Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Insta-Dri-ed

Yesterday our 'vacation' officially ended. Mean'ma drove me back Home (though we stopped along the way for some 'forced relaxation' time and went to the grocery store.) I unpacked parts of the bags and left the rest for today.

Lookie Mommy - I DID forget the crayons in the sun and they DID melt!
So far I've done 3 loads of laundry and stripped the beds (because the sheets haven't been changed in about a month.) I'm waiting for Z to finish his book so that the floor will get swept and washed. I need to wipe down the kitchen counters and I should probably figure out a menu for the rest of the week. (Though - there's a whole bunch of pizza in the freezer - so maybe we should just ration that out slowly until it's time to go back to The Sun House for Rosh Hashana.)

Do you like the new color? Freddie and I chose it out last week on our adventure to Jeru. it looks very pink-ish in this picture - but on my fingers it's actually reminding somewhat of a pink-ish melted milk-chocolate. I think I used to have a flavored lipstick that was this color but I don't remember what flavor it was.
Ok - enough wasting time. I need to clean clean clean! This place is a wreck. It's like it was uninhabited for a week or 2. Oh wait...

Do you like my presents? I like my presents. I love getting presents. Presents make me happy.
This rewards system rocks - let's keep it up.

*EDIT: 6:45PM*
Enormous Gigantic Extremely-Enthusiastic Thanks to Z for all of his help today. He swept and washed the floors in the whole apartment, switched loads of laundry as they finished and dusted the couches and bookcases. That's a whole lot of work - and all on a Tuesday!

While Z cleaned I treated myself to an 'at-home' pedicure. Now my toenails are painted a pretty burgundy color. Of course I realized that my course of action made it impossible for me to use my usual line of "it's not like I'm sitting around painting my toenails" when Z asked me to help him with the cleaning and stuff.

In other news I finally organized one of my clothing drawers and went through all of my 'old clothes' (from storage) to decide what will be staying and what will be going for good. Next step will be to tackle the clothes on the 'current' shelves in the closet. I will be ruthless.

After that - maybe the school-notebooks that are piled up in the corner of the office. I can understand keeping notes from some of my favorite classes in seminary - but do I really need my high-school chemistry notes? I'm not so sure...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mazal Tovs All Around!!!

So Freddie and her dude have finally made things official! They're engaged! It's a little bit crazy and super duper exciting!!!He proposed with a yellow pool ball - which is why Yo'Abba is making an incredulous looking face...
So everyone drank a l'chaim and toasted the happy couple.
Shabbos was really nice and relaxing. Freddie was with her dude's family for the holy-day and on motzei shabbos they all drove to The Sun House to have a meeting of mishpachas. We had a delightful melava malka and it was absolutely wonderful! Here are some pictures!
Today was another regular day - aside from all the fun and excitement of sharing the news with friends, family and everybody else!
Tomorrow I'll be heading back Home. My awesomely fun-filled vacation is at an end.

But first - some more air conditioning and family-time!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nutty Choo

I was kind of lazy this morning and feeling kind of out-of-it, so I declined the offer of going shopping at the mall in Mivaseret.Instead I sat around until Freddie showed up in the kitchen and we decided to make some lunch. Yay for leftover Gypsy Soup, Vegetable Stir-Fry and Brown Rice.
I spent most of the day reading and resting. At around 2:30 I joined the parents on a jaunt to RBS. YoAbba needed a haircut so Mean'ma and I went to buy some foil tins (for 'Chag' cooking) and then visited the candy store.
Back at the house I mixed up a batch of 'all-purpose-cookie-dough' and tried miserably to make some pretty 'stained-glass cookies' - though the masses who ingested them insisted that they tasted great the presentation was far less than I'd hoped for (moving sticky dough from paper to tray is harder than it looks - especially when the shapes are large - and hollow. Anywho - I think I'll stick with those pretty-edged sugar cookies for any and all upcoming events.
Eli came home from the army, Z came home from work, Fuzz got a walk. Did I mention that Z bought me super-pretty flowers in honor of Shabbos (even though we're not Home.)
'Mexican Night' for dinner. We're having tortillas, tofu chili, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes - you know - the works.

After that I guess I'll make the sugar cookie dough.

Don't forget - lubrication is super important. It helps reduce friction and makes things slide more easily. That's why it's so important to change the oil in your car...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gray is Somewhere In-Between.

Today I went grocery shopping and wound up with a brand new toaster (you know, the 2 slot kind - perfect for bread, waffles, shnitzel dak...) and a fuzzy new blanket for when the weather gets cool (hopefully that'll be soon - really really soon!) Thanks to Mean'ma and Yo'Abba for treating me to awesomely fun goodies on my summer vacation - including my treif (OU-D) breakfast cereal!

Unfortunately the super-mysterious black soap turned out to be white - but it certainly smells magical. Truth be told, we're not sure what it smells like - but I suppose that's the mystery.

This afternoon Mean'ma and I watched 'Play the Game' which I think is a really great movie. Shows you who is really in charge. A great line is when the grandpa says to his grandson, "now you're wearing the panties and she's wearing the pants."

Dinner was 'all the leftover fleishigs stuff you can find in the freezer and heat up at the same time and serve with rice' night. Turned out really yummy though. Gramma's Tomato Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Meatballs (3 to be exact), seasoned rice and plain white rice.

Now it's time to play a pre-bed round of Settlers of Catan. The boys just played a 'warm-up' game before maariv so I think I might join for the 'real' round.

Tomorrow is another day of fun filled vacation.

Toodles for now!

Swimming in Humdidity...

Yesterday flew by. Simple as that.

Pancakes for breakfast (a'la Z & me) then he left for school.

Freddie and I picked up a pie of pizza on our way across town and spent the afternoon with Saba & Savta. It was so much fun to visit with them! We hope they enjoyed as much as we did. Thanks for the pizza and the pillows and the company - you made my 'summer vacation' even more wonderful! Now if I could only figure out how to boil potatoes in cold water... right?

We got home in time to help get everything ready for dinner - mac n' cheese, tomato soup (with nuggelach- cause Mean'ma isn't lazy like I am...), oven broiled tuna-steaks and garlic pita.

Z made it back from class by 10:30ish - which really wasn't bad all things considered.

Then it was sleepy-time.

So far this morning I packed lunch for Z and he went off to work. I read a recent edition of 'Good Housekeeping' and skimmed the JPost. I ate a mini-chocolate-chip-muffin which I slightly over-heated in the microwave. Now I'm blogging - but I think it's time to get dressed.

There's a craaaaazy sale going on at Supersol on the other side of town and everybody is invited. They've got their 10NIS special and a whole lot of stuff is 20% off. (Though the sale started a few days ago - so I hope they've still got stuff on the shelves...)

Anywho - grocery shopping spree here we come!

Wheeeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ariel-ian Hiatus

The wedding Sunday night was absolutely beautiful. Full of ruach and a class-reunion for Freddie. It was really quite a wonderful evening.

Monday morning was jam-packed full of random errands. Ez had a drum lesson, We picked up an Rx for me and then stopped by the pharmacy to pick up the vitamin D drops (the dr. decided I should take 6 baby vitamin D drops every day...on top of all the other pills I'm swallowing.) We drove through RBS on a mission to free the vacuum cleaner (it was being held captive at a 'repair shop' in a sketchy underground parking lot.)

Later in the afternoon Freddie organized her room (I kept her company) and I accompanied Meanma to SuperH to pick up some groceries.

Dinner was awesome grilled chili chicken and crash-smashed-baked-potatoes (which were really tasty and everybody seemed to enjoy. Note to self: small red-skinned potatoes make this dish awesome.) Summary of dinner - it was super tasty.

Z & I debated our plan of action for the upcoming week/weekend and I made the official decision to extend our 'weekend' into a full-blown 'crash by the parents' week including 2 weekends. Number 1 they've got a/c and secondly - I'm not sitting home all alone all day without any social interaction. It's crazy how much happier I feel when I actually have people to interact with during the day. Must be a psychological thing.

Anywho - we were supposed to have guests for Shabbos so we're telling them that there has been a change of venue for the weekend and inviting them to Bet Shemesh instead. I'm hoping they'll be ok with that - because it's gonna be a whole lot of fun.

I think I'll go shower, get dressed, do some laundry and make pancakes for breakfast.

Though - my heart goes out to Z who has class in Ariel tonight - gosh, what a shlep.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Essential Floss

Considering I fell asleep at 3AM and woke up at 6AM I sure did a lot today.

By 7:30 Freddie and I were on the (back)road to Jeru. We took her little 'zoom-zoom' in for its 30,000 km tune-up and look-over. We pulled into the place at 8:30 which was perfect timing - cause there was 1 stop open, so they pulled it in and started working on it right away.

Meanwhile we took a 1-hour walk from Talpiot into 'town' to do some retail-therapy. Mitpachot (to match my new green tunic and the outfit I'm going to wear to the wedding tonight), 3/4 & long sleeve 'under'shirts and even a pretty new shade of nail-polish.

The car was ready by 11 so we made our way back to pick it up and then took the 'tunnel road' back to The Sun House - we were back at around 12:30.

Noodles with chunky tomato sauce for lunch. A nice cold shower. A haircut. A semi-restful nap.

Now it's time to get all dolled-up for Nirit and Yehudah's wedding in Nes Tziona.

It's gonna be a crazy night.

Wish me luck!

Vay-Cay-Shun

As you all know it's been HOT here in The Holy Land. So we skipped town and went where the air-conditioner blows. Ironically that's in The Sun House but never mind that.Shabbos was tons of fun. Friday night Oliver came over for the meal. It's been about a year since his last visit and his birthday is next week - so Meanma even made him a devil-dog cake for dessert. Of course we all had to eat lots of meatballs and lemony-dill-garlicy-chicken to get our dessert, but there were peas in the soup - so that had to count for something.
Z and I had lunch at the shul along with all the other guests attending Solomon's shabbat chatan. It was nice to spend some time with the 'Younger' Denkbergs and shmooze. A whole gang of Miskins stopped by late in the afternoon and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them too.
Aside from the main water-filter bursting outside before lunch - leaving us without running water for the day, Shabbos was great. Truth be told - being waterless was mostly a big joke, except for when it wasn't.
After Shabbos we debated a whole bunch of motz"ash activities. Oliver wanted to hang out and we were undecided on what to do. Freddie decided that Modiin was the place to go - so off we went.
On arrival we had to decide between billiards and bowling. Evidently bowling won the vote because that's what we did. My score wasn't anything to write home about - but I actually did better than I imagined I would. Meanwhile Freddie was in the lead for the 2nd half of the game and somehow Oliver managed to squeak by and beat her. Now she owes him cookies.
On the way Home we stopped off at 'The Fat' (Hashamen) for some midnight shwarma.
Now I feel like I've had a summer-break. Back to the apartment I go. I'm good for a year or so.

Ok, not really - more fun stuff coming up tomorrow.

Speaking of which I should probably get some sleep.

Nighty night.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Good Puffle...

Alrighty - so after my rant this morning I did all sorts of productive stuff. 2 loads of laundry, washed the dishes, got lunch ready, took a lukewarm shower with the knob turned all the way to cold, got lunch ready...
At around 2pm Yo'Abba arrived in Ariel. I made little white fishies with crash baked potatoes. (Yup, 2nd time this week - cause the red-skinned potatoes were really good like that.) I had even brewed up 2 liters of unsweeted lemon-nana iced tea and stuck it in the freezer so it was an awesome slushy-like consistency.
We left Ariel at around 2:30pm and headed to the airport. Besides for some traffic near Givat Shmuel, the long line to get into the airport and the even longer wait to get to the arrivals area we were more or less on time.
We packed Meanma, Phil and their 4 enormous suitcases into the car and headed off to The Sun House.
Ez and the Dibble were waiting on the front-porch and Eli came out a few seconds later. Unpacking the car didn't take very long with so many hands and muscles willing to help. Inside Freddie had cooked up some Indian Dal (a lentil soup of sorts) and all sorts of borekas.
After our super late lunch / super early dinner we surprised Phil with a dinosaur shaped birthday cake. Freddie made the whole shebang - it was adorable!
We ate it starting from the tail. (There was a great debate about which direction to cut in...) It was awesomely delicious. Who knew that 1 round cake and a whole lotta frosting could make such a fun birthday cake?
Then the suitcases were unpacked and gifts were distributed as we basked in the cool air-conditioned delightfulness. Even Oscar got presents - 2 'stuffed animals' - that he likedso much he put them straight into his bed. Isn't he such a cutie pie? Here he is taking a nap with his new elephant.

Now I'm off to install the Adobe Suite on the new laptop. Then I'll be able to work on the neverending project 'on the go' too. Isn't that exciting?

Wish me luck!

Oh Shvitz

Waking up - rolling over - noting that the thermometer reads 85F and that the clock is blinking 6:10am... Yeah - it's another 'wonderful' morning.

I'm having trouble breathing - with the fan everything gets so dried out that my nose bleeds no matter what I do - without the fan it's just too dang hot. This is ridiculous. If the planet is moving closer to the sun and is going to spontaneously explode could it just get on with it already? I'm sick of dealing with the weather. Otherwise bring back the springtime. (I'd beg for winter - but the idea of suffering through an ice age doesn't actually appeal to me that much.)

Considering I didn't do much this week - I actually accomplished all but 2 things on my list. 1 was getting through to the person who won't pick up his phone and 2nd was doing the book layout. Mind you - the 2 are connected -so I could consolidate and call it 1 undone task - but making 2 checks on my 'to-do' list is way more exciting.

In other news - I want hugs when I want hugs. If you feel differently then kindly shove your opinions where the sun don't shine - and I hope it hurts.

I've got to get 2 loads of laundry washed,dried and folded before it's time to go. I also have to wash the dirty dishes that are sitting on the counter - and put away the clean ones that are on the drying racks. I've got to figure out what to serve to Yo'Abba for 'appreciation' lunch today - but I'm out of cheese, have barely any vegetables and don't really want to turn the oven on.

The bags for the weekend are mostly packed - I HATE being a girl. I wish guys gad to be inconvenienced at some routine point in their lives and have to shlep around a bazillion 'extras' for the heck of it. It's really unfair. I want to be able to wear the same underwear, undershirt, pants, shirt, socks, shoes for a week straight and not have to worry about shnasty things like smelling bad or bleeding out of places that the sun don't shine.

Fine - time to go pretend to take care of stuff.

Can you tell that the heat is making me grumpy?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Purple Toeses

The beginning is a good place to begin.

In the beginning there was nothing.

Wait - that's a little to far back - I start from when there was light...

When was that? Some time around 3:40? I dunno - hard to get it straight. All I know is that the Muslims were blaring their call to prayer for the 'minyan' at that ung-dly hour of the morning.

I closed my eyes again and *poof* it was 6:50 and Z was getting up to start his day - so I closed my eyes and went back to sleep.

7:30 in the morning I got out of bed. I figured it was late enough.

I washed all the dishes, squeegeed the counter, thought about doing laundry then decided to wait until tomorrow.

While it was still 'cool' (80F was as cool as it was getting) I baked a batch of chocolate chip muffins - I made the full batch because I had to finish up a box of soymilk. For the record - I always make them pareve and I also always throw a little less than a tablespoon of lemon juice into the soymilk and let it sit for 5-8 minutes just to thicken it up (pareve homemade buttermilk) because it makes the muffins more moist. Anywho - I wound up with 1 dozen 'regular size' muffins and 2 dozen mini-muffins. All of them are safely stowed away in the freezer. A whole bunch will be brought on the airport run tomorrow.

Today I learned 2 important lessons. #1 - Quinoa is an extremely tricky food and should never be left cooking unattanded - I have nothing else to say as the mess in my kitchen attests to my previous statement. And #2 - Just because it doesn't mention cooking them in the microwave - Bisbols are completely microwaveable. Pop them in for one minute and thirty seconds, let them sit at 'room temperature' for 2-3 minutes to let the crusts firm up, then eat and enjoy. Waaay quicker than turning on the oven for 20 minutes - especially when it's 85F at 11 in the morning...

I am inexplicably appreciative of the ice-pops in my freezer. They keep me hydrated and give me brain-freeze. Who could ask for more?

Now it's 87F and I'm sprawled on my bed with a fan blowing on me. I just finished another ice-pop and I even did some work on the neverending project just a couple of quick changes - hey, at least it was something productive.

I hate telephones so I find it extremely frustrating trying to get through to somebody who never picks theirs up. By the time I've sucked-it-up enough to call you - pick up! I've been trying to get in touch with someone for a week. I guess I haven't been persistent enough though. Uch, annoying.

Tomorrow I am going to install the Adobe Suite on my new lappytop. I'm super excited about it and the opportunities that will open up once I do.

Did I mention that the background image I'm using for the laptop is a photo of Frizzie bear eating a Cheerio. It cracks me up every time I see it. Which is a good thing - at least, I think so anyway.

I'm thinking of making pizza for dinner for Z. He requested it - we have an open jar of tomato sauce and some cheese that really should get used up. The question is how nice I should be. I've been spoiling him. Making him yummy food to take to work for lunch and last night he had a pan-seared rare steak with perfectly-cooked crash-baked-potatoes.

Oh I almost forgot to mention - Z picked up our wedding album this morning (after getting completely lost in Kiryat Moshe - which I found hilarious, but he didn't seem the least bit amused.) Anyway - the important part is - he's got it and I'm finally going to see it and I am ridunculously excited about the whole thing!

Ok - time for another ice pop.

Can anyone say sugar high...?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Eating Cheerios

Yesterday bright and early the UPS man brought me my brand spanking new laptop. It's a 15.6" widescreen. It's enormous - and I say that even though I'm used to working on my 24" flatscreen. I'm having a blast with Windows7 too. Super fun fun fun.

Nothing interesting really happened yesterday. I snacked on about a halndful of sunflower seeds and tried to keep myself hydrated. There's another heatwave and I am more than ready for the winter to come back. shivering on the couch under 8 layers is so much nicer than being shmoiling hot and not being able to take anything else off.

Since today is Tuesday Z had the morning off. We watched an episode of Warehouse13 and ate some 'Bisbols' for brunch. Z's friend was going to come over before class - but he missed the bus to Ariel.

I'm trying to decide what to do for the rest of the afternoon. It's too hot to turn on the oven now - and I should have done my baking this morning while it was still relatively cool.

I've got to make a batch of chocolate chip muffins for the 'airport run' on Thursday morning. I'm thinking of brewing up a batch of unsweetened iced tea too and since we'll be having Brunch when we get back to the Sun House I'm kind of considering whipping up a batch of bagels or something yummy like that - though I don't think that'll happen.

There are only about 7 cookies left over from Shabbos. We decided that next time it's worthwhile to make them with almond extract for an extra kick and that the real reason that they're so delicious is because they are shortbread-y and not overly sweet (even with the cherry and the chocolate.)

The Lisa Frank coloring book is calling my name. Time to color a picture or 3. Aren't Tuesday afternoons fun?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Returns...

I just want to gloat for a second - cause this is my little corner of the blogosphere and it's where I can express my excitement and sheer happiness.

I've been tracking my weight loss for the last couple of weeks - cause a whole lotta pounds suddenly disappeared when my appetite disappeared about 2 months ago.

Although the weight loss seems to be a direct result of the 'not eating' - there's no real way to ascertain that the weight loss is actually due to the digestive issues that I've been suffering from.

See, back when I got married I put on close to 50 pounds in a matter of weeks - thanks to some really bad hormone pills. It was one of the worst times of my life because I had actually worked so hard (for about 4 years) to shed those exact pounds in 12th grade and after high-school and they came back even though I hadn't changed my diet and even though I was exercising more than I ever had in my life.

Even more frustrating was the fact that even when I changed my diet and added more exercise to the routine I couldn't lose any of the weight.

In the last 2 months I've lost 40 of the 50 pounds that I gained back in the spring of 2008. I'm just 10 pounds away from the weight that I was and have always wanted to be.

I'm going to assume that my body finally got over its hormonal difficulties and balanced itself out.

Truth be told it wasn't the weight/size issue that was getting me down as much as the fact that I had no nice clothes to wear. I refused to buy a 'bigger' wardrobe because I refused to accept being the size that I was.

Now for the exciting part - with just 10 pounds to go about 85% of my 'old' wardrobe fits me again. That's a lot of my pretty clothes that I haven't worn in about 2 years. I feel like I went on an insane shopping spree - and even better I liked everything that they had on sale so I got everything in the store! I am beyond thrilled to have my 'old' clothes back and now I have to find a bazillion reasons to wear them all!

I've already chosen my outfits for Rosh Hashana and Sukkot!

I can't wait to break out the denim jacket and my black tiered skirt!

I'm counting down to the winter so that I can wear all of my pretty sweaters!

Even the teal colored Israeli overshirt fits me again and it looks adorable!!!

And the very best part - now I can wear my gorgeous old/new clothes with my brand new Emu boots that I got on super-clearance sale at the end of last season!

Ok - I'm going to go jump up and down a little bit more in sheer excitement and glee!

Carjitsu

Overall I've got to say that I think Shabbos was a smashing success.

Z & I had a bit of a fiasco on our trip to town on Friday morning (all my fault) - but back at Home we got everything cooked, cleaned and organized - we even cooked up a snack for erev-Shabbos. Yo'Abba, Freddie, Ez and the Dibble arrived at around 5:30pm and we fed them some borekas as a snack while we relaxed and waited for Shabbos to start.

For some reason or another our fridge flaked out on us again and didn't keep anything cold from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning. Thankfully the freezer was relatively chilly so we threw a bunch of stuff in there. Of course - now it's working again so there's no point in having the technician come because he'll say there's nothing he can do. *sigh* I really hope this doesn't keep happening on a bi-weekly basis - it's bad enough that my milk spoils because I don't drink it quickly enough - I don't need it spoiling more quickly because of refrigerator malfunctions.

Back to happy reports though - the meal Friday night was super enjoyable. Dibble even ate rice and shnitzel after his soup - I had to feel honored at that. Yo'Abba finally heard Z make kiddush (twice) and havdalah. Shabbos lunch was light and refreshing. I love garlic pita chips and the mini-quiches came out delicious (even though I used a 1/2 whole-wheat crust.)

Shabbos afternoon went by pretty quickly. We played 'Settlers of Catan' a whole bunch of times (I think Ez and Dibble have a new favorite board game) - Rummikub, Cooties, Set and Monopoly also all got a chance to see the sun.

Overall I think it was a very successful and enjoyable weekend. Maybe one day when we've got enough space for the whole family we'll get Mean'Ma, Phil, Eli and Oscar here for a weekend too.

Z left early this morning for a dentist appointment in Petach Tikvah and then he's going to work in Jeru. Hopefully he'll be Home by 8:30 tonight.

I already worked on the neverending project for about 1/2 an hour this morning and I'm waiting to get more to do. I also have a contact/mentor for the book layout project - so hopefully that will be underway soon too.

My gluten-test results came back this morning - I have 0% allergy to the stuff - so people should stop telling me to stop eating it - cause as I've told you - it doesn't make a lick of difference (especially since my body doesn't like to digest fruits and vegetables either.)

What else? Hopefully the laptop will be here in the next few days - cause I'm getting sick of sitting at the Desktop all day every day. I miss my mobility and portability.

Uch - this is turning into a rant-y post - but I don't mean to sound upset. I'm just using this place as somewhere to write down everything that's going on so I don't forget what's going on.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bisbols

Another 6:30 morning. Blech - I am really not enjoying them. Actually - I'm just not enjoying having Z commute to Jeru. Last night the 6:30pm bus to Ariel never showed up - so he had to wait around for the 7:15 bus (which only showed up at 7:30.) So yesterday was a 14 hour lonely-day for me. On a nice note - I was a very very nice wife and I inaugurated our wok last night. I cooked up some awesome chicken fried rice for dinner.
One advantage to waking up ridiculously early is feeling like you have a lot of time ahead of you - oh wait... Anyway, I started cooking for Shabbos as early as possible. (That way maybe Z and I can do something fun tomorrow morning.) I've also found it is best to have the oven on as little as possible in the afternoons - when the temperature soars to the 90's anyway...
I took chicken soup and chicken out of the freezer to defrost, I baked carrot kugel (cause I know the Dibble eats it), I made 1/2 a batch of challah - which got me 4 medium loaves and I baked these incredible cookies.

I bought the cherries for these little jewels a while back but never got around to finding a recipe or making the cookies. Yesterday I decided - I need something special for dessert - since it's a special occasion - so I tracked down a recipe. I debated drizzling them with chocolate - and decided that it was worth the extra effort. I sure am glad that I did.

They're not exactly what I wanted but they're still darn tasty - and pretty too.
Cherry-Bakery-Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp almond extract (I used a tsp. of vanilla extract instead...)
2 - 2 1/2 cups flour
halved maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter in large bowl. Gradually beat in sugar until fluffy. beat in egg and almond extract. gradually blend in flour. Chill dough for 30 mins for ease in handling. Roll small spoonfuls of dough into little balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets ( I use parchment paper on the cookie sheets) Place half cherry, cut side down, in middle of each cookie and press down slightly. Bake 8-9 mins or just until bottoms are golden. Remove and place on racks to cool.

I also took a walk to the sketchy makolet and picked up some milk. Now I can make the mini-quiches - don't tell anybody but the crust is 1/2-whole-wheat. Heehee, I'm so sneaky.

I don't really have too much left to do today. I just want to get the quiches and linguine salad done. Maybe I'll make the other desserts (I can't tell you what they are cause it's a surprise.) Tonight when the chicken is defrosted I'll put it into a baking dish and let it marinate overnight. Then tomorrow I just have to pop the garlic, peas, roasted veggies and chicken into the oven - and make couscous. Ta-da - Shabbos is ready! Woohooooo!

I guess now I can go work on that book layout while I wait for some more 'neverending project' work to come in. Then I can read some more - I'm too lazy to wait for one of my summer-shows to come back from hiatus and since it's based on a book-series I'm just going to read the series - then I won't have to watch the show any more. It seems brilliant to me. I just wish I could curl up with the books in bed instead of sitting in front of the computer. Ah well. Someday.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Terrabytes

I woke up way too early this morning. I used to wake up at 7 every single day - all year actually - then Z started his 'finals period' and I started waking up at 8. Now he has to get up at 6:30 so that he can catch a bus to work - which means that I wake up at 6:30 - and all this while going to sleep at around midnight. I guess I've gotten old or something - but 6 hours of sleep just isn't enough for me. I need a full 7 or I'm just not a happy person.

I won't write anything about the state of my stomach or health - because it's just not pretty. I lost another kilo. Hurrah - or is it - Uhoh...?

In happy news I finally figured out the menu for Shabbos. Z is going to pick up the veggies I need in Jeru after work and tomorrow I can cook all day long. I'm going to have to rearrange my freezer though - it's super stuffed, and I need to make space for challah. Lots and lots of challah.

I think I'm finally going to use the candied cherries I bought ages ago. I'm really excited - I'm going to attempt to recreate those buttery-delicious bakery cookies! Maybe I'll even make some with sprinkles on the edges - or chocolate dollops in the centers. Gosh - so many options!

For dinner tonight I'm thinking chicken-stir-fry - cause we have a wok, and cause I took out chicken, and cause we have couscous in the fridge which needs to get used up. All good reasons - in my humble opinions anyway.

I'm kind of enjoying the breeze - even though it's 82F in my apartment my fingers and toes are pleasantly chilled. I guess there is a bright-side to bad blood-circulation too. Who knew.

They called me from the computer-store today about my new laptop. It'll be here early next week - with Windows-7 in English and a 3-year-warranty. I am really excited about it!

I need a haircut. Desperately.

Sorry I'm bouncing all over the place - I'm having a hard time focusing on any one thing at a time and my brain is kind of turning to mush. I've been trying to lay-out a book and I'm having a really hard time with it. It's a 'first' and I'm not really sure what I'm doing - especially cause there's a ton of footnotes and whatnot to keep in order and it's a really long book. I've tried half-a-dozen different things - but I'm just not having any success. I'm frustrated by it - because it shouldn't be so complicated - or it feels like it shouldn't be at any rate. I wish they'd actually taught me useful stuff in the classes that I paid 25,000 shekels to attend. That's essentially the cost of a 3-year BA in this country - I guess I should've just gone to college.

Yeah - live and learn.

Ah, regrets.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"I'm Preferred"

It's Tuesday - which is a happy day - because Z doesn't work on Tuesday. Meaning, Tuesdays are the new Sunday here at our house - which is kind of nice. It's like have mini-weekends all week - every week. Although he does have AutoCAD class from 5-9PM - so we really only have most of the day - and he always has one friend or another coming over... Anyway - at least we get a nice morning together.

We utilized this morning really well. We took a walk down to Mega and got a bazillion impulse buys. I don't even know when I'm going to eat all the stuff. I haven't consumed that much food in the course of the past 2 months - let alone a week. Good thing Pringles don't spoil - I had to buy them - they were buy 1 get 1 free.

There was about 3/4 cup of pesto leftover form last Shabbos - so I finally decided to be slightly less-lazy and baked those pesto-rolls that Z had been begging/(read: bugging) me to make. While I was at it I also baked a dozen cinnamon buns. (Cause they all freeze well and now Z can take them for on-the-go-breakfasts.)

I finally ordered myself a new laptop. It's crazy how much the prices have come down and how powerful the machines are. The cheaper-range of models can do everything I need them to be able to do. It's amazing! (And no - I didn't get a Mac - cause Macs cost 4X the price and do the same exact thing except that they aren't compatible with 80% of the rest of the world.)

I certainly have been knocking back a whole lotta pills the last few days. Some anti-spasmodics for my gut, vitamin D, folic acid, vitamin C and more! I don't even feel like I need to eat - I'm so busy swallowing pills all day. Fun fun fun fun fun! Now I just wish I'd feel better.

Freddie called me with some super exciting news. Seems the fambily is looking for Shabbos plans - so they're coming to us! It's gonna be so much fun! Yo'Abba is finally going to get to hear Z make kiddush - it's gonna be amusing. Chaval I can't take pictures on Shabbos. I guess it's a good thing I didn't make up a menu yet - cause I'm definitely going to need to go grocery shopping again.

Anywho - I've got to go package up all the baked goods and stick them in the freezer. Then maybe I'll watch a movie or something relaxing like that.

**Edit - 9:52PM: I was a good wifey. I cooked up some chunky tomato sauce for dinner and served it over pasta (partial bags of 2 different shapes that were in the cupboard.) We sprinkled it with Parmesan and it was delish! Also - we got a sneak peak at the new neighbors who will be moving in upstairs, 2 guys. I guess I know where next year's leftover Shabbos cookies are going...**

Monday, August 09, 2010

Creme-eee

Z's alarm rang at 6:30 this morning - so I've been awake since then. He caught a 7:30am bus into Jeru for his first day 'on the job' at an architectural-firm. This internship is supposed to be a learning experience and will look good on his resume - but it's a little sad for me to spend all academic year alone and now all summer alone.

Today I was kind of a good little housewife. I washed 4 loads of laundry (from the last 2 weeks - since we hadn't been home for a whole bunch of days) and I changed the sheets on our beds. I didn't wash the dished or clean the bathrooms or wash the floors though - I was too downright lazy.

On a happy note the results from part of my bloodtest came back - mostly everything is within normal range and the problems are not being caused by creepy bacteria in my guts. It's something else - which I'm kind of grateful for - cause bugs in my guts was kind of a creepy thought. Anyway, I'm still waiting for the results on the gluten-test - for some reason they still haven't come back. Maybe tomorrow. Oh yeah - and I managed to schedule the ultrasound for next week - I consider that an accomplishment because I had to speak to five clinics in 4 different cities in order to find one who actually does the test and who had appointments available sometime in the relatively near future. After that it's off to the gastro and hopefully answers. Lots of answers. And then - feeling like a healthy normal person. I just can't wait!

I'd also just like to say that shopping-online is a lot more fun when you can actually get something. Otherwise it's a serious killjoy. I don't know why people torture themselves like that.

Tonight for dinner french-fries (baked) and baked little white fishies (seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a thinly sliced clove of garlic.) I love it when dinner costs a total of 10 shekels and the same thing in a restaurant would cost 60. It makes me laugh. Why DO people go out to eat?

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Greps?

On Friday I went to a(nother) dr. about the whole weight-loss and nausea thing - (cause losing 12 kilo in 6 weeks is worrying.) He sent me for a whole lot of bloodwork and some other tests - then I get to go see a gastro. Isn't that exciting? Maybe now we're finally on the way to finding out what's wrong with me.

Shabbos was awesome. That about sums it up. Even though Meanma and Phil were away - we had a special guest and the food turned out amazingly. The funniest thing was playing Rummikub with Ez and the Dibble - cause colorblindness makes it a really funny experience. Which one is green? Which one is brown? I thought the colors were; red, orange/yellow, blue and black. Ah well. Who knew?

This morning I woke up bright and early and went to have the blood-test done (they sure did fill a whole lotta vials! I lost count after the 4th - it was a grand total of either 5 or 6.) I really really REALLY hate needles.

After being poked I walked back to the house and baked up 1 loaf (1/2 a recipe) of honey whole wheat bread for breakfast. (It is really yummy with peanut butter.) Freddie baked about a hundred cookies to take to her friends at camp and then we piled into the car. Freddie dropped us off at Home on her way to Tzfat - which we really appreciated.

I found a zucchini and 2 carrots in the fridge that needed to be used (desperately) and with the addition of an onion, sweet potato, white potato, a can of chickpeas and 1 thing of tomato paste we had ourselves an incredibly delicious vegetable sauce which we ate over some couscous for dinner.

I love couscous - it's ready in just 5 minutes.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Compact - Always.

In what universe does "Please come for Shabbos" translate into "We need somebody to cook food for us for the weekend because Mommy isn't Home"? I'm not quite sure - but that's where I'm at right about now.

Let me start with yesterday. So - we're in The Sun House (which means it's pretty hot) and at around noon Z decided that we should walk a mile uphill to the center of town to 'run some errands' then of course, we got to walk back down. Last night we attended Eli & Nicky Kamins wedding at Reishit - it was an intimate gathering of about 150 people - very nicely done. Of course, we walked to and from the party as well.

This morning I woke up bright and early (thanks to the Shacharis 'wake up' call for Z.) I made pancakes for everyone who was Home and then watched Daddy empty out the kitchen fridge. Emptying the fridge meant a whole lot of dirty dishes - which just got piled a mile high in the sink.

Freddie had an exam but was home before 12. Then we went out grocery shopping - so that we could cook for Shabbos. We stopped at Supersol and SuperH (where I got pineapple juice as an awesomely delicious treat for myself.)

Back at home, Z cut up the chickens (cause he's so good at it) and I put the chicken soup up to cook. Then I made up the matzah-ball goop and cooked up 2 cups of kasha (cause the Dibble loves kasha buttons!) I had a blast using Mommy's food-processor to slice the potatoes for the gratin - because it's got a gazillion blades and it is just oh so cool! I also made pie-crust for the pastel (meat pie) then I washed all of the pareve dishes. We also made the chickpea salad and sun-dried tomato pasta salad. Freddie even cooked up a batch of matbucha.

Still on the to-do list: Challah, Desserts, Chicken Picatta, Pastel, Roasted Garlic, Rice, Green Beans with Red Peppers, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, filling/baking Kasha Buttons and boiling up the matzah balls.

That's not really so much.

Alrighty - time to go eat last week's leftovers for dinner. 3 cheers for deli-roll!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Because I Can...

Well, we are officially in The Sun House. Last night after dropping Phil and the Crazy Lady off at the airport, yo' Abba picked us up (cause he was halfway to Ariel anyway.) We made it back to Bet Shemesh in about an hour.

On his recent trip the the USofA Daddy received an ipad as a birthday gift. It is the funnest little gadget! Seriously! Actually, truth be told it is a bit of a pain for long compositions - but it's not impossible. How do I know? Simple - cause I typed this post up on it. Fun fun fun!

Luckily for me this is going to be a short post (cause I don't have anything much to report - cause nothing fun or exciting has happened yet this week. And yeah - I know it's Wednesday already.

This evening we're attending a wedding at Reishit and Freddie should be home at some point later tonight. But why am I focusing on tonight? It's only 10am and we've got the whole day ahead of us.

Have I mentioned it's really really hot?

Random question - what's my prize for doing something important that I really really despise doing? I feel like I deserve something. Useless whatshisface.

Alrighty - typing on this thing is getting a teensy bit annoying (maybe it's the key clicks...)

I guess I'll go play with the 'embiggening' feature on a news-site (this thing does THE coolest zoom thing ever!)

Til' next time.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Electric Door Guy

Shabbos was really nice and relaxing. The weather was craaaazy hot but we stayed indoors, blessed the breeze and drank ice-cold water. The fridge has been working just fine after our Friday fiasco - I guess paying for nothing convinced it to start working properly again. Go figure.

Sunday was slow and quiet too. We watched a whole bunch of our favorite animated movies and did nothing all day long.

This morning I was woken up bright and early to lots of banging and noise. Our upstairs neighbors were moving out the last of their stuff (the 'big' stuff - fridge, beds, couch...) which would have been ok with me - if they'd started after 7AM - cause I'm picky like that. When the banging stopped the downstairs neighbor's dog started barking and their kid starting screaming and crying her little eyeballs out - it was 7:45 on a Monday with absolutely nothing to do - but I was up.

And that's basically been my day so far.

It's 2:20 in the afternoon - I haven't got anything planned. I can't bake cause it's too hot to turn on the oven, I'm not hungry - so there's no point in making food. I'm not quite in the mood to knit - cause knitting seems like a winter activity. I've colored in almost all the fun pages in my coloring-books.

I guess I'll go twiddle my thumbs for a while.