A Shiksa on a Mission

Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife
I'm a shiksa on a mission...
It may not be perfection but it's the journey that counts

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I found another pastime for these hot summer days....I finish what I started reading. It's not incredibly difficult to imagine beginning to read a book and then ending that process. Unfortunately parenthood often gets in the way of reading and almost always leads to problems absorbing any of the material hence my desire to sit and stare whenever the chance presents itself.

But I picked up Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris and had no absorption problems whatsoever. This novel is so engrossing. I loved it from the very beginning. It's funny and heartbreaking all at once. The writing is incredible especially considering this is his first novel. The entire novel takes place at an ad agency that is starting to lay off workers with a variety of results. The characters are scared but not enough to stop gossiping about it. I was completely drawn in from the very beginning probably even more than other novels because the entire novel is written from a first person plural "we" point of view which made me feel even more a part of the story. I loved it.

If you get a chance, check out the website. It's quite interactive.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The sweltering heat is coming. We've been warned. So I was up early to bake a pie crust before the house started to melt around us. I remember when I was growing up in the Southwest that everyone would do their one big heat related thing in the early hours. If you needed to mow the lawn, you got up and did it before the crack o' dawn. If there was something that had to be baked, it was an early morning chore. This idea may explain why I get up in the morning ready to roll but I'm ready for a nap by 1pm. I'm ripe for a siesta loving country.

I got this recipe off of Joy the Baker. It is supposed to be a Fig and Apricot Tart but I had nectarines, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries so I zigged instead of zagged.  It seems like the perfect thing for the upcoming heatwave. Cold food for hot people.

Okay, temps. We're ready for you!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Pod People

Lately I am somewhat obsessed with podcasts. I can't seem to get enough of listening to people talk about whatever. Anything. All things. I find myself taking hour long walks in the morning so I can listen to an interview. I have them on while I'm cooking or driving. I'll even listen to ones while I'm getting dressed. Is there a support group? Do I need help? I don't think I've reached an unreachable valley yet but it could be coming. It kicks me into information junkie mode. I get all absorbent and sponge-like in my brain. I'm hoping the upside is I might stave off Alzheimer's for a few more years. And I always have something to talk about at any dinner table.

Here are some I am digging right now:

Neil deGrasse Tyson (my favorite astrophysicist) has a show called Star Talk. He's smart and funny and smart. I read his book about Pluto being downgraded from planet to dwarf planet. Interesting to say the least. The two episodes entitled Packing for Mars included sections about eating, farting and pooping in space. Can you beat that? Plus, he plays the Beastie Boys and in one episode he even played a snippet from the old Ash song The Girl from Mars. Love it.

The Nerdist has many podcasts but I've only had a chance to really listen to the one with Chris Hardwick called The Nerdist. You'll know what I mean when you go to the site. His interviews are fun and funny and he's not all about talking just about himself. Sometimes interviewers don't let their subjects ever talk. I despise those interviewers (Bad, interviewer, bad!). I just finished the ones with Aaron Paul, Tina Fey and Greg Proops. Cool stuff.

Stuff You Should Know is just one of the many podcasts at How Stuff Works. The hosts, Chuck and Josh, basically just describe what they have found from their own research and other contributing writers' articles. It's like listening to two dudes discuss something interesting. They're not rocket scientists but they like information. The kids and I can talk about the things they cover. We discussed Atlantis being a real place and how to shrink heads. You know, important stuff.

Radio Lab is one that I will listen to while I take an hour long walk. I like they way they take a subject and then branch off in different directions of the same theme. The episodes Colors, Guts and the Bad Show were all amazing. Truly. Wow. Listen to them.