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So dinner on Friday night at [livejournal.com profile] mbarr's was rather nice - and occasionally rather entertaining as well.

One moment in particular that stuck in my head was when the words "self-cleaning onion" came up in conversation between two people, and the words got passed, by repetition, further down the table. It seems someone meant to say "self-cleaning oven," but self-cleaning onion is a far more interesting concept. It seems that such an item, though consumable, could be used along with both dairy and meat, which is not normally possible with onions (because once you have touched the onion with, say, a dairy knife, it absorbs the essence of the dairy-ness and becomes dairy).

This, interestingly, led to a discussion of the genders of dishes. (Because onions, like dishes, take on gender.) It occurred to me that, with dishes, instead of asking "what is the status of this dish?" or "what is this dish used for?" when we want to know whether a dish is for dairy or for meat, we tend to ask, "what is the gender of this dish?"

Which, of course, led to a discussion of gendered dishes. And the realization that though there are only two normative genders when it comes to people (there are other genders that came up - including androgynous and hermaphrodite- but those are not normative), there are actually four normative genders when it comes to dishes: dairy, meat, parve (neutral), and not kosher. And then, if you add in Passover, you get at least five or six... (i.e. passover dairy and passover meat)

Anyway, it was quite the entertaining conversation - and oddly philosophical as well.

Isn't it fun to keep kosher? :)
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That's what I thought the van parked in Chinatown said. It's much more interesting than what the van actually said - "demolition and carting" - and it also shows how tired I was on Friday.

As for what I was doing in Chinatown in the first place - well, that is a happy thing - I finally got my last paycheck for the summer. Now, if only I could get my first paycheck for my current job... that would make me very happy.

In other news, I started wandering around to the new schools on my caseload. I was sitting in an office looking at documents in one of them when a person walked in and introduced herself as a speech teacher. She looked at me for a moment and said something along the lines of, "you look familiar, but you're in the wrong context. What's your name." I told her. Then she asked, "were you AN's roommate?" "Yes. How do you know her?" "I live with her now."

And did I mention that all three speech teachers in that particular school are Jewish? They showed me the one kosher place in the neighborhood - a falafel place, which also sells sushi. Does every single kosher place sell sushi now? It didn't quite match the other foods there - all very Israeli. Made me think of the article in the Times this week (last week?) in the dining section about how Chinese food gets mixed with all sorts of other cuisines - including Kosher. Of course, Sushi is Japanese, but never mind...

On a different note, it's strange enough when I realize people my age are married. Even stranger to meet someone around my age who is divorced.
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So the other night, I was in the supermarket, looking for kosher graham crackers - and I noticed the Keebler ones had a heksher (kosher symbol) on them. I looked further to the left, where the Keebler cookies are, and noticed that many of the cookies also had the symbol. I have been looking on and off for six years, since I got back from Israel, where Keebler has been kosher for a while. All I can say is, yay for another food I've been wanting to eat becoming kosher. (First M+M's, then Oreos, now Keebler... and people say keeping kosher can be a healthier way to eat?) Interestingly, most of the cookies had the heksher, but the ones I wanted most - the plain chocolate chip cookies - did not. Now, if the fancier chocolate chip cookies can have it, I am guessing there is nothing wrong with the plain ones, and that they just haven't used up the old packages - or the old packaging - yet. This says to me that the heksher is fairly recent.

My observations led to the following conversation - at least, this is how I remember it. Of course, I forget who the conversation was with...

Me: So I found out Keebler is now kosher
Other person: Keebler? You mean the elves?
Me; Yes, the elves are kosher. Well, not the actual elves - but their cookies are.

I also discovered more kosher food yesterday - of a much healthier variety - while on a quest for kosher rice cakes. I couldn't find them in the supermarket, because, of course, why should Quaker rice cakes, which have apparently taken over the rice cake world, be kosher? Oh well. So after visiting Associated and Food City and coming up empty-handed, I noticed/recalled the "Natural Foods" store across the street. Literally, right across the street. I can see it from my window. So I crossed the street. (There you have it - why did [livejournal.com profile] taylweaver cross the street? To get kosher rice cakes.) Anyway, it's amazing how much organic food is also kosher. Not all of it, of course, but a whole lot of it. And the word "organic" makes it sound all healthy and good for me. Anyway, all I bought were the rice cakes, but I think I will go back there and see what other healthy snacks they have to offer.

So that was a good find.

As for the tote bags... well, it's amazing how many tote bags a teacher can accumulate. I already have three, and I have only taught for six weeks. Granted, one is from my sister - and still my favorite - but I also got one when I began grad school - the Teachers College logo is beginning to peel - and yesterday, I got one for free at Staples - along with all sorts of other free goodies. Can I just say, yay free gifts! So I got a red Staples tote bag (I specify because they actually came in other colors, but by 3:30 PM, all that was left was red and orange - and the red looked much nicer) and it had all sorts of interesting stuff inside. Like a single marker and a single colored pencil - white, alas - and a pack of post-its and a pencil/crayon case and lots of smiley face stickers - scented ones. And a catalogue, of course.

But Staples is smart - after I got the tote bag, I stayed, and spent $20.

Which reminds me, I have a $10 online rebate to fill out...

And if anyone hears of someone looking for a place to live who is willing to share a room, please, please, please let me know...
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So yesterday at work, as usual, I got free lunch. Because those of us in the office have eaten pizza way too many times, it was not pizza. For reasons that will becoem clear shortly, it needed to be dairy. So they ordered from Circa. Yay Circa!

Then we had free dessert - we all got called into the conference room for a "meeting" - then, as many of us expected, the lights went out and a birthday cake arrived, complete with candle. It was Carvel. Very enjoyable - especially the crunchies in the middle.

Then I stayed late, and also got free dinner.

These past few days have been very mindless at work - further photocopying - the machine ran out of toner, then got new toner, then started making the grinding noise again - this time, without anything heavy sitting on it - and the "photocopy man" has yet to return to look at it." I have spent way too many hours in that room... On the upside, the vast majority of the medical forms are done now...

I also got to sort crackers. Peanut allergies make life complicated. We have five groups that need snacks and two have peanut allergy kids who can be around peanuts but can't eat them, and two groups have kids who can't even be around them. We got snack crackers in variety packs, and of seven flavors, two were peanut - and in twice the quantities of the other flavors - and one was cheese - with possible traces of peanut. We decided the cheese crackers were more dangerous - because they were less obvious. So this meant repacking the crackers.

For this part, I did get to think - and play on excel - I love it when it changes numbers for me. Two groups got peanut butter crackers but no cheese crackers, two groups got only the four totally non-peanut flavors - and one got all the cheese crackers. Plus some that were peanut butter - but I did kind of feel bad for that group...

Then I got to do more mindless work - actually sorting the crackers.

So I think I am ready now for a job that involves actual thinking....

The proof: I was bored enough that I found the thumbtacks in the elevator to be entertaining. I would rearrange them on the bulletin board every time I rode up or down - and someone else was doing it too - and riding up and down at least as often as I was - and I was up and down a lot, because all of the snacks were on a different floor - it was somehow a very entertaining game. I feel like that is not a good sign....

Bissli

Apr. 26th, 2005 08:09 pm
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So I walked into the local kosher food store on a quest for salad dressing and snack food this morning, and what should I find? Bissli!

You'd think, the ultimate of chametz. After all, the package itself advertises its contents as "wheat snacks." (or something like that.)

But then I look closer, somewhat confused, and I find that the package says O-U P. I check the ingredients. The very first one? Matzoh meal! Who knew?

At any rate, it was a pleasant - if fattening - surprise.

On a more frustrating note, did you know it costs less to do one-hour developing in the store at CVS than it does to send the film out? The only problem: they can't do the photo CD in the store. So here I am, stuck paying the extra $$.
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So yesterday was the culture fair at my student teaching placement. In theory a culture fair is a win-win situation for everyone: The kids get to learn (a little) about other cultures, the parents get to come and be involved, and everyone gets to eat a ton of food, mostly home-cooked by those same parents.

Downside to culture fair: outside of the dayschool world, homecooked food is generally not kosher.

All I can say is, it's a good thing I had an ally: The skirt-wearing, Hebrew-name bearing third grade teacher, whose students studied American culture, and whose display included apple pie. Wishful thinking: is that kosher? Reality check: well, it doesn't look like Entenmanns... Finally, after circling many times, said teacher saw me approach. "Would you like some pie?" she asked me. "It's kosher." Two slices later, I was very much happier. There's something very trustworthy about someone who wears a skirt every day, goes by a Hebrew name, and, like me, must refrain from eating the food served on teacher in-service days.

It's really good to know there's a fellow observant Jew around.

And now I am off to do still more cleaning.

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