Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just Bored.....

Not really anything exciting lately... We had a storm blow through last weekend, so we really didn't do much.

I'm still looking for a proper job, it's been 2 years now and there really isn't anything available. My job interview responses are "Oh, you're over 30" or " we're looking for someone between the ages of 24 and 26" or "out of the candidates with the same requisites, we're sorry to inform you that we've chosen the younger candidate". . . makes me feel old even if I really am not.
I've even applied to be a shop assistant and they've said either that I'm not the right age or that they would like someone who has already had shop experience. I dunno, but I really don't think that it takes a rocket scientist to be a shop assistant; I mean with my resume and all (10 years work experience) maybe they should at least try me out???

So, in the mean time, I try my hardest to be patient and repeat to myself "good things come to those who wait" and I keep on teaching a few private English lessons. Oh, by the way! I got my certificate at the end of March! I am now officially a certified ESL teacher!

In the recommendation letter it says "Having performed higher than the required level in all course assignments, Christina has been awarded a pass at grade B." (I really was aiming for an A, but a grade B will do!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Power Balance??? What??????

I really don't get it..... Do you?

"Power Balance is performance technology that uses holograms embedded with frequencies that react positively with your body’s natural energy field.

Balance • Strength • Flexibility

Most everything has a frequency inherent to it. Some frequencies react positively with your body and others negatively. When the hologram comes in contact with your body’s energy field, it allows your body to interact with the natural, beneficial frequency stored within the hologram. This results in improved energy flow throughout your body."

What the heck are they thinking???? Really, seriously, COME ON! I'm supposed to believe that a simple sticker or bracelet with a hologram on it will give me Balance, Strength and Flexibility???

I call it Placebo effect: A placebo is a sham or simulated medical intervention that can produce a placebo effect. In medical research, placebos depend on the use of controlled and measured deception.

In one common placebo procedure, a patient is given an inert pill, told that it may improve his/her condition, but not told that it is in fact inert. Such an intervention may cause the patient to believe the treatment will change his/her condition; and this belief may produce a subjective perception of a therapeutic effect, causing the patient to feel their condition has improved. This phenomenon is known as the placebo effect.

A big boooooooo to Power Balance, although I must say, whoever invented it is cashing in the $$$!

I guess the saying "Whatever floats your boat!" is duly correct here.

Nevertheless, yesterday some of our friends tried to convince us that it works and that it's true.... they made us do funny tests, some of which, of course, DID NOT WORK.

You can wear it...
Put it in your pocket
and it'll give you "super powers" .....
You can even stand on one leg with it.... oh wow!

Enrico making fun of the whole thing...
I just sat back and laughed, eating my strawberries...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Who says you can't surf in Italy?

Who says you can't surf in Italy?

This is one of my favorite spots called "La secchetta" (the sand bank) in the small town of Nora just outside of Cagliari.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sardinia in the New York Times

Click HERE to read a great article about where I live!

Avocado soup with grilled asparagus and tortilla chips

Avocado Soup


5-6 small to medium avocados (very ripe)

1 Tbsp olive oil (or veg. oil)

2 small onions (finely diced)

2 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 cup soy milk (or any milk you want to use)

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp salt

2 heaping tsps cumin

pepper to taste


sour cream

tortilla chips


Slice and mash the avocados very well. (you can also puree them in a food processor). Set aside.

Heat the oil in a medium sized pot and dice your onions. Fry the onions and garlic till soft and browned.

Add in the vegetable broth, the avocados, and the “milk” and stir well (keeping all this on medium heat).

Add in the remaining ingredients.

As soon as it’s hot it’s ready to serve. Add some tortilla chips and maybe a dollop of sour cream!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Week End - Perfection!

Saturday morning I thought it would be nice to go for a hike since it was such a nice day.
Now, whoever knows me well knows that I've gotten lazy lately, so it was kinda strange for me to have proposed such a thing! But it was well worth it! I can't believe the colors that day and the beautiful sights we saw, literally 10 minutes away from our house.

We started out here at the small cove of Calamosca.
The light house in the background was built in 1638 and has the Spanish coat of arms engraved at the entrance. It was used as the main signaling and weapon point during the Spanish reign. It played a determining role in the war against the French in 1793, signaling their presence, enabling Spanish fleets to attack before the French reached the coast line.

The lighthouse is still in use today.
And I mean it when I said that the day was fantastic! Just look at the blue sky!

As we started to hike, we got a glimpse of our city nestled in the valley.
And then.... I think I died and went to heaven!

No need to comment on the rest of the pictures,
I really think they speak for themselves

Enrico near one of the old Spanish look-out towers
built in the 1500's by the Kingdom of Aragon
one was even transformed into a bunker during WWII

And this is what you could see from the tower....
...seriously, you could see forever.

Even if we were up at 650 feet, the water was so crystal clear
you could see right to the bottom!
There's a sail boat in this cove, we were up so high that the boat seems teeny-tiny!
Oh How I would have loved to have been on that boat!!!
We even thought we were in Torrey Pines for a second....