Solely In Black and White: December 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Question(s) of the Week: Chanukah



The first question of the week, as it is Chanukah, why do fried foods taste so darn good? Just kidding. :-P Seriously though, how is it that the ultimate Chanukah food, the infamous Latke, is not even fried in olive oil?!  I’m starting to wonder if those jelly doughnuts are fried in non-olive oil based grease as well. (Supposedly olive oil is not the best or healthiest oil for frying purposes.) They taste great and all, but I’m kinda wondering why olive tapenade isn’t as popular a dish in the theme of Chanukah…

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Anyway, the real question of this post is about Shabbos Chanukah. Has Shabbos Chanukah always been yom-tov like or is that a recent innovation?  Perhaps the fact that Shabbos Chanukah coincided with Christmas made it an opportune weekend to celebrate and visit family this year, but is it like that every year? 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Guess what….?




So in case you haven’t heard yet, the wife and I had a baby girl recently. :-) I now understand what people mean when they say newborns look funny. Aside from the cone-headedness attribute, most babies come out rather swollen. (I might be biased, but I think my little girl looked relatively cute at birth, but to be honest it took me a few hours to really get used to her “looks.”) As far as labor and delivery go, I’m really at a loss for words.  It’s one of those scary life-altering, complicated, magical moments.  I won’t forget how the doctor conciliatorily said; “now the only thing you have to worry about is shidduchim.” Great… :-/  

In any event, we are looking for suggestions for a creative name for the little one, for blogging purposes as she already has a real life name, at the moment. 

I’m guessing this little addition to our family means I can kiss sleeping goodbye. It’s a shame you can’t bank or invest in sleep. Any takers for midnight blogging/posting? :-P I think (hope) we’ll be (relatively) fine, at least in time (or so they say). Or as the saying goes "god watches over children and fools." Personally, I think I just need to figure out how to type and feed the baby at the same time and all will be well… ;-)