chanaleh: (breathe)
I owe a significant update about the past week, but right now I am baking for tomorrow night's seder, and since I had to go looking for this yet again, here is my go-to recipe:

Almond Torte )

Also, I plan to make the brisket recipe that [personal profile] gnomi posted last month, to wit:
Put brisket in pan, fat side up. Slather it with chopped garlic and sliced onions (I do the onions in rounds). Bake it uncovered at 350 for an hour. After that hour, put in potatoes, carrots, and up to a cup of water (depending on how much brisket sauce you like). Cover it tightly in aluminum foil and bake for an additional two hours. (You can turn the oven down to 300 for the last two hours of cooking, but it's not necessary.) Remove from oven, slice, and eat.

Second night, we are going to the community seder at the Reform temple (Beth El) that is right near our regular congregation. So hopefully that will be fun.

Chag sameach, everyone.

Tisha B'Av

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 01:23 pm
chanaleh: (sleeping)
The 10th of Av is Aria's Hebrew birthday. Last year, like this year, it was the observed date of the fast of Tisha B'Av since the actual 9th of Av fell on Shabbat. Last year I missed the candlelight reading of Eicha because I was at the hospital in hour 17 or so of "early" labor. (I was reliving my own version of Lamentations though.) Last night I missed it because it was competing with baby bathtime/bedtime and I just couldn't face the logistics of driving 40 minutes each way to shul and back. But it's still on my mind.

I'm not fasting, either, to be honest. I thought about trying, but my brain is so foggy already these days that I just can't face spending a day in the fasting zone. I need to be able to do things.

Wishing a meaningful fast to those who are observing, though.
chanaleh: [Erica and baby Aria] (aria-7weeks)
On March 20 we got "real" portraits taken at JC Penney -- now I wish we'd started doing it months earlier! It was so fun and the pictures came out beautiful. March 23 was Aria's first Purim -- we sort of dressed her up as "grunge rocker" for megillah reading at CBI on Wednesday night, but not really for the Chabad Purim seudah at the Federation on Thursday night. Still, she loved getting to crawl around some big open space and see the other little kids. She is standing up all over the place now, and will sometimes let go long enough to stand by herself for a few seconds -- but when she turns away, she falls over. Daddy thinks she's ready to take a step any day now. Her 3rd & 4th teeth have been peeking out since the beginning of March, but still haven't fully descended; not the front top teeth but the "fangs" (lateral incisors?) to the sides. Grandma Elsie says Daddy had "fangs" too and that's where she gets it. She's getting 1 meal of solid foods at lunchtime most days (sometimes a second in the evening) -- rice cereal plus a vegetable -- so far she likes green beans best, then butternut squash. Avocado gets a funny face!! Aria likes to hold and chew on Mama's big water glass (while I hold her and hold it for her); she will take real sips (but then sometimes dribbles all the water back out onto herself). Her favorite chew toy is still Sophie the Giraffe; she actually lights up when she sees it.

Photo behind cut )
chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
My husband is a music teacher. He was a music teacher when I first met him 20+ years ago. I've gone to see him perform in bands. More recently, I have performed with him in bands. I've seen videos of him playing in high school talent shows. He made me this recording for my birthday last year. We have in the house an entire room dedicated to housing what must be 20 musical instruments (piano, organ, accordion, numerous guitars and bass guitars, an upright bass, ukulele, mandolin, percussion...), where he receives students two or three days a week.

But somehow, it's discovering him in the music room one December evening after dinner, noodling around on the piano playing jazz Christmas carols, that really makes my heart go "Holy shit, I married a musician." :-)


Rosh Hashanah menu

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 05:04 pm
chanaleh: (sleeping)
This Rosh Hashanah I've done something that I usually do for Passover, namely: say to myself for the last few weeks/days, "Aah, I'm not going to really do too much in terms of preparations, I'm just going to go to the thing [usually seders; in this case shul] and plan a little additional grocery shopping and that'll be it," and then wake up this morning going "OMG HOLIDAY IS COMING! MUST DO RITUAL THINGS!"

So I got up and frantically baked two raisin challahs and a honey cake and started a pot roast, which will stay on the stove until we get home from shul around 8:30pm.

[ profile] etrace said, "Busy day!" I told him that is standard pre-holiday practice. :-) I just... didn't fully plan on it ahead of time.

It turns out that food matters; that in particular, holiday food matters for holidays; and that something in me yearns for that, even being here now, especially being here now. So it may not be [ profile] ablock's brisket dinner with 18 of my closest friends (one of which was the source of this userpic)... and I admit I do miss that. But it's me making some kind of yomtov in my new home, in my new family. And that's the sweetest thing there is.

L'shanah tovah u'metukah!

It's 2014!

Monday, January 6th, 2014 06:50 pm
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
So, [ profile] etrace and I are back in our respective (for now) homes, after a fantastic 12-day stretch in the same space in the second half of December.

This included some time in Boston, during which we had to balance visiting time with wedding-logistics time and actual downtime... so I apologize to everyone we didn't manage to get over and socialize with. In particular, we missed the NYE party I had meant for us to attend, because after dinner that evening I started feeling pretty wiped out and, even if I had been up to the walk through the 15-degree weather, just not up to facing the Wall of People awaiting us on the other side of it. ([ profile] etrace: "Er, well, now you know how I feel pretty much All The Time." Me: "Yes, but when I feel that way, it is a sign that I'm physically unwell!") So I will hope we can catch some of you fine folks at Arisia, instead. Maybe in small doses at the MuffinButtons table. :-)

I am overdue for a real entry and will try to get some updates together in the next few-to-several days... but it's been (surprise!) awfully busy with wedding stuff and Blue Hill Troupe stuff and of course actual work stuff eating my life.

Unfortunately for my lurking/reading public, however: it also came to my attention over the break that posting my calendar publicly may be... unwise at this juncture. So one of my 2014 resolutions/changes is that I am going to post the calendaring entries friendslocked going forward. Of course, I encourage all my readers to either create a LiveJournal account or create a Dreamwidth account so I can grant you reading access. But I think once I move in April, anyway, it may be time to phase myself over to the Google calendar system... the end of a long and fruitful era.

Wishing all of us a year of physical health, emotional growth, and spiritual abundance.
chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
Got back late last night from an awesome Thanksgivukkaaronsbirthday weekend. Should be at least a couple of pics forthcoming.

Oh, and if anyone would like to offer me and [ profile] etrace a night or two of Boston-area crash space between 12/26-31, please let me know. :-) I have a couple of possibilities in the works but am trying to balance out available visiting time, transportation logistics, etc.

3 more nights of Chanukah! Only 18 days til etrace comes to NY! )
chanaleh: (Default)
Posting this on Monday morning (Labor Day, 9/2), but backdating to last night for consistency. :-) I am late because I was away at the Victorian Lyric Opera Co.'s 5th Great Gilbert & Sullivan Sing-Out in Rockville, MD, where I had a smashing time and whence I got back late Sunday night. Sorry that I wasn't foresightful enough to stay over an extra night and visit any of my other awesome DC/MD peeps... I do miss you, and would love to come another time soon, but I also am SO GLAD to be at home with a leisurely day today. :-}

Anyway. Let the Month of Yontifs begin! )
chanaleh: (sleeping)
Things that have been happening lately:
  • Awesome visits from out-of-town friends (with more on the schedule).
  • One band gig. Not a lot of audience, but some nice photos. Next one is Sunday evening, Sept. 29 -- watch this space!
  • Work is kicking my ass. We have entered crunch mode before start of school. I expect it to be running at high gear from now until approximately Chanukah (= Thanksgiving)... except for the part where we have off roughly half of the month of September, due to holiday timing, which will both ameliorate and exacerbate the strain. At minimum, I'm gonna need to get my butt into work closer to 8am all the coming week or two, because there is no freaking way I can hope otherwise to get everything done that I need to by start of school. Gah.
  • Coworker crush still operative. Awkwardness resulting from certain ill-advised episode* at department retreat 5+ weeks ago finally beginning to die down. (*Seriously, though, I asked for permission a good 12 hours ahead of time, and got it, so it wasn't like I jumped him out of the blue.)
  • Handful of dates, non-dates, or semi-dates with various people at various levels of interest.
  • A few surprising episodes of breakup grief being triggered by various things, particularly a couple of the aforementioned *-dates. Okay, THAT part is not exactly surprising, but it's always surprising when things suddenly rise up at you, isn't it?
  • Awesome beach day yesterday with ZZ.
  • Some well-received design work for BHT. Also for shul (new member welcome booklet for high holidays). So it begins.
  • Oh hey, I sold another art piece online recently (this one). I love when that happens.
  • Working on G&S music for Rockville (Ruddigore and Grand Duke). Also, there was a Pirates of Penzance living-room sing in Brooklyn today, which I did just for fun.
  • Did I mention that I have a paid gig for the High Holidays? Singing backup again, basically, for the services at Ohel Ayalah. It means I'll have to trade off some time when I'd otherwise be at T&V singing with the choir, but it'll be nice exposure and a really fun thing to do... and I will get to sing one of the three iterations of Kol Nidrei. Solo. For reals. For a congregation of like 200+ people.
  • Sleep has been poor of late (my body has decided 5 hours at a stretch is all it wants to take in... sort of like when my phone battery was wearing out, and couldn't take or hold enough charge anymore. That, at least, I could replace and give it a whole new lease on life). Running on fumes seems to be catching up with me, as I started to feel noticeably iffy today, and need to go to bed within the next hour in an effort to stave it off.
  • Got back more seriously on the no-sugar wagon for the past week or so. Not sure if this was related to today's crash or no, but I ended up carbing it up tonight just to see. After which, I am feeling slightly better, so I dunno.
  • Booked trip to see my dad (and hopefully some assorted friends) in Indiana the first days of Sukkot, Sept. 19-22.

chanaleh: (scream)
So, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of the month of Av) is a catastrophic day in the history of the Jewish people: anniversary of the destruction of both temples in Jerusalem, and of many many other calamities over the millennia.

"From the moment Av arrives, we are to diminish our rejoicing."
For the nine days preceding Tisha B'Av we observe intensified restrictions. We do not:
• eat meat, except on Shabbat
• drink wine, except on Shabbat
• purchase or wear new clothes
• get haircuts

At the same time, the month of Av is traditionally given the epithet "Menachem Av," Av the consoler. Hurt/comfort, if you will.

Nu, so Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av is Monday, July 8.

Right now I'm trying to pull my moving date back (or is that push it forward?) to Sunday, July 7, in an effort to get the fuck out of here. Because we are done. So very done. We had a chance to end things positively and respectfully, but no. I've often said that [ profile] justom will never be contented until he has driven my expectations all the way down to zero. Well, our relationship has finally descended onto the Kelvin scale.

As noted on Facebook, I signed a lease in Brooklyn with [ profile] alanscottevil the other night. (Pics of the lovely place here. Hoping for some kind of housewarming right after Tisha B'Av.)

I have accordingly begun the sorting/packing blitz, and ordered moving boxes to be delivered tomorrow (Friday) evening. Anyone NYC-local feel like coming over Sunday the 30th to give me a hand packing books and such? I'll feed you. Yes, I know it's the Pride Parade, but this is my own pride parade.

PS: On the topic of relationship recovery, [ profile] capnawkward_rss offers up the poem "Love after Love" by Derek Walcott.

PPS: In happier news, my new band, the Bliss Jockeys, is playing tonight at Cafe Wha? down on MacDougal St., 7:00-8:30pm. I'm not actually singing with the band tonight -- my debut gig will be July 18, also right after Tisha B'Av -- but I'll be there rocking out (and helping out). This is a Perceivable Joy.
"There's more than just one recipe, girl, to feel good about what you choose,
So when it comes down to it, do what you gotta do."

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