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Random Rambling
I have a bunch of things to update about, but no time or energy right now. So here's the brief synopsis:

Shabbos was really, really nice. We had just caryabend and psu_jedi over for dinner and I made pizza. Not just ANY pizza, mind you, but my special, amazing, awesome pizza. I experimented with a pesto/tomato pizza and also made my standard margherita pizza with caramelized onions. It was majorly yum. Julian was very well behaved both Friday night and Saturday. Saturday we went to Shmuel and Sheri's in the morning and had kiddush there, and then Julian and I met Seth at shul in time for the kiddush there, and then we went off to lunch at the Horowitz's. We'd never met the Horowitz's (though Seth knew who Mr. Horowitz was in passing), so I was a bit nervous, but they were delightful and Julian was exceedingly well behaved and I'm so glad we went. And shabbos is so early now, that it was over before we knew it. Julian was great.

I can't remember much of Sunday... most of the day was unremarkable, but we did go to a wine tasting at a friend's house and had a very good time. It was nice to act like adults for a couple hours. My mother took Julian to get pizza at Sienna's and then to play at Chuck E. Cheese, so Julian was thrilled also, despite having been a crank pot earlier in the day.

My new contract is going really well. I'm learning a lot, the commute is terrific, the client is amazing, and I've got plenty of work to keep me busy. All good things. I'm very glad that things worked out the way they did. I even have a badge and a key to my office now. I feel all official and stuff.

Fertility Shmertility
Well, you knew it was coming, right? My life does, after all, seem to revolve entirely around my reproductive life. Anyway, I heard back from the doctor about how many IUIs I have to do before I can move on to the next decision point. His answer was that he recommends three IUIs, given my recent pregnancy. I understand it, even if I don't like it. Anyway, just knowing the next decision point takes the stress off. Though if I do three more IUIs without getting pregnant, that will be a total of SEVEN. And hello? I'm not getting any younger. Meanwhile, my hCG level hasn't bottomed out yet, so I can't move on regardless. So I wait. I did the math and figured out that my regular doctor should be back from maternity leave right around the middle of my first IUI cycle, so I'm betting I can get her to agree to moving straight to IVF if the first IUI doesn't work. And that's fine with me. After all, it's theoretically possible that the first IUI next year could yield a pregnancy. Hah! I almost said that with a straight face.

In other fertility shmertility news, I ordered a couple infertility and miscarriage books from Amazon. Now I remember why I don't buy books like this. I'm just not the self-help kinda girl. Regardless, they do have some valuable information in them, so even though I scoff them in general, the specifics are somewhat interesting.

Paycheck Weirdness
For some reason, my rate of pay in my paycheck today was $4 more per hour than it should have been. I have to clear this up, because I seriously doubt I got a raise (timing's all weird, plus, hello? A client recently threw me off the project... not a ringing endorsement for my pay rate to go up. Anywho. I'll sort it out tomorrow. For now, it was an interesting surprise.

Julian alternates between angel and hellion. Apparently this is true in school as well, since I got a call from the director of the school today suggesting that she, Seth, and I need to sit down to discuss Julian's future. Uh oh. She did have some constructive things to say and they adore Julian there, but something's gotta give. Hopefully we'll be able to work out a plan for helping Julian reel himself in. We're meeting with her on Nov. 10th.

November already?
Holy Schnikies! It's November already! Time flies when you're having... well, I wouldn't call miscarriages, kidney stones, and employment instability fun exactly, but it apparently does make time fly.

Sheitels and Shopping
It occurs to me that I never did post that I did eventually buy a second sheitel. It's a lot shorter than my other sheitel, so I wear it during the week and have kept my longer (more expensive, and better made) one for Shabbos. So far it's working out well. The shorter sheitel is very comfortable and fairly cute, but a little too poofy. I'll get that fixed next time I can make it up to Baltimore.

Also, I bought two skirts and two sweaters today at Target and I'm really excited about them. They are very cute. And inexpensive. So hooray!

That is all. I'm sure there's more, but those are the basic highlights.
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yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: November 1st, 2006 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear that although things are busy, they are good busy and normal craziness busy.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. It's same old, same old here in Cohen-land. Never a dull moment, that's for sure. My life waits for no personal crisis.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: November 1st, 2006 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

"crank pot"? "holy schnickies"?

Sue uses these expressions too. :)
I don't know if that means anything at all.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it means I'm a closet Australian.

But I doubt it. I couldn't be Australian. Too many spiders in Australia.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: November 1st, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I miss you. We totally need to bang calendars together and make a date. I don't mind bringing the kids down to you. And of course y'all are always welcome up here...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
mission accomplished. sorta.

I miss you too (plus, I need to bring you Buffy Season Six so you can watch once more with feeling, and if the Replay TV offer is still there, I have to take that off your hands also!)

magid From: magid Date: November 1st, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad things are getting back to normal busyness, and the job has picked up.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 1st, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me Too!
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: November 1st, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
pix of the new sheitl?!
mysticchyna From: mysticchyna Date: November 10th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
in spite of the miscarraiage and kidney stones, i'm glad other stuff is at least evening out. again, i'm very sorry about what happened.
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