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Festival Latino 2010

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Title: Festival Latino 2010
Location: Genda Park, Downtown Columbus
Link: Click here
Description: Come ot this 2-day celebration if latin culture. Full of music, dancing, food, and more.
Start Date: 2010-08-14
End Date: 2010-08-15

Pescado En Salsa de Mojito Isleno

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Pescado En Salsa de Mojito Isleno

INGREDIENTS:  3 whole red snappers (1 to 1-1/2 pounds each), each split lengthwise into 2 pieces, 1/2 tablespoon Adobo, 1/4 cup corn oil

DIRECTIONS:  Season the fish with the adobo. Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the fish until golden brown on both sides. Transfer the fish to another pan and add the sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Llega la primavera, y con ella las alergias

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

La primavera es sinónimo de muchas cosas: el regreso de la temporada de béisbol, el olor del césped recién cortado, temperaturas más cálidas. Pero si bien asociar tantos acontecimientos con la primavera nos hace sentir bien, el temido retorno de la temporada de alergias es algo que nos viene a la mente cuando pensamos en esa época del año. Las dificultades para respirar, los estornudos y la incomodidad general son demasiado comunes, incluso para quienes padecen alergias relativamente benignas. Aunque la alergia puede ser molesta, no tiene que ser necesariamente mucho más que eso.

¿En qué consiste la alergia?

La alergia es una respuesta anormal del sistema inmunológico, que se produce cuando este último reacciona ante una sustancia usualmente dañina presente en el ambiente. La sustancia se conoce como alérgeno, y, cuando entra en contacto con éste, el organismo detecta que es peligroso, liberando sustancias químicas como la histamina para protegerse, provocando estornudos, enrojecimiento e irritación en los ojos, erupciones en la piel y secreción nasal, entre otros síntomas. La respuesta del organismo es una reacción alérgica.

Una reacción alérgica muy diferente es la anafilaxia, respuesta potencialmente peligrosa que puede poner en riesgo la vida, y que requiere atención médica inmediata. La anafilaxia es una reacción de todo el organismo que puede consistir en urticaria y picazón en todo el cuerpo, estornudos o falta de aire, rigidez o ronquera en la garganta, e incluso hormigueo en las manos, labios, pies o cuero cabelludo.

¿A qué puedo ser alérgico?

Una visita al alergista más cercano es siempre Buena idea para determinar sus alergias. Pero tenga en cuenta algunos de los agentes a los cuales pueden ser alérgicos los niños y los adultos por igual:

- ácaros del polvo

- plumas

- polen

- productos lácteos

- caspa de mascotas

Aunque los agentes como la caspa de mascotas y los productos lácteos no pertenecen exclusivamente a la primavera, el polvo y el polen prevalecen y causan más problemas en esa estación.

¿Cómo puedo combatir mis alergias?

Según la Red de Alergias y Asma (Allergy & Asthma Network), varias investigaciones que se están llevando a cabo indican que las alergias a los alimentos persisten durante buena parte de la niñez. Un estudio publicado en la revista Allergy and Clinical Immunology a finales del 2007 siguió el progreso de más de 800 niños alérgicos a la leche. En dicho estudio, sólo 1 de cada 5 niños dejó de padecer de alergia a la leche a los 4 años, y menos del 50 por ciento a los 8. A los 16, aproximadamente el 80 por ciento dejó de ser alérgico a la leche.

Aunque estas noticias pudieran ser estimulantes para los padres de niños alérgicos a la leche, no hay un padecimiento igual a otro. Por ejemplo, la alergia al maní o cacahuete no desaparece necesariamente ni se debilita con el crecimiento de la persona. Aunque pudiera parecer posible dejar de ser alérgico, no es realmente una garantía, por lo que toda persona a la cual se le diagnostica una alergia debe seguir consultándose con su médico.

¿Qué factores desencadenan mis alergias?

Existen varios factores desencadenantes de alergias:

· Mascotas. Las personas alérgicas a la caspa de mascota deben evitar cualquier visita a amigos o familiares que tengan animales. Si no pueden dejar de hacerlo, o si tiene una mascota, manténgala alejada del dormitorio o de encima de los muebles.

· Polvo. Las alergias al polvo son comunes, y la mejor manera de combatirlas es mantener limpia la casa. Pase las almohadas por la secadora, lave las sábanas con agua caliente, use forros contra los ácaros del polvo en los colchones y muebles, y pase con frecuencia la aspiradora. Aunque barrer pudiera eliminar la suciedad, no es efectivo cuando se trata de eliminar el polvo, pues simplemente lo traslada de un sitio a otro.

· Moho. Como muchas personas son alérgicas al moho, se puede evitar el contacto con ese alérgeno usando un humidificador en aéreas húmedas como el sótano, y dejar que el ventilador del baño o la ducha funcione durante 15 minutos después de bañarse.

Para obtener más información, visite el sitio Web de Allergy & Asthma Network, www.aanma.org.

Una buena oportunidad para hacer renovaciones en casa

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

La desaceleración del mercado de viviendas podría constituir una ventaja para todo el que desee realizar renovaciones en su hogar, debido a que, en la medida que se construyen menos casas, y aumentan los embargos hipotecarios, hay más contratistas y constructores disponibles.

Las renovaciones son una buena inversión para el propietario en busca de mejoras en vez de mudarse a una vivienda más grande. Una vez que se recupere el mercado, si se decide a vender, dichas renovaciones serán un factor decisivo para comercializar su casa.

En los últimos años, los contratistas podían ajustar los precios para que coincidieran con el floreciente mercado de viviendas. Sin embargo, en la actualidad están más dispuestos a negociar, especialmente porque no pueden dedicarse a proyectos de más envergadura debido a la situación actual. Los contratistas saben que deben competir con otros para conseguir trabajo, por lo que un precio atractivo podría influir grandemente en la decisión del cliente.

Ahora es el momento preciso para buscar un especialista que se dedique a esos proyectos de reparación y renovaciones que en otros años hubieran sido incosteables. Probablemente podrá hasta negociar el precio deseado. A la hora de considerar un contratista en cualquier mercado, es importante seguir estos consejos para su seguridad y protección financiera.

1. Escoja a un contratista respetable que haga trabajos de calidad. Si investiga consecuentemente, podrá eliminar a los contratistas faltos de experiencia o con pocas credenciales, seleccionando a quien conoce realmente su trabajo. Evite seleccionar a alguien por un volante que dejaron en su buzón, o porque le tocaron a la puerta ofreciéndose para arreglarle el techo.

2. Pida recomendaciones. Sus amigos y familiares pueden proporcionarle recomendaciones para realizar renovaciones que no sean de gran envergadura. Pero en caso de proyectos más sustanciales, busque la ayuda de servicios profesionales, como la Asociación Nacional de la Industria de Remodelación (National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI) o el Consejo de Remodeladores de la Asociación Nacional de Constructores de Viviendas (Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders).

3. Pida referencias a cualquiera que esté considerando para un proyecto de renovación. Llame al menos de tres a cinco personas de la lista que le proporcione el contratista, y pregúnteles si están satisfechas con el trabajo realizado.

4. Protéjanse usted y los suyos garantizando que el contratista o constructor cuente con el seguro apropiado. El seguro lo protege a usted, al contratista y a cualquier persona que trabaje bajo su supervisión.

5. Desconfíe de los contratos que exigen el pago de enormes sumas iniciales. Los contratistas de prestigio acordarán un calendario de pagos justo, consistente en varios abonos hasta la conclusión del trabajo.

6. Firme un contrato que contenga todos los acuerdos referentes al trabajo de renovación. Esto equivale a protección para usted y el contratista, pues garantiza que éste podrá renegociar si usted quiere cambiar de planes a mitad del proyecto. Además, lo protege a usted de incurrir en penalidades si el contratista no termina su trabajo a tiempo. Además, garantiza que los subcontratistas cedan su derecho a solicitar el embargo de su casa si el contratista principal no les paga.

Happy to be a stay-at-home mom — even if it wasn’t by choice

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Why do I freeze every time someone asks me what I do or who my employer is? It really should not be a hard question to answer, but it is one I struggle with everyday. My dilemma is quite simple. Am I a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM), or am I unemployed? Can I be both?

Here are the facts. On January 2, 2009, I was no longer employed. Was it by choice: no. Nice way to start a New Year, huh? So on January 5, 2009, I got up as I always did when I was employed and made my husband coffee and a lunch to take to work. But instead of packing a diaper bag for the sitter, or taking a shower and putting on work attire, I brushed my teeth, my hair, and sat and played with my kids. As the day went on, I looked on some job boards for a new job and even sent my resume out. But I also cleaned the house top to bottom and cuddled with my kids.

As the days, weeks, and months went on I developed a schedule for cleaning, grocery shopping, and activities. I began printing out calendars for the refrigerator to keep track of all of our comings and goings. I enrolled my son in swim lessons — during the day! I scheduled doctor’s appointments on any day of the week at any time. My stomach didn’t get in knots if one of my kids woke up with a runny nose because I was not worried if the baby sitter would keep them or not. I took the kids on walks, we went to parks, we visited daddy for lunch. And, I continued to look for a job and send resumes out.

And here it is 15 months later and not much has changed. I have a routine down. I wake up by 7, start the coffee, and pack a lunch for my husband. We kiss and hug him goodbye at 7:30 and then it’s time for breakfast and getting dressed. We make the beds and do the dishes. Then, depending on what day of the week it is, we do a chore — clean the bathroom, mop, vacuum. It just depends on the day. By 9:30 the first load of laundry is in. Somewhere in there I jump on the computer and catch up with the world by checking Facebook and the local news Web sites. I comb through all the e-mailed coupons and special offers that filled my inbox as I was sleeping. Then it’s time to play. We play with the Little Tikes kitchen, with baby dolls, with Lincoln Logs, with any or all of the thousand toys my children have been blessed with! We have lunch by 12 then quiet-time at 1. (I say quiet-time, because for some reason my children rarely nap anymore!) Quiet-time starts with me taking a shower, if I haven’t had one yet. Then, it is time for me to search the job boards. And that is when my struggle begins.

See, during the routine of the morning I am perfectly comfortable and happy to be at home with my kids. However, I continue to search the job boards, but every time I find a job that interests me, and I apply for it, the application asks my current profession, and I do not know what to put. I do not like considering myself as unemployed because I am not. I take care of my household and my kids. I have a schedule; I have duties and goals each day. They are measurable and they are rewarded in the best ways ever imagined. But yet, I can’t quite think of myself as a SAHM. Is it because I had no choice in the matter? Is it because I do still continue to look for work?

Let me just say now, that I would prefer to consider myself a SAHM. However, from a financial stand-point it is not feasible. And before you say, what do you mean, you have been fine for the last 15 months, let me add that I do receive an unemployment check each week that helps tremendously. However, I do not know what will happen when that is gone. And yet, in the grand scheme of things that does not bother me as much as the thoughts I have when I get a call back about a resume I have submitted. I immediately start to dread not spending the days with my kids. Or playing with them. Or having my house clean (I am not implying that working moms don’t keep their homes clean, I just know for me when I am working things get way out of hand around here). Or not being able to wake up and decide to visit a friend, go to the park, or head to the zoo without planning around days off. Or having to find and pay for child care again.

And yet, at the same time it is nice to imagine a time of two paychecks coming in to the house. Of having benefits like healthcare, dental, and retirement. (We are on Cobra still and I dread when that runs out) And as selfish as it sounds, I imagine having adult conversation, of not having to change diapers or clean up all day. And of being able to say without a doubt, “Hi, I work for __________________ as a __________________ .”

Although, saying “Hi, I work for my family as a SAHM” has a great ring to it!

Kendra lives in Elyria, Ohio with her wonderful husband, two children, and a dog that doesn’t get as much attention as it got before the kids arrived. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Bowling Green State University. In her spare time, when she gets it, she loves to read and scrapbook.

medicina

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m In A Rut

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

I don’t know if I’m jaded from the whole “Blog Sports Ohio” debacle, or if it’s the Cavs sleepwalking through these meaningless games, or if I just suck as a writer, but I can’t think of anything to write about.

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I’m using the term “writer” very loosely here, but I think I’m experiencing what they call “writer’s block”.

I seriously cannot think of anything.  Nothing is holding my interest.  It might have something to do with being less than 24 hours away from sunshine, golfing, and fishing.  Who knows.

That’s where you come in.

What should I write about?  Yes, I realize that I’m only here for about another five hours, but I will give my take on ANYTHING you leave in the comments.

So have at it.

Think outside the basket for Easter fun

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Karen Deer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A traditional Easter basket can be fun. It’s filled with lots of sweets, chocolate bunnies and stuffed animals. But with a little imagination, a nontraditional basket may surprise the youngsters.

Start by thinking out of the box — or — out of the basket. Choose items such as a Frisbee, a dump truck or even a fancy little purse to replace the basket. Next, fill them up with Easter basket grass. Finally, select items such as crayons, sticker books and kites. These are all inexpensive fillers, and most can be found at dollar stores and discount chains. And of course, you can always add a chocolate bunny or two and some jelly beans.

If you style the toy just right, the kids won’t even notice the missing Easter basket.

Traditional

If you prefer a traditional Easter basket, this one is filled with lots of candy, a soccer ball and plenty of fillers ($5.50 at Big Lots).

Summer hat

This basket ($6 at Walmart) comes with a removable camouflage cap. We filled it with Crayola Twistables Extreme Colors ($3.98 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains), a carrot filled with jelly beans ($9 at sugarfactory.com), a 24-pack of Crayola crayons ($1.99 to $2.99 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains), chocolate bunny ($1 at Big Lots) and Crayola sidewalk chalk ($4.99 for a six pack at Kmart, Target and grocery chains).

Rocky the robot

Here’s a candy-free Easter treat, and the kids won’t even know. We filled Rocky the Robot ($19.99 for the mid-size and $59.99 for the deluxe robot at Toys R Us) with a 24-pack of Crayola crayons ($1.99 to $2.99 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains) and flash cards ($2.37 at Target).

Bike helmet

The Disney Princess helmet was an easy fix for Easter goodies. Just add Crayola Twistables Extreme Colors ($3.98 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains), a bag of candy corn ($1 at Big Lots) and a Tweety candy pop ($2 from Big Lots).

Sand bucket

Every kid loves a sand bucket ($2 at Big Lots) to play with. We added a kite ($1 at Big Lots), M&Ms ($2.99 at Target), a Star Wars sticker book ($1.70 at Target) and a Smart Art Alphabet busy book ($3.99 at Target).

Jeweled purse

Little girls will love this pink purse and jewelry set ($1.50 at Dollar General) filled with a Disney Kids watch ($10 at Amazon.com), Belgian milk chocolate yellow shimmer duck ($5 at Sugarfactory.com), a Pez bunny ($1-$2 at Big Lots) and an Aquamarine couture pop ($22 at Sugarfactory.com).

Frisbee

Take a flying disc ($1 at Dollar General) and stack with jelly beans, Crayola’s sidewalk chalk featuring three chicks and three eggs ($4.99 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains) and Crayola’s Color Blenders sidewalk crayons ($4.99 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains).

Garden tote

Fill a kids gardening tote with a Hershey’s Kisses cane ($2 at Target), root beer drink ($1 at Big Lots), Crayola’s Pip Squeaks washable writers ($4.99 available at Kmart, Target and grocery chains) and Crayola’s Pip Squeaks colored pencils ($5.99 at Kmart, Target and grocery chains).

Williams is trying to find his spot with Cavs

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

INDEPENDENCE —Mo Williams is in a bit of a shooting slump, but the Cavaliers point guard is also in a non-shooting slump.
Williams has averaged just 6.3 points over Cleveland’s last three games. In that span, he’s 7-of-24 from the field (.292), including 1-of-10 on 3-pointers.
Perhaps more telling, though, is that the 27-year-old has averaged only [...]

Past is prologue

March 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

SHARON TWP. — The bell on top of Sharon Town Hall, built more than a century ago, will ring out by the end of the year when the building is renovated for the first time.
Sharon Town Hall, 1274 Sharon Copley Road, dates from 1848 and will retain the same look on the outside after its [...]