>Hanukah Treats

December 16, 2006 § 32 Comments

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My blog swap food person sent me a package that arrived last night. Inside I found cystallized ginger cookies, rugelach with hazelnut peach filling, gelt, a moon hanging thingy, a hanukah lollipop, and mango tea. How did she know I love tea?? I have not been able to stop the intake of ginger cookies. Either has Cornelius. They are so freaking good!! Thanks, Beth!

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§ 32 Responses to >Hanukah Treats

  • Dad says:

    >How did you make the pictures?

  • Gili says:

    >magic.i bought a disposable camera. they ususally give you a CD for free when you return it, but you have to pay for prints. usually they make you buy prints, but i had a nice woman help me and she gave me the CD for free. see?but i still want to get a camera phone or something at some point since there’s so much that i’ve been seeing every day here.

  • Dad says:

    >I don’t think I understand all the steps involved (like what does a CD have to do with it) but one question I have is, if the camera is disposable, is there a limit on the number of pictures it takes or can you just download them to your computer and keep taking new pictures?

  • Gili says:

    >no. you get a cd once you finish taking pictures on the camera. you don’t get to keep the camera or send the pictures directly to the computer. there’s a few more things but it’s already too confusing to explain this way. we can talk about it on the phone. love you.

  • aimee says:

    >sounds like magic to me.

  • Dad says:

    >Actually, we stopped at Walgreen’s tonight as a family & I checked out the disposable cameras. So your explanation makes some sense to me. But we’ll have to talk. Love you.

  • Gili says:

    >why are you asking about the disposable digi cams? do you want a digi cam? you should just get one. i don’t understand.

  • polarchip says:

    >Seriously Gi, you should just bit the bullet and get a digi cam. You can get a nice one pretty cheap these days- the prices keep going down. People also have this delusion that you need a bajillion megapixels- if you’re just taking snapshots for your blog and such, you can probably find a really cheap (non-disposable) one.Or maybe it’s time to get the new cell phone? David got a new phone when we enrolled in the new plan. Now you really are the last person in a non-third-world-country with that phone. 🙂

  • >Happy Hanukkah! Eat up.

  • Gili says:

    >i can’t upgrade until february. then the new cell with the camera will be free. i thought i’d hold out. too ridiculous?

  • aimee says:

    >dude, i’m there w/ellen: just buy the digicam. not a big deal. i’m at 4 megapixels, and it’s totally adequate for web images. and you’ll spend a lot less today than i did as a sucker three years ago.

  • Anonymous says:

    >Sorry, I was just curious to understand how these things work, and I was surprised to see pictures you had taken on your blog. We are not picture takers, but I don’t like feeling so ignorant. Have a bright, photogenic day in balmy NYC. Love, Dad

  • Gili says:

    >i think part of the dilemma if we’re going to get into it, which clearly we are, is that i don’t think i’m a very good photographer and i don’t have the patience to be better. i just am so rushed about it. so i feel guilty spending money on a camera if i can’t even do it well. and then you’ll all be subject to looking at bad pictures i’ve taken. see?happy hanukah, paulette! are you celebrating?

  • aimee says:

    >aha! but that is the beauty of digital. i, too, am the world’s worst photographer. so i laid off for a long time. but the thing w/digital is that there is no wasting film or $ on processing – you shoot, look at how it turns out, and then see what you did wrong. and then you learn, and then you get better.and seriously, if you EVER have seen what i used to shoot, you’d be amazed at how far i’ve come. even in the time that i’ve had this camera (c. 2004), i’m amazed at how much better i’ve gotten. i keep figuring out how to make my shots better.so just do it already. either that, or you’ll have to forever do disposable, which is so not sustainable, or get famous enough for paparazzi, which is so not cool.

  • Gili says:

    >i’d like to point out how much more discussion has happened around me and the digi-cam problem versus a tree falling on a woman on my street. there’s an imbalance here.

  • Dad says:

    >Point well taken. Let’s hope the woman was not more seriously injured than she appeared.

  • Gili says:

    >yes. i realize that sounded mean. it wasn’t supposed to. i just thought it was interesting how much we’ve all invested in whether i should buy a digi-cam.for those following the debate, i think i probably will buy one soon.

  • polarchip says:

    >HELL-O!!!Maybe if you had taken a picture of the woman with a tree on top of her and posted it, THEN we would be discussing her more than the camera dilemma (although if you were able to take a picture in the first place, there would be no dilemma). You think anyone would know Rodney King’s name if there were no video of him?Aimee is totally right about just needing to take lots of pictures. You’ll get better even without really trying. And so much of it is just being prolific and then selection/editing.And I thought about it, and I think you should go for the real camera not the camera-phone, b/c they usually have REALLY LOW image quality, and it might be frustrating for you.

  • Gili says:

    >so should i just carry a digi cam with me? i mean, do people, real people, not tourists do that?

  • Dad says:

    >What are the odds? On the top of this pile of newspapers next to me is an add from target for a digital camera. Did you want me to tell you where’s your closest target?

  • Gili says:

    >DAD!!! you’re too funny. my favorite is the bed bath and beyond trick. i won’t mention it here. this is getting ridiculous. i will look for a digi cam soon. i promise.you people? you’d think you all held stock in the digi cam companies of the world. i swear.yes, gili = rodney king for sure. we’re like twins.maybe i should become a photo journalist. even though i don’t have a camera and i am horrible at taking pictures.oh! i think the way i “decorate” my apt is the same way i feel about taking pictures. the idea of doing it well is appealing, but i don’t have the patience or interest in follow through. see?

  • aimee says:

    >hey, i already had a private convo w/you about the lady and the tree.and don’t shop at target.and i’m giving you more art tomorrow for your walls.and yes, i agree w/ellen: no camera phones! lame-o. just get the real deal. you’ll be converted in no time. come on, if i was able to convert from pc to mac AND from being horrified by my bad 5th grade grades in photography (hell-o, i was a straight a student and photo killed me) to posting my own photos online, you can do it, too!!

  • polarchip says:

    >My cousin Felix takes photos all the time, in his day-to-day life, and they are really beautiful, sweet and funny. (http://avoision.com/experiments/fastforward/2003/)You should see Born into Brothels!!!(Actually, the company that David works for makes a digital camera component… but for right now it only goes in to really high end digital cameras (gyroscopes for optical image stabilization). He gets really excited whenever anyone talks about buying digital cameras)And Rodney King = Woman under tree, not Gili!!

  • Dad says:

    >What is the record number of comments to a blog? I bet we’re not close (but I bet it’s a record for pouter’s pond).

  • beth says:

    >yay – glad the package arrived safely, and that you and cornelius are enjoying. the tea was a bit of a shot in the dark – just seemed to make sense with cookies. 🙂

  • >Hmmm. I know I’m in the minority, but I vote for no digicam. I just got one a few months ago after holding out forever. It’s nice, but after 29 years of not having a camera, I really haven’t become the type of person who just starts snapping photos at the drop of a hat. Maybe buy one when you know you’ll really, really need one? The only thing that pushed me over the edge was the decision to come to the Philippines.Hanukkah: I love this holiday. Love it. I listened to A Hanukkah Story on NPR this morning while I was getting ready for work. Last year, Ellen and I lit a menorah together in LA. It was awesome. I’m craving latkes now… .

  • Gili says:

    >if it wasn’t so gross i’d send you latkes in the mail.miles had a digi cam so i could use it if i needed it, but with all the stuff in new york to see, i sometimes wish i could document it. now i really don’t know what to do. let this be the biggest problem i ever have.

  • Dad says:

    >Aimee- Sorry, I intended the reference to Target was an inside joke. There’s an overwhelming amount of stimulation in NY, not to mention the books that you confront everywhere. Moderation in photo taking may be impossible if you have an unlimited capability. Maybe the disposables would impose some discipline, but then the editing would not be possible. Of course, mom & I will support you no matter which course you take! We have faith in you, Gili.Love, Dad

  • polarchip says:

    >We just made latkes last night! They were fab. We put crayon-shaped/colored birthday candles on the menorah and sang a little too. I missed you Paulette!Seriously, the comments on this post could become a new blog in itself!

  • Anonymous says:

    >I totally vote for digicam. I totally love having one. I don’t carry it around and take pictures all the time but it is great to have when I need it. Like if there is something special going on. Then I don’t have to worry about buying a disposable evey time I want to take pictures. I’m all set. Also, I love hot cocoa. I can’t stop drinking it. R

  • polarchip says:

    >R!Are you ever going to email me those pics you took when you visited??

  • ByTheBay says:

    >Your package is so great! Rugelach… Oh wow, I’m jealous. That should be my next Jewish food project for my blog, don’t you think?My personal opinion is digicams are a must for blogs. I perosnally can’t stand when blogs have photos from a cameraphone – They are so fuzzy and unprofessional looking. You can get cheap digital cameras. I don’t take mine places with me that much but I do use it for bloggity blog purposes and if it was smaller and cheaper I’d have it in my backpack at all times.

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