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sundry stuff
  • I'm really ticked about the termites because this wouldn't have been our responsibility to deal with had my realtor not screwed up the contract in the first place. We didn't find out until closing that she had (oopsie!) accidentally voided the termite clause in the contract. We couldn't walk away because we'd closed on the house we were selling earlier that day, plus we would have lost our deposit (which was quite significant)
  • I've discovered the world's greatest exercise videos: The Wiggles! They are quite amazing workouts if you do all the dances along with them. Holy Schmoly! They *hurt*!
  • My building (along with several others) was evacuated mid-day yesterday because of a water main break. No bathrooms=no building to work in. Probably cost the taxpayers a lot of money. I'm definitely old if I'm thinking that.
  • I had mikveh duty on Monday. It occured to me that sometimes I find myself wondering how I got roped into doing it in the first place. Ultimately, it doesn't matter; I wouldn't give up doing it. For no matter how much I question my own frumkeit, this is one way that I can help other women fulfill their own mitzvos. So at least I have *that* connection, even when nothing else seems to be clicking.
  • It's going to cost about $500 to treat (read: kill) the termites. That's not including fixing any of the damage they've already done. ARGH!
    • Did I mention that the termites are pretty disgusting? I walked in on a swarm, yes a swarm of them in the laundry room Thursday. That's how I found out about the stupid things. I hate them!

  • I'm not being productive enough. This is not good.
  • My eye lid hurts. No, not my eyelid. The lid on my eye. That hurts. A lot. It feels like a scratch, but it isn't. It hurts like a *bleepity bleep*.
  • Julian is a bouncy ball o' fun. He loves to bounce on my bed, throw the pillows over the side, bounce some more, giggle, throw himself down and cocoon under the covers, and get up and bounce again. Unfortunately, this morning all that bouncing didn't agree with the milk he'd had to drink when he woke up, so he threw up all over my comforter and the clothes I'd just dressed him in. Then, of course, he was sad, so he wanted a hug. So *I* had to change clothes even though I was just about ready for work until then. Ick. Poor bouncy baby.
  • I had other things to say, but I can't remember any of them anymore.
  • Pesach cleaning is ... slow. And boring. And every time I start something, it seems like I get distracted, or I have to re-do it for some reason or whatever. So I've got a couple of rooms done, but I think I can basically count on doing this all Tuesday night. Whoo hoo.
  • I'm in desperate need of inspiration for shabbos dinner. HELP! MUST COOK TOMORROW. I'm scared because of last week's failure, which is stupid because I've done HOW many successful shabbos meals and I only failed once? Still. Feeling uninspired.
  • I am not a domestic goddess anymore. Bleh.
  • Central Air Conditioning is being installed this week. Pretty nifty. I'm so happy. I hope the A/C guys don't turn up any more termite nests. That would make me sad. And mad. But not glad.
  • I think I may actually be delirious.
  • The Washington Nationals open their season tomorrow. Incredible.
  • Dry Cleaners down here all suck. Well, that's probably not true. All the ones we've tried (4) near us are evil.
  • I do not keep cholov yisroel. I am not writing this to invite anyone to tell me why I should keep it or how much more fulfilled my life would be if I did. I'm merely providing some background to the following: I'm eating a couple Hershey's Miniatures. I picked up a miniature that is labelled just like a regular Hershy's bar, except it's a light brown and gold wrapper instead of dark brown and silver of a traditional plain hershey's bar. The one in the special wrapper says "Milk Chocolate with Peanuts." Nifty, says I. Normally I don't like peanuts mixed with chocolate, but I like Mr. Goodbar's, so maybe I'll like this one. Wait a minute. What's a Mr. Goodbar? Oh let's check the label. It says "Peanuts in Milk Chocolate." What the heck is the difference between the two?????? Weird.
  • I guess I had more to say than I thought.

Good bye.

Current Mood: amused pretty darned good

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stone_ From: stone_ Date: April 13th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hot Potato doesn't seem like the most energetic dance =]

Your eyelid thing might be a sty, I had one of those a while ago.

galads_forest and I are making Armenian Squash Lamb stew for Shabbat dinner. We is excited. It's really pachkadik, but really awesome.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
it is a sty, I think. But it's teeney tiny itty bitty. And there are two of them. And it's on the eyelid, whereas I'm used to getting stys on the corner of my eye. It's weird. And it hurts like *BLEEP*. Ouch. I didn't know if people would know what a sty is, which is why I didn't specify. I should have remembered that my LJ friends are smarter than my coworkers. Ahem.

Okay, Hot Potato isn't. But there are LOTS of exhausting dances that they do.

I want to hear more about this stew!!!
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From: gingy Date: April 13th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone else I know also went home due to a water break yesterday. I like you better, though.

If I could come help you cook, I would. Or clean. Is it okay for me to help for Pesach? I don't know all your rules.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
you've got a baby human to take care of. Yes, it's okay for you to help for Pesach. But I'm just not organized enough yet to even know what to do. I don't know why I can't get my head screwed on straight this year.
From: gingy Date: April 13th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because YOU have a baby human this year, and you haven't before!
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
To the realtor, $500 might be little enough to be worth preserving a reputation. You won't know if you don't ask, though. ("You made this mistake that's costing us $500 to fix, not counting the damage done to the structure itself. Would you like me to tell all my house-buying friends about the mistake or about how you hastened to make good on it?")

I'm in desperate need of inspiration for shabbos dinner. HELP! MUST COOK TOMORROW.

I'm using this Shabbat to get rid of my last frozen pie crust by making a salmon pie for lunch. I can't remember, but breadcrumbs might be relevant in the filling and I've still got a few of those. Bonus!

I don't know what I'm making for dinner yet. It might involve stuffing.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It might be, but I doubt it. She's a sweet, well-intentioned person. But unfortunately, she's also an idiot, which we discovered a little too late. She, I'm sure, would not find this to be her fault in any way, shape, or form. She's going to get a letter from us (after Pesach), but I don't expect anything to come of it. Legally, the liability lies with us.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. Yummy on the pie. That's an interesting idea.

I'm trying to come up with something that involves ground beef.
From: gittygiggles Date: April 13th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! peanuts in chocolate vs peanuts with chocolate.....
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: April 13th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should talk to somebody about local mikvah stuff. I haven't been since I got married and I want to start.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can name a variety of good people to talk to. Also, obviously, you could talk to me if you were so inclined, but I definitely know people that would be better to talk to than myself.

I volunteer every other week at the Potomac Mikveh on Seven Locks Road. If you're in Rockville, that's probably one of the closest ones to you, if not the closest ones.
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

another food idea

This is really easy, but it won't help with your chametz.

Take lamb and make thin slices, and slice onions. Layer alternately in a pot that you can seal, making a few layers. After each meat layer add some ground coriander and ground black pepper. When done, pour vinegar and oil over all. Seal the pot tight and cook on the stove over low heat for a couple hours.

(This ought to work in a crock pot, but I haven't tried it.)
magid From: magid Date: April 14th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: another food idea

OTOH, it would make a lovely Pesach entree :-)
(perhaps not at the seder, though)
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: April 13th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
my mom LOVES the wiggles.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
They are funny. Kind of annoying sometimes, but funny.
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