Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Waaay too early of a morning. Work was bleh, but I got a nice outing with my sister! Thanks sis, I needed it!
Rushed back to the apt to help Freddie. She cooked up a storm and helped decorate. She even picked up a cake!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOSH!!!!!!!
After the meal we played 'trivial pursuit.' Actually, we just each other questions. Sometimes I am amazed at how many random facts I actually know. Sometimes however I am saddened to realize how little I actually know.
At my most intelligent moment today I admitted that, "I'd love to have been a splunker but frankly I'm afraid of the dark..."
Thanks for the call Z. Nice to hear from you. :) Next time, we'll have to arrange a longer outing.
Almonds in marzipan? Who woulda thunk...
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thought I'd get out on time but had to send 'one more e-mail' which set me back 5 minutes. Finally I left and met up with the mishpuchu on Agrippas. We drove into Town (not that we weren't there already, but we parked the car) and went to Burger's Bar for dinner.
Met up with Sammy and Malia. And suddenly outta nowhere the Woof and Little Brother were there too! We shmoozed and then Malia ditched us. We were bored so we went to the Old City and even to the Kotel. Then we walked Little Brother back to a bus and forced the Woof to walk back to TM.
Back on the Ranch, Shosh was wondering where I had disappeared to. I mumbed about taste-treats and I think that's the end of my story for today.
Today was a really really long day. I was amazed that it's only Monday. It honestly felt like a Wednesday. Not a good sign, huh?
But, thanks to friends it was a good day all-around...
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Work was manageable. A little depressing and gloomy and didn't really talk to anyone, but I guess that's just life.
Left the office more or less on time and wandered down to town. Found some destruction paper and ponytail-holders then I walked back to the ranch, stopping on the way for some vegetables.
Back at the ranch PJs were in order and then this and some knitting.
And of course talking to my partner. Where would I be without her? What would I do without her?
And why am I not silly? Pray-tell.
Nah, it's ok. Really, I can take it.
I am completely normal.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Spent the morning reading and sleeping. The meal was quiet and long. Read and slept some more. Had a mini PJ party and then slept some more. Brenda played Dr. and fed me medicine and then I played rummikub, on Avi's team. We won third place and Little Brother won first.
Shabbos was over waaay too fast. We put up some minestrone soup to cook and Sammy tried to teach me how to play her song.
It's movie night.
Ice Age 2.
Anybody wanna join?
Friday, October 27, 2006
The one that I liked most followed on the heels of a discussion regarding public transportation.
She said in her father's name, "There are two things in this world that I have taught you NEVER to chase. The first is a bus and the second, a man."
Sound advice to me. I'll have to tuck that away for future reference.
Have a splendiferous shabbos!!!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
He demanded to speak to my boss.
My boss was unavailable so I told him that he could either call back or not bother.
He shouted at me, "did I have ANY idea who he was and that I'd better interrupt my boss."
I declined and informed him that under no circumstances, short of his wife having a baby, would I disturb him.
The guy on the other end of the line was self-satisfied and smug. He thought he could fool me.
I am hard to fool.
The guy on the other end of the line got other people to seamlessly play along with the scam.
I can play along too.
No remorse, no feelings, no shame.
So, am I good or what?
I mean, whay kind of a fool do they take me for?
Do they want me to leave or were they just having a laugh at my expense?
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Back at the Ranch there was some pre-work m'shugas and I spent half an hour working on the blanket. It's coming out very nicely.
Walked to work and got there early. Don't worry, just to even things out I left late. *Sigh* A friend of mine warned me that at my age it is very dangerous to become a 'workaholic.' I thought to myself, "Surely I could NEVER be a workaholic. I mean, look at my track-record. Anything NOT to do work." And then I realized, I certainly AM in danger of it happening. I've always had this bad habit of putting too much of myself into things. (Stopping here, but this is certainly not all there is to be said regarding me in conjunction to this topic.)
As I left the office I marvelled at the brilliant lightning that zig-zagged across the sky every few seconds. Nonetheless, I decided to walk and about a block away from the office it started to drizzle. Soon the rain began in earnest. So, I took a detour into TM to see if Tower Records had 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' in stock. (I was not surprised to see that they didn't.)
Back at the ranch all is quiet. I'm waiting for Shosh to get back. I suppose in the meantime I'll knit some more.
I'd REALLY like to take a walk in the pouring rain and then afterwards, warm in my PJs, to hear a story. I'm quite in the mood for some Rudyard Kipling tonight.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Work was work. As usual. On the bright side, I get to actually see everyone and spend time with them. On the not so bright side, 8 and 9 hours days are really looooong...
Left the office and walked down to the Hess Deli on Heleni Hamalka street. There I met up with the family, the cousins, the more distant cousins, the grands and the great. The meal was nice and it was fun to sit and shmooze like a ridiculous ditzy twit. I love just talking and talking and talking about nothing in particular for long periods of time. It really is a lot of fun!
I knitted and talked and we all bonded over many fries. Then I called Little Brother and informed him that he will be sleeping at our house for Shabbos and that he will even be allowed to brush his teeth if he so desires. And then I found out that Nootch is coming for Shabbos too! It's gonna be soooo much fun!
Tonight Brenda is sleeping over. She has to be at Binyanei Ha'uma at 7:00 in the morning. Gotta get up early. Better head to bed...
Monday, October 23, 2006
I've been inspired by my older Sis to take out my blanket. I actually cast off a square last night and started a new one.
I'm getting somewhere.
Little by little.
Like in life.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
You know those days where it just feels like proper day? Like, when you do the things you need to do and even more than that, you actually know how to do what you are doing. It's a relatively good feeling.
After work I met Freddie on Yaffo and we walked to the Old City. There we davened Maariv at the Kotel and scouted out the pancakes, I mean, puppies, I mean... Yeah, you know what I mean. They were just ALL over the place. Then we walked up through the Jewish Quarter and got some chocolate pudding to nosh on. At the bus-stop I missed a great opportunity - hopefully another one will arise in the nearish future. And yes Sammy, he WAS wearing a kippah. Harumph and *sigh.*
Back at the Ranch we ate deli sandwiches and french-fries. I think I'm going to explode.
Off to figure out where my actual sense of adventure is. I have quite an extensive theoretical one - but the fruition is more like frutation and it doesn't actually flower. *sniff*
Chodesh Tov again! :)
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Shul was boring except for candy being thrown at the wrong times and the Miskin's baby getting her name. There was a kiddush, which would have been boring if it hadn't been made exciting by Mommy telling the new Ima blackmail stories about me as an infant.
Lunch was novel, the Polevoys came over and after the meal James tickled Freddie and I slept some more until Dibble came to tell me that my presence was being requested at the Zwebners for a game of Rummikub. I won one game and lost the other. Yes, I knocked my board over, but it was ok - there was nothing else to do.
Sawa was there but didn't ask me any questions - actually, tension was less than it has been in about 7 months. Anyway, if she had asked, all I would have been able to say was "I gave him exactly what he wanted."
Seudah Shlishit at Saba and Savta's. Uncle Nudnick is in the country visiting, so we are trying to get in as much quality time as possible. Sammy and I ate a lot of candies and the topics of conversation were diverse and convoluted as usual.
Saba drove up Home after Havdala and that is where I am now. Daddy is going to drive Eli back up to Tzfat tonight and Freddie is going back to Jeru because she has a boker tomorrow. I start work at 10:00 so an 8:00 bus should get me there without any problems.
Alrighty, off to find something to do. Chodesh tov and Shavua tov!!!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Woke up to a really really special phone call all the way from Down Under. YAY for Becca and her now operational 'American line'!
Now I am sulking in my room because all I ever do is sit around on my backside and watch other people work. Of course, I never do ANY work if I can help it. I am lazy and unproductive and rude and obnoxious.
Seems a miracle that there is anyone who speaks to me of their own free will.
Especially with my attitude problems...
Have a nice Shabbos.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Made it Home in time to eat the end of dinner with the family and Uncle Seymour.
Went to Shani's for 'a few minutes' we discussed self-burping diapers and how NOT to plan a melava malka. Then Shani and I watched 'My Best Friend's Wedding' and oggled the newest model of a very pretty puppy.
I stole Shakespeare again and am about to watch 'Pride & Prejudice' with Freddie.
Let the weekend fun begin!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Walked to work and it was pretty blah. I am used to working in the quiet and boringness of the afternoon, which used to be annoying but is now torture because all morning long the office is hectic and busy and then suddenly when the morning crew leaves it gets all spookily silent.
After work I stopped off at the Ranch to pick up my disposable camera and then headed out to get it developed. While I waited I listened to a shiur by Rabbi Taub and that helped the time fly by.
No scruffy ones today - maybe tomorrow. Though, my hopes are not tooooo high. Doesn't mean I have a bad attitude, just I don't think it'll ever happen. Ok, maybe I am a bit of a pessimist. But, at least I'm cute. Right? Or am I not, in which case, why do people feel the need to lie to me about everything?
*Sigh* Ok, done for tonight.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
After leaving the office I met up with Freddie and she bought me a bagel. Then we shmoozed on the bus as we made a spur of the moment decision to 'do breakfast' in the morning. On the way back to the Ranch I picked up the ingredients so it seems that 'the morning' is gonna be fun.
Routine is in swing so there isn't anything more to report - and probably won't be for a while. However, I DO want to keep the blog 'young' and 'fun' so with my sister's permission I have blogged my adorably-loveable-nephew.
Hopefully I'll be getting some more recent photos soon - and as soon as I do you can bet you'll be seeing those gorgeous baby-blues again...My scary thought of the day - by the time I seriously consider slashing my work-hours again I will have less than 2 months until my 22nd birthday. *Sigh* I wouldn't feel so (st)'uck'(?) if I knew that my life was heading in a direction, but I feel like I'm just floating. Moving, but not anywhere useful, worthwhile or productive.
Monday, October 16, 2006
So, today was my first 'long' day. It was supposed to be 9 hours, but lucky for me some of the bosses went away so I got sprung an hour early. I guess tomorrow will be my first 9 hour stint. Anywho, a new 'new girl' started today. I actually have high hopes for this one. She's a sweetie and I think her personality will meld just fine with the rest of us nuts as soon as she falls into routine. (Hehe, I say that like it's easy... I am evil.)
On the way back to the Ranch I stopped off for some badly needed groceries. I have a funny feeling that it I don't hide them in my closet they will be gone by the end of the week. *Sigh* Alas, soon enough our apartment will be our own again. I must admit that now that I am going to be spending 1/3 of my day at work and I intend to spend about 1/3 of it sleeping, I really won't be seeing Shosh much! It's a depressing thought. I mean, we live together - but in the months to come, we won't be spending ANY time together.
Have I mentioned that upping my hours is social suicide for any of my friends who are unrelated to work?! Gotta admit, I'm VERY excited about more time with everyone at the office - but I'm really going to miss my chill-time with Nootch and free mornings to laze about and talk to my Becca.
I need to get my disposable camera developed. I want to find somewhere that does free doubles. I think there is a place on Kanfei-Nesharim, but I have to not be toooo lazy to go out and drop it off. Remind me, cause I'll forget.
As one of my favorite teachers said, "My mind is like cottage cheese..."
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Got a phone call this morning from the office asking where I was. Seems I was supposed to start working my "42 hour" weeks this morning. My new schedule (for the next 6 months anyway) is 10-7 on Mondays & Tuesdays and 10-6 Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I have lost my 'free day' once a month and will now officially have NO life. I wonder if this means that I will lose weight again. Every time my schedule gets hectic - it seems to happen. Just hope I'm not over-stressed enough to start biting my nails again.
New girl starts tomorrow. *Sigh* Training begins again. I hope this one works out, cause I just can't deal with starting the process all over again.
All I keep thinking is, come erev-pesach, I get to decide whether to keep the crazy hours or whether to quit. And, on the bright side, I'll have pumped that much extra cash into my bank-account.
Did a MAJOR catch up with Shosh! Soooooo good to spend time with her!!!
Gotta get real sleep. Now that the emotional turmoils are finished I've got to deal with the physical.
One thing at a time.
Damn us realists.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday night was pretty quiet. Hakafot were spirited, Little Brother came over for the meal and then we walked to Aviv after dessert. Resolved certain issues, which no longer pester me and had a good night's sleep when we got Home. At least I walked away feeling content with my choices - even if that was my opponents objective. I am finished with this game. Rather, I am finished playing this game with you. I'll find someone better to play with.
Woke up and was at shul on time but left in the middle of the 3rd hakafah and went Home. Fell asleep and took a refreshing 3 hour nap. Woke up for a late meal and then Brenda and I walked out to Saba and Savta's house. We shmoozed and played rummikub - and I won. ;)
After havdala Mommy came and picked us up. Now it's Motz"ash and back to life. I just spent a week listening to people try to convince me to do something more fulfilling with my life. After all the speeches I know that my dead-end job isn't really cutting it and that while I love some of the people there, it isn't getting me anywhere in the scheme of things.
Suppose we'll see how this unfolds. Stay tuned...
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The sun set while we were there and I took time to enjoy the colors of the surrounding wilderness. Oh yes, and the wilderness.After the fair we headed to Ginot to visit the cousins, with the cousins. Dinner was nice but it wasn't until dessert that things got interesting. Something about old people only ever discussing taxes, politics and their illnesses. But then Shui started flinging this folded paper from the box and it went around the table. Next time I think we should be able to taste both the vanilla and the chocolate ice-cream. Especially since they were the 'minis' - I mean, they're small. Really.
Toffee was content to sit and watch the fish. Their names are Bubbles, Freddie and Splash. Of course, the bear is contemplating the best way to grab 'em and run - but you'd never know that from the placid stance and innocent looking face.
Chag again tomorrow and vacation is practically over. I hate this part. Hope everything goes well! Mebbe it will, there is the hope of seeing my puppy and finding a new scruffy and Little Brother will be around, not to mention a zillion other people.
I think I'll go bake some ice-cream cone cup-cakes...
More tomorrow... :)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The bosses gave us impossible work. We did what we could and then we played Boggle. Yes, I did file a bit. But just a bit... :)
Spent the afternoon with Shosh. We went out to eat and then to the park. We are pretty and put-together. Sometimes we are even pretty put-together. After a nap on the comfy couch we headed to TM so that I could catch a bus Home.
Sometimes I wish I had a friend to call when I just wanted someone to listen to me kvetch about being kvetched to and at. However, I feel bad nominating and/or designating someone for such a ridiculous job. And THAT my friend, is why I don't talk because generally what I have to say just isn't worth the time of day.
On the other hand, sometimes I do have important requests to ask of people - please daven for my very close friend's sister, she is very much in need of our T'fillot! Her name is Rochel Chana bas Yehudis Sarah. Thank you!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Met my Woof on the bus to Jerusalem. We were going to go shopping. Of course, all the stores are closed on Chol Hamoed so we bought some popcorn and turned around for the trip back to Bet Shemesh.
Second concert was tonight. Feige came which was really nice. We shmoozed and I think I scared her with the general informality of my house. Little Brother came and shmoozed with us too!
Owing to definite sleep-deprivation I was overcome by one of my usual hyper moods. Think I may have scared the locals. Alas, what can I do? We all know that I am not one to take no for an answer.
Met Robin Hood's family and then went for a quick stroll. Back on the street I was sent to bed by the Grunthor of my Rhapsody, shame that the same character plays Ashe as well.
No bed-time story? *sniff* The nightmares are sure to come tonight. I mean, I actually had a nice day. There is nothing free in life.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Anywho - about those pictures...
All I will say is, it is nice to have things settled in my head - though I still don't really understand, I'll just box it and leave it. I just hope it doesn't bite me in the butt in 20 years. Nah, that'll never happen - ah, the foolishness of the young.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Spent the day 'relaxing' in the house. No, seriously, I didn't leave the house until I walked Debra to the bus-stop to catch the 9:15PM bus. I also didn't bother getting dressed until after 3 this afternoon.
Dum was brave and got permission to sleep out tonight, so even though Freddie had to back to Jeru I have company. Shani was out most of the day too, but after enough bothering she came over too.
Yes, I do have some good music - and yes, our 'presents' were junk. But hey, it's nice to be thought of every once in a while.
And, "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" is sooooooo much better than "What's This?"
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Once again I was reminded of the fact that Kohelet is without a doubt my favorite Sefer of Nach. Everything we toil at and for in this world really is fruitless and pointless. Shame we don't realize it earlier.
After Chag was the Zwebner open house. Everybody who is anybody was there. It was one of THE social events of the holiday. It was great fun. Little brother came and I got to see Sawa. After the block party broke up Little Brother drove Sammy, Woof and me to Burger's Bar. It smelled yummy - but I didn't have any. We were celebrating the beggining of the Woof's newest diet.
It's official, I have a shoulder devil, I'm not totally forgotten (sheesh, ummm, thanks?) I am cute and I'm not THAT fat. ;)
Yep, all is well with the world.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Now it's really erev chag. I've already been in the kitchen and everything is progressing at an acceptable pace. The cookies are just about finished, we just need to frost the Black & Whites. The little man even came and switched the gas balloon on our grill, so now we can make the chicken! In other news. Mommy has been experimenting again. We are going to have quite the colorful meal. Carrot soup and pea soup - both vibrant and I think it'll look pretty swirled in the bowl...
And for the head-banger of the day - Riddle me this:
What is the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
Anyone can roast beef, but...
Nootch, Debwa and Dum are coming for Chag! Shani is Home and hopefully we'll see other friends too! If not, there's always open house tomorrow night! Stay tuned for pic updates as the Holiday begins and progresses.
There's always fun in the Polly House except of course, for when there is chaos.
Gotta go fix the Sukkah! Have a great one!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Caught the 12:30 back to Jeru and made it to work right on time. It's official, the 'new girl' has been sacked and now is the 'was new girl' - is it wrong of me to feel elated at this turn of events? Though, now there will be a new new girl to train and I have a feeling that the responsibility will fall mostly on me. On the bright side, I don't have to think about work until Wednesday when I have to work from 10-2. Anybody want to come hang out with me? Please?! I'll give you a cookie!
Back at Home Mommy made potato blintzes. She made 40 in all and we succeeded in polishing off 12 of them already. And I got to draw on the lid of the foil tin.
What to do tonight? Well, I could bake more, watch a movie, clean my room (again), work on my scarf, sukkah decorations, color a picture, latch-hook, sleep, clean the bathroom, read...
So many options - now to choose...
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
After work I headed back to the Ranch to wait for Shosh. Then we hopped on a bus in the general direction of Home for a night of DT writing and cookie-dough-making.
Below is the story of the Evil Indian Thief...
The next picture proves once and for all that with enough 'reminding' Daddy actually DOES do the meat dishes. THANK YOU DADDY!!!And of course, the cookie dough (Double batch Rum&Spice...) That'll smell good in the morning...
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Uneventful busride. Work was ridiculous. Especially because we had been closed Sunday and Monday, so today was a double-deadline-day. Like I said, ridiculous.
Got an unexpected phone-call that I was sort of dreading getting. Being the responsible me that I am, I ignored it. Got an utterly unexpected SMS and answered it with a phone call. I think that signals that I can lay the issue to rest. The situ that never began except for in my head, well, now I feel silly.
I have completely ruined myself with all of those books that I have been known to devour. Made my life harder and spun my dreams wildly out of control.
I dream of the impossible.
Fairy tales indeed.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Was at shul and in shul on time and before time. Managed a taanit dibur at night and for most of the day.
For the sake of having things to reminisce about next year allow me to jot down some funny-isms:
1. One of the freaky boys forgot his shoes at Home and walked down the tayelet barefoot. It wouldn't have been quite so amusing had his pants not been rolled up past his ankles. It looked like he was was going fishing.
2. Pajamas and bright blue crocs.
3. Michael Z. was convinced that he had seen Daddy in shul at kol nidrei. On second thought, maybe he dreamed of him. All I had to say was, "if you're dreaming of my father..."
Thank you partner for your t'fillot, they helped VERY much.
Clarity is such an important thing. Proper perspective is almost essential as well.
And remember, when you need help - ask for it. Of course it helps when the person that you need to speak to drives up at just the right moment. But even if they don't, seek them out. It's worth it.
Friends, sisters and role-models - thank you all.
A new year dawns, sin-free and beautiful.
Let us begin...
Sunday, October 01, 2006
I'm going to post my horoscopes for the day. Let me assure you - I don't actually hold any stock in them - they just amuse me endlessly. Especially when they are so perfectly aligned with the story of my life. (And no, I don't even need to search to see how they could be. They just are.)
Check this out:
"You're loyal to a fault, but are you holding onto this potential romance out of a misguided sense of duty? Ask yourself if you're truly enjoying this person's company, or you're just happy to make someone else happy."
"What seems like a difference of opinion may well only be a lack of in-depth understanding. If the two of you talk it out, you just might just find that your outlooks are closer than you think."
"As problems develop today, you will need to take a step back and consider them coolly and rationally. Your initial response may not be appropriate, but if you take the time to think, you'll hit on the answer."
Yom Kippur is on its way. I need to go eat some breakfast. Daddy left last night and drove up to Tzfat. He's spending The day there at Eli's yeshiva. I'm sure they'll enjoy - I only wish I could have gone too.
I need a vacation something awful. I need to go somewhere else and turn off my phone and be computerless and just enjoy the sense of being. I'm drowning here and the problem with me drowning is that frankly, I'm a really good swimmer. So, when I start going down - I dunno - it just doesn't bode well.
I know Little Brother - "Just keep swimming."
I'm trying. Maybe a day of fasting and praying will help.
G'mar Chatima Tovah!