Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bee Busy...

So it's only 12:21 PM and I've already walked to Har Nof and back. I know, the walk isn't SUCH an accomplishment, but while I was there I actually signed up for classes and am now enrolled in a computer-school for courses in Graphics, Web design and Photography.

Starting on November 2nd it's 'back to school' for me and I am not sure how I feel about it.

Classes are 5 days a week and my schedule is as follows:

Sunday (14:30-17:30) Computer Graphics
Monday (9:15-12:15) Graphic Design
Tuesday (9:15-12:15) Photography
(14:30-17:30) Computer Graphics
Wednesday (9:15-12:15) Web Design
Thursday (9:15-12:15) Web Design

The walk to school is a nice 40 minute downhill stroll and the walk back is a bit longer thanks to the insane uphill. (I COULD take the stairs but I'd have to figure out which ones AND personally I think stairs are harder than hills...)

Ok - just wanted to update you that it's official and that I'm REALLY signed up for classes.

I can't believe it.

Now I'm off to meet up with Freddie in town and hopefully to get new glasses.

Over & Out...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Raspberry Jelly...

I thought that once I quit my job that suddenly I'd find meaning in my life. I thought that with oodles of time 'available' and no set routine I'd suddenly find myself doing things to get fit and become more spiritual and possibly even organizing (the junk in) my life. However, I must admit, no such luck. I've been jobless for 3 whole weeks (as of today) and although the first week was exciting, the second week was fun and the third week was relatively exhausting (thanks to allergies, a flu-ish type thing and bureaucratic Israeli offices) I must admit this 4th week of 'freedom' is already a MAJOR drag. Today my big outing was to tachana merkazit to pick up something for a friend from a friend of hers. Whoop-dee-doo.

I'm feeling HIGHLY unproductive. Seriously. I KNOW that housework (although necessary and important) will ALWAYS need to be done, sadly the same goes for organizing personal clutter - but I tend to feel unproductive when I'm not doing anything which benefits (or at least affects) the world at large (or at least people aside from myself.)

My rant for today - WHY DOES MY FRIDGE FREEZE EVERYTHING IN IT?! It's on the 2nd to lowest setting, stuff SHOULD BE spoiling, but my vegetables are rock-hard, the soup from dinner last night is a block of ice and frankly I'm glad I don't eat scary colored Israeli jam cause it'd be mighty hard to scoop it out of that tiny opening at the top of the jar with my ice cream scooper. Most annoyingly, yesterday I splurged and bought a bag of the prewashed, pre-cut iceberg lettuce so that I could have a salad - but I didn't get a chance to eat the salad yesterday and by this afternoon the lettuce was frozen and when it thawed it was that icky see-thru color and all wilted - so yeah, I'm annoyed.

The most useful thing I did today was price-comparing between a few 'kol-bo' stores and finally buying a new toilet seat. (A few months ago one of the bolts which holds the toilet seat on the toilet snapped in half. I procrastinated getting a new toilet seat for 2 reasons; 1. because I KNEW i could get it for 20-25 shekel in Bet Shemesh and 2. because it SHOULD be the 'mans' responsibility to fix stuff in the house when it breaks.) I guess buying a new toilet-seat can't be left to the guy cause he doesn't really have to sit on it much, whereas every time the gal has to go she has a 50/50 chance of falling to the left and a 50/50 chance of slipping to the right. Anywho, this morning after bruising my arm by slipping to the left yet again, I got annoyed and decided that the time had come. So I paid double what I would've had I gotten a seat in Bet Shemesh, but at least I got the seat. The nice man in the store helped me out by explaining that all seats are a standard size and that the bolts are a standard distance so any one would work. Then he asked what my color preferance was, "Blue? Pink? Orange? You want green maybe?"
"That's alright" I told him, "I'll just take the white."
"Are you sure?" he asked.
"Yup, plain old white is good for me." I replied.
"Maybe you want one with a little cushioning?" He offered.
"That's ok" I said, "Personally, I like it plain."
"But padded it so much more comfortable" he assured me.
"Ummm, sounds like a guy thing" I retorted.
He laughed, "Yeah, an American guy thing" and then he proceeded to ring up my plain old standard white toilet seat.
At least I got the thing.
Word to everyone who likes to come and visit but who has been hesitant to do so due to a phobia of toilet-seat-instability. We've got a new one and it's bolted on tight. Come and try it. :)

What else? Oh yes. In a sort of sad but funny way, I just found out that the part-time course which leaves you with a simple 'certificate of knowledge' at the dinky Charedi English speaking computer school which I have almost decided to attend will cost me more than DOUBLE what an entire year of university (which gives you a REAL degree) would cost. Hahahahahahahah!!! (Sorry, that was slightly maniacal and depressed laughter.) It's not an issue of the money, it's just highly amusing that for the same money which a certificate costs I could go to college for 2 years and get a degree. It's a real shame I'm not interested in learning anything. I know, I'm a doof.

Today was also bath-day for select stuffed animals. Ping-Pong, Frizzie, Fringe and Ryan all went in the washing machine together. They're all happy and clean-smelling now.

I think that's about it. I can't think of anything else of interest or 'rantrest' so I guess I'll be going now.

Goodbye.
Goodbye now.
B'bye now.
B'bye.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Time for Burfday Cupcakes!!!

HAPPY (english) BIRTHDAY SAVTA!!!
We love you sooooo much!!!

This morning Touro College sponsored a lovely little bagel brunch for 'young marrieds' in Jerusalem. There were 2 speakers who spoke about relationships and tied the topic together with the relevant topic of Elul, there were bagels and there was a nice friendly gathering of people. Many thanks to my cousin Raquel who invited me. It was highly enjoyable.

On my way to the brunch I had the pleasure of experiencing one of those wierd times when you feel like you've cheated fate, but in a way that turns out positively for you. The bus I took from T.M. got stuck 3 busses behind a bus which had broken down smack in the middle of Rechov Yafo (which is now just 1 lane in 1 direction at that specific point, due to construction on the light-rail.) So, I sat and sat and waited and waited and tried to be patient. Hopping off the bus and hoofing it down to the bunch would have taken a good 1/2 hour AND it was already quite HOT outside. I also knew (in accordance with Murphy's Law) that as soon as I got off the bus that traffic would clear up and that the bus I had been on would happily speed away, leaving me on foot. After 25 minutes I figured I would give it another 9 minutes (in 3 minute increments) until I'd just give up and walk. The first three minutes passed - nothing. The second three minutes passed - still nothing. The first two minutes of the last three minutes ticked by and no movement fom ahead. Suddenly as the second-hand on my watch neared the 40-second point of the 9th minute the first bus magically started up and we were on our way. I think the lesson learned is that sometimes things are uncomfortable, but if you can hold out long enough, things will work out.

Afer the brunch Freddie came to visit us at The Ranch and Brenda came over a little later too. Freddie had to go to an 'end-of-year-party' of some sort so she headed off but Brenda stuck around for a while. I fed her some Shabbos-leftover vegetable barley soup and she introduced us to a funny new TV show.

Now I think I'll go work on my latch-hook project some more.
Snoopy officially has part of a foot.
Super duper exciting! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fozzy Bear...

Hello world. I'm still here.

Last week (Monday-Wednesday) Mommy and I went on a Womens Retreat up North in Rosh Pina. Click HERE to see the pretty pictures.

Thursday I spent quality time with Ayala and that night we went to the Kotel where we met up with Moushkie and 2 friends (who had come down from Tzfat) suffie it to say, they crashed at The Ranch for the night.

Shabbat was a quiet little affair. Just me and my hubby bonding over REALLY good chocolate bobka and A LOT of Dr. Brown's soda (now that we found a place to get it by the liter for relatively cheap.)

Motzei Shabbat was nice because we met up with Little Brother and went to the Kotel (for the 2nd time in a week.)

Today was Sunday. We woke up super-early so that we could head out to Bet Shemesh. We had to take care of some business there, so we were on the 9:00 bus (cause we overslept and missed the 8:30 one...) After wrapping up the paperwork in the Center of Town, Z headed down to catch a bus back to Jeru and I made my way to the Polly CrazyHouse. We had some lunch, shopped in the Ramah, ate a snack, and then I started the thankless task of sorting through ALL of my junk. Again. Eventually we made some minestrone soup and pizza for dinner and then I made my way to the bus and back to Jeru.

A couple of SERIOUS hakarat hatov announcements:
Freddie: Thanks for the stir-fry, thanks for the tea, thanks for not letting Oscar chew on my toes, thanks for keeping my company while I cleaned and thanks for letting me wear your pants.
Eli: Thanks for being, ummm, you. :P And thanks for shlepping my bag to the bus-stop and keeping me company for ages and ages!
Bob: Thanks for SMSing me this morning, it REALLY brightened up my day and I'm REALLY happy I got to see you before Rosh Hashanah also, thanks for shlepping stuff (and helping me with the 'bag of animals' too), thanks for waiting with me at the bus-stop and for helping me see the positive in my 'chipmunk with a cold' voice.
Phil/Edna: Thanks for the new shirts you didn't even want and which I totally forgot to take with me. Don't steal them back, I like that brown one... :P
Zsh: Thanks for picking me up at the bus-stop and taking me home and making me tea and just generally spoiling me.

I seem to have contracted some sort of ridiculously annoying head-cold / flu-ey thing. My head feels like an overripe melon which has been dropped on the floor 3 too many times. I've taken a SERIOUS dose of vitamin C and some advil for the blinding headache. I think it's time to stop typing and give my sore eyeballs a rest.

You know I'll be back...

Eventually.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Vacation Continued...

It's erev-shabbos which means that my first week of vacation is drawing to a close. Granted, I feel cheated since I didn't have a free Sunday to kick off my week, but I suppose my last Sunday at the office, followed by dinner with the office gang wasn't really ALL that awful. Actually, I quite enjoyed it.

I am pleased to announce that since I started my vacation I have not spent one day sitting around, bored out of my mind, in my house, in the same pair of pajamas that I was wearing when my vacation began. (But I've been advised that 'yet' is they key word.)

Yesterday I finally got around to cleaning about 1/2 of the apartment. I cleaned the kitchen, scrubbed the bathroom, cleaned out my closet, did almost all of the laundry (washed and folded mind you) and the best part, last night Eli came over to visit. We made cheese ravioli from scratch. It was A LOT of fun! If you want to see some pictures click here!

Anywho - I just wanted to say hi and wish you a wonderful shabbos!

See ya next week as the fun continues...

Monday, September 01, 2008

Fuzzies Between My Toes...

Today was my first full day of freedom. Unemployed and armed with a zillion and one random things to do I woke up bright and early at 7:00 this morning. It was a lovely morning, aside from the honking horns, screaming people and general noises that make up a city during 'back to school' time.
Z and I went to the Arnona office (finally) to settle our bill there and once that was taken care of, I wandered down to Mamilla to make reservations for an evening out with Saba & Savta. Saba & Savta offered us a vacuum and a spare fan that they had in their house. It was JUST what we needed. :) They even offered to drive into The City and drop it off. Real door-to-door service. I felt so spoiled. After walking from Kiryat Moshe, down to Kikar Safra to the Iriya, up Ben Sira and Rivlin to visit Z at work, up Ben Yehuda to find some breakfast, up Aggripas to the office to collect my last paycheck and then back down Yafo alllll the way to Kiryat Moshe I finally made it back to The Ranch. I had time to put a load of laundry in the machine and begin the process of re-organizing my closets (while shmoozing with Daddy) and then the party arrived.We spent a few minutes enjoying the breeze and the views at The Ranch and then we made our way to Mamilla. Did you know that parking is free if you're staying less than 3 hours? Pretty cool if you ask me.Dinner was deeeeeelicious. We went to Cafe Rimon and between; salads, bread, fettucine alfredo and salmon 'fillets' - I think we were all quite satisfied.We decided to stroll down the length of the mall and 'walk off' our over-full tummies. Somehow when we passed the Naot store the subject of my shoes came up....Savta & Saba generously offered to spring for a new pair of shoes. I walked out feeling REALLY spoiled and as though I was walking on air. (It's very nice to walk and not have the bottom of your foot pinched by your shoe. I'd almost forgotten.) We walked a little more and took the opportunity for a photo shoot which ended up in giggles, a whole lot of ridiculous photos and some decent shots as well... ;)
Thank you Saba & Savta!!! We love you and don't even know where to begin on the 'thank you card.' You've done SO much for me and Z, we don't know how we will EVER be able to express our gratitude to the fullest degree!PS - I'm getting some of the pictures from above printed and will have to bring them over next time I am in town... :)