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The Return of the Interview Meme

1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)

Interview from mscongeniality:

</i>1) What is your favorite dish to cook? What about its preparation do you enjoy?</i>

This is a harder question for me than you might think. Aside from my favorite husband, I really don't have a favorite anything. Everything else depends on my mood. I have different reasons for enjoying different things. The things that I probably most enjoy preparing are things that I never get to do. I really enjoy doing fancy appetizers, for example, but it's probably been 8 years since I've really done that because the time just isn't there to do it, even if I try to plan the time into my schedule. I was shocked to find out last December that I really enjoy preparing Chinese Food. It was fantastic because I basically had to prepare in advance piles of vegetables, chicken, spices, and sauces. MOst of the dishes I made required similar basic ingredients, so I just had to pull it all together. But after I had all the prep done, I just tossed everything into the wok and it all came out perfectly every time. My favorite thing to make, not surprisingly, was the fried wontons. I enjoyed that in particular because the filling was easy to make, but forming all the wontons was fairly labor intensive, but I got to be artistic. And besides... they were YUMMY. But those are rare occasions (I've only made Chinese food once). What I like to prepare least are the day-to-day meals. It seems like my life revolves around shabbos (shabbos cooking in particular). So it would be easier to say that though I don't have a favorite *dish* to prepare, I *do* have a favorite meal to prepare. I love Shabbos dinner. On Tuesday or so I starting thinking of my menu and who my shabbos guests will be. On Wednesday (if I'm lucky) I do whatever shopping I need to do. On Thursday I try to get the bulk of the cooking out of the way (at least the most time-intensive stuff like the fish). Friday all the finishing touches get done and all I have to do is keep it warm until dinner-time. Saturday-Monday is devoted to cleaning up the kitchen. Then it all starts over again. This is probably why I can't stand the day-to-day meal planning (and therefore do very little of it). But it's very satisfying to see my shabbos meal come together despite time constraints and such. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm punting your question. ;)

2) What question/comment about your religion irks you beyond all reason?

It drives me batty that people assume that Orthodoxy oppresses or marginalizes me because I'm a woman. It's one thing to say, "Orthodoxy makes me feel marginalized." It's quite another thing to say, "Orthodoxy marginalizes you and all other women. You just don't think so because you're brainwashed."

For more info, see this post of mine: http://www.livejournal.com/users/estherchaya/109708.html?view=892300#t892300

3) What one piece of advice do I most need to hear?

You sure you want me to answer that? **
After conferring with my husband, we're torn. So I'll give you both (but I'm not going to say who came up with which):
1. You'll be a much happier camper if you stop feeling like the whole world is conspiring against you every time something goes wrong. That's just sort of how it works, unfortunately. Things go wrong.
2. Finish your degree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don't care what it takes, or what sacrifices you have to make along the way. You're so damn close and your life/career/happiness/etc. will improve almost immediately upon completion!

Both are easy for us to say. And obviously not everything works out the way we'd like it to. And we don't always follow our own advice. So take it with a grain of salt. Except the degree part. Get your damn degree!!!

4) What is your favorite book and why?

nope. won't do it. I don't pick favorites.

5) What the hell is up with all that panelling and contact paper? ;-)

Heaven only knows. It's just horrifying. G-d willing it's all going away eventually.

**Not responsible for advice not taken.

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