Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Three Most Useless Things to a Pilot are; The Altitude Above Him, The Runway Behind & 1/10th of a Second Ago...

Woke up early this morning cause Sammy and Raizi had to get up early to go to school. Then the plumber almost didn't come - rather, he didn't come but his partner did. He checked out the situation and we agreed that he would fix it tomorrow. Of course, things changed (G-d is laughing at my attempt at planning) and the plumber is NOT coming tomorrow.

Shosh and I took a picnic lunch out to the park. We didn't take anything else, just ourselves, our picnic, a bottle of ketchup and our good spirits. We found a 'green patch' and plunked ourselves down. After eating we just lay in the sun. I could've stayed there all day. I was just soaking up the sun and it was delightful.

Walked over to the office and Shosh bought me an ice-pop (annanas cause it's my favoritest!) Then we parted ways.

In the office chaos reigned (as usual.) The bedlam didn't stop until I left the office at 19:00. Nightmare in the post-office, phones off the hook, messed up orders, people going behind our backs and lost contracts.

Have I mentioned how much I hate telephones? And NO, for the record - I DO NOT enjoy looking through over 100 pictures to find something that doesn't exist.

The walk home was uneventful. Almost got run over 3 times but that is of no consequence. The Ish Bitachon was really cute though. And for the record - it's not my fault that the sidewalk ended.

Back at the ranch my Freddie was around. She dragged me out for a quick shopping and then dinner and a show. We even had cake and stuff... :)

THANK YOU FREDDIE!!!

After the movie she headed off into the wild yonder and I was left to update my blog.

I got to talk to Miryam!! (who cryptically enough is not going to be a package but may be sending a package...) And, I got a bunch of new jokes from Uncle Shalom.

Speaking of Uncle Shalom, I miss ski weekend - mostly I just miss the getting together with old friends.

Tomorrow is the 2nd day of Rosh Chodesh AND it is finally Wednesday. I guess I can sleep in because our plans have all been cancelled. It's sort of a shame though - I'd love to have a good reason to wake up early and get out and do stuff. Especially if the weather tomorrow is anything like it was today.

I can feel it - spring is in the air...

Monday, February 27, 2006

I Still Want the Narnia Soundtrack...

Freddie was my alarm clock this morning, and it's a good thing she called me - cause I woulda slept right through class if she hadn't.

Class was interesting. I was able to work and not be worked on. We started a second shita for legs and I managed to get out on time.

Walked to work and stopped on the way at the shuk. It was a dirty endeavor (as usual) but I managed to get everything that I needed.

At the office things were CRAZY. One would think that things would be easier when one's boss was away - but to prevent me from being bored everybody decided to chip into the effort of keeping me busy. Upon entering the office I received a list of over seventeen things to 'get me started.'

I left the office with a prayer on my lips that I had finished all of my work.

On the way I stopped off to pick up fresh rolls from the bakery.

Sammy and Raizi are sleeping over tonight. Sammy got to the apartment early and put up a big pot of vegetable soup. In addition she stopped off to pick up my favoritest deli for sandwiches!
I can't believe that it's Rosh Chodesh Adar! Purim is in a couple of weeks and if that's the case then Pesach is really coming soon!!!

I am so excited!!

Ah yes, and rumors on the horizon of a talented and interesting pancake have reached my ears.

I wonder...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Crack-Whoosh-Poof-CLUNK!!!

A nightmare in short...

Remember that old kid's book - I think it was called "No Jumping On the Bed"

Well, can you imagine if horror of horros our toilet went straight through the floor and into the apartment below us?

How funny would that be?

Well, it would be pretty funny as long as I wasn't the one in there!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Gunk, Goop & GobbledyGook.

When I woke up this morning all I really wanted to do was go back to sleep. Usually I am not like that - but for some reason I couldn't bear the thought of getting out of bed. I wasn't even warm and cozy - I just REALLY wasn't in the mood to move.

After riding the elevator three times (because I forgot my wallet and had to go back for it) We headed to class. Started the lymph system. I had my first taste of 'synergy' - I think it'll be a while before I touch the vile stuff again.

After class I decided to go back to the apartment to drop off my school-books. I noticed a missed call from Freddie. So I called her her and as it turned out she was sitting in my apartment typing a note to me on my own computer.

A few quick excepts from the letter...

"So I call you and call you and call you and you just don’t answer. Therefore I am raiding your apartment in protest and leaving presents ALL over the place. Just like the cats do, at home. But my presents are actually wanted. There is the big difference! "

"And then he showed up, I saved it. And there was much rejoicing."

"You just called me and I said hello. And you said hello back. And then I said, hey! That’s weird usually when I talk to you You're in your apartment and I’m somewhere else."

And the funny comment that made my day - "It was funny seeing you this morning crossing the street. I only recognized Shoshana at first. You are getting so skinny I didn’t see…"

Anywho to sum up my 'work-experience' of the day - well, have I ever mentioned how much I love doing other people's garbage and being treated like a two year old?!? Hello!!! I'm smarter than you so just do me a favor so I can save my precious advil and SHUT UP!!!

Back on the ranch - Little Rottenberg came over to check out the toilet situation. He seemed shocked but I didn't exactly know what to tell him. "Yeah, it just happened." (Which sadly enough is actually the truth.)

I spent 20 minutes on the phone with Daddy. Mommy is still in Merry Ca, but she is coming back on Thursday. Today was Jewish Women's Day in Manalapan. I wonder how it went. Supposedly Mommy was going to be MCing, so I'm sure it was amusing. Even better - she was supposed to be spending the day with the not-shayach-original-pancake-of-my-dreams. Hehehe, wonder how that went too...

Tonight was pretty productive. I played Boggle with Shosh and am planning on going to sleep in the very near future. I feel all funny and am thinking a regimen of Sudafed like Daddy suggested is probably a good idea. But, I'm too lazy to remember to keep taking it. I guess I should just pray that my sinus infection doesn't get any worse.

Tomorrow is Monday. All I have to say about that is that Garfield was really onto something with his Monday vendetta. It's true. If one day of the week is out to get me - it's probably Monday.

Well, at least I feel industrious.

Who knows - maybe tomorrow I will even get the chance to go shopping.

Won't that be nice?...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

You Don't Snort Alcohol - Duh!...

And so it began - and so it went and so it was.

Before I even begin I would like to explain that I am in the post-euphoric-slump. From Thursday night when I got off of the bus outside of Bar-Ilan until I parted ways with Menucha at TM almost an hour ago - I did NOT stop laughing. I mean, between me cracking myself up and the people I was with - suffice it to say, my cheek muscles hurt from smiling and my stomach muscles hurt from laughing so hard for so long.

Truth be told I don't know where to begin. I have a friend who would tell me to start at the beginning, which would be logical - however, Shabbos in general followed no sane pattern and therefore I fear I shall have to jump around as nothing went in straight lines but rather everything convoluted around everything else.

Let me start with erev Shabbos as that is the beginning of this chapter. I made the cookies and about two hours before lighting we realized that we had no main-course for the meal. We kept our cool and quickly decided to make a chicken salad and sme dinosaur shnitzels. I then demonstrated for certain somebodies how in the holy name of all that is good and useful HOW to use an immersion blender. Yes, the kugel upon which we learned came out deliciously.

Once Shabbos started there was no going back. We headed out to Shul dressed in our Shabbos best. After davening we rounded up all of our guests (a whole 2 of them) and headed back to the apartment. It was a relatively quiet meal - if you ignored all of the crazy stuff that went on. I mean, I didn't mind being bitten vicariously, feeling the puppy's nose to check for general wellness, Somebody BIT the HEAD off of one of the dinosaur shnitzels, boys asleep on the couch, toilet-chairs, chairs with wheels, soot, towns versus cities and so much more.

I posed the question to one of the other guests, "Do I look normal?" hehe, I wasn't overly disturbed when I didn't get an answer. Then again, I wasn't really expecting one. It's a hard thing to say for sure when you are talking about me.

After bentching we headed out to an oneg. Of course, getting to the oneg had to be an adventure in itself. We went into one building and after climbing 6 flights realized that we were in the wrong building, so down down down we went and into the next building. 5 flights up we realized that the first buiilding had been the right one so down down down we went and back to the original building. Up up up and finally we were there. We walked in and promptly took over a couch - from where we amused/frightened/scared the rest of the people who were there. I dunno, between out stories and hysterical laughter we cause quite a stir and when we left the party broke up. (Not really. I mean, the party was breaking up - so we left so that we would feel like it was because of us...)

Back in the apartment we breathed, kicked the boy off of the couch, laughed some more and even learned the difference between licking someone and poking somebody with your tongue. Moral of the story - it doesn't matter which you do as both actions get your spit on the other person.

Shabbos morning dawned gray and dreary. I woke up my hostess in my cheery morning way (I almost got kicked for that one...hehehe...) We headed out to Shul and managed to make it in time for Parshat Sh'kalim. (YAY!) We would have been there a few minutes earlier but the security gaurd at the gate of the University stopped us on the way in and started questioning us and our motives. Granted, we probably did look pretty suspicious, I mean we were laughing so hard that we looked down-right drunk and off our rockers. We finally managed to convey that we were going to shul and when other people showed up he finally let us in. In shul I ran out of tissues but a cute little angel hooked me up with a good supply of them. The kiddush was depressingly quiet and we soon headed back to the apartment. Lunch was fun with two other girls and as can be expected - there was much laughing and joke-making.

After lunch I went with my friend to try and find some hot water for tea. First we tried the guys apatment one floor down. Evyatar wasn't in for Shabbos but a disgruntled Tal opened the door only to tell us that he couldn't help us out. So we headed over to the apartment where the oneg had been (at least we knew where we were going.) But, after climbing all of the stairs, the girls weren't home so empty-handed we returned to the apartment.

I proceeded to take a 2 hour Shabbos nap. It was simply wonderful. I woke up and we had crackers and chocolate and then we headed out to shul for Maariv and Havdala.

Shabbos was over. It was sad (as usual.) So, I hopped on a bus and headed back into Jeru. The bus was soooo crowded that I had to stand the whole time. (I would've sat on the floor, but there was NO ROOM! It was crazy!)

At TM I stopped off for melava malka and a new water bottle and then headed back to the ranch.

I am sitting here now and typing this and I am realizing as I do that there is so much that I haven't written and that I could have written this in a much funnier way. However, I feel like that would ruin it somehow. Those who were involved will read my account and remember. Those who I see in the near future can ask me and hear the tale first-hand. But, then there are those of you who will just smile and nod and say "ah, a Lori story" and move on. For me though - these are the things to file away. Memories and the like.

I enjoyed. I am glad that I went.

Oh yes and before I forget -

You are as romantic as cottage cheese.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Ba-da-bing Ba-da-boom...

Ok, it's erev Shabbos.

Last night was novel. Watched 'Saved by the Bell - Hawaiin Style' and laughed - a lot. They actually thought they were cool! HA! What's even funnier to realize is that - that WAS what was cool at the time.

Societal Norms and trends. I shall never understand them.

Woke up this morning to the smell of freshly percolated hazelnut coffee. Watched chocolate chip cookies be made then decided to whip up a batch of cinnamon snail cookie dough.

The dough is currently chilling in the fridge - because they tray is in use...

I think I can afford the extra time to shape them - because the only other thing I have to do before it's time to light is to put up the soup to cook. However, we need some potatoes before I can do that.

And so it goes...

Things will be ok. I am convinced. Thanks to all of you out there who helped me through my crisis yesterday (Siblings and all...)

Love you all!

Yes, I'm feeling sentimental. Can you tell?

Maybe I'll even get some pancakes this weekend - who knows?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Which Niche?..

Woke up early to get Brenda out to the bus.

Class was interesting. We finally agreed on the date of the upcoming test.

After class I met up with a friend. We went out to the Bloomfield museum. We went on foot because the weather was delightful.

It seems that the student price is only 18 shekel - so I was really excited.

Sadly, I didn't have the opportunity to explore all of the fun stuff - so I will have to go back sometime soon with somebody who can really appreciate the awesomeness level of gears, levers, morse code, and sound waves. I remember going with the mishpacha - and Daddy explaining all of the stuff. I think I'll stop there.

The ride to Givat Shmuel was novel. It took about 45 minutes to get from the Tachana Merkazit out to the Trampiada (there was some traffic...) The rest of the ride was smooth and soon we were there.

The 'party' was over - (thankfully) - so we put down all of our stuff and got down to challa baking. Actually - she baked and I did this - but that is neither here nor there...

Well, I was busy. I was shmoozing with my little brother who is finally Home after 19 days in the army. He even showed me a picture of his new toy. I am not at liberty to disclose its name - as it is still under discussion.

Tomorrow is erev Shabbos. Another week is at an end.

On the bright side - soon a new week will begin.

But first I'll have to make it through Shabbos.

Wish me luck...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Phenylephrine...


RANDOM DESIRE: I WANT THE MUSIC FROM THE NEW NARNIA MOVIE!!! WAH!!!
I have concluded that I am NOT sick. I refuse to be sick and therefore I am categorizing my 'symptoms' as allergies. It would actually stand to reason that allergies is what I am suffering from as the weather has been psychotic lately and switches faster than my mood. (Yes, I know it sounds strange but I am indeed allergic to the change in the weather. I guess you could say that I am 'sensitive' to it - but somehow that sounds even stranger...)

I spent this morning slaving away in the kitchen. (Don't worry, I didn't breathe on the food.) First order of business was the Granola Bars. They smelled so good - I was impressed. I then proceeded to outdo myself with the crepes. I decided to make blintzes for the 'special dinner date' that I was having. I got the crepes made, filled and rolled and even had time to read before I headed out to work.

I decided to walk because it was a beautiful day. It was the kinds of day that one would go out to the park and sit and read in the shade of a tree or play catch with a friend. Anywho, I went to work and was feeling so icky that I asked my boss if I could leave early. He agreed (on the condition that I wouldn't die until I was out of the building - because he is a Cohen...)

And so, at 6 o'clock I left work and hopped on a bus. Ever get that feeling everyone is looking at you? Well, let's just say the ride to TM was disturbing. I stopped in at the bakery for some 'elephant ears' (angel wings) and then headed back to the ranch.

Brenda is sleeping over tonight. That's why I made the special dinner (and the granola bars.)

I am attempting to help Nootch figure out and finalize our plans for this weekend. So far we're going to the museum (the Bloomfield Science Museum) then we're picking up our stuff and going out to Bar-Ilan-Land.

From the sound of things - it's going to be veeeery iiinteresting...

I have more to say on this subject - but anything I would say would be misunderstood and misconstrued. So, it is better to say nothing.

What is up with that name anyway? Why can't I get away from it? For the last 8 years it's followed me - aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! (That was a virtual scream of exasperated agony.)

Anywho - I've gotta spend some quality time with my sister.

Did you notice the new link in my sidebar? Now you can finally experience for yourself - the joy of exploding little blocks.

Hey, it keeps me entertained...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I Hate Tissues...

Well, thanks to whatever sickness I am suffering from - I didn't have a chance to have nightmares last night. Mostly because I didn't sleep. At all.

This morning I dragged myself out of bed and headed out to the mall with Freddie to do some much needed Shabbos clothes shopping. We both managed to get stuff and after perusing through the mall we headed into town. We had so much fun - between the 'freaky' stores and tichel shopping - well, I enjoyed. Bagels for brunch and then after the party good store and earring parts we said our goodbyes and parted ways.

I got to work 20 minutes early and left half an hour late. I felt so sick I thought I was going to pass out. By the time 7:30 rolled around and I had the 'ok' to leave - I made a quick detour to the bathroom for a look in the mirror. (Bad move on my part...) My cheeks were so pink it looked like I had colored on myself with bubble-gum pink lipstick. No wonder I got funny looks on the bus from everybody.

Somehow I made it from TM back to the apartment. It's a good thing it's not too far of a walk (though I did have to stop a few times to breathe.) I put some chicken soup up to heat and when it was hot I took it into my room and got into bed.

Now, it is almost three hours later. The soup is long gone, my throat hurts and I am exhausted - but - I can't seem to sleep.

Currently, I am drugged up on advil. Wishing I had something to knock me out and that I were at Home. (Actually, the strange thing is - I don't really want to be Home. I don't really miss it. I miss what it stands for in my mind. I miss the idea of it.)

Guess since I can't sleep I should go wash up the dishes.

In the morning I need to make up a batch of Granola Bars.

Brenda is coming tomorrow night to sleep over. I hope I don't get her sick.

Till then...

Monday, February 20, 2006

...Hyper on Yafo...Again...

Ok, the nightmares are disturbing but I will not let death deter me from living...

Class was interesting. Stupid people are stupid and that is all there is to say. Luckily, I was able to swing it that I was worked on, didn't have to work AND even left class half an hour early.

Work was the usual. I went to the post office and did a bunch of important little things that were so small that they won't be noticed - but I DID do them. The boss left for chu"l so I got to leave an hour early.

Met up with my Nootch. We headed out for some coffe - a look in the mirror - a shmooze about the stupidity level of boys in general - a trip to the bakery - grocery shopping and all around insanity in Jerusalem. I think that our hyper hystericalness might've frightened the locals. But, we were having fun!!

Since Shosh isn't home till Thursday night (at which point I leave for my trip to Bar-Ilan-Land...) I'm trying to make plans to keep myself occupied for the next few days.

So far I have tonight, tomorrow morning and Wednesday night taken care of.

Just Wednesday morning is free.

Anybody know of any available pancakes who would be interested in going out for a cup of coffee Wednesday morning?

If so - PLEASE send 'em my way!! :)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

BZZZ-IH-YING...

So far so good. I mean, I didn't expect things to turn around overnight. I know it's going to be a slow-going process and that it's going to be tough and that things are going to get worse before they get better. I know this not only because I've been comforted by friends who have told me this but from my very own personal experience.

I've stopped biting my nails again (I had finally broken the habit in June but two weeks ago the stress level became so bad that I resorted to the terrible habit.) The nightmares have started again. I know that they're not real and that it's just my subconscious mind trying to make my fears more concrete to my waking mind - I can handle them. I've battled the demons before and I am more than ready to tackle them again.

Though I must admit - some strange things have happened today...

I guess it started when I woke up in a cold sweat this morning and breathing like I had just run a marathon. Granted it is a bit disturbing to watch yourself die any number of gruesome and agonizingly painful deaths in the course of a few minutes - but still... Worse things have happened - no?

I would have rather gone to the dentist to have a tooth extracted than have gone to class this morning. It was painfully boring and I spent the four hours scribbling nonsense in my notebook.

Work was the usual and then some.

I walked home and upon removing my sneaker I noticed that my entire left foot was swollen about two times it's normal size. Don't worry, the story gets better - after about 15 minutes I wished that I had left the shoe on as the foot swelled to three times its normal size. I'm not sure what the problem is and it doesn't hurt. It's just HUGE!

Things got a little more exciting when I decided to put up a pot of soup for dinner. I got the vegetables sliced and had them saute'ing in the pot. When I went to get water to put into the pot I noticed that the liquid running out of the faucet was golden colored. Upon closer inspection I realized that the water was not only yellowish but it was slightly orangey-brown. Disturbed I called my father who advised me not to drink it or use it.

Oh well. Who needs dinner?

Oh yes, and last but not least - (at least for now...) - Granted I wouldn't particularly want to shower in the rusty water BUT if I had to choose between not showering or showering in the rusty water - I think I would choose the rusty water. However, there is a sign posted downstairs to inform us that there is NO hot water in the building again.

Surprise!!

Isn't that exciting?

Now I get to be hungry, cold, smelly and still maintain a positive attitude.

Wouldn't you be jolly in my situation?

Oh, joy! Massage class tomorrow!

I wonder what kind of idiocy she will accuse me of this week...

Saturday, February 18, 2006

I Love Hand-Me-Ups...

Everybody should be proud of me. I managed to salvage two pairs of Eli's old pants from the G'mach pile and to even it out I got rid of a pair that I haven't worn in about three years.

I know it might not seem like much, but to somebody who appreciates comfort and sturdiness (yes, like a lobster.) I know these pant are gonna be perfect. Granted, I need to sew new buttons on but they are already broken in and they are lined, warm and ever so wonderful.

Shabbos was nice. No cakes of any sorts (aside from Mommy's marble concoction - which was really good.) Made it to shul on time. Raizi was over and she reminded me to smile because after all - if you don't have your sense of humor - you don't really have much. I saw Ora and slept on the hammock for the first time in ages. (I had almost forgotten how comfortable it is. I almost wish I had a hammock instead of a bed.)

We went out to neighbors for the Lunch-time seudah. Their kids are cute enough to eat and the parents are really nice. Somehow, I became a topic of discussion and now she's going to ask her cousin if he has any friends or something like that. Oh well, so much for the med student.

Motzash came too soon and I packed up all my stuff and headed out. Wound up on the bus with Raizi so we shmoozed until I put on my I-pod to listen to a shiur given by one of my favorite Rebbe'im.

Back in the apartment I decided to have melava malka. I put some 'spicy fries' into the oven and am currently waiting for them to cook.

I can't believe it's a new week already. The options are endless, the capacity is unlimited and there's no stopping the sunrise.

Ready or not world - HERE I COME!!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

I Wanna Go Upside-Down...

This post is dedicated to a very close and very good friend who is on the other side of the world and that is by by definition - far far away from me.

We had two amazing years together (at least I think they were amazing...) In that time things were good, things were bad and some things were downright hilarious...

Remember the spring chicken, rummikub, the time difference with China, the 'boy' in our apartment, our bunkbed - with you on top and me on the bottom (I have that picture in my room and it never fails to make me smile), our rickety bunk-bed, fires, Teddy bears, omelettes, Marmite, music and sooo much more...???

I MISS YOU YONKLOADS!!!!

(And by the way, thanks for the pictures...)
I Miss my RJ

One of these days - G-d willing, I am going to go to Australia.

It looks so pretty and I know it'll be amazing - cause YOU are there!!

I LOVE YOU BECCA!!!

(And say hi to CheliBeli for me. You know, from LollyPolly...) :)

Shabbos is coming...
Pray for fruitcakes, pancakes or what-you-will...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fairy Tales in my Blood?...

Class this morning was a continuation of the digestive system. First of all, let me state again my pure and unadulterated impatience of stupid people. I fear that though I have tried numerous times to be more patient and understanding - I have failed. I simply can not deal with people who are to dense to look at the hand-out that they have just been given to find the correct spelling of the organ that we are studying - and so insist on disrupting class numerous times in order to ask the same pointless question of how to spell something that we were specifically informed that we do NOT need to know. Then, to top it all off after a good forty-five minutes of hearing "personal experience" stories about people's colon-hydro-therapy sessions I was ready to get out of there.

I walked to work and got there early, so I sat down and studied a little bit about the human eye before I actually started working. I managed to accomplish a lot. Actually, I finished almost everything that I had to do - though I didn't do everybody else's work (and if they were annoyed, then so be it. I might be the 'new girl' and I might be nice enough to try to be helpful when I can be - but there is a line between being nice and being walked all over. And I certainly have NO intention of being stepped on.)

Caught the bus Home - though the security guy was a jerk. Saw the english Hamodia and still didn't say anything - Can I get any more pathetic?!?!

Made Freddie a hot cocoa and helped the Dibble talk to Shosh.

We need to make cookies to take with us to the neighbors when we go for a meal on Shabbos. I wonder what kind we're going to make. I'd love to make cutout cookies and then frost them but they are so time consuming.

I brought 'Boggle' Home with me and am hoping that I can convince somebody to play with me - though my hopes are not high. (If I were in Jeru I know Shosh would play - but I don't have anybody to rely on when I'm far away in Bet Shemesh.)

I'm hoping certain people will be around for Shabbos. I mean, not that it makes such a difference - they don't really talk to me anyway.

I guess I should just resign myself to the fact that my 'life' is no longer with my family and in the neighborhood that I call 'Home' - I seem to have moved on somehow and at some point - though I don't know when.

But the real question is where exactly did I move to...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

"I Have But One Belief..."

As Norton Juster said in his book, The Phantom Tollbooth - "It is more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be..." It is so true. It's more important to know that tomorrow will come than to worry about the specifics of what will be going on tomorrow - especially when you have no control over the specifics.

It rained today. A lot. I went to the post office today. It was cold today. I used many post-it notes today. I got wet from walking in the rain today. I worked on my scarf today (though it is still not finished.) I snuggled with Toffee today. I got mail and messages from lots of my friends today. I did lauundry today. I ate Nootch's cookies today. I smiled today.

The day is over now. The sky is dark and soon tomorrow will be here.

Yet, there is still so much to do.

Gotta make dinner - Gotta shteig - Gotta clean my room for Shabbos - Gotta pack for the weekend...

How is it Wednesday already? Where did the week go? Have I used it well?

Time (which is available only in limited supply) once spent cannot be returned, exchanged nor refunded.

Scary thought, huh?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shiva Call...

So, I went to pay a shiva call this evening.

It was not anybody that I knew directly - though there is a kesher there somewhere.

I learned new things about my family that I never knew.

Time is a pretzel.

That's all there is to it.

And remember - it's a small world after all...

(oh yeah, a neched in madim...)

Valentine's Day...

Are you feelin' the love?

Tried to get a dentist appointment this morning. The hitch in that one was the fact that the soonest available appointment is on May 26th.

So, I headed to the office feeling dejected.

I got there half an hour early and got right to work on the newest project that was added to my plate.

Thankfully aside from the phone ringing endlessly for the second day in a row, I finished almost everything.

Walked home and had time to throw a pita into the toaster before Nootch arrived.

I then ingested yonk-loads of chocolate chip cookies and subsequently forgot about the aforementioned pita (which tasted a lot like burnt shmura matzah by the time I got around to eating it.)

Daddy is supposedly coming to visit soon.

Shame we don't have any cold seltzer.

Oh well, I guess it's true what they say - you can't please everybody all the time.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Tall, Dark and Forbidding...

- Ok, we learned the legs in class this morning.
- There was Hot water after class. (I scrubbed the ankle dirt ring and it actually faded somewhat.)
- Bussed to work (again...)

No boss and no errands today. Just birthday cake, nuts, projects and lots and lots of telephone calls. (My head is still ringing.)

As I left the office it started to drizzle. I ignored it and decided to walk. On the way I stopped to find out about an appointment that I have been avoiding... LoL! So much for trying, they closed early because of Tu B'shvat. I guess I'll have to leave earlier tomorrow and try again. *sigh*

Observation for the day: I am running dangerously low on Chicken Soup. I'll need to resupply SOON...

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Nuts!!...

*sigh* Ok, so as far as fruit-cake is concerned... well, we know where my feelings lie.

Woke up at 5:30 this morning and chilled until 6:30 when the alarm actually rang. Caught a bus into the city (it was one of the REALLY old ones. You know, where the seats don't stay up because they're so old...)

Class was totally review (again.) I don't mind review, but we've been reviewing for the last 3 classes - so it would be nice to learn something new.

At the office I went out to the post-office and then out to the 'art-supply' store in search of an address book. They didn't have one so I headed back empty-handed. Worked on two projects did lots of other stuff, managed to file all the newspapers and the best part was washing my hands and watching the black newsprint wash away.

Walked home and started dinner. Shosh came back soon after and she had brought a special Tu B'Shvat treat - dried fruits and a bunch of different nuts.

Not much else to report - I'm starting to deal with some stuff that Freddie told me to face.

The hard part is going to be finding somebody to sit on my feet.

It's such a shame that Jeliav is in school... :)

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Gumblops...

Ok, quick intro...
This Shabbos our shul held its annual 'Tu B'shvat' kiddush.
We were asked to make a cake - and being the Polly Clan - we had to do something insane so as to keep up the 'family name.' Stam, as usual - we had to do something fun because if you are going to do something special then you might as well go all the way.

I present to you a collection of pictures taken to document the adverture upon which we embarked about 2.5 hours before Hadlakat Nerot...

So, at the same time that the cake was being created - we were frantically trying to cook for Shabbos... (I made a potato kugel and Freddie braided the Challot.)

Finally it was time to light. So we did and headed out to Shul. Shani was there (so I saw her for the first time in like 2 months.) I got to shmooze with Vivi and though Ora wasn't there (which was sad) I managed to have a good time. Friday night was an early night - though we did go on a walk and I even dragged my cloak out of the closet because the weather was perfect and I was SOOO in the mood.

Shabbos day dawned bright and at 6:00am when I woke up I decided to try to get to Shul on time (which I ultimately did.) Davening was amusing (because of Mussaf) and the Kiddush was really nice (though the cake was gone in under 5 minutes.)

The afternoon was quite boring. Sat with Shani in the circle, said "Hello" to the tall one who disappeared into the Spero's house after the Dibble. Walked out to Saba and Savta's house. Walked Home. And then, Shabbos was over.

I hate it when Shabbos goes away. Really, I do.

How we spent Motzash: Brenda made a cake for school, Daddy tried to pull off the Moonbeam's nose, Freddie "worked on" her Ben-T'chumi, Eli made 'pizza balls', Dibble suffered from thunder in his throat, Mommy helped everybody and I...

Well I spent my time wishing that somebody would read me a bedtime story.

All I wanted was a bed-time story and to fall asleep feeling warm and safe snuggled with my teddy.

Maybe someday I will have that privelege - until then, as the Dibble Kid sings,

Hamalach Hagoel Oti - ding ding...

(I hope he's keeping a special eye on me. I feel like I REALLY need it.)