Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Extra Cheese

Spa-outing yesterday with The Crazy Lady was great. I found a new favorite winter nail-polish color and decided to treat myself to a bottle of it. It should arrive in time for my anniversary. Isn't Z lucky? Now he doesn't have to waste any time stressing over what to get me.

Last night Buzz refused to go to sleep without calling his Papa! We had called Papa on Sunday and though Buzz had spaced out and hadn't said much he really enjoyed it. Sadly nobody was home hesterdy, but we made a little video of Buzz begging to try to call again. We told him that we would try again soon which cheered him up. (Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/XkBGQ2oyYZo )

This morning Ayala needed to get out of her house and she had the car so she invited me on an outing. We did an osher ad and bakery run. Then we went to the mall, just for good measure. Got home with plenty of time to eat lunch. Then a brisk walk to gan pickup.

Buzz is adding words to his vocabulary every single day! Today they learned about fish (Dag in hebrew) and they even colored in a picture of a fish which got stuck to a popsicle stick. When I arrived to pick Buzz up he proudly displayed his creation and informed me that it was a 'dag'! The ganenet also told me that when the package of biscuits was empty at snack time Buzz called her over by saying, "Nigmar!" Which means, 'they're finished!' Super cute!

At The FamBily House things were flying. The new dishwasher was installed today and it was running quietly. The loudest part of the cycle was more quiet than a purring kitten. The Crazy Lady was making a triple batch of crepes. Yo'Abba fixed up the trusty dolly with some help from Buzz. (See Buzz help his Sababi: http://youtu.be/00VB1FqMe9M )

At home dinner was some shnitzel with the second to last portion of the latkes. How are there still latkes left? I didn't think that I'd made so many...


Monday, December 29, 2014

I'm Gumby!

Shabbos was successful. I got the food cooked and somehow most of the house got cleaned. Buzz conked out in the middle of dinner at 6:15, and I got him into bed without waking him. Downside? Well, he woke up at 1:30am and bounced around for 2 hrs seemingly recharged. Then at 3:30 he fell back asleep for 2.5 more hours. Shabbos afternoon we visited with A&A and then The FamBily.

Sunday was quiet and back to normal. I finally put away the menorahs. I washed all of the dishes, did some laundry, and pretended to straighten up the house. I also did a quick logo/business card project

At gan pickup the ganenet wistfully informed me that Buzz no longer naps in gan. He had been sleeping for 30-45 mins every day since Sukkot and it was wreaking havoc with our bedtime routine. For the last two weeks he has been self-weaning from it. I'm not complaining except that most nights he still tries to hang on until 8:30/9pm which is ridiculous because he is exhausted and super-kvetchy by 6:30/7.

This morning Z is off to Jeru to collect two of the final signatures for our building permit. If the electric company would stop striking then we would be able to walk out of the va'ada with our official paper later this week.

The Crazy Lady and I are going for mani/pedis this morning. Because a pampering break is exactly what we need.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Welcome Lavi Ori!!!

Ohmygoodnes!!! What a day!! I woke up at 4am due to gnawing anxiety over the upcoming car ride. Thankfully managed to get it in check before forcing Z to take Buzz to gan. Then we were off to Petah Tiqwa. We snagged an alright parking spot and dashed into the shul just in time for the main event.
The crowd was a great one. It was a very heartfelt and 'mechubad' gathering. Very enjoyable. Z actually didn't get antsy about getting back on the road until the seuda was over - so that was nice.
We gave Frank and Timmy a ride back to The Sun House. On the drive we concocted a plan to squeeze in an anniversary something for the Parentals. 31 years of marriage seemed worth celebrating, or at least acknowledging.
So on our way home we stopped off at the grocery store. We walked out armed with four types of fresh herbs, some red wine, a nice piece of meat, and some baby potatoes. The plan was set.
Of course we stopped off at the amazing new 'New York Bakeshop', conveniently located next to the grocery store. Z even bought me flowers for shabbos. How often does that happen?!
At home I tracked down an anniversary sign. I also washed all of the dishes that had accumulated in the dairy sink over the course of the week. I baked a batch of brownies. Then before I knew it, 3:20 had rolled around and it was time to head out to pick up Buzz.
We got to The FamBily House as the demi-glacé reached tongue tingling perfection and Frank washed the floor. I washed a sink of random dishes just to feel like I was contributing. Timmy had the food all under control. Buzz was super enthused about all of the excitement.
The boys set the table. Buzz checked it out from every angle, and hung up the sign on the sliding doors. The time flew by and suddenly it was 6pm. We tossed the potatoes in to roast, Timmy got the salad course ready, and we seated our guests of honor.
The main course was fillet mignon grilled to perfection with an out of this world red wine reduction, officially named the Scarborough Fair Delight. The potatoes were seasoned with the same herbs and baked to perfection. Basically - everything was perfect!
Dessert wasn't anything to sneeze at either. Brownie with ganache and pineapple sorbet. Delicious. So very delicious.

After dessert Z surprised everyone by washing up all of the meat dishes. Then we packed up and shlepped the very overtired Buzz home. The kid was overtired and on such a high that it took about an hour to get him to lie down in his bed. Eventually Z got him to conk out. Thankfully.
All in all today was extremely successful. However, I am completely exhausted.

Tomorrow is shabbos prep time - again. I haven't exactly decided on a menu yet. That may complicate matters in the morning. Oh well, I have a few hours to get things done. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

50/3 = 16 & change...

On the last day of Chanuka, the electric company went on strike. Which meant that Z wasted a trip out to Ashkelon to try to pick up the signed paper that we need for the house. In other news we are being forced to build a wall that we don't really need, on our dime, because the people who make the rules in this country are a bunch of self-important, lazy, cheap, morons. 

The good news from today is that we can officially go and get the final signature on our house-plans. Of course we need to re-collect the official signatures of the architect and engineer, but they've been apprised of the projects continued evolution so that's no big deal. The point is that hopefully hopefully we can actually begin building in the next few months. Of course there is the major hurdle of getting the technical blueprints drafted and hiring a contractor - but at the very least we've jumped through the beuracratic hoops, run enough pointless missions, and kissed enough peoples' figurative behinds to gather all of the paperwork to get approval to break-ground.
Today I decided that it would be a lot of fun to start working on a jumbo hook-rug that I had stashed away in my part boxes. Of course after tearing apart the guest room in search of it, I realized that the box was most likely down in the machsan. So I put on some clothes and ventured down to the bowels of the building. 

It dawned on me that if I was digging through our storage room that it might be prudent to extract all of the baby-boy clothes that have been gathering dust for the last 2 years. I shlepped 4 full 65liter plastic tubs up to the apartment and went through them to determine what was where and how things were.
The Parentals were (thankfully) willing to pick up the boxes, so they are officially going to be delivered to The Freddies tomorrow. It makes more sense to store them there since they will need them in the coming months. They also have two spare bedrooms, and those bedrooms aren't dank, damp, or moldy.

To bring the story full circle - I did manage to locate the hook-rug kit. By the time I was ready to sit down and work on it, a glance at the size of it and the fact that there are twenty-two different colors of yarn, convinced me to save it for another day. 
Buzz is adding more words to his lexicon daily. It's great! The only hitch is that most of the new words are in Hebrew. His teacher was so excited to tell me all about how today, for the very first time in gan, Buzz brought his cup over and asked for some 'mayim'. Amusingly enough he has been asking for 'mayim' (water) at home for the last week. But as usual the little perfectionist won't trot out his skills until they're spot-on.

An English word that he's been happily using for the last week is one that all people find quite useful, 'money'. At first we thought he meant actual money, because he would point to tzedaka boxes or our wallets and say it. Then we realized that his real intention was for the kind of money that little kids love - especially on Chanuka because it's so plentiful - he'll happily take the milk, dark, or white chocolate coin varieties. He's not picky. "Mmmm, Imma, money..."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mayim!

I can hardly believe or understand how a whole 7 days of chanuka flew by. We kicked off the first night with an awesome party at The FamBily House. S&S and The Freddies were there too! The Crazy Lady cooked up a delicious spread and there was a whole bunch of gift-giving. Quite the exciting party. On Thursday morning (the 2nd day of chanuka) we woke up to the exciting news that The Freddies had welcomed a son into their fambily! Yay!!! The third day of Chanuka was Friday and we celebrated with a party at gan with Buzz and his whole class. It was pretty adorable - I've got to get those pictures off of the 'other' camera. We were joined for the fourth candle - shabbos chanuka - by Ari Krischer and a friend. It was quite the funny wekeend and everybody seemed to enjoy. Not wanting to send them away without gifts I invited them to harvest some of the delicious juicy citrus fruits from The FamBily garden - oranges and pomellos aplenty for everyone.
We lit the fifth candle at The FamBily House with everybody after havdalah. then we made our way home and hung out with Sarah Leah for a few hours until her bus was scheduled to depart. Buzz had 'vacation' on Sunday and Monday, which meant that we spent two days together. On Sunday we relaxed at home and got a whole lot of random things cleaned. We eventually got picked up and went for a ride to the mall, then the new donut bakery, and on an adventure to the SuperBus office. Night number 7 was quiet and boring after a craaaazy long day spent with the little crazy-man. Thankfully our shenanigans tired him out and he fell asleep nice and early at 8:15pm.
Today Buzz went back to gan - and I sighed an enormous sigh of relief. I finally organized the living/dining room and swept the floor. The kitchen is mostly clean too. I have 1 load of laundry to do tomorrow then I can go back top pretending that my house is neat-enough to live in without being embarrassed if visitors show up unannounced. Today was the coldest day of the winter so far - the thermometer was hovering around 15C when we got the The FamBily House after gan-pickup.

The Crazy Lady was awesome and packed us some dinner-to-go. we got some awesome vegetable soup, and Z absconded with a whole tray of leftover Indian-style chicken with chickpeas. As usual his eyes were bigger than his stomach (so I'll be returning two legs and a thigh to The FamBily tomorrow.)

We lit our candles and enjoyed a delicious dinner. Then we gave Buzz his second present of the holiday. (Though to be fair, his first one was a new toothbrush that he needed desperately...) We managed to snag an awesome kiddie power-tool-kit from one of the buy/sell/swap groups that I haunt. Totally worth it! yes it requires batteries and makes sounds, but somehow they're not so annoying because they just sound like power-tools. To be honest though, he seems to like the safety-goggles and (quiet) flashlight the best, so I'm not complaining,
Light up the nights! Have a great rest of the day! Hopefully I'll be back again soon!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello Aerochambermajig

This past Shabbos was nice, though kind of a bust. The weather got chilly, I got lazy, and the food was subpar (by my perfectionist standards anyway.) It really didn't help that I'd found the last of the potato blintzes in the freezer and fried them up for shabbos lunch - then in Saturday morning after pulling them off the plata I promptly dropped the entire tray upside-down on the kitchen floor. It was a real letdown.

This past Shabbos was nice, though kind of a bust. The weather got chilly, I got lazy, and the food was subpar (by my perfectionist standards anyway.) It really didn't help that I'd found the last of the potato blintzes in the freezer and fried them up for shabbos lunch - then in Saturday morning after pulling them off the plata I promptly dropped the entire tray upside-down on the kitchen floor. It was a real letdown.

Yesterday we met with the lung dr. - he was super nice and agreed that from all signs/symptoms that we described (and that were listed on the collection of notes from the pediatrician) that Buzz has a pre-asthmatic condition triggered by weather-changes and exacerbated by repeated-viral-infections. So basically - what that means is that he's got the exact same thing that most of the kids in my FamBily grew up with and he'll be juuuuuust fine. The combo of weather-shifts and exposure to germs this season in particular (since it's his first time in a 'social/school' setting) is what has made the episode drag on for so darn long. A new regimen is now in place and we are treating his continued wheezing with an inhaler for the next month. The good news is that he doesn't mind it too much since it looks super cool and only takes about 20 seconds (as opposed to 15 minutes on the nebulizer) also because after just breathing he get chocolate. Sounds like a pretty good deal, no?
Yesterday we met with the lung dr. - he was super nice and agreed that from all signs/symptoms that we described (and that were listed on the collection of notes from the pediatrician) that Buzz has a pre-asthmatic condition triggered by weather-changes and exacerbated by repeated-viral-infections. So basically - what that means is that he's got the exact same thing that most of the kids in my FamBily grew up with and he'll be juuuuuust fine. The combo of weather-shifts and exposure to germs this season in particular (since it's his first time in a 'social/school' setting) is what has made the episode drag on for so darn long. A new regimen is now in place and we are treating his continued wheezing with an inhaler for the next month. The good news is that he doesn't mind it too much since it looks super cool and only takes about 20 seconds (as opposed to 15 minutes on the nebulizer) also because after just breathing 5 breaths he gets chocolate. Sounds like a pretty good deal, no? Hopefully he will grow out of this just like we all did (for the most part anyway) - we will be returning to the dr for a reassessment in about a month. As things stand we may need to use the inhaler seasonally until further notice, but it really isn't a big deal.

Buzz's vocabulary is expanding. The progress is slow but he is positively identifying people at gan - which is super cute. The paperwork for speech therapy is more than halfway done and pretty soon we'll be getting an assessment. *fingers crossed*

It's hard to believe that chanuka starts tomorrow night. We decorated the apartment the other day and you can see the colorful chains and decorations from out in the parking lot. It's so festive! Buzz had a blast helping and was very proud and excited to have his creations included in the fun - since they've been doodling on dreidel shaped papers for the last week or so, which means they fit in perfectly with the decor.

Today I've got to polish the menorah. I've also got to sift flour and mix up cookie dough since its time to bake some holiday cookies! Yay! I was going to premake latkes then just pop them in the oven to reheat, but am definitely thinking it will be most awesome to have them fresh in the first night - so I'll just fry up enough for the week then and put them into the freezer.

Z took his gift two days early, my gift is somewhere in the mail, and Buzz's gift is safely hidden in the trunk of the car. I know chanuka isn't really about presents - but it's as good a reason as any for us to get things that we've been meaning to get anyway. (Yay warm fuzzy slippers!)

Speaking of getting things - we are sooooo close to getting that stamp of approval on our house plans. I know it seems like I've been saying that for a long time - but the process is ridiculously convoluted and complicated with a few dozen hoops to leap through and obnoxious bureaucrats who change their mind every time we meet with them making it almost impossible to please them. I'm praying for a chanuka miracle that will give us va'ada approval so that we can make a trip to Jeru for the three final signatures. (Then we just need to prepare the technical blueprints for the contractor, hire a contractor, and start moving dirt! Yayyyy!)

Alright the washing machine just sang its little song which means it's time to put in another load. I've also got to get moving on my to-do list. Let's have a great day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Golf balls, meat balls...'

How cute is this little nebulizer? He and Buzz are best buddies now. Partly because he's so darn cute, and partly because the kid loved s bonding time. The good news is that the meds really helped. We've had rare/sporadic coughing episodes since completing the course of treatment. So - YAY!
In other news - Akiva&Emuna welcomed a baby boy last motzei shabbat. Very exciting stuff. Hoping to make it to the bris but it's the same morning as Buzz's lung dr appointment - so we may just get there late.
This week I was only semi-productive. The kitchen is clean, the laundry is done, the bathtub has been cleaned well, and I cooked up 10 liters of chicken-stock overnight so we are stocked up for the next month or so. Look how beautiful it is - clear and golden. Yum!
Yesterday I went to grab the bag of flour from the cupboard and got the stuffing scared out of me when I reached in and my fingers felt soft velvety fuzziness. Evidently the puppy had gotten a little noshy and gone in search of food. (Just kidding, Buzz sent him to find snacks for the assemblage of small beings who refuse to sleep when it is dark out...)
Check out that kitchen. Crowded but at least there aren't any dirty dishes in the sinks. That's a big step for us. One day I'll have more counter space than I know what to do with and it will be awesome.
Shemita is a year with extra complications. It does lead to some amusing situations though. This gem is from The FamBily Kitchen. Cause, well, you need to know...
Went shopping with The Crazy Lady at a fun 'everything' store called Max Stock. It's impossible to get a decent parking spot, and the store itself is a messy jumble. But it was worth it because they had this cute little wire thingy for 20 whole shekels. I invested in it because I figured it would be perfect for organizing the washcloths and bottles on the ledge of the bathtub in the guest bathroom.

Well, it would've been anyway...

Buzz saw it in the shopping bag. He pulled it out, looked it over, decided it would suit his purposes, and ran to his room screeching and clutching it. I promptly gave up on my dreams of an organized bathroom. When I went to find the kid some pajamas I was amused to find that at least the unit was being used...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Moxy Azythro Muco Vent...

I'm not even going to comment on this last prolonged absence. Suffice it to say we're officially on high-alert 'all hands on deck' situation. Buzz's cough has morphed into something inexplicable. Being the true anomaly that he is, he somehow managed to get a full blown ear infection while already on strong antibiotics. I kid you not. Tonight we started the 'super strong' antibiotics to knock that out. 
Unfortunately he was wheezing too - which the dr was slightly concerned about so we've been instructed to use nebulizer treatments to help clear his airways. We finally sprung for a cute little penguin-shaped nebulizer. Thankfully Buzz thinks that it is both adorable and hysterical, so getting the treatments into him 3x/day for the next 5 days shouldn't be too bad. (Tfu tfu tfu...)
In short - it's a good thing that I insisted on a visit to the dr this evening. We are still trying as hard as we can to get ahead of this crazy cough / neverending cold situation. We will be meeting with a lung dr in a couple of weeks to determine whether Buzz's lungs are functioning up to par.
Enough about that -

Today I went on a shopping expedition with The Crazy Lady. She got muffin liners and feather dusters while I bought myself ABC cookie-cutters and neon orange ice cube trays. I also bought a cute little 2-tiered wire basket thingy (which I planned to put into the bathroom to hold the miscellaneous washcloths and towels) but Buzz commandeered it for his collection of tennis balls and the like...
A friend is sick with the flu so I dropped off 2 liters of chicken soup at her house. I also received a lot of compliments from a bunch of people about how delicious my chicken soup is. Social media sure is funny.
Tomorrow Buzz will likely be staying home with me. We'll have to cook up a vat of chicken soup, do some laundry, straighten up the living room, organize the kitchen, lots of medication related things, and of course find some time to play while we are at it. I happened to pick up some fun chanuka crafting materials on today's grand shopping adventure, so we can always do crafting! Yay!
I'm just hoping that we all get some sleep tonight. The last two nights have been pretty rough and we are all exhausted.