Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Horizontal Running

Sunday morning we made our way Home after vacuuming out the car and a visit to the new little mall in The Sun House. We spent the afternoon cleaning the house like crazy people. We went to sleep on the very late side but thankfully Buzz slept 'late' and woke up inn a good mood at around 6ish.

Monday morning started off on the early side. We finished straightening up, and we packed up the last of our stuff then we packed up the car and headed back to The Sun House.

This year's seder was definitely less eventful than last year. A whole lot of fun though. Everybody enjoyed the wine and we were somehow done by...well, about midnight. Well, that's when I finished 'Nirtza' anyway. Buzz stayed up pretty late but conked out at 11ish.

Today was fun and crazy. We played a whole bunch of games of Settlers. We also ate a lot of cake, candy, and snacks - mostly soup crunchies and chocolate... Yeah - too much junk.

The rest of the week should be interesting. I hope to be back soon with an update! Moadim L'simcha everybody!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

In Case of Tornado...

Hello Blogosphere! Buzz seems to finally be on the mend. Talk about raining and pouring. In the last two weeks he has experienced - pink eye, stridor, general virus, double ear infection, and a nasty case of pharyngitis. After 3 visits to the doctor he is currently on antibiotics. Following 12 days of running a 101-102 fever he's finally feeling better and is cool as a cucumber. All that said - none of us have slept for more than about half an hour at a time in close to 3 weeks. We are exhausted. Even more tired than I was last time I posted complaining about being exhausted.

'Pesach' (read: spring) cleaning didn't really happen so much this year. Which is pretty gross because I didn't do it last year on account of being super-pregnant. The weather has been a little bit crazy and with the hot-spells the ants have returned with a vengeance - and this year they're not confined to the living room - they're in the bathrooms and more disgustingly the teeny tiny ones are in the kitchen.

The one random thing that I did do was cleaning out the drain from the kitchen sink. That was decidedly the most disgusting chore I've undertaken in a long time. I ended up taking the entire pipe off and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush. Then I scrubbed out the cupboard under the sink too. It was gross. On the bright side - now it's clean and shiny - and the icky smell is gone too.

Speaking of cleaning - someone across the street took their cleaning to a new extreme level this past week. While standing in the kitchen I observed someone climb out of their 2nd story living room window onto the roof of the 1st floor's porch - in order to clean the outside of the windows. The cleaning part wasn't what got me - it was the fact that the man was clad in only a pair of olive colored briefs (with a wedgie) and flip-flops. Not quite what I'd expected to see when I glanced out the kitchen window while talking on the phone and searching for a snack.

We had planned on enjoying a quiet and relaxing weekend at home for shabbat hagadol. Friday morning at around 10am the power went out. An hour later it wasn't back on yet. I called the electric company who informed me (with a recording) that they were aware of the problem, that it was a city-wide issue, and that power would be back up and running by noon. My gut told me not to rely on them - so I felt pretty justified as we packed up and headed out to The Sun House at 2pm and the power was still out. Driving south via Modiin (on account of the highways being closed so that the American president's helicopter could fly over them (?!) ) I called the electric company to find out whether our neighborhood had been restored to the electric-age - sheer curiosity and all. An updated recording politely informed me that power was not expected to be restored until 5pm. I just nodded my head and thanked my slightly overreacting instincts for getting us on the road with plenty of time to spare.

Shabbos was a lot of fun. Buzz loved the 'food toy' - he tried repeatedly to bite pieces off of the scrambled eggs, the toast, and he really enjoyed the muffins. Frank wasn't Home, and Dibble went to a barmitzvah across town so wasn't home for most of the day. Phil and I played a 4-color, 2-player game of 'cut-throat' Settlers. It was really tough. Then I accidentally took a 2-hour nap!

After havdalah cleaning madness began. The Crazy Lady, Timmy, and Frank started working on the kitchen. Phil and I just sat at the table and learned how to post things to Reddit.

Quotable Quoes from the weekend include:
"What the heck?!" -Yo'Abba
"If I had a dollar for every brain that you don't have, I'd have one dollar!" -Phil via Reddit
"I'm on a boat...it's goin fast..."

Also be careful with mascara. It's serious stuff. Especially that kind in the yellow tube.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Da Dayenu!

Hello world. I'm here - sorta. Last week was kind of busy so I went off the grid. Little did I know that this week would be a little crazier.

It's 2:28am and I'm blogging. I'm not sure whether to blame insomnia or if I should cut my poor body some slack - it has been waking up every 15-20 minutes, throughout the night, for the last 3 nights - because poor Buzz is quite under the weather.

It all started last Thursday and we finally went to the doctor first thing this morning. Diagnosis: conjunctivitis in both eyes, viral infection of unspecified cause, and a moderate case of stridor. All hail: eyedrops, middle-of-the-night hangout sessions in the fridge/freezer and/or steamy bathroom, and corticosteroids for 'just in case it gets worse'.

Thankfully (bli ayin hara tfutfutfu) this is the first time that pudgy munchkin has been sick with anything more than a cold. But he's super sad, and super pitiful. He just keeps snuggling with his teddy at his naptime spot and whimpering.

I know it's nothing terrible - but first times can be tough.

Going to the dr. this morning was productive for me anyway. It got me up and dressed early - so I got lots of stuff done around the house. I gardened (repotted my pepper plants, potted my newly grown tomato plantlings, trimmed back the lavender and the mint, and finally planted my pear seeds - dunno if those will actually do anything though.) I swept and washed the mirpeset. I washed all of the windows, and window frames (from the inside only) with vinegar solution. I washed all of the dishes. I cleaned under my bed, and even changed the sheets (yay for bright green infectious eye goop!)

I'm trying to figure out what to do tomorrow (or is that today?) You know, aside from washing my hands and all Buzz-accessible surfaces like a slightly neurotic OCD germaphobe.

I think I might bake something yummy. That seems like a good and happy sort of plan. Maybe a batch of pitot (Buzz loves those!) and cookies of some sort.

Ok - enough rambling. Buzz will be up any minute now and then I should try to sleep some more.

Oy am I tired...

Saturday, March 02, 2013


Last week flew by in a crazy sort of blur. My sense of timing was completely messed up after losing Sunday to Purim. (What that amounts to is that every day after Monday felt like Thursday. It was confusing.)

The up-side to having all of my days confused was that I got Shabbos cooking done pretty early. When we bought our chicken on Tuesday I immediately prepared it - sauce and all - then froze it in its pan ready to thaw and cook on Friday. I also made the soup on Tuesday. Z opted to buy a turkey neck - so it was actually turkey soup - and he was quite happy to pick the bones clean for dinner on Tuesday night.

My friend Rena from high school is in Israel for a few months and she joined us for Shabbos. It was really great to see her and catch up. It's hard to believe that almost 10 years have passed since we last spent time together. (Feeling old here for just a second...) Buzz took a shine to her which was really cute. I finally managed to finish the book for our upcoming book club meeting - (took me long enough.)

The weather was absolutely beautiful today so I spread a blanket out on the mirpeset and we enjoyed the warmth and the sun. I had to remind Buzz that we weren't doing any gardening today - he took it in stride and chased a fly for a while then stood and admired the view.

Menu from Shabbos:
Friday night - chumus, challah, roasted garlic, turkey soup, sara schapiro sesame chicken, couscous, jasmine rice, peas, green beans, hassleback streusel topped sweet potatoes
Shabbos lunch - chumus, challah, roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes, Israeli salad, sliced veggies, two-tone potatoes gratin, 'grown-up' baked ziti, iced coffee, & lemonade
Seudah shlishit - crackers & cheese, 'blue bottle' moscato
Dessert: jumbo chocolate chip cookies, & fudge-y brownies

Z & I celebrated our 'English' 5-year anniversary on Thursday. Hard to believe half a decade has passed - and we haven't killed each other. A miracle! A miracle! The 'Hebrew' Anniversary is on Tuesday and I'm hoping we get a chance to at least have a nice dinner together if nothing else.