Merry Christmas (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.) and happy New Year! I’ve been so involved with my side project, Mystery Tricycle, that I haven’t gotten to put much content on shutterBURGH recently. But it was a fun Christmas at the Smarto household, so here are some highlights.
It’s been a quick transition between the pleasant warm weather and the freezing, frigid Pittsburgh winter, we tried to extract a little bit of fun out of the autumn.
The gang and I had some fun picking and carving pumpkins (in engineer fashion, I was sporting the Dremel tool).
Apostilles, in effect, are very similar to a notarization. Though instead of a private agency affixing the seal and signature, it is the Department of State for the state in which the document originates.
There seems to be some discrepancies regarding which documents are required to be apostilled. Some consulate documents say that every document requires it, some say that only ones referring to direct bloodline are required, but either way, I played it safe and had every single state document apostilled – 14 in total.
The last document…. I swear. And I have it (sorta).
Finding marriage applications for both my parents and grandparents was easy enough. I called the county clerks of the locations where both weddings occurred and I was able to simply request the documents. The marriage license application for my great-grandparents (circa 1924), was a little more difficult and it is officially the only document that doesn’t exist.
Grabbed some tilapia to make the family dinner today, and tried a new recipe which turned out to be the best fish I’ve had in a loooong time. Try it out
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 pinch garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 pound tilapia fillets
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 4 slices white bread
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
This weekend was the official opening of the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The PPM was heavily promoted throughout the Pittsburgh Blagosphere (Pittsburgh Mom, Living Pittsburgh, Burgilicious, Glitzburgh, Urban Out, and just about every other Pittsburgh food blog worth mentioning), so I was highly anticipating strolling though the array of food and craft vendors.
Last night, I caught Donna the Buffalo when the rolled through Pittsburgh on their seemingly never-ending tour of the Eastern Standard time zone.
The show was in one of my favorite spaces in Pittsburgh, Mr. Smalls. I got to see a new artist I haven’t heard of before, Hoots and Hellmouth. I am going to explore their discography a little more and then write a blog post about them in the future.
Unbelievably, my trip down to the USCIS office paid off.
Yesterday, I got two certified copies of Sam’s Naturalization Certificate!
In true American Government fashion, they are crappy photocopies, but the embossed Department of Homeland Security stamp should prove it sufficient enough to satisfy even the most picky of consulates.
Going to our family’s traditional vacation destination, Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD was a great way to wrap up the summer.
Mom, Doug and I traveled down, rented a boat, and visited our all time favorite watering hole, the Honi Honi Bar.