April 12th, 2009

Am Yisroel Chai

The Hardest Thing about Pesach

It's not the cleaning (okay, it *is* the cleaning, but that's over, you know? And I had help, which makes all the difference). It's not the cooking because I love the cooking and knowing I'm serving good food to my family and friends. It's certainly not the lack of chometz and kitniyot because hey, challenge to be creative, and I really don't miss the bread. Noodles, maybe. :)

No. It's the fact that not only can I not knit during the actual holidays (first and last two days) and the one Shabbos, but even on the 2.5 intermediate days - the days of "half-holiday", it's forbidden. I'm working on a lovely shawl AND a pretty pair of socks, and both of them are hidden away just like the chometz I sold. Watching tv without something in my hands is frustrating.

And I'm watching a lot of TV - I missed so very much during the first two holidays. So far, I've watched the results of Idol, Make me a Supermodel, Hell's Kitchen and currently Friday Night Lights.

Ah, well, it's only two and a half days, and I'm spending Tuesday cooking.
Mama Deb


I did some checking of my own - Like many people, I own a fair number of fantasy novels with gay protagonists or themes AND explicit sex scenes, published by well-known genre publishers. Some of the authors have been part of a recent MAJOR controversy, but that's sort of irrelevant here.

What is relevant is that ALL of those books still have their rankings. And while gay themed books show up in the recommended lists for these books, the words "gay" don't seem to be in the descriptions.

Take that as you will.