Archive for June, 2015

The Rosie Project

Blurb from the back: “Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?”

I heard about this everywhere. In every book store I went to, everyone was like, “This is sooo hilarious! you should totally read it!” So I did. Unfortunately, after all the build up, I expected a book that would leave me rolling around on the floor laughing, and that wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, it was funny (like the line in my quote for the new week). But a lot of it was in a “comedy of errors” way, and I don’t like that so much. Also, I’m kind of sick of people using Asperger’s to get laughs. While for us it might be funny that Don doesn’t get social cues at all, for people with Asperger’s it’s just how they are. As my son was suspected of having Asperger’s by some half-baked psychologists and teachers for a short while, it probably isn’t funny for their family members, either.

Once I lowered my expectations, I got a few chuckles out of this, and it was quite amusing. But I’m not going to run to get The Rosie Effect (book II) in the near future. 3.5 stars.

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“Much of my working time is devoted to getting mice drunk.” – “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion, a description on research on genetic disposition to cirrhosis of the liver.

Makes me wonder what a good description of my PhD would be (though the above is a serious research project done by an associate professor, not a student). I guess most of my time was spent aligning the *&@#! system, but that doesn’t sound half as funny 😉

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Have a great week!

* Image taken from here, thanks to Bryan Tong Minh.

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This was a godsend for Shavuot. We eat dairy on Shavuot, and it needs to be OK also when reheated, without drying. Most gluten free foods tend to be inedible an hour after preparing 😦 To top it off, I’ve got picky kids who won’t touch anything that doesn’t look good to them, depending on mood, appetite and the phase of the moon.

Yes, today I don't like pizza and only eat fresh tomatoes.

Yes, today I don’t like pizza and only eat fresh tomatoes.

These cheese and pasta bites were perfect. They are great also a few days later, especially warm; they are versatile and easy to make, and the kids loved them. Definitely a keeper 🙂


250 gr rice pasta
splash olive oil
3 large eggs
250 gr cottage cheese 5%
250 gr grated yellow cheese, your choice (I used a mixture of parmesan and “regular” yellow cheese)
Olives (optional)
Mushrooms, cubed (optional)

Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and mix with olive oil and a bit of salt so it doesn’t stick. Preheat oven to 175 °C. Mix the eggs, the cottage cheese, the yellow cheese and the pasta together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add olives and/or mushrooms if using. Spoon into paper muffin cups or directly onto a baking dish lined with baking paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes until brown on the edges and firm in the middle. Let cool and eat!

They're just standing there...

They’re just standing there…


Copyrights: Waxing Crescent Moon at Perigee – November 27, 2014 by Michael Seeley, creative commons

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Good quote that made me laugh from Vision of Solitude 🙂 Gotta keep things in perspective!


You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do- David Foster Infinite Jest 

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There was a sale I couldn’t resist at a local bookstore, so I bought this (and quite a few more… 😕 ).

Shelby’s husband has just died. And she discovers he left her up to her eyeballs in debt, that he lied to her about putting aside money for their daughter, that the jewelry he has given her is fake, and that he had passports under different names…Did the man she was married to even exist?

On the plus side, the characters were engaging, including all the parents, siblings, friends  and grandparents. The romance works and the story is gripping.

On the minus side, the villain was so obvious even I figured it out about a third of the way through the book (and I’m usually surprised till the end!) and to hear the characters go “I wonder who can it be?” made me wonder if they were brain dead. In addition, I found this book similar to Hot Rocks (the first part of Remember When). Not enough to feel sorry I bought it, but enough to leave a slightly bitter aftertaste when finished reading.

So bottom line: 3.5 stars. Buy it on sale 😉

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Yup, a day late. What, isn’t it Saturday today?!

“Mommy, what’s that smell?”

“The vegetables burnt a bit.”

“The vegetables?”

“Yes, they burnt a bit.”



“What’s that smell?”

“The vegetables burnt. Could you please stop asking the same question? It’s annoying.”

“OK, mommy. What’s that smell?”

It was actually longer than that, but I took pity on you 😉 The patience of a 3-y-o with something she doesn’t understand – it’s simply awe inspiring! She won’t rest until she gets to the bottom of the mystery 🙂

Have a great week!

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“It takes A.J. several Google searches to determine bathing protocol: appropriate temperature bath water two-year-old; can a two-year-old use grown up shampoo?; how does a father go about cleaning a two-year-old’s girl’s private parts without being a pervert?; how high to fill tub – toddler; how to prevent a two-year-old from accidentally drowning in tub; general rules for bath safety, and so on.” – from “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry“, by Gabrielle Zevin

Dry humor, the amazing stuff you can find on Google, the unbelievable complexity of day to day life with a toddler, and the great care that A.J. takes over the first bath he gives 25 month old Maya. And this is only one paragraph.

A.J. Fikry owns a failing bookshop. He just lost his wife. His life is a wreck. Maya is the baby left in A.J.’s bookshop with a note. Amelia is a book rep with a big heart. This is their story. In addition to their story, every chapter is connected to a different short story, and there are lots of references to other books and how important books are in one’s life. This was touching without being maudlin, very funny, provided a lot of food for thought, and a list of books I’d like to read 🙂 It also reawakened my interest in short stories. I hate short stories, I always get the feeling they stopped in the middle. But maybe I was simply reading the wrong ones…

In short: 5 stars. Go read it.

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