De is learning to drive

De got her learner’s permit two days ago, and has been driving at every opportunity ever since. For anyone who doesn’t believe visualization learning is a real thing, De is providing a strong example of how well it works. So, since she’s the youngest and the last to learn to drive, she’s been watching all 3 of her siblings go thru the process over the last few years – and it turns out she’s been listening and imagining that she is the one driving, and practicing in her head. So when she actually finally starts learning to drive, she is the fastest I have ever seen. She literally goes from first time behind the wheel, in an empty parking lot, learning where the brake and gas pedals are, to competently driving all the way from home to the Y and back on back roads, in less than 48 hours. She still has a lot to learn, of course, but her rate of progress is like nothing i’ve ever seen.

Nut Free Charoset Recipe

In honor of Jenya and her nut allergy….

  • 4 apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons Mogen David sweet red wine
  • 1 matzo, or 1 cup matzo farfel

Pare and core apples.  Chop apples finely, but you want apple bits, not applesauce!  If you are using matzo and not farfel, crumble the matzo into small bits but not powder. Mix together apples, matzo, cinnamon, honey and wine.  

This quantity serves our normal passover table of 8 to 10 people, with enough for the ritual plus some extra because it’s delicious!

Eastern Sectionals

We went to Eastern Sectionals in Boston.  Ana and Ben did Intermediate Pairs (and placed 3rd), and Ben also competed Intermediate Mens singles.  It was a tough week – Ana had gotten the flu the week prior and was still coughing and miserable during the competition.  Ben did not catch it (fortunately!  lots of orange juice!) but he was a bit tired from skating both programs, since USFS scheduled Intermediate Mens and Intermediate Pairs the same day.

They pushed through and got it done, tho, and were very happy with their skates all things considered.

Plus, my dad came up from New York to see them, which was very nice.