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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
9:17 pm
I decided, upon listening to the rain continue to hit my window, that I really wanted one of those apple cider donuts I picked up after my hike back in...October? Obviously, those donuts did Not last all the way thru till now, so I decided to google donut recipes and I came up with this: http://www.secretdonutrecipe.com/Site/Secret_Donut_Recipe.html and since Hannukah is coming up and I need a sack of potatoes anyways, I can make these! I will update after I make them about the result, but I can't wait.

(this may have happened because I'm hungry....and because let me tell you, when one actually successfully takes a nap in the late afternoon after not sleeping well the night before the potential for the day getting exponentially better goes way up. Except for the whole being hungry...)
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
8:02 am
On track to finishing a 72 ounce bag of chocolate off in less than four weeks from date of purchase.
Friday, November 11th, 2011
5:37 pm
It occurred to me this morning: fan fiction is like Midrash...someone takes a word, a phrase, a sentence, or in the case of ff, sometimes a visual representation, and builds a story around it to explain or create a background for the thing that is "canon". So, that's pretty cool, it gives me a new way to look at Midrash.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
11:07 pm
A great song but....
There was one significant thing I did not understand about tonight's episode of Glee. Namely: Why would the theatre department sing the lyrics of "America" from the movie version of "West Side Story" if they are staging the Broadway show?

While I understand that many(most?) Broadway musicals were transferred(adapted?) to the big screen I can say from my own high school theatre experience where all four musicals performed were ones that had been made into movies(Hello Dolly, Funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin' in the Rain) I am certain that the scripts and librettos we got were the ones for the stage. Case in point: I was looking for music to listen to the other day and realized that I really like this one song, "Motherhood" from "Hello, Dolly", it's funny, it's catchy, etc. but when I was on the soundtrack to the movie version(with Streisand) I couldn't find the song...but when I clicked through to the original Broadway cast recording, it was, as it was on all other stage version recordings.

I guess my point here is that it doesn't seem a) plausible (and I understand Glee's not known for its realism) and b) good for anyone that a tv show heavily centered around musical theatre would (deliberately, I assume?) have their theatre production stage something wrong. It just feels...like it takes away from the beauty of the stage production.

Current Mood: confused
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
10:42 pm
Non-snow related
How is it that having grown up listening to Peter, Paul&Mary I am only now hearing the cautionary story about love and abandonment wrapped up in the tale of "The Lemon Tree"?

Are there other important life messages in folk songs that I've been missing, too?

Why did Friday night dinners at my Jewish summer camp consist of singing songs such as "Cats in the Cradle", "Circle Game" and lots of Simon&Garfunkel? And why am I suddenly listening to these songs on repeat?
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
8:13 pm
I don't remember how I came across this but it is way too funny to not share: Sesame Street does Glee to teach kids about the letter "G": http://www.boomtron.com/2011/09/glee-nuthin-but-a-g-thang-for-sesame-street/

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
10:51 pm
While I love and miss my dog dearly I do not miss his thunderstorm anxiety.  
Thursday, May 12th, 2011
12:34 pm
 I can't count the number of times I've heard the phrase "never give up on your dreams" or something like that....you know, "keep holding onto and working toward making the dreams reality" recently. It's not that I don't agree, it's that I think it leaves out the possibility that one has no idea what their dream is and so can't go and follow it. 
Thursday, April 28th, 2011
6:52 pm
Multiple random, generally unrelated things:
I bought a dress today, for croquet. It is very pretty.

I dropped my computer a while ago, over a month ago now...the bottom half of the screen is busted, but the top half works fine. Mainly what it means is that I can't see anything "full screen", so videos, tv shows, etc are all reduced to a small box. I went to the Apple store on Monday and am just waiting for them to have their special student sale that they generally have each summer.

I went to a brewery with friends on Tuesday night and ate an entire 11" pizza by myself. I will not do that again. Too much stomachache involved afterwards. On the bright side, it was incredibly delicious, as was the beer, and fairly easy to get to on the bus as well, which is nice.

I had a very heated discussion this afternoon with a coworker about the impacts of the decision to not recycle and where the difference is between someone's "right" to not recycle and someone's "choice". Personally I think that taking the view that one is just an individual so what does his actions/inactions matter if there are no direct conseqences is rather limited. To say that the rest of the world doesn't matter because all the affects oneself is one's individual actions seems selfish. It occured to me though, during this discussion, that perhaps the idea of an individual obligation as part of a community to help the broader world is based on the idea of Tikkun Olam.

Finished eating dinner and now it is time to walk home.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
8:04 pm
 It took me three weeks of listening to a new song to realize what was meant by "evergreen" I kept trying to figure out how it went with being "broke". 
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
1:56 pm
I was looking at my calendar the other day and noticed that Daylight savings time begins again one week from Sunday! I can't believe that it's basically spring time. I'm a little disappointed actually, I really like winter. The nice thing about spring though: BASEBALL. Can't wait for baseball season to begin again.

Also, I know March just began but it feels like it's almost April already because of how much is going on this month: St. Patricks Day, and Purim and general getting together with friends. Soon it will be Pesach again which I have mixed feelings about. I am finding, more than I expected, that I miss Wellington and I can't yet figure out if I'm idealizing the situation or if I miss it because it's easy to miss something that one is still fairly connected to[as opposed to missing those who are no longer here at all]. I don't know.

There is so much I just don't know.  

BUT I'm never going to figure things out if I just settle for not knowing. 
Monday, February 21st, 2011
11:28 pm
Timing is Everything.
 It is a scary thought that a city I was in exactly one year ago was just hit about four hours ago by a very big earthquake.

The news report I read: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022104255.html mentions buildings that I not only saw but was in, such as the cathedral.

How absolutely awful for Christchurch, that gorgeous city full of culture and arts and history and verve. How devastating. My thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and particularly for the residents of Christchurch. 
10:10 pm
Perpetual To-Do List finally gets some items crossed off
 After almost two years of sitting rolled up collecting dust on my dresser I finally went to go and get my diploma framed so that it won't keep sitting around collecting dust. 

After about the same amount of time, maybe a little longer, I *finally* went to the tailor to get my accordion skirt taken in. I bought the skirt in something like April of my senior year and it's never sat correctly so I am glad that it is going to be tailored. I also took my cute orange skirt which I've had for a few months less, to get tailored, I can't wait to wear it! I was going to take my trench coat in as well to get the sleeves hemmed but figured that sleeves which cover 3/4 of my hands is not as inconvenient as the skirts.  

I finished writing a letter to one of my NZ friends who wrote me a postcard back in September. 

At the moment that's it, but perhaps little things will start to lead to bigger things being accomplished(as in maybe I can use the momentum to start seriously putting effort into moving/grad school...unlikely but a nice thought). 
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
4:21 pm
The art(or burden?) of making dinner
Dear Internet:

I always hear of the people who are able to make a meal on Sunday night that either in and of itself lasts the whole week or is able to transform into different dishes over the course of the week. What is the secret, and does anyone have a particularly outstanding [vegetarian friendly that perhaps has the option for meat for those who prefer] recipe that is oft tried and true?

While I am fortunate to live rent-free at my parents' house  we have an ongoing disagreement that every so often turns into full blown arguments about meals. My mother and I have different ideas of what constitutes a meal, so whereas one is content with just soup and perhaps a slice of bread, the other is adamant that a soup does not suffice(despite previously saying that dinner should be a light meal). Add into that mix my father and brother who are perpetually hungry and never volunteer to make dinner and you have a problem.

Anyways....recipe suggestions or even general suggestions would be appreciated.

Another food related question: when you are trying out a new recipe for the first time do you make it according to the recipe, ie no substitutions for spices or foods that aren't in the cupboard? What is your general threshold for substitutions, as in, if you don't have five of the spices called for and they're specific(eg curry powder, tamarind, garam masala, etc) at what point do you wait to make the recipe until more or most of the list is acquired versus going ahead and making it via winging substitutions? I'm all for fiddling with recipes, I just wonder at what point it stops being fiddling and starts becoming something different, after all, if you don't make it according to the recipe the first time how do you know what you need more or less of in the future?

Thank you for your thoughts,

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
3:50 pm
Outside the window the snowflakes fall soft and white
Finally after a entire day of dismal gray skies and lots of rain, two claps of thunder and two bursts of lightening heralded the snow. It is falling steadily and beautifully. I don't expect that it will actually stick, but for now, it is a pretty sight out the window.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
5:21 pm
Misplaced possesions-or a search for the "safe place"
I know that the last time I saw a cd case(with the cds inside) was on the little table I keep by my bed in my room at my parents' house. I remember putting it "somewhere safe" one day when anticipating that the room would be cleaned while I was away.

Now I can't remember where that "somewhere safe" was. I thought it was with my letter writing things, so I looked in both of those boxes, unsuccessfully.

I looked in my suitcase, my backpack, the cd cabinet, the big cd player, the armrest in the car....

On the bright side, I cleaned up a bit in my room and came upon cds that I don't want anymore but don't know what to do with. For example, the soundtrack to "Titanic". Why I Ever bought it is beyond me now, but I sure don't want it anymore. Suggestions on what to do with it? How about the soundtracks to "Tarzan" and "The Lion King" and "Grease"? Now if only sorting through those would have led me to my missing cd(ironically, and I don't know how this happened, the jewel case that is missing had two cds in it and one of them, disc two, was sitting on my bedside table, so I put it into a plastic cd sleeve and have placed it into a folder, but where oh where is the rest of it's family??)

There were other strange things I found while cleaning up also...a bracelet I've never worn(as I am sure you all know I wear the same two necklaces and on rare occasions a third but never a bracelet) so I put it into a little box and will give it to my mom for Mother's Day...I'm trying to remember what other out of the ordinary things I found...oh! extra buttons for pants I no longer have...ticket stubs from movies I saw five or so years ago(I found a stub for "Wedding Crashers" which I do think is a hilarious movie but I don't recall seeing in the theatre), oh and very important: a key and a whistle.

I found a dvd in a cd case and in the dvd's case was a mixed cd a friend made me...before essay writing I think....but still not the one I'm searching for.

Onto more searching(I found other things relating to the cd but still not the cd, this is really getting aggravating).

---Other found items: last year's W2, a lot of dog hair, a box of New Years' cards for Rosh HaShana, a 2009-2010 18 month calendar.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
5:35 pm
There are Lots of leftover mashed potatoes from lunch today, so I was thinking, what would be a good way to make use of them? It occurred to me: pot pie/shepherd's pie(I don't know the difference). I think someone gave me a recipe before for a vegetarian shepherd's pie but I lost it, soooo...I am open to recipe ideas other than shepherd's pie. What else do you do with half a huge tray of mashed potatoes?
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
5:12 pm
Snow envy
I am incredibly jealous of the Northeast where they are under a blizzard watch(and perhaps it already started snowing up there?) and down here we've got a prediction of 1-3 inches at best. Someone remind me, why did I come back to the D.C. area and not just stay in Boston?
Friday, December 17th, 2010
5:01 pm
Wednesday night I made some wheat/pumpkin bread but either must no't have had the oven hot enough(which is why I prefer baking bread on the grill, it gets VERY hot and contains the heat--too bad there's snow impeding the path to the bbq...) because the bread came out doughy and uncooked in the center. So, it is a bread baking two days: got up at 7am to make challah, came home at 1:30 to make a new batch of wheat bread and will make french bread tomorrow morning. I wish our oven got hotter/stayed hot, but otherwise am enjoying.

Also making Shabbat dinner, salmon(don;t know how it's being marinated, that's my mom's domain), a new sweet potato soup recipe, the stuffing for acorn squash(bulgar wheat w/spinach and raisins--SO DELICIOUS), and kale, and then baked apples for desert. I was in a bad mood when I got home so I had e beer and all is better. Now, to empty the clean dishes, wash the dirty dishes and clean the kitchen before our dinner guests come...
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
2:45 pm
I suddenly have a strong want to learn how to make croissants. Especially ones filled with chocolate.
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