Monday, March 5, 2018

Some Inspiration on a Monday Night

     A few years ago I had a friend who had a serious illness and eventually was in hospice. I wished that I had heeded my mother's advice and visited her sooner rather than later. At the time I had been in denial that my friend really was as sick as she was. I did end up visiting her but unfortunately for me she was pretty far gone when I finally made my appearance. My friend knew she had a visitor but I'm not convinced that she remembered who I was.I am glad I visited her and it was good for her to have had a visitor but it would have been better had I visited her when she still would have known who I was and when she still could have a coherent conversation.
    As luck and life would have it I have been given the opportunity to do better another time. I have another friend who is now in hospice care. I visited him in the hospital right before he was admitted to hospice care. It was hard to look at him but his spirit was still there and he had his wits about him.
   Today I visited my friend  in the  hospice. I am not sure there are not many people who can say that when they left from visiting a friend who is hospice that they were smiling. My friend looked a lot better than he did when he was in the hospital. His hair is gray but his skin no longer is. He actually looked healthier. He is also such an inspiring person. When I entered the room he offered me seltzer for hachnosas orchim. At first I thought he was asking me to pour him some seltzer but alas he was offering me some seltzer. I was in awe.
      Its not that there was deep conversation during my hospice visit but It was so nice to see that though my friend is in hospice his spirit and personality is still there. I was so happy to visit and see that he was still himself, still with his sharp humor and kindness. I left smiling and felt glad to have visited a friend and not like I was "just" visiting someone in hospice.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Self Help?

      I am pretty confident in the way I look. I may want to lose a little more weight , but in general I do not think that my looks are why I am single. Meanwhile I went to visit friends who were obsessed with a beauty makeover self help book. In their defense they believed that everyone must be self conscious about their looks. Again, not my issue. I don't think that I am a beauty queen, I just feel confident.
      Once I finished chatting with my friends about their beauty self help aspirations I felt a lot worse about myself. Thanks but no thanks.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2 Ingredient Quinoa Pizza Crust

    I recently bought quinoa for another recipe that I have . The recipe was OK, but I had a lot of quinoa still hanging around. I found this recipe for quinoa bread / pizza crust on you tube. I tried it last night and made it into pizza and it was really good. I have made my own pizza crust with regular flour which isn't bad but this is even easier to make and tastes equally good. I am not sure that its really healthier than crust made of wheat flour but its easier to get the right crust texture with the quinoa crust so I would say that makes it superior to regular flour crust.
  FYI, I did not add maple syrup or any sweetener to this crust. I did not rinse the quinoa either.  I am not vegan so I used cheese as a topping. See what you think . 

Sunday, January 28, 2018


     Yichus is such a funny thing . Those who know that they were related to various great rabbis are so impressed by themselves for having it as if it has anything to do with who they are . It might, but not necessarily. I suppose I sound envious but not really. I might have some unbelievable yichus to some great rabbi but pogroms etc has made it difficult for me  to keep track of  my lineage. Most Jews have this issue. I have always thought that by virtue of being Jewish I have good yichus. I think that those of us who still know that we are Jewish know this because we have family members who stuck by tradition / therefore are good yichus. Since Jews lived only in certain enclaves it stands to reason that most of us if we do not descend from converts likely are related to those with the enviable yichus.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Japanese Forest Bathing

   Whenever I go to the botanical gardens I feel my blood pressure plummet. Then I saw this video. Now I know why and that there is a reason why I feel this way. One thing that I increasingly miss about the suburbs is nature. I just renewed my Brooklyn Botanical Gardens membership for another year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bomb Cyclone

  My favorite thing in the world as a kid was getting up on a wintery day and then hearing that school was out for the day due to bad weather.  Its just as exciting as an adult to have off of work due to inclement weather. 
   The scariest part about bad weather is not knowing when to call out from work and when to actually go in. Today I opted to stay home. It looks like night outside and the windy snow does not look enticing. I hope the arctic weather forecast for tomorrow is incorrect but I must say I am enjoying the day off of work for today.!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

At the Movies

      In the age of roku I haven't watched as many movies in the theater than I used to. Recently I got moviepass which is a movie a day for $9.99 a month, but I actually got the black Friday special so I paid even less. I'm not trying to brag, just make a point . Now I have actually been at the movie theater to see any and every movie I have wanted to see. Its been about a month. Its really mind blowing. Its awesome to see a movie the way it was intended to be viewed-  on a big screen and without interruptions. Its awesome.
       There are people at the movie theater but much fewer. I have been able to see movies the day or week they come out and get a seat. Maybe not the best seat, but a seat. This would never have happened ten years ago. Its surreal. Its not just older people at the movies. There are some young people. I am sure they are more selective about what they go to see. Or maybe they too have moveipass.
        I am certain that the movie business is not happy to be moviepassed but at 15 to 17 dollars for a movie I have become a believer in moviepass . If I see one movie a month its worth it.  I don't know if this deal will last , but for now I am enjoying it . I am feeling very retro going to the movies. Of course now I'm going to the movies more than I ever have.
      Its only been a month and  I know that there really aren't enough movies out to actually see a movie a day for a year, but its fun to know that I could if I wan to....