Sunday, December 31, 2006

Teddy Want An Orange?

Woke up all alone in a big double bed. It was cold.
Made my way from the hotel to the office.
It was a yom tzom so we were hungry.

For break-fast I went to Rimon with TJ and Chaya. Toffee came along too and we really enjoyed people watching, though none of us were really there mentally. I think the only appropriate phrase would be 'zonked.' After saying g'bye I headed down Bezalel to אהבת הים to meet up with the mishpuchuh. Rachel let the Dibble listen to her ipod and even 'educated' him. (Which finger means it's good?) We left the restaraunt and made our way to the car where Freddie and I said our farewells to the Danzigers and then we walked up towards TM. Along the way we wound up taking a detour up Agrippas, where we bumped into people we knew. Then we made a phone call and a little birdie told us to go to Coffee Bean. There we bumped into Robin Hood and co., saw Zalman (no - you CAN'T steal Toffee) and finally turned around and walked back to our side of town.

Guhfilta is happily hanging from the doorframe of the living room at The Ranch and I think it is time to finally unpack from Shabbos.

Speaking of Shabbos, I don't know what to do. Lots of people and no time for naps.
I wonder if the one that I actually want to spend time with will come over.

Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Merry Sylvester Y'all
& Happy 2007...

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Guhfiltah Fish...

Friday morning was cold. I made breakfast for Shosh and Debs and waited for Brenda to get to The Ranch. She was running late so I went to Geulah all by myself to pick up popcorn and candy. I think it was my first time ever bussing to and from Geulah.

Mommy and Daddy picked us up at the entrance of the city and we headed over to the King Solomon Hotel.

Friday night the family went to the Kotel to daven but I was cold so I stayed at the hotel with Brenda and Eli and we terrorized other guests. The Danzigers ate with us at our hotel and after the meal we shmoozed, played cards, bothered some more random people, bumped into old acquaintances and even listened to Daddy(?)

Eventually we all went to sleep, which would have gone well if Freddie hadn't taken up the whole bed. :P I'm convinced it was so complicated just because we didn't sleep the way we slept the first night in London. ;)

Woke up with plenty of time before shul. Freddie and I followed Daddy out and met up with Josh and Uncle Shnooky then we made our way all the way to the Mayanot Shul on R'chov Hama'alot. On the way we introduced our cousins to Yaakov & Eisav and even explained the theory behind the Borreka law. The eclectic gruop of Jews in shul was interesting but it was nice to sing some of our old tunes and nigunnim.

Lunch was late and drawn out but quite enjoyable and after the meal we headed over to the Inbal for some more cousin time. First we ate jelly beans and shmoozed then Freddie, Rachel and I took the Dibble to climb on the dragon in Gan Hapaamon. FInally back inside J,J,R and I played a game or three of Rummikub.

After Shabbos we headed out to 'Town' where we wandered up and down Ben Yehuda until we got hungry enough to go find some food. Pizza bread and coffee and hot chocolate cake were on the menu, but there were other more exciting things to watch than Freddie reading her book and Rachel's i-pod with issues. Of course we also saw Little Brother, Woof, the Squeaky-one and Erika. Uncle Shnooky even bought me a new friend, he will hang from my ceiling and bounce if I poke him. The man in the store said to feed him little fishies when we asked.

Eventually we made our way back to the hotels and said good-night. Freddie had to get back to the Hopsickal, because she was supposed to work a 'boker' shift (which stats at 7 am.) So, Mommy agreed to drive her back. I went along for the ride and we stopped off at The Ranch so that I could drop off some stuff and pick up some stuff. We shmoozed with Shosh and Debs for a while and then headed back to the hotel.

Funniest Comments over the Weekend:
- But I didn't see the wall.
- I think you made a mistake, that is NOT a real dragon. I think he is made out of stone.
- Imagine swallowing a drunk muppet, Grover and a trumpet.
- Who got the geek gene? You got the geek gene.
- _____ University...
- Kippaman, Kippaman, Kippaman, Kippaman.
- Would you like a pizza-bread so that I can take a bite of it?
- If she asks, tell her all her children have disappeared. I'm going shopping.
- WOW! Would you check out that dog's puppy?!?!
- Let's Import Mexicans. From where? From Mexico - DUH!

Sleep time. 'Nuff Said.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

All the Reasons it Just Wouldn't Work...

So for some odd reason I actually went into work an hour early today. Something about a big meeting and lots of people coming to the office. 'Big Top Secret Plans' or something along those lines. Yeah, sure, fun fun. What do they think I'm going to do? Sell them out to the enemy OR even better, run with the plans and present them as my own before they ever get the project off the ground. I guess it just comes down to how evil I'm feeling when the time comes.

After work I spent some quality time with Zalman. I'm not allowed to write about it - but yeah, it happened. I think Robin Hood showed up at some point and there was something about something or other but that coffee was really good - even though I'm convinced she messed up the order because for some strange reason, they can't decide which drink is supposed to be which.

Suffice it to say, I got back to The Ranch late.

Boy oh boy did I see the most interesting mix of people tonight.

Quote of the night ties between;

"Well, the ONLY reason I went in was because I told her you'd fall out of your chair if you saw me there, but then I walked in and you did the whole REALLY shocked looking thing like, "what the heck is she doing here" but you didn't actually fall out of your seat which kind of stinks for me because I told her you would, so next time if you could just fall of the bench I'd really appreciate it."

AND...

"Awwww, you're so cute when you get all annoyed, exasperated and fed-up with me!"

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Thank you for calling me back..."

This morning started on one of those footings that would make most people nervous. A slight sense of pessimism could send it spiraling down into the abyss and a laugh and some optimism could make it heaven. I wasn't sure which would be more appropriate so I stayed 'pareve' until I was able to decide that today should be a good one.

It all stared at 1:55am when Rachie D. called me. She said she had met someone I knew. After I got off the phone I couldn't fall back asleep because a crazy thunder/lightning-storm was passing by. The windows rattled, the cold air found it's way in through the cracks and the building shook.

Eventually I fell asleep and woke up 4 hours later in a puddle of water thanks to scruffy-fluffy (our pet hot water bottle) whom I had put in my bed to warm my toes but who wound up bathing them instead thanks to a dessicated rubber-band-stoppery-thingamajigit.

Bussed to the office because it was rainy and cold. There was A LOT of work today. Finally the rain stopped and eventually the snow started falling. We got freed at 4ish when the snow started to stick.

The bosses gave me a lift back to my side of town and as I walked from the outer street I made a random phone call and really took my time walking so as to better enjoy the snow falling, the slush on the ground and of course, the puddles.

Back at The Ranch there was LOTS of hot water. I love the smell of clean laundry! Gotta make some hot chocolate and curl up to read for a bit I think.

So we got a sorta-snow-ish-day today.
Can we have a REAL one tomorrow?

Cross your fingers,
Cross your toes,
Blink your eyes
and
Wiggle your nose!!

Sis, $10,000 a head? What a GREAT idea.
Somehow I knew you'd say something sensible like that.
Luv you sooo much and thanks for everything!!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Effy Shnozzle Elephant...

Pitter Patter Pitter Patter Pitter Pat Pat...

This morning was boring.
The office was empty.
No bosses around.

Splish Splash Splish Splash Splish Splash Sploosh...

This afternoon was crazy.
Two out of three and lots of work.
Potato Chips and Destruct-O-Match.

Drizzle Drip Drizzle Drip Drizzle Drip Drip...

Mommy convinced me that I'm worth 20 NIS.
Walked back to the other side of town.
The raindrops were wet.

Plink Plink Plink Plink Plink Plink Plink Plink...

Talked to my Big Sis, albeit online.
Spent some quality time with my partner.
Talked a lot more than I thought I was going to.

Tap Tap Tappa Tap Tap Tappa Tap Tap...

Have you ever passed someone in the street that you didn't know personally but recognized instantly from some third-party description or from the proverbial 'someplace' and had no guts or time to be able to stop them and say, "hey, are you so and so cause if you are, we should totally shmooze?!" Well, I had one of those this morning. I figure, it could happen again, and if it does - I'll totally make an opportunity of it. After all, what do I have to lose?

Pray for a SNOW DAY tomorrow! Aside from not having to go to work - well, simply put, DUDE, IT'S SNOW!!!

Today I found a new amusing quote that I felt that I could relate to and honestly understand. Peter Drucker said, "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

Whaddaya Reckon?

Monday, December 25, 2006

''you won't take his love...

...you're being picky."

So I called in sick this morning, seeing as I spent the night awake coughing and sneezing. Deborah arrived this morning at some ridiculous hour - so when I woke up I got to see her.

For lack of desire to move I spent the entire day on the couch. I did nothing more than use up tissues, watch Harry Potter and work on Little Brother's scarf.

Mommy, Daddy and Eli showed up at some point to drop off some chicken soup and more tissues.

Basically, today was an unproductive wasted day. I hate days like that AND I still don't feel better. Tomorrow is back to normal, work and the usual 9 hours at the office.

I'm off to read some more and snuggle with Toffee.
Mebbe I'll drink some more tea.
Down with tea. Yech.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

"Feeling Ucky" Doesn't Even Begin to Describe It...

So I woke up this morning bright and early feeling quite 'ick' but I decided to go to work because, after all, life doesn't stop for a cold or a sinus infection or pneumonia (ChasV'shalom)... Does it?

Anywho, first I got yelled at by Mrs. Boss for coming in sick, because as she put it, "it was selfish, because all I was doing was getting everyone else contaminated." (I thought of it as sharing and spreading the joy.)

Anywho, I suffered through half a day and at 3 I finally gave up and crawled back to The Ranch, stopping on the way to pick up some veggies. Back in the building the elevator was working (as opposed to last night and this morning) and I put up a pot of soup and then crashed on the couch thanking whatever 'Powers That Be' for sparing me the 6 flight walk up.

And that is where I am still. With a scarf to knit (or three), (yet another) cup of tea, a book that I need to finish, Toffee & Fringe and a bag of honey candies - I think I am pretty much set.

I'm thinking I'll stay here until tomorrow at around 9 when I will call in sick and I guess I'll take it from there.

I hate being sick. The only perk is being able to stay in PJs all day long. Unfortunately, I tend to go stir-crazy when bored

and what is guaranteed boredom?

Sitting on a couch all day long.

Told ya, being sick stinks.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Whoa, Squiggly Wiggly...

Friday morning the Danziger's arrived in The Holy Land. Daddy picked them up from the airport and shuttled them to Bet-Shemesh for some breakfast. Little Brother stopped by and eventually we drove up to Jeru. We picked up Freddie, stopped at the promenade and dropped them off at the hotel.

Back at Home Shabbos prep was underway. We had 4 seminary girls over (Dum, Barrie, Tamee and Dina.) Friday night we walked over to Nofei Aviv. It was Benzi Derkberg's ufruf, so there was a whole party going on at the shul. Shani had walkd with us and decided she was ready to go so we headed towards Home, taking a long detour down Herzog, up Reuven till Rashi and then Home. By the time I got into bed I was zonked. When I woke up in the morning I was so congested and my head hurt so badly that I was unable to drag myslef out of bed. I made it downstairs for some sudafed, salad and finally plopped myself down on the big chair and spent the rest of shabbos there. So Shabbos was nice enough I suppose. Then Shani called me and asked to come borrow a movie. I said no problem and she came over with Sawa and the Reishit boy of the week. (I was highly amused, but I DO understand why he'd make a very cute little drunk.)

At about 7:30 the whole family piled into the car and drove up to Jeru. First stop - pizza. We met up with the cousins and shmoozed. Then we did the touristy thing and walked up and down and up and down and up Ben Yehuda. Of course, we enjoyed because Freddie, Rach and I went puppy watching.

Though I have got to admit - it was QUITE wrong to be checking out that chayal, because as Mommy pointed out, "hey, isn't that our neighbor?!" HAHAHA!!! Oh well. So much for that.

But darn it, he WAS scruffy.
Well, there's always next time...
Shavua Tov!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

718-797-2717

Work was work. We did nothing overly exciting, aside from a 200 piece mailing. Z came to visit me for the last hour of the day and then I headed back to B.S. for Sim-n-Tov's engagement party in Sheinfeld.

Funny Story of the night -
First I almost missed the bus, but the driver let me on anyway. There were no seats so I thought I would stand. Then I wound up sitting on the back step and finally on the 'seat-of-terror' (in the middle of the back row.) On the way up from the stop at BIG I had one of those eye-rolling moments with Toffee. The chayal sitting next to me noticed and was both amused and unsure of how to respond to this blatant show of oddness. I looked at him, smiled and we both laughed. At the second to last stop before the Ampi he asked me for my number and I smiled and said, no. At the next stop he got off, wishing me a שבת שלום, חנוכה שמח & חודש טוב. As soon as the bus pulled away Toffee and I burst out laughing. Suffice it to say we had another one of our eye-rolling moments, but this time nobody noticed.

The party was cute and back at Home I restarted Little Brother's scarf four times and we made a sign for Da'Zingers who will be arriving in The Holy Land in the morning. (Ok, so Brenda made the sign, but it ONLY took 18 pieces of paper, right?!) Dum came too and she'll be here for Shabbos. This is gonna be an interesting weekend. I'll let you know what that means in a couple of days.

Gotta knit some more. I REALLY like how it is coming out!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Boy Watching in Center 1...

So as a 'favor'(?) to my boss (WHY?!) I went into the office an hour early. What did I do in that hour? Well, I got a ton of stuff to do and lots of candy (thanks to HAS.) Today was actually a good day and it flew by. The bosses all left early and I finished all my work and even managed to clean up my desk area. Chaya got me a Black&White cookie (I have GOT to stop noshing) and my Big Sis is officially moving to The City!!! Like, walking distance-ish from The Ranch - I AM SOOO EXCITED!!!!

On the way back to The Ranch I bumped into Ruhama. She decided that I am to be a 'charity case' for the semester. She is going to FORCE me to finish Stazh. (Remember when I stopped caring about that back in June? May? February?) Anyway, she wants for me to finish - she says it will do wonders for my self-esteem. I am disinclined to believe her, but I figure, it can't hurt and there are only so many times that I can refuse to finish a thing when opportunities keep popping up in front of me.

Shosh and I lit and sang and sat around shmoozing with Ruhama until our obligatory 1/2 hour was up then we headed out for our Rosh Chodesh dinner on the town.

Now it's 8:30 and it feels like 3 in the morning. I am cold and exhausted and I think that the best idea would be to just go to sleep.

Maybe I will work on Little Brother's scarf a little bit more. It is coming along - though I need to go pick up another skein (or two) of yarn. I think it will be nice and warm once it is broken it.

And for the record - I am NOT stressed out and I do NOT knit tightly.

Harumph. I need a massage.

A Lot of A Lot...

I straightened my hair today. Everyone thinks something is up with me - like I'm secretly dating someone and not telling anyone about it because I've been getting dressed up lately and straightening my hair - well, lemme let you in on a little secret... There is NOTHING going on out of the ordinary in my life. No guys, no dates, no plans, basically no social-life whatsoever considering Little Brother has gone back to the Army and I spend so much time at work that I don't have time to find other people to hang out with.

I took a break this morning. I got sent to the far away post office so I went there and on the way my Big Sis and I stopped at the arts-n-crafts store and I got beads for a pink/caramel necklace and earrings and for a pair of pretty blueish-marbled-type earrings.

I rushed back to The Ranch and set up my menorah. Then I went over to the Greenfields to return the a borrowed bag of milk. The two littlest munchkins knocked on the door a few minutes later with some fresh homemade sufganyot. (So much for that diet thingy...)

When Shosh got home we lit and spent our 1/2 hour doing nothing much in particular then we got ready and headed out to Afikei for the annual Chanukah Chagiga! It was soooo nice (as usual.) We saw tons of the teachers and Sassy was there and Dina and on the bus back to The Ranch we even saw Yael (used to be M, but now is married.)

Tomorrow I am going to the office early. Why? Because my boss asked me to? No, more because I am a sadistic sort of person who wants to see how much torture and agony she can withstand before she breaks.

I need a new job. I'm not complaining, I am merely stating. It is becoming realized fact to me - as soon as it is a concrete fact and all perks of the position that I now hold are null and void - I WILL move on. I need to. I have no option. Gosh darn it.

Happy 5th night everybody!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Thanks Kalman Moshe... :)

I almost can't remember this morning. However, I have vague recollections and heretofore shall I endeavor to relate them in as concise a manner as possible...

The alarm went off at 7:00 and I jumped out of bed to turn it off. It was cold. Luckily the shower was hot and I managed to get packed and dressed in about 1/2 an hour and was out the door before anyone else in the house was up.

The busride into Jeru was annoying. Even more annoying was the relatively cute twit who was staring at my sweatshirt and stubbornly refused to ask me who I knew in the course.

Back in The City I ran up to The Ranch to drop my stuff off and then I ran out to the office. Talk about stupidity and unfairness, not to mention employee bashing and a definite lack of appreciation. I informed my boss that I will be taking a day off, he says I have no vacation days left, I told him to take it off my salary and to deal with it. I simply don't care anymore.

After covering for a co- and working so hard my head spun I left the office at 4:45ish. Downstairs I met up with Feige and we shmoozed for a little and did some catching up. She's so cute, trying to convince me to get a real job where the employees are appreciated, there is room for advancement and there are NO phones!!!

Back at The Ranch, Shosh and I lit candles, Sis helped me find a 'bright side' to my day, we sat around, wished Becca a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and then headed out to find some dinner. We wound up with the most disgusting assortment of food-stuffs; a pie of Pizza, a big bottle of Coca-Cola, Doritos and Rugelach. After eating enough to satisfy a small country we headed out to the pool for some much needed swimming. I'm sure the water was nice, but I was much too tired to swim so I relaxed on a pool-chair and read my book.

Back at The Ranch I stopped at the neighbors to 'borrow'(?) a bag of milk and then I made some hot chocolate for the both of us.

I think I need some sleep.
Correction, I KNOW I need sleep.
Good Night and a Happy 4th night to all...

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Baby Fish Mouth...

So, it was a pretty early morning. Caught a 420 at 8:55 and headed up to The City. Work was the usual, but I got out early and headed Home to catch the 'Teens vs. Adults Game Nite' at the Shul. Personally, I enjoyed. I LOVE our community. Mostly because there aren't very many sane people in it. Anywho, we played lots of old 'game-show' games and had breakfast for an after-dinner snack. AND ice-cream.

As usual, pictures speak louder than words - though, there were some pretty amusing things said at this thingamajig...

Enjoy... Quality time with Freddie and Shani.
Squiggles the pancaked bear.
Cookies?
Shani and Vivi!!!
Vivi and Vered - get into the spirit!
Nice turn-out considering how 'cold' it was.
Awwwww, Ben... (Freddie, nice burp - for the record...)
WAFFLES!!!
Pancakes vs. Waffles at the after dinner breakfast snack time.
No Cheating Silly Brother!!!
Freddie and Shani!!!
All in all an exceptionally enjoyable evening. Back at Home I spoke to Daddy. He'll be on his way Home soon. (Though, I'm going back to Jeru, so I won't see him until Shabbos.) My toes are cold and I should go to sleep - I have to get up before 7.
Good night all - Happy 3rd night of Chanukah and remember,
Packet of Seeds... (x2)

Midnight Ramblings...

Just some thoughts keeping me from sleep...

- It is Chanukah.
- Marsha Marsha Marsha. (Only not.)
- I love my teddy.
- What a waste of beautiful eyes.
- Pathetic blob.
- I have lost my mint chapstick.
- Must sleep now.
- I hate the ridiculousness of routine without respite.
- Dum forgot her phone at our house...

G'nite moon.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Pearls and a Sweatshirt...

Nice Shabbos. Very nice Shabbos as a matter of fact.

Friday night we went to Shul. Dum was over and Shani stopped by Friday night. The Tall One walked me further down the path than he needed to and on the bright side (for him) he's taller again. Back at Home we had a drawn out meal, sang every song and shmoozed. Then we ate chocolate cake and were asleep by 9:30.

Woke up at ''8 to 2" according to The Dibble and I made it to Shul only 15 minutes late. Shul dragged on because of the bar-mitzvah and finally we got Home and ate quite an enjoyable meal. Then we retired to the couches in the living room to relax. Eventually people started trickling in. Shalom, Z and Robin Hood all made their ways to our house. We didn't do much, sat around, shmoozed, talked to Teddies, tossed some animals, talked about the cats, read and I even won you-know-what-kub against Little Brother.

After Havdala we drove everyone back to their respective places and then went shopping at BIG to get some cheese and potatos. Back at Home we made pizza and latkes and lit our menorahs.

Toffee wore a purple kumta while Freddie sat on Little Brother and me and read stories. Dum tried to play the music from Tarzan and Brenda read the Chanuka Story for Night Number 3.

Night number 3? But it's only the Second night.

More tomorrow...

שבוע טוב and חנוכה שמח!!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

You Are a BOOGER BRAIN!!!

So I went to sleep at 5:47 this morning and woke up when Ezri and Avi left for school. I think I stayed up because I was watching ridiculous movies on the internet. Not a very good reason I must admit, but hey, I had to prove I was strong. Right? Ok, not really.

Anywho, I stumbled off the couch at about 7:45 and felt like I had a really bad hangover, then I realized, not a hangover - just slight dehydration. So I drank 1/2 a liter of water and peeled a bag of potatos for Latkes and called the crazy chinese medicine woman to find out how many poison caplets I'm REALLY supposed to be popping at a time. She didn't answer her phone so I left her a message in my 'hi, i'm so sweet on the phone cause I'm a dumb blonde' voice. (Even though, I'm not blonde. Or am I?)

Then I took a nap and woke up to Freddie klomping down the stairs on the phone. I almost rolled off the couch, (again) but caught myself and got up to eat a vanilla cream sufganya.

Wow, I think I need to start that diet I've been considering.

Who's up for a donut?

Have a Great Shabbos!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dibblewhopper...

Ok, so it has been a really good week.

This morning I dragged my cold self out of bed and tried to straighten up The Ranch. I decided to bus to work (cause I was carrying all my stuff) and I realized that I needed a new cartisiyah. So, I got on the bus and told the driver what I needed - he stared at me incredulously and asked, "are you sure you're over 18?" I smiled and nodded and offered to show him my driver's liscense, but he decided that IF I insisted on paying more for a bus card than I needed to, that I was crazy and as we all know, you should never mess with a crazy person.

The office was amusing enough. In the span of 8 hours I actually filed one (out of 5) trays of paper and ate 2 PB&J sandwiches. Shosh showed up to deliver a Black&White cookie (have I mentioned my absolute favorite type of cookie) while I was out giving Mommy and MUD my backpack and stuff. I left a few minutes early but no busses were coming down Yafo so I still missed the 6:15 bus that I wanted to catch. On the 21 on the way to TM no less than 5 DIFFERENT people stopped me to ask me about my sweatshirt. They asked who I knew that was in the medics course and I told them my brother had taken and passed it! (Then I walked away laughing hysterically.)

I caught the next 415 and at Tzomet Shimshon I called the Mishpucha and told them to get in the car. About 10 minutes later there we were, at BIG, and Saba & Savta came too! We had a yummy dinner at 'Grill & Wok' and then we went out to the park where we played TAG up and down the jungle-gyms.

See, that's one of the things I treasure about my family. Who says that FUN is a 'kids only' thing?! I think that big people are entitled to enjoy themselves too. Sometimes there is nothing more freeing than just running around in circles with people that you love, yelling and laughing and not caring what all the stoics and boring people who make up the 'normal' section of society think.

Haha, you're it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Follow that Rhinoceros...

So I woke up LATE this morning. Tried on EVERY article of clothing that I have at The Ranch and NOTHING fit right. No busses drove by TM for a span of about 10 minutes except for a 1, 3 and 27. Got to work 15 minutes late. The office was DEAD so I headed out with my Big Sis to the yarn store where I picked up yarn for the scarf that I'm going to make for Little Brother. Back at the office I was too lazy to do any filing so I plopped myself down in the Graphics Department and pretended to help (knitting all the while of course...)

The remainder of the afternoon flew by - except for when it kind of stopped at around 4:40ish. For no sane reason I stuck around until 6:30. On my way back to The Ranch I picked up some whole-wheat rolls (hot and literally fresh outta the oven) and some soup-making-materials. Eventually Suzana's boyfriend named Omer called and asked me for her cell-phone number. I shmoozed with him for close to 1/2 an hour and would you believe that at the end of the conversation he made a pass at me?! But the pick-up line was so cliche' it made me sick so I hung up on him. Whoops....?

Some final thoughts for tonight; Stupidity really grates on my nerves, I hate telephones, I've gotta find myself a guy, My toes and fingers are cold, Knitting is a lot of fun when you do it with a friend, Idlewild isn't toooooo bad

and

Days are what you make of them. Smile, it could almost always be worse and you ARE stronger than than you think.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Oh Suzana...

Okey doke, so I started this post at the office at approximately 5:45 after EVERYONE but me had left the office. I was just sitting around, filing, staring off into space and wondering why I felt like I had taken a bath in oil. Then I realized - I'd better get off this donut kick, cause there is NO way it's healthy to be consuming the copious amounts of oil (with a donut on the side) that I have been ingesting.

Let's see, what happened today... Well, first I couldn't drag myself outta bed so Shosh had to do it for me. Then the shower was cold as well as the apartment. My hair wouldn't cooperate (go figure.) and I didn't have any appropriately cute socks to wear so I decided to just look like a shlumpf. (Then again, do I ever look put together?!!?)

Work was relatively hectic but I managed to get everything done (I hope.) Slipped out at some point in the afternoon to meet up with Shalom and to pick up a donut for my Sis. (Really, you think I'm joking when I say I'm moving into your apartment - but I'm serious. So, I hope you have a reasonably comfy couch...) :)

It is now 9:20 and time (I feel) to continue my post...

Left the office an hour early and walked down to Coffee Bean where I met up with Woof, Little Brother and The Squeaky One. The cute guy at 1:00 was a great view while Little Brother choked on sugar, The Squeaky One shot straw wrappers at us and Woof stuck stickers on everyone (though somehow I wound up with all 4 of them.)

Then we walked up and down the midr'chov trying to find earrings and the Woof's phone. The next two stops were the pizza place and schwarma. Then The Squeaky One got on a bus and then there were 3. We stopped at Marzipan for some bobka?! and then walked back to TM, waving at A Big Door, Maayana and A Dare It who passed by on a bus. At TM an 8 came so Little Brother got on it and then there were 2. Woof and I walked the rest of the way to The Ranch and she left me at the door and headed off into the wild blue yonder - and then there was one.

It was a good day. Hope tomorrow and Thursday go just as well... :)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Green Light?!...

Left The Ranch and bumped into Rebbetzin Kurtz. Walked to work and it was uneventful. Today was very busy catching up from yesterdays holiday.

Work dragged on forever and after work Chaya agreed to join me on a jaunt to satisfy my ridiculous ravioli craving. So, we went to Rimon and had a very enjoyable dinner. Well, I enjoyed - hope you did too... :)

As we walked out of the restaraunt who did we bump into but Little Brother! Seems I missed the party but I did get to meet Arielle and we shmoozed for a bit. Eventually we got too cold to stand around doing nothing so I bid them a good-night and headed back to The Ranch.

On the way I picked up some chocolate rugelach and now I'm working my way through a sad and depressing book called "The Prosperous Thief" by Andrea Goldsmith.

Last thought of the night, it certainly is cold up here.

Chicken soup anybody?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hookey, Cookie and *Sigh*

Ever worry about something cause you know it's wrong to do but you know you'll do it anyway because everyone else does it and because you deserve it and because the world won't end because of it?

Ok, so for me and my people-pleasing, overachieving, perfectionist being self - skipping work just does not happen.

Anyway, I had an appointment in RBS this morning and figured, like a 'good employee' that I would take 1/2 a day to do the stuff I needed to do and then go into the office late. Thing was, I REALLY wasn't in the mood. Overworked and underpaid and never having taken a 'sick' day in the 13 months that I've been working at the office I deserved it. So, after polishing up my smile I called the office and was informed that everyone was out at meetings and I should therefore not bother coming in.

So, I spent a day at Home. A random day with nothing to do. Do you understand that I sat around and did NOTHING?! It was wonderful. I knitted a bit and found new fun blogs to read and spent time with Mommy and that was it!

I'd like to do it more often but somehow I feel like that would ruin it. You know destroy the 'specialness' and make it too mundane.

Now I'm back in Jeru at The Ranch. Nothing much is going on. Dum is coming for Shabbos which is going to be lots of fun. I feel like I can be positive and talk about shabbos because it's already Monday in my book which means just 2 long days and 2 short days till the weekend again - and that's not sooo much, so I think I can deal.

Mommy bought me the funniest book this morning. I spent some time reading it today. I was highly amused. I suppose that now I should put what I read into practice.

I guess I just have to find someone to practice on...

Any volunteers?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Don't Flush Henry...

Friday night was kind of depressing. I left shul halfway through and ran Home where I cried myself a headache until Freddie came upstairs and said something about misreading pedophile as Philadelphia. The meal was interesting and then came sleep. Yes, blessed sleep. Away from the people and the problems. Sleep is a wonderful escape. Of course, going to sleep after 1/2 an hour of uproarious laughter with two people you really like is also a good thing.

Woke up in time for shul. Didn't go. Instead I went back to sleep and woke up at 10:45 in time for lunch. The meal was novel and then it was sleep-time again. I took my quilt and spread it out on the mirpeset upstairs. About two hours later someone was slamming doors which woke me just in time to put on shoes and run outside to catch the gang as they headed out for a shpatzir. The walk was cut short and then we went to Shani's room followed by my house for tea. Shabbos ended after I lost to Little Brother in Rummikub and then after havdalah everyone left.

What do I have to say? Well, for starters, guys who are gorgeous and know it are sooo annoying. Also, I hate it when Brits hang out with a bunch of Americans and think that the girls love them because they can say "ladies first" with the accent - especially when they have that voice that makes you want to melt.

Oh yes, and when making chocolate cake it is highly advisable to grease the pan and if you want to throw in chocolate chips...

be sure to roll them in flour first.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Coffee After Midnight...

So, I pulled a semi-all-nighter. It was actually really nice. Re-cap on last night - so a new friend came over to play, cause according to sources there was supposed to be a kitchen party but sadly it fizzled and everyone went to sleep.

Still, I did bake chocolate chip cookies until 2 in the morning. I also spent over an hour on the phone with Eli, which left me with what the genie would call 'a crick in the neck' especially because I was doing the shoulder/phone thing whilst scooping cookie dough.

Shabbos looks like it's going to be fun. Little Brother and Nootch and Malia are all supposed to be coming and Shani should be Home not to metion mebbe Z will stop by to visit. I think it's gonna be quite interesting.

Have a great shabbos and smile!

After all, tomorrow could be worse... ;)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Fresh Outta Waldorfs...

Was today... Useful? Successful? Productive? Happy? Worthwhile? Amusing? Ridiculous? Long? Annoying? Neverending?...

Well, I ate a black & white cookie for breakfast. (Thanks Shosh!!!) I guess that was a good start. And I tried to straighten up The Ranch before leaving this morning.

The office today was novel. Spring cleaning in December? Ok, a little early - but that's not sooo awful. Actually took a lunch break with Chaya. Many thanks to TJ for watching over the front desk. :)

Busride Home was nice. Racheli Zitter and I shmoozed and we got some cute pics of "Bear on a Bus."

Mommy made the yummiest dinner. We laughed. A lot. Kittie tried to jump onto the breakfront. He missed. We laughed some more. Michalie was gonna come over and watch a movie but Beanie stole the movie. Then Mommy made use of my professional skills and had me send an e-mail. Good idea? I dunno, ask the recipient.

Now I think I am going to go grocery shopping with The Crazy Lady. Freddie and I WOULD go, but theoretically I still can't drive the car. Something about not being my Mother's spouse or something twisted like that. Darned rights.

Shopping cart races sound good though.

Race ya to aisle 4...

Boy do I need coffee.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nicky Kentish Barnes...

6:15 am - Woke up. First thought, "My nose is cold." Second thought, "Why am I
awake I have another hour to sleep?" Third thought, "Why is there something
poking me in the back?" Fourth thought,
"Danged teddy bear."

7:30 am - "Hmmmm, I guess I should be getting up right about now if I want
to make my coffee date."

8:26 am - Leave The Ranch, almost fall down the stairs, get squashed by the
elevator door, "Darn it's cold out, why didn't I wear PJs?!?"

8:35 am - (In front of תחנה מרכזית.) *phone rings* "Don't leave your
apartment, I slept through my alarm." Call Freddie looking for
some compassion, "Quick quick, what do you want?!" *sniff* "Nothing.
Nothing. Sorry." I hang up the phone.

9:00 am - Sitting on the couch dejectedly. Trying to decide whether to cry
or not. "Not worth it," I think to myself and "Why not?" I wonder.

9:20 am - Leave for the office. "Boy, it is chilly out today..."

9:50 am - Walked into the office after a long walk down Yafo. On my walk this
morning I had many interesting encounters, among them; a dead mangled mouse
("how did it get turned totally inside out?" ), Fish Delivery Truck and obnoxious
males ("Why is it always the old ugly ones?!?")

10:01 am - Filing begins...
10:36 am - Busy Work "Why can't you print your own e-mails?!?! Just hit the little
printer button! You seem to be able to do it just fine the rest of the time!!!"
10:53 am - Swamped with work and the boss tells someone that "The papers REALLY
need to be filed." She retorts, "Well, I have a zillion different things to do."
And all I can think ironically enough is, "Oh goody, more work for me to do..."
11:45 am - "Let's go out." said my sister. "Let's, in 15 minutes." I said.
12:10 pm - Break time. Ran some errands, checked out the arts-n-crafts place,
hair-things and pretty barettes and lunch (of course) borekkas and donuts with pink-glaze. :)
13:15 - said a little prayer of thanksgiving as I once again assured myself that
depending on other people is one of THE biggest mistakes a person can make.
15:00 - things got a bit better.
16:00 - will today never end?
16:42 - Little Brother called "Let's go see a movie tonight." All I could say was. "OH YES! LET'S!!!"
16:55 - Nootch came by to visit.
17:13 - Little Brother sent me a message to the effect of, no worries about
busses, I have the car!!
"WOOOOOHOOOO!!! the day just dramatically improved."
17:57 - 'emergency', (the kind I usually wind up staying late for...)
they don't have the thing they need and it's somehow my fault though
I've never heard of it before. Correction, it is NOT my fault, BUT I should
take care of it because as I've explained, 'if you want something done right,
you have to do it yourself.' Luckily for me, I am not THAT exuberant about
working overtime nor do I actually have any personal attachment to the work
that I do on a daily basis so what did I say? "Frankly, I don't care. Not my problem. Toodles."
"Bitchy? Probably. Wrong of me? Not really. Nice? Definitely not. Do I care? Can't say I do."

18:15 - Little Brother calls, "Where were you? Did I pass you?"
"Umm, well, I guess so since SOMEHOW you're ALL the way down the block."

19:00 - Arrive at the mall.
19:10 - Tickets. Full Stop.
19:30 - Showtime...

21:30 - "That was a really cute movie! Very British, but I can appreciate that - so it's alllllll good."

22:00 - Pizza by Freddie's place? "YES!" Hehehe... And YES, it WAS cold out.

22:15 - Isn't my lil bro such a sweetie? He took me back to The Ranch
and didn't make me walk back from the highway. :)

Wrap-up... Days like today are not rare. The bad stuff just seems to happen and
there's nothing I can do to stop it. I tried to be happy - but like my Sis tried to
explain to me, we're all bipolar to some extent and even more-so, I have an excuse,
I'm a FEMALE!!!!!!! Anywho, at the end of the day, (literally) everything was good.
I'm all happy and cheery and full of pizza and strawberry-glazed donut -
so I don't really have anything to complain about.

I think the perfect ending to a decidedly screwy day will be candles and a book.
A good book I think and some hot-chocolate. Oh yes, and lots and lots of vanilla scented candles...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Litres and Reeds...

So, me and my sis wore the same color today. Pink. When did I become so girly and acquire this love of wearing pink?!

Work - so nothing really exciting happened at work. Though, I must admit, we did do some pretty hysterical laughing on the topics of dudes, zits and what was it - oh yeah, bosses.

Daddy left for Merry Ca this morning. He'll be back at some point between the 3rd day and 4th night of Chanukah. But till then I guess we'll just have to miss him.

On my way back to The Ranch I called Freddie on a whim. She and the squeaky one were at TM, so I stopped off to say hi. We had a shopping spree in SuperPharm and then the squeaky one went to catch a bus.

Freddie and I headed back to The Ranch where were made some grub and then settled on the couch to watch The Lion King 1 1/2. Hehe, Pumba ate the grub...

Now Freddie has fallen asleep on the couch and My legs have fallen asleep thanks to the ridicuous pretzel position that I have been sitting in for the last hour or so.

The problem is, they're numb and frankly I'm quite comfortable.

Z - Thanks for the phone call. Thanks for the suggestion. Have I mentioned how ridiculous you are?!

And thus my Tuesday ends...

Monday, December 04, 2006

An inch is an inch - like a centimeter.

Why don't we all think is such a brilliantly logical way?

Ok, so it started off as a good day - soured into an awful day - spiraled towards hellish - then I made some tea and contemplated spilling it on someone's head and then I felt better. I continued to remind myself that I am a capable and worthwhile person and finally at 6:20 I had finished everything that was in my capacity to finish for the day and thus I set off on what would turn out to be quite and adventure.

As I walked down King George towards the Sheraton Plaza Hotel, I bumped into the Pineles Family. After some chit-chat and pointing them in the direction of T'mol Shilshom I continued on my way. At the hotel I neatly sidestepped the security guy, walked into the lobby, did a quick mental calculation to estimate how many men with beards who could possibly be Rabbis there were, chose one, made my approach and was rewarded with a satisfying, "yes, I am Rabbi so&so are you the one with the check for so&so?" To which I was able to answer, "yes I most certainly am she." As I handed some random stranger with the correct contact name a check for a few thousand dollars. On my way out of the hotel I ran into a Rabbi of mine from Afikei, he said hi and I replied "Rabbi Weinberg" nearly choking as the words came out of my mouth and I thought to myself, you idiot, that's Rabbi Wainstein... Anywho, I shook my head to clear my thoughts and belatedly I thought Rabbi Weinberg is Brochie's husband - oh well. On my way up to the bus stop I jaywalked to see if I could get run over, as I had been threatening to do all day (get run over that is) however, much to my dismay I looked before stepping off of the sidewalk and happened to notice that there were no cars or busses coming my way. On the bus a friend called to follow-up on a proposal that she made a few weeks prior. "So, do you wanna go out with him?" she asked me again. I said, "sure, but can you tell me a little more information?" The gist of the profiles was - Right age, good-looking (ok - so she said he's hot) and rich. Whaddaya reckon? Back in Kiryat Moshe I met one of my neighbors and we shmoozed for a bit. Finally back at The Ranch I got a warm-fuzzy when I saw what Mommy and Brenda did. Not only did they cover up the hole in the bathroom window with thick corrugated plastic board but they also brought us fresh Geulah popcorn, Brooklyn Black & White Cookies and HomeBaked Chocolate crinkle cookies. Did I mention the ADORABLE message that they left me on my computer screen?!?!?! AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

Anywho, I'm waiting for Shosh. We're supposed to go swimming tonight. Theoretically nothing exciting should come up but with the way things have been progressing, I wouldn't be surprised...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Moving Ballad of a Murdered Pen...

Jake was no ordinary pen. He wrote eloquently and with a passion for revealing the truths of this world in the written word. Sadly, his untimely demise came some time on a glorious Sunday at the beginning of December. As he crossed the oft-deserted side road out of nowhere a herd of water buffalo stampeded towards him. About 6 hours later I found him lying in the gutter. His precious life-blood oozing out of him in a sticky mess and the blue ink stained the street around him. It was truly a horrific sight to behold.

Work was as usual - mostly boring with a hint of humor thanks to the happy toe-socks.

Somehow I managed to leave The Ranch without my wallet so I was forced to walk both ways. It must've been cold because I made it back to Kiryat Moshe in just 19 minutes.

The heat in the building has actually been turned on. I must admit I that am amazed.

Oh yeah, the nicest thing to happen to me today - a thank you note.

I'm telling you, most people just underestimate the power of the little things. (And I don't mean the little things like, saying 'gazuntheit' when someone sneezes.) I mean the little things that for all intents and purposes you could get along without and they take some extra time but they are really really really appreciated. So thank you - you know who you are - and truth of the matter is, we are really glad that you enjoyed, because we certainly did too!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bagels, Boys and Brrrrr....

Shabbos was really really nice!!! All around quiet and quite relaxing too.

Friday night... Where to begin. Well, shul, walked Home with Shani (who is unofficially her own person again), meal, couch time, met a new friend, rummikub (Little Brother - I didn't lose, per se' - though I didn't win either), walk up the hill, walk down the hill and finally sleep.

Shabbos morning I woke up at 7. Stepped on Tova as I promised that I would and made my way to shul. It was soooo cold. The meal was deeeeeeelicious. Lamed Hey shnitzel AND deli-roll? Mommy certainly outdid herself. ;)

Spent the whole afternoon in bed. Warm and cozy. Read and slept. Yep, slept quite a bit - though somehow not enough.

After Shabbos Freddie and I packed up to head back into The City. Caught the 8:00 bus at 8:33 and shmoozed with Erika and the squeaky one all the way into Jerusalem. I must add that the ride took much longer than anticipated - about an hour and a quarter to be exact.

Stopped at the Greenfield's for a Melava Malka and Seudat Hodaah. UFOs? Anything is possible.

As the bus hurtled down R'chov Rambam on it's usual route a typical silly-ish American yeshiva guy, (obviously unversed in the arts of bussing to and from Jerusalem) turned to ask us if we were almost in The City.

We stifled our laughter and settled in for the ride.

And thus begins the new week.

At least we were amused...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Aisle Wandering & Tangerines...

Woke up at 7:30 and went to see a chinese medicine lady. My mother is of the mind that her 'herbs' will solve all of my problems. I figure, can't hurt, might help - what the heck...

Lamed Hey shnitzel for breakfast - a smile and a wink got some fresh from the kitchen and hot out of the pan.

Debates about sufganyot and booze in Mister Zol with Gramma Zitter and back Home we went.

I stole Tovah's job and made the cholent so to be fair I let her peel and core the apples for the freeform tart.

I invited Woof to come over tonight so it's gonna be a party at the Polly's...

Have a good one everybody!!!