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How do you write an update

When everything in your world has changed, and you're only just beginning to process it?

Perhaps I should keep it simple: I've been gone. I understand now why people have midlife crises (though I'm *really* not yet to midlife). I, quite frankly, don't really even know which end is up anymore, except that I'm the same person I was a year ago, living the same life with the same adored family, loving many of the same things. But everything is filtered through a new lens, and my priorities land differently, my emotions trigger differently, and my head is a real mess. I'm grateful I made it this far whole, and have a hard time believing that it's only been a single year since last Passover. I'm certain I've aged a decade, if not more.

I'm trying to get back in the saddle again, but it's sure to be hit or miss. So, keeping it really sinple, I'll leave it at, "Hi!" and invite you to ask any questions you want in recompense for my bizarre and lengthy complete absence.

I don't know when I'll get back to any sort of real fannish content, so please do consider this a true defriending amnesty period with me -- if you've friended me long ago for Buffy or Angel or VM reasons, and have no interest in random appearances that are lacking in fic and substantive content, please don't feel obligated to keep me. I still have all of my old loves, and some new ones (mmmmm....BSG. Even more mmmm....Dr. Who. And hee!House... It's also amazing how much reality TV from Bravo one can consume while traveling every other week). I still randomly read fic and fail to feedback in a timely fashion. I still want all of you on my reading list, but won't be upset if you'd rather just clean up the flist, I promise.

Hope everyone had a wonderful [holiday of your choice], and here's a belated Passover dessert recipe for those who're used to seeing new ones here every year:



We had this at a seder this year, and I had to have the recipe. This stuff is really, truly addictive.

Matzah Roca
4 sheets matzah
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 bag of chocolate chips
slivered or chopped almonds (optional)

Lay matzah on foil in baking sheet with sides. Boil butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes. Pour mixture over matzah and bake in 350 degree oven for five minutes. Pour chips over hot mixture and spread out. Freeze and then break into pieces and serve.




Eggplant dip (great for adding flavor to matzha; vegan/parev; also goes well with eggs)

1/2 pound fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds eggplant
4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil (use the good stuff)
2/3 cup minced onion
6 large garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a strainer above a mixing bowl, sprinkle the tomatoes with 1/4 teaspoon
salt; let drain for 20 minutes.

Split each eggplant in half lengthwise. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over the
cut tops. Place in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water and a splash of vinegar
bake until tender (45min). Turn them over after 20 minutes, adding more
water if necessary. Set aside to cool until touchable.

With a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the eggplants.

In a food processor, puree the eggplant, the drained tomatoes, onion,
garlic, remaining oil, vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper until it forms a vaguely chunky paste.

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glossing
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
It's really nice to 'see' you on my flist again. Sounds like a sea change and a half over there with you. I'm thinking of you.


And, mmm, matzoh roca.
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Good to see people all over again, even if it's momentary! The Roca is addictive. Really addictive...
freixenet
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Chris!!!! ::hugshugshugshugshugs:: my goodness, it's good to see you. ::more hugs::

Honey, it will take time for order to arise out of chaos. You have plenty of friends here who love you, me among them. Take your time, post what you want, and WELCOME BACK even if only sporadically while order does its thing with chaor and chaos fights back.

::sends you a dozen cinnamon rolls::
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
*tacklehugs back*

Someday, we must meet. Really, really must. Chaos surfing is precisely what I'm doing, isn't it? ::fascinating concept::

I missed you guys.

(hoards cinnamon rolls)
ayinhara
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you back.

Many thanks for the recipes.

chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
*big hugs*

Make sure we meet, if you come to ATL this summer, okay? I got so lost in the shuffle last time, but not this time!
caliente_uk
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm always happy to see a post from you, Chris. There will always be a place for you on my flist. *many hugs*
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs, hugs, hugs*

I'm going fic hunting, soon. Any darkish Giles pointers?
10zlaine
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
random appearances that are lacking in fic


there was fic?




:p
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh you are *so* bad. I'm handing out hugs to everyone, but you're itching for a smack ;-)

If I go exploring in your LJ, will I find more creative original fic?
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lex_83
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I have missed you. A lot. Actually.

I was kinda worried there for a while when I hadn't seen anything from you.. so I am very glad you are kinda-sorta-back.

I am soo not defriending you.. at all.

Lex.

Also? Doctor Who Rocks.. like the Casba. As does BSG.
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
*smooches and smooshes*

Glad you're not going away, because we only really just found each other!

(wanders off to look for the Jan reports after Austin)
ljs
Apr. 16th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hugs hugs hugs, Chris, and may the whirlwind stop for a while so that you can catch your breath.

[more hugs]
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm going to take each minute I find...and *huge* hugs to you. I'm realizing as I get back into the swing of things some that I may get to see many of you this summer. That would be phenomenal!
opalescence
Apr. 16th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I would think that what you're experiencing is completely normal, considering everything you witnessed last year. I did not friend you for fandom stuff, but for you. So, I am here to stay. I hope you had a blessed Passover.
chrisjournal
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
*big hugs*

Thank you, C. Passover was lovely this year, quiet and very reflective. I'm hoping that life is almost finished running me through the spin cycle.
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lonners
Apr. 16th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the randomness or lack of attention. Just stop in when you can. Happy all of the seasons I've missed and the ones I will miss in the future.
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
*snuggles*

It's crazy that I crave that permission, isn't it? There's a post topic for you: the myriad ways in which women irrationally impose guilt or other ridiculousness on themselves.
magarettt
Apr. 16th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've saving these recipes, and I'm thinking of you. I've been hoping that you're doing okay (I check my info constantly, and wonder if I've been filtered out if I haven't seen a post from someone in while), but BREATHE. Both of us.

What you can is all you can, and sometimes even then too much. Very best to you.
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
*big, big hugs*

I would a) never filter you because you fascinate me and b) don't filter anyway, except if I'm trying to arrange a surprise for someone.

That's wise advice, too. Thank you!!
wisteria_
Apr. 17th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, Chris. SO happy to see you around again. I've meant to e-mail you for a long time, but I keep getting distracted. Give me a call sometime (when you're up to it), please!
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
*HUGS*

Dinner or coffee sometime this week, for sure! I'm all over the map -- resend your # to chris at homeinhenderson.com?
mintwitch
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Happy Passover!
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
*smooch*

Wait for the eggplant. I've probably given it to you in the past, but if not, I should have.
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kita0610
Apr. 17th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
***you***
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
***you, too***
spiralleds
Apr. 17th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
::hugs::

I'm glad to see you. That eggplant thing sounds good. Mmm.
chrisjournal
Apr. 17th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
It is good! I always want pita and hummus with it, too, but can't have those at Passover.

*hugs*
sweet_ali
Apr. 17th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, it's always good to see these random pop-ups and I'll take those over none at all any day now. I'm thinking good thoughts for you, girlie and missing you.

And hee, i tried that Matzah Roca at the first seder actually. Kinda reminds me of toffee.

*big hugs*
chrisjournal
Apr. 18th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Nods. Toffee! I need to find a better recipe than above, at some point, because this is definitely what I'm doing with the leftover matzah this year.

You know what this extended and honestly complete absence has shown me? In a variety of ways, the LJ experience has kept me grounded and sane (strange to say that, with all the craziness that goes on). I hadn't realized how much I relied on LJ for news, culture, and thought material. E.g., your music posts, and Mosca's breathe_poetry entries both kept me hooked into things that I love but would probably not otherwise take the time to stay connected with...

LJ is good, and my flist is FABULOUS.

*hugs*
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