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  • Things are pretty busy today, which is a good thing, but I'm too scatterbrained to feel like dealing with it, so maybe it's a bad thing.
  • Glucophage is evil.  I've decided.  There has got to be a better way.
  • Yesterday we were going to go to Jon and Laura's to watch the SuperBowl, but I was very sniffly and sneezy.  I'm 90% certain it was allergies, but I didn't want to risk bringing germies to the baby.  Besides, with the amount I was sneezing, allergies or not, I was going to be spreading my germies.  That's just not necessary.
  • I had an eye appointment yesterday because I can't see a darned thing anymore.  My prescription didn't change, really, which is annoying.  I didn't care for the doctor, first of all, and second of all, there has GOT to be a decent reason for the blurry vision.  Part of the problem is I don't do very well with eye tests.  I'm so used to forcing myself to focus, that it's very difficult for me to decide "which is better, 1 or 2?"  They are almost always the same.  Plus, he ran through them so quickly, even after I asked him to slow down, that I didn't have time to adjust to the changes or really tell which was which.  Blah.  Maybe I'm just being pissy.  I just find it very odd that after 26 years of having over +4 in both eyes, I started going to an optometrist instead of an opthamologist and suddently I've got +2.75 and +3.75.  This makes no sense.  Particularly since MY VISION IS MORE BLURRY NOW.
  • Sigh.  Am I just too pissy a person?  Probably.
  • Since I wasn't feeling terrific, Seth made dinner last night.  We had some sausages that our friend Josh and Dalit brought back to us from L.A. as a thank-you gift for watching their kitties.  Glatt Kosher Sausages.  Who woulda thunk it?  Anyway, my brother-in-law helped me find some recipes and we settled on an Apple and Sausage Supper recipe.  This worked perfectly since one of the packages of sausage was smoked chicken apple sausage.  Seth made it and it was terrific.  Yay for Seth!
  • I am wearing a new skirt today.  I love it.  I bought it yesterday after my eye appointment.  I couldn't see a darned thing when I picked it out, because my eyes were dilated, but I am happy to announce that I still like it.
  • A coworker of mine is really upset right now.  And she has good reason to be.  I wish I could give her words of encouragement, but I can't.  I only know whe's upset because we're in cubicles so I can overhear what's going on.  I"m trying hard not to listen.  Really.
  • We are supposed to get ice tonight.  I'm going to bring home work tonight just to ensure that I won't need to have bothered, and I'll come in to work tomorrow. 
  • Sometimes I love my job.  Today is not one of those times, but I don't especially dislike it today either... I'm just feeling a bit unmotivated.
  • Maybe I'd feel more motivated if I could breathe.
  • I need ideas for what to make for dinner tonight.  Snap to it people, I need suggestions!  Limitation:  It has to be chicken.  My brother-in-law came over yesterday to show me how to cut a chicken into pieces, so now I have raw chicken in my fridge.
  • Further limitation: I have no useful vegetables in the house right now with the possible exception of potatoes, onions, and maybe canned corn.
  • I made yummy quiches for Friday night's dinner.  Yay for me.  Planning the menu Friday was a nightmare.  I hope not to repeat that experience.  Therefore, from now on, I will only make chicken or brisket for shabbos dinner.  So there.
  • I wish this banquet journal were done.  Wouldn't that be nice?
  • I've been sleeping a LOT lately.  I do not believe this is a good thing.  If I felt any differently otherwise, I'd think I was depressed.  Except that actually, I think that I'm happier than I've been in a long time.  Weirdness.  Maybe I've got seasonal affectiveness disorder.  Except I love, love, love winter.  But then again, maybe I love winter because I hibernate.   I dunno.  Regardless of the reason, I've been sleeping a lot.
  • I like gingerale.
  • I like birch beer too.
  • Does anyone know where to get kosher chickpea flour?
  • Ian and Alida brought us some dark chocolate from Belgium.  Normally, I can't get NEAR dark chocolate.  It gives me a ridiculous migraine.  However, I was wrong.  THIS is real dark chocolate.  And it is yummilicious.
  • I wish I could re-teach myself to eat breakfast.  I just hate wasting that time in the morning.  Maybe if I weren't sleeping so much I'd be able to get up earlier to have breakfast.
  • I need an idea for a good Irish dish to bring to a purim seudah.  It's a long story.  But hurry up and come up with ideas for Irish dishes.  It can't be a dairy dish.  The obvious answer is to do corned beef and cabbage, and I dare say, that is an option.  But what else??
  • That's all folks!

Current Mood: amused amused

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chite From: chite Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
A Fabulous chicken dish. It has some things in it that you might not have. You can replace any of the fruit with any dried or fresh fruit that you do have, and you can skip the nuts.

8 pieces of chicken (uh, yeah, you can halve everything, or have left overs!)
2 Tbs each of chopped fresh parsley, sage, marjoram, and thyme. (substitute 1 Tbs each dried)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
1 apple, cored and chopped
8-10 whole garlic cloves
2 cups chicken broth

Place the chicken in a roasting pan and rub the herbs into the chicken skin. Make sure that it is well covered in herbs (add more if needed). Between the pieces of chicken, add the raisins, walnuts, apple, and garlic. Bake for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven, add the chicken broth to the pan, and cook for another 20 - 25 minutes or until chicken is done all the way through. A note: some of the raisins may become hard. To avoid this, make sure they are in the bottom of the pan and covered with the broth. Serve with rice or potatoes cooked in chicken broth.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

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yum.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I'd feel more motivated if I could breathe....
I like gingerale.


Maybe you'd feel more motivated if you had a ginger ale. I just had a ginger ale and already feel more motivated.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

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tee hee.
From: geekosaur Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I recently made this, substituting 1T potato starch (to thicken the broth) + matzah balls rolled small for the biscuits and using a bit of celery seed in place of the celery stalk. Simple, doesn't need many ingredients, and (to me, at least) quite good.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)

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thanks!
cellio From: cellio Date: February 2nd, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

chicken

Mix a little salt and paprika into enough breadcrumbs. Set aside. Beat two eggs and mix with about half a cup of orange juice and a couple teaspoons of soy sauce. Take chicken, dunk in egg mix, roll in breadcrumbs, put in casserole (greased/sprayed), and bake at 375 uncovered for 30-45 minutes. (Sorry this is vague -- check it in the usual ways for done-ness.)

Or, I've found that barbeque sauce from a jar poured over chicken and baked works just fine, if you've got that in the house.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: chicken

I adore that icon of yours.
I'm seriously going to steal it one day.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: February 2nd, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glucophage is evil, when taking it, I wasn't sure which end of my body to attend to first, if you catch my drift, which I am sure you do! I switched to Actos, same kinda drug none of the icky side effects. Worth speaking to your doctor about. It made a world of difference in my life. You can get homemade glatt kosher sausages from Wasserman and Lemberger in Baltimore. They deliver locally or you could ask your friend Lauren to get you some when I visit Gitty :)
What is it you do for a living? I never thought to ask, I am sorry! YOu are probably sleeping because it is too darn cold to do anything else. Brain freeze my dear. We all have it. I love birch beer and I miss cherry coke, but alas I gave up soda I think for good. I had some on shabbos and it ruined my stomach. I am back to selzter and juice. A hint, when I started eating breakfast again I had better blood sugar which helps control (if it can be controlled, who knows?) the PCOS. Also I lost some weight. I will ask my friend Miriam Doyle what a good Irish dish for a Purim Seudah might be.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Yeah, I've heard that Wasserman and Lemberger has sausages (I've even tasted them once at someone's house), but they never seem to have them when we're there. Of course, if I were smart enough to call ahead, I could get them, I'm sure!

Yeah, glucophage makes me feel like death. It makes it hard to remember to take it. Sigh. PCOS is evil. I don't like it. I've only been on the glucophage for about 6 months, so I'd like to give it a teeney bit more time, if I can stand it. Actos is a different class of drug, but I do know a bit about it. Having a pharmacist for a husband is useful occasionally. Particularly since I'm sick all the time. :)

I would love to give up soda permanently. I just never seem to make it to that point. Someday. Maybe when/if I get pregnant. Hrm. And you're right about breakfast... that's one of the reasons I want to get back to eating it. It's healthier overall, and I won't be successful in losing weight unless I manage to start eating breakfast. Plus, I get to about 11am and I'm practically fainting, so this isn't good (I don't feel hungry at 11am, just shaky and weird).

As for what I do... I'm a computer security analyst. You thought it was weird that you're a nurse by education but deal with mortgages for a living? I can top that. I started college as a music major, but had an injury in my junior year, so I left the program, and finished my degree in Jewish History (suffice it to say, I did not graduate in 4 years). Then I spent a year in law school. And now I do computer security work. Neato, huh? No one can say I'm not well rounded. Well, you can say it, but you wouldn't be correct. ;) Anywho, that's what I do. Sort of. I work on a contract to the Department of Homeland Security. It used to be a contract to the INS, but the INS is now part of DHS.

And any suggestions for the Purim Seudah are most welcome. :) Everyone who wishes to partake in the challenge is being assigned a random country. Each person got given a choice of 4. Ireland seemed the easiest, so that's what I picked.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: February 2nd, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

"which is better, 1 or 2?"

Yeah, I know what you mean. I often can't tell. And in my experience, they go too fast. I am convinced I make mistakes. But I now get around that by getting them to redo it a few times ("I can't tell. Could you show me again?"). After a while they let me look long enough that I can figure out how much effort I'm putting into focusing.


As for an Irish dish, what about colcannon? It's mostly cabbage and potato, usually with leek, though some people use onion instead, and various spices.

It's usually served with meat of course, but needn't be (I mention this because it's usually got butter in it, though you could of course substitute oil for the butter).

Recipes abound on the 'net, but I can take a look and suggest some for you if you like. It's one of those dishes where everyone makes it a bit differently. Some people put carrot in it for example.

One trick I saw a local TV chef use was to put the colcannon mixture into large greased rings (like big-sized egg-rings) to fry, so he got reasonably big patties (sometimes people fry it into pancake sort of things, so his is a more compact version of that).

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Hmmm. Colcannon sounds promising. Though I would have to substitute oil or margarine for the butter, since whether I bring it or not, there will be meat at this meal.

And yes, I could go surfing the net, but I figured I'd check with people who might have first hand experience first. ALL SUGGESTIONS are welcome! :)

As for eye doctors, I normally have good experiences with eye doctors, but optometrists usually spend so much time telling me I never should have been seeing an opthamologist (not true) that they don't pay so much attention to what I'm telling them. Unfortunately, when all I need is an updated prescription, it's not worth the money to go elsewhere. Sigh. I kept telling this doctor to slow down but he was very impatient. Oh well. We'll see if getting a new, unscratched pair of lenses helps at all. But really, I doubt it will. I think I may just have to deal with blurry vision.
indigodove From: indigodove Date: February 2nd, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am mostly Irish, so I have to point out that real colcannon involves dangerous amounts of real butter ;-)

That said, you can use margarine and it will be just as good :-) Let me know if you want a recipe...I'm off to bed just now.

Also, Ralph is searching our Irish cookbooks for non-dairy goodness for you. It's tough, because dairy is big in Ireland...all those sheep, cows, goats and green fields. :-)

Good luck!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 2nd, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

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yeah, I might have to leave the Colcannon until another day. But yes, I'd still like a recipe.

As for the dairy goodness... I've become quite adept at adapting recipes, so there's always hope.
caryabend From: caryabend Date: February 2nd, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Feed me, Seymour!

I still don't know what happened to the Au Gratin taters. :(

Not that it mattered - dinner was really really good!

I am personally sorry that menu planning was so annoying. I'll take the blame for it next time, even if I'm not present.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 3rd, 2004 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Feed me, Seymour!

I still don't know what happened to the Au Gratin taters. :(

Cary, knock it off. Kidding or not, you don't know how close I was to throwing you out of the house Friday when you brought it up. Au gratin potatoes got scrapped back when I was considering eggplant parmesan. The honest truth is that the entree that gratin potatoes go best with that isn't meat is fish. Since your wife doesn't eat fish, the potatoes went off the menu.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 3rd, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Eye Doctors

new doctor.

I asked about the dry eyes. He said that's not the problem.

Basically he said I'm stuck.

Yeah, I keep meaning to call your doc. Problem is, that I've tried punctal plugs before. But my tear ducts are too small...couldn't get 'em in.
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