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Sundry things (not quickies really)
  • We went bowling Saturday night as planned. Except it was slightly different than planned. Originally, bowling was supposed to be on my birthday, but that didn't end up working out, which was just fine because we got all kinds of things done that we wouldn't otherwise have gotten done. Robin and Mark were to join us after Shabbos for a night of bowling fun, but Shabbos ended and we discovered that the bowling alley we wanted to go to was closed for a private party until 11:30. Not to be discouraged, we decided to meet at our place for pizza around 9:30 and then head for bowling at 11:30. Whee. I felt like a college student again. I haven't gone out STARTING at 11:30 in years. Mark and Robin are always a good time. They both have quirky, fun personalities that bring out the best in everyone around them. We don't spend nearly enough time with them. Anyway, we went out and had a grand ol' time at the bowling alley. This place was only open for 21 and older at that time, which was great. We were still the oldest crowd there (scary!), but at least there were no annoying teenagers there. I did my best to get plastered in classic un-birthday fashion, but alas, I wasn't even tipsy. ;) Despite the late hour making me feel young again, I realized HOW FREAKING OLD I AM when I hurt my arm, my hip and my knee several times. I was hobbling out of that bowling alley at 2am like an old lady! Anyway, a good time was had by all and we hope to do it again. But not too soon. It was expensive and also physically taxing!

  • Sunday I didn't sleep too late (okay, I slept late, but not until noon. I was up at 9 or so), which was good. I wasn't feeling well the bulk of the day (thank you, glucophage), so I took it pretty easy. I made Seth breakfast in bed because I'm super-wife. We watched a couple movies, and I did a lot of reading. My wondermous husband also did a lot of laundry. Yay for wondermous husbands! I cooked corned beef and cabbage[1] and Seth boiled some potatoes to finish out our Irish Cuisine. What did we watch. I'm trying to remember. Oh yeah. I finally convinced Seth to watch The Hours. He hadn't wanted to watch it because it looked depressing. This annoyed me greatly because, frankly, not all great movies are happy-go-lucky. Turns out he didn't find the movie to be depressing and he did like it and I still have my nearly perfect record of never steering him wrong on a movie. I say nearly perfect because he walked out on the middle of Rounders, but came back later and realized that actually he did like it. So there. Then he went out to rent a movie and came home with "Lost in Translation" This is the movie written and directed by Sofia Coppola that Bill Murray received the Golden Globe for and that I believe Sofia Coppola received a Oscar nomination for. I'm glad we saw it.

  • While I'm talking about movies, I'll mention another, with the caveat that any comments of "I told you so" will be ignored. Earlier in the week, Seth put in "Pirates of the Carribean." I was somewhat annoyed at his movie choice because he knew I didn't really want to see it, but since I'm the one who bought it for him, I could hardly complain too loudly. I steadfastly refused to see this movie because it just didn't fit into what I wanted out of a movie. It didn't matter that so many people told me it wasn't what I was expecting, and that I would love it. I am nearly never wrong about what movies I'll like or dislike, even when it comes to popular movies. Even my grandmother insisted that I see the movie, and I politely told her where to stuff it. Okay, I didn't really. I smiled and nodded and said thanks for the recommendation and proceeded to ignore her. I didn't want to see it because:
    1. I don't like Johnny Depp movies usually.
    2. I don't especially care for Orlando Bloom
    3. I don't like pirate movies
    4. and finally, and most importantly, I detest ghost stories.
    As it turned out, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp were both pretty brilliant in this film. And though I can take or leave a pirate movie, this wasn't so bad. I still wasn't thrilled about the ghost story bit, but it was obviously necessary to the plot. And really, the writing was brilliant. I was extremely impressed with this movie. It wasn't just that it had a funny line here or there. It never took itself too seriously, but it wasn't slapstick comedy. I am not a slapstick kinda gal, but I do appreciate tongue-in-cheek humour. And I appreciate very funny movies, just not slapstick. So really, I bow down to all you people that told me I'd like it. You were right. But if I hear one "I told you so" I'm going to hold a grudge. :-D

  • Last on my list of sundry things... I'm home sick today. This morning when I didn't feel like getting out of bed I was certain it was pure laziness on my part and I was fairly disgusted with myself. But when I woke up (at ONE O'CLOCK!), I realized that my throat hurt, my head was throbbing, and (after taking my temperature) that I had a 102 F fever. Suffice it to say, I felt a little more justified in my laziness. Three aleve and some more sleep later, I feel better. Not 100%, but probably 95%. I don't know what's up with my body, but I'm not liking it! Heh. Anywho, that's the extent of that. I hope all you, my faithful readers, are doing well.

[1] As an aside, the cabbage presented a problem I'd never thought of before. Typically with Corned Beef and Cabbage, you boil the cabbage WITH the beef for the last 20 or so minutes of the beef cooking, and the cabbage is cut up into wedges. At least, this is how I learned how to do it. However, the cabbage, being a leafy vegetable, had to be checked for buggies. So I ended up compromising and only using the outer layers, checking them, then soaking them several times before boiling them. So I had cabbage leaves (cut into pieces) instead of cabbage wedges, which thrilled me slightly less than if I'd had cabbage wedges, but I couldn't think of a way around this kashrus problem. Suggestions are welcome, but I'm guessing that this was the only option. Sigh.

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From: gittygiggles Date: February 9th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
bodies are stupid. we should all live in un pop able bubbles
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 9th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


yes. but then there would be no snuggling with super sweeties. ;)
From: gittygiggles Date: February 9th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


bubbles can snuggle!

:( my body is all outta wack too. and my dr hasn't called me back. i called her at 9:30 and she probably wont call till 7. i called them last week and DIDN'T hear back. :( if i dont hear from the dr by 7, i'm calling the emergency number. what do you think?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 9th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


Is this because of the spotting? I'd say if you don't hear back by 5 or so, call back. Explain that you really would like to speak with a doctor because you're concerned. Let them know that when you called last week, you never received any response. Ultimately, you need to be with a responsive doctor, and they'll figure that out. Either they'll respond, or you'll find a new doctor. That's really how this works.
At any rate, I think that the spotting CAN be a side effect of the BC Pill... but it's still something you want to run by her. Especially since the consequences of waiting mean longer without your hubby. :(
From: gittygiggles Date: February 9th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


well actually, i was able to go to the mikveh despite the spotting. the final check was completely clear....and i didn't get stains...only on the paper when i went potty. i called a rabbi daily. so i'm not niddah now (THANK G-D!) but i'm still frustrated and paranoid.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 9th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


and yes it's b/c of the spotting
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madaussie From: madaussie Date: February 11th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
the corned beef n cabbage thing, my ma used to boil the cornbeef for aeons, and basically either quarter the cabbage and drop it in to the pressure cooker or shred into strips and plonk in the pressure cooker... dunno bout the bugs thing. i dont recally eating any when mum made it...

then make a mustard cheese sauce :) mmmmmmm... aah being a vegie now i dont eat cornbeef :( doh!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 11th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)


dunno bout the bugs thing. i dont recally eating any when mum made it...

It's a kosher thing. Leafy vegetables like lettuce and cabbage have to be checked. In three years and countless heads of lettuce, I've found ONE bug, and frankly, I think it might have been dirt, not a bug. But still, one has to check.

No can do on the mustard cheese sauce, unfortunately. I hate mustard for one thing. And I can't mix meat and dairy together. Alas.

I cooked corned beef and cabbage for years before I started keeping kosher, but never figured I'd be stumped by the cabbage part!
madaussie From: madaussie Date: February 11th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)


right! im with ya now. yeah, that would be a PITA to have to go over each leaf. and cheese isnt kosher either is it? depending on the rennet i guess? hmm..
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 11th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)


cheese can be kosher. But it has to be specifically certified that it is kosher. And yes, it has to use vegetable rennet.

But even with kosher cheese, you can't mix it with meat.
madaussie From: madaussie Date: February 11th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)


yeah i was only thinkging bout cheese coz i know how hard it can be to get a vegitarian cheese.

didnt know bout the mixing dairy/meat thing.
cellio From: cellio Date: February 11th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)


Does the cabbage have to be checked before cooking? That is, would the presence of a bug treif the pot, assuming it was then strained out of your food? Would cooked cabbage be easier to check without completely dismantling it? (I'm imagining, without direct knowledge, that the cooked leaves might be flexible enough that you could sort of roll each one back temporarily with tongs or something, look, and then move on to the next one, still retaining approximate clumps of the cabbage.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 11th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)


It needs to be checked ahead of time. And even if it didn't, rolling the leaves back one at a time really wouldn't work. Cabbage is pretty dense after the first few leaves. But regardless, it has to be checked first.
cellio From: cellio Date: February 11th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)


Oh well. So much for that. (Can you tell that I basically never cook with whole cabbage? I basically use it for coleslaw, and for that I'm lazy and buy it pre-shredded.)
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