Thursday, November 20, 2008


Maybe some of you know that Tony wrote a book this year. It's entitled "Mass Media, Mass Propaganda: Examining American News in the War on Terror," and it's based on his Master's thesis. It will be coming out in paperback soon, which will bring down the price (academic books are quite expensive these days). Needless to say, I'm so proud.

We just saw that Google Books has added his book! When Google recognizes your book, you know you've made it. :),M1

Monday, November 17, 2008

Home Cookin'

Last night, I was a good Italian wife and I made my husband homemade lasagna. I got the recipe from Tony's sister Sam, so I was pretty sure that it would work out ok - although I was a little concerned. My cooking skills are not that great, and, when it comes to Italian cooking, I know that I will never be able to reproduce the fabulous cooking of Tony's Sicilian grandmother (or so I've heard).

But the meal turned out great! Tony loved it and went back for seconds. We have both have leftovers for two more days. I consider it a success. Although, my kitchen was a bit of a disaster...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sense of humor

When we were in Pre-Cana (the Catholic version of marriage prep), our counselor/deacon asked us why we wanted to marry each other. We had a litany of answers, ranging from common interests, common goals (kids, family, academic careers, etc.), love and respect for each other, etc., and the deacon told us that we had very thoughtful answers compared to other couples. For instance, he told us, a lot of couples will simple say, "he makes me laugh" and stop at that. And we all agreed that, yeah, perhaps there should be more of an answer there.

Yet, there are days such as right now when I realize that "he makes me laugh" certainly can help. I spent the day cleaning and decluttering our increasingly messy house (it's clean now!) and getting rather cranky, and all of a sudden, Tony turned to me and said (completely deadpan), "Didn't you want to see Transporter 3 in the theater? Cause I think you said so in your sleep." Which is the last movie I would ever, ever want to see. So I laughed and immediately felt less stressed. And, partly, I did marry him for that weird, sarcastic, dead-pan sense of humor of his.

Ok, this is a sentimental posting, but hey, I'm a newlywed. I still get mushy.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New blog!

I've been a fan of other people's blogs for some time now, and love reading them, from family member's blogs to home decor blogs, and the other day I finally broke down and said, "Hey, I could do that!" So I am.

I decided to focus on my life as a newlywed, with my lovely new husband Tony. Time has been going by so fast, and I feel that: 1) this oh-so-happy time in our lives will be gone before we know it; and 2) I am losing touch with so many friends and family because of work, school, and life in general. The older you get, the faster time goes by, right? So I hope to chronicle our new married life together, keep in touch with our family and friends all over the country, and, as a side note, feed my inner narcissism. :)

However, Tony is not much of a blogger. So I will be the main writer, and I hope you enjoy reading about our little lives here. We have a lot of things going on right now, so you will be reading in the future about: our home renovations (of Grandpa Frank's house), our new careers, Tony's published articles, our activities with family and friends, and in general things and issues that we care about. And, we hope that you (family, old friends, and new friends) will comment and help us along! Enjoy!