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Monday, September 6, 2010

Because I Cook


i cut myself again, the same hand, but a different finger...the thumb. the knife was so sharp or perhaps my hand slid down so forcefully (i was supposed to cut a carrot in half while watching a movie over youtube), that the knife cut through a tenth of the nail.  no grand lesson taught here today. as i've been religiously transcribing for the past week, i'm now down, almost, to the last 9 of 81 interviews. there is no grand rest to take as once in a while, i 'relax' over lunch just watching or listening to youtube, or when cooking just like today. like the time i got so fixated with Shadowman's recording of 'Ito ang Araw' (magnifico!). for movies, i've recently had my fare of 'All the President's Men' (a movie about the Washington Post's covering of the Watergate scandal) and just a while ago, 'The Birdcage'  (the marriage of an ordinary guy and gal depicting in actuality, the marriage of the traditional and non-conventional). just previewed this 2007 adaptation of jane austen's 'Persuasion' so i have another movie in line next week.

anyway, i just cut my finger because i'm learning how to cook. unbelievably, i rarely buy cooked food now. i mostly cook my food, a pleasure derived from staying at home most of the time, and having the luxury to while away time in the kitchen, cutting, slicing, measuring, mixing, waiting, and tasting (all these while watching youtube he he). the last time i had cooked food was just this lunch, my first time since july 1 to eat at the school canteen with a friend of mine from the vet sciences. so this cut is 'normal', i explained to Shadowman, because i'm slowly but surely knowing the kitchen; particularly the knife, among its instruments.

i still can't chop carrots like lightning. i still cry when cutting onions. i still slice my finger, once in every three weeks. but i'm cooking. i'm cooking!

Thanks to www.123rf.com for the pic.

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