December 26, 2010

Yesterday Mike and I went to New Jersey to spend Christmas Day with his mother, sister, and brother-in-law. Mike’s sister cooked delicious, delicious, delicious food–she really outdid herself–and we made and iced sugar cookies. It had been literally decades since I’d made and iced sugar cookies, and I’d forgotten how bad I am at it. Eventually I gave up trying to be artistic and just went with words, the medium in which I work best.

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Something seemed not quite right, however, but I couldn’t figure it out. Eventually, after some meditation upon the historical meaning of the day, I realized what it was, turned the cookie over, and completed it.

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I was delighted with my handiwork, and asked Mike whether we could shellac it for future use as an ornament on our own Christmas tree, a request to which he assented readily. I spent the rest of the day pleased as punch, my good mood undefeated even by the ridiculous traffic jam we hit on our way home.

This morning I realized we left the cookie in New Jersey.

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8 Responses to Yesterday Mike and I went to New Jersey to spend Christmas Day

  1. Jess says:

    Another great moment in Judeo-Christian relationship building! 🙂

    I wonder if my shiksa-husband’s family would find this funny. Probably not. Those people have no sense of humor when it comes to religious matters!

  2. Joel Derfner says:

    Jess, I’m thinking of making a batch of cookies just so that I can replace the one I left in New Jersey. I’ll make an extra one for you.

  3. Anonymous IV says:

    I’m reminded of the variant carol lyrics “pleased as punch with man the dwell”…

    See also 🙂

  4. Roxzana Sudo says:

    If you were not one of God’s chosen people, truly, I would not read your blog ever again!!!! Yikes! Know Jesus (a Jew!!) loves you much. 🙂 or should I 🙁 ? So nice to read the “real” names and to see you as yourself, Joel. You should have seen how mortified I was that we do not (suddenly, as companies are wont to do) get the Sundance channel and I cannot watch you in your show. Are you anywhere else to be found online? –Roxzana

  5. Joel Derfner says:

    Anonymous IV, that video is pretty terrific, except the guy doesn’t look nearly Emperor-Palpatine-ish enough.

    Roxzana, thank you so much for your patience with me! You can get episodes of the show on iTunes.

  6. Marc says:

    As the aforementioned shiksa, I can say that while my family might not find it funny, I found it to be hi-larious. And the humor of this situation reminded me of a certain phone call the author of this blog was making to a porn distributor regarding a missing movie scene while, unbeknownst to him, a houseguest was in the next room, within earshot.

    You bring me much entertainment. By the way, I can’t wait for “girls who love boys who love boys.”

  7. Roxzana Sudo says:

    Joel: Thank you so much! I will definitely be watching your show on iTunes. I was much dismayed at seeing that Sundance was, unbeknownst to us, canceled without notification. I will be watching you soon! Um, P.S. What is a Shiksa? 🙂

  8. Joel Derfner says:

    Marc, I’m glad you have better taste than your family.

    Roxzana, “shiksa” is a Yiddish word for a non-Jewish woman.


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