I started typing up this post last week (literally on September 8th) I've decided to post the original few rambling paragraphs in order to highlight the contrast between last week and this one - read on and you will understand my meaning:
Sept. 8:I am decidedly behind on my holiday-prep. I only sorted out my menus last week, my guests still aren't finalized, and somehow my freezers are ridiculously overstuffed with things. I'm starting to get discouraged and am decidedly frustrated - especially because with Buzz in gan I have a good 6.5 hour stretch in which to accomplish things. In addition, with Z working I've had to do my shopping in small batches which has me all confused.
In good news - Buzz really enjoys being at gan. Unfortunately getting him there every day is a struggle. This morning he decided that if he didn't put on his shoes that he wouldn't have to leave the house. He was proven wrong when I stashed his shoes in his backpack and Z carried him out to the car. I was hoping that maneuver wouldn't be necessary until somewhere in the range of third or fourth grade - but I suppose it's better for it to happen now while he's still 'pocket-sized' and easy to carry.
More whining about my holiday cooking - last week I cooked up a double batch of apple pie filling which (thankfully) used up all of the (otherwise useless) apples. Using the filling I shaped 16 apple turnovers and stashed them in the freezer unbaked. There is enough filling left for at least one big apple pie or 3-4 minis. Yesterday in a fit of overeagerness I prepped 2.5 batches of pie-dough in order to make empanadas. Unfortunately the store didn't have meat in stock so I was unable to make them yesterday. Luckily The Crazy Lady had a kg in her freezer which she 'lent' to me, so this morning I browned 400 grams for empanada filling, and the other 600 grams turned into 85 adorably mini saucepot meatballs. After shaping 58 empanadas I browned the last package of meat in preparation for tomorrow's 'kreplach' making festival.
The house is fairly neat if you don't look in the kitchen... Then again, I suppose that stands to reason considering most of my time has been spent in the kitchen.
I am somewhat in shock at the wave of productivity which took hold of me sometime in the last week. I managed to organize my freezers and then successfully stuffed them with a myriad of delicious things for the upcoming Holy-days. I kid you not. Thus far I have prepared: empanadas stuffed with meat, 90-something kreplach, 4 carrot kugels, 4 rice kugels, 1 kg of shnitzels breaded and fried, peanut butter cookies, brookies, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, two types of sugar cookies, 36 GF/FF potato blintzes, apple turnovers, and two mini apple pies. I've already got my meat stowed away and the chickens are cut up and divided into perfectly portioned bags for each meal. To put it simply I'm feeling rather pleased with myself especially considering there is over a week left to get ready.
I've organized the laundry room to make room for the electric burner a to run on a timer over chag, Buzz's dresser is neat and tidy now that I've removed all the clothes that are too small, my own closet is fairly organized which is a feat in and of itself, I'm all 'caught up' on laundry, I have been obsessive about washing dishes as I dirty them so as to keep the kitchen sinks empty and clean... Basically, the house is looking pretty good. Not surprising considering that now I'm the only one home most of the time.
On the gan front - surprisingly, the day after that morning that Buzz refused to leave the house - he had a complete attitude- adjustment and suddenly he started loving gan. He's happy to go in the morning and when I pick him up in the afternoon he runs to give his ganenet a BIG hug goodbye, then he collects his bag and cup, and off we go. It's adorable and I am so glad that he is enjoying himself. It's great that he's being stimulated and the teachers are really great about keeping the kids engaged. Buzz comes home from gan every day completely wiped out - which is nice for me because it means that bedtime has become a fairly painless routine.
Of course Z and I are still not quite sure what to do with all of the extra hours that we find yourselves with on a nightly basis. It's been over two years since we had this much free time in the evening and there's not enough tv in the world (well, that we want to watch anyway) to fill it.
Buzz loves that every day after picking him up from gan we walk over to The Fambily House. He gets to nosh on cornflakes and watch Curious George on the big screen. What more could a kid want?
Anyway - to summarize - things are going pretty well here. Z is working on the house, Buzz is doing great, and I'm being somewhat productive. Yay us!
More some time in the near-ish future - I hope...