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Shabbos - Karen's Musings
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I had a really nice shabbos, despite a rocky start.

The rocky start came in because, well, the guy painting our house left here at 10 minutes until candlelighting. He's *almost* done. So there was a bit of a flurry trying to figure out if we were going to even have a dining room table. But Seth put it back together and we set it up in the living room, so all was well.

I had decided to make challah around 1:30 or 2 o'clock, which is *exactly* enough time to make it happen. IF I made a small batch and worked fast (I normally make a batch that makes 8-10 challahs). So I made a small batch (3 normal sized loaves and 2 miniature braided loaves for Julian). It was nice to realize that I have enough confidence in my challah-baking skillz to throw a batch together like that. And they came out of the oven a few minutes before shabbos started so they were piping hot when we got to sit down to dinner. Whoo hoo.

Jo was our only guest. I hadn't expected the painting to still be going on, but I'm a pessimist (I prefer "realist" but there are those that disagree with my use of that term), so I didn't want to plan on more guests not knowing whether we'd have our furniture back in place or not. Good thing I was cautious about that, right? We had: Challah, hummus, Potato/Carrot soup, green beans, roast chicken, pasta (with basil, garlic, & pine nuts), tomato salad, and garlic bread. A simple, small meal, but it was only three of us. We had babka to eat for dessert, but we didn't eat it. We were all stuffed. Jo, Seth and I sat around talking for a while after dinner and eventually Jo ventured out into the cold, dark night and went home.

This morning I got up, got dressed, and davened shacharis while Seth entertained Julian. A miracle in and of itself lately. Seth went to shul, and Julian and I played until it was time to leave for "Torah Time" (the kids' shabbos program-thing). We got to shul and the woman running Torah Time this week asked if I wanted to just leave him and go daven. Er. "Are you sure? He's a little rambunctious." "Karen, I have 7 kids." Oh yeah. Well, I wasn't going to let her change her mind, so I dashed upstairs and arrived in time for the end of the Torah Service and the Rav's talk. I only got called out once (to change a diaper), and I was able to daven musaf in shul! That is seriously the first time I've done that in a year. Well, except for Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur when there was babysitting at the shul. But it was the first time in a year I've gotten to do that on Shabbos. Whoo hoo! Go me!

Seth, Julian and I came home and had cholent (I had thrown that together in the afternoon while the challah dough was rising) and leftover pasta salad for lunch. It was a nice lunch, though not fancy, which is fine. At least I wasn't scrambling around for tuna salad like I usually am for lunch. I'm very bad at planning shabbos lunches, since I usually put so much effort into preparing for dinners. Le Sigh. After lunch, Seth and Julian took naps, but I decided I wanted to stay awake because Alida was planning to pick me up on her way to a shiur (class) at 3 o'clock and I was afraid I wouldn't wake up in time if I took a nap. This was probably wise. Alida did, indeed, pick me up for the shiur and we had a nice walk over to Rabbi Landesman's house for the shiur. I'll write more about it later, as I have some thoughts I'd like to try and preserve. I'll probably do that under a filter so I don't bore people who don't care about my Jewish Learning. Please let me know if you don't want to be on a filter like that. Maybe I'll just put it under an LJ-cut so that people are warned and can skip it.

Since a bunch of people were there who are involved with the banquet planning we had an impromptu mini-banquet meeting on our way to shul after the shiur, which was good because it needed to be done. More on that in a separate entry as well. Suffice it to say, there have been some snags with the banquet planning, so we have some things to work out quickly. Very quickly. But that's another story.

I walked with Stevie back to her house and continued our mini-meeting for a few minutes, dashed home, picked up Julian and brought him over to Alida's to play with Avi for a little toddler-seudah shlishit. Except that we didn't actually have a meal. But the boys did get to play with (near) each other. And Julian had two new cats to torture. Seth picked me up after shabbos so that we didn't have to walk home in the dark and instead of being productive tonight, we are getting a babysitter and going to the movies.

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kressel From: kressel Date: December 11th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh, that kids' Shabbos program sounds nice! The kids get to go to shul and the mothers get to daaven. Wow!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is really nice. This week was the first week I've ever left Julian down there by himself, but it worked out just fine. When he was under 2, he was just a little too young to be down there without me. But even when I was down there with him, I often got to daven in the corner by myself.
either_or From: either_or Date: December 11th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
i think you can go ahead and say realist. i'm an idealist AND a pessimist, so i think you can call yourself whatever you'd like.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tee hee.
either_or From: either_or Date: December 11th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
i like reading about the jewish stuff, even though i don't understand most of it. please keep me in that filter, if you feel comfortable doing so.
either_or From: either_or Date: December 11th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
and i know what shiur means! that was like one of the first words we learned to write in hebrew class, so we could write it at the top of our homework!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go you!

Hebrew class? When did you take Hebrew?
either_or From: either_or Date: December 13th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
i took only one term of it in my last year of my master's. i really liked it...i was sad when the class ended!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm not going to bother with a filter. No one's asked to be left out. I'll just use cut tags judiciously.
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: December 11th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I am very interested in being on your Jewish learning filter.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: December 11th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Count me in on the learning stuff as well. :)

It's always good to hear about someone else who's bad at planning Shabbat lunch! I don't like cholent, so half the time it's a cold lunch and it feels all wrong. (Not shomer Shabbat, so I could cook, but, y'know, there's the guilt.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 11th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Truth is, I prefer cold lunches. But people get all up in arms about it. So we don't have people over for lunch very often. Re: Cholent: I despised cholent for a very long time, until I found someone who made the most delicious cholent on the planet and I stole her recipe. She even drew me a little diagram!
netiimvzaviyos From: netiimvzaviyos Date: December 12th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to be on the learning filter ...

Shabbos lunch is weird for me. If we go out, I get hungry and will eat a meal. If we stay home, I could care less and end up nibbling here and there, and then pushing myself to eat a little bread.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 13th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm the same way about lunches. Though when I put my mind to it, I really do put on a nice lunch. I just don't do it very often is all.
mysticchyna From: mysticchyna Date: December 12th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
This entry makes me feel very cozy. I'm curious, which Shul do you guys go to? I used to go to Shaare Tefila. I did go through a period in my teens when I would also go to South East.
I too was a foster child. I was fostered via the JSSA...
Anyway, I'm not very observant now, so I hope you can put up with that in a journal. lol. :)
Have a good week dear.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 12th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
We go to Woodside, which is on the other side of Silver Spring (closer to downtown SS).

Our foster son was not through JSSA because his grandmother wanted to ensure that he was fostered with an Orthodox family and JSSA will not take that into account because they are non-denominational (absolutely understandable, I'm just explaining). Julian was, therefore, a private placement. My rebbetzin was the shadchan (so to speak).

I don't have any problem with non-observant people. Everyone finds what's right for themselves.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 12th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
hrm. That's odd. you used karen_cohen@comcast.net ?

All righty. I'm going to screen your post so that others can't see it. Thanks for letting me know. I'll get something in the mail to you soonish. With the "other holiday" around the corner, I'm not sure how long it will take to get to you, but it'll be on it's way!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 19th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
argh. I still haven't gotten this package out to you, but I promise I will soon!!
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