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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chaos:Order

I must have jinxed myself posting so many days in a row. Z and I spent Friday morning price-comparing tiles at a few local stores. (Yup, it's almost time to choose the innards for the house - people, we have progress!)

Shabbos was the last really exciting thing that happened. A&A joined us for dinner and brought their fuzzy-baby along with them - Buzz was amused but after a quick sniff and a glare they settled down to ignore each other for the remainder of the evening. We walked over to The FamBily House for lunch, and that was fun because The Freddies were in town! Buzz loves spending time with his cousin! Yes he does!
Sunday ushered in the loudest storm that a I can remember in the last few years. It seemed situated directly above our building and the thunder was SO intense that when it broke I ran to the window to make sure there hadn't been a bad car accident. It was terrifying - but also very cool. (I'm not actually scared of storms - though I prefer to be safely inside during them...) Luckily (for me) the rain cleared up in time to head out and pick Buzz up from gan.

Though Sunday morning was rainy and overcast by the afternoon the sky was a brilliant blue and the clouds were puffy and white. Monday was quite bleak looking and I actually wore a sweater for gan pickup. The sweater turned out to have been a good idea because the sky while dramatically breathtaking decided to sunshower on our heads as we made our way to The FamBily House.
This morning Buzz woke up with a crusty eye. (Yup, I heard that sharp intake of breath all you parents out there - you know what's coming...) We cleaned him up and made an appointment with the doctor. Pink eye - no doubt about it. Now we have five days of drops to get through. I managed it on my own this morning - but I basically had to sit on him. I'm glad that Z will be around for the remainder of the doses. Thankfully since I was successful at dosing him this morning, he'll be fine to go to gan tomorrow.

Today was a 'quality time' day. I haven't had Buzz home alone with me for a full day in months. We went out to the park, we colored, we did laundry (yes, I'm a crazy person and spent the day washing all of the bedding that Buzz had burrowed his face into in the last few days... Between pink eye contagion and my hot-water-bottle snafu (it desiccated over the summer and ended up leaking 6 cups of water all over my bed last night when I fell asleep holding it...) Anyway 4 full loads later and I'm finally done.)
Tomorrow things will be 'back to normal' (or whatever passes for that here.) I'm hoping to get my chicken soup cooked tomorrow and also to bake challah! I'm already looking forward to next shabbos. I'm still trying to decide whether to make Yemenite soup for dinner or a roast. We're out of chicken in the freezer stash so it's time to use the red meat! Woop!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chozer L'chalal...

Yesterday I was quite the industrious housewife. I kicked off the day by cooking up a batch of homemade 'ricotta' (some might call it farmers cheese, but the recipe I followed named it as ricotta.) It seemed like a good use for 7cups of milk set to expire in the very near future. I got about 1.5-2 cups of soft creamy cheese so it seems like a worthwhile enough venture.
Ayala and her new 4-legged-friend stopped by to say hi. They hung out for about an hour then they were off to start their day. I had some breakfast while relaxing. Then I mixed up a batch of Annie's pasta dough - the combo of semolina was quite nice though I did 1semolina:2APflour.

With the help of my fancy shmancy pasta roller the dough was flat in 'no time'. Then I filled, closed, and cookie-cut, my raviolis. I got about 60 out of the batch, and I only reused part of the scraps which gave me an additional 30 tortellinis. It was a pretty exciting venture.
Today I figured I may as well keep up the charade of being a dutiful housewife. I stuck a load of laundry into the machine, washed the dishes from in both sinks, washed the sinks, cleaned the cooktop (along with the grates and hub-tops - though there must be an official name for them), used The Crazy Lady's new stove-fixamajig to open the holes in the burner hubs - and now I have four fully functional burners again instead of just two!
Z dropped me off at the post office on his way out to work this morning. I was thrilled to pick up my book-depository order which had finally arrived! Now I have books to read on shabbos!! To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I enjoyed the brisk walk back down the hill in the 'chilly' 58F weather.
I made a new acquaintance at gan pick-up. One of the other moms was having some stroller-difficulties. The front wheel had popped off of her 3-wheel double stroller. She had a 15 minute uphill walk ahead of her with a sleepy toddler and a baby. I offered to take a look to see whether I could reattach the wheel. I figured that even a temporary fix would be better than pushing a stroller up cardiac-hill, balanced on the back wheels, with two kids in it... I managed to secure the wheel back on (with Buzz offering his advice and opinions as to which way and what should be where...) I am hopeful that it made it home at the very least. I guess I'll find out at some point. It did give me the chance to introduce myself and make an attempt at being sociable. 
At The FamBily House, Buzz was happy to eat bamba and cornflakes and terrorize the animals. Timmy gave him 'burrito treatment' and they twirled around a whole lot. Frank and Dibble came home and Buzz was super excited to see everybody. His excitement grew when we told him that Phil would be coming home for the weekend. 

When Z arrived we made our way home. I threw together meat sauce and pasta for dinner but Buzz and I opted for leftover chicken from last shabbos instead. Z didn't mind, more for him.

I was mean and after dinner I made Z clear the drying racks and wash the dishes. After all, I already did it once today.

Tomorrow maybe a trip to Osher Ad, more laundry, I need to organize my closet, and I should really do some of the cooking for shabbos... In exciting news The Freddies will be coming to the Sun House for shabbos - so we'll be spending Saturday at The FamBily House with them. Buzz is SO excited!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brevity

Fairly boring day.

Cleaned the floor, straightened up the house, folded laundry, pulled a muscle in my chest, didn't answer the door for strangers, (finally) sent the sewing machine off to be looked at, cleared off the disaster of a coffee table in my bedroom, picked the kid up from gan, watched Timmy make the kid into a flying burrito, Z 'made dinner' (he heated up leftover chicken soup from shabbos), battled 5cc of mucolit into the kid, kissed George a million and two times (estimated number - rounding up), placed an online grocery order which should be delivered tomorrow morning between 11am-1pm.

Productive enough, successful enough, more than a bit mundane.

As I said, fairly boring day.

Considering homemade ricotta cheese, and ravioli tomorrow... Undecided on whether it will actually happen. But it's good to dream.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I'll ride the bike!

Wow! So today was actually a great day! We had a relatively good night's sleep thanks to our new best friend 'misty' (our humidifier). Buzz slept in until almost 8 this morning, it was insane - even though he spent over 45 pointlessly screaming in the middle of the night - he managed to get in almost 11 hours of sleep.

We definitely got off to a late start, but I decided to make the morning count.
I mixed up a batch of jumbo sized chocolate chip muffins, put in a load of laundry, then mixed up a batch of Buzz's favorite cookie. I also cleaned the shabbos urn (yay citric acid!) and cleaned the humidifier (yay vinegar!) I made the beds (though I'm not sure why) then spent a couple of hours curled up with a hot water bottle (since it seemed like a waste to spill out all of the water from the urn I filled my bottle before cleaning out the appliance.)

Gan pickup was an hour early today because the assistant ganenet became a Savta (again) and the brit-milah was to afternoon. Buzz didn't mind the change in schedule, because it meant an extra hour at The FamBily House. Frank decided to make pizza for dinner, but we ended up running out 20 minutes before it was ready to eat.

Z made it home in record time and we managed to pick up a package at the post-office before they closed. Buzz was upset that we had missed out on Uncle Frank's pizza, so we decided to splurge and bought a pie at chalav u'dvash (or whatever they call themselves nowadays).
Back at home the kid was having the best night of his life. Pizza, a bath, new fuzzy monkey slippers, a super cool rain-poncho, and his favorite cookies fresh from the oven! 

I successfully extricated the sewing machine from its home, and it's waiting for pick-up in the morning. The Crazy Lady and Mad Man will be heading into The Holy City tomorrow morning and (since The Crazy Lady also has a machine that needs to be looked at) she has graciously offered to drop off my machine as well. We're hoping that all it needs is an oiling and a tune-up! I'm so excited' I have SO many projects that I can't wait to do!
Ok, bedtime for Buzz is coming up (soon-ish) but there's pre-bedtime-prep to take care of.

Hopefully tomorrow will also be a good productive day!