Monday, December 17, 2007

The Check's in the Mail, Offline, -and- Brave New Schools

The Check's in the Mail - thousands of postal workers not paid due to glitch
Offline - Iran shuts down 24 Internet cafés
Brave New Schools - teens punished over sex-offender alert

On this day in history: December 17, 1969 - The US Air Force terminates Project Blue Book, which investigated reports of UFO's.

Born on this day in history: December 17, 1929 - William L Safire (1929– )Journalist, born in New York City, New York, USA. A former speechwriter and public relations writer, he also took on a weekly column devoted to verbal oddities.

Scripture of the Day: "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'" (Matthew 1:20-21)

Video of the Day: Logan the Sky Angel Cowboy - submitted by Jay

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Brrr! It has been particularly cold for the last several days, and today is no exception! Fortunately, there is almost no wind, so the cold is still and does not penetrate one's clothing unduly. It sprinkled briefly yesterday afternoon, but it is dry today and does not appear to have rained during the night. AccuWeather shows rain for the next 5 days. We shall see.

Saturday evening, we had lemon chicken with large pasta shells. I sautéed sliced chicken breasts, mushrooms, white onion, chopped garlic, and red bell pepper in extra-virgin olive oil. I cooked large pasta shells and set aside. When the chicken and vegetables were cooked, I added a mixture of fresh lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, sea salt, and ground black pepper and stirred while this thickened into a sauce. I placed the shells in a large pasta bowl, poured the chicken mixture over the shells, and Laura stirred this and took it to the table. We also had spinach, mushroom, and grape tomato salads, toasted garlic bread, and an excellent Woodbridge Zinfandel. It was a delightful meal.

Sunday morning, Laura sang in the worship team at Harvest Christian Center. She arrived at the church at 7:30 AM for rehearsal. I avoided the cold morning as long as possible and arrived at church at 8:15 AM. Laura sang with the worship team during the 8:30 AM service and 10:30 AM service and had a meeting for the annual children's Christmas program following the second service. She is designing and creating some of the costumes that will be used in the program. I braved the frigid weather and shopped at Sav-Mor Foods. When Laura arrived home, it was mid-afternoon, so we decided that a snack would be in order. We had pizza rolls. They were wonderful. We do not eat such things often, so they are a treat when we do have them.

Laura used the indoor grill for the first time last evening. She grilled some thick, juicy pork loin chops and red potatoes. The potatoes were halved and steamed in the microwave for four minutes prior to being tossed onto the grill. I cooked green beans in the microwave. It was a delightful meal—accompanied by Woodbridge Zinfandel.