October 17th, 2004



Well, that was fun!

Despite having had almost 20 respondants interested in the Spanish conversation group, only 2 people besides me showed up, but all three of us were at relatively equivalent levels of Spanish, which meant that we were able to chat for more than an hour with ease. I wonder if the folks who didn't show up will be emailing to inquire about later meetings -- I hope so. Three was a fine size for today, but I think more people would make it more dynamic and maybe help it develop a life of its own.

All that said, I thought it was fun. I'm so terrible at making small talk in English that I was concerned that it would break down even more in Spanish, but since we didn't know each other, there was a lot of getting-to-know-you type stuff to chat about, and we all, it turns out, have done a lot of travelling, which is always good for giving people things to talk about.

For now, though, I'm feeling very pleased. Thanks, beah for the cookies, and I'm glad you came!

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productive: foody

I've just figured something out about myself and food: I like it more when I work for it.

That's not to say that I want to make big, elaborate meals all the time, or even that I want to cook all the time. And sometimes, I crave some stupid food that takes no effort at all. But...

I have this chocolate from Guatemala for making hot chocolate beverages. It's a little slow, though, because you have to melt it down in milk or water before drinking it, rather than just dumping a couple of spoonsful of mix into the liquid. I've had powdered chocolate mixes on hand for years, always thinking, "Mmm! Hot chocolate!" but never drinking them. But since the weather has turned to fall, I've done the Guatemalan chocolate thing a couple of times. It takes more time and attention than the powders, but I'm more interested in doing it. Why?

It's just fascinating.

I don't balk at the prospect of spending 3 hours making my favorite stew, but I can't be bothered to boil water for the udon noodles that looked so tasty when I got them at the store. I'm happy to wile away the afternoon attempting the perfect quiche, but it's just not worth the effort of heating up the can of soup that piqued my interest on the shelf.

Sure, sometimes all I want is the easy out, the quick microwaveable snack, but these days, time seems to correlate with enjoyment. Could be that we spend more time on yummier food, but I don't know, there's some tasty frozen stuff out there these days.
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