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!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Amiiiima!

Happy healthy new week everybody! I know I said I'd be getting into more regular blogging, but obviously 'life' had other plans. More coughing and allergy attacks, two more visits to the doctor, a very infected finger which got me stuck with a week of antibiotics and a stern note-to-self that nail-biting is a filthy and potentially dangerous habit... All a week in the life of me, right? Right.
Anyway, as I mentioned I'm halfway through a round of antibiotics which Buzz finds absolutely hysterical because he seems to consider it fair turnabout for continually shoving mucolit down his throat to ease his allergy-related congestion. I mean, I only do it three times a day... I just can't understand why it bothers him so much. Yeah, two year olds.
Last week was actually quite a productive one considering I didn't have use of my right hand for a couple of days. (Good thing I'm left-handed, right?!) The house got cleaned, I baked a whole bunch of cookies, explored some more job-options, organized my freezers, washed dishes wearing double layers of gloves and petrified of breaking all the breakables, and I even found time to prep dinners in the earlier part of the day so that meals could be easily made when we got home...
Buzz and I have been venturing out to the BigPark after gan more often than not. This week we experienced the first super-downpour of the season. (Which flooded the machsan level of our building despite the thousands of shekels that the vaad bayit threw into 'shipputzim' last month. Don't worry, everything in our machsan is raised on wooden pallets. Inexplicably as water fills the halls and flows into the machsanim it completely bypasses ours. It may be a fluke in our favor that the tiles weren't laid straight near the door or it could be a sign from the heavens telling us... Well, I'm not sure what, but I appreciate it all the same.)
Yesterday morning was exciting for me because I got to go on a shopping spree. Four or five years ago I decided to sign up for a 'members' card at a clothing store. Two years ago the store joined up with a bunch of other stores and began offering a card together. I knew in the back of my mind that this card accrued points, but there was never any way to check the balance or sales that made finding out how many point I had worthwhile. Until this past week when I was informed that ringing up 150nis of merchandise would allow me to use my points but that my points would be worth double their value, and ringing up 300nis of merchandise would triple the value of the points! They even printed out a little slip to let me know how many point I had at my disposal. I was ecstatic at the thought of free shopping! Turns out that all those random baby clothes, wedding gifts, housewares I've collected over the last few years, and even my wardrobe staple v-neck tees, had helped me accrue just shy of 300points.

I forced Z to accompany me to the mall. First we did the responsible thing and checked the clothing store to determine whether there was anything that he liked (the guy really needs a new wardrobe - it's been like 6 years since he got more than a new pair of jeans). He tried some stuff on but none of it really 'called' to him. Which is how I ended up with 920nis to spend as I wished...

I started with the fun small things. A 4-cup measuring cup for pesach, a potato masher, a jumbo pancake flipper spatula, a new corkscrew, a pretty colorful tablecloth that will actually fit my table, cutting boards to replace my way overused ones... Then we moved to the bedding. I couldn't say no to another pair of super-soft fuzzy wuzzy blankets. Now I need to decide whether to keep them in my room or to put them in the guest room. But we still had more points to use. We looked high and low, debated, pondered, thought about not using all the points... Then we saw them. Pillows. Brand new, comfy, head-cradling, just the right amount of hard-support, pillows!!! We've been using our pillows nightly for the last almost 7 years. We decided that since it was 'free' anyway we may as well splurge.

As we piled the mountain of merchandise onto the counter Z muttered, 'I bet there's a catch. There's no way we're going to walk out of here without them trying to get us to pay at least 300nis for all of this stuff. There's no such thing as a worthwhile deal in this country.' But lo and behold - she rang up everything and calculated the points (while I held my breath and prayed because the till read a heart-stoppingly high number) then she hit the button and the discount came off. We packed up our goodies and hightailed it out of there before the store policy-makers came to their senses.
Shabbos was actually really nice. For dinner I pulled chicken soup out of the freezer, and threw a whole chicken into the crockpot with some carrots, onions, potatoes, seasonings, a healthy glug of dry red wine, and 1.5 cups of tomato sauce. Buzz conked out on the couch at 5:45pm so Z and I enjoyed a quiet romantical dinner. We opted to read in bed since Buzz was taking up most of a couch. The kid slept until 10:30pm when he moved into our bed. Then at 6am I moved to the couch in Buzz's room because the humidifier was still running on low and two hours of sleeping in there did wonders for soothing my scratchy throat and my dry itchy eyes. Totally worth it. Buzz slept in this morning, hence my 8am 'late' wakeup. That almost never happens but I didn't mind at all.
This morning we walked over to The FamBily House. We enjoyed a delicious lunch - cholent, pumpkin kugel, rice kugel, salatim, and (by request) potato kugel. It was warm and filling. We relaxed there allllll day long. Buzz shlepped Z out to the BigPark for a while, there were a few tantrums, the dog buried a teddy in the newspaper basket, and ff brittle for all. All in all a fun day. The Crazy Lady was awesome and even drove us home after havdala.

Buzz didn't go to sleep until 8:30, and now it's 9 and Z is washing the dishes from last night. There is a lot to get done this week but I'm not even thinking about that now. I too busy enjoying the delightful 23C weather and the cool breeze. Tomorrow I think I may bake some more of those sprinkle cookies that Buzz loved so much. We shall see.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chocolate Juice!

My kid is crazy. Lately he's been refusing to change into pajamas before bedtime but he doesn't want to wear his clothes from the day either. He just wants to sleep in a diaper. Based on this behavior I have begun to wonder whether he might not actually be my kid. Oh wait he's crazy, never mind, he must be mine. Have I mentioned that in addition to refusing all clothing at nighttime he refuses to sleep in his bed? Yup, my nude except for a diaper kid would rather sleep wrapped up in a blanket on the rug on the floor than in his bed. Why are kids so weird?!?!
This morning routine went as usual. Z and Buzz left on time. I wasted some time choosing breakfast, then I washed the mirpeset and everything on it, then I luxuriated in a long shower (with nobody walking in on me or calling my name or coughing fits - it was amazing!) I had a snack before heading out to S&S's house.
After an enjoyable and successful visit Saba drove me home. Then I ate a snack while I waited to be picked up. Freddie and The Munchkin were in town today so we all went on a grand adventure at Osher Ad with The Crazy Lady! The Munchkin rode in my cart and helped me choose produce and put everything into the cart.
Buzz was very cheery when I picked him up from gan. He grew even more excited when I told him that his cousin was waiting for him at The FamBily House - so much so that we ran the rest of the way back! They played together so nicely for the most part. Freddie made delicious scrambled eggs for dinner. We debated the merit of cucumber shapes - sticks vs. coins. And of course there was feta cheese for everybody!
When we walked into the house the first thing that Buzz saw was the brand new robot- vacuum. His eyes lit up and a smile spread from ear-to-ear - obviously (and in his mind logically) he assumed that it was a present for him. The squeals of glee while Z opened the box and assembled everything were hysterically funny to hear. Finally it was time to charge the battery - Buzz refused to abandon his post and is waiting patiently for the machine to be fully charged. He wants to sleep in the dining room where the vacuum is charging.

I guess it's a good thing that we live not only in The Middle East, but in The Sun House of all cities. It's a balmy 25C tonight (warmer than it was all summer with the air-conditioned blasting) so he should be fine.

Wearing only a diaper, wrapped up in his blanket, on the floor of the dining room, the boy waits.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Ummm, Yeah!

Well, it's officially 'after the chagim'. Gan has gone back to normal and Z's work schedule is almost back to normal. While I should be getting back into regular-posting mode, it may take another week or so to get myself together for more frequent postings.

I have had an interesting last two weeks to say the least. Allergies kicked up around the start of sukkot, they progressed into a really horrific stomach virus situation, which eventually resolved itself, but left my immune system shot so when my allergies kicked up again they greedily morphed into an all out upper respiratory infection that included the 'special EPolly Clan' hacking cough. Suffice it to say - the only sleep I've gotten in the last week has been in the last two days and that was with the assistance of codeine laced antihistamines. I've gone to the dr three times, spent two hours on an IV drip for fluids due to dehydration (even though I drank over 2liters of liquid!), visited four pharmacies... All in all - a rollicking good time for everybody but me. The good news is - I'm getting better - it's just a slower-going process than I have patience for.

Although the shift in weather is part of the underlying cause of my discomfort - I'm thrilled that everything is finally cooling down. Seriously though, this morning I gave Buzz a sweatshirt to wear for the ride to gan because it was only 60F out! (Yes, laugh now. For the record it was 64F by 9am, and 70F when I picked him up this afternoon and we went to the windy park at the top of the hill.) Yay fuzzy socks, sweatpants, and boots, I have missed you so much!

My plan for the rest of the week is basically just to rest and regain my strength. Today I managed to get four loads of laundry folded and put away, and I swept the floor. I also prepped a dinner that Z was too impatient to wait for so who knows what will happen to it now.

I'm out of witty or interesting things to write - mostly because I'm so very very tired. Hopefully I'll be back soon - slightly less drugged up and decidedly more informative.