By the way, it's Passover. I am eating bread tonight, like a bad Jew, but I have been eating bread on Passover for years now, so I'm not going to worry too much. I still eat Matzoh (and I actually LOVE it), but I also don't avoid leavened bready bits of deliciousness...so I'm going to eat the blue cheese whole wheat garlic bread we bought at the Farmers Market last weekend. Unless it's too stale to be fixed in the oven. In which case tonight's meal will be steak and matzoh. Hmm.
I'm going home for Passover tomorrow, big family Seder and all that. I'm not big on the religion thing, but I do really like family and tradition. As much as I'm not a strict Jew or a religious Jew, but my trip to Israel in 2007 reminded me of the rich history of the Jewish people. I'm proud to be connected to that history, and I like Passover because it reminds us of where we come from. I don't necessarily believe in the parting of the seas or the plagues and all that, but it's a nice story and telling it is a nice way to come together as a family and participate in versions of the rituals of our ancestors (our Seder is usually about 30 minutes and involves a lot of singing, and when we were little, puppets). Rebecca from Girls Gone Child wrote a post that pretty much sums up my views on the subject.
Also, A funny thing happened just now. So funny that I felt I had to blog about it. I am washing my rug, as I wrote about earlier, and I only had one of the three rugs in the washer (only two fit at a time). It was on the spin cycle, and I guess it was off-balance, and it was making a loud banging-thumping noise. I went in to check on it and the machine had moved - it was facing the outside of the room on a diagonal - it moved about two feet away from the wall it's usually backed up against! WHOA! My spin cycle is spinnier than I had thought! :-)
I would have taken a picture, but I was too much in shock and decided to just move it back into place. I turned off the washer and shoved that thing back to the wall - it took a few back and forth pushes, but wasn't too hard. I feel like the strongest woman on Earth! The cycle wasn't complete, so I added a few towels and turned it back on. It's humming quietly now, and I think my rug-washing experiment will be a success!