The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Thanks to all who visited this year. I look forward to writing a whole lot more in 2012!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
It’s the last night of Hanukkah tonight, and while I don’t usually find the holiday to be anything special, this year was a bit different. To be completely honest, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say I’d be looking back on it quite nostalgically.
Just 8 days ago, my wife and I hosted our first Hanukkah party at our townhouse to celebrate night #1 of the Festival of Lights. We really pulled out all the stops for the party, especially since we had 30 guests coming.
I slow-cooked a brisket and got challah bread. The wife (who happens to be Catholic) made apricot chicken, a homemade noodle kugel, and some delicious chocolate-toffee matzah our friend Lauren over at made for Passover a couple years back. We even played the dreidel game with gelt & Hanukkah music in the background, all while drinking . But most notably (according to the guests who attended) we made Potato Pancakes (or as they are called in Yiddish — Latkes). And they came out AWESOME. Continue reading →