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an update 20 years in the making

last night I finished the update to the Bonar Family Haggadah that has been 20 years in the making.

My dad made this version in 1992. Before that I learned that our family used the Haggadah that my dad and his girlfriend PRIOR TO MY MOM made together — yeah I didn’t know that story till today either. Regardless, the Classic Bonar Family Haggadah is a great version, but there’s so much more to add! So each year we engaged in an imagined, collective performance piece called “Talking about Updating the Haggadah but Never Actually Doing Anything About It”.

AND NOW I HAVE DONE IT.

welcome to the 21st century, Passover. I introduce to you: the PowerPoint Haggadah.

Fully editable, easily added to, paperless & eco-friendly, modern and pretty. adaptable to the ages, especially ready for multi-media extravaganzas!

I’m so excited to use this on Friday at the Wassaic Passover! I’ve been ironing flags and buying groceries and making charoset and crowns and singing nerdy Passover songs…. SO GRATEFUL to the awesome Wassaic Community who have jumped into this — I’m so excited to celebrate this holiday with a new lovely group of people and friends.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

from my whole family!

may your 2012 be filled with incredible, outta this world, rock-anthem-worthy, best-cake-i-ever-ate, parade-magic, in-full-costume, encompassing-hugs-from-your-brother, delicious leaps forward.

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why my family is the best

We make rad picnics:

We go on great adventures:

We make fun photoshoots:

We get family tattoos (!):

all in the same freakin day.

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family dinner

last week we had a counselors-only late night family dinner. we all planned special foods to bring to this potluck/break from dining hall food. I decided it was a food-art challenge: make a delicious and unexpected dish made entirely from foods (borrowed?) from the dining hall. I added later that I wanted it to be mostly vegan, and I expanded that I could get the ingredients from anywhere on campus, but not buy them.

ENTREE: Garbanzo Bean Gazpacho with Cucumbers and Grapes.

(stolen goods)

Soup Stock:
1 baggie of mushrooms/carrots mix (from the salad bar)
1 baggie red onions (from salad bar)
6 celery sticks (from the condiments bar)
5 oil-spread/ butter packets (from condiments bar)
1 bay leaf (take from on top of another dish in hot-bar; optional, probably not advisable)
salt & pepper (shakers on table)
3-4 cups of water (from tap)
 
Soup:
1 baggie garbanzo beans (from the salad bar)
red pepper flakes (from pasta bar)
2-3 cups full of soy milk or milk (from milk machine)
1 baggie sliced cucumbers (from salad bar)
1 baggie red grapes (from fruit parfait bar), sliced in half
1 spoonful / serving of plain yogurt (from fruit parfait bar)
 
Process:
 
1. Create veggie stock: saute onions in butter with salt until browned. Add celery (cut up), mushrooms, carrots. Saute with spices until very cooked. Add garbanzo beans and brown slightly. once all ingredients are thoroughly cooked and browned, add 3-4 cups of water, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. [NOTE: for more refined soup: do not add garbanzo beans to stock. Simmer stock, strain out vegetables, then add garbanzo beans.]
2. After removing pot from stove and cooling to room temperature, blend the soup in a blender. Add enough milk to blender to smooth out the soup and make less thick. Return the soup to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
3. Before serving, add sliced cucumbers and sliced grapes to the top of the soup, do not stir in. Diners have option of adding a spoon-ful of yogurt to their soup for extra tang and smooth-ness.

I think everyone liked it! I didn’t exactly tell everyone what was in the soup and they were silent as I served it. BUT! once they tasted it, everyone was surprised how good it was! especially because it sorta turned a weird color from the stock process.

DESSERT: Morir Soñando (Die dreaming) popsicles

Ingredients:
1 cupful of soymilk (from the milk machine)
1 cupful of orange juice (from the juice machine)
cinnamon/nutmeg mix (from the starbucks next door)
4 packets sugar (from the coffee bar)
10 coffee stirrers (from the starbucks next door)
 
Process:
1. mix milk, juice, cinnamon, sugar in a bowl until sugar and spices dissolved.
2. pour into an ice-cube tray
3. break coffee stirrers in half; place one stirrer half in each ice cube mold.
4. freeze for at least 4 hours. Serve cold.
OTHER DELICIOUS FOODS WE ATE!!
  • sweet-potato hashbrowns (by Rylee!)
  • swiss-mushroom and goat-cheese-tomato quiche (by Rylee!)
  • home-made pizza bagels (by Narooz!)
  • swiss-chard stirfry (by Jordan!)
  • orange-cinnamon rolls (by Juliet!)
  • Key Lime Pie (by Danielle!)
  • cookies & chocolate espresso beans (by Hooper!)

totally delish 11pm (after the students go to bed) dinner… lovely nysssa family time.

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recently

I. hampshire mod 16 reunion: “donuts”


II. hampshire college mod 16 reunion: “photoshoots”

III. Briefly, Chicago: “sam’s new haircut”

(before)

(after:)
IV. Briefly, Chicago: “kerianne composts!”

V. Cute Things: “all over”

VI. Built a Bed Frame: “big project”

VII. Mom and Dad Visit: “best business trip ever”

 

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fabulous ladies goin’ swimming.

Today I tried on my mom’s bathing suit from 1988 (date confirmed!):

And I feel like a retro-vintage-mermaid-princess in it!!! It has the weird old fashioned bra-cup padding things that are sorta weird but fine once you put it on. Makes me want to wear bathingsuits around all day. Which I mostly can do because it’s FLORIDAAAA!! 76 degrees in January, my friends!!!

Anyways, this made me start thinking about how fabulous my mom musta been dressing back in the day (not that she doesn’t dress fabulously now… it’s just now she’s my mom.) So I took a trip back in time to the days “BEFORE KIDS” photo album…

here we have Uncle David on the left, and then Mom on the right sporting the magical mermaid suit!!! and who’s that little cutie? oh that’s me. Wish I could find that bathing suit too.

This is my mom on her honeymoon!!! she looks like a magical-princess-mermaid no matter what she’s wearing.

also, check out my mom’s totally punk rock haircut (from age 16!). YOU GO MOM!!!

Looking through these pictures I found two more inspiringly awesome and fashionable ladies: my grandmothers Arlene and Sandra. Here they are at my parent’s wedding, being raised up on a chair in celebration, being totally fabulous, and both reacting in such typical Nana and Bubbie ways. I love these ladies. Thank you all for being in my life and for being beautiful powerful self-determined and vibrant women. You have created me as the woman I am today.

LOVE

ALIYA

Ok, just one more:: check out Mom and Nana’s MATCHING FLORAL BLOUSES!!! yesssss! this was Mom’s High School Graduation.

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rewind&fast-forward

a brief look at the delicious end of 2010:

  • Thanksgiving was magical: we had all of my dad’s family AND all of my mom’s family in one house eating together. (AND I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE OF US ALL…. ) I am so grateful to my family for doing whatever each of you needed to do to be there and be fully there — present to everyone around us and just so loving, open, and welcoming. It was peaceful in a way I had not expected. It was filled with so much good food. Thank you thank you I love you and thank you for being a family I am soooo proud and grateful and excited to be a part of.
  • I was the IB art Examiner for 14 high school seniors at my old high school! It was really great to be talking art in a real concrete way, and asking each student to really back up what they say their art is about with what their art actually portrays. Someone asked me, “how are you going to grade them? isn’t it just your opinion?” No it isnt. It was really gratifying to talk about art in a concrete way. not good/bad, but more like, “ok, so thats what you want to be saying with your art. does the visual actually say that?” Some of the students were really great — either great work or (more interesting to me) great content in what they were saying with their work.
  • we went to disney world! crazy! I suggested it half-jokingly at thanksgiving, and my amazing uncle and cousins jumped in full force! flying all the way across the country we had an amazing packed weekend together — most often all 8 of us in a big (but not so big that everyone farting all the time wasn’t a slight downer) van (SUV?). I loved loved loved having sleepovers with my cousin Piri and riding all the rides with the cool kids club (me, my brother, and cool-kid-Tyler). I loved spending the time with everyone concentrated in one place! Dad (or me really) wasn’t even on that many phone calls! We celebrated my mom’s birthday together, and showed them how awesome South Florida (and to a lesser extent middle florida) is. One of my favorite parts of the visit was photoshoots on the beach… of course.
  • art basel! was so good this year mostly based on the fact that I made 2 new amazing friends and got to explore Miami in a new way. I met up with Juliet and her boyfriend Narooz, who live in Jacksonville FL, that afternoon, and by the evening we all were sleeping in the same queen-sized bed. The whole weekend was a wonderful web of friends — Juliet and I knew we would be friends based on both having been at Elsewhere at different times, we stayed at my friend from middle school (!) Allison’s lovely apartment, and ran into Arianne and Krystal from high school too. I loved having companions like that — we did everything together that weekend. Including seeing SO MUCH ART. went to so many art fairs. I kept thinking, “how would my art fit in here?” and while I had dismissed it at first completely (“I am so way better than this little Art Basel stuff”), I later realized I really could be a part of the show/fairs/scene and love it. Maybe next year. Regardless, loved sharing the bizarre experience that is Art Basel with really fun delightful people: left Miami with 2 new friends and a new appreciation for the art we saw that I probably wouldn’t have sought out had they not been there to encourage me.

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