Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Booth Sitters

Yesterday's Fambily brunch & build went very nicely. We ate in 2 waves so that everyone could get a chance to 'layshayv basukkah' - the food was yummy - the tech-savvy-ness was highly amusing and all in all it was highly entertaining.Some of our2-dozen bagels. The holes went missing at some point between the rest and the rise but they tasted good regardless.
The was a nice breeze - so even though it was sunny and hot we had some ventilation.
After eating we trekked out to an open expanse of land in the middle of Samaria and set our sights on building.
We're not sure what exactly it is we made - but it took some serious carpentry skills and we built it in the Shomron. The building freeze is officially over and now that sort of thing isn't illegal anymore. (To see us 'in action' you can watch our little homemade documentary on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOWyI25WRU)
After packing up our tools, and clothes we headed back to The Sun House for a bbq and concert. Z did the grilling (wings, burgers, shnitzels, hotdogs) - We saw lots of friends (I finally finally finally saw Becca!!!) - We listened to the music and ate a lot.
It's so exciting to be back in the Fambily Sukkah in The Sun House!
Today we've got lots of fun stuff on the agenda. We're heading to Tel Aviv on a family tiyul and tonight supposedly we're going to feast on Penne A'la Vodka for dinner.
It sounds super exciting to me - how does it sound to you?

I'll keep you posted!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Toads & Stools

Yesterday was pretty quiet.

The Bro-in-Law left at a little after 7am - so I was awake at 6:45 making super fluffy pancakes.

Most of the day was spent on the couch in fetal position (cause I decided to eat breakfast) - but that's nothing new so I won't bore you. Though I did manage to finish Season 2 of Desperate Housewives.

We convinced the Fambily to come over and join us for a bagel brunch today. That's why I'm blogging at 7:10 in the morning. I've already got a double batch of bagels rising on the counter and I've got to go and shape them soon. (I briefly considered baking them last night - but bread is always so much better fresh out of the oven.)

The sneaky reason for having the fambily over is so that we can get a ride back to The Sun House. Tonight is the concert and while we were seriously considering skipping it - well, Shai Gabso is going to be there - so you know... I've just gotta be there.

On the to-do list for today - finish the bagels, cut up veggies and bake a coffee-cake. Straighten up the apt and pack up for a week in The Sun House. That's not too many chores - here's to hoping I get them all finished in a timely manner.

I've got till a little after noon - so I should be able to make it.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I Love Fethtival Thpiwit!

Shavua Tov and Moadim L'Simcha!

The weather on Friday had me slightly worried cause it was so hot but today was actually quite nice. It stayed an even 80F in the apartment. Thankfully the temperature dropped a whole lot once the sun went down - now it's pleasantly chilly. Personally, I hope it stays like this.

Cooking for Shabbos was finished in good time. I wanted to have the oven turned off as early as possible. Thankfully everything worked out and I even got to scrub down the stove-top and counter-top.

Ayala, Yoni & Abe all joined us for Shabbos.

Friday Night Menu: roasted garlic, chicken soup with matzah balls, tomato basil chicken, garlic rice, peas, glazed sweet potatoes.
Shabbat Lunch Menu: tossed green salad, garlic-y pita chips, pastel, deli roll, carrot kugel, potato kugel.
Sheudah Shlishit Menu: sun-dried tomato pasta salad, garlic-y pita chips, sliced veggies (red peppers, carrots & cucumbers) and chumus.

Have I mentioned how incredibly delicious the challot turned out? These are the ones I was raving about making last week. I used 3.5 cups whole wheat and 6ish cups of white flour. The loaves are light and fluffy but with a satisfying taste to them. Oh - and don't forget the fillings. The sweet struesel challah tastes like a decadent babka while the onion-crumb loaves are just salty and delicious!

Now it's time to straighten up and get some sleep. Lots of stuff to do tomorrow.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mind-Benders

Moadim L'simcha everybody!

I love sukkot! The whole festival just makes me smile. The sukkah, the decorations, the ridiculous notion that spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are 'seasonal' for this time of year...

Anywho - I suppose the only thing I miss about sukkot in the good ol' USofA is the autumn weather. For some strange reason I'm highly nostalgic when it comes to the colors, smells and general feelings of fall. I miss honest to goodness 'sweatshirt weather' - when a coat was too warm and a shirt was too cold - but a comfy sweater or a favorite sweatshirt was just the thing to slip into in order to stay toasty and completely comfortable.

That's what was floating through my mind as I donned a thin summery blouse to wear to dinner last night. We had a nice quick and quiet meal - carrot soup, saucepot meatballs, twirly pastas and peas.

Today the weather inside hovered at around 83 degrees and it was even hotter out in the schach-made shade of the temporary dwelling. Our neighbors from across the hall joined us for the meal. There was way too much food - turns out we're all not overly 'big' eaters. Nonetheless - leftovers won't be going to waste - they're already in the freezer. We feasted on; tomato onion quiche, challah kugel and vegetable lasagna which I made and they brought over flame-roasted chatzilim with techina and a dish of spiced soya.

Desserts included; Rum & Spice Cookies, Oatmeal Craisin Cookies and they brought over a chocolate chip cake too.

After lunch we played a game of Rummikub and then the guys dueled it out over the Quarto board. Then it was nap-time and reading time.

The afternoon went by pretty quickly and before I knew it the time had come for havdalah and then mad-prep for Shabbos began.

I took all the meat, chicken and soup out of the freezer and forced Z to wash the dishes from lunch and make his super-delicious potato kugel.

Once everything defrosts I can get to work - though I'm not sure whether that will actually be tonight or not...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Enough With the Egg!

Last night was the first night in over 2 weeks that I slept straight through without waking up with a stomachache or just waking up for no reason and staring at the ceiling for an hour or two. It might be because I expended so much energy crying yesterday and thereby exhausted myself - but I really can't be sure. In any event - I woke up feeling strangely refreshed this morning. It was a nice change.

We dropped Frank McNugget off at his drum lesson and then did some shopping at SuperH. Now I remember why I try to be anal and get all of my lists and shopping done in advance - because I hate going to grocery stores on the day before erev-anything.

Yo'Abba was busy building the sukkah all morning and Dibble was super excited to help when he got home from school.

Freddie was heading out to pick up Mr. Freddie (gosh, we've gotta find a nickname for him) - so she graciously offered/agreed to drop me off at Home on the way. (Even though the end of the world isn't really 'on the way' to anywhere.)

Chag is tomorrow. So far I've got my challah made - oh and I've got a lasagna in the freezer. I guess I should get started on everything else...?

Not to complain (more) or anything but WHY is there a heatwave?!?!? Memo to G-d: I (really really really) LIKED the weather last week - can ya' send us some more of the mid-70's weather with nice cool breezes and slightly chilly nights and mornings?!?!?!?!? Cause that'd be just great!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Freddie, Phil & Frank McNugget

In short today was a disaster.

Not to fear though - ultimately it was salvaged by a really great friend, my father - my savior, an extremely loving husband and 2 boxes of 3-minute spaghetti.

The gastro appointment was a complete failure. The guy was a pompous jerkwad who basically told me that I've been feeling sick for a long time so I should be used to it by now. I'll leave it at that because I don't have anything nice to say. Suffice it to say I'll be getting a 2nd opinion.

We're camping out in The Sun House tonight and going Home tomorrow. Hopefully on the early side so that I can do my cooking for chag and hopefully I'll be feeling well enough to actually get it done.

Other good things that happened today:
  • I saw my yummalicious niece and nephew and their awesome mommy.
  • I found a new favorite park bench.
  • I learned that I have a brother named Frank McNugget (don't Google him - nothing will show up - at least that's his hope.)
  • I watched Phil crack herself up reading MLIA and just had to laugh along because some of the entries are way too funny.
  • Z bought himself a snazzy new bag - I like it so much I might just borrow it...hehehe.
  • Yo'Abba made me some iced tea - it wasn't orangeade, but hey, we're not in Ashmerica anymore.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Grand View

Well, Yom Kippur was a complete waste of a day. I spent the entirety of it in bed feeling disgusting. Z was an absolute angel though - he came back to check on me throughout the day (just to make sure I was still alive.)

After 'break-fast' we put together the frame of the sukkah (with only 1 snafu of vertical poles being upside down.) Tonight we'll put the schach on and tomorrow hopefully we'll do the decorating - if there's enough time considering most of the day will be spent in-transit and in Jeru.

Gastro appointment tomorrow - please please please let them have answers. I really can't stand feeling like this anymore.

Lost another 2 kilo in the last week (the scale really says 3 - but I'm deducting 1 for 'fluctuation weight' - yesterday was a fast day after all and in the last 60 hours all I've eaten is 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes and 3/4 of a bagel.)

On the bright side of the Jeru trip is that we'll be able to pick up all sorts of better quality goodies for a fraction of the cost. We're gonna do a shuk shopping and Z has to get himself some of those 4-minim.

I'm just trying to figure out when all the cooking is going to get done. We're having guests for 3 out of 4 meals and 3 guests are sleeping over for Shabbos. The funniest part about worrying about the cooking is the fact that I probably won't even be eating any of the food. Ok, I'm not sure whether that's actually funny or ironic - but it's definitely one of them.

Now I'm off to figure out how to take pain-killers on an empty stomach. As usual I'm too nauseous to eat and I was supposed to do some of the aforementioned cooking today but my left knee and hip are aching so much it's kind of hard to stand. It's all or none I guess.

At least I'll definitely fit into the pretty new clothes I'm getting after sukkot!

That's a positive. Right?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Resignation

Another Yom Kippur with a stomach flu. Isn't this fun?

Woke up bright at early (not counting the 2am escapade involving shouting neighbors) it was 7am. Spent an hour dealing with my stomach then collapsed back into bed and rested for another hour.

At a little after 10 Z went down to the grocery store to pick up the few last-minute things for post-fast. Meanwhile I put the chicken in to roast and cooked up a pot of creamy mashed potatoes.

Nice early shower, impressively enough there was plenty of hot water even though it's been cool out for the last few days.

It's really cool, cloudy and overcast today. Kind of nice if you ask me - compared to those crazy shvitzy heatwaves we had just 2 short weeks ago.

2 hours til mealtime and 3.5 til the fast starts.

I'm thinking it's kind of bad that all I've managed to drink is about 1/4 liter of water today and I'm pretty sure most of it's already out.

Well - g'mar chatima tovah to everybody and hopefully see you on the other side.

Easy and meaningful fasts and tefillot to everybody too!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

1 Goose - 2 Geese - 1 Moose - 2 Meese?

I like 2-post days because they keep me motivated. That being said - I'm not sure I'll post again today because sometimes I just forget all about it. Back to my original train-of-thought - when I list my 'goals' in the morning then I try to accomplish them - otherwise stuff kind of falls by the wayside.

And just for the record - when I complain that I haven't done anything all day and that I haven't been productive - it doesn't mean I literally sat around doing nothing all day (although sometimes that is the case) - it just means I didn't obtain any sense of fulfillment or feeling of accomplishment from the menial chores I actually did do. I know I should be able to find enjoyment and accomplishment in everything I do - but I'm working on it. Sometimes it's just hard to feel like washing dishes is a victory which deserves celebration when in fact all it seems to be is another thing that needs to be done. Point is - I'm working on it.

Aside from waking up at 2 in the morning (and finding out from my personal santa that I've got a whole lotta presents waiting for me in MerryCa) it was a pretty regular night. Z was such a sweetie - he made me a hot water bottle to take to bed cause my tummy was feeling all ick-ified (for the record - that is officially a real word - according to me anyway.) I love when he does small really thoughtful gestures at exactly the right time.

I got up again at 6:30 when the alarm rang and spent some time replying to e-mails and writing birthday messages on Facebook.

Now it's 9:15 and I've sent Z off to work with breakfast and lunch, done 2 loads of laundry (including stripping the beds so I could wash the sheets), taken a chicken out of the freezer to defrost, put my chicken soup up to cook, and cleaned the really dirty and crumby gasket on the freezer with vinegar.

In theory I should go to the grocery store and pick up the last few things I need for the seudat hamafseket but I'm not feeling so great. I'm also a little paranoid to leave the house because we're supposed to get a delivery sometime today or tomorrow. (We ordered a folding table and some plastic chairs to put in the sukkah! Hooray! This year we won't have to shlep the dining room chairs outside and squish around the teeny-tiny table. It also means that when the mishpacha comes to visit there are enough seats for everyone! :) )

I've got some more neverending project work to do - booklet layout. Then maybe I'll do some cleaning; bathrooms, kitchen - stovetop and counters.

Maybe I'll bake that challah kugel for sukkot.

Did I mention - Z ate the 7 hot-dogs last night so now there's tons of space in the freezer. Hamayvin Yavin.

Oh yeah - and I have to figure out this kreplach business. Maybe I'll make with potato filling cause I don't have any ground-chicken laying around.

I'm sure I could find other stuff if I looked hard enough - but I don't think I'll bother.

For now - toodles...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giraffes & Hippos

Last night was a whole lotta fun. Dinner turned out awesomely delicious. I really really really love my wok. Then we watched Boondock Saints (every time I see it I understand a little bit more - heck, I think I've finally figured out the plot.)

I woke up at 6:15 this morning. I waited until 7:30 to start making noise in the kitchen. Not too much noise though - just enough to bake 1/2 a batch of coffee cake for breakfast. (I know, I know - but I had leftover steusel from the challot yesterday and didn't want it to go to waste.) Thankfully I defrosted a bag of milk (from the freezer stash) cause our guest turned out to be a morning-coffee-drinker. Then I watched some Desperate Housewives.

I washed dishes and pretended to be a good-little-housewife until the boys left for class. Then I watched even more Desperate Housewives until Yo'Abba sent me some work to do. After semi-straightening-up my closet I cooked up a batch of mac-n-cheese for lunch.

Z came Home from class a little earlier than expected so the lunch wasn't quite ready (it's not done till the top noodles are good and crunchy!) It didn't matter though - he waited patiently and then we sat down to enjoy the meal while watching some Modern Family.

(Gosh it seems like I watched a lot of TV today. Hmmm, I guess I did.)

Finally I got off my lazy tush and worked on the neverending project for a little while. Forms with boxes and an Opus for the perplexed.

I wish my stomach weren't doing flip-flops - it's not on account of the dairy specifically - it's on account of the eating which in a way is even more frustrating.

Maybe I'll go read for a bit. It's almost sleeping-time anyway. Right?

Eh, close enough.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Toppings

Updates because I can and because everybody loves them!

After blogging I Yoga'd for 1/2 an hour and then Zumba'd for 1/2 an hour.

Eventually I got around to baking the challot. They came out really nicely and I'm very glad that I decided to make them in the small foil tins. I haven't tasted them yet - but they're the usual recipe so I'm guessing they'll be yummy enough. I got 8 small-medium-ish sized loaves out of a single recipe. 4 are stuffed with a sweet streusel and the other 4 are stuffed with 'Ratners Onion Roll' filling.

Z and I watched a whole bunch of episodes of 'Modern Family' today too. It was our 'unwind' time. Tuesdays sure are nice.

Tonight Z has class and his friend Elad from Jerusalem is sleeping over because they have a 'make-up' class tomorrow morning. So I guess I'll be making some stir-fry with rice for when they come Home for dinner.

In exciting news - there was a lot of streusel topping left-over from the challot so I'm gonna bake a coffee cake for breakfast tomorrow morning.

I haven't done the neverending project work yet. I'm procrastinating it and pretending that I'm going to do it when Z leaves for class...

I think maybe I'll just conveniently watch some more Desperate Housewives.

Fancy that.

Matches and Pears

Freddie wound up driving me Home yesterday. Raizi and Sara joined us on the adventure. We ran all of my errands and then there were lots of hands to help shlep everything up 2 flights of stairs to the apartment.

Thankfully Yesh had just gotten in their delivery of chickens so I snagged 5 super-fresh looking birds. (I know that sounds super-mundane but 'round these parts it's often hard to find fresh looking meat - and before you say, "buy frozen" - I prefer to buy whole fresh chickens because well, first off they're waaaay cheaper and secondly then I (ok, Z) can cut them up and divide them for freezing the way I need. After all - I am the girl who cooks only 1 leg/thigh for Shabbos on an average week. What the heck would I do with a whole chicken that needed to be used?)

Shopping was a super-success and though Freddie and Raizi skedaddled back to The Sun House after unpacking the car, Sara stayed and shared all sorts of fun and funny stories about her awesome summer experiences in shmutz la'aretz.

Sara left 20 minutes before Z got Home. Then he washed all the dishes that I cleaned out of the mostly-empty fridge. Dinner was deli on the yummy bread things that Freddie found in RBS during the 'errands' portion of our trip. Then we caught up on last week's America's Got Talent. (Though - I fell asleep in the middle of the 'results' show - so I'm not exactly sure which 4 acts actually made it to the last round of the competition.)

Today I want to Zumba, make a poster and fix some flyers for the neverending project, bake the challot for Sukkot/Shabbos Chol Hamoed and maybe even do cleaning of some sort.

Z is supposed to pick up a registered-letter at the post office. He reckons it might be his passport - I am convinced it's a 'tzav miluim' calling him up for reserves (probably when he's in America.) I guess he'll have to go pick it up to settle the bets.

Alrighty - 7:51am - it's time to start my day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lemon Puffle Ohs!

I woke up at 6:00 this morning. I was up and dressed by 6:15 and went downstairs and made a batch of 'pareve' pancakes - for the anti-lactose contingent of the family. When Z got back from shacharit with the milk I made the 'dairy' pancakes for the rest of the family. They were good pancakes.
After making loads of pancakes I went upstairs and packed up the suitcases. Z put away the trundle-bed and I tidied up the room - a teeny bit. Then Z left for work. I was sad to see him go. I hate that all he ever does is leave.I think he liked his present last night. It's all new and updated - there are all sorts of roads that exist in the new atlas that weren't in the 2005 edition. Hooray for updates!
In a little bit someone is supposed to drive me Home. Hopefully I'll get to do a grocery shopping - cause I need a whole bunch of flour and sugar and stuff for the baking and cooking that needs to be done for the upcoming holiday and shabbos and whatnot.

There's too much to think about.

I'm just grateful that I'm not planning a wedding too...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sniff the Book.

Hello World! Happy new year to you all! How'd you like that 3-day-holiday? Gosh - I'd almost forgotten how long they are.

Our 3 hour trip from Ariel to The Sun House made me reconsider my stance on driving. While I don't enjoy the chore - it's decidedly preferable to have the freedom to come and go on my own schedule and in a fraction of the time.

Chag was a ton of fun. Shelley joined the mishpacha and everybody was Home. First night was a quiet relaxed evening - we bit the heads off of our beet enemies in the traditional way. First day was a nice light dairy lunch and a day of fun. Second night was entertaining and second day was busy busy cause Z and I ate out at the Wolicki's and then visited Saba & Savta. Friday night was the traditional and on Shabbos day the whole family walked over to visit Saba & Savta in honor of Savta's birthday! (A non-fasting one this year!) Settlers was played a whole lot of times, all the cake was eaten and after a 2 day wait we finally got to eat the shepard's pie!

Motzei chag and everything Z finally ordered his new Ipod and I finalized and re-wrote my menus for erev-Yom-Kippur and Sukkot. I also basically figured out the shopping list - so I think I'm doing pretty well. I just need to buy some more round foil-tins to bake my challot in. (I'm overly excited about them - half are getting stuffed with struesel and the other half are getting stuffed with onion-crumb - they're going to be awesomely delicious!!!)

Freddie and I went on a trip to BIG this morinng. I bought a new intensive-moisturizing-lotion for my legs (it smells really good) and I bought Z a present - but it's a surprise so I can't say what it is yet - though I can tell you that I asked them to wrap it, cause I know his favorite part of any present is unwrapping it. Aren't I just the nicest?

We'll be heading Home tomorrow and hopefully we'll do the grocery shopping on the way. I need a whole bunch of chickens - hope I'm not too late.

The rest of the week is gonna be all sorts of fun stock-piling. I'm going to bake the challot, desserts, cook up the chicken soup and of course there's the batch of bagels I've got to make for break-fast after yom kippur.

So far Phil is going to be with us for the first day of Sukkot and the Lockermans are joining us for Shabbos chol-hamoed lunch. Abe is most probably coming for either chag or shabbos and we're waiting to hear from some other people to sort out wheres/whens and how manys.

I guess life will be back to 'normal' when Z gets Home from his MerryCa trip.

Oh and Freddie & Ezra have a date - December 30th.

I gotta lose some more weight!

wink wink...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Potatoes - Again.

Waking up at 5:30 in the morning is not pleasant. Waking up shvitzing and feeling disgusting at 5:30 in the morning is an even less pleasant experience. Just in case you were wondering.

At a little after 10 we walked down to Mega. We didn't really need anything - but figured it was a good excuse to get out of the house. In the store we ran into a neighbor and then on our way out of the store we watch both buses of the hour drive past the stop. Thankfully a creepy 'sherut' driver came by 5 minutes later - we choked on secondhand smoke all the way up the hill - but it was better than sitting and waiting in the sun for another 45 minutes.

The early afternoon was relatively boring. (I've decided that not eating takes the fun out of cooking and baking - which is why I haven't been doing much of that lately.)

Thankfully in the mid-afternoon cousin Chaim called to find out if we were Home then he came over to visit. He's taking some classes at our neighborhood michlala and needed to be in Petach Tikvah later in the evening. So we shmoozed and watched some hysterical clips on the internet. A couple of gems he introduced us to were Clients From Hell, My Food Looks Funny and Mike's Amazing Cakes.

Z and Chaim headed out at the same time. So I washed 2 loads of laundry, packed for Rosh Hashana, pretended to organize the coffee table in the office, pretended to organize the kitchen, got dinner ready (Z requested little white fishies and smash-crashed-potatoes - yes, I know I call them something different everytime - but they're just so yummy), made a list of things that still need to be packed, cleaned out the fridge, figured out our 'travel schedule' for tomorrow morning and watched some more Desperate Housewives.

All in all not an overly productive day - but at least it wasn't a complete waste.

I guess that's a good thing.

Holy Moly - Rosh Hashana is tomorrow night.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Bless the Fuzzies

I woke up waaaay too early this morning. Waking up before 7 should not even be an option when you're a stay-at-home nothing-doing-er with absolutely no social life to speak of.

Anyway - at a complete loss of ideas for things to do at 7:45am I decided to put those exercise videos that I downloaded ages ago to good use. Strangely enough I felt very energized after an hour of yoga and deep breathing.

Then I spent a little under an hour fixing up a tri-fold brochure for the neverending project.

Next fun-filled-activity was clearing off the drying racks and washing the dirty dishes.

Then I watched 8 back-to-back episodes of Season 1 of Desperate Housewives. A show that I had never been interested in watching until I finally ran out of other things to do.

Then I spent an hour and 20 minutes doing some more neverending stuff.

Now I'm back to Desperate Housewives - I wonder how many more episodes I'll be able to squeeze in before Z gets Home. It's 6pm now and he missed the 5:30 bus which means he probably won't be here before 8:15 or so.

I'm pretty sure I can get in another 3 before then.

Alrighty - so back to the show...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Thank You Personal Santa!

Friday was strangely relaxed. There wasn't really anything to do in the way of Shabbos prep so we kind of spent the day relaxing. We caught up on 'America's Got Talent' and we read and stared at the view. Thanks to the sweeping/washing of the floor on Monday we agreed to skip it on Friday and do it again before Rosh Hashana.

On his trip to town Z picked up some random 'salatim' (matbucha, chatzilim, something else) and some really pretty flowers.

Friday Night menu was: Challah, chumus, random salatim, roasted garlic, chicken soup with matzah balls, zaatar chicken, peas and garlic rice (made with Jasmine rice - best results so far - which is pretty amazing cause I've made it with Persian and Basmati already and it is easily my favorite flavored rice.)

Shabbos lunch menu: Challah with chumus and different random salatim, tossed green salad, vegetable lasagna.

Dessert was a complete experiment (which turned out deliciously wonderful) - pecan pie bars. Cause who wants to make pie crust and then have to eat slices of pie on a plate with a fork when you could get all that awesome flavor in an easy to carry and eat 'bar' form?! Yum! I love bars!!! Oh - and we'll definitely be having them again on Sukkot.

Shabbos was quiet and relaxing too. Friday night the weather was chilly and delightful! I read a couple hundred pages of Althalus (again.) Shabbos day we played the usual R-kub and the game took forever because we were each waiting for the other to win. (It gets confusing when we do that.) Motza"sh we watched some more Comedy-Central skits and I put together tentative menus for Sukkot/Shabbat Chol Hamoed.

Have I mentioned that we're 'growing up' and have decided to make our first 'chag' at Home? Yup - you read that right. We're turning down Mommy's meatballs and other sukkot delicacies in favor of making our very first 'holiday' at Home. How bittersweet is that?! I know. I know. So far we've got confirmed guests for Shabbos Chol Hamoed lunch. We'll have to find some other brave souls willing to trek up up up up up up up to us. I'm just being mean and not inviting 'sleep-over-guests' because Z is leaving for the USofA right after the holiday and we will be spending the last 1/2 of Sukkot in the Sun House. So - I want a little bit of alone time - which I think is pretty fair.

Me - I'm just excited to make the challot for Sukkos. I'm making a bunch with struesel and a bunch with 'onion-crumb' - and since they're 'round' I get to stuff them full of topping-ly goodness. Hahahahaa! I can hardly wait! (Pictures to follow in a week or so when I get around to making them - which will be after I buy enough bread flour to make them...)

*Break* - Sorry - I went to watch the 'noo-noo' truck suck up all the plastic bottles in the recycling cage outside. It's this huge vacuum truck with a suction-trunk. It amuses me. A lot.

Ok - back to writing shopping lists (for this week/next week and MerryCa.)

Til next time...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Melted Crayons Indeed

Ya know those days when you wake up and make a conscious decision to be happy and then everything goes wrong? Right - so I'm basically having one of those.

Turns out the private gastro won't be covered by insurance - and it seems silly to spend a few hundred shekels to have her just look at my ultrasound results - so I made an appointment with a different dr. - who wasn't actually the dr. that I wanted to make an appointment with. I know - that sounds confusing. Anyway - I'm sick and tired of calling/making appointments/cancelling appointments so I'm just going to see the dr. that I made the appointment with because I don't have patience for this anymore. And if he tells me that I'm fat and that I shouldn't eat things that make me feel sick I will shove his stethoscope up his nose and some of those tongue depressor things in places that don't feel nice. Yup - that's my final decision. Oh and I managed to snag an appointment in 2 weeks (right after Yom Kippur) instead of in 2 months (which was the average waiting period of the other 4 drs. I spoke to) so that's the positive side of the situation.

I tried to go out grocery shopping at a little after 11 - but wound up running home to use the bathroom before I even made it to the bus stop.

Then at 12 the internet died. I never know if it's me or the internet provider and since the 'internet' light on the modem/router-majig was the one that was out I called Bezeq. They told me the problem was with 013. So I called 013. Anywho - 1 hour and 20 minutes later I still didn't have internet. My 013 stuff was all fine and guess what - Bezeq had another one of their 'area-wide connection problems' - waste of energy and breath. Seriously.

Did I mention that when the internet is out I don't have a phone line? Yeah - ok - that one is my fault. I'm cheap - what can I say? But I didn't count on my Orange cell phone going into shock and dying right when I wanted to call Bezeq to find out why I had no internet! On the bright side of this chapter - I managed to locate the 'replacement' phone that I bought a couple of months ago when the Orange phone died last.

At that point I was fed up. So I made my challah dough for Shabbos. I happened to glance out the window and noticed that the sky was very overcast and gray.

Once the dough was rising I decided to try the whole 'grocery shopping' thing again. I was too lazy to walk the 25 minutes so I ran out and caught the 'wrong' bus - I forgot that the 100 doesn't pass by the 'Mega' so I wound up having to walk up-hill through the park.

Then it started to rain...

4 Months Minimum?

When it comes to blogging it's all about the timing. See, since I keep somewhat of a running diary here and the posts are 'daily-related' it's weird to post things after-the-fact. People tend to get frustrated when I write long 'megillahs' and re-caps. Ok - maybe I'm imagining things. I guess it annoys me to write the 'megillahs' for some reason.

In any event - when I post in the morning then I feel silly posting a 2nd time later in the day (because honestly - who checks this site obsessively to see whether I've put something new up upon rising and before retiring. This is not supposed to be some sort of religious experience. Seriously.) Then again when it comes to posting at night - time sort of flies on by and before I know it I've forgotten all about putting a post together.

That all being said -

Yesterday has been deemed 'productive' by virtue of the fact that I sorted through my corner of destroyed rainforest. What I'm trying to say is that in my office is a corner that has been completely dominated by old school notes and notebooks since we moved in. An unmovable and rather intimidating pile of paper. Yesterday I finally sat down and went through everything. I ruthlessly threw a lot of stuff out including old greeting cards (but not the super funny ones), ancient high school literature notes (I'll probably never need to analyze The Glass Menagerie again considering I know live in The Holy Land) and a whole lot of other junk and doodles. I must be a pack-rat - I've been saving pointless doodles for the last 9 years. I've decided that it is time to change.

Aside from the cleaning spree I didn't do too much aside from watering the plants and watching the first half of a season of 'Modern Family' - which is a highly entertaining waste-of-time that I'm going to force Mommy to relax to.

For dinner I broiled some chicken wings with BBQ sauce and made some spiced&roasted potatoes.

Now for today - I should really leave the house today. Maybe go get some groceries for Shabbos - now that I have a tentative Shabbos menu. I've also got to make the challah and maybe I'll start tackling the 'clean-up-project' in the guest room. It's a whole lotta work - but it's mostly my junk - so I guess I should take care of it.

Isn't being a grown-up fun?

Oh - and I finally managed to get a gastro appointment for the end of October. Worst timing ever - but the dr. is female and she speaks English - so hopefully it'll be worth the wait.