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Julian is sick. Great timing. If he just had a cold, it would be no big deal. But he has conjunctivitis. This means if he's not better by tomorrow, I can't go to shul, because I can't leave him in the babysitting program. DRAT. I am hoping that Julian is not symptomatic tomorrow, in which case he can safely go to the babysitting at the shul and I can actually (*gasp*) daven at shul.

I should mention that except when he has a fever (which is on and off), he's completely in good spirits and bouncing around and happy. He didn't have school today because it is erev Rosh Hashana, so we got a nanny from White House Nannies. This is our first experience with WHN, but the nanny that came today is terrific. She's bubbly and happy and perky and boy is that annoying! Oh, wait, it's a good thing. :) Julian immediately fell in love with her, and they have great plans to go to the park and have lots of fun together. Julian will love her for taking him to the park. Yesterday Grandpa took him to the park, so this will be TWO days in a row!

I haven't done nearly enough cooking and I'm working today, so no more cooking will be done today (until dinner). We're having no company tonight (thank heavens). No idea what we're eating tonight. Oh, and no idea where my honey pot is. Phooey.

    Tuesday Lunch:
  • Guests: Polonsky's and their au pair (4)
  • Food: Challah, Apples & Honey, new fruit (pomegranate?) gefilte fish fritters, Armenian lamb stew, rice, salad, butternut squash kugel, and honey cake for dessert. I hope that's enough.

  • Tuesday Dinner:
  • Guests: Felds & Pearlmans (4 adults, one child)
  • Food: I have no idea. Probably mushroom/barley soup, corned beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple kugel, salad, and dessert. Um, obviously also challah, apples & honey, new fruit (we have a weird melon thing to try), and gefilte fish patties.
  • Wait... Ima Pearlman can eat barley, right? gnomi??

  • Wednesday Lunch:
  • Guests: Ellen Finkelman, two of her teenage daughters, and her mother (5)
  • Food: Challah, apples & honey, new fruit, gefilte fish, tomato soup, chicken, rice, kugels, salad, and dessert. Should be plenty, right?
We're really not having a lot of guests, so it's ridiculous that I haven't figured out menus yet. Part of it is that Seth went and did the grocery shopping and I'm not entirely sure what he purchased. Hopefully it will all work out. It always does, right? Usually I have menus laid out long in advance.

Yesterday, gingy came over and we baked challah (lots) and butternut squash kugels. After she left, I made the Armenian stew (minus the pumpkin...I haven't gotten to that yet). I also made corned beef. I did not make my fish. I'm hoping to do that before yom tov starts. I'm not counting on it. I have the batter all made, I was just too tired to do it last night. Bad things would have happened.

I'm tired. I'm really tired. There isn't much going on other than me being tired. I just looked at the message boards for my high school class (alumni page)... I hadn't looked at it in months, but I just saw a post from August that a classmate of ours was killed in a car accident in July. I can't believe this is hitting me so hard, but I'm just stunned. Horrified? I don't know. I feel like I've been punched really hard. I hadn't talked to Jason in years...we only stayed in touch through most of undergrad (he was in his 7th year of a PhD program in chemistry and cell biology at Berkely). It's hard to think of having to make condolence calls for our classmates, though this is not the first I've had to think about, unfortunately. *sniff*

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magid From: magid Date: October 3rd, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, a new fruit at all the meals but the first! I've only tried for having one at second dinner.

I hope you get an excellent night's sleep tonight, and Julian wakes up healthier. (Plus all the food getting done, of course. And a good start to a new year. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, a new fruit at all the meals but the first! I've only tried for having one at second dinner.

I'm sure we've got one for the first dinner. Not really sure, but we've got a bunch of stuff hanging around to be tried. Seth's never had fresh figs, so he bought some of those. I detest fresh figs, but it would still work.

Yeah, it's overkill, but it's a fun challenge to go through each year. :)
cellio From: cellio Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first dinner is when you least need a new fruit, though, 'cause you've already got a reason to say shehechiyanu. But yeah, I understand the appeal of a clean sweep. :-)

I'm sorry to hear about your classmate.

I take it the awesome nanny isn't available tomorrow morning in case Julian is sick? (I mean, if she's Jewish then obviously not, but that's not a given.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel weird employing a nanny on Rosh Hashana. It would be different if it were a regular nanny who we'd be paying for that day regardless... it's quite another thing when it's a per diem arrangement through an agency.

Yes, we usually don't worry about the first night if we can't find something. I just enjoy seeing how creative I can get with new fruits. I try to always have at least one thing I've never before tried.
cellio From: cellio Date: October 3rd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh right -- not the usual nanny. Yeah, that would be more of a challenge, then. Dang.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah. He doesn't have a nanny every day anymore, since he's started preschool. We only hire a nanny on a per-diem basis for days he doesn't have school that we have to work, or sick days that we can't take off.
either_or From: either_or Date: October 3rd, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
i love it when you post your menus. honey cake sounds good.

sorry to hear about your classmate. i've been through the same, and it's a very disturbing feeling.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
honey cake is excessively sweet.
gnomi From: gnomi Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Ima can eat barley. She is quite fond of it, actually.

L'shannah tovah!
ailsaek From: ailsaek Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so hers is a wheat intolerance, not all gluten? I'd retroactively assumed she had celiac just like David.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, it's just wheat. She says "it's a sensitivity, not an allergy." It's easier, sometimes, to simply act as though she has celiac, because you're guaranteed not to screw up then. In actuality, her dietary restriction is much easier to work around.
gnomi From: gnomi Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem, specifically, is that eating things that contain wheat cause her serious problems with her sinuses (which then triggers other issues). So she's happiest just to stay away from wheat.
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sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
She doesn't have to worry. I know where at least two honey pots are in our house.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
really? I woke up in the middle of the night wondering where they were. So at 3 in the morning I was looking for them. Maybe I was just too tired to see what was in front of my face.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're actually quite hard to see. One of 'em is high on a shelf; the other is behind some other things. Please do not panic.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
okay. I will stop panicking.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
im sorry to hear about your classmate. several of mine have died, adn while im not close with anyone from high school, it still hits hard. i hope julian gets better, and you have a wonderful new year...health and sweetness for all of you. btw i just signed up to be a "nanny" for white house nannies in dc area while im still here and job hunting. i may use you as a reference if they ask. talk soon and relax...love me
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 3rd, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please do use me as a reference. WHN is really great...truly top notch.
From: stormkitten Date: October 5th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
YIKES! I dreamed about this post this morning for some reason even though it totally did not register that a classmate died. Who?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 5th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jason Choy. I am very, very sad. I adored Jason. Somehow, though, I feel like I don't have any right to be this sad since I hadn't been in touch with him for 6 or 7 years.
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