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Shabbos
Friday Night
We had a very nice dinner on Friday. I delivered meals to the Felds (with lots of help from leahmiriam) and to the Friedmans and then came home and finished the last minute (and I mean very last minute) things for our dinner before racing to light candles. We had 10 people, including us: Nigel (the "guest of honor" so to speak), Elisheva, A guy who's name I can't spell, Michal Leah (Chanoch's sister), Bea, Keeley, Jo & Cary. Julian even stayed awake for kiddush, washing, and hamotzi. He was absolutely adorable. When we sat down he yelled out excitedly, "Kiddush!" and he gave enthusiastic "Ameins" in all the right places (though sometimes a tiny bit delayed which made us all giggle, which made Julian giggle, which kept us giggling, and so on). He was very excited about washing and said *most* of the bracha for netilas yadayim (he gets bored by the time we get to the end of a bracha, so he really only says the beginning).

I served: fish fritters with garlic tofu dip hummus and carrots, Roasted Tomato Soup (YUM YUM YUMMY YUM!) 3 chickens (could have just done 2) cut up and marinated before baking, BBQ beef (the reason I did 3 chickens was I didn't expect to have enough BBQ beef to keep some AND give a meal to the Friedmans, but I did have enough), rice (I didn't forget!), potato kugel, arugula salad (with strawberries, mango, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a sweet balsamic vinagrette), marinated tomato salad, Orzo salad (from Shalom's...I didn't make this), and, um, that's probably it. Dessert consisted of: Chocolate Cake (from Shalom's), Vanilla Meringues, jelly beans, sunkist fruit gems, and sweet kumquats in syrup (YUCK).

There wasn't as much leftover as you might think. Seriously.

Nigel bought me a really awesome cookbook, which was very sweet of him. It's HUGE! (and he gave Seth a nice bottle of scotch, or so I'm told. I've not seen it). We had good dinner conversation except at one point I realized that it had degenerated to a political discussion. Political debates are forbidden at my shabbos table. They simply become too controversial and people have such strong opinions that it's a recipe for tension. Generally speaking the food came out well, though the chicken was overcooked and the rice could have been moister (I'd cooked it Thursday night and just reheated it... I added a little water while reheating it, but not enough)

Saturday
Saturday I awoke with a horrendous migraine. It did not relent until mid-morning Sunday and I am NOT happy about this. If it hadn't been for the fact that I had to run the Torah Time group for the kids, I would have asked Seth to stay home with Julian because I literally could barely stand. Ugh. Seth told me not to go, but I couldn't just not show... all the parents that brought kids for Torah time would have found an unpleasant surprise. Anyway, Torah Time was not a complete disaster, but I was not feeling fabulous. The thing about having had migraines for so long is that I can ignore a migraine enough to be functional for exactly as long as I need to... but I pay for it later. And pay for it I did. Once we were done with Torah Time, I brought Julian upstairs, ate a piece of kugel at the kiddush and then I left. I stayed on the couch until Seth and Julian came home (not to long after I did) so that I could tell Seth what there was for lunch. Then I went to bed. Julian and Seth did too, shortly thereafter. I napped for three hours (until Julian woke up), stood up, realized that I was still completely non-functional, changed Julian's diaper, poked Seth and made him get up, and then fell back aleep until 6pm when Seth left for Mincha. Ugh. Julian was bouncing off walls and BEGGING to go outside. I realized that I could listen to him whine about it, which was going to hurt my head, or I could take him for a walk, which was going to hurt my head but at least one of us would be happy. So Julian and I walked down to Chez Feld to return Aaron's plus Torah and hung out there until Shabbos was over.

There's more to tell about the weekend, but I'll post separately about that.

Current Mood: calm calm

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bluejeanjexy From: bluejeanjexy Date: October 31st, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Michal Leah is my mom's name.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
and a lovely name it is.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: November 1st, 2005 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear about the headaches. No fun.

Migraines have the worst timing. I usually get them on Shabbos. My Kollel classes are held in a builiding with horrendous florescent lighting, and that can trigger them too. I've taken to wearing a hat with a wide brim to class, just to keep the light from making me want to crawl under a table and cry.

How old is Julian? He sounds like he's just about my daughter's age. She turned 2 on June 17th (kinehora).

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get migraines 4-5 days a week, so there's no good timing. Shabbos is actually about the best time for me to get them because at least usually I don't have to be functional.

Julian is a little younger than your daughter. He turned two in the middle of September. It's a great age, though I could live with slightly fewer temper tantrums.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: November 1st, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's such a cutie! Is it too soon to start talking about a shidduch? ;-)

Wow, 4 or 5 days a week. I'd kill myself. Are you taking any medications for them? I take Depakote daily to help minumise the occurances, and then I have to give myself a shot of Imitrex once a migraine actually takes hold. Sometimes two shots. You know you head really hurts when you are *looking forward* to jabbing a needle into your thigh.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was getting migraines 6 days a week because nothing worked to prevent them (things tend to work for a while and then stop working... I've been through a LOT of treatments). So several years ago I started taking Depakote. And it's a miracle drug. I went down to 3-4 a month. And I gained a LOT of weight. A LOT. But I was pain free. However, because I've been trying to get pregnant, I can't take it. I used to take it two weeks on, two weeks off (e.g. when I knew there was no possibility I could get pregnant vs. when there was the vaguest possibility, even if remote and unlikely, that it could happen), but that wasn't helping enough. My new doctor doesn't want me taking it AT ALL. So I have nothing for prevention right now.

I can't take Imitrex (nor any of the triptans, actually). I was one of the first people to take Imitrex when it came out, but I had horrifying side effects, chest pains, and so on. Plus, it made the pain worse. All triptans (even the new ones) do that to me. And, since I get hemoplegic migraines, I can't take the triptans anymore anyway (they're contraindicated for hemoplegic migraines, stroke, etc.).

So I get codeine. Which doesn't help. Codeine and Aleve together dull the pain. Vicodin dulls the pain, but convincing a doctor to prescribe it is like pulling teeth.

So I've been completely off Depakote for 3 months. The last time I stopped taking Depakote, I was getting 6 migraines a week almost immediately. For a while this time around, I wasn't getting them so often, but they were REALLY hard to get rid of and the severity was quite high. I had hopes that the frequency wouldn't bounce back up also, but I seem to have been wrong. I'm up to 4-5 a week. It's NO FUN.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 2nd, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I'm surprised you still take injectible Imitrex. Have you tried the pill or the nasal spray? The nasal spray is supposed to be even more fast-acting and effective as the injectible. Neither the pill nor the spray were available when I took Imitrex. Also, since they work for you, there are a lot of good newer Triptan-class medications out there. I don't know what the newest ones are, but a few years ago I tried Migranal (but still had the yucky side effects, so it was out). Seth could get me a list of the triptan class drugs if you want me to.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: November 3rd, 2005 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
The pills don't work so well for me, and I haven't tried the nasal spray yet. I'd like to check it out, though. Any info you could send me would be great.

rivkasmom AT earthlink DOT net

Thanks!
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: November 1st, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope your headache feels better soon! Migranes = boo!

Can I ask you a weird question? If you have meat for dinner, how is it that you can have chocolate cake for dessert? I've noticed that several other Orthodox people have said they had chocolate for dessert on Shabbos after eating meat...is there a non-dairy kind of chocolate I don't know about? Hmm.
I'm only asking because I would love to find a way to enjoy chocolate at every possible moment!:)
magid From: magid Date: November 1st, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's lots of non-dairy chocolate options. Most plain cocoa, for instance, is non-dairy, and some baking chocolate, also some kosher brands of eating chocolate. Currently, Dunkin Hines cake mixes are non-dairy, though apparently they're changing to be dairy soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dairy duncan hines products are starting to show up on shelves now. :(
magid From: magid Date: November 1st, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
In case it's useful: one-bowl, pareve, vegan (but not for celiacs) chocolate cake.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: November 1st, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! Thank you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
chocolate is not in and of itself dairy. cocoa powder, which is really what you use in chocolate cake, is pareve. The real hard part, actually is the icing.

At any rate, this chocolate cake was purchased from a pareve bakery. You'd be shocked at the things that can be made in pareve versions. Seriously.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: November 1st, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently! Oh, I'm so glad that there is such a thing as pareve chocolate!:) Mmmmm! Thank you!
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: November 1st, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tofutti chocolate "ice cream" is very good, and parve. I found out that the inventor of the Tofutti line of non-dairy-parve-tofu stuff is an Orthodox Jew. He must really like his desserts!

"Better than Sourcream" Tofutti is great mixed with parve ranch dressing mix. Finally, a creamy parve salad dressing. :-D

real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: November 2nd, 2005 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Nothing wrong with liking desserts!:)

Mmm! Thank you so much for the good news!
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