Monthly Archives: April 2010

Passage of Time

I have been sitting a lot lately. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. It just so happens that I fractured my foot three weeks ago (ignored it for a week, on crutches now), and so, cannot walk around freely. Let’s not even mention the fact that I cannot dance, what with Carnaval around the corner, this has been quite a disappointment.

This has given me an interesting sense of the passage of time. On the first page of this article in the NY Times, one of the subjects tracks his concentration and output before he gave up coffee and after. The data conclusively proved that coffee was making him less focused. So, for me, I guess it’s full mobility that pulls my focus….

Herewith, a few benefits of being much more sedentary (give me this gift of allowing me to find the positive aspects in this).

1. It no longer takes me an hour and a half to read a one page article. I can do so in a half an hour now. Without the constant pull of “I could be in the other room doing…(fill in the blank with whatever other activity I could be doing)”.

2. Enjoy a quiet afternoon in the yard (to be fair, this was a gift of a neighbor’s yard). I managed to practice French for two and a half hours and relax.

3. Depend on others. This may sound small, but as a single working parent, I feel the pull to be as self-sufficient as possible. Who knew that little Ms Iz (11 years old, I guess not so little), would throw down and walk the dog?

4. Day-to-day tasks take a lot of work. Ever try to mop a floor whilst on crutches? Jerry Lewis and Lucille Ball are not more comical than me attempting this. (Thanks to big sis, N, for coming by and getting the floors in order, thus keeping me from more serious harm).

5. Movies and TV are fun, to an extent. After day 4 of sitting at home, the TV had to be turned off, there are only so many episodes of “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and “16 and Pregnant” one person can watch without going over the edge. Instead, the library is your friend, and ours even has an elevator.

6. Weightlifting in a chair is almost as good as dancing (this is a lie, but again, help me out). With weights, pulleys and balance exercises that can be done seated, I am now a little more sane than I was last week, when, going on week two of no exercise, I found myself dancing in my car at a red light. The dancing in the chair will continue, but at home. Oh, and also, all 63 pounds of Ms Iz creates a good counter balance for some wacky seated push ups.

And so, as my friend T put it “Your foot seems to be telling you to slow down”. Once I am up and running again (maybe another 3 to 4 weeks), I am going to try hard to keep the focus my one-footedness has given me.

Thank you to each and everyone of you that have been so helpful!


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How to Boil the Perfect Egg

It’s past Easter, so I now, like many people, fancy myself somewhat of an egg boiling master. After boiling 3 and 1/2 dozen eggs, I found boiled egg nirvana.
Let me explain.
Ms. Iz. (aged 11, very discerning eye) and I tried to do our egg decorating late one Tuesday evening. It was a lackluster event, bordering on disaster. The dye I had chosen had no vibrancy, lacking in color as well. The crayons weren’t doing their part. And, the stickers that came with the kit were not interesting enought to ofer any kind of joy. This accounts for the first dozenand a half eggs.
Three days later, we tried again. With more white wine vinegar, and better dye, we had a much higher success rate. The eggs were vibrant. The crayons were used to make very cute faces. The stickers still weren’t very interesting. This accounts for the final two dozen eggs.
I now have a fridge full of beautifully colored hard boiled eggs. And a very good grasp on proper egg coloring techniques.
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (from Julia Child, of course)
    • 1 dozen eggs
      3 and 1/2 quarts of water


  • 1 Large Stockpot


    • Lay the eggs in the pan and dd the cold water.


  • Set over high heat and bring just to a boil.



  • Remove from heat, cover pan, and let sit exactly 17 minutes.



  • After the 17 minutes, transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice cubes and water.



  • Chill for 2 minutes.



  • (This next step, I do not do, but Julia does, so I am including it here: Transfer the eggs to the boiling water again and let boil for 10 minutes. Return the eggs to the ice water, craking the shells in several places.)



  • Chill the eggs in the fridge.


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