September 12th, 2005


Shabbos Notes:

First, I should mention that my challah? Delicious. I mean seriously delicious. SO. YUMMY.
Anyway, more notes:
  • Dinner ended up much better and fuller than I'd anticipated. We started with slices of canteloupe, instead of my usual soup and/or fish. This was a nice summer alternative, though I did get a blistering headache from it. Oh well.
  • While I was pulling the main courses together, people enjoyed the yummilicious challah with hummus and magid's idea for a simple black bean dip (black beans and salsa blended in a food processor or blender) topped with chopped yellow tomatoes. I was skeptical about the black bean dip as I am greatly affected by the texture of most foods. But it turned out to be delightfully refreshing. Yum. (though, I'll admit it still looked gross)
  • The main course itself was just great. Corned beef, cabbage, and mashed potatoes. The corned beef was perfectly moist. The cabbage, which I left in the hot water when shabbos started (no flame, of course) was perfect and still hot, and the potatoes did not turn to soup, as they often do when I keep them warm in the oven between candlelighting and sitting down to dinner. Everything was simple, but very tasty.
  • Dessert was generously provided by leahmiriam who has a strange fascination with making baked goods for other people even if they aren't things she can or will eat. She provided a tantalizing pecan pie, for which my husband suggested divorcing me and marrying her. I must, of course, express my displeasure at this sentiment, since I have made quite a number of pecan pies for my dear husband. So there.
  • All in all, dinner was pleasant, tasty, and not overwhelming, which was nice. We had the Abensons and the Felds over, which was great, though incredibly strange to fit at one table and not have to bring down one of the spare tables! Somehow, despite the simplicity and the short guest list, my kitchen STILL ended up an absolute disaster. Such is life. It will slowly but surely resolve itself, of course.

Saturday was very, very lazy. I'm okay with this.
frog princess


Miss Manners revisited:
February 2nd, 2005, page C11 of the Washington Post. Yes, I realize this is neither a complete nor a properly formatted citation.

Dear Miss Manners:
Is it appropriate behavior to clip your fingernails at work? There are no offices or doors.

And no bathrooms?
Even if there are, working conditions must be dreadful. If your workday is so long that your fingernails grow out during the course of it, Miss Manners suggests that you spend that time looking for another job.

Tee hee. Clipping fingernails at work and in other public places is one of my serious pet peeves. I don't know why it oogs me out, but that sound of the clip, clip, clip... oh it's just horrifying to me! I am glad to see that Miss Manners agrees with me that it is inappropriate.