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  • The Making of a Home
    The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday March 23 2005 By Sandy If at all possible employ an open flame Sarah got an Indian cookbook for Hannukah and we finally put it to the test Saturday night It had been a while since we d had folks over for dinner and games and with our first free Saturday night in a long time we fired up the stove unshelved a gaggle of spices and got cooking The menu plantains with sauteed pureed onions wilted spinach with steamed potatoes and red onions cucumber yogurt sauce rice and flatbread And for pretty much all of them a whole slew of Indian spices cardamom fennel seed coriander garam masala etc I m sure all of the dishes have proper exotic Indian names but I ve since forgotten them All but the flatbread that is That name I remember chapatis It s easy to because we talked about them all night And the next day Not because they took hours of chopping and steaming and sauteeing like some other dishes I could name or not name no chapatis

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  • The Making of a Home
    two Winter 05 Today s the first day of spring Time again for a season in review Posting hasn t been as frequent in the past three months as it had been in the first three Chalk this up to current laziness or initial overzealousness as long as we each get a post in every week I ll feel good about fulfilling our original intent So what happened in season two Let s see By the time winter began we had exhausted our original surge of home fixing upping While I can t say we were satisfied with the state of decor and furniture arrangement we were certainly content enough to let it stand for the winter Winter s a season for resting digging in and cuddling up not for home improvement Accordingly very little in that vein happened over the last few months The greatest achievement was probably Sarah s bootleg reuphostering of our comfy chair a task done as much out of repulsion for the chair s original state than anything else But other than that things as in the inanimate stayed pretty much as they were The animate on the other hand got a move on Of the last six weekends the home has enjoyed the company of both of us only once In order we ve been to Costa Rica both San Francisco Sarah New York both and Austin Sandy That certainly explains the lack of motivation to do housework as well as why we re not nearly as stricken with S A D as your average Chicagoan Relationship wise being away from each other for stretches of a time can be disappointing but it always makes those mini reunions ever so sweet Sandwiched in between all that jetsetting has been many instances of game playing

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  • The Making of a Home
    I Send us a 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 Monday March 14 2005 By Sarah Home Alone So that there are no secrets between me and Sandy I will now confess some of the crazy things I have done since he left for Texas on Friday 1 Ate oatmeal for dinner with a grapefruit for dessert I feel that I must explain that this is actually a terrific treat for me not a sad statement of loneliness 2 Watched Law and Order Special Victims Unit and L O Trial By Jury and Nanny 911 which by the way totally rules 3 Ate leftovers from someone else s house because they felt sorry for me being all alone and were a little concerned I might eat oatmeal for dinner again which would in fact tip it into the sad statement of loneliness

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 Thursday March 10 2005 By Sandy A weekend in New York We took a trip to New York this past weekend Ostensibly we were there to attend the baby shower of one of Sarah s best friends But by we I mean Sarah since the party was closed to any Y chromosomes over the age of two So really I was in New York just to be in New York It s still a foreign somewhat magical place to me a place that deserves the fullest of attention and longest of days to enjoy For Sarah who s lived there and visited several times a year since she moved away New York is simply a place where her friends live and if it also happens to be the cutural epicenter of the country well that s nice Sarah Sarah Rachel and the baby So as is becoming the dominant theme of this blog we reached a compromise We had two and half days there Friday we d spend playing the wide eyed tourist in the big city where I got to run us around from attraction to attraction restaurant to restauarant really earning us our sleep that night Then on Saturday and Sunday we d stay centered in Brooklyn where we d chill out visit friends and adopt the too cool for Manhatten vibe that s so popular with the kids these days Loving that Frozen Hot Chocolate And pretty much without

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  • The Making of a Home
    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 Wednesday March 9 2005 By Sarah Metaphorical Closet Cleaning at Age 30 I m donating my 20 s to Salvation Army Literally this means I am getting rid of pretty much anything smaller than a size 6 because I m never going to fit into that size 2 skirt again Seriously never When I left the all you can eat dining hall of college behind my weight spiraled down for years But that my friend has come to and end When I casually asked if I should be worried about gaining some weight my doctor a stocky and unflappable sort said Well the thing is you re just well getting older I used to be able to eat a loaf of bread at one sitting and look great Not anymore More figuratively it means I m finally getting over some of the pervasive anxiety and self doubt that plagued me in my 20 s See it wasn t just the lack of buffet that caused me to hit size 2 I used to do this thing where I would get so nervous about things that I couldn t eat Board meetings at my job No way Dates You kidding me I had a difficult boyfriend for six months when I was 23 and I barely ate a complete meal that entire spring Joan Didion wrote I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be whether we find them attractive company or not Otherwise they turn up unannounced

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  • The Making of a Home
    one that was in the basement of my house growing up and while it s beginning to show its age it s still humungous and still does a great job of entertaining lots of people at once We ve talked before about our penchant for hosting and at least on my side I can thank my parents for that We had lots of parties at my house growing up and I was always impressed with the amount of thought that went into them There d always be a buffet overflowing with platter upon platter of delicious food either homemade or catered and it must have been clear to me early on how well food serves as the path to a guest s heart And my parents would rarely settle for just a party for partying s sake my dad would often spend lots of time and effort conceiving of a theme and activities for our guests to participate in I remember one year we had an election party must have been 92 and he came up with this 40 plus question election themed trivia quiz that involved charicatures of the various presidents pasted up around our living room I loved it hard to say how jazzed the guests were about taking a quiz when all they wanted to do was get blitzed in case Bush got re elected I ve inherited much of this verve for hosting and combined with the verve Sarah brings to the table we ve got a lethal dose of entertaining verve to throw any which way we please Often this involves the cooking and baking of theme related party food The easiest and most satisfying time to do this is for the Oscars It s an annual exercise to spend the weeks leading up to

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  • The Making of a Home
    So we turn to their table which is the fat woman her husband and a young man who might be their son and ask are we blocking you The young man says Oh no It s fine Sandy says Really You can see and they guy says No not really and sighs Later the fat woman is heard to tell a story that ends and that s the last time I LL go smelt fishing Hyperactive Our tour guide at Teatro Nacional cannot stop speaking She is high on coffee or possibly crystal meth and she is freaking us the hell out She speaks so fast her words become a blur and all I can tell you about the Teatro Nacional is that it is the best of the best of the center of the center of the country of Costa Rica which is Pura Vida and here is a painting and watch her eyes will follow you around the room Pura Vida and have cup of coffee which is the best of the best and the cheapest of the cheapest Pura Vida hope you had a great great great great time Pura Vida bye Alexandra our coke addled guide Bored We go to ask the front desk clerk about tours from the hotel She is sitting at the pay phone talking to someone and instead of hanging up she asks her friend to hang on and talks to us with the phone cradled in her lap sitting on a bench Tour number one Oh that one s just for cruise boats Tour number two That one isn t very interesting Tour number three Yeah you can go if you want Tour number four I m not really sure if we do that one anymore Who leads the tours I

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  • The Making of a Home
    The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday February 23 2005 By Sandy The musical fruit Believe me when I say I find this as objectionable as you do but I have a shameful admission about my relationship with beans I hate them I wish it weren t true I realize the importance beans play in world cuisine and I ve seen many close friends and acquaintances devour beans with a gusto I wish I could share Not liking a particular food especially something as universally loved as beans is something very hard for me to deal with considering how much I love eating But something happened in my youth or in my genes that has precipitated this reaction and as much as I ve tried there s nothing I can do to shake it This aversion is easy to control in the home environment since for most meals I m in at least 50 control of what s being served for dinner But in foreign homes and restaurants sometimes I have to acquire a certain strategy in the discreet removal or eating around of the beans that are served to me As you can imagine this activity found lots of practice while we were in Costa Rica In Costa Rica every meal is served with beans Not only beans which would have been easy to avoid in a pile by themselves but beans mixed in with rice a food that I happen to love I know how much Latin Americans love their beans so I never really felt comfortable exercising my inner gringo and asking for my meal sans beans It didn t feel right So Sarah and I settled into a routine I d each the rest

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