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I had the BEST time with my Mom last week and I actually feel like we got a lot done.  I’m still surrounded by boxes and sawdust, but we unpacked a lot and did a ton of organizing.  This week I cooked for the first time in our apartment, which was a wonderful feeling.  Little by little it’s starting to feel like a home.

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Last week I went to see Mel Brooks speak.  Until I saw an ad for this particular event, I had no idea that the Streicker Center at Temple Emanu-el did so many cool events.  I was super excited to go to this one because I was obsessed with Spaceballs and Robin Hood Men in Tights growing up.  Mel Brooks is an icon who pretty much created a brand of comedy (and, let’s face it, may not be around too much longer, making this a once in a lifetime type thing).  It was so cool to hear him speak about growing up in Brooklyn and doing the Borsht Belt circuit as a young comic.  I was surprised to see how spry he was at age 91.  He was jumping all over the stage!  I also loved that this event gave me the opportunity to see the inside of Temple Emanu-el for the first time.  It was massive and absolutely stunning (just look at those stained glass windows!).  One of the largest synagogues in the world, it was a sight to behold.  I also realized as we were sitting there that that was the first time I had ever been in a room with that many Jewish people before, which was quite a unique and powerful feeling.

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On Saturday night I pretty much picked a restaurant at random for delivery.  I went with a Hawaiian spot and ordered matsubi, which is basically Spam sushi.  I know those Hawaiians looove their Spam (as does, oddly, my bestie – and this is someone who became a vegetarian for a year) but I’ve never been able to jump on board.  This is due, in part, to the lack of availability…but also to the fact that it weirded me out.  On Saturday, however, I threw caution to the wind and ordered me some Spam…and liked it.  I liked it enough that I actually want to order it again.  And I want to plan a trip to Hawaii.

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It’s always important to find the best bodega in your neighborhood so I was very excited to lean on Sunday that the one across the street from our apartment is amazing.  As bodegas go, it’s fancy.  But since it’s still a bodega, it’s cheap.  For $5.99 I got a coffee and bomb breakfast sandwich (BEC + avocado).  I’m very happy to have a spot like that so close.