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I really have nothing to say
it's true. Not a single useful thing to say in this post. But I keep having the nagging feeling that I have something to post about. Therefore, I'm going to continue to wonder and continue to type random stuff until such time as I can figure out whether there's any possibility that I'm going to remember what it is that I wanted to post about. Therefore, this is likely to be a rambly, incoherent post. So just be warned; it's likely to be boring. No, seriously! I know it's hard to believe that I could ever be boring, but, alas, it does happen sometimes. Difficult to conceptualize, but I assure you, it's true. Truth is, I'm not a particularly interesting person. I get up in the morning, I go to work, I come home, I procrastinate, I go to sleep, and it all starts over again. I have no interesting hobbies anymore (though love sewing and embroidery, I don't really do them anymore). I don't do anything terribly exciting. I have no children to keep me busy. I never manage to cook an actual dinner on, say, a Tuesday. My life, as it stands now, seems to revolve around shabbos. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm rather bored of it.

The piano that I'm getting from my coworker is being delivered to day. YAY for me!! Seth is being a dear and sticking around the house waiting for them to show up. I hope they arrive somewhat on the early side so that his day isn't completely disrupted. Here's hoping. In the meantime, he says he's cleaning. Yay for him.

I dropped off a ridiculous amount of drycleaning today after realizing that although I had several skirts left, I really had no shirts or sweaters left. This is not a good thing. So I'm at work today in a very strange-looking outfit, and it'll just have to do. But I needed a blouse, at least, for shabbos day, so I had to take the cleaning in. I'm constantly amazed at how much drycleaners down here suck. I miss having decent dry cleaners. Bleh. Anyway, everything will be ready this afternoon, so I'll stop by on my way home and pick it all up.

Tonight we're having Jo, Cary, maybe Diane, and maybe Basil for dinner. It's going to be a late dinner, which brings me the joy of trying to figure out how to keep everything warm without drying out. I don't really want to break out the blech, mostly because I don't know where it is.

Sunday is going to be a big cooking day for me. Wednesday night we're having at least 6 1/2 people, including us. Thursday we're having the same, or possibly more. Friday so far it looks like only 2, but I could be wrong. Friday lunch we have no plans, which means I have to figure out what to make for just us two. Bleh. I'm looking forward to a few relaxing days, though, that's for sure.

Right. Still can't remember what I wanted to update about. So I won't. I'm not getting enough email today, though. So I'm bored. And it's incumbent upon all of my readers to rectify the situation. Oh, and yes, cahwyguy I'm working on your questions. They're hard!

Current Mood: bored bored

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cellio From: cellio Date: September 10th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Is a half-person half-sized, or half-likely-to-come?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
it's a halfling. Aaron Feld. First night we're having the Felds and Becky's parents. Aaron is a whole person, but counts as a half-person when considering meal planning.
cellio From: cellio Date: September 10th, 2004 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Say hi to the Felds for me, ok? I failed to connect with them at Pennsic, much to my frustration.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
will do. Harold did mention that they had failed to connect with you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
hey, by the way, do I still owe you interview questions? I've lost track, unfortunately.
cellio From: cellio Date: September 10th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't received any from you yet. Thanks.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 10th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Truth is, I'm not a particularly interesting person. I get up in the morning, I go to work, I come home, I procrastinate, I go to sleep, and it all starts over again. I have no interesting hobbies anymore (though love sewing and embroidery, I don't really do them anymore). I don't do anything terribly exciting.

We went through a cycle of that. Sometimes it takes getting new friends in your life to reinvigorate things (thanks, ellipticcurve). We've recently gotten back into gaming; my wife is getting into quilting (once we get the sewing room decluttered), etc. A lot of it is getting rid of the clutter around you so you can think clearly.

I dropped off a ridiculous amount of drycleaning today after realizing that although I had several skirts left, I really had no shirts or sweaters left.

Thank you for mentioning this. I totally forgot about our dry cleaning, and we need to get it done by Rosh Hashanah so we have decent stuff to wear.

Tonight we're having Jo, Cary, maybe Diane, and maybe Basil for dinner.

We're going to try to go to a dinner at Temple. I love it when you receive the bulletin on the 9th, which was mailed on the 7th, but the dinner had an RSVP date of the 3rd. We'll see what happens with services after, but as S&F fell asleep around 10:30 PM, I really don't want to muck up her sleep schedule further with a late evening, but we do need to meet new people at the new shul.

Oh, and yes, cahwyguy I'm working on your questions. They're hard!

I'm glad you like them.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The thing is that I do have hobbies, but I just don't have time for them right now. Like I said, I love sewing and embroidery, but I don't do it anymore. Why don't I do it anymore? I don't have the time. And when I do have free time, it gets spent on seeing folks I haven't seen in a while, or cooking for whatever shabbos or holiday is next. The rest of my time gets spent being exhausted these days! Ah well. I'm still looking to take up photography as a hobby. But first I need a good camera. And I'd rather have a kitchen than a camera.

And yes, I do like the questions. They are quite possibly the best questions I've ever been asked via that meme.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 10th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would take a little boredom right now. There never seems to be a happy medium, does there?
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: September 10th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Blech!

The blech is in the downstairs kitchen. If you want to use it, we should clean it first.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Blech!

hrm. we might need to consider it. It can wait until I get home for us to decide, though.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: September 10th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Blech!

I found the electric blech, too. It's now in the drawer in the dining room where the disposable spoons are.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 10th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
why are the drycleaners bad?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know why they're bad. It makes no sense. It's not so hard to be good!
From: gittygiggles Date: September 10th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
do they take a long time??? are they bad at cleaning?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, you can get cleaning done quickly, but regardless of how long it takes them, all the dry cleaners near here take no care with buttons or beads (if you have those thin shell buttons on a blouse, for example, the dry cleaner should cover the buttons with aluminum foil before sending them through the dry cleaning machine). They also seem to have no concept of spot cleaning and therefore don't get out most stains. Seth and I spend a fortune on dry cleaning every month as we both have jobs where we are expected to arrive in professional dress. Though he doesn't wear a suit to work, he does where a shirt and tie, and I am always in a suit or something equivalent (except on Fridays... today I'm in a khaki skirt b/c Fridays are pretty casual in our office). I'm horrified at the things that they miss, even when I specifically point out stains. We had one dry cleaner that would put a "sorry we couldn't get the stains out" tag on every order. On the whole order, mind you, not on any individual pieces. Those tags are made to slip over an individual hanger so that you, as a customer, will know that the dry cleaner DID see the stain, and DID make a good faith effort to get it out, but it was too stubborn. But attaching that tag to my slip doesn't tell me they EVER actually noticed any stains.

Still another drycleaner always, without fail, had something in our order that wasn't ready when promised and then would act like it was our fault that we didn't know it would be ready. This is always unacceptable. If you know that a special item will take five days, no problem. But don't tell me it'll be ready in two days. That dry cleaner eventually lost our business because we were tired of never knowing when we'd get things back, plus they really didn't do a fabulous job cleaning things and they lost more buttons in the three months that we went there than I can count. While I understand that ALL drycleaners limit liability for buttons and such, it's still good practice to do what you can NOT to destroy the buttons. When I worked for a drycleaner, if we noticed a lost button, or a broken hook-and-eye clasp, or whatever, we'd do whatever we could to fix it, whether or not the customer had asked us to. My boss had an enormous box of buttons that she would dig through to find just the right button for. If she broke someone's shell buttons inadvertently (and this is very easy to do), she would go out and match the buttons and buy new ones and have me sew them back on. If she couldn't exactly match them, she'd buy a whole new set of whatever was closest and replace all of them, even if some of them were fine. THAT is good customer service. And THAT is why she had customers continue to return to her store.

I would gladly pay more money to have excellent service. The drycleaner that recently lost our business had received several warnings that we weren't happy with our service and they had acknowledged without promting that we have frequent, regular, large orders and that they needed to keep our business. Unfortunately, they weren't able to live up to their statements.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 10th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have tried them all-drycleaners, that is. My choice? Aristo Cleaners in the Hillandale Shopping Center off of New Hampshire Avenue. They sew things on for free more often than not, the shirts come back crisp with all the buttons and the dry cleaning fluid they use is changed frequently. They are anal about how their product comes out and I appreciate it. By the way, they are no more expensive than anyone else. Downside? They don't really do the same day turn around.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 11th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow. i've only been to a dry cleaners 3 or 4 times. i never even knew!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 10th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
tee hee
queen_elisheva From: queen_elisheva Date: September 10th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duct tape is like the force..... It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds everything together.
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