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Bullet Journal: Budget

March 20, 2018 Leave a comment

This is a journey. One I’ve never traveled before, but one I’ve always known I’ve had to take. It’s part of adulthood, and part of functioning.

In January, I began the work towards making a budget. I’m about to finish my third month.

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Bullet Journal: Meal Brainstorm

December 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Last week, I did a deep dive into future logs. I was going to continue with monthly spreads, but something came up this week and I want to blog about it.

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Sukkot 5775

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. In this case, the enemy was a rhinovirus. In other words, I caught a poorly timed cold. Read more…

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Chicken-Green Bean Pasta

May 22, 2011 5 comments

I had guests for Shabbos lunch, so I overcooked. I have a container of cholent that will probably go to waste because we don’t like it after Shabbat (and barely like it DURING.) I also have a container of thawed green beans that never got heated up, and a huge number of chicken breast fillets. I could have served a couple of pieces of chicken and the green beans with a side of noodles and the husband person would have been happy. He’s easy.

But why? I put up a pot of salted water for the pasta (whole wheat spirals) and in the meantime, chopped a couple of onions, which I saute’d in canola oil until sweet. Then I added several handfuls of green beans and three diced cooked chicken breasts. Then I added a fair amount of lemon juice, and some oregano, and a little extra virgin olive oil. When the pasta was cooked, I added some ladels of the cooking liquid (starch and salt) to the other pot and drained them. Served the chicken over the pasta – it was nice and lemony, with a Mediterranean edge.

Still have a fair amount of chicken left, though.

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Blocking and socks

December 11, 2006 Leave a comment

My cable-lace shawl is finally blocking. I didn’t do the best job – it was exhausting sticking in all those pins. I thought about doing the thing where you thread cord though the straight edges, and it’s a rectangle, so it’s all straight edges, but I should have done that before soaking the thing in Soak and lukewarm water. Threading the crochet cotton was damp and uncomfortable, and even one narrow edge was hard.

Fortunately, I have lots of pins. Still not enough to stop pucking at the edges, but it is stretched out.
And it’s a long, long, long trapezoid. This is because I relaxed my knitting part way through. And it shows in so many ways – the latter knitting is better, for example. But none of this will show on me, not when I add fringe, so it’s all good.

And the other day, my husband asked me “When are you going to knit *me* a pair of socks?” He hadn’t wanted socks before, but as soon as I finish the current pair, I’m knitting a pair of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd socks (in Watercolor) for a friend of ours. We’ve already found him a nice dark tweedy grey yarn, and I’ll have him look over ribbing patterns.

It’s also that he’s been enjoying the hat I made him, and the little hat I made our niece. This is all to the good.

I’ll post pictures, b”n, when I get the fringe on the shawl.

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November 5, 2006 Leave a comment

Today, as it happens, is my birthday, and <Jonathan gave me presents.  Five of ’em.

1. The Omnious Omnibus, which is the first three books of the Lemony Snicket Series (I got that one last week, because I happened to be there when he opened the package.  Unfortunate.)

2. <i>Eragon</i> by Christopher Paolini.  I’ve never heard of this YA fantasy, but he saw I was reading Scott Westerfield (btw – the “Uglies” series?  Must read.)

3. Mark Goodman’s <i>World of Jewish Cooking</i>, which has recipes I actualy might try, so very, very cool, and which I got at midnight last night.

4. The one item I’d requested, a nostepinne.  This is a turned wooden rod used for winding balls of yarn. I’ve *been* using my thumb and pens and rolled up newspaper wound with clear packing tape, all of which worked, but this feels NICE in my hand.  I have a thing for fine woods.

5. And the surprise, which came in the same box as the nostepinne.  A top-weighted drop spindle and roving (unspun wool.)    


And I got a birthday present from my mother – she’s engaged!  I’m still dancing about that one.

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Gift knitting

October 17, 2006 1 comment

I don’t celebrate Christmas, of course, and my family doesn’t believe Chanukah is a gift-giving holiday, but my husband’s family does. In their case, it’s limited to immediate family and the kids at the annual family Chanukah party. Kids=under college age. This year, there are six.

I’m very bad at gifts. My husband’s birthday gifts last week? A couple of books I had on preorder that happened to arrive just before his birthday, and that I knew he’d like to read. (I was a tad better last year, for his 40th, when I gave him a Palm Tungsten E2, but A. it was his 40th and B., he was cheated out of any other celebration, since his birthday by the civil calendar fell on the day before Yom Kippur and his birthday on the Hebrew calendar is the second day of Sukkot.

So, anyway. Six kids to get gifts for. We’re giving one boy the Dark is Rising series of novels since he said he liked that sort of fantasy, and another is getting a Justice League Unlimited trade paperback because he likes superheroes and he likes comics and he needs encouragement to read. We’re still discussing what to get the other two boys, but one is still a baby. I think for him, the traditional stuffed animal bigger than he is will work.

We’ll get age-appropriate books for the two-year old girl.

And then there is Zoe. Zoe joined the family when her mother married my brother-in-law this past Labor Day weekend. No fear that she won’t be showered with gifts – my husband’s family is very, very welcoming. And, at four, she’ll appreciate all of them.

And we plan on getting her a “real” gift – I want to encourage her artistic inclinations, and there’s any number of age-appropriate art toys we can get her. And her “Mitch” is an artist as well as a scientist, so she’ll have plenty of opportunity to use them. Besides, as her aunt and uncle, we have a duty to spoil her, right?

So, I’m also going to knit her something. I’ve ordered Dale of Norway Falk yarn in purple (her favorite color) and a book on cables and I’m going to make her a cabled hat, and if there’s time, mittens to match. If I have enough yarn and time leftover, I’ll make socks for the two-year-old, too. If not, not. This will not be the main gift, of course, but I hope she’ll like them.

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