tell you: it works! I was diagnosed last July with trigger thumb in need of surgery.  After about 6 sessions no surgery  was needed. My thumb…

St. Patrick’s Day for an Italian Family?

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I thought about the Irish influences in my life and thought I should share some of them with you.1.    I am 100% Italian.  My husband is only half.  My mother-in-law is a mix of English, Irish and Scottish I think. I hate to make it sound like I don’t know and don’t care but that is the truth.  We are an Italian family: period. So one day, years ago, my son asked if he was…