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June 20, 2009

He does not appreciate…

Filed under: blog — annybelle @ 3:36 am

Ok I am more than slightly tipsy but my husband claims he does not appreciate the story behind Miss Saigon- I pride myself in finding pleasure in Lee Van Cleef, Akira Kurosawa, UFC and Rainbow Six.  I like the fact that I enjoy things that are sterotypically “masculine”. Is it too much too ask that I find a man that can appreciate the complexities of human nature, love and loss in what I consider a borderline media???

September 3, 2008

Judge not?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: — annybelle @ 5:25 pm

I want to know at what point it is ok to disagree with someone running for office based on their personal life? So many people are saying we have no right to judge Sarah Palin for her parenting or personal choices. When John Edwards stayed in the race while his wife had cancer- the conservatives were all over that, “He should be by his wife’s side not out campaigning!”, and so forth. What if a candidate has a parent with Alzheimer’s that they are caring for or a severe medical condition that limits their time/energy or they homeschool their children? At what point can we start to take those things into consideration? I don’t think that any part of a candidate’s life can be off limits in this day and age.

I don’t think Bristol Palin deserves any of this and I hope/pray that she did insist that her mom accept the nomination & keep going all the way. I do think the media should leave the girl alone. But do I think we have a right to judge Palin based on her decisions and actions whether they be personal or political- Hell yes! There are certainly enough reasons on both sides to think she shouldn’t be running or anywhere near the White House.

But I’m tired of people saying we shouldn’t judge Palin for this or that. We judge politicians based on what they wear, what their pastors say, what they smoked once 20+ years ago, where their parents came from, what schools they send their kids to, how much they spend on a haircut, and the list goes on and on! The days of picking someone based strictly on the policies and voting history have been long gone if they ever existed at all.

I just recently realized that some/many(hopefully not too many!) people vote strictly based on the person and not on the policies- how else could someone who supported Hillary Clinton now vote for McCain/Palin? They are like night and day politically! My best friend/parent/husband/child could run for political office but if they are not in line with my political beliefs- I am not going to vote for them! I am all for women in politics and think we need more on every level but I will never vote just for someones vagina.

May 31, 2008


Filed under: blog — annybelle @ 3:28 pm

Boy, I have tanked at this whole blog thing! I have several posts in draft form but I have a problem with keeping things short and not perfecting them. It’s all part of my ADD struggles also. I need to try something new. Maybe force myself to do a short post everyday? I don’t know. I’m thinking about it.

February 15, 2008

Post Valentines Day

Filed under: Adam, chocolate, dessert, wine — Tags: — annybelle @ 4:20 pm

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Do other countries outside the US celebrate V day? My husband, Adam, could really care less about most holidays. He does kind of like Halloween. But he always makes an effort because he knows I love holidays and getting presents. For the past few years I have been getting Godiva chocolates for V day. I fell in love with their Key Lime Truffles- smooth dark chocolate with a tangy/sweet key lime filling…heaven. Last year though, some idiot decided that they should be a seasonal item and thus only available in the summer. Maybe they have changed this back, I don’t know. So on Tuesday we had to drop Adam’s car off for repair work and it occured to me that with only one car and me taking him to work and picking him up, he may find it difficult to travel the 20 or so miles to the closest Godiva store. Being the paragon of virtue that I am, I offered to go get my own V day present. Actually the conversation went like this:

Me: Give me a percentage…

Him: 2%

Me: I’m not done! Give me a percentage that represents the likelihood of me getting Godiva chocolates if I don’t go get them myself.

Him: 93.8%

Me: What? You mean that I will get them or won’t? (this is typical of me where I ask a question and if the answer is not what I expected than I assume the person must have misunderstood me)

Him: Well I could go on my lunch break tomorrow if I have the car back. How long does it take to get there and back?…I should be able to do that…maybe.

Me: …

Him: Well if you want to go yourself, if that would make you happy, then that’s fine.

So I told him I’d go. Then later that day I changed my mind. Two reasons- we were expecting some bad weather and I did not want to drive all the way there and not be able to get my Key Lime Truffles. So I decided to go to Victoria’s secret and buy some new underwear instead- not fancy V day frilly lace shit like every guy in the store was buying. Just the normal everyday cute kind. I also decided to make double chocolate dipped strawberries. Now there are two things you have to know about me when it comes to desserts or food in general- I love chocolate and I do not like fruit. Really. I will occasionally eat apple pie and I don’t mind a lot of fruit flavored things(lemon bars, key lime pie, etc.) but actual fruit-no thanks. However, at my wedding my mom insisted on ordering chocolate dipped strawberries to accompany the cake and I was won over. Those strawberries were huge-probably 3+ inches and dipped in white and dark chocolate. Yum! I have tried to recreate them a few times over the years with varying success. But last night it went pretty well. The strawberries themselves were very good for this time of year(from Florida I think) and I didn’t make too much of a mess. The trick is to let a lot of the chocolate drip off because when you lay it down the chocolate will pool around the berry and start to harden. I combated that by letting them sit for a few minutes and then moving them to a new spot on the wax paper and chilling them immediately. It worked well.  The best part is that they paired beautifully with my other V day gift-

Banfi Brachetto d’Acqui Rosa Regale. “Rosa Regale is a unique red sparkling wine. Aromatic with a hint of rose petals and raspberries, Rosa Regale is delightfully vivacious and festive.
While it is appreciated as one of the few wines in the world that truly marries well with chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet, its charms extend across a palette of occasions and food pairings, from savory to sweet.”

I have always been slightly disappointed by most wines I’ve had with desserts. You can’t beat a good red wine paired with good solid dark chocolate but try pairing that same red with a chocolate mousse cake and it doesn’t work for me. I’ll still drink it but it doesn’t enhance the dessert for me. But I think this Banfi wine would pair well with many desserts. It is a sweeter red but not cloyingly sweet like many dessert wines or Rieslings I’ve had that say they pair well with sweets. It did not compete with the dessert- it enhanced it and that is exactly what I had been hoping for. And at $12.97 a pretty damn good price to boot! I got it at Total Wine but read about it in a Wegman’s sale ad where it was listed at $14.47 and I saw it at Giant also for $19.99. I do love a bargain, especially if I can get drunk off it.

  Adam also brought home flowers, a card and a new video game that we had both been looking forward to. All in all it was one of my best Valentine’s Days in a long time.

February 12, 2008

Day 1

Filed under: blog — annybelle @ 7:02 pm

I almost wanted to say something stupid like, “Is this thing on?”. I am new to blogging so I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do here. I’ll let you know. For now I’m just trying to figure it all out.

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