49 Days Down

After counting the Omer for the past 7 weeks, we made it to Shavuot, which starts tonight at sundown.  When Marc and I started counting, the idea was that once we reached 49 days, the baby’s arrival would be imminent.  Even with Aliza’s early appearance, we actually managed to count every day, and it really does feel like an accomplishment.

The Omer is the 7 weeks in between Passover and Shavuot.  It has something to do with barley, and something to do with wandering in the desert between the Exodus and receiving the Torah.  I encourage you to read up on it, even as it’s ending, since the depth of my explanations is inversely proportional to the amount of sleep I’m getting…

Speaking of which, Shavuot is actually a great holiday for new parents, since one of the traditions is to stay up all night.  Who knows what tonight might bring, but it’s nice to know that whenever we’re awake, Jews around the world will also be awake. They’ll be studying Torah while we’re more likely to be changing diapers, but now seems like a good time to invoke the idea that, depending on how you spin it, everything is Torah.

Today is Tuesday, which already puts us some distance from Shabbat, and with the end of the Omer, I’m afraid it will just keep getting harder to keep track of what day it is.  Nonetheless, I do remember Shabbat this week.  File that under another accomplishment.  Our next door neighbor brought us dinner on Friday: black bean polenta pie and some of the richest, best brownies I’ve ever had.

Saturday, we actually ventured out and ate lunch at Beverly and Naomi’s.  Everything on the menu was a new recipe, and it was all awesome.  The carrot mint soup got mixed reviews, though I think I liked it more than anyone else.  The seitan pasta salad was so good that I kept going back for more after dessert.

Marc made an experimental dip that turned out incredibly well and is still good as leftovers.  The title comes from the fact that we couldn’t decide between making hummus and making a yogurt dip, so we (he) made both, together.

Twisted Dip

1 can chickpeas
1 clove garlic
1 cup (ish) of plain yogurt
olive oil
To taste: cumin, cinnamon, curry powder, salt, pepper

You know those word clouds that show all the words that appear in an article, with the words that appear most frequently showing up bigger?  I think “sleep” would be the biggest word in a word cloud of this blog post, so in honor of that, and in honor of our incredible friends who bought and assembled the crib for us, here is a very awake Aliza in her new crib, where, hopefully, she will sleep sometime soon.


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