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  • The Making of a Home
    is everywhere On billboards on the sides of huge skyscrapers tucked postcard sized into the visor of taxis I m looking at a poster of him on the wall of the internet cafe right now The pictures are awesome Occasionally you ll see a very official looking state photo with him and his wife Mostly though it s just pictures of a peaceful slightly geeky older gentleman looking very serious This is a typical poster we ve seen all over town They are not at all like the type of photos we re used to of politicians and they strike me as very sweet if a little strange in their ubiquity But it s not just the photos The Thai people we ve spoken to treat the king with the utmost reverence I can only compare it to the type of respect you sometimes hear very religious American Christians give to Jesus The type of reverence that can make a totally reasonable interesting person sound like a very strange alien abduction victim Chiang Mai is hosting a three month international floral exposition to honor my king a policeman told us yesterday We wear yellow on Mondays to honor my king our tourguide told us today Sandy and I have I think done a very good job of not betraying how awfully confusing this is for cynical Americans 2 The Thais they love to sell things on the street often late at night Sandy and I have been thinking of getting rich by going into the outdoor table industry in Thailand The variety of things you can buy at a Thai market is fairly breathtaking At Chatachuk Weekend Market we found a wide variety of fish birds rabbits squirrels and puppies for sale not to mention an Eames chair Well an

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  • The Making of a Home
    note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Saturday January 13 2007 By Sandy Day 2 Bangkok We re in the airport now waiting for our domestic flight up to Chiang Mai For all the warnings we heard about the inefficiencies of Bangkok s new mega airport we ve sailed through in a breeze No delays at the counter or security where they gasp let us carry through both shampoo and water We got to the gate so early I realized I should probably double back and get some food which is when I ducked into this Bangkok Airways waiting lounge and stole some sticky rice with shrimp and some Internet access A quick word about yesterday unintentionally themed as The Day of All the Animals First we hit the snake farm where the mellowest of handlers taunted and toyed with venomous snakes just meters away from the crowd then picked them up and carried them around as if there weren t nothing to it After that we went to Chatachuk an outdoor market the size of a small town We spent a lot of time in the puppy section where I m pretty sure they sell dogs as pet not food We stumbled across some bunnies and squirrels some dolled up in fancy dresses We saw LOTS of fish from the tiny to the huge kind with goiters coming out of their heads On the way out we heard a bunch of screaming

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  • The Making of a Home
    the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Friday January 12 2007 By Sandy Day 1 Bangkok Mostly we ve been eating That s some pad thai bought within minutes of exiting the taxi on the way to the hotel We still had our bags on our backs and it was one in the morning yet the road was bustling with people read college kid tourists and stands of cheap incredibly amazing food After twenty hours of flight and some sketchy but ultimately successful time sleep management we appear to hit the time zone running We ve been up since 7 30 walking the streets of Bangkok in search of gilded temples and more cheap food A rundown of what we ve eaten today and roughly what it cost Eggs bacon papaya fish curry and pineapple juice complimentary breakfast Pork satay 40 cents Whole coconut with straw 60 cents Squid and eggplant curry with rice 1 75 Pork with basil and rice 60 cents Several gallons of water 28 cents liter Scallion pancake 14 cents

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  • The Making of a Home
    if a restaurant is open before making dinner plans and the other will try to cheer the first one up usually with something soothing and helpful like Don t worry now we know Next time we ll remember To which the inevitable reply is No we ll forget And it usually turns out to be true Not this time not with this trip to Thailand We organized the shit out of this trip I had lists and more lists and charts and a Backpack page and more lists I broke down that wall that usually prevents me from preparing for a big vacation due to the limitless number of choices available I studied up on our destination read a book on the culture and history and started thinking about what our suitcases would contain weeks months ahead of time When it came to developing an itinerary we had a choice do we take everyone s recommendations and camp out at one or two relaxing spots or do we own up to our kinetic tendencies and try to squeeze in as much as possible We had to go with the latter The trip to Curaçao was our attempt at a normal person s vacation It was great but that time is passed Now it s time to devour Back to the packing we knew we wanted to pack light We weren t exactly going backpacking in the post collegiate sense of the term but we d be traveling a lot and it made sense to try to shed as much poundage as possible That meant no rollies or handles on suitcases and one or two pairs of shoes tops It meant just a few shirts and shorts It meant no travel Scrabble Er hold the phone Scrabble s coming It ain

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  • The Making of a Home
    history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday January 3 2007 By Sarah Countdown We re going to Thailand next week As I can t possibly have uttered that sentence let me check No I was right the first time It does appear that we are going to Thailand In a week Our first trip together was to Starved Rock State Park in central Illinois and since then we ve ranged further and further from home Kentucky California Canada Costa Rica Curacao Now to carry the alliteration to its bitter end Cambodia and Koh Samui When we were first talking about honeymoons we considered taking a long trip right after the wedding maybe Greece or Turkey But when it became obvious that a I couldn t take two weeks off work in September and b we couldn t possibly plan a really complicated trip while planning a wedding we backed off Curacao a free flight on American Airlines frequent flyer miles was a perfect honeymoony honeymoon Beachy and relaxing But we still had our hearts set on a big trip A long complicated crazy trip to someplace extraordinary We settled on January and then we settled on Thailand I was swayed by my love of the food I m not going to lie So we re off We re going to be in constant motion as we do love to be Bangkok to Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Then on to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and back to Bangkok Finally down to Kao Sok National Park and a last day on the beach at Koh Samui In these

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  • The Making of a Home
    navigate to the delightful new piece of phone software that we have no business wasting our time with They have cleverly positioned magnets that enable a cleverly designed clamshell opening maneuver which maneuver has stirred many a friend to stare slack jawed in envy Me and my new phone Sarah got a green one They also have SIM cards which I m told are all the rage these days I was told this by a non bald non musical non whale hunting man named Moby the surprisingly compelling cell phone kiosk salesperson at the Lincolnwood Mall Reasons for our presence at a mall on a Saturday afternoon will not be examined at this time for they are distressing and make very little sense in hindsight SIM cards Moby told us enable us to use these new phones anywhere in the world This greatly excited us as we d be traveling to Thailand soon and could use a working cell phone while in country That plus the allure of all those other doodads and the savings in a new family plan sealed the deal Total cost 170 for the two phones and tax and we d get 50 back through a rebate Somewhere in the back of my head a little voice had been yelling at me the whole time I had ignored it You sucker it wailed You never get the best deal at a mall Do some research But this Moby was such a sweet guy and 60 per phone seemed like a reasonable price These were fancy phones weren t they First thing I did when we got home was look up prices online Shoulda listed closer to that little voice Amazon 0 02 plus a 75 rebate for the pair T Mobile Free plus 14 000 American

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  • The Making of a Home
    note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Sunday December 24 2006 By Sandy The true meaning of Christmas The beauty of being a Jew in Christmastime is the pleasure of a day or three off with absolutely no obligations whatsoever No gifts to buy no dinners to attend no family to visit And with most friends preoccupied in just these pursuits available options range from sitting around and reading to sitting around and watching a movie And this is certainly a Good Thing Yet as I m sure I ve mentioned here before and as I m sure I ll mention again I am biologically unable to withstand the unscheduled life The prospect of a day without obligations is pleasant to me as long as it remains a prospect as soon as the day arrives I spend the entire time watching the clock making sure I make the most efficient use of every hour And then I get down on myself when I don t It s awful I ve read up on this kind of behavior and on how to excise it from my life It s difficult because the cure is entirely mental It s about a shift in thinking what used to feel like a waste I must now relabel as healthy If I believe it s healthy the thinking goes then healthy it will be And more calm I will be So this weekend I ve been trying to

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  • The Making of a Home
    night of Sarukkah Like me Sarah cherishes the attention that her birthday brings Tradition is to throw birthday brunch but as her birthday fell smack dab in the middle of the week this year as well as right in the middle of Hanukkah we decided it d be more appropriate to turn combine the two and do something in the evening Instead of birthday gifts we d have a white elephant exchange Instead of shallow fried crunchy on the outside soft in the middle french toast there d be s f c o t o s i t m potato latkes Instead of cake at noon there d be cake at 9 Sixth night If it weren t for the latkes this time of year with all its jingle this and ho ho that would be unbearable As it is the first sight of tinsel going up awakens in me the memory of a kitchen soaked in deep fried aroma It makes my mouth water for the day I get to break out the grater and grapeseed oil and get cooking Where I otherwise might scrooge it up all season latkes keep me happy Even though we usually only get to indulge for one night This year I got lucky and got to make them twice in three days First was for a holiday party on Monday By the time Wednesday rolled around I had my method down and was able to kick them out with great efficiency No need to make this oil last for eight nights I was on a roll Though I do need to give credit to Syd for taking over the fry daddy job halfway through so I could tend to important tasks like changing out of my cooking clothes and welcome guests This year

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