Month: April 2012

The Belated Passover Seder Run-Down

Passover was about two weeks ago, and I suggested to my parents and sister and grandmother that they all come up to North Carolina, where my uncles and I live, and we all do Passover up here together.  I’ll do one night, I naively suggested, and my uncles would do another.  Somehow everyone agreed to this idea, and that’s how I found myself with the task of cooking the first night of Seder on a Friday night in early April.

I’m not going to bother explaining the terms Passover and Seder.  Other people have done it better than I can.  Just Google it.  I’m hoping that most of you know what these things are anyways, but I’m always surprised by how many people have never met a Jewish person, or how many people know nothing about Jewish culture.  What can I say, I grew up in Florida.

Anyways, doing Passover Seder is sort of like doing any other dinner party (which I have done), except not really.  Because you have to time the multiple courses of food to the end of the saying of various prayers and the reciting of various stories and the hopefully having of various discussions.  So you never exactly know when that food that is warming in the oven and hopefully not drying out at all will be served, because a Seder doesn’t really have a set end time.  Also, did I mention the multiple courses?

Anyways, I was doing just fine in my cooking of the food, and then my sink garbage disposal broke, and my sink started clogging, and that’s when my family arrived.  So that was fun!  Regardless all the food turned out just fine, and everyone seemed happy.  From what I could tell.

So here are some pictures of my family (maternal side only) assembled at my small-ish apartment for the first night of Seder.

An here are some pictures of my mother and uncles misbehaving themselves during the Seder.

That green thing my uncle is holding is one of our 10 Plagues, we’re all about fun representations of serious happenings.

And here is my dad, being exasperated by our relative’s antics.  That white thing he is wearing is a kittel, you probably remember me talking about it back in my post about Raffi and Rachel’s wedding.

Anyways, onto the food.

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100,000 Page Views!

I just hit 100,000 page views y’all!  I know, this website has been around since summer 2009 so it isn’t like I hit this landmark quickly, but I’m still pretty pleased by it.  So, you know, I wanted to share.

Okay, we now returned to our regular programming!

A Day Trip to Greensboro

Hey guys.  I know, I’ve been gone.  Work is really busy.  Like, really busy.  We have two giant events this week, and then our Spring Art Walk the weekend after this one, and I am mega-planning and organizing all of it and, yeah.  Also my entire family was here for Passover and then I went to New York City this past weekend.  AND I AM TOTALLY GOING TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THAT.  But first, I’m going to go waaaaay back to the last Saturday in March, when Jon and I took a day trip to downtown Greensboro!

My awesome friend Heather Gordon was part of a group show at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.  The show closed April 1st and, of course, we waited until March 31st to go to Greensboro to see it.  Hey, at least we went!  Anyways, I’ve been living in North Carolina for over four years and I’ve never been to Greensboro, which is ridiculous because it is only an hour away.  So I figured we’d take this opportunity to explore downtown Greensboro.

We spent most of our time around Elm Street (see convenient street sign).  We got there around lunch time, so we had some lunch at Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co.   I had a mediocre caesar salad and Jon had some kind of a wrap but we split some home made potato chips and those things were awesome and delicious.

We then headed down to Green Hill to see the show, which was called Word Maps.  It featured the work of four artists, all of whom do things with codes and languages and what not.  Here are lots of pictures of some art and the installation, it was a gorgeous gallery so I took a lot of photos. Oh also Heather had some work based on the game Parcheesi, which I have never played, but that is why a bunch of the pictures are of games and stuff.

Okay so all of that stuff above is by Heather, who is awesome.  The stuff below is by Vicky Essig, Paul Rousso, and Merrill Shatzman, respectively.  There aren’t a lot of photos, so you can chill.

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GAME OF THRONES HAPPENED (and so did FAT BETTY wow)

Okay so April is really busy for me at work and also life so posts will be sporadic.  Also my family is coming this week, MY WHOLE FAMILY, and they are coming for Passover, which I am cooking for the first night of Seder, so this week is busy because COOKING AND CLEANING.  Also next week is busy because I am going out of town, and the week after is busy because of work and also the week after that.  You get the picture.  So, how about a rapid post about television!!?!?!?!

Wow guys did you SEE Game of Thrones on Sunday?  Melisandre was pretty hot wasn’t she?  Evidently the is topping the Attractive Game of Thrones Power Rankings which, duh (it is the hair, they say).  Also: infanticide, Peter Dinklage getting first billing, more baby killing, idol burning, gorgeous set locations and all around awesomeness.  Most awesome show on television y’all, truly.

Also, did you guys see Fat Betty Draper Francis?!  I just can’t get it out of my head you guys.  I can’t.  Here is a picture:

Yep.  That happened.  Poor January Jones.

Okaaaay I’m going to go back to worrying about work/cooking for Passover/cleaning my house now!  I hope y’all’s April is off to a glorious start!