Miriam's Existential Blog's Journal|
[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in
Miriam's Existential Blog's LiveJournal:
[ << Previous 20 ]
[ << Previous 20 ]
|Monday, April 6th, 2009|
|nothing is certain but MCAT and Taxes
Today was remarkably productive, and the finishing of many things.
Among them, my MCAT class- I had the last session of my MCAT prep course today.
And Taxes- state and federal from 2008 and 2007.
Here is how the day went:
I woke up at 9:30 and pledged to wake husband up in time for our 11:00am H+R Block appointment
Took practice quizzes online untill 10:45 when i realized OMG appointment in 15 mins and husband and I frantically dashed to collect all tax forms.
Ran to H+R. It took from 11:00-1:55 to do our taxes. Who knew we were so complicated??? Started to faint from hunger. Fruit stand saved me with mango and pineapple chunks.
Ran to MCAT class. Made it at 2, just in time
2-5:30- FINAL MCAT CLASS.
5:30-7 fluttering about the YU library, getting snacks from the Jewdega, and looking for teh husband. Found husband somewhere around 6ish i suppose.
7:00- started taking a practice MCAT
9:45- finished taking practice MCAT
scored a PERSONAL BEST- 38!! (11PS, 13V, 14B)
Got home completely exhausted and cranky. ate some vegan dumplings and revived enough to do collaborative cleaning w teh husband. ate delicious pasta w cream and tomato sauce. marveled at zooborns. marveled at new baby of friends pics on fbook. wrote this blog entry. now very tired. need sleep.
|Friday, April 3rd, 2009|
|my husband is delightful!
we went for a nice dinner in the east village, walking from west to east villages and having dinner at viva downtown and then yogurt with mochis. yay. then my husband tried to do laundry and puttered about trying to find our lost laundry card, finding in the process our marriage license.
|Monday, March 23rd, 2009|
1/2 pint strawberries, hulled, quartered (they needn't be of the finest quality)
2 tsp vanilla sugar
a dribble of fine scotch (i used Dalwhinnie)
marinate for however long you are eating dinner.
a lovely dessert!!
|Sunday, January 11th, 2009|
therapy tomorrow. YAY. I have been holding it together extraordinarily well this week but still have immense crises of confidence in self and in ability to score well on mcat, get into medical school, have children, etc etc and sometimes the whole big damn future piles up on me all at once and i freak out.
however i am heartened up remarkably when i see the posters of Desperaux, the small mouse with big dreams.
as i said to the husband, thats ME!!! I am a small mouse with big dreams!!!
|A fine dinner, but too much sweet
I was perusing the local supermarket (Key Foods) and happened upon a packet of empire chicken breasts for 5.59/lb. I picked it up, and 4 boxes of frozen brocc florets. 2 of the cutlets in the pack were sliced w scissors (one went into the freezer for a rainy day or emergency lack of dinner for the husband- which happens when i am busily cooking for something else and filling up on nibbles and snacks and have no interest in actually making dinner for us- ie- thursday dinner) and sauteed up with 3 scallions and a box of frozen brocc florets. i added about a tablespoon of some teriyaki sauce (hot by the label, i found it to be overwhelmingly sweet) and some soy sauce to balance it a bit. the sauce was overpoweringly, mind-numbingly sweet but the dish was still edible and even enjoyable in the manner of bad chinese takeout. i added some leftover rice from shabbos to the pan and voila instant dinner.
am now enjoying a cup of ginger tea w soymilk.
I had a delightful day studyign MCAT in shaynas apartment while the husband cleaned industriously and widgeted about changing lightbulbs and such and also did reading and work for his purposes.
I was delighted to walk in the door to a lit hallway and a cleaned table, and a dishwasher full and running at cleaning dishes.
|Friday, January 9th, 2009|
baked tortilla chips
Alisha is bringing tomatillo salsa
What to make for dessert? I have only one challa in the freezer. Maybe i sent husband to the bakery for some kind of cake? or i make mexican chocolate brownies w cinnamon and cayenne??
Noah and Nava are bringing challa
Susanne and Tex are bringing cupcakes
Shepherds pie (i think the meat may actually be ground lamb, come to think of it- but there are roasted mushrooms and homemade breadcrumbs in the filling too. i pulverized a whole bag of frozen bread into crumbs tonite)
breaded cauliflower+ broccoli
I may make a green salad this day also.
|Monday, January 5th, 2009|
saw phillip seymour hoffman at Caravan of Dreams this afternoon while josh and i were having brunch with some friends.
phillip seymour hoffman, people.
out with his kids
in a hechshered establishment. it must really be good.
either that or his kids keep kosher.
|Sunday, January 4th, 2009|
|Second Wave Feminism and the Dinner Party
I went to the brooklyn museum which hosts this permanent exhibit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dinner_Party
which i thought was TOTALLY AWESOME.
however, slate.com says that the dinner party is outdated, second wave feminism, with its focus on the female body and femaleness rather than a fluid conception of gender and gender roles.
I still thought the dinner party was really cool.
Incidentally, i read a book from the same era (1970s) over shabbos- Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin.
|Friday, January 2nd, 2009|
ive been listening to alot of nirvana lately
i dont know if this is good (dealing) or bad (wallowing).
on the other hand, i have a therapy appointment in a week and a half. yay.
|Sunday, December 28th, 2008|
damn. electrics and magnetics is so damn hard. aughghgh. i just. dont. get. it. and im really starting to lose my nerve.
can i do this? will i be able to make it to med school? sigh.
|Friday, December 19th, 2008|
in the oven- rolls
banana bread done, one for us and one for susannes sheva bracha
Brussles sprouts and squash are roasted but i cant stop eating the brussles sprouts!
I think i will make some kale to compensate
chicken is defrosted but not cooked yet
will probably do some kind of paprika treatment to that
I ran out of eggs and no going out in this weather!!
so no kneidelach. i think i'll make some soba noodles to go in the soup instead
there is also a cholent that is a joint venture btwn me and the husband
and potato kugels were made last night.
im so ashkenaz sometimes.
|Friday, December 12th, 2008|
Strawberry/cranberry sauce for making a crisp tomorrow- the crisp topping is in the freezer
Pepper mechshi- syrian-style stuffed peppers- are stuffed and in the fridge- to be sauced (tamarind, lemon, and tomato paste) and baked tomorrow.
Lahmagine- syrian meat pastries- but josh ate them all.
Chicken is defrosting in the fridge. Tomorrow i will throw it in a pan with fig jam, scallions, and mustard.
Hummus- and i cleaned the food processor- and did two loads of dishwasher dishes.
However I am sadly sadly behind on MCAT work. I will wake up early tomorrow i hope and do some more. I really dont have enough time to do this.
I need to clean and sautee the chard and escarole and wash the lettuce for salad and i am set for all the meals. Oh, and make a pot of rice.
|Thursday, December 4th, 2008|
i actually did what i always think im going to do and made a recipe from 101 cookbooks-
cauliflower with ras el hanout
omg such awesome crunchy roasty cauliflowery goodness with the spices and the oil and the salty yum yum yum!!
made that, and mushroom/wine pasta for dinner tonite.
the cauli was supposed to be for shabbos but i COULDNT wait and ate it for dinner.
hope i dont get a tummy-ache from eating too much fiber. but i couldn't help it! it was so yummylicious!
|Sunday, November 30th, 2008|
|Pumpkin Chocolate Breakfast Bread
So. In my continuous quest for healthy breakfast options, I stumbled upon the following ideas...
I need whole grains and milk in the morning.
I'd like to ideally get in a fruit or veggie serving.
I need some sort of healthy fat/protein thrown in or I wont make it to lunch in one piece.
So I've come up with the idea of...
The concept being- I mash up (or buy premashed- ie, pumpkin) a fruit/sweet veggie (4 bananas or 1 can pumpkin)and use it as the main substance of an oat-based (1 c rolled oats) quick bread, with some regular flour (not a whole lot, like less than 1/2 a cup- and that can be whole wheat or not, as you like) thrown in for binding, and a small amount of non-refined sweetener (molasses or honey, a dribble) thrown in if its not bananas (bananas dont need it if you are also adding chocolate)- add 2 eggs, a bit of soymilk for moistening things, a pinch of salt, a few tablespoons of canola, baking powder (1 1/2 tsp) and a handful or two of nuts or coconut or both- and chocolate chunks or demerara sugar on top for fun- and we have
THE master plan for healthy breakfast quick breads.
375 till it pulls away from the sides of two greased loaf pans (1/3 the way full) or from a 9x13 baking pan (a thinnish layer- cut into bars later).
Let cool, cut up into breakfasty portions, freeze- then grab on the way to work and eat at work (they magically defrost while commuting, even though mine is only 20 mins) with a latte or a cup of coffee with a healthy amount of milk.
|Thursday, November 20th, 2008|
|too busy does not mean u need therapy
it just means you are trying to do too much with your time and arent relaxing at all, which makes u feel like u are insane, which makes u think u need more therapy.
already done tonight (got home at 7pm)
made challah dough
put up carrot ginger tomato soup (vivianne's recipe)
set red peppers and green beans to roast
load dirty dishes in dishwasher
punch down challah, shape, rise, bake, cool, wrap.
unpack defrosted chicken into pan w marinade for putting into oven at 2:30pm tomorrow.
do mcat homework
take small pieces of challah dough, stretch, cover w cheese and sauce, make pizza for dinner tonite
go to sleep at some point
wake up at 6:45
do another hour of mcat work
get to work by 8:30
meet w/ team
split cells for next week, consolidate tissue culture incubator contents
make more media
collect documentation from 11/19 experiment
leave work at 2 (G-d, please help me make this happen!)
put chicken in oven, puree and heat up soup, fill hot water pot
take shower, brush hair, get dressed
heat up quinoa, green beans while chicken roasts
plug in blech
put appropriate things on blech
light candles (4:10, 4:15 mincha!!)
walk to Heb. Tab.
lead Qabalath Shabbath
|Tuesday, November 18th, 2008|
aaand its my birthday.
I did a whole hell of a lot with the last 5 years
1) graduated UCLA with my bachelors in biology
2) moved to NY
3) met, dated, and married my husband (and had a great shana risona!)
4) learned gemara on an advanced level and got paid for it for a year and a half, in the process, learning all i needed to know to teach kallahs. (YU GPATS)
5) got a masters in biotechnology from Columbia University
6) found my first real job (in biotech) and worked at it for more than a year so far
7) started teaching kallahs
8) got more or less familiar with how to live- cooking, laundry, making shabbos, baking, all of which I do pretty proficiently.
9) decided I wanted to go to medical school
Who knows what I'll do with the next 5????
|Sunday, November 16th, 2008|
|i still dont understand physics
which is problematic as I must keep pushing on with the review material.
i think i get about 70% of it, and the rest of the 30% errors are split between comprehension/misreading, blanking on the formulas, and math mistakes.
this is only the first unit, which is ostensibly the easy stuff...
wait till we get to thermodynamics and electricity. oy!
|Tuesday, November 11th, 2008|
after gaining 20 lbs immediately after the wedding and losing weight veeeeeery sloooowly for the past 6 months, im finally back in the 150's.
havent weighed this little since.... pesach of last year??
|Monday, October 20th, 2008|
|Wednesday, September 24th, 2008|
i woke up in the middle of the night with the most horrific stomach pain. this must be what babies with colic feel like. i just wanted to cry until someone showed up to pat my tummy or something.
this happens whenever i eat any significant quantity of fiber-rich food in a day.
what is wrong with me? am i allergic to fiber???