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“So you’re on vacation!”is the commonly voiced assumption I hear this time of year. And, as always, I feel the need to enlighten the misinformed. Yes, it’s fun work. Yes, it’s a rewarding business. But no, no, no. Not on vacation. Not yet. Eventually though – if and when the show is ever cancelled. But not before.

The truth is, while the show is in production, we’re of course very busy producing – writing and rewriting scripts, prepping episodes, editing cuts, and watching mixes. When production finally ends, usually in early October, the cast and crew head off on vacation but we continue the post-production process – still editing, still approving visual effects, still watching mixes. And, if we’re lucky enough to get a pick-up, we’ll be spinning ideas, breaking stories, and working on scripts right up to the start of yet another season of production in mid-February – at which point the process starts all over again. As such, we have to pick our spots – sometimes during the Summer hiatus, during the Fall-Winter break – blocking out a few days here and there when the show takes a backseat to some much-needed R&R. Although, to be honest, that’s easier said than done because even if you have a first draft script in hand, you’ll still find plenty of opportunity to: a) agonize over the minutiae of said script, b) spin potential new story ideas during dinner with your wife and well into the wee hours of early morning, and c) generally worry about various aspects of the impending production at every turn (“I have to remember to have John Lenic put that actress on hold.”, “I can’t forget to ask Val to include a few more countries in next season’s line-up.”)

And so, despite the fact that my mother and sister are in town, we’re only days away from celebrating Christmas, and I have a first draft of Broken Ties in hand, my mind is far from on holiday mode. If it’s not worrying about the tighter shooting schedule or whether or not Mark D. will be available for a return engagement, it’s fretting over motherhood issues or a red giant’s gravitational pull.

The key, I’ve found, is to keep extremely busy and thus make it difficult to concentrate on anything but, say, today’s dim sum lunch. While my mother stuck to the traditional shrimp dumplings and siu mai, Fondy and I went with the slightly more adventurous fare: fried daikon cake, eel in black bean sauce, and beef tendon. People ask me “What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?” and I can only shrug. A more appropriate question would be “What’s the most unusual thing you HAVEN’T eaten?” Fondy and I were watching Survivor several weeks ago when, at one point during a challenge, contestants had to consume an unpalatable-looking exotic dish. As they choked and gagged in their attempts to force it down, I suddenly recognized the delicacy. “Hey!”I remarked. “We had that at Errol and Janice’s wedding!”

We followed dim sum with a stroll through the fairly unremarkable Yaletown, stopping off at Chocoatl where ever-enthusiastic owner Themis Velgis showed off his new line of creations including whiskey, olive oil, spicy tobacco, and 10 year old Balsamic vinegar-flavored truffles. I know, I know. Many of you will imagine the worst but the flavors are incredibly subtle and very, very good. As much as I despise vinegar (see yesterday’s entry), I thought the 10 year-old balsamic truffle was fantastic. We washed down our chocolates with even more chocolate in the form of a hot Peruvian dark chocolate for mom, and a Tanzanian dark chocolate “denso” for me. The denso was appropriately dense, dark, and wonderfully rich.

By the way, there are still plenty of blog regulars who don’t know I’ve switched blog sites yet so please spread the word.

Today’s pics: I’ve found that the key to taking a good picture is in capturing the subject during an unguarded moment.  Here, Fondy catches me in two candid, completely natural instances.  Compare to the obviously posed pics of the beef tendon and daikon cake. 

Well, let’s see what I can do about catching up on some of your questions and comments –

WannaBe writes: “Tell you what, I’ll pick out a couple of mine and a friend or two and send them to the Bridge for you to pass on to her later.”

Answer: That’s very kind of you. My mother and I thank you in advance.

Anon, good nurse: “Have you read Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe?”

Answer: Not yet. I’m on the last book of his Book of the New Sun series and enjoying it immensely although, like your experience with Urth, found the reading extremely rewarding but incredibly dense.

Marielabbott writes: “Speaking of intense courtroom drama, any chance we’ll see something of that nature in SGA?”

Answer: Coincidentally, we will be seeing something of this nature in season 5.

Daehaksang writes: “Have you ever had fried pickles?”

Answer: I don’t think so. I don’t recall ever having tried one at it seems like something I would remember if I did.

Netty writes: “I was wondering if you have ever watched the anime Wolf’s Rain?”

Answer: Yes. I liked it a lot. I just (finally) finished Full Metal Alchemist, which I also liked a lot. Now I’m considering what I should watch next. I’m thinking either Trinity Blood, Samurai Gun, or Ergo Proxy. Your pick?

Jme02067 writes: “Have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell? I started this book maybe 5 times but found it utterly boring. What did you think?”

Answer: Haven’t read it yet but it’s sitting on my bookshelf. It was gifted to me by someone who loved it. I’ll probably give it a go sometime in 2008.

Michelle Lunsford writes: “By the by, I’d asked you some time back about tea infused chocolates. You’d suggested the Luxury Tea Collection from Christopher Norman. My sweet husband has spoiled me by getting it as a Christmas gift.”

Answer: Well, he sounds like a keeper. Tell me what you think of the Lapsang. It was my favorite.

Depenn writes: “With your Italian heritage , I was wondering if you have nay different traditions around the holiday season. That is in respect to food, to special customs?”

Answer: We usually include some sort of seafood in the mix, play Italian bingo (tombola), and open our gifts Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas morning.

Kelly writes: “What sounds better — prime rib with Shittake pan gravy, or with orange balsamic glaze?”

Answer: I’d choose Shitake over orange balsamic simply because, like Rodney, I’m not a fan of citrus.

Scifan writes: “Are you and any of the cast going to be at the People’s choice awards?”

Answer: Alas, the live event was cancelled in favor of taped segments. If we’re lucky enough to win, I’m sure the actors will make themselves available for any acceptance speech.

Joshmeyers writes: “Suffice to say I’m having a deja vu, 8:30, hmm?
I wonder if someone will be waiting around the airport like a hopeless lacky until the plane arrives seven hours delayed.”

Answer: Er, fortunately they have something called the internet now which allows you to check a flight’s status before leaving for airport.

Lt. Col. Errandboy writes: “a) what’s your mamma’s favorite recipe, and b) have you ever tried marron (freshwater crayfish)?”

Answers: A) She has plenty of great recipes. I’m a big fan of her eggplant parmesan. B) I had them in New Orleans ages ago.

Blaine Nielsen writes: “I was wondering if you had been following House this season???What did you think of the selection for his new team????”

Answer: Of all of last year’s returning shows, House is the one I’ve been enjoying the most. I’m a couple of episodes behind and need to catch up so I don’t know who made the final cut, but I’m a big fan of Cutthroat Bitch.

113 thoughts on “December 20, 2007: Teasers, dim sum, and chocolate.

  1. Broken Ties eh? Sounds intriguing… Will we see more Reunion-esque episodes for Ronon in S5?

  2. Ah, delicious clues and teasers, lots of food pics, and a very nice breakdown of life as a writer/producer. Just what I needed to put my own work schedule in perspective. You’ve mentioned a number of books you’ve read or plan to read. How about periodicals? are there any magazines, newspapers, internet sites that you read on a regular basis? And if so, do you do so for information, inspiration, or simple pleasure? Thanks for another great post.

  3. Favorite magazines: Men’s Health and New Scientist.

    Favorite sites: My blog and specifically your comments (That’s right, Thornyrose! YOUR comments!), my various Yahoo accounts.

  4. The chocolate drinks look great. I know I was surprised when we were doing a chocolate program at work (museum) to find out that the original chocolate drinks of the Aztecs included hot pepper and other spicy stuff.

    So for the holidays – my questions are: Did you get Fondy the Wii? Is she getting you a lump of coal? Are the dogs getting gifts? And as the dogs are your children, do they get YOU gifts?

    We’re at the stage where we get a lot of homemade gifts under the tree and my daughter is dying to tell me what they are…I’m betting you don’t want any “homemade gifts” from the dogs 😉 under the tree or elsewhere in the house. (wams352 aka the dixon-stubblefield blog)

  5. Oooh yeah!! Parmigiana!! Good call! All the women in my fam learned this recipe from my grandmother…it rocks!

    Must try some cajun spices on marron…*slurp*

    So, Joe…how’s the season 5 storylines unfolding? Any ‘goss’ *coughspoilerscough* you can throw at us?

    _Dana

  6. No Wii for Fondy this Christmas but I got her something she’ll love just as much – one of those easy-to-clean rectangular mops that do corners really well. As for the dogs, they’ll get something – but only if they give me something first.

  7. I am big fan of Kal Pen and i really enjoy his character of Kutner on House. the Cutthroat Bitch was really interesting, she is a type of person that we all reallty know. someone who really sucks up to the boss.

  8. Hey there! Now that I know where you’re lurking… 😉 So sorry to hear about Jelly! ’tis so hard when the health problems set in like that. So far my furball is pretty good for an 8 year old cat. I hope the meds will afford Jelly some relief.

    Any plans for a big Christmas bash? 🙂

  9. Ooooh the chocolate looks really good. But i bet the chocolate cake i just made today is better. What are some foods you like to cook or are good at making? Did you teach any of your dogs tricks?

  10. Hi Joe !

    You said :

    “I can’t forget to ask Val to include a few more countries in next season’s line-up.”

    Please, don’t forget us in the process, we’re a huge fanbase here in france, so it would be really really really (have I stress the “really” enough ?) appreciated if we were, even in a small way, represented in the pegasus galaxy !

    And so far, I’m a little worried about the release of both SG1 movies in france, I hope we’ll be able to buy the DVD soon, and not 6 month after the american release. I know it’s out of your hands, but, hey, i’m a little concerned, so I share.

    In my family, we also, open present at the Christmas Eve, now we’re all grown up, so we don’t believe in … (sush !!! you-know-who…) anymore. It reminds me, I haven’t buy all my presents for my family, oops !

    So, no questions for you today, it’s my little contribution to offer you holidays… from me.

    Today I went to SPA (Société Protectrice des Animaux), it’s an association who tries to protect animals. They collect lost or abandonned cats and dogs, they take care of them, before let them be adopted by people. It’s really really heart-breaking to see the little poor ones be locked in cages waiting for someone to take them home. Alas, as I have already 2 cats (and a rabbit) in an appartement, I can’t take more but, my friend and I give them a little of our time and love today, so it’s a start. And maybe my friend will adopt a dog, so… inspite of the sadness, in this time of the year, i’ll keep hope for them (some are there for 3 or 5 year, really heart-breaking). I don’t know if you have a lot of abandonnement in canada but here, there’s too much, especially just b
    efore the summer vacations.

    In a happier note, I wish you a good night, and a good Christmas (to you, the lovely Fondy, your charming mother, and the 4 little hairy-monsters) in advance as I probably won’t be able to come back in the next days.

    Quilani.

  11. Joe – was your “I believe I just did” in reference to Dana/Lt.Col.Errandboy’s plea for gossip?

    If so – Lt.Col.Errandboy, read this paragraph closely– clues to S5??
    “And so, despite the fact that my mother and sister are in town, we’re only days away from celebrating Christmas, and I have a first draft of Broken Ties in hand, my mind is far from on holiday mode. If it’s not worrying about the tighter shooting schedule or whether or not Mark D. will be available for a return engagement, it’s fretting over motherhood issues or a red giant’s gravitational pull.”

    Mark D – the guy from reunion? motherhood? unless it’s a pug related, I’d guess Teyla (unless the shippers get a real surprise and it’s a Sam baby?) and hmm a red giant’s pull – sounds like a job for super McKay.

    Of course this could all be something the Baron and his minions have cooked up?!

  12. My dogs don’t even sit still for their dinner. Getting them to sit on command is asking a lot. As for cooking – I don’t.

  13. Hi Joe,

    I’m heading back to Venezuela for Xmas, it’s the first time in 8 years! so it’s kind of scary but I need the time to relax of a crazy year… we will be staying a couple of days in Caracas and then we will move to the beach, 30min away from the Hacienda Chuao, if you know what that means, you have very good memory or you have your facts straight on those things that you love 🙂 I hope I have the chance to go, I was there when I was very little, but now I might have a different perspective.

    And talking about home and your blog, more countries? more flags? Venezuela has a very nice flag to consider, it’s Yellow, Blue and Red and it even has little stars!

    Take care and Merry Christmas!

  14. Hi Joe. Have you ever read the magazine “Cosmos”? It has great slightly left of centre science articles that are amusing but informative at the same time (such as latest pics of an exploding star but followed by the latest on alien spore sucking parasites found in rocks – sound slightly familiar?) They also have a Sci Fi fiction article each release which really gets you thinking. It’s my standard “on the plane” magazine for interstate business trips.

  15. Wow Joe, audience participation today? Awesome!

    So, just to make it clear (because I want to start a thread about it on Gateworld and I try to not make mistakes after the Foxy Loxy incident), Broken Ties is a Stargate Atlantis episode, and it’s NOT S&R renamed?

    And on an unrelated note, would you participate in the next season of Survivor if offered the chance?

    Thanks in advance!

  16. Carolina writes: “we will be staying a couple of days in Caracas and then we will move to the beach, 30min away from the Hacienda Chuao, if you know what that means, you have very good memory or you have your facts straight on those things that you love”

    Joe writes back: Well, bon appetit. I’m envious.

  17. Narellefromaus writes: “Have you ever read the magazine “Cosmos”?”

    Joe writes back: I like New Scientist because it offers a nice mix of easily digestible tidbits in addition to slightly more foreboding articles. It’s also a magazine that the less-sicentifically-inclined can enjoy as much as the brainiacs out there.

  18. PG15 writes: “Would you participate in the next season of Survivor if offered the chance?”

    Joe writes back: Survivor? Never. The Amazing Race? You bet, but not with my wife. Marty G. would make a pretty good race partner I think.

  19. Bonsoir Joseph et you all !

    I would like to wish you a wonderful, amazing, fantastic and ostentatious christmas times !!!!! Take this time to be with your family, your friends, your neighbours, your pets and who you want ! (eh students! Dont forget your wonderful teachers !!! No, no, no its not because Im a teacher I said that !!!) «Its theeeeeeeeee most wooooooonderfull tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimes oooof the yearrrrrrrr !!!!» (come on group sing together !) Well, dont forget to dance a lot, to drink a lot, to eat a lot and its not the time to sleep ! (You gonna have a lot of time after ! ) I really have fun with the rescue mission PG15, Anne Teldy, Pauline, Dee in South Africa, I’m a Jackrabbit, Dr. Amyfo, Thornyrose, ptarmigan, jumperpilot, cat4444 and Susan the Tartan Turtle you make me laugh!

    À tous ceux qui parlent le français je souhaite un superbe beau temps des fêtes ! Hoooooouuuuuuu !!! C’est le temps du party, de la bonne bouffe de revoir tous ses amis que ça fait ben longtemps qu’on a pas vu autour d’une bonne bouffe et des bouteilles de vin ! (N’oubliez pas : blanc sur rouge rien ne bouge, rouge sur blanc toute fou le camp ! Non mais, c’est quand même bon à savoir !) Pis comme on dit par chez nous : swing la bacaisse dans le fond de la boîte à bois ! (heuu, demandez moi pas ce que ça veut dire exactement….)

    Merci Joseph de tous ces blogs si intéressants et des fous rire que cela m’a occasionné. J’espère que toi et ta famille vous aurez un bon temps des fêtes ! (Je sais c’est un peu tôt pour les souhaits de noël mais je m’en vais fêter au chalet familiale dans les bois où il n’y a pas de téléphone ni d’ordinateur. Oui, oui, ce genre d’endroit existe encore )
    On se revoit l’an prochain

    Nadine Tremblay
    Chicoutimi, Québec

    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=qMc-6MVEHF8

    (ben quoi, pourquoi pas fêter un peu avec du rigodon du Québec !)

  20. That’ll be hilarious…it’ll also mean I’ll have to start watching The Amazing Race.

    Meh, I’ll start the thread anyway. 😉

  21. Joe writes back: I like New Scientist because it offers a nice mix of easily digestible tidbits in addition to slightly more foreboding articles. It’s also a magazine that the less-sicentifically-inclined can enjoy as much as the brainiacs out there.

    I know what you mean. I’ve nicknamed Cosmos “Science for Dummies”. You have to have a general understanding of Science to read it but they don’t assume you understand Einstein’s theory of relativity and break it down into nice and easy things you can relate to. I might hunt out New Scientist for my next flight – I had it in my hand last time too.

  22. Hi Mr. Mallozzi,

    Do you read Fantasy novels if so have you read the Wayfarer Redemption trilogy series from Sara Douglass?
    And I wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  23. Hey Joe,

    I’m a bit intrigued by your “tighter shooting schedule” line. You’re also scheduled to begin filming earlier this year. Is that because you’re trying to get ten episodes shot before the impending SAG strike occurs?

    Who on Atlantis would be affected by the strike? I’m pretty sure about Joe Flanigan and Jason Momoa, but what about Amanda Tapping? David Hewlett? Rachel Luttrell?

    And I figure guest characters would be a problem, too. Picardo, Pileggi, Trineer, and you’re aforementioned Mark D. are all probably SAG. Do you guys have a plan in place for when things get ugly?

    Nigel, RAF

  24. Be sure to check out the movie, Full Metal Alchemist: The Movie: Conqueror Of Shamballa. Ergo Proxy is good,but I would recommend “Witch Hunter Robin”.

  25. Hey, thanks for answering my question! A potential courtroom scene sounds very intriguing. I’ll be on the lookout for that episode.

    And, um, any chance it involves Weir? Or are there any other scenes next year that involve her (hopefully many)? One can always hope. =)

    I hope you get some decent downtime during the holidays. It’s hard enough with a normal job; it sounds like it’s even rougher with yours. Take care and be well.

  26. It sounds like you know your cocoa, I recall a picture from the blog a while ago wherein you were making some of your own using some very special chocolate.

    I’ve got a birthday coming up next Wednesday the 26th, I have free reign to choose any restaurant I want. I’ve narrowed the field down to premium sushi bar, full-blown exotic seafood, and the more traditional steak house. All the restaurants are the best at what they do in town. Given that my birthday falls on the holidays, do you have an recommendations based on my dinner options? I’m feeling adventurous.

  27. I’ve asked this three times now and sadly somehow you keep missing my question. So i’ll keep asking till you either answer me or continue to ignore me. Have you ever watched Babylon 5? 😉

  28. Marielabbott writes: “Speaking of intense courtroom drama, any chance we’ll see something of that nature in SGA?”

    Answer: Coincidentally, we will be seeing something of this nature in season 5.

    OMG. This is exactly like the SG-1 season 3 episode “Pretense.” Can’t you think of some original ideas???

    😉

  29. Hi Joe –

    I was wondering – when you finally do get to squeeze in some time for a vacation, where do you like to go? Are you a beach bum … maybe a skier … or do you prefer big cities (and their many restaurant choices) …

  30. Because you like me and really are interested in my life:

    Wish me luck. I interviewed today for a new position, a new role, that is being created in my company. I’ll still be functioning in my current role, but have this new role layered in there as well. I’ll find out in a couple of weeks the final decision. Keep your fingers and pugs crossed. Thanks.

  31. Hi Joe!

    In case I don’t have time (*!*) to say so over the next day or so, I hope you and your family have an extremely wonderful Christmas!!! 🙂

    Also, just wanna throw out there that your mom is beautiful. She sounds like a very neat person. Hope your sister arrives safely – should be arriving any minute, eh?

    Broken Ties is a great ep title! Can’t wait to see it!

    Lt. Col. Errandboy writes: “a) what’s your mamma’s favorite recipe, and b) have you ever tried marron (freshwater crayfish)?”

    Answers: A) She has plenty of great recipes. I’m a big fan of her eggplant parmesan. B) I had them in New Orleans ages ago.

    If you ever get down to Louisiana or East Texas, lemme know and I’ll set you up with some awesome crawfish, if you want (of course). Ain’t nuthin’ better. 😀

    I love the name of one of the chocolates you show in pics: Wine and Love. Beautiful!

    All the best!

    AV eddy

  32. hey Joe,
    i have a question for your mom if thats ok. you mentioned that she is a big fan of Carson Beckett, what do she think about Paul’s cameo in the new Star Trek movie??? Thanks

    BN

  33. Why no Nintendo Wii?
    Mark Dacascos???
    How about we have an episode with an Asian tribe that decimate the team and beat the crap out of Ronon? After all, there must be an Asian population in Pegasus. No?

  34. Greetings again Joe!

    I don’t ask many Stargate-related questions here (although I am a big fan), but you ever thought of having a Canadian character specifically from the Vancouver or Ontario area? 😉

    – Enzo Aquarius

    PS – Again with the food, you make me hungry everytime I read your blog! 😀

  35. Broken Ties? Are you doing a bondage episode? 😉 Actually, you’re unlikely to get away with that on US TV which I always find extremely tame in it’s approach. Have you ever managed to watch Torchwood, which is definitely adult sci-fi.

    Glad you like New Scientist. Used to get it delivered, stockpiled it. then I stopped and threw away 15 years worth, so now catch it online. A great mag.

  36. Mark D. as in The Chairman? Because that would make me really happy. I love it when my tv shows cross paths!

    (And, seriously, the fight between his character and Ronon was far too amazing to be described by mere words. There need to be hand gestures and onomatopoeia.)

    Let the battle begin!

    I just finished reading the newest addition to Orson Scott Card’s Ender-verse, A War of Gifts. An excellent addition, in my opinion, and an intriguing look at the place of Christmas and religion in the Battle School. Are you a fan of the Ender books? (Sorry if this has been asked before but I’m a new-ish reader of your blog.)

  37. I was thinking before I elected to post the question, about Baron Destructo and L.A.M.E. getting ready to push the big red “DELAY” button.
    I guess, that outing you to blog is enough satisfaction for them…for now.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say what a great promo on SCIFI and I can’t wait for Beckett. “What took you so long?” such a cool thing for him to be saying. and Teyla and her mystery man, I thought to be Michael but on closer inspection I am questioning myself, the face is a little more human than him. But then he is supposed to be in the latter half of the season. NO?

  38. Do we find Beckett on some nameless planet or on Atlantis?

    I would like to think that the Hoffan people are torturing him somewhere, just for my own psychotic pleasure.

  39. josephmallozzi Says:

    You’re first! Congratulations!

    I honestly had a much more thought out comment to make to the blog earlier, but when I noticed the time you posted it, I wondered if I posted something quickly, it would be first.

    Huzzah, now that that goal has been accomplished…

    Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions for this year, or do you have any goals in general right now?

    -Seren

  40. Hiya ^^
    I Finally found your new blog! I was confused when you hadnt posted
    All’s well that ends well! XD
    I was wondering have you seen the anime Chrono Crusade? And for what your planning on watching next I put my vote in for Trinity Blood.

  41. Anychance that we will see the PWARW’s or a really crappy and dated version ship like TRAVELERS we have to fix?

    A big ask for season five, but can we get a pre-established planet such as the guys from m7g-677, the Hoffans, Proculus?

  42. Sheppard crying, please???:) I know he is supposed to be a strong military leader and it’s not the bold and the beautiful, but PLEASE???

    OH BTW, I cant wait for BATES to come back.
    He should be the Atlantis IOA guy, Woolsey is a bit iffy. As well, he has a “colorful” relationship with Teyla and a yet to see relationship with Ronon.

    Oh, yeah actually, does Ronon meet Bates in OutCast?

  43. I’m a big fan of Cutthroat Bitch, too! She’s actually my favorite of all the applicants. She was the most interesting to watch – way better than #13! Enjoy your hot chocolate!

  44. Ooooh, love that picture of the chocolate! And the others are nice too.
    I know Stargate never does Christmas eps, but maybe you could have a scene where it is snowing on Atlantis. It sure would be a beautiful sight, as the city itself is beautiful. Anyway, enjoy the holidays!

  45. Emily Says:
    Marielabbott writes: “Speaking of intense courtroom drama, any chance we’ll see something of that nature in SGA?”
    Answer: Coincidentally, we will be seeing something of this nature in season 5.
    OMG. This is exactly like the SG-1 season 3 episode “Pretense.” Can’t you think of some original ideas???

    Geez, you haven’t even seen season five! Heck, the story hasn’t probably even been written yet. Hey, who knows, maybe if you tried waiting for the episode to air before categorizing it you might like it!

    Broken Ties. Sounds interesting.

    Please answer these questions. 1) What do you think of the Christmas song ‘The Christmas Shoes’ sung by NewSong? It’s the one about the little boy who wants to buy his dying mom a pair of shoes for Christmas. 2) What will the ratings be for Stargate Ark of Truth and Stargate Continuum? Thanks!

  46. “Joe writes back: Survivor? Never. The Amazing Race? You bet, but not with my wife. Marty G. would make a pretty good race partner I think.”

    “Amazing Race” is about the only reality TV show I actually like. Mainly because (as a seasoned backpacker) I love to watch these silly people get in a total snit about things. How DUMB are most of them? (I’m sure you would do MUCH better, Joe!! I’d be happy to watch it if you and MartyG ever get on there!!

    aveddy: You’re ON!! YEEHAR! If I ever save up enough spondoolies to hit the North American continent again, your crawfish offer is gonna be taken up!

  47. Answer: Haven’t read it yet but it’s sitting on my bookshelf. It was gifted to me by someone who loved it. I’ll probably give it a go sometime in 2008.

    I thought it was good, but at the same time it was the slowest thing I’ve ever read.

  48. You crack me up with the faces you pull… note the look of the Asian lady in pink behind you… hahahahah!

    I’ve had that Daiko cake and it’s lovely! I haven’t had dim sum in ages and I do remember some squid or octopus tentacles deep fried in some batter which I couldn’t get enough of.

    So it’s a case of ‘what haven’t I tried” well… did you sample some of those chicken embryos still in the eggs that they showed in the food challenge on Survivor China? Please don’t tell me THAT’S what you had at Erroll and Janice’s wedding. *barf*

    Question: Do you have all the episode stories figured out before you start filming for the next season or do you invent as you go along?

  49. Hiya Joe,

    As I look through your photos today, I had noticed that white jade bracelet your mom is wearing. I have one exactly like hers. But I never wear mine. Cuz I am afraid that I will break it someday. Since I am such a klutz. Beside its a gift from my mom, if I break it, its going to break her heart, or she will just kill me.. XD

    And for the food, they all look really yummy, especially that daikon cake. My mom usually make it during Chinese New Year, and she knows how to make it from scratch. Maybe I should ask her to teach me how to make it someday.

    I was gonna ask you something but now I am totally forget.. So never mind… Man I am getting old…

  50. Marielabbott writes: “Speaking of intense courtroom drama, any chance we’ll see something of that nature in SGA?”

    Answer: Coincidentally, we will be seeing something of this nature in season 5.

    Emily Says: OMG. This is exactly like the SG-1 season 3 episode “Pretense.” Can’t you think of some original ideas???

    Elizabeth Says:
    Geez, you haven’t even seen season five! Heck, the story hasn’t probably even been written yet. Hey, who knows, maybe if you tried waiting for the episode to air before categorizing it you might like it!

    I can’t believe I’m actually responding to this, but apparently my winking emoticon face didn’t successfully convey the fact that I was joking. I guess I need to literally spell out my sarcasm. So yeah. Obviously (imo), I was joking. Joe, do you get a chuckle out of all the times your humor/sarcasm is misconstrued as seriousness on your blog?

  51. On a related note, I’m guessing Fondy didn’t really want a Wii for Christmas…

    But the mop? Definitely wrapped up and under the tree, eh?

  52. anneteldy Says:
    Dr. Meredith Rodney McKay
    Mr. Ronon Dex
    Teyla Emmagan
    c/o cat4444’s email

    Dear Dr. McKay, et al.,

    What makes you think he wants to be rescued?

    Reply: Via cat4444’s email

    Ms. anneteldy:

    What makes us think the Colonel wants to be rescued? Hello, genius here! Conan and Xena there! (*Hey. Stop that!*)

    You want reasons? Okay, how about these:

    1. Flyboy. Do you have any multi-million dollar planes, helicopters, and/or alien spaceships lying around? Well? Do you?

    2. Hair gel. The super secret formulation I developed for him is on Atlantis. He’s going to need it soon, if he doesn’t already. Those “little blue vitamins” you keep feeding him aren’t going to stop the withdrawal symptoms he’s going to be experiencing soon. (*He is so addicted to that gel!*)

    3. Colonel Caldwell. Don’t think Sheppard wants Caldwell to get his job. I know I don’t. (*Stop poking me!*)

    4. If he’s staying with you willingly, that would kind of – okay, not kind of, it would – make him AWOL, which means he’s soon going to have the entire US Military after him. When they catch him, and they will, he’s going to get sent to Leavenworth or some such place for a VERY long time. Somehow, I don’t think the flyboy would be able to stand being grounded.

    Now, since this Joe Mallozzi person seems to have been rescued (Really, who is he? Hmm?), I’m sure we can save the Marines from you by sending in Mallozzi’s rescue party to retrieve the Colonel. They appear to work very cheaply: flocking, sand, and virtual dinners.

    Anyway, the Colonel’s probably onto you by now. He may be a bit of a ditz sometimes (*Oh, you so know he is.*), but he will eventually realize what you are doing. He did manage to pass the Mensa test, after all, so he can’ be a complete airhead. (*Ow. I told you to stop poking me!*)

    Yours,

    Dr. Rodney McKay, Genius
    Specialist Ronon Dex
    Teyla Emmagan (*Hey, Teyla, what exactly is your position anyway? Leader? Lord High Mucketymuck? Space babe? (*OW! Quit hitting me with those stick things! They really hurt.*))

    ~~oo00oo~~

    From: cat4444
    Date: December 21, 2007
    To: anneteldy@someplacehidden.com;Genius@work.Atlantis.net
    Subject: Emails

    Ms. anneteldy, Dr. Rodney McKay, Specialist Dex, Ms. Emmagan:

    Hello. Just a request that you stop using my email account to send your messages to each other. I don’t know exactly who you are or where you’re located, but your emails are using an incredible amount of my bandwidth. If you want to send emails to each other, that’s fine. I don’t care. But, please, for crying out loud, USE YOUR OWN SANDBOX!

    And what’s this “Atlantis” crap? You people are really off your rockers.

    Annoyedly yours,

    cat4444

  53. He did manage to pass the Mensa test, after all, so he can’ be a complete airhead.

    *Ronon, Teyla. Look what you did. You made me spill the “t”.

    Rodney

  54. Hi Joe and happy holidays,

    Like the the layout of this blog, very festive.
    Broken Ties sounds intrigueing, is there an episode title for the one Daniel will appear in? Did Shanks give any useful notes that you could tell us about? Have you over indulged in countless boxes of chocolate that seem to turn up in the office at this time of year?

  55. Last day of work – woohoo!!

    Definitely a “New Scientist” reader (female engineer = geek) – have you read any of the books – “How to Fossilize Your Hamster” has some interesting experiments in it – some of which involve drink 🙂

    As for presents, as the only woman in my office the guys are always asking me for advice on what to get. My standard reply “NEVER buy anything with a plug on it – unless it has been specifically asked for”. Chocolate can never go wrong – especially Lindt dark chocolate with chili (subtle eh).

    Meils

  56. Love the candids. Fondy has a good eye. 🙂 (Now I’m going to be embarrassed if I find out that her business is art-related.)

    I’m glad you and narellefromaus talked briefly about Cosmos and New Scientist. Some years back I got Scientific American, but it seemed a bit dry and tended to tax my brain more than I liked. Now I have two likely-sounding alternatives to check out.

    Chocolate is just plain fascinating. Except for the whiskey and chocolate – a combo I like despite not being too keen on whiskey – the pairings left me a bit skeptical, to be honest. Still, I’d be willing to try them or similar concoctions if I come across such an adventerous chocolatier in my area, and possibly have my mind changed – sure wouldn’t be the first time.

    Thank you for answering my question about the Gene Wolfe books. I had to recheck the info, since I got confused about titles; but it turns out I read the Book of the New Sun series, of which Urth of the New Sun is the coda (or so it’s described). Wolfe’s skill in turning a torturer and executioner into a sympathetic character, and in making Severian’s moral and ethical issues so compelling, is what kept me going through the heavily allegorical segments that I had difficulty grasping. – I’m glad my brother sent me the books, although I don’t plan on reading the other two Wolfe series he sent – will probably take up Fred Saberhagen’s “Book of Swords” series again, or else Ubik. (Philip K. Dick is just *so* good.)

  57. While channel surfing on Foxtel this evening I had the choice between Grand Designs and Tru Calling. I went for the ex-Buffy psycho slayer stars show. While Tru is looking down on a corpse, I thought “I recognise the silhouette of that hair anywhere”. It was the lovely Joe Flannigan playing a corpse, very well… and his hair, well, it was still perfectly dishevelled as always. A pleasant surprise for the evening 🙂

  58. josephmallozzi Says:
    “No Wii for Fondy this Christmas but I got her something she’ll love just as much – one of those easy-to-clean rectangular mops that do corners really well. ”

    Wow…you really are getting coal for Christmas this year!!! Get her a Wii, don’t be a Scrooge. You can find one…you ‘gots’ connections, we know ya do, big time producer guy! 😉 And don’t forget some great video games to go with it.

    And to everyone that mentioned the song “The Christmas Shoes”:
    I actually made it through my life until today without hearing that song. *in a very sarcastic voice* Thanks SO much for that lovely Christmas sentiment….I actually got tears in my eyes over that stupid song. BTW I HATE IT! How depressing!!!

    Ok rant over!

    Merry Christmas! May God bless us, everyone!

    Kimberly

  59. Joe,

    I won’t get to the puter much over the holiday, so I wanted to wish you and the family an early and very Merry Xmas.

    Enjoy!

  60. “As for cooking – I don’t.”

    I bet you COULD cook if you WANTED to but you just choose NOT to. I have the feeling that you’re not the kind of guy that can’t even boil water and always burns his toast.

    Quite awhile back, one of my many questions that you have answered had to do with organic foods. You said that you try to eat organic as much as possible. I’ve been lucky enough to finally be able to find almost everything organic now in the store, but there’s still not one restaurant that serves any organic foods in our area. Therefore, we haven’t been eating out as much and are spending a lot more time cooking at home. You’re lucky to have so many fantastic restaurants to be able to choose from.

    PS: I bet you get told a lot how much you look like your Mom.

  61. josh Says:
    OH BTW, I cant wait for BATES to come back.
    He should be the Atlantis IOA guy, Woolsey is a bit iffy. As well, he has a “colorful” relationship with Teyla and a yet to see relationship with Ronon.

    Oh, yeah actually, does Ronon meet Bates in OutCast?

    BATES?? Ugh! You just proved there IS someone for everyone! I hope that Ronon meets Bates in Outcast and kicks his a**. I think I disliked him more than Kavanaugh.

    Woosley is great! I fell in love with his character in SG1. The epitome of a decent man having to do a horrible job and trying to balance his job with his sense of right and wrong. I get the sense that he stays with the job because he knows that someone else would be the IOA’s complete lapdog and then all kinds of crap would happen. Things would go South in a Handbasket fast!

  62. 1)Are there any plans to possibly add a permanent addition to the core Atlantis team?

    2)Does Michael suffer at the mercy of a newly deranged fixation when we see him next?

  63. Salut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    Sa va bien?? MOi super! je suis trop heureuse, je suis en vacance!

    Oh Yé des photos de vous:
    Vous voulez vraiment que je replonge dans ma josephoni? c’est dur a soigner vous savez. En tout cas vous êtes encors trop beau! Sa me met encors plus de bonne humeur^^!

    Oui , j’ai deja mis des lien de votre nouveaux blog sur mon blog^^!!!!

    Bon en parlent de blog, je doit le mêttre a jours.:)

    ..Je repasserais toute a l’heure.

    Yaou! Je vous aime, j’aime toute le monde!! yéééé ( i am very happy^^)

  64. Joe,

    There are reports that Ark of Truth has been leaked and is now available for download. Is there any way to stop it? If it’s true, will it seriously affect the movie?

  65. Does your reference to shorter shooting schedule mean you’ll be shooting each episode in even less than 7 days?? My sympathies to everyone, if so!

    With Carl MIA, have you accepted any outside story pitches yet?

  66. I’ve read the New Scientist for quite a few years and have enjoyed it especially the letters asking bizarre questions.

    Recently in the jobs section they had job for a ‘Potato Pathologist’ in England.
    I made the mistake of pointing this out to work colleges the jokes came thick and fast including an impersonation of ‘Ducky’ from NCIS “Cause of death Gibbs was being mashed to death!”

    Momma Mallozzi’s bracelet looks lovely; I have a lot of green and black jade it’s such a lovely stone gemstone.

    I was discussing jade with a patient of mine she told me that if you wear jade and you’re in an accident the jade will break before you do, so it will protect you.
    Although I wouldn’t want to put it to the test!!

    Pauline

  67. Themis Velgis He is really cute but probably far too cheery or irritatingly happy for a grumpy Scot like myself to cope with. Far too young by the looks of it too.

    Fallen out with your sister yet? Or does that only happen in our family – even my cats are brother and sister and fight like cat and…cat!

    Susan

  68. Hey! Why is it no one on Atlantis base has an animal companion? (No comments about Ronon) Well, Katie has her ferns and Zelenka loves his chess pieces, but no kitties, pups or Targs? They have been there a few years, no? The place IS quite large, so there’s room.
    Is it perhaps because of the W.C. Fields mantra (I paraphrase) of never work with kids or animals because they’ll always upstage you?
    And I thought our intrepid cast was ultra cool…
    Hm-m, as a devout kitty mom, (Zebo-cat, female, 18 yrs. & Scooter-cat, male, 11 yrs.) I shall have to keep a wary eye out for any such cuddly animal companions in future episodes. Including a fuzzy, (feathery, scaly, etc.) companion would no doubt lead to hilarity and perhaps lighten the mood of one and all. Baby Teyla could have a friend!

    What say you o’blog sprites?

  69. ah this is important and serious: can u speak fluent italian? do u have male friends in HK who can do it? if yes pls write back here, and i ll tell you why immediately. r

  70. Hi Joe! Long time reader of the blog, and just wanted to say ‘Happy holidays to yourself and family’!

    I’m from an Italian family too, so good to see you are getting some home cooking in from your Mom this holiday season!

    Anyway, just wondering if you have read of the books by ‘Steph Swainston’? (‘The Year Of Our War’, ‘No Present Like Time’) And if so, what you thought of them?

  71. Hey Joe,
    It’s taken me lots of time to catch up on all the comments, but finally complete. Had a laughter-filled time reading all your faithful follower’s attempts at rescuing you. I believe my co-workers think I am nuttier than usual! Know that you are loved out here in cyberspace! Thanks to all posters for making the past few days a joy!

    Anyway, Joe, with all the books you read, do you ever stop and say “How would that scene/situation play out on SGA?” I know there’s lots of “same situations – different characters” throughout sci-fi, but most are individualized based on the who and how they react. Just curious.

    Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas. Also, to all SGA fans everywhere, Merry Christmas!

    PattyO

  72. Love the new blog home Joe. My *&)(&)(&)(&( company blocks alot of the picture content on you old one but so far I have been able to see everything on this new one.

    I wanted to wish you, Fondy & the kiddos (especially LuLu) a very Merry Christmas and an extremely Happy New Year.

    I am looking forward to the New Year and the return of Atlantis.

    Becky

  73. I can’t believe it took me this long to realize that those “candids” are poseurs. – That was my first take on them; but after reading about your very genuinely demanding work schedule (to say the least) I think I let my sympathy cloud my judgment as to just how “natural” that first shot was. *mumbles to self about extreme gullibility*) (The second one I can believe, heheh.)

    Excuse me while I go pour some vinegar on my lacerated pride…. 😉 – Once that’s done, I can giggle over your camera-hogging moments. Next thing we know, you’ll be reading for the part of Lucius’s younger brother. 😀

    – Merry Christmas to you and Fondy and all your family and friends, and sincere best wishes for 2008.

    Ameeeeeeelia

  74. Tient j’y pensais;

    Vous aimez le foie gras? si oui, d’ou provient t’il??

    Du sud ouest de la france jespert! c’est le meilleur du monde!!! =D

    Donc vive le foie gras, et les huitres, et le saumon, et les bûches de Noel!

    ==> OLalalal vivement le 24 au soir!!!!!!<===

  75. *waves to Joe and the family*

    Sorry Mr M i’ve been kinda remiss since I got my promotion. 🙁 You know this whole being boss, isn’t as great as it sounds. LOL. I thought it was supposed to be easier at the top and to delegate all my crap to the minions….. surprisingly, not so much!! So any tips for lil old me?

    Thankfully, I am now off for TEN whole days!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. 🙂

    So, Mr M, while you’re feeling in a spoilery mood (thanks for that btw) any working titles you’re working on which you can let slip? It’ll be our secret, I promise not to tell anyone. 😉

    *hugs*

  76. Hi Joe, Happy Holidays!

    With the proliferation of fan-made videos (like those found on You tube) on the web, I was just curious as to your opinion of such use of “your work.”

    Thanks for the reading suggestions, I’ve found a few new reads just from following your blog. Have you read “Her Majesty’s Dragon” by Naomi Novik?

  77. Just stopping by to wish you a happy holiday Joe, to you and your family

    And special mention… to all the poor people stuck at O’Hare trying to get home for the holidays but this wonderful fog we’re having is preventing them from going anywhere
    happy holidays to all

  78. Hey Joe,

    Now with Season 5 a go, and Season 4.5 about to start in 2 weeks. Do you think it’s possible if the ratings stay steady for there to be a season 6 pickup? Yes, I know we are still in Season 4, but time moves quickly. Also I figured the back half of Season 4 would have a determination factor for SCI FI in their decision for more seasons beyond 5. One last question, Are you looking for the show to go on and on, or would you want to end it on a high note and move to another project like possibly SGU?

    Thanks!

    Squall78

    P.S. Happy Holidays to you and your family! 🙂

  79. Hi, I’m Marnix from The Netherlands and would like to sau thank you for all the work you have done over the years on StarGate. I recently saw This Mortal Coil and really noticed the chemistry there is between Weir and the others, something that carter is lacking in this series. I thought it was a wonderful episode to see and I hope Elizabeth Weir will make a few appearances in season 5. Is there any possibility or is she really dead? One small hint, pretty please… So I can sleep at night again! Have a wonderful Christmas and a very special 2008.

  80. Je vais au lit =)

    Bonne nuit, jespert que vous ferais de beau rêve cette nuit!!

    Gros Poutoupoutou for you!!! je t’adord fort fort FORT!!! a demain <3<3<3merci,merci.

  81. What’s your favourite Dim Sum dish, Joe? Mine is this shrimp bread thing – I don’t know what it’s called but it’s basically shrimp on a piece of toast, covered in batter and then deep fried. You can feel your arteries clogging up as you eat it, so I don’t get it too often. A close second is the deep fried battered squid dish, which is pretty much like calamari.

  82. So is your sister coming out to keep the heat of you about kids. I get the feeling this is an ongoing discussion you and mom have had for years. I have a slightly paranoid question about Stargate does Brad Wright like Vala too I know Robert does but since they are the ones who will be doing future movies I think, she isn’t being written out is she? She is my second favorite character next to Daniel and I want her to be there with Daniel and I would love to see Vala have some scenes with Jack too I think it would great scenes with them together.

  83. Hmmm………Beef tendon?? Okay, I understand the ‘try anything once’ mentality; but I believe you’ve mentioned eating this before. It must be better than it sounds.

  84. hi, joe,

    got anything good and spoilery concerning s5 that you’d like to share?

    sally 😀

  85. Answer: Yes. I liked it a lot. I just (finally) finished Full Metal Alchemist, which I also liked a lot. Now I’m considering what I should watch next. I’m thinking either Trinity Blood, Samurai Gun, or Ergo Proxy. Your pick?

    Yea, Full Metal Alchemist is good. Hmm…Well, ive seen a bit of Samurai Gun and its good action. Seen a bit of Ergo Proxy as well and thats pretty good. Haven’t seen any of Trinity Blood though, but from what ive heard about it’s good.
    Which one to watch first…hmm…i’d probably say Trinty Blood though because I wanna start watching it haha
    I watch too many anime in one go so i leave one behind then take up another then get back to the original one after a while! Im terrible….oh well

  86. Wow! I get back from being in Italy a week and suddenly, your entire site has changed. I must say, I like the festive nature of this one. Though, it’s unfortunate to hear about the spammer woes.

    I just wanted to say, I can’t wait for the book of the month reviews coming up. I got through Crooked Letter after only 5 days of my trip. And almost wish I hadn’t when my four hours of travel back home turned into almost nine–without something to read. If only I could read Italian, I would have found something at the airport, then.

    I have to ask, those events listed a few posts back. Those were real Vancouver events? I mean, my home state has some truly weird events (typically involving lutefisk or with names like Elk Widow’s Ball), but…Solidarity Notes? I’m so sorry.

    Hope the holiday family gathering is going well!

  87. Emily Says:
    Marielabbott writes: “Speaking of intense courtroom drama, any chance we’ll see something of that nature in SGA?”
    Answer: Coincidentally, we will be seeing something of this nature in season 5.
    Emily Says: OMG. This is exactly like the SG-1 season 3 episode “Pretense.” Can’t you think of some original ideas???
    Elizabeth Says:
    Geez, you haven’t even seen season five! Heck, the story hasn’t probably even been written yet. Hey, who knows, maybe if you tried waiting for the episode to air before categorizing it you might like it!
    “I can’t believe I’m actually responding to this, but apparently my winking emoticon face didn’t successfully convey the fact that I was joking. I guess I need to literally spell out my sarcasm. So yeah. Obviously (imo), I was joking. Joe, do you get a chuckle out of all the times your humor/sarcasm is misconstrued as seriousness on your blog?”

    To Emily, I apologize. I tend to be too serious and not understand sarcasm. This can be a problem at times (my history teacher was very sarcastic and I ended up spending most of the semester double-checking anything that was said in class) I am very sorry and hope that my response to your comment was not offensive.

  88. All this talk of home cooking reminded me of some weird recipes I have.

    Some people after they’ve had a baby will request their Placenta (afterbirth) back so they can cook it and eat it (It’s full of hormones and proteins).

    I have recipes for things like placenta lasagne and placenta pate.

    It’s acceptable for vegetarians who will eat it as it’s not an animal product per say.

    It may be the sort of thing Teylar might do following her baby’s birth as she is from a tribal society. Human placentophagy is practiced in quite a few cultures around the world.

    I would love to see McKay tucking into a nice slice of pate…Yuk!!!

    Pauline

  89. hey joe thanks for the update on the other site.
    for some reason i find my self going though
    with drawl when i dont get your daily pic and post
    have a merry christmas ya’ll from
    owensboro, ky

  90. >Jedi Says: Question to Joe or anyone that can help out. How do you put a avatar on this blog?<

    Hi Jedi – just click on “my account” in the top left corner, then click on “edit profile”. It will prompt you to pull a pic or clipart out of your files, then allows you to crop it to fit. Good Luck!

  91. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I wanted to thank you for your congrats, but I didn’t know you’d switched blogs! Anyways, I would like to study pre-med, and yes, I had that chosen as my major before ‘Sunday’ ;). Anyways, I hope you relay my thanks to your coworkers, and I hope that despite work you have a very happy holiday!!!

  92. kdvb1 wrote:

    And to everyone that mentioned the song “The Christmas Shoes”:
    I actually made it through my life until today without hearing that song. *in a very sarcastic voice* Thanks SO much for that lovely Christmas sentiment….I actually got tears in my eyes over that stupid song. BTW I HATE IT! How depressing!!!

    I warned you that song should be illegal!!!! Too, too sad. You want to start a petition against it? I’ll sign it.

    For a quick antidote to the sadness of that song, try Straight No Chaser’s version of The Twelve Days of Christmas found here.

    Anne Teldy

  93. I found this post interesting. I haven’t read your stuff before so I need to catch up and see what it is all about. I take it you are a writer/screen play writer etc. So are you on strike with the rest of them? And when do you think that will all be settled? Has it affected what you are doing with your projects? I wish you and yours a happy holiday season. If you have time take a look at my blog. I am not involved in writing in a proffessional way like you but I am a part time freelance writer when I’m not being a mom, wife, grandma, daughter, sister and lupus fighter! Good luck to you!

  94. To: Atlantis Senior Staff
    c/o cat4444’s email

    Dear Dr. McKay, Specialist Dex and Athosian Councilwoman Emmagan, et al.,

    😡 Fine! Have it your way, you nosy busybodies!! 😡

    Lt. Col. John Sheppard has been released from protective custody — with a big smile on his face, I might add. 😛 He should be back in Atlantis by the time you read this, in need of sleep, maybe, 😉 but otherwise just the same as you last saw him.

    Thanks for ruining my Christmas!!! 🙁

    Anne Teldy (Why, Maj. Lorne! How nice of you to drop by! 😎 )

  95. >susiekew Says:Jedi Says: Question to Joe or anyone that can help out. How do you put a avatar on this blog?Hi Jedi – just click on “my account” in the top left corner, then click on “edit profile”. It will prompt you to pull a pic or clipart out of your files, then allows you to crop it to fit. Good Luck!<

    I guess I did not understand that you had to get a new blog in order to get a avatar pic on here. And I hope it works

  96. We usually include some sort of seafood in the mix, play Italian bingo (tombola), and open our gifts Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas morning.

    Sweet!! Fried calamari is a favorite in our Italian household. We also play tombola!

    Buon Natale to you and your family! 🙂

    Michelle Turchiano

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