Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hiya Chaya

Thursday was spent in a tizzy of being busy. I finally prepped and fried the FF empanadas. Thanks to The Crazy Lady's super-mixer I was able to knead up the dough without any intensive labor. The pasta roller and a press made the shaping a breeze - compared to doing it by hand with a rolling pin and fork anyway. 80-somehting empanadas are now safely stowed away in the freezer.
Friday was a crazy busy day. I kicked off with knish-baking. First 27 kasha Knishes (which used up a triple batch of knish dough), then another double batch of dough went far enough to shape 10 potato Knishes. The grand finale of the process was a final double batch of dough which became two-dozen very tasty looking meat Knishes. All in all quite the successful endeavor.
Z brought Akiva&Emunah over to hang out on Friday in the early afternoon. It was nice to see them, but I was glad that there wasn't much cooking left to do. The day dragged on forever and eventually it was candle lighting time. We were so tired from the long day that we all ate a tiny bit of chicken soup then fell asleep before 8pm.
We woke up on the early side for a Shabbat morning, but the kid was fully-charged, so we had no choice. We managed to get out by 9:30 so that we could walk before the heat became unbearable. The walk was nice, Buzz even managed the whole thing on his own two feet. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at The FamBily House with The Parentals, Frank, Dibble, and A&A. We played a few games of Settlers, read some books and newspapers, terrorized some felines (ok, so that was just Buzz), and eventually the day ended. Dibble made havdalah for us then The Crazy Lady drove us home. Ayala came to hang out for a bit because Avi was stuck in the army doing army-stuff all of Saturday night.
This morning was fine. The weather was quite nice so I was excited to turn off the a/c and open the windows. I did some laundry, washed some dishes, cleaned some bathrooms, organized some messes...and did some generally, well, you know, productive-type things.
I managed to hold out until 3:30 to go pick up Buzz from gan. The walk which about 3 weeks ago took me 20 minutes now takes me closer to 15. Doesn't sound like much of a difference, but it is, I can feel it. After pick-up we went down to The FamBily House. Phil was home and Buzz was thrilled to see her (because she hadn't been home for shabbos). They got all dressed up in aprons and made some tortillas together. It was fairly amusing.
Eventually Z showed up and we ran home for bath, dinner, bed. Buzz was none-to-pleased and threw quite the tantrum. Thankfully he was asleep by 7:30.

I'm not even sure what there is to do tomorrow. I mean, my lists are a mile long, but I may be overreaching.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Savta!!!

We got off to a late start this morning. I say that because when we woke up it was already 7:40. (We usually get up an hour earlier than that.) Buzz needed a bath, desperately. Z hadn't packed lunch and there wasn't even anything to pack. Somehow I managed to bathe the kid, get him dressed, pack his bag, cook chicken for Z to take for lunch and I even found some bbq sauce in the freezer and a tiny container to take it in. Finally they were out the door, only 20 minutes late.

I made myself some breakfast and ate it while watching some tv. Then I cooked up a batch of kasha to fill some knishes - only to realize that I am officially out of potatoes (seriously, how often does ~that~ happen to me?!) so the filling will have to wait. I cooked up the sweet and tangy sauce for Hawaaiin Chicken which we'll be serving on the 'third night' of Rosh Hashana.

Eventually the entire day had passed me by. I packed up my bags and headed out the door for my 20 minute trek across town. Luckily for me, at the top of the block I bumped into our old neighbor who was on his way to pick up his son (who happens to be in gan with Buzz). He kindly gave me a lift to the gan. Buzz was so excited to see me. 

We relaxed at The FamBily House for a couple of hours. Buzz chased Frankie and 'walked' the Fuzzle. Eventually Z got back from work.

We piled into the car with Frank and Dibble and drove to the mall. We met up with S&S for a special birthday dinner for Savta! There were some hitches at the end but the company was lovely and the conversation was entertaining and amusing.

We made it home by 9 and Buzz was asleep by 9:30.

No big plans for tomorrow, no real plans to speak of at all actually. I mean, I have a 'to-do' list, but who knows if any of those things will ever get done.

Maybe we'll get to the recycling place or to the grocery store for some vegetables... I guess we'll see!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Purple Shirt Guy

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.

Sept. 15:

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...


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Black Came Back!

At 9am Z dropped me off at The FamBily House - to spare me the walk across town at 10:30. Phil was in the kitchen when I arrived and I managed to 'convince' her that we should make ourselves some breakfast. A delicious potato 'thing' and a 1-egg cheese omelette later we were feasting well suddenly the doorbell rang...

The dog began his frenzied barking. Phil went to the door in a confused daze and opened the door - a shaliach from the post office was waiting with an incredibly heavy box. Phil signed for the package, then pushed the box inside because it was too heavy to lift. "Who ordered what?!" She asked (somewhat annoyed that she had been left with the responsibility of signing for the package which generally indicates that there are taxes due on the parcel.)
We dragged the heavy box inside and stared at it slightly confused. Upon further inspection we noticed that Phil's name was listed as the intended recipient. Only a full two minutes later did Phil spring excitedly into action, "I know what it is!" She cried. "I ordered something the other day!!!" Victoriously she cut through the tape that held the box shut.
Turns out Phil had ordered gifts for The Parentals and herself. We wrapped up the 'gift' box then did some mental gymnastics coming up with the perfect letter to attach to it. I think the end result was pretty much perfect.
I picked Buzz up from his second day at gan and we spent the rest of the day lounging around The FamBily House. Buzz's teacher said that although he had a frantic freak-out when Z left after dropping him off, that he calmed down pretty quickly. The rest of the day was spent playing happily. So much so that when I went to pick him up he was so busy playing that I had to wait until he was 'finished' to collect his bag and head home. It was heartening and adorable all at the same time.
The day was long but we kept busy. Eventually Z came back from work. We dine&dash-ed as we are wont to do when Buzz is overtired and crabby and it's 'that time of night'. Buzz attempted to kidnap The Crazy Lady but she managed to make it safely back to her home much to his chagrin - mostly mollified by the thought of seeing her again tomorrow.
Til then...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ice Ice Buzzy!

I started this post last week on Thursday - I wrote a paragraph then spaced out and never finalized or posted - so I'll include my original intro along with a quick 'catch-up' blurb...
We started the morning at 6:30. Z left for his dentist appointment at 9:30 as I freaked out over whether our babysitter was going to show up. Thankfully Frank saved our tushes by rolling out of bed and watching Buzz while I dashed out to my appointment at 10:30. Buzz was less than enthused by the idea of being 'babysat' and threw a 15 minute whirlwind tantrum with all of his special features - tears, snot, lying on the floor, and screaming like his big/little heart would explode at any moment. Thankfully he was able to be appeased with some Curious George. I can home to find the kid and the sitter snuggled up with a bag of bamba watching some Daniel Tiger on the iPod.

I honestly don't remember what else happened on Thursday. Friday was a whirlwind of preparation for shabbos. We had Rikuda&co over for the weekend. It was quite the exciting get-together. Shaleshudes at The FamBily House - Rudy and a friend were there too. Our guests stayed over motzash - but left super early on Sunday morning in reorder to make a meeting near their house. Yesterday Buzz and I cleaned up the house from our crazy party weekend. Then we went out to the park for about an hour and a half.

This morning was Buzz's first morning at gan! Z took him and I picked him up. He had a tough time dealing with the fact that we weren't there but the teacher said that during structured activities he had a great time. He was very relived when when I showed up to take him home. We hung out at The FamBily House for a while. When the mailman passed by he dropped off a super special letter for me from Aunt Foo!!! 
Then we went out to the shopping center at Bilu with the Parentals and S&S. It was a delightful few hours. We wandered through the mall, and enjoyed the breeze, and the company. S&S treated us to awesome presents which we really appreciated! After our excursion we went back to The FamBily House and eventually Z came home.

Dinner then we dashed to get Buzz into bed. Thankfully he settled down and conked out after a 'quick' 20 minute bedtime-routine.

Hopefully he'll get lots of rest tonight. If he stays in his own bed I'd be extremely grateful. Hoping for an early morning wake-up so that we can give Buzz a bath before sending him off to gan. Tomorrow pick-up is at 11am - so it's a short-day but I'm planning to relish the quiet while I can.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Philday!!!

Relatively boring day. I finally washed the meat dishes (yeah, they'd been sitting in the sink since Friday night...) Buzz helped me do a load of laundry - we did a hot white wash and tossed the gunked up netilat yadayim cup in with the load. - everything came out sparkling clean. We picnicked on the filthy, dusty, mirpeset for an impromptu lunch. Tomorrow we're scheduled to wash the floor out there.

When Z got home from work we went out to Osher Ad to do the grocery shopping. I hadn't intended to buy anything for this weekend, but since we're having guests the plan had to be revised. When we finished at the grocery store we split up. The boys took all of the bags to the car and I scoured the upper level of the shopping center for a backpack for Buzz. Unfortunately all of the 'boy' bags seem to have already been bought up - I had to look in over a dozen stores to find own that wasn't overtly feminine. Eventually I managed to find a blue one with a cartoon character on it - at least it's just a cartoon monkey. The kid seemed delighted with his tiny bag. I hope he still likes it when he realizes that we're packing his stuff in it then sending him off to school - alone...

Z did 1/3rd of his job cutting up the chickens that we bought - I have a sneaking suspicion that I will end up finishing that tomorrow. You know, the same way I generally end up doing everything around here.

Speaking of which - I need to write checks for Buzz's gan - I can't believe that we'll be paying over US$6,000  to send him to gan this year. I kid you not, 21,600NIS. It is just not normal - except that evidently it is. After the chagim I'm planning to go back to work full-time. I'm tired just thinking about it. No choice though - as it is funding 'the house that will never be built' is going to take a miracle.

One day at a time though. Tomorrow: dentist appointment (IF the babysitter show up), mirpeset washing, chicken soup cooking, pan-frying chicken breast, FF snickerdoodles, and a bunch of other cleaning-related stuff... Maybe I'll even manage to find space for four people to sleep in my overcrowded mamad. Who knows, crazier things have happened.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cheese and Ini-inis!

Yesterday was such a busy day that I was too zonked to type anything by the time we managed to get Buzz to sleep.
The day kicked off nice and quietly enough. After the hectic and crazy long-weekend I had planned to lazily spend the day doing laundry and lounging around the house in my pajamas. However it was The Freddie's last day of vacation in The Sun House, so when Freddie called to ask whether we could come out to play we quickly got dressed and went.

Our first stop was the big new park on huge other side of town. The 'little kids' side and the swings are covered with a great sunshade so it was cooler than standing around in use blazing morning sun. The kids had a blast swinging and chasing each other around all over the place.

Our next stop was the Neimi mall area. We were looking for a specific store - so we wandered alllll the way down to one end of the street and then back up to the other end but couldn't find it. The kiddos were hungry for 'izza!' so we stopped at Pizza Hut for some lunch. They devoured their slices while I did another run of the strip to look for the store. Lo and behold it was located directly next to the pizza place, but it was all closed up. Thoroughly bemused, we piled back into the car.

Our next stop was S&S's house for a quick visit. The little people were ecstatic to see their Greats and Little Miss showed off a whole lot of her skills including ABCs, counting, and ballerina-inspired pirouettes.

After saying goodbye to S&S we drove over to The FamBily House. The kiddos were over-zonked so they both took naps. When they woke up we got back in the car and drove out to the BIG mall where we met up with S&S and the kids got to play in the Gymboree for a nice long while.
When the Parentals arrived with Dibble we made our way to Rimon for a birthday dinner in honor of Phil. The funny thing was that Phil was working and as such was unable to join us. She figured things out though, by waiting until the food was arriving at the table then strategically taking her half hour 'lunch break' and showing up to enjoy some delicious Italian Salad with croutons 'on the side' - but literally. Dinner was great fun and highly enjoyable! 

On our way out of the mall after dinner Buzz was thrilled with the gift from S&S that he got to pick out all by himself - a fancy new dump truck! This morning he woke up bright and early to play with it! He even makes beeping noises when the trucks goes in reverse, just like the real thing.
When I woke up at 6:00 this morning I checked my email and found out that the water on our street was scheduled to be turned off for a number of hours beginning at 9am. I figured I might as well make use of the time I had - so I popped out of bed. First I cooked some pasta for Z to take for lunch, along with meat-sauce from the freezer. The dairy and pareve dishes got washed, and I also managed to get 2 loads of laundry done by 9:00am!

I think I've got my Shabbos menu figured out - Rikuda&co will be joining us for the weekend. I'm working on my shopping list and just need to find some time to head out to the grocery store - probably tomorrow evening when z gets home from work.
It's only 9:20am, and now that I've done most of the housework that I was meant to do today I'll have to find other things to occupy my time. Anything water-related will have to wait - like bathing The Buzz, washing the other loads of laundry, and cleaning the mirpeset. I suppose there's nothing stopping me from folding and putting away the mountain of laundry that has accumulated on the computer-desk now that we don't have a computer to use. Or organizing the beds in the guest room so that our guests can use them when the weekend gets here, or straightening up the kitchen pantry, or organizing the bookcases in the living room... Maybe we'll be adventurous and just head over to The FamBily Houseo or we can just be super-extra-lazy and get comfy on the couch and watch tv until the water comes back on. So many choices...