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what to say...what to say...
I feel the need to update, though frankly I don't really have the time, and I don't even have anything in particular I wanted to say, but I always think that, but come up with plenty of random tidbits eventually, right? So we'll see.
  • I've got new pictures of Julian up. Does anyone know if there's a way that I can make a 1st page with my .mac account so that I can have a page that lists the albums, rather than having to link directly to an album? I know this must be possible, but I'm a moron, and I haven't had the time to really go and try to figure it out.
  • I want a new sheitel, but I'm also cheap and lazy, so I think it won't happen for a while.
  • Seth and I went to Home Depot last night. That was our "date" for the week. Or maybe for the month. We haven't been on a date in a while now that I think about it. We got a babysitter and everything.
    • We bought peel-n-stick tile for the TV room and office in the basement. I'll try and get that done next week.
    • We bought wallpaper for the kitchen. I want nothing to do with hanging it. I hereby nominate sethcohen to do it, since he's, um, fuzzy, and um, tall. Right. Those are fine reasons. :-D
    • We got some new keys made and also bought a cipher-lock spare key holder-thingy. This will help prevent me from locking myself out of the house, which I'm prone to doing. This will also help us with regard to carrying keys on shabbos if the eruv is down. Now we won't have to figure it out. Not that there's usually anything to figure out since it's rare that I make it to shul.
    • We bought, um, I can't remember what else. Anyway, we almost bought a new kitchen sink, which I really, really, really want and I'm sort of sorry we didn't get it. :(

  • The air conditioning guy came today to lay out exactly what will be done and when and it looks like he can do all the interior installation starting next week and expects it to take a week and a half. Pretty impressive. So I'm looking forward to having central air.
    • So what I'm wondering is whether it makes sense to take out the radiators. Taking them out will be a big pain and leave a big mess. We won't need the radiators since we'll have a heat pump. But I'm not seriously keen on messes we don't need. On the other hand, a couple of the radiators are in places where it would be nice to be able to put furniture. So I'm wondering if it's really feasible to remove a radiator or two. Have any of you ever done it?

  • Julian has started a queer thing... every night (with rare exception) for the last couple of weeks, has thrown up his supper. Only his supper. Never his breakfast, snack, lunch, or snack. Just supper. And it doesn't matter how much he eats, or how fast he eats it, or when we give it to him, or what he eats, or whether he's had anything to drink, or how tired he is, or anything. There is no rhyme or reason to it. We generally feed him breakfast and supper. His nanny feeds him lunch. He never does it to the nanny and never does it for breakfast. And even on the weekend when we feed him all his meals, there is no vomiting. He doesn't seem to be choking (and if he was that would be odd, since it happens EVERY night no matter what we feed him). It happened one night when ALL I gave him was applesauce and milk. It happened last night when he'd had eggs and crackers. I called Ellen to ask her advice (she's been a doctor for 20-odd years and has five kids, so she's sort of like an expert), and she was stumped. She thought it was very odd. He's not gagging himself...he's not sticking his fingers down his throat or anything. And the fact that it's ONLY supper (which is NOT the only meal we feed him ourselves), is really weird. But it happens every night. Ellen said since he's growing and eating otherwise he's probably fine, but it's worth checking with his pediatrician. He's got an appointment on the 14th, so I'l call them tomorrow, but she thinks it can probably wait until his regularly scheduled check up. It's only 2 weeks. But then I think ONLY TWO WEEKS? Two weeks of cleaning up PUKE? Ewie. So I'm a little torn, but on the other hand, I don't think it's any big crisis. Just gross is all. I thought maybe he had reflux, but it's a little strange for him to show his FIRST signs of that now and not earlier. Plus, why would it only be confined to supper? Weirdness.
  • Um….
  • Shabbos planning has begun. The house isn’t quite as much of a disaster right now as it usually is by Wednesday, so hopefully the cleaning part won’t be so bad. I didn’t make my kugel Monday OR Tuesday because I was out Monday and Tuesday was Home Depot night. So kugel tonight. And I have to buy a brisket. But I can mostly cook that tomorrow. And I have to figure out dessert. Who has any good pareve dessert ideas?

I guess that’s it for now..I should, after all, get some more work done and get outta here. Did you make it through the whole thing? I’m impressed if you did. And if you didn’t, well, you’re obviously not a loyal reader. :-D

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: March 2nd, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 2nd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just trying to think of something to say.
From: gittygiggles Date: March 2nd, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
We bought peel-n-stick tile for the TV room and office in the basement. I'll try and get that done next week.

careful with that...we have it and it looks horrible
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 2nd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It really depends on the tile. And frankly, ANYTHING is an improvement over black and red checkered tile from the 1970s. This tile is fine. We have used peel-n-stick tile in the past and this will be no different. You have to be careful to install it properly, and you have to not pick out butt-ugly tile, but it will otherwise be fine.
From: gingy Date: March 2nd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I volunteer to help with the wallpaper. I'm not tall, but I've got a longer reach than some people whose journal this is.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You're hired. I'll watch the little one while you do all the hard work. :)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
You don't have to do wallpaper... you already volunteered to help put drywall up in the attic, and we plan to take you up on it. :)
cellio From: cellio Date: March 2nd, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

parve desserts

Fruit-based desserts work well -- apple crisp, fruit (or fruit compote) over angel-food cake, just plain fruit.

Many cakes work well parve and are easy. Continuing the fruit theme, applesauce cake is easy.

Cookies, of course, but they take more time than the other options and I assume you're looking for something quick. (Err, just to clarify the first paragraph, you buy the angel-food cake.)

Is any of this working for you?
xiphias From: xiphias Date: March 2nd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've removed radiators. We've got steam heat, and we've only removed SOME radiators. Well, actually, we got a plumber to do it. A radiator is, at one level of abstraction, just a big fancy pipe cap. So the plumber replaced two radiators (which were in areas of the house that didn't need to be heated) with pipe end caps. And the rest of the heating system was unaffected.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: March 2nd, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Julian gots a hair cut!

I make a very impressive "Mandarin Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake" which is pareve. It's like a pound cake. And if you don't like orange you can make it a plain ol' marble cake.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
He did, indeed. It's the silliest hair cut ever, but at least we won't have to get it cut for a long, long, long, log time.

I love orange, so send me your recipe! :)
magid From: magid Date: March 3rd, 2005 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

pareve dessert

chocolate cake that's mix and bake.

Or, like Cellio suggested, fruit-based desserts. Crumbles are easy with frozen fruit, pies with frozen crusts.

Butterscotch brownies? Regular brownies? Tofutti and toppings?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: pareve dessert

Yeah, I was thinking about an apple pie, but didn't want to make a pie crust. I could do it with a frozen crust and a crumble top, I suppose.

The chocolate cake looks yummy. I'll think about it for next time. This week time is starting to run short and it's looking like it might be another snickerdoodle dessert.

Can you make pareve butterscotch brownies?
And I made regular brownies last week (and I could do it again, since it's easy), but yeah, brownies always work.

Thanks for the suggestions.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: March 3rd, 2005 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It may be psychological, but let's assume not for a moment.

A few thoughts -

Is he running about much before or after?
How hot is the room?
Is he having a warm bath around that time?
Is he in warm pajamas?
Is he laying down right after eating?
Is he sitting funny during or after eating?

Take a close look at what he's doing before and after.

With regular vomiting it can help to go to simple food for a while (like crackers and water). May not help, but then again, it's not as smelly as some foods are to clean up.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
All good thoughts. In order:
1. He certainly runs around before (and after), but no more than he does during the day. Also, he throws up while he's still in his high chair, so I don't think any after-activities are the problem.
2. Room is normal temp. Seth can't stand hot rooms, so they're usually pretty mild.
3. He has his warm bath after dinner, not before.
4. He's usually in his regular playclothes
5. Not laying down right after eating.
6. Sitting the same way he always does in the chair. He's in the highchair, so there's not a lot of creativity possible in terms of sitting positions.

There were a couple nights in a row where I just gave him plain crackers and water, but he still threw up. I've tried NOT giving him anything to drink with dinner (we thought at first it was because he sucked his milk down too fast, so we tried water, then we tried no drink...none of that made a difference).

It's just the weirdest thing ever. Good poing about the crackers and water being less smelly to clean up.
From: lola100 Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read the whole thing!!

For parve desserts:
Parve cheese cake - the best recipe I've ever tasted.
Warm chocolate chip pie with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Chocolate mousse pie. ( But this is messy and time consuming needs 2 bowls and a pot and doesn't taste as good as the other 2).

If you want recipes let me know - AND - you still didn't get me your broccoli kugel recipe!

Also - are you trying the cholent this week?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh crud. I forgot about the broccoli kugel recipe. Do you have the Spice & Spirit Cookbook? The big purple cookbook. It's at the bottom of the first page of kugels, I think. I think it's "creamy broccoli kugel". I don't follow the recipe exactly, but that's what I started with.

And yes, I want RECIPES! Especially for the pareve cheese cake. I'm trying to figure out how that's POSSIBLE!
magid From: magid Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)


I just added you to my reading list; I've been enjoying reading your posts when I found them on friendsfriends... I hope you don't mind.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 3rd, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ps

Gosh, I'm flattered. I'm always surprised when people randomly decide they like my posts... I don't find them very interesting at all! ;)
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