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This has been an extremely long week. Here's the rundown, some of which you already know, some of which you don't.

Abandonment (Revisited)
As you all know, Seth left early Sunday morning for Anaheim. It sounds like he had a good time, learned a lot, and saw some old (and new) friends. I'm glad he had a good time, but boy am I glad that he's home now. (I haven't seen him yet, but I do know he's home at last)

Julian asked me every morning "Where's Abba?" And I would say, "He's in California, sweetie." And he would always respond, "Oooooohhhhh! Like Lightning McQueen?!?" "Yes, sweetie, like Lightning McQueen." That's all Julian really said on the topic of Seth's absence, but it was definitely affecting him. He adores Seth and he definitely got kvetchy within a few days of Seth leaving. We usually called Seth at bedtime, but by the end of the week, Julian didn't want to talk to Abba in the evening. I think he had figured out that talking to Abba meant that it was bedtime and he must have thought if he said "No Sanks" (no thanks) when offered the phone that it would mean he didn't have to go to bed. Indeed, last night I didn't have the energy to argue with him and he didn't go to bed until after 9:30. And, of course, he was still up at 6 on the dot this morning.

Julian's had a pretty persistent cough for a couple of weeks, which is pretty normal for him this time of year. He gets a lot of mucus and it drips down his throat and he coughs a lot. Unfortunately, it also makes him throw up a lot because the kid has a ridiculously overactive gag reflex. Wednesday night, he seemed fine and then all of a sudden, coughed three times and then projectile vomited all over the couch. And then he threw up all over my mother. And when he'd stopped throwing up, I picked him up and took him to the bathroom to take of his PJs and he threw up on the floor. And then I taught him about throwing up in the toilet. I'm guessing that lesson won't stick for a while. And so, Julian had two baths that night. But not before he threw up all over ME.

Now, Julian has always been a kid who is really prone to throwing up. It's just that I thought that some day he would get over it. Clearly I was wrong. What's that, you say? I should give him a decongestant or cough suppressant or something and he'll stop throwing up? Yeah, that's what I think too. If I could just get him to TAKE medicine. It does not matter HOW you disguise medicine, he can always taste it. And if he figures out there's medicine in whatever you gave him (and he always figures it out), he will literally FORCE himself to throw up. I am not kidding. We've even tried the Triaminic Meltaway strips. I've tasted them, they taste like cherry candy. They really don't taste like medicine. But if you put one on his tongue, he immediately starts gagging himself and he throws up. Suffice it to say, it's simply not worth it to give him medicine, because it doesn't help the throwing up and all it does is piss him off and frustrate Eema.

Basement Work
Since I didn't have enough fun and excitement what with my husband being out of town, having deadlines at work, a child who threw up Every. Single. Day. and all the normal life stuff... we had contractors in the basement all week replacing the ceiling, hanging some doors, putting baseboards and molding in the two main rooms down there, and installing new light fixtures. This meant that the cats couldn't go downstairs (there were nails and power tools and all sorts of NOT GOOD things for kitties down there). It also meant that I couldn't sleep down there, which confused Julian every morning when he went looking for me. And it meant that Julian couldn't go down there, which REALLY bothered him. Not quite as bothered as the cats were, but close. And there was dust everywhere. Every. Where. Drywalling a ceiling is messy, did you know that? Sheesh.

But I was pleasantly surprised to come home last night and discover that the work is complete. We have a lovely new ceiling, some fine new doors, a radiator re-installed in our bedroom, some lovely light fixtures, and some lovely baseboards and molding. And all the drop cloths, plastic sheeting, chunks of drywall, sawdust, nails and power tools are gone. And it looks great. Truly. So at least I got to sleep in my own bed last night.

I had a migraine for almost the entire week. This is unusual for me. Generally my migraines last 8-10 hours. This one lasted about four days. And it was coupled, again, with the teeth clenching thing and ohmygodthatreallyhurts! Every day, I'd have a little while where it felt like it was going away, and then BOOM it would knock me over again. I so do not love this. I tried to pay careful attention to whether the teeth clenching or the migraine pain came first, but it was definitely that I would get the migraine and a while later I'd be clenching my teeth so hard that I had shooting pains through my face, jaw, and down my neck. So as much as I'd like to think that the teeth clenching is caushing the headaches, I'm fairly certain it's the other way around. And I do NOT LIKE IT.

Fertility Shmertility
I had an appointment with Yet Another Doctor (YAD) at my fertility clinic last night. Because, you know, I didn't have enough things to keep me occupied without also throwing in a doctor's appointment. Sheri and Shmuel were kind enough to pick up Julian in the afternoon, so that I could make it to the appointment. I'm sure most of you don't want to know the details of this sort of appointment, so I'll post it in a filter later. I don't, honestly, remember who all is on my fertility shmertility filter (I haven't used it in a while because I really don't feel the need to be TOO in-the-closet about this stuff), but if you think you're not on it and you'd like to be, let me know. Of course, if you DON'T want to be on it, be sure to tell me and I won't be the least bit offended.

Shabbos Cooking
Since I didn't think that single-parenting, working full time, managing contractors in my house, fending off migraines, and having a doctor's appointment were enough to keep me busy, I thought it would be a good idea to invite company for Shabbos. Because I'm INSANE. Well, it's not very many people, but still. Oh, and someone in our community (J) lost his mother this week, and he's sitting shiva, and I was asked if I could cook half of Shabbos Dinner for them. Nine people. No problem. Because, you know, I'm a Domestic Goddess. Ahem. Or Super-Woman. Take your pick. MY POINT, if I had one, which I don't, is that I had to cook last night. A lot. So I didn't sleep much. So while I feel badly that Seth was traveling all night and didn't get much sleep, I don't feel TOO badly.

Anyway, for J's family, Rachel made chicken and got challah. I made butternut squash kugel, Rice Pilaf, Gefilte Fish, and got salad makings and dessert. I hope that's enough food. Does that sound like enough food? It doesn't sound like enough food to me. Crud. I'm really worried that there isn't enough food. Are you SURE I have enough food? Seth swore to me that it was enough food and told me to go to bed when I talked to him at 1:30 am (he was changing planes in Vegas). And at 1:30 in the morning, that sounded completely sensible. But now it doesn't seem like enough food. It's nine people! UGH!

As for us... we're having:
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Green Salad (nothing fancy, I'm too tired)
  • London Broil
  • Butternut Squash Kugel
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Green Beans
  • Tomato Salad
  • I might roast some potatoes when I get home. It depends. I'm really worried there's not enough food. Daniel is coming and he can eat a whole chicken himself!
  • Dessert (Stevie is bringing dessert)

And that's about all that's going on here. I don't live an exciting life by any stretch of the imagination, but I do seem to keep myself busy.

Now if you don't mind, I'd like to go collapse, but I can't. I have a deadline.

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xiphias From: xiphias Date: December 8th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, that's nothing that a week of sleep, a full domestic staff with butlers, nannies, cooks, and maids, a couple million dollars, and a miracle or two won't solve.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just so happy that Seth's home. It's pathetic that I can't keep the house together while he's gone, but I just can't. It's too much. So I'm glad he's home. But the week of sleep, full staff, $$$, and miracles would be nice too.

Really, it was a good week... I just wish I'd been able to accomplish all of the things that needed to be accomplished. Oh well.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: December 8th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Once again, I must point out the glaringly obvious:

You are a much stronger woman than I.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meh. Not really. This certainly wasn't a TYPICAL week.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: December 8th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Oooooohhhhh! Like Lightning McQueen?!?"

Seth should tell Julian he met Lightning McQueen, and photoshop a picture of them together...

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Seth's photoshop skilz are up to the challenge. (And mine certainly aren't)
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hopeness From: hopeness Date: December 8th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was nice chatting with you last night :)

And that is enough food. Trust me. We were so blessed to get so much food when we were sitting shiva that we had to give some away.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was nice chatting with you as well. And I know they'll have tons of food, but this is SHABBOS! It's different. It's not like Yet Another Deli Platter (YADP). It's special.

But um, I'm still worried it's not enough food. For nine people. That's a lot.
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mabfan From: mabfan Date: December 8th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
With all this going on, have you figured out a menu yet for 9 Tevet?
mabfan From: mabfan Date: December 8th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should note that my question is only half-serious; it was more of an attempt to say how much I enjoy reading your menus.
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magid From: magid Date: December 8th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's plenty of food, for both meals. (And sounds yummy.)

What a sucky sort of week. I'm glad Seth's back and things can go back to normalish.

If I'm not on the filter, I'm interested (but your choice, obviously).

Shabbat shalom!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even without the potatoes? It's enough food? Really? Are you sure?
The week was really okay... I'm glad the work in the basement is done. I'm glad I was able to pull off working and dealing with Julian. I'm glad Julian isn't TRULY sick. I'm glad that this is not my TYPICAL week. I'm glad I was able to squeeze in the doctor's appointment. But mostly, I'm glad that Seth is home and I don't have to do this again for a while.

As for the filter, I'll make sure to add you (I'm not sure if you're on it now). I don't really care who knows what's going on in that regard...I'm pretty out of the closet about it, so to speak... but I also know it's not the kind of thing everyone really wants to read about, so I try to maintain a balance.
osewalrus From: osewalrus Date: December 8th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh yeah, the migranes

Did you ask your dentist for a mouth gaurd?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh yeah, the migranes

Seeing the dentist Monday at 7:30. First time I've seen him, so I'll ask about it, but it probably won't happen immediately.

I don't think the mouth guard will do a whole lot of good, because generally they're worn overnight. And while I could use that too (I grind my teeth at night, I think), what I really need is a way to stop clenching my teeth during the day. I doubt I could wear the mouth guard at work without drooling all over my clients. Valium works, but then again, so do most muscle relaxants. It's just that I don't have any Valium. Or other muscle relaxants. Blah. (Also, while muscle relaxants stop the jaw thing... they don't make the migraine go away, which gives me even more reason to believe that it's the migraines leading to the clenching; not the other way around, which is REALY ANNOYING)
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: December 8th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have plenty of food, honest, really, really, really.

On, the migraine front, I've found a product that is helping me a lot. Its a nasal spray called sinus buster (sinusbuster.com), their headache forumla. I've just broken my excedrin "addiction" using it and have had some luck getting it to stop a migraine if I use it right when I first feel it coming on - and if I have a "break" in the migraine using it again to keep it from coming back. It stings a bit the first couple times but then you get used to it. No I don't work for them I'm just having for the first time in 3 years days without migraines and am really excited.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem for me is two fold: First, I would rather put up with a migraine than use a nasal spray. I would, frankly, rather put up with gall bladder surgery, kidney stones, migraines, and broken limbs than use a nasal spray. I hate them. Even if I know they are fabulous.

Second, capsaicin tends to give me really horrifying migraines. I'm not surprised, however, that this works. In fact, Seth told me recently about some clinical trials going on with capsaicin nasal sprays and migraines. (Also one with botox injections, and one which I recently considered participating in with closing a PFO in migraine patients' hearts). It makes sense, really.. if the capsaicin opens up your blood vessels and improves blood flow in the brain, and keeps the blood vessels from clamping down, migraines would likely be reduced. It's a great theory and I have no doubt it works for a lot of people.

(I just saw on their website that they acknowledge that Capsaicin and Peppermint can actually bring on headaches in a small percentage of people... Peppermint is another headache trigger for me... they say that it should be short lived and go away after a few days, but I remain dubious)
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jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: December 8th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
re: the meltaway thin strips

If Julian likes orange juice, try adding one to his juice. That's how I get Mali and Jacob to take theirs without gagging/barfing it out. Worth a shot.

Also if I'm not on the fertility filter, please put me on it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 8th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tried it. Doesn't work. Once I hid it in Chocolate Milk successfully. But he's on to me.
mysticchyna From: mysticchyna Date: December 14th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
my former foster brother was like Julian...would swallow a lot of phlegm and throw up...and also had issues with his gag reflex.
i can't believe how much you do though..you ARE super woman.

I oftne wonder if i ever see you and not now it, like at the Giant or Safeway, or the Kosher Mart off of Randolph, cuz I live, like behind it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, I never responded to this comment you left a month ago. I've wondered before if I've seen you around, since we live relatively close by. But I'm pretty sure I would recognize you.
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