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    Monday, April 6th, 2009
    12:10 am
    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
    12:32 am
    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
    11:31 pm
    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
    9:52 pm
    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!!!
    9:44 pm
    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
    12:56 am
    Enchilada Casserole
    Yellow Rice
    Refried Beans
    Avocado chunks/Salsa
    baked tortilla chips
    Green Salad
    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
    Roasted Squash
    I may make a green salad this day also.
    Monday, January 5th, 2009
    1:21 am
    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
    for brunch
    in a hechshered establishment. it must really be good.
    either that or his kids keep kosher.
    Sunday, January 4th, 2009
    11:12 am
    Second Wave Feminism and the Dinner Party
    I went to the brooklyn museum which hosts this permanent exhibit
    which i thought was TOTALLY AWESOME.
    however, 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
    2:02 am
    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
    12:20 pm
    mcat whining
    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
    2:01 pm
    in the oven- rolls
    challa rising
    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
    1:27 am
    Already made:
    Strawberry/cranberry sauce for making a crisp tomorrow- the crisp topping is in the freezer
    Potato kugel
    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
    10:41 pm
    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
    11:28 pm
    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...
    Healthy Quick-Breads!!
    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
    8:21 pm
    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
    washed quinoa
    put up carrot ginger tomato soup (vivianne's recipe)
    set red peppers and green beans to roast

    to do:
    unload dishwasher
    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.
    make hummus.
    make quinoa.
    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
    harvest cells
    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!)
    walk home
    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
    go home
    serve meal
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
    8:26 am
    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????
    any wagers??
    Sunday, November 16th, 2008
    7:04 pm
    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
    7:58 am
    no way
    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
    8:27 am
    my coffee tastes soapy this morning
    is my espresso machine broken, or my dishwasher?
    Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
    12:17 pm
    tummy wrar
    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???
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