Sunday, October 11, 2015

Costume Limbo

Friday was a busy day. Z and I ran errands while Buzz was in gan. Then we got home and rushed around doing cooking and cleaning.

Phil and Frank joined us for dinner (the Parentals were in Ginot at the bar mitzvah). It was delightful. The chicken soup was particularly delicious. And I made 'regular' roasted chicken with smoked paprika, and also roasted a whole pesto chicken (I was sneaky and squished pesto under the skin to really get the flavor amped up.)
Shabbos day was very long. And some point Z and Buzz went out to trek to Yellow Park across town and then stopped by The FamBily House until shabbos ended. Then I went out to pick them up at havdala time. Since I was heading to The FamBily House I was a nice sister and brought Phil some chicken soup and a brownie for melava malka.
Sunday morning was a very very early one. We rushed Buzz out to gan then we got underway to Netivot for another meeting at the tile supplier. We went over our whole order and confirmed what was going where. Then we chose some sinks for our bathrooms. A few more recalculation a and we switched the kitchen faucets to get a better quality for a lower price - thank goodness we caught a sale.
After a few very long exhausting hours of traipsing through tile samples and whatnot we finally clambered back into our car. We began the drive north. We were running on schedule enough to swing by the house quickly just to see the progress. The crew was hard at work putting up the frame so that they can pour the roof of the buildling. They took a break when we arrived so that we could go in and wander around the site without fear of stuff falling on our heads.
It was really exciting to be able to walk up to the second floor and down the the basement. It's really looking great!

We rushed back to The Sun House and made it just in time to pick up Buzz from gan. Then we stopped in to visit with S&S for a little bit to show them all of the house-related goodies we were shlepping around - countertops and cabinet doors and pictures. Buzz had a blast and this morning he was still asking when we can go back to visit them again.
Last night we got craaaazy lucky and Buzz slept in his own bed all night long. I'm honestly not sure whether he woke Z in the middle of the night, but I was so tired that I didn't hear anything. What I do know is that when I woke up at 6am, he was still fast asleep in his bed. He didn't even come in to bother us until a little after 6:30.
Today was nice and routine-y. I'm recovering from some cumulative dehydration - so I spent the day taking things very easy and sipping at water every 10 minutes when my timer rang. I'm feeling better - so I guess it's working. Really trying to avoid getting IV fluids for a while.

Tonight is 'back to school' night at gan. A little late, but better late than never? I don't even know what they're going to talk about - I mean, It's 3 year old gan. I guess we'll find out later.

Thursday, October 08, 2015


I'm loving the cool evenings - that's for sure. I really hope we keep heading towards winter weather. I am SO ready for sweaters and boots and fuzzy socks.

I was kind of lazy today. I mean, I washed dishes and put away dry dishes and made the beds and did some random stuff around the house. But mostly I lazed about and watch tv. I felt justified since I did a lot yesterday and have been having some gut-related unhappiness of sorts this week for some reason. Relaxation and low-stress have been earned by making it through that month of holidays. I know, I keep griping about them but they seriously dragged on forever.
Buzz wasn't too happy to be taken to gan this morning. And I wasn't too happy with all of the screaming and tantrumming that it took to get him dressed and out of the house. At least by 8:20 it was quiet and I was able to eat my breakfast in peace.
The good news is that when I picked him up from gan he was all smiles. Apparently he loved the peanut butter sandwich that I'd sent him for lunch and asked for another one the whole walk home.

I had a surprise for him at home. Part 2 of cookie baking. He was very excited. He decorated a lot of cookies. Then he ate more of them than I care to admit...
I stepped up my game and actually made dinner. Steamed broccoli, chicken teriyaki stirfry, and some fluffy jasmine rice. Is it weird that sometimes I wish my rice came out sticky instead of fluffy? I mean, I know all it takes is too much water on my part and I'll have a sticky gunky mass. But I just can't bring myself to do it. Obviously I could go out and get some sushi or short grain variety of rice - but even still... That just seems like too much effort.
Z is getting Buzz into bed now. (Blogging at bedtime is great!)

I'm puzzling out my menu for shabbos. We'll be hosting some siblings for the Friday Night meal since The Parentals and Dibble will be heading out to the littlest cousin's bar mitzvah in Ginot for the weekend.

Honestly though, I'm having more trouble figuring out what to make for Shabbos lunch than the night meal - why is this so complicated?

At least the house is pretty much clean. Just need to wipe down the stovetop, wash the floor, cook the food, and do another load of laundry. And some other stuff... Cause there's always other stuff.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


This morning we woke up to the sorely missed sound of rain pitter-pattering on summer-scorched earth. Buzz popped up like a daisy shouting about the rain. Then he remembered that he was supposed to go back to gan today and got very very sad. It was sad for everybody.

After making lunches for the boys they left. And I had quiet for a bit. I opened all of the windows and let in the cool rain scented breeze. Then I cleaned up the living room, cleared the dining room table, straightened up my room, swept the whole apartment, folded three loads of laundry, and did some other random organizing. 
Buzz's teacher called at a little before 10. Buzz was having a hard first day back and they were very nervous about the sound of his cough. Remember that terrifying sounding seal-bark cough? It's baaaaaack. Surprised? We weren't either. The teacher wanted me to come pick him up at 10. I declined and agreed to pick him up at 2 instead of 4.

I figured that since Buzz was having a sad sort of day that we should do something fun. So I made up some cookie dough and colored it in autumnally inspired colors. Then as I was getting ready to head out the power went out - for the fourth or fifth time - and twenty minutes later it hadn't come back on...

I got very lucky and The Crazy Lady agreed to come pick me up. So I quickly packed up all of the cookie making accessories and headed out into the rain.
We had fun making cookies. Well, I had fun making cookies. Buzz got bored after cutting out 1 tray-worth of cookies. Mmmm, cookies. I'm pretty sure that he was just waiting for us to get to the frosting and decorating stage.

Eventually the cookies were all baked. Blue's Clues was all watched. And Z came to pick us up. We went straight to the health clinic for our various dr appointments. The pediatrician didn't seem surprised to see Buzz with his usual cough. He gave us a note for the teachers explaining that the cough sounds scary but it's really just allergies. My appointment went as well as it could have. I'm basically just on Omerpadex and Ranitidine forever. Oh joy. I mean, so long as it works, that's good. No more trying to wean myself off of it though, that really doesn't go well.

Holiday leftovers for dinner, and some fresh rice. Good enough.

Then we dosed Buzz up with allergy meds and mucolit as per the doctor's instruction. And got him to sleep. He's still coughing a lot though. I hope he manages to settle down. Also hoping that I can manage to settle down.
Tomorrow after gan I guess we will frost and decorate the cookies. Besides that I haven't got any big plans for tomorrow. I need a recovery day from that month-long holiday marathon. I am exhausted.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Tome On, Tayaya!!!

Shabbos was fun. We were out aaaallll day at The FamBily Hous. We enjoyed The FamBily Sukkah. The day went by pretty quickly. After havdala We made our way home. Sarah Leah slept over again.
Z worked a full day on Sunday. Buzz and I prepped the rest of the food for the night meal. Simchat Torah was a few short hours away. By the time Z got home we had about an hour to shower, pack everything up, and shlep it over to The FamBily house.

We managed it somehow. Then we even made it to shul for some dancing and whatnot. I conked out after the soup course, which was sad, but everybody said the rest of the food was good. The pie got rave reviews so we will definitely be making that again.
The rest of the day dragged on to some extent. BBQ lunch was deeeelicious and we had lots of fun, but the holidays were just so long, I think we were all ready for it to just be over.

We ran home after chag to get Buzz into bed. His allergy cough is really acting up (so is the gunk in my throat) so weather changes are definitely coming.
This morning was ridiculously busy and rushed. Buzz and Z finally got haircuts! Buzz sobbed sadly through his whole haircut mumbling about cakes and parties. There was decidedly less screaming and thrashing involved in the process this time - which was nice. So afterwards we took him to the bakery to choose a post-shearing baked good. He was quite happy with the cupcake that he chose.

Back at home my stress evolved into a full-blown panic attack. Two anti-anxiety pills later I was tucked into bed crying and Buzz and Z were dressed and ready to leave the house. They left to pick up Phil and Frank and head out to the littlest cousin's bar mitzvah out in the Shomron.

I got myself under control with some support from friends. I made the beds and did some laundry to get my mind focused on the mundane. It worked well enough. Good thing I have therapy scheduled for Friday morning. 
I was doing much better by the time they made it back to The Sun House. I faced up to my anxiety and forced myself to leave the house for a second time. We weren't going far but, out is out. We made a quick trip to The FamBily House and helped Frank and Phil dismantle the sukkah there. The threat of rain in the forecast gave us the necessary push to get it done before inclement weather arrives.

Back at home, dinner and bedtime. We gave Buzz some meds for his cough but they don't seem to be helping much. It might be time to consider another trip to the pulmonologist.

Meanwhile tomorrow is my Gastro follow-up. I hope that has more concrete results since at this rate I have no clue how to get off of the meds that I'm on and they are only working part of the time.
Happy days!

Friday, October 02, 2015


Yesterday Buzz and I spent most of the day organizing stuff around the house. Buzz spent the remainder of his time asking when it would be time to go play with his cousins.

Finally Sababi came to pick us up and take us over to The FamBily House. The kiddos played (and took turns riding the bimba) and had a generally good time. The Freddies had to go out to another party, so we decided to head home too.
We made some homemade pizza for dinner! Sarah Leah was on her way, so we also made a vegetable cheese braid and a Nutella stuffed loaf for dessert and breakfast.
This morning I popped out of bed very excited about chicken pot pie. I made the filling then realized that it was probably too much for one extra-large pie tin. My solution was to make two 'regular' pies. Thankfully my crust spread thinly enough and I was able to get two beautiful pies made.
I happened to notice that somebody had posted a first-come-first-served post offering a free kiddie-pool with a cover for free. Caveat being, they were throwing it out if nobody came by 2pm. I was hooked. I wanted it. We quickly got dressed and ran out to RBS to obtain the pool. Then we swung by The FamBily House to pick up our spare car seat, which led to us taking challahs to S&S. We enjoyed a quick but delightful visit with S&S in their sukkah. (Buzz got some yummy cookies that he has been raving about all day.) Then we dashed home in time for Z to get a drink then pick up Rikuda&Co from the bus stop.

A stop at the mall for lunch followed by a relaxing visit at our place was nice for us (hope we didn't tire them out too much.) Then Z gave them a ride to RBS, where they'll be spending shabbos.
We have about two hours until candle-lighting. The house is pretty much clean. I do still need to set the table, wash the last few dishes, and there are still four loads of laundry sitting in baskets in my room waiting to be folded... But that's not so terrible all things considered.

I'm slightly impatient for shabbos to start because I want to eat my pies sure whether I'm more excited about the chicken pot pie or this delicious looking peanut-butter-crumble-pie. Peanut butter crumble, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream... It's gonna be delicious!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pinteats and Spacebars

Another great day of Chol Hamoed down. We slept in a little this morning. Wakeup only took place at 7:20ish, which meant a late start for everybody.
FF chocolate chip muffins for breakfast, followed by second breakfast of fries and eggs at 10ish. Shnitzel and cucumbers for lunch. Lots of dishwashing - so much dishwashing that both sinks got emptied! Showers for the stinky among us. Then we glanced out the window and realized that the day was escaping us. The blue skies are back (so is the heat, but you've gotta make the best of the situation) so we ventured forth.
Buzz was so excited that I let him take his super-fast green bimba to the park. He rode up the path and down the path. We stopped to play at each of the sections in the park. We even went and hung out at the 'hidden' park between the buildings.
Z called to ask where we were. Then we went to meet him in the parking lot.
Inside it was hand washing time, followed by dinner-time. Buzz requested a pancake. I figured he deserved the works, so we added some ice cream and sprinkles and chocolate syrup. It's a holiday after all. And the pancakes are minimal sugar and made with 100% barley flour. I not even rationalizing it. Pancakes for dinner never hurt anyone.
Now Z is reading Buzz a bedtime story. I'm hoping that the no nap + park outing combo tuckered him out enough to knock him out earlier rather than later.

Not sure what we've got to do tomorrow but we shall figure something out. Maybe a trip out to visit somebody else's sukkah. I know that The littlest Freddies will be at The FamBily House tomorrow being babysat - but hopefully not sat on. I guess we will see how I'm feeling (and what the weather is like).
Today Buzz learned to use the spacebar on the keyboard to pause/play whatever show he is watching. Never again will he miss finding one of Blue's Clues before Steve or Joe. What a funny munchkin.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oh lard, no lard, eat the lard!

Moadim Lesimcha everybody!

We kicked off the morning bright and early with a 4 then 5 then 6 then 6:30 wake up.

Eventually I gave up and decided to make some breakfast. Oven-browned potatoes with eggs sounded delicious. Buzz agreed, but he only wanted the eggs. 
For lunch Buzz decided that he would give me the opportunity to amend my heinous breakfast decision, by making him some French fry shaped potatoes. I did it because he was so cute when he asked. He explained that the potatoes need to be cut as straight lines and not in haphazard chunk forms.
Buzz napped today, and we played A LOT. A shufersol order arrived at just before 2pm, and Buzz was ecstatic. I let him rip the tape off the boxes, then he put away most of the groceries in the right places. It was both surprising and amazing! That kid has a real mind and eye for detail. It was impressive.
Finally 5:30 rolled around and Z came home from work. He even picked Phil up from The FamBily House on the way. Seeing as it was Tuesday, Tacos for dinner seemed to be mightily appropriate. Z sure wasn't complaining. Phil did all the work making dinner, and I lazed about watching. Mmmmmm, burritos!
After dinner it was time to try to get Buzz into bed. We've been on a really good schedule lately, but today he napped for a little over an hour. (I woke him because otherwise I knew he'd never go to sleep tonight - but he woke up still tired.) Alas, 8:09pm and he shows no signs of turning in for the night. Z has him corralled in his bed and I'm waiting (im)patiently on his couch (while Phil entertains herself in the living room) - but this could take hours. Literally.
No big plans for tomorrow yet. Unfortunately I'm having some med-adjustment issues while trying to wean myself off of the pill that I've been taking for the last two months - so my insides are unhappy with me. Thankfully I have an appointment with the Gastro dr next week to discuss my progress and choose the next step of treatment.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be feeling up to taking Buzz out to the local park for a bit. The kid desperately needs some fresh air and sunshine. On the bright side, Thursday and Friday and Shabbos he'll get to socialize and be outside - so two days cooped up with me isn't so very terrible in the scheme of things.

Then again, I'd also like to get out. Here's to hoping for a happier gut-day tomorrow! And cooler weather - that would probably help too!