Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hot New Wheels

1973 Motobecane Nobly.....Made in France.
I am the 2nd owner.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

La Fattoria poco in Italia

I've had an internal debate as to whether I wanted to write about my experience applying for dual citizenship. In the end, I felt that someone else might find my adventure useful in their own attempt. So here goes.

Off and on for the last few years, I've wanted to look into the possibility of applying for dual citizenship in Italy under a law called Jure Sanguinis. I was pretty sure I would qualify on one side of my father's family and as it turns out, I qualify on both sides...... if all goes well. The law requires my decendent (grandmother, in this case) to have been born before my great-grandfather naturalized. Since she was born in 1921 and he didn't naturalize until 1937, we're good. Secondly, we haven't been able to find any proof that my great-grandfather Marino ever naturalized at all. The way the law works, though, puts the burden of proof on me. It's easier for me to use my grandmother's family records which include his naturalization than to try and obtain all sorts of proof that someone didn't naturalize. So that's my fallback plan.

As of tonight, I have an appointment with the San Francisco Italian Consulate for October of 2011. Since, appointments are supposed to be 2 years out, I'll count myself lucky that I only have 1 1/2 years to wait. We can't really travel until Conor is out of school anyway, so that's fine. I've had to gather every birth, marriage and citizenship certificate obtained by myself and my direct line of descendents all the way back to Carini, Sicily. Each of those certificates requires a translation into Italian if it is in English, and an apostille from the state of it's issue. I have almost all of the certificates gathered, but I think I'm going to have to have a few of them amended for name misspellings and general errors before the consulate will accept them. Luckily I have a year and a half!

I want to be able to travel and work freely in the EU. Dual citizenship would be my ticket to do it. Tyree will qualify for citizenship if I'm able to obtain it via Jure Matrimonis. I'll post my progress throughout the process and hopefully it will help someone. Meanwhile..... Buona Notte!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Small Victories....

I had one of my proudest moments in step parenting this morning. Conor's math teacher showed the kids a shape in class consisting of a rectangle with an isosceles triangle tacked on to either end. It gave the height and width of the rectangle portion and the length of one if the sides of the triangle. The teacher said that using the info given, it wasn't possible to find the area of the shape. Conor raised his hand and said,

"Can't you divide the triangle into two right triangles and use the a(squared) + b(squared) = c(squared) formula?"

The teacher just looked at him and said "That's ahead of most of this class."

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Red Wall at Studio E.

Waterfront Artist Studio Collective
Tyree Callahan

Photo by Dustin Basalla

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We're seeing red.

Tyree painted the largest wall in our studio a kind of tomato red this week in preparation for the Waterfront's Spring Gala. We're trying to really transform the space into a creative haven. Both of us want to spend more time in there, so some bold color might be just the thing to kick us in the butt.

I have a project in mind (when don't I) and it requires both Ty and I to spend more time writing. I might test a few things out on you all before we get to self-publishing them. I'll post photos of the newly painted studio tomorrow and try to get some Art Walk photos to share, too.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Green Walls

This post is for Tyree who is contemplating green walls for our living room. I hope he sees something to inspire him. All of these photos are from blogs that focus on interior design.

Perfect for our French Chateau.

The winner in my book. I love the richness.

Too Mod. I like it but I'd get sick of it.

Tres Dramatic


I like.