Standing here screaming

Sometimes people annoy me. Other times I am stuck in a really funny situation. All in all, I just got to share it!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The raw chicken dilemma


I was always very careful when touching raw chicken, meat or eggs. But now with the baby here and the fact that she touches everything and I put my fingers in her mouth, I am extra extra careful. I clean all areas that may have come in contact with the raw food with lysol and I scrub my hands with kitchen soap, bath soap and then purell. Yes, I'm a nut. This evening as I was washing the dishes from my shavuos cooking I came across an interesting dilemma. I made a chicken that involved dipping the chicken into three different bowls, each containing a different item, one after another. While scrubbing the bowls with a sponge I wondered to myself. Now, what happens when I use this sponge on another dirty dish later? What happens if I scrub out a pot and then use that pot to make Estee macaroni and cheese? Is she or someone else now getting the remnants of the raw chicken from the sponge? Do I need to have two separate sponges? One clearly labeled: normal every day use, and one clearly labeled: raw food, possible salmonella, e-coli, etc, stay back!? What is the proper protocol for this matter and why on earth has this not been addressed sooner?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Shavuos help


I'm having a ton of people over for Shavous and I had all my preparations planned out until it dawned on me 5 minutes ago. Yom tov starts Thursday night, I can't cook Thursday night. I made a shopping list for Aaron and he told me he'd get some of the stuff tonight when he goes out to Maariv and the rest tommorow night. But, now that I came to my realization, I can't get some things tommorrow night, I have to cook tommorrow night!
It's so exciting to cook for Shavuos every year. I love trying out all my milchig (dairy) recipes (my best one last year was french toast souffle) and of course being able to make milchig(dairy) desserts (can anyone say cheesecake?)
Of course, I'm hosting the shabbos day meal so that kinda puts a damper on that one! So, it's the usual cholent and regular shabbos day stuff. bleh, nothing exciting! (I do have half of that tri-color kugel frozen from when I made it the last time. It serves 14 so there are a good 7 pieces left, that's okay right?)I'm sick of the same old breaded shabbos day chicken so I'm making the coconut chicken I make sometimes.
I was thinking that a great dessert would be pareve ice cream. Why do all pareve ice cream recipes have eggs in them? Should we really be eating raw eggs? Anyone have an egg free version?
I am going to attempt a cheesecake this year. The recipe calls for 5 blocks of cream cheese. That can't be healthy. That's also atleast 10 dollars right there, is it really worth it?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

universal male thing?

This past sunday was my last day at hebrew school. We spent the first 20 minutes of class practicing for our moving up ceremony that would be that day. While we were waiting for children to use the bathroom I was shmoozing with some of the kids. I don't recall how exactly it came up but one of the boys in my class (they are in second grade) told one of his friends that he sometimes pees in the shower. I looked at him with utter disgust and was surprised actually to find myself responding with "ew, that's gross." I was even more surprised with myself that I allowed the conversation to go on as long as I did. He continued to tell me that all boys do it and sometimes you just have to go while you're in the shower so rather than getting out and getting the floor all wet you just pee in the shower. He said "it goes down the drain anyway...." I think I had a valid response to him. (but lets just put aside the fact that I am their hebrew school teacher for a moment)
me: do you wash your feet in the shower?
him: yeah why?
me:well now you're standing in pee water so you have to wash them again, wouldn't it be easier to get the bathroom floor wet and just dry it with a towel?

He took the conversation further by telling me "well my mom does it. but, only when someone is using the toilet." Wait. Hold on a second. First of all, his poor mother would probably be mortified to know that her son shared that with me and all his friends. Futhermore, I am confused about something. Is it common practice for people to use the toilet while someone else is in the shower? If so, I can't imagine just peeing in front of them too. That's so weird. Am I wrong?
When I was in Israel for a year I thought the guys only peed in the shower because they were hiding from the dorm counselor there and they just had to go. I never realized that this is a universal practice. Is it?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

You gotta love the mario bros

Thank you to my sister Karen for sending me this. I laughed for 4 minutes and 58 seconds!!

Mario Brothers/Talent show

(this was done by students at a college for a talent show, that's talent!!!)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Happy Birthday Israel!


Thanks to my father for sending this to me:


Happy Birthday Israel!


This is impressive! Is it any wonder that the Arabs are jealous?

The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year.

Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centering processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S, Russia and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U. S.

Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look (finally) to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people --as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.

Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U. S.

Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East.

The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews (Operation Solomon) at Risk in Ethiopia, to safety in Israel.

When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times.

When the U. S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day -- and saved three victims from the rubble.

Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.

Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of
democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. (Hundreds of thousands from the former Soviet Union)

Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."

Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from
treatment mistakes.

Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, cancer and digestive disorders.

Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the camera helps doctors diagnose heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.

A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the Clear Light device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert.

All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth.

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

THE STATE OF ISRAEL.. .continues to EXCEL! Happy Birthday Israel.