Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We Three Kings (a post for Christmas Vacation)

This post title strikes significance, both in flashbacks and in the distinct representation of the phrase “we three kings”. The flashback comes from me being back in Louisville for college and I was playing Guitar Hero 3 in a friend’s room (this was before I had the game on Wii) and I hear a rock cover song of “We Three Kings” and think to myself, what an incredible way to tell people about how the 3 wise men come around and worship the greatest King of all, our Messiah Jesus.

Christmas has been very joyful for me thus far. Despite the craziness that has happened not even within the 24 hours of me being here, Satan is trying to steal my joy from me. I am driving over to my brother’s house in the attempt to do laundry, and my car dies in the middle of a major intersection of an Austin highway. I waited 2 hours for a tow truck to come and pick up my car to take it back to my uncle’s house. I posted not even a week ago about how it’s important for a Jewish person to know about Jesus being their Messiah and how that can be the greatest joy that they would ever know! How could I go about my day and not express that to people in my own life? That would be kind of hypocritical of me. So I just sat back and decided to worry about it when the time was right.

Anyway, after some time spent with the family over a Christmas show at Gateway Church and then a candlelight service, the entire family sat down for the infamous “Feast of 7 Fishes”. On Christmas Eve (in Italian families) you will eat until your face explodes from being stuffed with shrimps, scallops, mussels, clams, codfish, and of course pasta. I know it’s not the traditional seven, but in some cases you will get short changed. If I pull this off for my own family, my menu would look something like this:

1) Shrimp Fra Diablo (Spaghetti with Shrimp in a spicy Rosa cream-style tomato sauce)
2) Blackened Salmon Fillets stuffed with crab meat
3) Snow Crab legs (this is usually what my mom will make on Christmas Eve)
4) Fried Calamari
5) Mussels in a lemon butter garlic sauce
6) Pan-seared scallops
7) Lobster or crab stuffed Ravioli

As I desire to keep growing in the culinary arts, mastering Christmas Eve (as an Italian) would be vital for my career in becoming a restaurant style chef so let’s just hope that I could pull it off. It will take money and practice for me…I will do this eventually, maybe after seminary. The food preparation would be like something I could ask for the same way Julie Powell did with her blog when she wrote about cooking lobster (out of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”) when she set up her PayPal account, I could afford to get the ingredients or dishes themselves. Always wishful thinking when it comes to me.

Right before I came down to Austin, I was working on a video game I had been playing as of late. I’m sure if you pay attention to TV, Facebook, Twitter, or to anything in general, you might hear someone mention a video game called “Skyrim”, and it is unbelievable. I play it in the attempt of trying to become a master wizard. I am doing whatever I can to level myself up to become a super powerful mage. I am going through training at a college, similar to the concept of Hogwarts. I have a character called “Nachash” (the Hebrew word for snake), and I am just attempting to level him up by any means necessary. Keep in mind however, legal matters may slow the process down, but it is still worth the effort to play the game on a consistent basis.

Before coming back to Fort Worth, Donna and I went out to the movies and saw the Muppets! We went to the famous movie theater in Austin (Alamo Drafthouse). We sat down and were able to eat a meal together while watching a movie, how cool is that?
ell now that I have blogged fairly sufficiently, I am taking a temporary hiatus. I will not be taking my computer with me to Florida..

I won’t have the ability to seriously blog for a while, so when you read this, know I am not giving it up, I am just taking a much needed break to enjoy my new life as a married man.


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