Sunday, April 30, 2006

Tests, Failures and Redemption...

So, first off - I feel the need to apologize for last nights post. I know, I don't need to seeing as I myself have said before that this is for ME ME ME. But, truth of the matter is - the attitude I took last night was UNACCEPTABLE. I should have been able to control myself and I have disgusted myself (which though nothing new is not the most comfortable situation to find oneself in seclusion with. Generally I wouldn't mind meeting me in a dark alley but last night was brutal and uncalled for.)

You may ask why I didn't just erase the post and pretend like it never happened. The reason is quite simple. The rage is a part of me and now that I have expressed it outwardly, it has become a part of my recorded past. The point is, I always try to learn from my past so as to avoid making the same errors in the present and future. Therefore, the scathing post will stay.

Now for: About my day (Lori in her own words on her cutely self-indulgent blog...)

Woke up at 5:30, shut the alarm at 6:30, caught the bus at 8:00. Went to class. Took my final. (Insert maniacal laughter complete with intermittent screams here.) Shmoozed with Shosh. Went to work (YAY for me! I walked BOTH ways!) Went out to find 'plastic paper holdery things' for the office - 500 of 'em. Had a pretty good time all-around.

Missed you today Raizy!! It was all sad and alone at the big desk all by myself. What was this? Payback for Thursday? ;) Anywho - I hope you're feeling betterer!!

Bout the Mishpacha - Freddie is in Bat-Ayin checking out a potential place for Sheirut Leumi. Eli went back to school. I love Brenda, she's soooo cute!! I wouldn't REALLY have stuck the harmonica up Ezri's butt - I promise. My Dibble is so fiwfy (filthy) I think it's time for his semi-annual scrub with vinegar.

All cheer please, for yet another 'disturbed' week! It's Yom Ha'atzmaut Tuesday night and Wednesday so I will hopefully be getting out of work early and heading Home for some Family fun!

Who knows? Maybe we'll go to the beach...?

p.s. - I miss my computer.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Pain, Compassion and Sorrow...

Friday night Woof came to visit. We walked her home. Sang some silly songs and then headed Home ourselves.

Shabbos morning was same-old. Dragged myself out of bed and went to Shul. We ate at the Ben-David's house. It was nice to finally meet them. They have a daughter who is 2 years younger than me but I always smile and say hi to her anyway, so it's nice to have finally broken the ice and have a name for the face. After the meal Sammy and I went to the Yaffa's to get green stuff for Sammy and to collect Ora. We headed out to the ampi where we lounged, shmoozed and tried to escape from our younger brothers. We wound up playing a 6 person game of rummikub and not only did I lose, but I lost SOOOO badly that by the time my five opponents had finished their boards, I was still picking up pieces in an attempt to scrouge together 30 measly points.

As I have said before, it is a wonderful feeling to be ignored by people that you thought cared. Though, I suppose I have no one but myself to blame - nobody ever said they cared. I assumed - and as I was taught by a wise mentor of mine - one should NEVER assume ANYTHING. I should also have learned a lesson from The Brother - tuck your chin. You know you are going to get hurt so - be prepared, expect it and roll with the punches.

Another cat has been run over by a car on our sad little street. Only, this time it was a kitten. It is probably bleeding internally and has at least one broken limb. Please explain to me why no one else has the heart to take care of these critters. Why has MY family been endowed with this burden of over-sensitivity and caring?! Frankly, it makes my head hurt.

I am sorry to disillusion any of my readers, but I not only dislike animals, I dislike people in general. They disgust me and as such I loathe them. Scum upon the earth. Wish I could say I at least liked myself - alas, life is not so fair and luck is not with me.

A new week begins.

I need more Advil.

Friday, April 28, 2006

An Adorable Face...

Finally, they loaded. Sheesh, that did take a while and there STILL isn't a picture of the 'people-eating-space-ship' HARUMPH!

Well, I guess this makes a good Friday post anyway, so post it I shall.

Speaking of post-its - I'm not allowed to use them anymore. I abused the privilege by taking the sticky part off of them... Hehe, I am EVIL. :)

That's all for now folks. I thought about not blogging until my computer situation is rectified, but I realized that this has become an outlet for me and seeing as I've lost something akin to my Home and best friend, I need some way to express myself. Hope y'all don't mind.

Have a Splendiferously Wonderful Shabbos! I shall try not to wallow in grief and despair because after all, it IS Shabbos and my favorite day of the week!

(Welcome back to THE Holy Land my Dunce!! I missed you something awful!!!)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I Don't Really Smell...

Sammy has graciously allowed me to use her computer so that I can continue to blog and update you about the goings-on of my mediocre and yet relatively amusing life. Round of applause for Sammy.

Today was pretty boring. I cried a lot as I mourned the loss of my companion of three years and pitied myself and the situations I find myself in. I went to the bank to deal with some technical issues then I went on a road trip with Mommy and Freddie. First stop - Ginot. We didn't see the Preisers but we did get pizza and ice cream. Quite productive if I do say so myself. :) We then headed up to Eli's school, across the way from Kedumim and past three Arab willages. I wondered briefly what protocol was for bringing girls to an all boys yeshiva - then I realized, these kids learn in caravans in the middle of the Shomron. They don't have any protocol!! Our stop on the way Home was at Yad-Yitzchak. It is a HUGE American style grocery store, at least, that is what it tries to be. Truth of the matter is, it reminded us more of a Tesco's or Sainsbury's in the UK.

I watched The Four Feathers. For the reasons that it's a great story-line, it is sad - which gave me more reasons to cry and of course, Heath Ledger who is purely adorable pancake material.

After dinner (Organic Whole Wheat Noodles - that make you crazy) and a show (Dibble. Nuff' said.) Sammy and I were bored.

Sammy dragged me out for a 'night activity' - we didn't have energy to walk and there is nobody else around so we took out a bucket of sidewalk chalk (now called gutter-chalk) and created a masterpiece. (Ok, so we can't draw. Deal with it. We can do lots of other stuff. Including Bake. Well, I can at least... :) hehehe...)

I've included a picture for your viewing pleasure and will now be heading off to watch a REALLY bad movie - which is amusing in its badness.
Shabbos is coming. Things can't get any worse, can they? I certainly hope not. Let's see if anyone is around... I'll pray anyway but it probably won't make a difference...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

To Caress With Words...

Today was not bad, until tonight.

All I wanted to do was speak to the Moron. All I did was walk and sit and mock somebody else. And then at Home they deigned to inform me of the sad semise that my computer met YESTERDAY!!!

No, they didn't even have the decency to warn me beforehand. They just waited for me to look around for it like an imbecile before pointing fingers at each other and then at the cats while they told me that a cat had emptied the contents of a vase of water onto my life.

All I can do now is pray that the hard-drive can be salvaged.

And I still have to say no to the Moron. Whenever the next time I see him is.

So, Goodbye until further notice. I can only get time on Daddy's computer when HE isn't on it. I can ony get time on the kids' computer when they aren't playnig Runescape and Shosh is coming back so I don't really have much time to use the fossil in the apartment.

Looks like I'm in for a ride.

G-d is laughing at me. I know it.
I could REALLY REALLY use a hug about now.
Alright, I have to go cry.
A lot.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sweet-talk Me and I Shall Fall...

I had an amazingly lazy morning. I stayed in bed till 10 and then got up in time for the Yom Hashoah siren. Spoke to Becca and Debs.

My problems have been thought through and I have concluded that there are any number of ways in which to proceed. There is the 'yes' option with conditions and there is the 'no' option. Of course, my goal as a player in the game is to get the ball back in the other team's court. If I can do that, then I do not become the bad guy. I only hope my skill with Daes Demar holds out and I can outwit my opponent. The tricky thing is, I'm not sure if he is my opponent or team-mate. Actually, I am not overly clear on his thoughts - I have my sinking suspicions and my bad feelings - but still, they have only been right 98% of the times in the past.

I think it's good that my schedule is slowly righting itself and becoming re-established. I need to be in a system and it feels good to do what I am supposed to do. Though work can be overly stressful at times and the office IS a high-pressure place (usually) I love it! I bask in the insanity that is work. I like it even more when I actually know what is going on. (Guess that would make sense. But still. It's so cool to know that my efforts are not wasted and that I am making a difference in an operation.)

After work I met up with my Nootch! It was a 'girls night out' and we certainly had fun. We went to our favorite little place and enjoyed a nice dinner. Of course she was there to hear my story, so I shared the whole pathetic soap opera that it is. All I can say is - the matter is clearly in hand. I know what I must do and say. Now all I have to do is carry-through.After dinner we decided to walk back to my side of town. We stopped in the bakery and then at the grocery store and finally headed back to my place for some DMCing and even some of that elusive DMMing. After cookies, pickles, cheerios and lots of thought - Nootch packed up and headed out to TM (to hopefully catch her bus.)

And now, I am left alone again. But, it's ok. It's my last night here alone for quite some time. Tomorrow night I'm already off to Home again. It is such an exciting prospect though, I won't be having that conversation with the moron because all he can do is send me cryptic messages that I don't understand. Hopefully the weather will hold and the sky will be clear and I will make it out to the tel. We shall see. That is the plan.

Of course, as we all know - Man plans and G-d laughs.

Even more importantly - Woman plans and G-d plots.

Alas, He IS The ruler. What can I do?

Everything will work out the way it is supposed to.

That is ALL I can ask for.

Monday, April 24, 2006

A Fool I am Not...

HAPPY ENGLISH BIRTHDAY ELI!! (I can't wait to see your new glasses...)

Woke up and lounged until 12:30 when I caught a bus back into The City.

Work was. I got to go out to Graphos. It was a much appreciated break.

I was mentally over-stressed. I tried to set-up a meeting, but it didn't work out. I am still confused about the exact details - all I know is that the other party is 'very busy' ummm, yeah. I know. Stupid Army. But, if they are free starting Wednesday morning then where the heck are they going to be Wednesday Night?

We NEED to talk. Actually, for once in this thing I need to talk. It's going to be a lecture and I am going to be the one giving it. I think you are about to find out that I am not half as quiet, naive or brainless as you thought I was. (I don't even know why I am bothering. You're not the brightest crayon in the box yourself.)

Okay, better now. Sorry about the slight tangent-rant.

After work I hopped on a bus and went out to Bayit V'gan to see my Sassy, who is finally back from her adventure in MerryCa and elsewhere. She was a HUGE help and listened to my whole pathetic story. She also brought me tissues for me to cry my eyeballs out into and after everything was settled and I had decided to do the right thing, she treated me to some Raspberry Ice Drinky Stuff. (I haven't had that stuff for like three years!! It used to be my ultimate favorite in High School.) I MUST therefore put in a huge-o-mongous THANK YOU to her. And yes, I would LOVE to join you in hibernation to watch the Dr. Dreamy-whatshisface... :)

Back in my apartment all is quiet. I can't wait for Shosh to get back! (I miss you Shosh!!)

Alright - the time has come. Book, Bed and Sleep.

Hopefully in that order...

(Psssst... Since it looks like I'll be free Wednesday night, can I cash in that raincheck? I should be back in B.S. around 8:30pm-9:00pm.)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Boys Boys Boys...

The Fashtunkenah alarm went off at 6:30 this morning. And so, that is the time at which I woke up. I did some laundry and cleaned up the room. I packed and stared at the ceiling. I saw Shani in the circle and went to sit and shmooze with her. Headed down to the bus-stop and caught a 415. Once in the city I went up to the apartment and helped Deborah carry all of her stuff down to the place where she was meeting the cab to the airport. (At least I got to see her. I was so sad because she was in the country and I didn't even make the time to spend proper time with her. I am a terrible friend.)

Then I heded over to work. I stopped on the way to pick up some whole wheat pitot for Mommy. The office was relatively quiet. It was the last day of there only being 2 secretaries in the office for the three bosses and zillion other things. The boss was nice though. He let me leave early becasue I told him that there was a bar-mtzvah I had to get to.

Well, it was Coren's Bar-Mitzvah. It was the 'Oscar' Awards and they went all-out. It was a black tie affair (ok, so it was optional, but who didn't go all the way?) Oh yeah, me. So, I went straight from work and walked into the party wearing my pink courderoy skirt, denim jacket and sneakers. Of course I had my shiny purpley-blue skirt to change into but still... It was quite amusing. Then there was the waiter - remember him? The one who followed me around the whole time asking if he could get me anything. Finally the 'older sibling' showed up. The dancing was too funny to see (Yoni. Macarena. Chicken Dance. Belly-dancing...) The 'feature film' was great. Entitled, "Close Encounters of the Shita Kind" the kids from the block showed their talents and had their moment in the spotlight.

After the party we headed back Home.

I have to make a phone call or send an SMS or be in touch with somebody. I'm not exactly sure what to tell them or what it is that they want to hear from me. Stupid people.

Work tomorrow and back to Jeru until Wednesday night.

I love short weeks.

Shabbos is almost here again! I am so excited!!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Moron Returns...

Friday night was uneventful. Whoa! What a lie. I walked to Aviv with Shani. We saw Sara. We met up with other people. We shmoozed. We went and watched people play pool (rather badly I might add.) Finally, it was 'late enough' so we shpatzired back to our side of town. It was nice to be escorted Home - and I didn't have to be cold either. I like thoughtful people. BUT - do I like them enough...

Shabbos day I made it to shul on time. Actually, I woke up at 5:30 so I had plenty of time to get ready. Davening was nothing special aside from Kriat Hatorah - because, after all, it WAS Coren's Bar-mitzvah!!! He lained and he did a great job of it too! Though our family was invited to the 'lunch' I declined the offer and headed Home to sleep off the dizzying head-ache and other ailments. Later in the afternoon Shani came over and we headed to Feldman where I actually played cards. And for the record - I REALLY COULDN'T PICK UP THE CARDS!! Then we headed out to lie in the street. Yitzy brought us ice-pops and then after being 'nibblish' at the Zwebners and telling 'Mom' how great of a book "The Time Traveller's Wife" is I met up with Sara. Shani and I walked Sara home, of course this required me to change my shirt for a third time in one day (I guess it was a good thing that we weren't hanging out with certain people...) After saying our G'byes we went back to Roxie's house and watched some more bad pool. Of course there were also the usual jokes and whatnot. We got driven Home after an incensed havdala and all I can say is 'What a moron.' Oh yeah, HAHA Shani, I sat in the front!! :-P

Sadly, I seem to be having yet another attack of the wierd ailment that no doctor can identify. I'm just special like that. I think now that I have blogged I will go back to bed and try to sleep it off. I feel so extremely sick.

I can't believe that tomorrow starts a new week. I am not ready. Really not ready. Though, I can't remember when exactly I have school and when I don't. I'm not going tomorrow so I hope we don't have any. As for Monday - who knows... I haven't actually practiced at all over 'vacation' and my teachers are NOT going to be impressed. I am not impressed with myself. I should at least put my 'all' into it. It was my choice - I should stick it out and do what I am supposed to do.

My Apology for the Evening - I'm sorry I cancelled our plans. I really was looking forward to ices and a walk. At the moment I wish I could even think about eating ices without feeling ill and even more, I wish I could stand let alone walk without the world tilting on its side.

G'nite all - Shavua Tov...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Pale Peach Roses...

As it is Friday again - I feel the need to post a nostalgic post. I have spoken about where we lived before we made Aliya and changed our lives. A few weeks ago I finally tracked down a number of photos of the house in which we lived. I know, it seems pretty tacky to say I love living in Israel and yet still to spend so much time remembering how nice it was in Merry Ca - but I can't help it. The memories are so strong though with each passing day they grow further and fade more.

We lived on Oxford court for ten years. The house once dark and forbidding became light and filled with laughter. So many good times, my childhood and memories galore.
I suppose the best place to start would be in the place that was the gathering spot for the family. It was the center of the house, without a doubt. With four entrances and always full of delicious smells. We each had our own spot where we would sit when shmoozing, chilling or even brooding. My spot was in the corner, on the far side of the kitchen on the right - yep, you see it? That counter over in the corner - I must have spent hours there over the years. Beneath the spice cabinet and with a view of the whole kitchen. The funny thing to note is how large the kitchen actually was. As the photo shows only half of it.

The next place to go was the room that originally was not meant to be used. The 'Big Room' was aptly named. Once again, only a part of the room is visible in the photo - but it was my favorite part. I spent hours staring out those windows at the backyard.

The yard was spectacularly beautiful in the warm spring rains that turned the forest into a veritable jungle. We used to call it our 'rain-forest.' The only time I can remember it being more beautiful that in the rain was when we would sit in front of the fireplace, the flames burning brightly and roast marshmallows as the snow fell silently outside, piling up against the windows and settling gently on the trees.

Last but certainly not least, the den in the 'back rooms' - this wing of the house was shared by Sammy and Myself. Our bedrooms were back there along with my father's office and Mommy's 'studio' (When she wasn't working in the garage on her 250 pound stone anyway...) My fondest memory from back there is probably the long summer nights when Sammy and I would settle down with hot pretzels and french fries and watch 'Nick at Night' reruns and oldies into the wee hours of the morning.


Well, there you have it. A taste of what it is that I see in my mind's eye when I think back to where we lived and speak of Oxford Court.

I wouldn't move back there for anything. But I think it will always be a place that stays in my heart.

Have a Splendiferous Shabbos everybody!

After all - it only comes once a week.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

For Shani: Gigush...

Woke up early. Mommy drove Eli, Brenda and me into Jeru. I showed them my new favoritest little art and crafting store. I went to work. They sent me to the post-office. I wasn't feeling so well. The nice lady in the post office caught me before I hit the floor. Needless to say, I left work early. Caught a bus Home and almost missed my stop - but the nice Chayelet woke me up. Shani brought me a beautiful red rose. I found out that someone's treasure left - I wonder what that means in the scheme of things...

Sammy drew a Whimsical Family Portrait during 'coloring time' with the Dibble. It's nice because each member of the mishpacha is wearing their signature color. (That was my contribution. I feel ever so useful.)

Isn't it cute?

The gals are gonna have a PJ night tonight. Even Michalie is coming - actually, she's bringing the movie.

Eli drew a 'blue eye' for me. It is a beautiful shade of cerulean. But, I think I will keep it to myself for now. I'm selfish like that.

Alright - it is time.

And thus the weekend begins...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sagi? What Kind of Name is That?!

Chag - And the End...

The night meal was eaten with my Father's good friend Gedaliah and his family up the hill in Sheinfeld. They are very nice Chabadnikim and they keep every chumrah in the book - nonetheless, the meal was quite enjoyable. It was also the first meal I can remember at which my entire family was present and all conversation was conducted in Hebrew. (You woulda been proud of me guys...) Between stories and L'chaims we didn't leave there until midnight.

Somehow, though I went to sleep after two I managed to get up and make it to shul on time. (Granted, if Daddy hadn't woken me I would have slept right through it.) It was the usual nothing overly spectacular.

Lunch was Milchigs and dessert was something that I must mention as most people woulda thought they had died and gone to Heaven - my Mother has this recipe for a 'Chocolate Indulgence Cake' which is actually a 'warm chocolate cake' - you know, the kind where the outside is cake and when warm if it is cut open the gooey chocolate center oozes out all over. Yeah, it is yum - but only in VERY small pieces... :)

I spent the entire afternoon reading and made it through some 760 pages or so. I'm almost finished with 'Prophecy' (the second book in the Rhapsody series.) Have I mentioned that I love this series only a little less that Kay and Marillier?!?

Seudat Moshiach was amusing. Freddie drank 3/4 of a bottle of Mt. Hermon White and was quite a sight to behold (as the room spun...) and I helped try to finish the 'benzine' without dying.

When chag ended we started changing the kitchen back. It was a 'smashing' good time. (Right Mommy?) I scored lots of stuff for the apartment (Shosh, more stuff for the closet in the living room..)

Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I think I am going into the office early. I do it in hopes that my boss remembers what he said last week (when he asked me to come in early) and lets me take off on a different day without penalty in repayment.

I know just when I want it for.

Though it means I'll be old.

Gam zu L'tovah...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"Roasty Toasty Princess..."

Well, it's erev chag again and then my vacation is really over. Back to school, back to work, back to Jerusalem.

Figured I'd amuse you today with some cute shots of the Dibble that I got yesterday and a Calvin that always reminds me of him..

Well, there ya have it. Dibble in all of his maniacal glory.

Though cute when sleeping, when awake scary little monster he be...

Chag Sameach Everybody! Enjoy the last of your Matza!

(Sassy, guess what - Our date with Heather might have to wait. Supposedly, we're eating at some interesting person's house tonight...)

Ahem, Pancakes?

Monday, April 17, 2006

"The Dice Were Loaded From the Start..."

Well, we DID tiyul today. Shui led us and we re-enacted the battle between David and Goliath. We climbed a mountain then walked in the ruins. We then climbed back down the mountain. At Tel Azeka I silently praised Mrs. Rosenberg for taking us on a trip there in Shana Aleph. I led the group to the caves. Shui and I tackled the darkness together and I was thrilled when I managed to find the hole that serves as the the entrance chamber to the tunnels. Afikei Nuts - Do you remember THE hole? About 3/4 of a foot in diameter on the floor of a cave through solid rock.) Well, a bunch of us went in and had a grand time. (Though, next time we go - we'll have to remember the tea lights to stick on the lighting shelves along the tunnels...)
Anyway, as you can see from the pictures (which are meant to speak for themselves) I had a very nice time today. I mean - it was a lot of listening and it DID get late... But, I really did know where we were going. I wasn't making it up. (Well, I sort of was - but then I realized I really DID know where we were and where we were supposed to be going...)

In addition, I spent all of my free time today listening to this one random song which I really like for some inexplicable reason. Truth of the matter is - the lyrics can only be described as 'cute' plus I like the beat.

I can't believe tomorrow night is Yom-Tov again.

At least I enjoyed my one free Pesach vacation day.

I think a shower is in order and then it's off to finish Rhapsody...

Purple-berry Ice-Cream...

Woke up at 7 and caught the 8:20 bus into Jeru. Got to the office an hour early. It was cold and raining everywhere.

Went to the post-office and spent four hours answering phones and telling people to call back on Thursday when the office will be open. My boss wants me to go in early on Thursday (from like 10:30-5:30 instead of my usual 2:00-5:30.) I told him it depends on school. I am quite confused as to when I actually start classes again. I am not ready for 'Stahzh' and I am really not ready for my Anatomy & Physiology final.

Finally I left the office and miraculously the weather had cleared up - so I strolled to TM and caught a bus Home.

At Home Freddie fed me ice-cream to help prevent tonsilitis and we read and made onion soup.

A friend came over to visit. We played Boggle and Rummikub. I enjoyed and I amused myself (not that that takes very much...)

Later in the evening I headed over to Ora's house. We watched Ushpizin (yes, I finally saw it.)

Tomorrow's plan is up in the air. Tel Azeka looks to be on the itinerary. I am hoping that we'll be going into the Bar-Kochba caves as they are awesomely fun!! I think the Preisers might be coming - which would be nice, seeing as this is the first pesach in five or six years that we haven't spent time with them.

Maybe the Yaffas will come too. (Funny how we've been spending a lot of time with them lately. But, it's good. I like them.)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

"Marcus Pinkus Fuctus..."

Shul, Meal, Sleep.

Until...

At 12:30 Freddie came in and stared at me until I woke up. It was too hot to fall back asleep - which I commented on. And so shlepping; glasses cases, teddy bears, blankets, water bottles and a book we went out to the hammock and went to sleep. One of the last things she said to me before falling asleep was,"We haven't slept in the same bed for a very long time."

I woke up in time for shul and made it on time. Actually, I was a little late because I stopped to shmooze with Daddy who was starting in on his second hour of dishes. It was all because nobody rinsed them the night before.

Shul was looong and when the lights went out we knew we were running late. Shacharit was good - Eliezer happens to have a nice voice ;);) (Yes Daddy. Your are supposed to laugh maniacally now. And NO - I do not want you to set me up with him. He's younger than me anyway...)

After the meal I fell asleep while trying to finish my book. At four-ish I headed over to Ora's house. We went for a walk and after that we shteiged for a while - on the deep topic of 'silence' and the diverse implications and consequences of speech from all angles. We played cards and laughed a lot because it seems we are still evenly matched when it comes to 'spit' though she taught me a new game too.

We went down and shmoozed some more. We also tried to sing some 'shaleshudes' songs until Shabbos ended and after Havdala I headed Home.

Not much going on. Little Brother was fired because he types too slowly. The Pesach R'chov Sum-Sum is gone. Matza is not as filling as I remember. I think I want more milk chocolate and potato chips. I feel sick.

My Family is probably going on a hiking tiyul down to the Yam-Hamelach area tomorrow with the Yaffas and possibly some of the Preisers. HOWEVER, I will be working and so can't go.

So much for my Pesach tiyul.

I'll be answering phones for four hours and then will probably be ditched by other people.

Doesn't that sound just wonderful?

Don't you wish you were me?

Yeah, me too.

G'nite. Shavua Tov and Moadim L'simcha.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Always Coca-Cola...

Happy Pesach 2006 Everybody!!!
The kid REALLY REALLY needs a good scrubbing...
Ora's Sand-Castle...
Me - Freddie n' da Dibble...
I'm Saving Brenda - no really!...
Have I mentioned recently how much I love the water? Well, I do.

Our day on the beach with the Yaffa Family was wonderfully entertaining.

From the waves to the jellyfish and even the seaweed in a red bathing suit.

We all enjoyed.

I'm glad we went.

Now Shabbos is coming - What better way to go into the day than with memories of hours in the sunshine and of splashing in the waves?

Have a good one everybody!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Clean Shaven, huh?

I changed my outfit 7 or so times before settling on the thing that I had been intending to wear in the first place.

So we started the Seder and things were going pretty well. Same old - taking turns reading and translating. And then the L-rd smote Egypt with some disputed number of plagues and they rained down upon us as well. Little pompoms, styrophome balls, Stuffed animals with boils, Figurines of ferocious animals, attempted sister-cide and more. Eli and I raced to see who could finish their 'Kos' first and as the room began to spin my teddy bear got a bit sicker as his boils changed to blue and green.

We finished at about 1:30 - officially - but, I fell asleep in the middle of Shulchan Orech.

I made it to Shul on time for Shacharit.

After the meal I spent the ENTIRE afternoon curled up on the hammock. There was a gentle breeze and the scent of the flowers hung heavy in the air. The pergola shades most of the mirpeset - so while it was warm, the sun was not baking down on me. The perfect lazy day weather. So, I decided to make the most of it and spent a good five and a half hours comfortably lazing away and reading my book. I haven't done that in ages. It felt good.

Yom Tov ended soon after and I headed out to meet up with a friend and to return some borrowed books. Of course, the appointed place of meeting was a good twenty minute walk from the house - which was good. I think I walked off most of the cake that I had eaten over the course of the day.

Tomorrow is Erev-Shabbos and Day 1 of Chol Hamoed. Hopefully we will be going to the beach with our friends and neighbors - the Yaffas.

Moadim L'simcha everybody!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

My Butt...

Erev Pesach.

But, really erev-Pesach.

Like - Yom Tov is soon.

Very soon.

No more chametz. The fires burned it all up.

Tonight is seder.

The one and Only.

We're gonna have a great time. Fun company, lotsa plague props and of course my new Hagada.

I'll put Stitchey in a clean dress and of course Toffee is gonna help me drink all 4 cups.

I'm gonna wear my new 'dress' and basically it's going to be quite a party.

Have a great one everybody!

Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Sorry Sir, I'm Not Screwable..."

Woke up early. Was in the office by ten. Got sent to the bank - it was a nightmare. Worked for five hours in total doing three people's work and babysitting. Hopped on a 420 and was Home in no time.

The house is clean and ready for Pesach (aside from the HUGE box of chametz on the back mirpeset...) Anywho - I walked into the house, put down my stuff and headed out with the girls to BIG for some shopping and to wait for our guests who were scheduled to be arriving on the train.

Mommy bought me a white-chocolate-'flat' bar and I ate it and some potato chips while we waited for the train. At the same time I also scared the locals, made friends with some chayalim and thought about petting the puppy - but it wasn't cute enough to bother with.

Finally the train pulled into the station. We caught a chayal who needed a ride Home (I think we may have scared him - but you'd think he'd be used to us by now) and Sharon and Josh arrived as well.

Back at Home we shmoozed, lounged and I managed to sew the purples/reds&pinks skirt in record time. (I have a funny feeling that the rest of my skirts will be ready for Shavuot or later...)

'Dinner' was an interesting affair after Bedikat Chametz. It consisted of Egg Matza, Greek Salad, Kitniot Cake, Cheese and Seltzer.

Finally at about 10 we piled into the car and Drove up to Jeru for our annual erev-erev-shalosh-regalim-outing to the Kotel and the Jewish Rova. THE Wall was basically empty - so I got in a good Maariv along with some Tehillim and even a plug for pancakes. I didn't cry this time but it sure was chilly and I must've gone through a box of Kleenex standing there regardless. After Davening we headed up the stairs in a sad attempt to find some ice-pops (as is our minhag.) However, we were running late this time and it was already half past twelve so our hopes were not high. Thankfully The Big Guy Upstairs was watching out for us and the pizza place was still open with just enough slices to serve our group AND they had ices too!

On the way out of the city we stopped off to check on the apartment. (Daddy wanted to personally inspect the new toilet.) Then we headed Home.

The ride was uneventful and I enjoyed my music whilst staring out the windows at the moon partially obscured by the thick fog that lay thickly over The Land.

Safely at Home I decided to go to sleep. But then I remembered - 'The Blog' - so here I am and there I go.

I'm reading the Rhapsody books again. I can't help it. I am obsessed with them. Not the same talent as Kay and not the same flair as Marillier but Haydon does get her point across and the books are well-written enough - really it's the story-line that keeps me coming back for more. It is almost brilliant in its convoluted semi-perfection.

Pesach tomorrow...

As Roger Zelazny signs off in Book six of his epic 'Amber' Series -

"We will be there before much longer. Good-bye and Hello, as always."

Monday, April 10, 2006

Unexpected Phone Calls...

Well, 'sof sof' the 'Instalator' showed up and we now have a brand new toilet. (Yep, months of annoyingness fixed in about half an hour.) The lawyer even called to find out what was going on! It was so exciting.

Thankfully I wasn't alone when the guy and his equally scary looking partner knocked on the door. Brenda and Michalie came in to visit me and keep me company.

When the work was done we headed out towards the merkaz.I parted ways with them and headed to the 'make your own' shop where I succeeded in buying earring parts and two really nice strings of beads to be used and restrung at my discretion and will. After my splurge I headed into the office. Yes, it was before 12.

work work work. much appreciated break. work work work. And then some. But the boss was nice and let me leave early.

Tonight - much like last night, I am all alone. Thank you Raizy for the gracious offer! I would totally have taken you up on it but I really do have stuff to do - clean out the rest of the fridge, cut out the material for the 'happy color' skirt, re-sponja (cause the plumber made an awful mess), pack, eat my ice-lolly and a half (thank you Becca and Shosh!!), Bedikat Chametz (it IS my last night in the apartment...), hang up any additional 'Chametz' signs, wash the last of the laundry, finish my book and I should probably try to get some sleep.

Going in to the office early again tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get out early too - then I can go straight Home and do all the stuff there. Sew my skirts, scrub the bathroom (if Freddie didn't do it), polish the silver (if they left it for me), string the beads for my necklace and of course - earrings.

Yep - it's gonna be busy busy.

At least 2/3 of our company made it to Israel. Stupid beauracracies and rules. Stupid Passports.

We'll miss you Ari. :'( Maybe you can come in the summer? Well, I won't nag you about it - but beware, Sammy is going to be calling you and she's always been the one you had to watch out for - I mean, why else would you have been cowering behind that pillow and then moved out of the way all those years ago? I'd bet that still gives her head-aches to this day - just remembering it... ;)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mexican Potato Chips with Chumus...

Well folks - I woke up at 6:15 when the alarm went off. I decided to go into the office early. By 10:45 I was there and I was promptly sent out on errands. Not only did I spend an hour in the printing-store but I also went to pick up dividers and I even had to go down to the post-office. Of course, I can't let this post slip by without mentioning the 275 piece 'mailing' I collated and got ready to send. The worst part about it is that I know that I am going to be the one shlepping all 275 envelops stuffed with magazines down to the post-office. I also did 'real work' - (letters and such.)

Eight hours and fifteen minutes at 'work' today.

Boy do I need some advil.

Now I am all sad and alone on the ranch. Sas left me weeks ago, Shosh left me, Becca left me, Deborah is having her own set of problems, Freddie didn't finish her paper and there's nobody else.

I figured I could spend tonight watching a movie to keep the quiet and lonliness at bay - but I just realized that I don't have my computer with me...

Supposedly the plumber is coming tomorrow to replace the shmidjget. I told him that he has to come and be gone before 12. What do you want to bet I get a call at 11:55 - "I'm not coming today."

I can't stand Israelis anymore. They are driving me insane.

There are a number of them that I would slap if I could.

However.

I shall control myself.

At least, I shall try to.

Oh yes - and lest we forget to mention - *ahem* - Stupid Boy.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Saturday Night Flavor...

Not much on the agenda for tonight.

Figured I should let you know what I'm up to.

Tonight is a chilled shmidjet. I mean, there is that 'to-do' list that I will probably never get around to. I have 5 skirts to sew - and no koach to crawl around on the floor and pin fabric.

Sammy just 'cleaned' all of my stuff up in our room. (At least my closet's guts are back where they belong.)

At the moment we are listening to Rob Thomas (Something to Be) and enjoying some Breezers.

I am watching my new pet fish. I got them for free. They are quite entertaining and the best part is - I'll never even need to clean up after them.

Yes, the annoying tall one was right - Shabbos is over.

Shavua Tov everybody...

Wasted Affections...

Shabbos was actually quite relaxing. I haven't had one quite like it in a while.

Friday night - shul, meal (little brother ate over), stopped two doors down and acquired a following, walked to Aviv and picked up the Woof, lost the following, walked to Sheinfeld, shmoozed with Shani and said hi to Yair (sort of), walked Home via Aviv, slept...

Shabbos - woke up on time for shul (though it took me 1/2 an hour to get dresed for some strange reason, davened, shmoozed (no, I didn't stay for the drasha...), slept for an hour, ate, slept, Sara came, Ora came, went to the Grotskys and made a new friend, shpatzired out to the tel and back again (we did the BIG circle so it felt like a long walk), Shmoozed with Shani in the circle, havdala and now...

Now Shabbos is over, a new week begins.

Much Hatzlacha to Ora on her BIG test this week.

HAPPY (day early - english) BIRTHDAY to Adina!! I know, we haven't spoken in a REALLY long time - but I miss you anyway and think of you all the time. LoL! Especially when my family reminisces about that trip that we took to Israel for my bat-mitzvah... :)

Thankfully this week is a short one. I mean, Pesach is in three and a half days.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to go in to the office early and work 'overtime' - I mean, I don't have anything else to do and I know that my bosses would appreciate it - but but but...

At the cost of my freedom?

Is it worth it?

Friday, April 07, 2006

Bile, Phlegm and Guts...

As the sky grew lighter this morning the sky turned an incredible shade of blue-gray.

I love that color.

I lazed around in bed till I decided to get up.

I feel dead and wrung-out.

Had lots of sugar for breakfast to give me some energy.

Spoke to Deborah!! :)

Laundry, Laundry, Laundry.

I cut out the material for 1/2 of one of my skirts. I still have 4 patterns to cut out, which means I still need to sew FIVE skirts. (I almost forgot about the pretty purple material in my closet.)

I am going to strangle Ezri and Avi Chai. They just don't stop - not even for five minutes. Heck, not even for thiry seconds! It is ridiculous.

I need to go mix painkillers and try to get rid of this head-ache. I need some sort of narcotic at this point. In addtion my trapezius is knotted at the base of my neck and between the superior points (on the medial side) of my scapulae. It burns like there's no tomorrow. How can one spot be so painful?

So much cleaning to do still. I can't believe it. I still have to attack the bathroom and the bottom two shelves of the big bookcase are REALLY bad.

What am I supposed to wear to Shul this shabbos? I wore the pink last week, I don't want to wear all black and I'm not in the mood for teal. I don't have something that goes with the tan shirt and thanks to circumstances I can't wear short skirts any more. (Though my muscles are nice and shapely thanks to all of the walking I've done in the last few months.)

I met my yoga mat. I am so excited. It is BRIGHT orange! I can't wait to start my stretching routine again. Soon I'll be back to the flexible me that I was a few short years ago.

I love the smell of saute'-ing onions.

I love peeling garlic.

Gotta go help with the veggie soup.

Have a Splendiferous Shabbos!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I Spoke to Becca for Breakfast!!...

Even my 'emergency supply' of adrenaline is gone.
I am completely and utterly wiped out.
Deborah is officially in Israel!!
I want a deli sandwich.
I am mellowish.
The end.

So, Shosh left at 5 this morning.
The plumber came at 11:30.
I was a work by 13:00.
I left work on time.
I got Home.
The end.

Waiting for an e-mail.
Waiting for a call.
Just waiting.
The end.

*sigh*

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

To Walk in the Rain...

Well - Becca left for Australia via Vienna & Guadelumpa this morning. The nesher came at 4ish. It was sad to say l'hit, but not soooo bad because iy"H - she'll be back soon.

At 7:50 Shosh woke me for the second time and I got ready to go out to the other side of town. We had the Blake's Baby's Bris to attend and it was supposed to start at 9. Which it obviously did. The walk didn't take too long (only 45 minutes) and we got there in time to hear the name. Cute little baby, of course I pointed out the fact that in reality - naming him Yakov is giving him a great nick-name for the future. It doesn't get much better than Jake Blake, does it?

After the bris I accompanied Shosh to pay a shiva call and then we headed back to our side of town. I ditched Shosh after the bank and a quick stop at the school and headed to TM where I met up with Brenda and Michalie. Sammy was on her way and we decided to join her on the 21 and be lazy by bussing the three stops into town. We then proceeded to shop until we dropped. I got plenty of new clothes for chag. We also stopped for a bagel brunch where we enjoyed the show (the guy with the box was too amusing.) After eating I headed off on my own towards the office stopping along the way to drop off my disposable camera which I had finally finished.

At work I was bombarded with stuff to do. Never a dull moment there. Alright, almost never a dull moment there. At least I got my keys back this time. Oh yes, and the rainbow - the sky was an incredible shade of cerulean and the bright rainbow shone clearly across the sky obscured from view only in a few spots where the color was dimmed by the passing clouds. I made the Bracha on it - I was 'wowed.'

After work Shosh joined me and we headed to the Old City. I've spoken about my love for the walls and the time-warp it always sucks me into. (Yes, me and my over-active imagination.) First stop was the book-store where I finally found a Haggada that I can use and appreciate. At the Kotel (after we went through - security?) we had almost the entire Wall to ourselves. Maariv and some Tehillim and a few heart-felt words to the Creator. It was the best davening I have had in a long time, and even more than that - it was the first time I actually cried at the Kotel in almost three years.

After our spiritual interlude we hopped on a bus and headed back down Yafo where we went out to eat. The food was good, the company was great, lots of Pita, Ketchup anybody? AND have I mentioned - I sure am gonna miss my Dunce!!!

Before heading home we stopped off for ice-pops. Now, we (Shosh) are (is) doing the last of the cleaning for Pesach. The floor is getting washed and the mats are getting cleaned.

Tomorrow Deborah is arriving (finally) and I will be heading Home for the BIG Shabbos (right Michalie?)

Did I mention that it rained all day?

I love walking in the rain...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Built In Microphone?...

It was like discovering a new part of myself. How is it possible that I've never seen the little hole before.

Some of the things I did today:
- used a hair-iron in new and inventive ways.
- pinned myself
- laundry
- walked to and from work
- work - HAHAHAHAH!!!
- discussed the finer points of 'Tush-heads' (aka: guys/dudes/hims)
- made pizza
- got skype
- got an e-mail I was waiting for
- cleaned and did the dishes (of course I made more...)

I would like to say that it is not my fault that I am good at playing the game. I mean, truth of the matter is that "Daes Demar" is a skill that can be learned but to some it comes more naturally. I am lucky in that I seem to have a way with words (most of the time.)

Now all I have to do is start using the yoga mat and drop the last 25 and I'll be perfect... ;)

*Sigh* - some day I will reach my goals.

However, until that day comes -

"Just Keep Swimming..."

Right?

Right.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Hushpuppy - Grasshopper!!!

Well, I played 'sick-o' today so I didn't have to work in class. That meant that I gained an extra half-hour of freedom. It was just a review class anyway - but we had fun and then we snuck out - so it was all good.

The best part of my day actually didn't start until almost 8 o'clock this evening. Shosh and I set out towards Har Nof. First stop - the Segals. It was REALLY REALLY nice. I can't put it in words - but I owe an inordinate amount of Hakarat Hatov to Rabbi and Mrs. Segal. I learned so much from them both and honestly miss not just the spending time with them but just seeing them. Rabbi Segal was kind enough to agree to be my appointed shaliach and to 'sell my chametz' for me. Of course we sat and shmoozed for a while. Just a general 'catch-up' but it has been WAAAAY too long.

After bidding them goodbye we headed out on an adventure to find an apartment (who's number we didn't remember) in a building (along some street) in order to give something to someone (we didn't know) to take to England tomorrow when they go.

To prepare us for this task we stopped off for some ice-cream. Ribat Chalav and Mint Chip ALL the way!! (I haven't had ice-cream in a VERY long time. And, I figured it was ok - cause we did walk to Har Nof and were going to walk back after the search...)

Somehow we managed to find the building, apartment, people and give the thing to be sent.

We made our way back to our side of town though we did jaywalk across four lanes of oncoming traffic - twice...

Funniest question I was asked today - "So, when are you getting married?..."

"Ummm, tonight. Do you have a guy for me?..."

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Pollyflower...

Well, I pulled an almost-all-nighter. Meaning, Freddie typed and typed and I slept, sort of.

The weather is totally nutso! It was 21 degrees one day and the next it was freezing followed by a day complete with gentle spring down-pours. The bus-ride was a semi-nightmare and the driver tried to steal us.

Class was also pretty bad, but I pulled through. Thank Heaven for Crayola.

The best part of work was getting petty cash for the drinks... ;)

G-d was on my side and brought a 21 soon after I got to the bus-stop. Off to Bayit Vegan I went and at Chorev I met up with Mommy and Freddie. We watched the encore performance of My Fair Lady (which was adorable and quite well done.)

On the way back to Kiryat Moshe we stopped off for a quick bite to eat and then it was back to the ranch for me.

Becca and Shosh were waiting. They want to Skype me - I'm a little disturbed, but I won't let them know that... hehehe...

I'm waiting for e-mails again. I'm patient, but seriously - I'm not an angel!!

Class tomorrow should be 'fuuuun' (yes dahling, that was meant to be dripping with sarcasm...) I'm hoping to escape from the torture and 'call in sick' - of course I'll go to class, I'll just leave early - after all - I am feeling a bit under the weather *cough cough choke choke gag gag...* *wink wink*

This week looks to be quite promising over-all. If I manage to live through Shosh's cleaning-spree and psychotic chemical rages I will be Home in just four days.

That's something to look forward to, no?

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Correction -

Michalie was in shul both Friday night AND Shabbos morning!!

She is NOT a nobody!!

Sorry Sister Dearest!

You still went to Sheinfeld without me. :P

Ok Ok, I was sleeping - I guess it's my own fault.

Mebbe next week... ;)

To Walk the Bridge of Doom...

Contrary to the negative connotations of the title of this post - I am quite cheery.

Shabbos was interesting to say the least. I didn't actually spend time with anybody that I wanted to spend time with but I guess things work out the way that they are supposed to work out.

Friday night was entertaining - nobody was in shul, I barely got a 'hello' heading Home and after the meal, the remainder of the evening was spent watching the hamsters (pathetically) attempt to escape from the maze of wood and plastic 'specially constructed for them to play in.

I am still perplexed by the puzzle - what DO hamsters do in the wild?

The summer schedule is officially on so I had a reprieve (sort of) and didn't have to be in Shul until 8:30. Davening was same old - but there was no Freddie with whom to laugh as I noticed the 'him' about whom Daddy laughed maniacally.

The kiddush after shul was nice - at least I got to see Ora and Vivi.

Lunch was a boring affair and after the meal I crashed (totally and utterly.) I slept for almost four hours and then went down and watched the hamsters some more. I won rummikub, watched a card game, and watched the clock slowly approach the time at which Shabbos would end and the burdens of the week would surely crash down upon my shoulders. (Have I mentioned how much I hate that feeling?!)

Quick apology to Little Brother who I think I freaked out - don't worry, I didn't mean anything by my comment. Seriously - You are ALL Freddie's. (And if you don't know what I'm talking about - then never mind and I can sigh with relief.) Did I mention - I WON rummikub? Hehehe... Oh yeah, and thank you for helping with the cookies - it was greatly appreciated.

On a different note - Doomier? Is that really a word? I'll have to check it out - though, if I can use shmidjet in a discussion, why not doomier?

And yes, 28 IS tooo old.

Harumph!

Happy Week Everybody!