Friday, August 31, 2007
After a full circuit of the bears we made our way over to Kad V'Chomer. Kad V'Chomer is a really cute little little place located along one of the walkways at Kikar Safra. They have all different types of ceramics and you basically get to choose something and paint it. Prices range from 40NIS-180NIS depending on the piece you choose and you get to choose 6 colors of paint and more or less unlimited painting time. The nice thing is that they're open till 11PM on Thursdays. :)
So we three bonded. I made a dish (which is ideal for either pickles, olives or chumus), Brenda speckle-dotted a really nice-sized mug (which I'm sure will be used for many things including tea, coffee and couscous) and Michalie made a gorgeous shaded bowl (which I am convinced is THE perfect size for ice-cream.) Eventually my chayal showed up and when we were done painting we headed into 'town' for some dinner.
BIG APPLE PIZZA was the choice of the night and we finally met 'Rachel' while drinking pineapple nectar and counting our shekels. When the pizza was finished we headed over to Cream & Dream for some ice cream (to help with the digestion.) ;) At T.M. there were no busses to Bet Shemesh so we went out to catch a 417 and pretty soon we were Home.
There is another attempt to clean my bedroom and my bed has been delegated to hold all of the old schoolbooks, so I slept on the couch last night.
Now it's erev-Shabbos and I should go start the cooking & cleaning...The thing is, this couch is really just toooo comfortable.
Plans for Shabbos include; quality time with my chayal, lunch at the Silver's house, a shabbos nap and possibly even a funny puppy. We'll see how it goes! Shabbat Shalom y'all!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Nothing was happening until 4:30 when I looked up and Brenda walked in. This confused me because I had just been on the phone with Freddie who had told me that SHE was coming to visit. Eventually Freddie showed up with fresh Laffas from the shuk and some chumus. So we noshed and ignored the bosses for as long as humanly possible.
Freddie headed back to Sheirut and Brenda and I walked back to The Ranch stopping along the way for vegetables to concoct some semblance of a dinner. We managed and the cous-cous came out REALLY good!
Finally I put Brenda on a bus for Home and back at The Ranch it's time for bed.
Tomorrow is the day I've been waiting for aaaaaalll week! Yay! :)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
TJ and I went for Falafel for lunch. Now I finally feel like I had a 'summer day' - cause I spent a whopping 20 minutes wandering up King George and munching on a falafel in the broiling summer sun. It was an experience. Reminded me of the good ol' days.
After work I walked back to The Ranch and chilled with Shosh over deli-roll and potato-knish-kugel. Then we took our nice hour long walk.
Back at The Ranch, Freddie called to say she was on her way over. PJ party time... :)
I'd better go get ready!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Today the mishpacha went to the zoo. Sadly, I had a 9 hour day at the office and could not join them.
Work was ridiculously boring. In addition to updating MORE of the tourism address book I was delegated to update the entire Israeli-Publication file. Not to mention the fact that, after a week of my boss not being around, and working for 'the son' - I need to somehow firmly remind him that if he wants 2 secretaries that he will need to hire a new one, because I CAN NOT work full-time for 2.5 people. 1.5 I can just about manage, 1.75 on really good days, but 2.5?! Come on, that's just not fair.
Anywho, by 11:40 it felt like 3 days had passed and the hours dragged and dragged on. Finally the clock said 6:50 and I was out of there! I went to catch a bus to Emek Refaim to meet up with the family, but I stood at the bus-stop for 25 minutes and while the 174 passed 4 times, none of the other busses went by. Eventually I made it down to "Norman's" and found the rest of the gang.
We had a lovely time (even if we didn't save the onion rings for Eli) and our walk back to the car was also relatively entertaining. Luckily for my parents, I am like a built-in GPS, so I navigated us through the little side-streets and back to Keren Hayesod. Right?! ;)
Then they dropped me off at The Ranch and headed off into the night.
Good news for the day, if my chayal manages to stay out of trouble, he'll be in The City Thursday afternoon! Which means, we can actually spend time together!!! YAY!
Just another 25 hours at the office and the week is over!!! I'm SO excited!!!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Last week wasn't really too busy and truth be told, I'm not sure where I disappeared to. Wednesday I paid a shiva call out in Har Nof and Thursday I heded Home. Thursday night my chayal was granted the special treat of a 'chamshush' which meant that by 10:00 PM he was in Bet Shemesh, so he came over and we got loads of quality time. First stop - the rose garden, where he presented me with the following...
Next stop, movie and some of Brenda's birthday cake! Yay! :)
Shabbos was quiet and relaxed. My chayal came over Friday night for the meal and then again Shabbat afternoon. Linda and Devora Merkin were in town, so they stayed by us and that was good fun too! After the meal Friday night we walked over to Sheinfeld to say mazal tov to the Wolickis who were hosting a shalom zachor for their new bouncing baby boy! Shabbos afternoon Little Brother walked down from the Ramah and came to visit and before we knew it Shabbos was over. For night activity we painted the walls in Mommy's machsan/studio. (For pictures click here.)
Today was a typical boring Sunday. My boss is not back in the office yet, so I have been spending all of my time at the office desperately avoiding filing and getting in the way in hope of being sent out on errands. I walked back to The Ranch and would have had a really boring evening too if Raizi hadn't called me. Somehow Freddie and Raizi wound up at The Ranch and we made dinner and shmoozed for a couple of hours.
Finally my chayal called me and now, well now I can finally head to bed and get some sleep.
Monday tomorrow, I'll try to keep you posted...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
After work I walked back to The Ranch. First Shosh and I went to the makolet to pick up cookie-baking ingredients and then back at The Ranch we made dinner and cookies! To round off my night I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding and all I can say is, "oy" and kind of get a little nervous. I mean, my family isn't THAT crazy - but we're pretty gosh darned close... :oP
Monday, August 20, 2007
I have been busy. I guess that's just what happens when things in your life start rolling and you are running to try and keep up. It doesn't seem plausible until it happens and it's hard to imagine days on end when you are simply too tired to blog. I used to say that blogging was my 15 minutes for ME at the end of each day, but in the last month and a bit I feel like I have been spending waaay too much time on ME and am exhausted by the time night rolls around and I should write about what I've done.
Brief summary since last Wednesday. Well, Thursday was a regular boring day. Work and all that jazz then I headed Home and stayed up with Mommy cooking and baking until 5:30 a.m. finally we went to sleep and 3-5 hours later we were up again. Friday was hectic and insane. My chayal stopped by early but I was too busy trying to do stuff around the house to really drop everything and spend time with him so eventually I sent him home after we dropped off a ton of stuff at the shul. Shabbos was supposed to be my time to rest and though I slept Friday night, my shabbos nap started late and was interrupted 4-6 times. Motzei Shabbat Mommy threw us our 'engagement party' - so we socialized and smiled and greeted people and all that happy party stuff. (For pictures click here!)
Sunday was typical and boring. Went to work then went back to The Ranch. On the bright side, I'm not alone anymore cause Shosh came Home on Thursday and now we're back together again!
This morning when I got to the office I was informed that my boss's mother had passed away and that the office would therefore be closing at 2:00. One of my coworkers agreed to join me and we went to the levaya together. Our boss was VERY appreciative. I guess now I have to schedule a shiva call into my week too.
I'm looking forward to Thursday night. I just got a message letting me know that they're letting my chayal out for an 'extended' weekend. So, we get to spend most of Thursday night together which is very exciting because we haven't actually had time to really talk or spend 'quality' time together for almost a month.
Tomorrow is Tuesday again. I'll try to let you know how it goes...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
After work Brenda and Mommy arrived, right on time, and we headed over to begin our wacky 'girls night out' - first stop - manicures! After our nails were picture perfect, we headed off to town to find some grub. We decided to go to Rimon and the nice waiter fed us lots and lots and lots of food. Even scary pink dressing!
As we finished bentching, our very own Rebbetzin Tova Chazanow walked in with Shaindel! Chabad of Manalapan is here again! It's so exciting! We shmoozed a little and then we headed off. We hoofed it to TM and there we parted ways.
Tomorrow is Thursday and the last day of the week. Then Friday rolls around and I get to see my chayal. I'm excited. Can ya tell?!
Oh yeah - MAZAL TOV TONNY & TZIVIA!!!!! It's about time you joined us on the 'engaged' side of the fence. :-)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Today was typical and slightly sketch. As usual.
Got to work a little late (this seems to be becoming a new-ish sort of trend. But I just can't seem to drag myself out of The Ranch even 5 minutes earlier in the morning.) Work was ridiculous. A speech was made about my incredible multi-tasking abilities. Of course I was supposed to be listening to the speech, taking dictation, typing a bunch of e-mails, finding a lost invoice, getting out a list of 5 papers and answering the phone while faxing 3 things all at the same time - but that is neither here nor there. I got my round of applause and things fell into routine. I even had those HUGE goosebumps you get from sitting directly under a FREEZING cold a/c unit for 9 hours a day.
On the bright side, I treated myself to my hard earned 1/2 hour break today. Yes, I actually left the office for 1/2 an hour. The first stop was at a salon down the block where I booked 3 manicure appointments for our 'girls night out' scheduled for Wednesday evening! Then I took a quick detour to the jeweller to get the battery in my 'Shabbos watch' changed. I heard a quick little d'var torah and then headed back to the office.
At the end of the day Freddie came to visit bearing gummies, bourekkas and chocolate rugelach. Finally 7:00 rolled around and we left the office. I strolled back to The Ranch with Chaviva and we parted ways at the grocery store as I decided to pick up a tomato.
Tuesday tomorrow and Esti's bat-mitzvah trek after a 9 hour day. I'll keep you posted and let you know how that goes...
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I'm lucky to have friends nearby but it doesn't make me miss those that are far away any less.
Things I still have to do:
1. Call my rebbeim and let them know about the upcoming engagement party.
2. Tell my bosses about the engagement party.
3. Find something to wear to the engagement party.
4. Lose 5 pounds before the engagement party. (This won't actually happen thanks to the stupid chocolate craving which has somehow found me again. But it's nice to pretend...)
5. Do something about my nails. (I wanted a manicure, but something tells me the time will just never be right. Especially since 40 hours are spent at the office and the others are spent running around trying to get 'important' stuff done.)
6. Write a mushy love note. (Not as easy as it sounds.)
7. Finish my book.
Guess I'll go get started on those.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Shabbos was funny. I thought it would be one of those week where I would go to shul Friday night and walk Home alone then after a sort of sad and quiet meal I'd make my way to bed and sleep until 11:30 the next morning when I'd be woken up for kiddush. Then after the meal I'd go back to bed and mope at my misfortune of being stuck at Home when no one else is around until Shabbos finally departed...
Luckily for me, things simply never seem to go according to my plan.
Friday night I made it to shul and got to sit next to Michalie! On the way out of shul I pushed a little more than was polite in an attempt to catch up with Tamir (who was of course on a strict avoidance course from me...I reckon he knew what I was after) but I wound up bumping into Daddy who informed me that the aforementioned individual (and I'm not talking about Michalie) was planning on dining on a lavish feast all by his lonesome. Evidently I couldn't allow that. The lonely feast would have to be pushed off until the next day. Thankfully he agreed without tooooo much cajoling. Then Sariel showed up and tried to 'steal' my guest. Luckily for me, first come first serve won out, so we had our guest! :) I'm awfully thankful I didn't have to sit across from that empty seat. Much too depressing if you ask me. And aside from the Dibble and his annoying penguins and his unfortunate good aim with that stupid little green ball, it was quite a nice meal. Daddy sang all the tunes he likes (cause Freddie wasn't Home to stop him) and nobody died from the expired Coca-Cola... To make the evening even more exciting, the 'Big Boys' showed up a some point to 'collect' us for a walk. I turned down the offer, out of sheer exhaustion - but climbing into bed the only thing I could think was how I should have gone. Even if they didn't wander to anywhere interesting, it has been too long since I walked with them and frankly, I miss it. A lot.
Shabbos morning went accoring to plan, aside from the fact that I woke up at 6:30am and couldn't fall 'properly' back to sleep. I skipped shul (lazy bum that I am) but I did get up and go downstairs to help set the table for the seudah. I got my Shabbos nap and decided that at 6:00pm I would head over to the Yaffa's to spend some time with Ora. But at 5:00 Ora came over, so we shmoozed for almost 2 hours and by then Shabbos was just about over.
After havdallah 'party planning' mode came on full force. I made some potato-knish-kugel and Mommy made heart shaped cut-out cookies.
Bedtime came after an hour of sidewalk-chalking on the street with Brenda & Michalie. We drew a bunch of fun creatures and even an unfortunate-pancaked-pedestrian named Qua(c)k.
To Be Continued... ;o)
Thursday, August 09, 2007
At the office all of the remote-controls for the air-conditioners have either gone missing or are broken. I went on a jaunt to try and get new ones. That was the thrid time this week that I was laughed at by people on account of trying to do what my bosses requested of me.
Employee: "I'm just not as perfect as you."
Boss: "Well that much is obvious."
I left work late, but things worked out perfectly (as usual) and I wound up taking the bus Home with 1/2 my street. Well, almost 1/2 my street. It was funny."The problem with work is that it's not like jail, they don't tell you a date that you're gonna get out." ~Me
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I hereby present the newest bear of the clan. Ulf is from Sweden. His English isn't too good, but he's got the cutest little accent and the rest of the gang adores him already!
Tonight Freddie is coming over. We are having a sleepover party and I even made yummy food for the occasion. :)
For a laugh check this out: http://www.comedycorner.org/74.html
If you didn't appreciate it, I apologize. Though, I thought it was awful funny...
I was running on time but suddenly got lazy and decided to bus to work. So I got my stuff together and made my way across the street to TM. Let me explain quickly that because I work centrally on Yafo, virtually every bus stops near my building. Let me add that the ride is only 2 or 3 stops from TM and actually only saves me, on average, about 8 minutes of travel time. The differences in the busses are essentially WHERE they stop. Some stop at the top of the hill before the building, some stop at the bottom of the hill after the building and some stop around the corner frmo the building. Obviously I am a fan of the ones that stop at the top of the hill (lines 21 & 14) before the building because then I have an easy 1 minute saunter downhill to the office. The only catch is that these busses run the least frequently, so I almost never wait for them. Also, their bus stops are quite a distance from each other, so while I feel 'lucky' when a 21 comes, I almost never go for the 14s because unless the traffic light is red, chances are I would miss it.
So this morning, as I reached the bus stops, I noticed a 14 coming and that the light had just turned yellow. So I ran for the bus. I made it without a problem and after handing the driver my 'cartisiyah' I made my way to the back of the bus to find somewhere to stand. All very typical thus far. Suddenly, some guy starts screaming at the driver. "You are a thief, you punched the wrong card and now you owe me money." Anyway, the verbal barrage continued and the driver, apologized but still the guy had handed him a card, and while the driver should have checked before punching it, it was done. As they say here, 'kappara' and move on with it. But the guy kept screaming and cursing. So much so that the driver pulled over, turned off the bus and called over a few police officers to deal with the issue. At that point I decided to 'hoof it' - so I hopped off the bus and walked the last 6 minutes to the office.
On a bright note, the security guard at the door is one of the old regulars, so he smiled and waved me right on through. I was thankful for that. And the elevator only stopped on floor 6 before whisking me up to floor 7. Which is almost a miracle of sorts nowadays. Then my bosses walked in and they presented me with an adorable teddy-bear that they picked up for me on their trip to Sweden last week. AND then I went to the post office and the workers were are laughing and smiling. SO now I'm sort of getting weirded out...
It's turning out to be a funny day.
At least I'm smiling. :)
Monday, August 06, 2007
Back at The Ranch (after a nightmare at the grocery store where EVERYONE was shopping and only 2 check-out lanes were open...) I made some dinner and then I scrubbed the kitchen out. I cleaned everything from the stovetop to the racks from the toaster oven to the wall behind the cooktop. It was disgusting, but now it's not quite as grimy anymore. :)
Oddly enough my chayal called me. He said it's been 'a while' since we last spoke (2 days to be exact) and that he needed to call because chances are that they will be out in the field and he won't be able to call me for another 'while' (2 days that is.) Reeling from the confusion of, since when did 2 days become 'a while' to two people who speak maybe once every two weeks? The only thing I could think of saying to him was, "so you're telling me that now that we're engaged we actually have to speak to each other?" Instead I simply said, "wow, we should have gotten engaged sooner. I love hearing from you."
Tomorrow night Freddie is crashing at The Ranch and we will be having a fun fun party of some sort. More about that - tomorrow...
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Now for a wrap-up of today...
Woke up at 7:30 and got out of bed at 8. Left the house at 9:50 to catch a 10:00 bus (which never came) the 10:30 bus came at 10:50 and in the interim I walked down to the 417 bus stop but they were not running on any sort of schedule either. At 11:45 as we approached the entrance to Jerusalem we detoured onto the new tunnel road, as per the police's instructions. The driver informed us that due to a rally of the handicapped people the entire city entrance was on lockdown. So the bus drove us out to Har Hotzvim and left us on the side of the highway. Of course, almost no inner-city Jerusalem busses were running either and with traffic everywhere it took almost 45 minutes to get near tachana merkazit (which incidentally was blocked off too.) So, I wound up walking to the office. I only got there an hour and 20 minutes late. Thankfully it was a niiiice quiet day at work because all the bosses were away. Unfortunately, they will be back tomorrow - but one day is better than none I suppose.
As for those pictures I promised you, check out these 2 links...
Part 1: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=7174&l=6c445&id=505343956
Part 2: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=7176&l=ce02b&id=505343956
Enjoy the captions...
And for amusement's sake - check out this too: http://img.debri.ru/de/posts/42/1186051242_004g641h.jpg
Thanks Rik! ;o)
Friday, August 03, 2007
Father: "Don't you have one."
Little Boy: "Yes, but I don't know where it's gotten to..."
Father: "Don't you remember? You buried him in the backyard."
Little Boy: "Oh yes, but I dug him up and don't know where he is now. That's why I need a new Spongebob!"
AND WE'RE BACK!!!
A week in London SURE can make you miss Home. We rode the tube, visited the gardens, dined out, partied it up, walked it off and relaxed - but it was far from being Home.
To my Partner - you looked incredible and I am really really really glad I was able to share in your simcha with you. May the z'chus of all the brachos that you gave on that special day come back to you 3-fold!!! ( P.S. - I hope that Ephie and the gang weren't left at home...) :P
Back in the Holy Land laden with Skittles and some Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate for awesome-atious hot cocoa and we are better than ever.
I'll try to post some pics, or a link to some pics asap - maybe after I've seen my Chayal and taken care of some stuff involving getting ready for shabbos!!!
Have an amazingly splendiferous one!!!