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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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"Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just been informed that there is a foul odor in the borough of Manhattan."

Yes, that was how I began my day... turns out there was a gas leak in NJ - and the principal wanted us to close the windows.
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Hey! You've got a bird on your shoulder!

The firefighter was supposed to be going into a building to check out a possible fire - or maybe waiting for a fellow firefighter at the time.
The bird was a tropical bird and rather large. Maybe a parrot.
My guess? He was on his way to the exotic pet store/doctor.

In other news, lots has happened since my last post. I signed up for NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writer's Month, for those who don't know). My profile has nothing in it, but if you care to randomly check the word count, it's the usual user ID. I am a bit behind, though not by much, thanks to a certain boyfriend's brother's wedding, which, by the way, was a rather interesting experience.

But I am not quite sure what to say about it - except, Mexico. Ended at 4 am. Outdoors. But the trip definitely had some fun elements... like shopping and window shopping, and watching all the stuff that Mexicans apparently do at weddings.

Oh, and on the way home, I noticed that the baggage carousel - or whatever it is called - must have been used for many flights from Israel - it had about 10 of those pink security stickers on it - well, two were other colors - that they put on all of the luggage. Okay, okay, exactly 10 - unless a few were hiding under the "priority" luggage. My bag took so long to come out that I counted them - repeatedly. Stop rolling your eyes at me. I was running on two hours of sleep, plus a nap, and I needed something to keep me occupied while that thing went around and around and around without adding any new luggage...

Anyway, so I am still here - and finally writing something.
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Happy belated Purim to all who celebrated yesteday (or today)!

My Purim was exhausting, but so worth the lack of sleep.

It began with a cab ride to KOE with [livejournal.com profile] mbarr - because we both cut it so close that it's a good thing we didn't walk. Granted, I was reading the second chapter, not the first... Did I mention I read megillah. By the way, it's fun to sit there chanting Hebrew on the subway - just because it's fun to look strange on the subway - at least, strange in a nonthreatening and nonsmelly sort of way...

After that, I should have gone to bed, but it was Purim, and who goes to bed early when there are drunken spectacles to enjoy at [livejournal.com profile] margavriel's apartment. A small but festive gathering that included all sorts of interesting hats - hard hats and black hats and caps and paper crowns. I did not wear any hat, but [livejournal.com profile] mysticengineer, [livejournal.com profile] nuqotq and [livejournal.com profile] margavriel were posing in them and passing them around. Let's just say there was much merriment - and yes, I have pictures, and yes, they will eventually make it online...

Somehow got to bed after midnight.

And woke up about four and a half hours later - well, that's when my alarm went off, but I may have woken up even earlier - to make it to megillah reading at the shul around the corner. I even dressed in my usual Purim day "costume" - only this time, a slightly more professional version of frum, the kind of outfit that one can buy at Old Navy and The Gap (well, Gap Outlet, anyway...) - so that I would fit in at shul. I think the only person wearing pants was AF - and I'm not sure she was, but if she was, it was only because she was in an actual costume - her gi from taekwondo. (She teaches six-year-olds, and wanted to hear every word of Megillah before hearing bits and snatches in school.)

Megillah reading was introduced in a way that went something like this: "Ladies and gentlemen, before we start megilla reading, please check that your cell phones are turned off. For those of you who haven't been here before, I want to let you know that this megilla reading will be fast. I hope you are able to hear every word. I will stop once briefly for Haman's name, the first time it is read. After that, I won't be stopping, and if you make noise, you risk causing yourself or others to miss words of the megillah." That is VERY paraphrased, but all of the ideas are in there...

And yes, it was fast.

And I even got to work on time.

And my coworkers got all excited about the hamantashen - so much so that I brought them some more today.

And the best part was, I left early and missed my least favorite class.

And then I got all sorts of exercise shlepping around the UWS delivering mishloach manot. By the way, [livejournal.com profile] shirei_shibolim - I have one for you and [livejournal.com profile] terriqat. I tried to deliver it but somehow had the wrong address. Perhaps we can connect later so I can give it to you. But all the others got delivered, even if I was an hour (hour fifteen?) late to seudah. Of course, it helped that [livejournal.com profile] mysticengineer was running equally late, and so I had company.

Plus, I got to deliver one to my family - which then got passed along to a family friend who was in the car - my dad came to get my sister for seudah at home, and I got there with her mishloach manot at just the right moment - plus the one for the family.

And the seudah at JH's shul was lots of fun. Low-key, lots of meat, and some very good wines. Especially the Merlot.

Then there was Marx Brothers, but I was too tired to really enjoy it. Good thing we left to go to [livejournal.com profile] mbarr's apartment, where I was able to enjoy a different DVD while curled up half-asleep in a pile of pillows on their very comfy couch.

Wine or exhaustion? You tell me. (Or, then again, maybe I shouldn't encourage opinions on this one...)

Anyway, it was a very comfy end to a very happy day.

And it was so hard to get up so that I could drag myself to bed...

Once again, happy belated Purim! I hope all of you had just as great a holiday.

PS

Sep. 25th, 2005 10:16 pm
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A quote I meant to include in the previous entry, or, more accurately, a paraphrase:

"You're very self-aware - but you already knew that."

Here's to meta-self-awareness.
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Quoting (or paraphrasing) SR to me: You know, you have the most evil grin on your face right now.

All I have to say is, I learned from the best - you know who you are.

Quoted

Jun. 16th, 2005 11:17 pm
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The following was the last item on a list etitled "six things": (Those of you from Rutgers know who it is from)

6) There is no sixth thing. That’s what the sixth thing is. That there is
no sixth thing. (For all my fellow paradox enthusiasts).

Also of note: He explains in this e-mail that he lives in Yonkers, and that if the thought of going all the way out to Yonkers scares people, they should note he lives one block from the Bronx - what I don't understand is how that is supposed to scare people any less...
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On Thursday, my father had a wonderful idea on how to get married: Pick a wedding date, and then all you have to worry about is finding the guy. Simple, no?
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This afternoon, I got a headache. I took advil - no help. So I took a nap. Woke up an hour later. Felt better. Then I got out of bed. And there was the headache. So what did I do? I went and took another nap. This time, it worked.

After the second nap, it was down to Old Navy - last day for me to get 20% off with my card. I had a fun subway ride down to 34th st. I was on the local train with a bunch of Tsofim - Israeli scouts. Some were wearing their shirts - that's how I know. Plus, it was this big bunch of people talking in Hebrew - but not in an annoying way. In a hanging out sort of way. And there was English too. But I understood the Hebrew. And Y will be pleased - or perhaps jealous - to note that they were singing Hadag Nachash as well - the sticker song. I was so tempted to say something, but I didn't.

And while I am posting, I just want to share that I had a wonderful weekend visiting N in Long Beach with AF and M. I rode the LIRR for the second time in my life - and it was much less eventful than last time - when I went to visit AB's family, and the train schedule got all messed up and we ended up on the wrong train. I also rode the LIRR for the third time - because we took it back to the city also on Saturday night.

The weekend included such interesting moments as ten straight minutes of uncontrollable laughter on my part - I really have no idea how that happened. It hurt. But it was also rather funny - which, of course, just made me laugh harder - AB, would that be metalaughter? But that just shows how good a time we had. And there were three walks on the boardwalk, which was almost on the way to shul (a block out of our way) and gorgeous weather. And we ate lunch on the terrace. And we heard a report on the radio about how a terrorist's computer had been found, and all the data was easy to access on it because he didn't encrypt it or whatever, and so the newscaster urged everyone listening to remember to protect the data on their computers. Then she said something like, "but if you're a terrorist, remember that this advice is coming from a woman who is also an infidel." Or something like that (those of you who were there can feel free to correct me.)

There were also numerous other interesting and entertaining moments, including a failed culinary experiment - avocado soup. We experimented further while sitting at the table, and found ways to make it... edible, but then we all gave up and poured it down the sink. On the flipside, dessert was a smashing success and a wonderful team effort, involving AF's brownies - heated up, my fruit salad - which took a forever to make, N's parve ice cream, and M's dessert wine. So that was wonderful.

In general, it was a fun weekend, and I'd say more, but I need to go to sleep now...

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