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some people have a way with words....other people, um...thingy
So I'm waiting for a call back from my doctor's office confirming that a "return to work" authorization is waiting for me. Sigh. This is so phenomenally stupid. How many pieces of paper need to have this information on it? I know that they're protecting their own liability in case, G-d forbid something happened to me on the job because I returned against medical advice. But still.

I need to get better at explaining myself quickly, and (more importantly) concisely. I think I use too many words to express myself sometimes. People like doctors don't like to take that much time to talk to people. Sigh. Oh, and my husband has an incredibly ecclectic vocabulary. I finally stumped him with "lugubrious," but it's rare that I ask him what a word means and he has to look it up.

I watched "My Fair Lady" after work yesterday. I was half-awake for it, but it's still one of my favorites regardless of my level of consciousness.

Our house is a wreck, but they say it has to get worse before it gets better, right? Please say it's true! Really, it's only a few steps away from being presentable, but we've got boxes everywhere. This really is the part of Pesach I'm not so fond of.

Speaking of Pesach, I'm getting a little worried. It's only 2 weeks away and I haven't even THOUGHT about the kitchen yet. And shopping? Hah! Now, it happens that we're lucky this year because Wed night through Saturday motzei shabbos, we'll be staying with friends. So I don't have to worry about meal planning for four days and certainly not for a seder, which is fantabulous. But what about the rest of the week? Sigh. This would be easier to think about if at least part of my kitchen were clean.

Also, I need to figure out a better way to cover the counters this year. Two years ago, we used Aluminum foil (I know, it's a weird choice), which had the lovely advantage of coming off easily (it was taped, obviously, in a variety of places, but at least the majority of it wasn't stuck to the counter). It had many disadvantages too, such as being prone to tears (fortunately, I used multiple layers for exactly that reason), not being especially economical, and also that water seeped under one part of it where the tape wasn't tightly sealed enough.

Last year, we used the ever-popular contact paper, but you know, that was a real pain in the tuchis. Water STILL seeped under it (which makes me question whether it's doing it's job in the first place), AND it was an extremely difficult thing to get off the counter.

A friend of mine used shower curtains that she cut up into sizes to fit atop the countertop last year...but this has two problems: 1. it only covered the surface of the counter top, not the splashboard or front (as well as not covering the bits of countertop around the sink and the like) and 2. do I really want to take all that time to cut them into appropriately sized shapes? Ick. I mean, it LOOKED neat and was easy to clean AND remove, but it seems like maybe too much trouble.

Anyway, enough of my babbling. I'm going to go be, uh, productive, or, um, thingy.

Current Mood: mellow mellow

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jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: April 2nd, 2003 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

I finally stumped him with "lugubrious,"

I know what that means! And I'd tell you, except you just rung my doorbell! See you in a minute...
drmellow From: drmellow Date: April 2nd, 2003 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Why do you have to cover the countertops?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 2nd, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

The short answer is because "chometz" (leavened food) has come in contact with the countertops. It's actually pretty rare for me to put food directly on my countertops since I don't have enough counterspace to have separate counters for meat and dairy. But it's been known to happen, even if only accidentally. (plus, the people who owned the house before us didn't keep kosher)

If my countertops were made of a material that I could kasher (e.g. stainless steel or granite), it would be a whole different ball of wax. However, my countertops are formica, so they have to be covered.

The long answer is, well, longer than that. So if you want more info, you know how to reach me!
drmellow From: drmellow Date: April 2nd, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
The short answer is what I needed for now. I'm somewhat familiar with the basics of the long answer, but I couldn't leap from what I understood of the long answer to why you needed to cover the counter. It all makes sense now. Maybe I'll pick your brain about the long answer when I see you on my northern visit next month.
From: bodnej Date: April 3rd, 2003 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're coming up north...

and you didn't tell us! That's OK, we still love you, anyway.

-jon
drmellow From: drmellow Date: April 3rd, 2003 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're coming up north...

I'm planning on telling you guys soon. I'm still working out the kinks and plans and didn't want to ask you to reserve a week for me at this point....

Short story is that the training I was supposed to do last year has been rescheduled for the week after Memorial Day. More details to follow.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2003 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're coming up north...

Shorter story is that Jon could have found out if he'd been reading your journal. Tee hee.

Plus, I did tell him!
drmellow From: drmellow Date: April 4th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're coming up north...

Ha!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 4th, 2003 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're coming up north...

:-P
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: April 3rd, 2003 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Not only is it eclectic, it is extensive

I play the part of the palliard, but I caused my vocabulary to become engorged at a young age by voratious consumption of reading materials.
yermie From: yermie Date: April 3rd, 2003 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not only is it eclectic, it is extensive

Ho Lothario. Be not so loquacious that you overlook the effusive variants of various terminology available to the resourceful tome peruser. Perchance research options in the lexicons available at the local folio repository.

Or maybe I read the dictionary too much....
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: April 3rd, 2003 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not only is it eclectic, it is extensive

...or you remember it too well. Needless to say, your wife and/or parents must be very proud of your linguistic capacity.

Did you know the seekret identity of allah_sulu?
yermie From: yermie Date: April 3rd, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not only is it eclectic, it is extensive

Yes, except when playing Scrabble...

Nope, didn't know who he was. Still don't. (well, ok, I think I remember meeting him at your wedding, but there were quite a few people there... ) But, the official answer is: Of course. I know everything. About everyone.

But of course, you knew that. :)
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: April 3rd, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not only is it eclectic, it is extensive

No worries. Since you'd been in his physical presence, I thought perhaps you would know him if you saw him.

I suck at Scrabble, and Scrabble-type games. A failing of mine, but one that I can live with.
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