Thursday, June 30, 2016


Well, yesterday was my 31st birthday. Z bought me a new food processor (I've subsequently been informed that it's ill-advised to operate one that runs irregardless of safety-features. Basically, if the machine runs when the top is not to use it.) I also went a little crazy and treated myself to a snazzy new vacuum for the new house. I'm excited because it matches the house decor, and also because it'll make keeping the rugs clean SO much easier.

Dinner last night was delightful. The Crazy Lady made a delicious bbq in my honor. And for dessert Yo Abba enjoyed some of the awesome peanut butter mouse pie that I made him last week in honor of his birthday. That's some good multitasking.
Today was Buzz's last day of gan! Hard to believe that an entire year has passed. We've measured the time in increments of building. Literally. Now Buzz is done with Gan Sigalit! And our house is standing, ready and waiting for us to move in. It's insanely exciting!

Z and I spent the morning packing up boxes. Then after picking Buzz up from his very last day, we drove out to the new house.
As per FamBily custom, the first few things that we brought into the house were bread, honey, salt, a new broom, and a tzedaka box - which we used as a topic to learn a little bit of Torah with Buzz.

Our next task was to shlep in all of the boxes that we'd packed into the car. Obviously we started with the kitchen. It was a delight to unpack into the myriad of drawers and cabinets. As the cherry on top, the awesome electrician had brought the bulbs for my crowning jewel of a light fixture (that hangs over the bar in the kitchen).
It was magical. The sky was just starting to head towards dusk as we turned on the fixture for the very first time. The kitchen was suddenly bathed in a homey and comfortable golden glow. I sighed in absolute contentment. (And the picture does NOT do it justice.)

Moving day can not come quickly enough.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Swiping Lemons!

Saturday was nice. Hot outside, but we chilled at The FamBily House. I won a rollickingly-long game of extended Settlers - from underdog to champion - 5 points in one turn - heck yeah! (I was as surprised as everyone else when it actually happened.) After Shabbos we got a lift home.
On Sunday morning I was up and out of the house before 8am. I walked to the post office and got there just as it opened. I took care of paying for the 'bituach chovah' for the car. Then I walked home. The while shebang got me a lot less steps than I'd expected - a measly 1,500.

Z had spent most of the day running errands for the house. He was zonked by the time gan was over, but we had to pick Buzz up early to get to an appointment. We got there a little earlier than we needed to and distributed the second batch of 'thank you' gifts to Buzz's teachers. They genuinely seemed to love them. I'm glad! They deserved something extra, and I felt that this was really great, so I'm glad they felt the same way.

Somehow I had forgotten to pick up a paper so we rescheduled Buzz's appointment, hung out at The FamBily House for a bit, swung by another clinic to pick up the paper, saw S&S, then ran home to get Buzz fed and into bed.
This morning was no less insane than yesterday. Buzz to gan, us to the gemach (I finally parted with the clothes that are 5-7 sizes too big on me. I also got rid of shoes that I haven't worn in a decade.), us to the bank (yay for US tax refunds!), picked buzz up from gan, took him to his hearing test (he had a pretty good time with the test! It was the first time he didn't cry - this was his third one.), home for a quick lunch, a buyer for the massage table came by to check out the merchandise and took it on the spot (yay for selling stuff that I really don't use that is just taking up space in my house), finalized a buyer for our current stand-alone oven (no need to shlep it and store it at the house - since we'll have shiny new ones!), a super fun playdate with S&S at their house, back home for dinner, bathtime, then bedtime (which is actually what we are up to now.) 

Whoooooweee! What a day! Pretty sure I'll sleep well tonight. I am quite tired.
Tomorrow Z will be heading back out to the house in the morning. The last few things on the inside are being taken care of, including a thorough cleaning. We'll be able to start moving in so soon!

My plan for tomorrow is to bake some bread and start getting things together to take out to the house.

I'd better rest up. Theres is a lot to do tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

No you don't can!

Well - we survived yet another miluim week. Buzz was home with a stomach-thing on Sunday, Monday, AND Tuesday. Thankfully The FamBily let us crash with them and helped to watch Sr. Cuckoomonster (yes, that is a reference to my darling son.)
He found lots of way to entertain himself. I walked in circles around the house clocking in loads of steps on my Fitbit. Well, I did on Sunday at any rate. Then I decided not to participate in any 'step' challenges because I realized that increased exercise was causing my weight to drop. My body is absolutely whacked out. Now I'm back to taking whatever steps I need to in a day but I'm not aiming for the lofty '10,000 step goal' that is the gold-standard of the health community for 'non-sedentary-people'. 

'They' must hate me. I subsist on white carbs, no fruits, barely any vegetable, and don't exercise. 

Oh well. If that's what my body needs...
Aaaanyway, Frank took GREAT care of Buzzle this past week. They played piano, 'flung' around, made waffles, danced, chilled, and snacked together. 'Funcle' and 'nePHEW' are appropriate terms for this relationship. All the fun and then the exhaustion.
Every activity is fun at The FamBily House. In the bath Buzz bathed the ducklings, taught them to swim, and made sure they washed their beaks properly.
Much happiness and excitement even at bedtime! 
On Wednesday Z came home. Thursday was jam-packed with so so so many things. We kicked off the morning with Occupational Therapy. Our next stop was the barber (where Buzz entertained the shop owner by sweeping up after his haircut. 'Best customer ever' was the title bestowed upon him, along with a candy, which surprisingly he ate in its entirety. I guess he felt that he'd earned it.
On Tuesday I shlepped The Crazy Lady out to the local plant nursery to choose gifts for Buzz's ganenot. She helped me choose a variety of herbs and happily colored planters, then she helped me to plant them (read: she planted them) properly. I ended up with oregano, parsley, spearmint, and thyme. Three of each. It worked out quite nicely.
I spent Wednesday morning working out the 'graphics' side of the present. I had Buzz watercolor some nice cards, wrote a little poem, and put a little informational about each of the plants on a Popsicle stick to place into the planters. 

We gave out the first two today and they were warmly received. 

I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.
Last night was the end of year party at gan. Buzz participated as well as could be expected from his father's family. (Love you guys, but let's be honest, no kid of Z's is ever going to volunteer to act like a fool in front of a crowd.) Thankfully it only lasted a little over an hour, then we were out of there, out into the 30-something degree evening. Deeeelightful. Ish.
Today was also busy, as our Fridays usually are. We had a fruitless search for toilet-paper-roll-holders, I bought a whole bunch of bottles of Gatorade for an exorbitant price, and we cleaned the house.

Looking forward to Shabbos for some semi-recharging. Sunday kicks off with insane craziness again. House-stuff, health-stuff, family-stuff... I'm tired just thinking about it.

Good thing I get a 26 hour break now. (Yay for early Shabbos! Extra forced relaxation.)

I'm off before Z gets home from shul.

Catch ya next week!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Five Hundredty Ten

Last I left you it was the day before the day before Shavuot. Well, that was one crazy two holiday weekend. That's for sure. I baked and prepped night-meals for us at home. I also made a half-size cheesecake, a half-size peanut butter pie with vanilla pastry cream, and a regular peanut butter pie with chocolate pudding.
Shabbos kicked off nice and strong. We took it in early so that Buzz could eat and conk out. Though to be honest, I think I fell asleep before he did. Just kidding. Z sure did though. My 'fauxCD' (read: imagined OCD) had me clear the table, put away all of the food, clear the dish racks, and wash all of the dishes from both sinks, before I finally collapsed into bed.
Saturday morning we made our way across town nice and early. We enjoyed a delightful day with The FamBily. We even has a cousin visiting from across the pond. The food was delicious as usual. We opted out of seuda shlishit in favor of hiking back home. Yo'Abba and Fuzzle accompanied us, somewhat unintentinally. When we got to the three swing park, I ran home to get some water for the thirsty pup.
The next morning we hiked across town again. Dairy delights awaited us. So much bounty. Stuffed to the gills we were. After many hours of fun and games, schmoozing and snoozing, we joined The Freddies (and Phil) on a trek to S&S's house. We enjoyed a delightful visit with S&S, then parted ways curbside. They made their way back to Acaccia and we skipped down the hill to our current abode.
Monday morning confused us all. It was a vacation day for Buzz, being Isru Chag and all. We kept him busy from sunup til sundown. Did I have that backwards? Sundown til sunup? I mean... He kept us busy? Basically it was kind of a weird day.
Yesterday was a busy day. Well, for some of us. A bunch of The FamBily road tripped out to new house. Z was there most of the day. The kitchen guy was hard at work, and the kitchen counters were also installed. It's all coming together, it's insanely exciting!
This morning Buzz woke me up demanding that we bake cookies. Luckily I was able to appease him by baking some dough that I'd been saving in the freezer. Once he was dressed and ready to go he insisted that the only way he wanted to get to gan was on foot. So, we walked. That definitely jumpstarted my activity level today.

Back at home I ate some breakfast. Then Z and I took the car to the garage for its yearly tuneup. Apparently the air conditioning (not working) situation was just repeated to totally clogged up filters - something to do with driving through a hundred and seven sand/dust-storms in the last ten months. The mechanic said it would take about three hours for the 'tipul' to be done, so we walked over to the mall. We proceeded to spend the next 2.5 hours sitting in the food court. We enjoyed the free wifi and air-conditioning, Z got some lunch while I noshed on gluten-free pretzels, and every once in a while I'd do a full circuit of the mall just to rack up steps on my Fitbit.

The car was ready to pickup half an hour before gan pickup time. We wasted ten minutes picking up a box of cereal for me at the grocery store, then we picked Buzz up from gan. Buzz was extremely excited about the new house. He wouldn't stop talking about it. In fact, he begged us to go and visit the site. Z couldn't say no. (Or, wouldn't). After a quick stop at home (so that I could make and eat a scrambled egg on a square of rye matzah) we 'spur of the moment(oy)' drove out to the yishuv. The weather was cooling down, the house is beautiful, and I almost never wanted to leave. If the place weren't full of construction dust, I would just take a sleeping bag and go stay there! So few days left - the suspense is making me craaaazy! I'm ready!!!!
Back in The Sun House... Buzz enjoyed chicken with rice and broccoli, I had a huge bowl of chicken soup with rice (and half a bag of gf crunches), and Z enjoyed 'chumus im basar' with an Israeli salad and fresh pita.

At some point Buzz showed up with a stethoscope and announced that it was time for my checkup. He promptly pulled out a toy saw and started cutting my arm off. After checking me over one last time with his stethoscope he proclaimed me 'healthy!' And demanded monetary compensation for his efforts. (Clearly he's learning how the world works.) 

Finally it was bedtime. (Not a minute too soon.)
Hard to believe that tomorrow is Thursday again. Do I seriously need to start thinking about what to make for shabbos already? I'm pretty sure I'm still full from last weekend!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Plastelina Presents!

We are well into June! How'd that happen so fast?

Last week Buzz had a day where he wasn't feeling so great. I figured that a mental-health-day was in order. But I wasn't going to let it be all fun. No way. I set him to work. First he swept the floor, followed by washing dishes, and last but not least he scrubbed out the oven. (Ok, fine. To be completely forthcoming, when I say he swept - I mean that I swept and he then scattered my dust piles everywhere while I hunted down the dustpan that he had hidden. Also, I scrubbed out the oven - then he insisted on wiping it dry because apparently I hadn't done a good enough job. He did wash the silverware though - and any unbreakable dishes. He is a very thorough dishwasher.)
While the little weirdo was busy cleaning the house, his friends were busy having a party, someone set the fishes free. When I made Buzz clean up after his buddies he insisted on counting all of the fish to make sure that none had escaped. I lost track half an hour later, somewhere after 'eleventy hundred'.
On Thursday morning, Buzz woke up to a potty-present that he'd been waiting patiently for. (I'm not kidding, he waited almost FIVE MONTHS for this gift to get here.) 

He is DELIGHTED with this mini-Kenwood-mixer. It is adorable though, so I don't blame him. He also got a little hand mixer, which is also just so cute I can't even describe it. And he's finally stopped trying to convince me to share my machines with him, which let's be honest, is a relief.
We spent a very lazy Shabbos at The FamBily House. Because the weather was somewhere in the 40Cs and it was just too hot and dry to even consider going further than the front porch. Since we were already there and Shabbos ends so late, we ended up staying until Sunday morning. Well, ok, Sunday afternoon. It's just so comfy, it's hard to actually leave.
Sunday was Yom Yerushalayim. Buzz came home all excited and talking about the Old City of Jerusalem. He conked out, exhausted from a long long day, and half an hour later the school next door started their celebratory fireworks show. Buzz slept through it but he was thrilled to scroll through the photos I had taken the next morning. He didn't even believe me when I told him that he'd slept right through it.
Monday was a lazy day. I worked on a graphics project for a while, but mostly took it easy.

Yesterday Z and Buzz were both slightly under the weather. Oddly enough I was full of energy and itched to be productive. So I cleaned the kitchen, sorted through Buzz's clothes and organized his dresser, and found other chores to keep myself busy. I wandered around the house so much that I actually managed to hit my step-goal of 5,000 steps.

Today Buzz deserved a treat for overcoming a big personal hurdle in gan! So after picking him up, we went to the mall. I snagged an awesome deal on some clothes for him thanks to a sale and my birthday-month-discount at The Children's Place. While I was shopping I heard a very familiar voice that I hadn't heard in quite some time. It was Little Brother!!! In The Sun House!!! I'm pretty sure it's  been over a year since we saw him last! He had to run, so we only got a minute to talk - but I can't wait to move and then have them over for a Shabbos! He did let me in on some interesting information - somebodies super special were upstairs wrapping up a meal at Rimon. I flew up the escalator and crashed the very end of Aviva and Aunt Foofoo's meal! 

It was great to see them! Friends are the family you pick yourself - no matter how much time goes by between visits! Love love love! Totally made my week! Buzz went into Puppy-mode when Z dragged him in to say 'hi', but we all know that just means he's crazy excited about what's going on. 
And now on to tomorrow. OT in the morning, and I need to make a peanut butter pie for Shavuot. I should really start packing things up here, but I'm a little bit in denial. 31 more days?! Yikes!!!