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It takes a village

In Field Notes on 21 November 2021 at 8:00 pm

Yesterday while walking back from the library, I just happened to call a friend of mine. Let’s call her Zora. One of those friends with whom I used to have more idle time but now only interact with on tasks at hand when we are in the same meeting together. Since all meetings are virtual now there is no chit chat before or after, just abrupt starting and stopping of business. She herself has a full time job apart from this, barely makes it to the meetings and is often muted because she is holding her baby at the same time. So noticing that it was 1pm in her time zone I took a chance and called her hoping she might be on lunch break. 

Even as I was dialing I thought, I know we are supposed to text first or something like that but I am just going to play the old age card and just call her. Texting first to ask when I should call makes the call sound like something more hefty than what it is, as if I expect her to allot time for it. She picked up the phone and I tentatively explained, “Hi I just thought I’d take a chance and call ….” She replied that I’d hear her baby talk a lot and I took that as I sign that the call was on. I asked if she was having lunch. She noted that the baby was having lunch. 

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Stuffed Jalapeños

In How on 2 March 2021 at 6:11 pm

Emerging from an icy February, these stuffed jalapeños are the right mix of heat and comfort to put a twinkle in the eye.

Surprise surprise, I actually measured!  To stuff 6 large jalapeños we used: 

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Aquafaba .. just for fun

In Recipes on 29 January 2021 at 7:21 pm
Cheap, fresh, easy and without emulsifiers or preservatives … aquafaba

Fad or food? Fascinating from a craft perspective, the whipping of garbanzo bean liquid to 5 times its original volume has captivated vegan internet. Is it worth it though?

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Why did I miss this basic fact about vaccination?

In Why on 16 January 2021 at 8:00 pm

Did it really take a pandemic to make me realize the most basic fact about vaccination?

Reader, it did.

Today I am more than a tad embarrassed to read what I so smugly wrote 10 years ago … a smugness I wore perhaps to cover my insecurity, my mistrust of Big Pharma, my discomfort with doctors. With valid reason … but the comfort offered in the form of “making my own” vaccine schedule was, alas, misguided. The schedule I ended up with was probably just fine, in fact I could have modified it even further with no harm done. However my reasons for doing so ignored one basic fact.

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