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  • Things are incredibly busy.  I had a small (or not-so-small) banquet-related breakdown Saturday night, which is hopefully resolved; work is very busy and I had a rough week last week...this week is better; Julian was sick last week, I'm sick this week, but since I missed work when Julian had a snow day and then when he was sick, I can't take today off.
  • I fear I will never catch up with everything:  LJ, housecleaning, cooking, baking, banquet tasks, work, doctor's appointments, etc.  It never seems to end and I never seem to accomplish even half of what I need to accomplish.  No one else seems to feel this strapped for time and I know I don't have more on my plate than your average multitasking working mother/wife.   Grr.  Clearly I'm doing something wrong.
  • I am craving Chinese Food.  Considering that I'm sick and I couldn't eat anything at all yesterday, Chinese Food would probably be a very bad idea.  Therefore, I'm having no Chinese Food today.  Le Sigh.
  • I went to a cake decorating class yesterday morning.  That was all kinds of fun.  I can't wait for the next one.  I have a pretty cake in my kitchen now.  It's too pretty to eat!
  • sethcohen and I went with psu_jedi yesterday to see Harry Potter at the IMAX at the Air & Space Museum.  It was big.  Frankly, I don't think being big made it that much better.  But then again, I spent the entire movie shivering and praying for death.  When I came home I realized that I had a fever, which explained a lot.  I still feel icky, but not feverish. 
  • I think I failed to mention that last Sunday (the 11th?), Julian and I went with jeannegrrl and her two kids.  It was a good time and Jeanne was much better about posting a detailed and interesting entry about it than I was.  Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to look up her entry to link to it, so you'll all just have to sit and wonder how cool the trip was.  It was fun, trust me.
  • Everything else I have to say should be friends-locked for subject matter reasons, but I don't know if I'll ever get around to those entries.  Maybe I will. 

Current Mood: busy busy

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curious_jp From: curious_jp Date: December 19th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
No one else seems to feel this strapped for time and I know I don't have more on my plate than your average multitasking working mother/wife.

I disagree. Vigorously. Judging from your LJ entries, you do more misery-inducing kitchen slavery than any other working mother I have ever met, and possibly anyone except for the chefs I worked while I was an undergraduate. You should set yourself up as "supervisor" and get the other household members to cook under you once in a while.

-- curious_jp
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 20th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I rarely cook during the week. Every once in a while I go a few nights cooking dinner, but mostly, I only cook for Shabbos. All other nights are take out, scrambling for leftovers, or digging through the freezer. Last night was really weird scrambled eggs with mushrooms and hash browns. Not my most shining culinary moment.

I think if I had my life to live over I'd go to Culinary School.
curious_jp From: curious_jp Date: December 20th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think if I had my life to live over I'd go to Culinary School.

I think you should do it in this life. Reading about all the stuff you cook, you seem to have a bit of a knack for it - I could never get past the basics, even when I was working as a kitchenhand. :-(

Can you do whatever the American equivalent of the Chef's Certificate is as a part time night school course?

-- curious_jp
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 23rd, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh heh. Some days I have a knack for it. Other days...

Anyway, I love cooking. I don't actually want to be a chef, though, but I want to be that *good*. It might just be an ego thing. I hope not.

Right now I have to focus on finding grad school solutions for my "day job" but after I've finished that, I'll probably take some courses, even if I don't earn a certificate/degree.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: December 19th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno - generally speaking, if I'm craving something (pregnant or not), even if it's weird seeming, I eat it. Often it's my body trying to tell me something and I ususally feel better after eating it...

Anyway hope you feel better soon, and just for you: http://www.livejournal.com/users/jeannegrrl/254346.html
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 20th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, but this was more like a "power of suggestion" craving. Plus, Seth didn't want to go to David Chus for me. And it wouldn't have made sense for me to drive all the way to Pikesville/Baltimore for it. Maybe later this week.
magid From: magid Date: December 20th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
(a) I hope you feel better soon, and no one else gets sick.
(b) You do a ton of stuff, definitely on the more full plate side than most people I know. Plus, you can see your frazzledness much more easily than anyone else's. (You will catch up. Enough, anyway. Except for the dishes and laundry, which never get caught up.)
(c) Millions of Chinese people have Chinese food when they're sick :-). If that's what you want, go for it. (When I'm sick, I long for hot and sour soup.)
(d) Cake decorating! How cool!

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 20th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
a. Me too!!
b. I'll buy that I can see my frazzledness more easily than anyone else's, but I'm still not convinced that I have a more full plate than most people. Most women in my community have children (multiple!), husbands, jobs, and other committments.
c. Millions of Chinese people have authentic chinese food when they're sick. Millions of Chinese people do not eat kosher americanized Chinese food when they're sick. If it were just that I wanted egg drop soup or something innocuous, that'd be one thing. But I'm not in a soup mood. I'm in a lo mein mood. Not sure that would go over well with me right now. Meh. Maybe later.
d. Cake Decorating is FUN! I love it! I highly recommend it. :) Hopefully I'll post a picture of the cake at some point. It's very simple, but very pretty. :)
magid From: magid Date: December 20th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
b. Relationships (with spouse, child(ren), friends) aren't the same, nor are jobs, or other committments. And individuals have different talents, tolerances, and abilities. Which is to say, comparisons aren't useful here. You put a lot of energy into what you do.
d. I bet it's beautiful. I'd love to see pictures! (Someday, if I find a kosher cooking class, I'd consider it. But paying for a non-kosher one when part of the price covers what I'm not eating... that's too frustrating for me.)

PS About culinary school: I've also thought about it, and realized that other than going into personal chef-ing (or possibly some kinds of catering), the hours make it less attractive. I still wonder about personal chef-ing sometimes, though...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 20th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
b. Point taken.
d. As I said, it's simple, but it's elegant. This class was given in someone's home in the community (taught by a trained chef) so it was kosher. Also, sometimes, courses can be arranged at a discount if you're not going to eat. Finally, if you can get a group of people together for a class and you can find a place to have it, you might be able to hire your own instructor. Contact Wilton's or a local culinary institute for suggestions.
easter From: easter Date: December 20th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you feel better!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 20th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too! Thanks!
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