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Utopian Weekend - Karen's Musings
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Utopian Weekend
I couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
Here's a quick synopsis:
Friday I got off of work at noon per my agreement with my manager wherein I work 9 hours Monday through Thursday and 4 hours on Friday...more or less. And I spent the better part of Friday running between my kitchen and the grocery store. Thank heaven for frozen Challah dough, because I sure didn't have time to make my own this week. Despite all this extra time on Fridays, I still need to learn to do more on Thursday night to prepare for Friday if I want everything done by sundown...
We had a lovely meal with an old friend of mine. Well, she's not old, but I've known her for 10 or 11 years. She and I were out of touch for quite a while, but since we're both back to living in the same general area, we've gotten back in touch and I invited her over to Shabbat dinner and we had a great time. She hadn't had a "real shabbat dinner" in years, as she put it, so it was great for her, but better for me, because it's always nice to have an appreciative guest for dinner. I made sweet gefilte fish, creamy (pareve) tomato soup, london broil with sauteed mushrooms, salad, and apple cobbler. Somehow it doesn't seem like that much, but boy were we stuffed! Karen (my friend) was overjoyed at the spread and stuffed herself as well. We talked about Harry Potter, and school (she's a teacher at one of the local Jewish Day Schools), and various other things. And after dinner we relaxed for a bit and even came up with a costume for her to wear to a Halloween Party Saturday night (she borrowed a pair of scrubs from me, and one of Seth's lab coats and some of his doctor-type stuff like a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff combination thingy). All in all, a great evening.
Saturday, I'm ashamed to say, I slept in and missed shul. I was way over-tired and my throat hurt and my allergies were acting up, so I just couldn't move out of bed in time. But the sleep sure did me some good.
This weekend was an anniversary of sorts for Seth and me... we reunited our wonderful relationship about a year ago (we had dated starting in 1999, broke up tragically due to my insanity for some time, maintaining a close friendship thanks to his big heart, and then I came to my senses and he didn't close the door to the possibility of working things out, thank heavens). So, I surprised him by taking him to a nice hotel downtown just to get away from ringing phones and whining cats and messy kitchens. It was lovely and we had a nice evening away from the norm. We got to sleep in a bit (loving this fall back, daylight savings time ending thing), had a wonderful breakfast, and then came home.
We stopped by our synagogue's book fair/chanukkah boutique and then we came home and I baked an apple pie and some chocolate chip cookies (which made me ill because the chocolate baking gives me a migraine...ooops) for him to take to his Men's Club meeting, while he carved a jack-o-lantern.
Then I had some yummy kosher "fast" food with mom at Max's. Mmmmmm.....schwarma.

So basically, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. Okay, well, five million dollars could have dropped into my lap out of nowhere. But realistically speaking, I had good food, great friends, the best fiance in the whole world, a wonderful anniversary, two very needy cats who loved us for coming back, a great day of baking, and NOW, a cozy bed waiting for me and calling my name. Really, what more can a simple (or not so simple) girl ask for?

*sigh*
(that's a sigh of satisfaction, not unhappiness, for those of you who are unclear on that point!)

Current Mood: giddy giddy

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sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: October 28th, 2001 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I second that sigh of satisfaction. This has truly been a weekend of great joy and contentment, with pleasure from both friends, family and future family (each other). I said this before, but it bears repeating: I wouldn't have traded this for the world.

And the baking (although migraine-inducing) was heartily enjoyed and approved of by the Men's Club. A good cap to a great weekend by a wonderful sweetie!
cellio From: cellio Date: October 29th, 2001 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

challah

I used to feel bad that I generally don't have time to make challah, but then I concluded that it's worth a dollar a week for this to be someone else's problem. :-) (And since I would never make enough on my own to require taking challah anyway, it's not like I'm depriving myself of the opportunity by buying it.)

But if you want to make your own, perhaps a bread machine can help -- for making the dough, I mean; you'd still have to braid and bake it yourself. But it would save you all the kneading, freeing you to do other things.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 29th, 2001 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: challah

yeah, see, Seth is really into the idea of bread machines. I don't care for them. But if I get off my butt and start doing more on Thursday nights, I'll have plenty of time on Fridays to make challah. We shall see. Now that it's dark at FIVE...ick!! I couldn't believe it was dark before I left work today. Blah.

Thanks for the suggestion though. I might just get a bread maker to make the Seth-monster happy, though....we'll see. :)
yermie From: yermie Date: June 18th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: challah

Bread Machines rock.

and they make rolls.

So I guess you can say they rock and roll?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 29th, 2001 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: challah

by the way, I pretty much agree with your theory that for a dollar a week it's worth being someone else's problem.

it would just be nice to make it myself once in a while...
cellio From: cellio Date: October 29th, 2001 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: challah

Once in a while is doable. June is good for that. April through September is feasible. Just not now. :-)

Well, you *could* make your own frozen challah dough, I suppose.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 30th, 2001 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: challah

come to think of it, I have a friend who makes her own challah and then freezes the challah...not the dough. Duh. So if I made the challah (she makes three loaves at a time) on SUNDAYS...hey this could work if I actually had freezer space....now we just have to find a bigger house with a bigger kitchen so we can have an extra freezer.....
cellio From: cellio Date: October 30th, 2001 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)

kitchens

Auxilliary food storage doesn't need to be in the kitchen. If you're only accessing it a couple times a week or whatever, you can walk down to the basement for the challah or meat or whatever you keep in the extra freezer.

Our fridge has a decent-sized freezer, so we haven't needed to buy an additional unit.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 30th, 2001 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: kitchens

A brilliant idea! Now we just need to dig a basement...
cellio From: cellio Date: October 30th, 2001 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: kitchens

Hey, stop adding complications! Ok, how about the living room? Got one of those? :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 30th, 2001 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: kitchens

well, yeah, but it's small. The key, really, is to sell this house, buy a bigger house, and get an extra freezer! (we're working on it) regardless of the freezer situation, we NEED a bigger house!
yermie From: yermie Date: June 18th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: bigger house

But I thought you just bought a bigger house?

with an extra kitchen downstairs, so you could put your new freezer there...

oh wait, this post is 3 yrs old.

Nevermind...

:P
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