MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #24

What do you see your life like in 10 years?

It’s hard for me to imagine what my life will be like in ten days, much less ten years.  I suspect we will have at least one small human underfoot and I hope I will be as accomplished a private pilot as my husband is a naval aviator.

What do you like most about your job?

I am not currently employed, but my volunteer time with Civil Air Patrol is incredibly satisfying.  I have the opportunity to work with talented people dedicated to service, whether in the air, in ground search and rescue, in working with motivated cadets, or in promoting aerospace education.  I am proud to be counted among them, and I am blessed to count them among my friends.

What are three things you do every day, no matter what day it is?

This is harder than one might think.  I can’t even say I brush my teeth every day, as there are certain fast days on the Jewish calendar where not even a toothbrush is supposed to pass our lips.  (I promise I brush my teeth on the vast majority of days, though.)  About the only things I can claim to do every single day are:

  1. Blink
  2. Breathe
  3. pump Blood through my Body

Sorry; got a little hung up on the letter ‘B’ for some reason.

What would you do with an extra five hours in your day today?

Pray forgive my hopeless dullness, but I’d probably sleep.  An extra five hours of sleep without worry that the phone is going to ring with some crisis that just couldn’t wait until morning is precisely what my husband and I need in the midst of this stupidly busy time.

What is your favorite Christmas (or whichever holiday  you celebrate) cookie recipe (please share!)?

Despite the increasingly widespread availability of kitschy cookie cutters in the shape of dreidels, stars of David, menorahs, etc., Chanukah is not traditionally a cookie-making holiday.  I wouldn’t turn down a Chanukah-themed cookie — hell, I might make them with our kids someday — but cookies just don’t scream Festival of Lights to me.  Chanukah treats tend to be fried in oil, a nod to the story of the miracle of one day’s worth of oil for the Temple’s lamp lasting eight days.

I stretched my Chanukah celebration out one more day to make latkes for my Civil Air Patrol squadron’s holiday party/change of command.  Everyone appeared to like the delightfully crisp potato-and-onion pancakes, but I was shocked to learn how many people had never heard of them until that very evening.  Where I grew up, even the non-Jews at least knew what a latke was.  Guess we really are in the South.  As my husband so succinctly put it, “We grew up a lot closer to New York than they did to Fort Lauderdale.”


Are you a military spouse/fiancée/fiancé/girlfriend/boyfriend? Hie thee to ENS Wifey’s blog, snag the questions, and add yourself to the Mr. Linky for this week’s MilSpouse Friday Fill-In!

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21 thoughts on “MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #24

  1. sespi says:

    Wow, I can’t imagine never hearing of a latke before your’re a grown up! Then again, I grew up near LA. My brother’s favorite breakfast is latkes with sour cream and applesauce. And I never knew that you couldn’t brush your teeth on certain fast days… that’s really interesting!

  2. I had no idea you couldn’t even brush your teeth on some days! Wow, you learn something new every day. Fortunately, I do know what a latke is, thanks to my sister’s Jewish ex-bf. 🙂

    My header image is a pic that a friend of mine took while on a skiing trip. I think that’s Mt. Washington in the background.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    • Glad the guy was able to impart at least one thing worth knowing before he became an ex. 😉 I’m glad I stopped by your blog, and thank you for returning the favor. Have a good weekend!

  3. Now I want latkes! However, if you had any idea how many I have had over the past few days, you would drag me to the gym 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Seriously, they had never heard of latkes? I grew up in NJ where the majority of my friends were Jewish so I guess it’s hard for me to imagine not knowing about traditions like that. Although I didn’t know about the not brushing your teeth thing.

    As far as Chanukah sweets, one of my kindergarten students is Jewish, and I asked her mom to come in and speak to the class about Chanukah. Anyway, she had the class make the cutest thing: a chocolate dreidel. They stuck a toothpick through a big marshmellow and then stuck a Hershey kiss on the end. Not an extravagent dessert but the kids loved it, and they looked cute.

    Wonderful to see you on the Friday Fill-In! And BTW, I’ll gladly send over a signed 1st edition copy of my 1st novel. Now if only I could write it!

    Have a super weekend!

  5. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I thought everyone new what a latke was but when I asked my Husband he had no idea. Now I want to make some for him ..YUMMY!!! Oh and I was in Civil Air Patrol when I was younger I still have my card and everything lol..

    • It would make my day if you fried up some latkes for your husband, deprived these many years of the crispy, fried joy of potato and onion together. 😉 That’s awesome that you were in CAP back in the day. Thanks for coming over here to say hello!

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