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update?
I think I'm actually too tired to update, but I'll see if I can think of random things to say.
  • I'm still loving that we have a piano, but I can't wait to have it tuned. In theory it will be tuned tomorrow.
  • I am not getting nearly enough email which makes me feel very sad and unloved.
  • Rosh Hashana was lovely, but not very restful. First day I had a migraine which sent me to bed right after the first shofar blasts. Boy did those ever hurt my head! Seth came home and picked me up for lunch after everything was all said and done. We had a lovely lunch at Celeste's with several other people (and several children!). Friday was better, and we had no lunch guests and no invite out for lunch which meant a nice relaxing day for the most part. Dinners were all at our place (wed, thurs, and fri night) with guests. I, of course, cooked too much, but there weren't as many leftovers as you might expect. We had a good time and enjoyed all of our guests. And I got to (successfully) test out half a dozen new recipes, most of which will be incorporated into my standard repertoire. This is a very good thing. Saturday we had lunch with the Polonskys, which was very nice. Anyway, I really don't have a lot else to say about Rosh Hashana.
  • Yesterday was a fast day. I didn't do so well, but Seth did. Good for him! I was bored much of the day, but had no excuse. It's not like Seth didn't offer to do things. I was just unmotivated. I did watch Thoroughly Modern Millie though, which was a blast. I also finally got around to mailing back my most recent netflix movies, so I'm looking forward to getting some new ones soon!! :) I made some good use of the day by doing some meal planning for succos. Best thing to do on a fast day, right?
  • We had an electrician coming today which meant I was supposed to lock the inner door but not the outer door. I locked both. Whoopos. Well, it's his own fault. He was originally supposed to be there at 7am when we could have been there, but instead rescheduled for 9:30 when we couldn't be. So he's coming back on Friday to finish the work he couldn't finish last week. Silly me. I feel badly about it, but since he's never once been on time, I'm not feeling too badly...especially since it was around 10am today when he called to say he couldn't get in.
  • Today is a fairly slow day at the office for me. I've sent several requests for data to no avail. Hopefully tomorrow will pick up.
  • We have to put up the succah soon! When on earth are we going to find time for that?? Sheesh.
  • Last night I had a seriously severe craving for ice cream. I never crave ice cream. I'm lactose intolerant. It's cruel and unusual for me to crave ice cream. I can be down with a good craving for potato chips. But ice cream just shouldn't be craved for. Seth, being the darling that he is, went and bought me ice cream. I couldn't eat it until midnight because I'd eaten meat earlier in the day, but he still went and got it for me. Then, of course, I didn't manage to stay awake long enough to eat it. I would have had some for breakfast (mmm...ice cream for breakfast...), except I had to go to my doctor fasting for the blood sugar test. Sigh. So now I have to wait until tonight to have ice cream, except that we stupidly agreed to meet Seth's mother for dinner at Max's which is meat, so somehow I have to figure out how to consume ice cream BEFORE dinner. hrm.
  • We are meeting with a kitchen designer today. Here's hoping we get some answers we like. I am determined to not discuss our budget. I have a theory that if I say my upper limit on budget is X dollars, that they will design me a kitchen that is amazingly exactly X dollars. I'd rather talk about all the things I'd ideally like in a kitchen and then figure out what that's going to cost and decide whether it's realistic and if not talk about what we can cut. However, contractors really don't like to do things that way. Well, tough. I'm sticking to my guns on this one. So there.
  • After we meet with the kitchen designer we are meeting Seth's mother for dinner. This all started as her wanting to "talk" to supposedly "make amends". Now she wants to make dinner out of it. Joy.
  • We still have a royal mess in our dining room, but it is STARTING to come together. Maybe by the time succos rolls around it'll be clean... We'll see.
  • I have to leave work in one hour, despite getting here a little late. Hrm.
  • I wish it weren't so darned hot in my office.
  • I can't wait to go home and eat my ice cream. Shame I have to go straight to the kitchen place.
  • Am I boring you yet? Well, tough! It's MY journal! :-P
  • I'm so mature. Hah.
  • Nutria are very freaky. But they are disturbingly cute.
  • Seth told me I can't have a camel, but I can sponsor one at the zoo if I want. How do I sponsor a specific animal at the zoo? Seth DID say I could have a goat or a sheep (I think he's just trying to get out of mowing the lawn.) Oddly, I apparently am also allowed to have an elephant. If we have no place to keep a camel, where does he think we'll keep an elephant?
  • Beavers are pretty cute too, but they're SLOW. I do not like it when they are crossing the highway while I'm trying to drive. They don't move very fast and I don't want to run over a forty pound rodent.
  • I'm very strange.
  • MS Excel can be evil sometimes.
  • Okay, I think I should finish up in case LJ decides to eat this here post.

P.S. It's really annoying that LJ automatically defaults to one space between sentences even if I deliberately put two spaces. They are evil!

Current Mood: amused amused

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rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: September 20th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
and what were you going to do with a camel, had Seth let you have one?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't know. But they're nifty. Mostly I just wanted to see if he'd let me. Originally he said I could, but then he asked where I was going to put it.
rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: September 20th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't forget - he doesn't "own" the house yet - why not keep it in his closet?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
tee hee! Good point. Speaking of which, I need to get down to your office to sign something, don't I?
rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: September 20th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
yup - preferably this month so I don't have to redate anything. Seth doesn't need to show up for this, just you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
how late is the office open?
rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: September 20th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
6 realistically
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can probably get there between 5:00 and 5:30 one day next week. (Monday or Tuesday, really, since Succos starts Wednesday). Failing that, I could probably get there close to 5 this coming Wednesday.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could keep it on the roof. No one would notice. Trust me. Just tell them its an early Christmas decoration, and see if they notice the difference. Doesn't Santa have 12 camels?


estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
13 camels if you count Corky, the red-snouted Camel.

Good idea, but is a camel too heavy for my roof? I'd be worried about the roof caving in.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
So set up a lawn display.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're one of those "out of the box" thinkers, aren't you? I can tell.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Makes me a great penetration tester.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would imagine so.
From: gittygiggles Date: September 20th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
camels spit though. you dont want an animal that spits!
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still loving that we have a piano, but I can't wait to have it tuned. In theory it will be tuned tomorrow.

Curious minds want to know: After you tune a piano, do you tune a piano?

I am not getting nearly enough email

Be careful what you wish for.

First day I had a migraine which sent me to bed right after the first shofar blasts. Boy did those ever hurt my head!

Me too: Nasty headache. At least you didn't have 50+ massed shofars, as we had (I don't know if you saw my posts on the HHD).

So now I have to wait until tonight to have ice cream, except that we stupidly agreed to meet Seth's mother for dinner at Max's which is meat, so somehow I have to figure out how to consume ice cream BEFORE dinner. hrm.

We learned a long time ago with the ACM '81 conference committee: Have dessert first. That way, you make sure you have room for it. However, if you are lactose-intolerant, than he likely got a non-dairy ice cream (soy-based). If so, why is there a restriction regarding meat, if it is a K-Parve ice cream?

Seth told me I can't have a camel...

Sorry, but I can't resist. If you can't have a camel, can you at least have a hump? (ba-dump-bump).

Beavers are pretty cute too,...

Hmmm, in juxtaposition with the last comment.... Headaches make one wierd.

MS Excel can be evil sometimes.

Any M$ software can be evil.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm all for more email. At least more email I can delete, but less email I can't make appear.

I think I might have been miserable with 50 massed shofarim. That's just wrong. That's almost as wrong as the football field full of bagpipers that my father once described to me from the Scottish Games... playing amazing grace. According to him it was the most amazing sight/sound ever. I find it very hard to believe. (this coming from a woman strange enough to actually LIKE bagpipes)

I am indeed lactose intolerant, but I was craving REAL ice cream. Had I wanted to settle for soy-based ice cream, I would not, as you point out, have needed to wait. But I wanted REAL ice cream (curses!). So I was planning to take a lot of lactaid and enjoy a few bites of ice cream. It takes me a long time to eat a pint of ice cream, and I pay dearly for it, but it's usually worth it.

I'm ignoring your double entendres.

And yes, it did occur to me that any MS software can be evil. But I was only having issues with Excel at that moment. But your statement is far more accurate.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I might have been miserable with 50 massed shofarim.

What was neat was that about 45 of the 50 were children. They evidently had a class last year. Think about the effect of that: learning to do shofar calls as a chld. That's something that will stick with you, and keep you coming back.

I'm ignoring your double entendres.

But that takes all the fun out of it :-(.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
But that takes all the fun out of it :-(.

Well, yeah, but I blush far too easily.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yeah, but I blush far too easily.

(1) That's why I came up with the "blushing" icon.

(2) Yes, but would Seth have blushed had you given him the response on the camel?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
very cute icon.
No, Seth doesn't blush very easily. He's too manly for that. Or something.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: September 20th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as the spacing goes, it's HTML, not LJ that you should be upset with.

Use the <pre> tag if you want to preserve spacing.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're the bestest!
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or you can forcibly insert &nbsp;. But remember the convention is that you don't need to double-space for proportionally-spaced text.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recognize that one convention is that you don't have to double space for proportionally spaced text (though I believe Chicago Manual of Style still mandates 2 spaces). However, I find it easier to read if there are two spaces. Therefore, I use two spaces.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think, if you do your posts with semagic instead of the web editor, there is an option available to change two spaces into non-breaking spaces. You also then have it saving drafts, so you don't lose things.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. I've used clients, but not semagic. I'll have to consider that. At home I use something on my mac, but can't remember what it is (drmellow recommended it, so he might know...maybe xjournal or something?). I'm pretty sure that when I use that it doesn't force the single space, now that you mention it.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: September 20th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. And it's a tough life to lead sometimes.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snicker*
cellio From: cellio Date: September 20th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have to put up the succah soon! When on earth are we going to find time for that??

Sunday? That's when I'm planning to tackle mine.

Ice cream: in the future, is tofutti an option? Or is that like offering a hamburger to satisfy a craving for filet mignon?

I have a theory that if I say my upper limit on budget is X dollars, that they will design me a kitchen that is amazingly exactly X dollars.

At best. The architects our synagogue recently hired for a remodelling job just came back with an estimate that was, ahem, rather higher than the figure we gave them. Granted, they said up front that we'd have to cut some things out of this plan, but you know deep down that they're hoping you'll say "well gee, it would be a shame to lose that; maybe we can raise the money". Sort of like when the realtor shows you uses that are 50% above your stated target "just so you'll know what's possible at the higher end of your range".

We still have a royal mess in our dining room, but it is STARTING to come together. Maybe by the time succos rolls around it'll be clean... We'll see.

Hey, soon you'll have a week during which you won't be using it for its stated purpose. That might give you a window in which to do something with it. :-)

If we have no place to keep a camel, where does he think we'll keep an elephant?

A neighbor's yard, obviously. What's the neighbor going to do, pick it up and leave it back on your doorstep?
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought you kept elephants in the refrigerator.

(and yes, this is the opening for a series of elephant jokes)
cellio From: cellio Date: September 20th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This obviously comes from someone who has never tried to stage meals for Yom Tov + Shabbat with guests coming. Who's got room for an elephant? :-)
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
This obviously comes from someone who has never tried to stage meals for Yom Tov + Shabbat with guests coming. Who's got room for an elephant? :-)

Nonsense. You put the elephant in the butter dish. Oh wait, can't mix meat and milk. Hmmmm. Perhaps the drawer for the deli meat?
cellio From: cellio Date: September 20th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You want to treif my deli drawer?

How about under the fridge instead? All that's down there is dustbunnies, and bunnies are already treif so who cares?
From: gittygiggles Date: September 20th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
our electrician was supposed to come wednesday and rescheduled for next tuesday. grrr! and he's upgrading the entire system to 200 amps and THEN has MORE work to do. GGGGGGRRRRRR I WANT MY DAIRY OVEN!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: September 20th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Walt woke up on the first morning of R"H with a migraine so bad he couldn't get out of bed (because he couldn't walk straight). Not good. I'm really, really glad I don't get those (bli ayin hara) -- sinus headaches are plenty bad enough.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: September 20th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still loving that we have a piano
So I forgot - do either of you play?

We have to put up the succah soon! When on earth are we going to find time for that??
No freaking kidding. We have friends who had a tradition of putting their up right after break-fast. They'd invite over a bunch of friends, feed them, then get lots of help raising their succah.

we are meeting Seth's mother for dinner. This all started as her wanting to "talk" to supposedly "make amends". Now she wants to make dinner out of it. Joy.
Well, Yom Kippur *is* coming up....

Nutria are very freaky
You know you made me look up what these things are. I'd never heard of them. They kind of remind me of an R.O.U.S.

Seth told me I can't have a camel
Camels are nasty animals - at least w/ a sheep you can get milk, cheese and/or wool for your troubles. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 20th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Yom Kippur *is* coming up....

Yes, it is. But we have the exact same conversation every year and it rarely ends in anything more than driving a larger wedge in the tenuous relationship we have with her. Tonight's conversation actually wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was much the same and did include the usual, "you don't call me enough and therefore I won't call you" business. While I respect her desire for teshuva and clean slates, there comes a point at which it is not constructive. I'm also not psychologically good at "clean slates." And frankly, despite her protestations to the contrary, neither is she. Fortunately, as I said, tonight was slightly better than usual.

As for the piano, Seth does not play. I play badly. Having spent three years as a music major, I took six semesters of keyboarding, but I sucked at it. My hope is to suck slightly less over time. Seth has also expressed an interested in learning to play. So yay for him.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: September 20th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess if you have a sheep, you can't put a linen blanket over it.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: September 21st, 2004 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
For the longest time I wanted a camel but Joel said no. He is so mean. He said we could get a pair of Al Paca (bleet) but I looked them up and they won't like our climate. I also want a Puffin but I would have to keep him or her frozen in the bathroom. That won't work either.


*Al paca are relatives of llama, and they're usually found living in the mountains of South America in large herds*
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 21st, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what al paca are! I have a friend who's parents own an al paca farm in Maine. Or maybe it's new hampshire. She brought me a small skein of al paca wool once. It's incredible. I must have more!!
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