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Sleep is for the weak. The happy, well-rested weak, but the weak, none-the-less.

Things are just too busy. I normally enjoy being busy, but this week is just too much. Monica and Dani are arriving Thursday night and I fear that my house will still be a disaster when they get here. Hopefully they won't mind. Friday is the Mammoth Purim Seudah (even in its scaled down version this year it's HUGE). Then Shabbos when the Feld/Pearlman clan will join Monica, Dani, Seth, & myself for lunch (total of 13). Haven't figured out when I'm cooking for that. More importantly, I haven't figured out WHAT I'm cooking for that other than a salmon. And I was thinking maybe quiche and salad and fruit. Leave it at that. I figure we'll be full enough from Friday, right? So I have to make the quiche. And the salmon. And the salad dressing. I'll do the celery salad unless anyone has any objections to nuts.

And then SUNDAY, the biggest pain in my tuchis will finally come to an END! The banquet is Sunday evening. Who's brilliant idea was it to hold a banquet two days after Purim? Oh, that's right. I was at the meeting and I said I didn't have any problem with the date. Little did I know. Darnit. I was up until about 1 doing banquet reservation stuff and placecards. I absolutely CANNOT wait until this whole thing is over and done with. How am I supposed to get it all done? Bleh.

And I'm sniffly. My allergies are getting really obnoxious. My nose hurts all the time. My throat hurts a LOT. My head hurts. Why? Oh yeah, it's officially Spring or some such crap. Yeah. Happy spring and stuff.

I can't wait until April. Except then that means all heck breaks lose as I prepare for Pesach. And I STILL don't know what our Pesach plans are. Our Pesach plans are ALWAYS set by now, pretty much.

I need to get something off my plate, but that's a ridiculous thing to say, since a lot of this will be off my plate, just by virtue of being done and over with by next week. So maybe I should just chill out until we get there.

Oh, and we're getting rid of Charlie. He peed on Julian's bed for the 3rd and final time. Fortunately, not the bed that Julian actually sleeps in. But still. A bed in Julian's room that Julian plays on if not sleeps. And now that perfectly good, perfectly useable bed is no longer good and is no longer useable and it is sitting in our garage until we figure out how to dispose of it. Suggestions are welcome.

There's a lot to say about the weekend, but there's too much to say and I have no idea if I'll ever get around to it, so here are some highlights:
  • Friday night Batya came over and she brought presents! It was so good to see her, we had a lovely, simple dinner (I didn't have the energy for more than that). I missed her when she was gone! For the record the menu was:
    • Garlic Roast Chicken, salad (with tomato, cucumber, spring onions, and avacado), garlic mashed potatoes, gravy!, and um, oh yeah, mushroom barley soup was the first course. Oh, and fruit salad for dessert.
    • In the spirit of Friday night dinner tradition, I forgot to serve the apple kugel. For the second week in a row. Darnit!
  • Saturday we had beckyfeld and her parents over for lunch. Becky's mother can't eat wheat, so I did my best to avoid too much wheat at the table. I also avoided any cooking for the meal because I was just too hectic last week. So I relied on a lot of store-bought things. I made a green salad (same as Friday night, for the most part), and chicken salad, but also served store bought wild rice thingy, cucumber salad, marinated mushrooms, and cold cuts. It was actually quite a nice meal. And I served the forgotten kugel.
  • Also on Saturday, Julian and I went for a long walk and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Especially him.
  • Sunday bodnej, Mrs. bodnej, and Jack came over in the morning so we could exchange Chanukkah presents. Yeah, from last Chanukkah. We're THAT behind. We suck. But at least we finally did exchange gifts!
  • After the Bodnej's came, Seth's classmate Darren came over. He's a great guy and it was good to see him.
  • Finally, I went with leahmiriam to see gittygiggles and her new baby, Red. No, Red isn't his real name. It's temporary until tomorrow's bris. A good time was had by all.

Anyway, that was the bulk of the weekend. The rest of it was spent doing, um, other stuff, largely banquet related.

Oh, the other day I got myself into a real pishing contest in an anti-circumcision debate. It wasn't pretty.

DUH! I almost forgot the most important part! I have pictures partially posted, though I haven't posted the pictures of Red yet. Go check them out:

http://homepage.mac.com/karen_cohen/PhotoAlbum12.html
http://homepage.mac.com/karen_cohen/PhotoAlbum13.html

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From: gittygiggles Date: March 21st, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
tahnk you for coming!!! i really appreciated it! we had siena's for dinner and mac ncheese for breakfast :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic. I'm glad you got to eat the sienna's. Sorry it was probably cold. Did I remember to bring the mini-pizza stone to you?
From: gittygiggles Date: March 21st, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
CRAP! i forgot to give you the star of david shaped plate! gah! i even looked at it and thought "gotta remember to give it to karen!" anyway. yes you remembered teh pizza stone.

it doesn't matter if it was cold! taht's what microwaves are for! and even ASHER ate a whole peice and he's nota pizza person!
From: gittygiggles Date: March 21st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
and ps, i dont understand why ppl who dont have to circ for religion would do it at all.....
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: March 21st, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sleep is for the weak. The happy, well-rested weak, but the weak, none-the-less.

Tell me about it. Q's back to work, so last weekend we both had much less sleep than usual. I was up for around 24 hours straight three times in a row.

My allergies are getting really obnoxious.

Are you taking anything for them?

Oh, the other day I got myself into a real pishing contest in an anti-circumcision debate. It wasn't pretty.

My friend Lori refused to disclose whether or not she and her husband intended to have their baby circumsized if it was a boy, just because she'd seen (and been subjected to) a number of "pishing contests". The point turned out to be moot, since she had a daughter (and isn't Islamic). Q and I took about a minute to decide what we were going to do.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tell me about it.

It's oh-so-tempting to go into a long description, but instead I'll simply say, "My sympathies."

Are you taking anything for them?

Allegra. I used to do allergy shots, but ceased being able to make it to Bethesda once a week by 4pm for allergy shots. So now I just suffer. Not that the shots did a lot of good for me... But I didn't take them for very long.

Q and I took about a minute to decide what we were going to do.

I'm all for your friend Lori's answer. For us, there is no decision process. It just is what it is.

allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: March 21st, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's oh-so-tempting to go into a long description, but instead I'll simply say, "My sympathies."

I could have gone into a lot more detail; but since you've also got a young 'un, I figured it wasn't necessary.

The allergy shots do take time -- I've been getting them for over four years now (they were weekly to begin with, then biweekly; now I just get them once a month). This will probably be my last year; at least, that's what they said.

Claritin has been a life-safer ever since my allergies became unbearable; I still take it when things are particularly bad.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I know the allergy shots take time, but trekking up to Bethesda ceased being an option. What I need to do is fine a more conveniently located allergist.

Claritin doesn't seem to do much for me, but Allegra definitely does something. I spend a lot of time thinking the Allegra is useless, but on days when I've forgotten to take it... MISERY!
From: lola100 Date: March 21st, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow - hearing about what you have to do makes me feel a little better about my hectic schedule. I don't know how you do it!

And, call me weak - I think I got about 8 hours of sleep last night - and I'm still tired!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing is I FEEL like I waste so much time. And I do! I could get so much more accomplished if I could keep my focus. And I'd get more sleep if I'd manage my time better.

SIGH.
From: lola100 Date: March 21st, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have to make LISTS. People think I'm nuts, but I am a big time list maker. I just made a list of what extra things I need to do each night this week to have everything ready for purim.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you're nuts. I have lists for everything. I'll give you an example:

Every Monday morning when I get to work, I make a list of the work related things I need to accomplish by Friday.

Each morning when I get to work, I map out my day with the 3 most important things left on my list.

During my so-called lunch hour (I rarely take lunch), I make a list of all the things I need to accomplish that night.

When a holiday is coming up, I start making lists for it weeks in advance.

The issue isn't know what I need to accomplish. The issue is that even though I know I have work to do, sometimes I can't do anything but sit on the couch and contemplate my toenails.
From: lola100 Date: March 21st, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh - that's bad. I can't relax until everything on the list is done. It drives my husband crazy sometimes - especially if I need his help with something on the list. He's more of a procrastinator. He wants to relax first and do later. I need to do first and relax later. I can't really relax if I don't do first.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not even sure it's procrastination at this point. I think it's that I feel overwhelmed right now and can't contemplate doing anything. The time that I spend sititng on the couch contemplating my toenails isn't particularly relaxing. In fact, I don't really contemplate my toenails, I sit there thinking about all the things I need to accomplish.

I'm like you at heart, in that, I really can't relax until it's all done, but lately... it's just not happening.
From: lola100 Date: March 21st, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, like you said - it's almost over, then you can get back to normal. I hate when things get out of hand like that :(
hopeness From: hopeness Date: March 21st, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, you are impressively busy.

Thank you for sharing the pics. My heart always melts at little boys in kippot, which is funny, because 5 years ago I didn't know what one was!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just wish I could manage my time better. Then I wouldn't feel so busy because I wouldn't waste so much time and then I'd not be rushing at the last minute all the time.
cellio From: cellio Date: March 21st, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please don't stress over our visit. It'll be fine, I'm sure. And it turns out we can't fit an entire to-scale chess set for Seth's office into the car, so no worries about extra stuff to squeeze in. :-)

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's not a chance that Seth's office will be re-tiled before you get here. What I'm stressed about is getting the bathroom retiled. No one should have to use a bathroom as ugly as that!

By the way, I guestimated that you'd be to our place around 11, give or take. Does that sound about right?
cellio From: cellio Date: March 21st, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's not a chance that Seth's office will be re-tiled before you get here.

Hence the temptation to decorate for the red-and-black floor. :-)

No one should have to use a bathroom as ugly as that!

Hey, in the morning (that is, pre-caffeine), I'm unlikely to notice the decor -- especially as I don't put my glasses on until after I've had a chance to wash my face. Dani, however, is on his own.

By the way, I guestimated that you'd be to our place around 11, give or take.

That seems about right to me. We'll call from the road if it looks like that's going to be significantly wrong in either direction.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: March 21st, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
>> Oh, the other day I got myself into a real pishing contest in an anti-circumcision debate. It wasn't pretty.

Eek. Those are scary. I don't envy you that.

On another note entirely, Julian is such a delicious little boy. I'm so glad you post the pictures because they are just so adorable.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 21st, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to restrain myself with regards to picture posting because he's just so darned cute and extremely photogenic!
From: have_inner_lady Date: March 21st, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

how to get rid of a mattress

If you don't have the appropriate vehicle to drive it to a dump, find a day you can be home when the refuse collection happens. Then go out and offer the people $10 to take the mattress too.

Or do it the legit way and call bulk trash services... if you have such, which you almost certainly do.
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