Sunday, February 01, 2015

Happy B_ay Fat tie!

Friday was a crazy day. The landlord showed up with his brother (the air-conditioning technician) and it turns out that the reason our unit had been acting strangely for the last year was because the technician-brother put a THIRD filter on the unit to 'keep it clean'. This third filter was hidden deep in the depths of the trapdoor in the drop-ceiling in the bathroom. We had NO idea that it even existed. Why the heck does a 4-room apartment need three filters on its unit?! Pretty dumb. As soon as it was clean the machine started working. Not just working, but working well. Better than it has in about a year.
We did all of the cooking and baking. The house got cleaned and organized. Somehow by the time candle-lighting rolled around we were ready. Buzz and I read books until kiddish time as is our custom. After a delicious dinner Buzz shlepped his favorite book (Go, dog. Go!) and his blanket into his little house. He tucked himself in comfortably and promptly conked out all curled up. I was so bummed not to be able to take a picture, he was too cute.

Shabbos morning got off to a busy start. We had a lot to get ready before all of Z's friends arrived for his day late birthday brunch. I used my pretty new autumn-hued tablecloth and set the table with the dairy China. It was such an elegant scene. We served up bagels and spreads, sliced veggies, broccoli quiche, caramelized onion and portobello mushroom quiche, pesto pasta tossed with slow-roasted tomatoes and baby mozzarella.

Desserts included a Boston cream pie, fruit tartlets topped with vanilla pastry cream and strawberries, and of course the rest of the strawberries! 
After a game of extreme Settlers everybody said their goodbyes. We found our shoes and walked over to The FamBily House where Phil had made a special surprise cookie-cake for Z.

We hung out until shabbos was over and after havdalah they gave us a ride home.
This morning I did some laundry, bawled my way through the series finale of one of my favorite shows, and tackled the mountain of dishes left after yesterday's party. I did some other random cleaning too and I can't believe it's noon already. Still a whole lot to do and it'll be time to head out and pick up the Buzz-monster before I know it!

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