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Some Updates - Karen's Musings
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Some Updates
  • M seems to be doing okay. Her sister was moved to Senegal Saturday and the funeral was Sunday. M, it turns out, is Muslim, which I hadn't been certain about before. Muslim women don't attend funerals, so it makes more sense now that she didn't go to Senegal. After her father and brothers finishes their 40 days of mourning, they will come here to visit her for a week or so, and we'll give her some time off to spend with them at that time. M's brother in law is still in a coma. M's sister had gotten married February 29th and had just found out that she was pregnant, which compounds the tragedy in some ways, but M appreciates that her sister was able to hear this happy news in her lifetime, which I think is a beautiful perspective. One important thing - her sister was not wearing her seat belt. Please... remember to wear your seat belt always! It is SO important.

  • The babies and I all have colds and Julian seems to have a slight cold as well. So far Seth seems to have escaped it. I'm pretty miserable, though everyone else seems to have a pretty mild version of it, thankfully.
  • Yesterday, Julian didn't get to go to soccer because it was raining, and he had a playdate canceled because he was coughing too much, so he went to my MIL's instead. It was good for her (and him) becaues they haven't seen each other in over almost two weeks since she started her new job. While he was out with her, my mother came over and helped with the babies so we could get some Pesach cleaning done.
  • On the Pesach cleaning front: we got the sunroom completely cleaned out and de-chometzified. The living room has been cleaned out of the major things, but the couch cushions need to be vacuumed out and we need to clean behind the couch. My cleaning lady will take care of that next Sunday. Julian's play-doh needs to be put into the attic, but it's tightly sealed in plastic containers, so it's not contaminating anything. I gave the guest room a once-over last Thursday, but I'll have my cleaning lady help me with it on Sunday as well. I started clearing things out of the cabinets and pantry in the kitchen as well after I reorganized the basement store-room. Kitchen and dining room will be the hardest, but they'll get done. I've already made some significant headway on both rooms, so I'll figure it out one way or another - I always do, right?
  • Fun things about the babies:
    • Abby giggles... you can really get her going if you try, and it's fun to hear.
    • Sam rolls over from back to front almost every time you put him down. The problem with this is that there is nothing he hates more in this world than being on his tummy and he doesn't know how to roll from his tummy to his back. Sigh. Poor baby.
    • Ellie flexes and points her toes when she's eating. I think this is hilarious, and she does it every time she eats, without fail. She also has a tuft of hair that sticks up on the top of her head. It never lays flat, unless you get it wet.
    • All three kiddos think the Skwish is about the coolest thing that ever did exist.
  • Fun things about Julian: He is totally obsessed with soccer. He went two weeks absolutely refusing to take off his shin guards. The cool thing about that is that in exchange, he's been agreeing to wear his tzitzis every day. He is also totally obsessed with dinosaurs, particularly, tyrannosauruses, allosauruses, raptors and diplodocuses. We need to get him the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs DVDs. He's been watching clips from them on YouTube and he LOVES them. He loves any documentary on dinosaurs, actually, even though you'd think they'd be over his head.

That's all the news that's fit to print for the moment.

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eyelid From: eyelid Date: April 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Should Julian be wearing tzitzit if he's not Jewish? just curious.

What's up on the Julian front, anyway? Any word from the bio momster or has she disappeared into the woodwork for another year or two?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 8th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Julian's halachic status is questionable, but he's being raised in a Jewish home and will be given the option to convert when the time comes. As such, our Rav has said that he should be given the opportunity to wear tzitzit and a kippah, but not to force the issue if it makes him unhappy (so we don't fight with him) because we don't want to teach him to hate a mitzvah.

No word from the bio monster. It will be two years on the 23rd of this month.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: April 8th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
No word from the bio monster. It will be two years on the 23rd of this month.

It is really boggling.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 8th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes. I would say more, but this is an unlocked post.
happyduck1979 From: happyduck1979 Date: April 7th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

wanna link to where you can find walking with dinos streaming online? Good streaming?

Just let me ook here in my trenchcoat pocket...
lynsaurus From: lynsaurus Date: April 7th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


Oh, Dino-happiness!

I've been enjoying the new book, "Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages" by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. It's very informative. The author observes that a lot of dinosaur books out there are written by non-scientists, and even new ones may perpetuate theories that have been disproved in the last twenty years.

And, yes,"Walking With Dinosaurs" is awesome.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dinosaurs

Thanks so much for that recommendation! I'm getting it for an afikomen present! Julian's FAVORITE Dinosaur books are the encyclopedia dinosaur books... He told me last night that he doesn't like the dinosaur books in which the dinosaurs talk or interact with kids. He wants the ones with REAL dinosaurs! Gah!
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: April 7th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad M seems to be OK. She sounds like a very special person.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 8th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
aw! the babies are gettin so huge!

i've been considering the walking with the dinosaurs video for asher. you'll have to let me knwo what you think!

right now asher is obsessed with doctor who. yeah i can't figure that out either.

how does julian do with soccer? i'm considering something like that for asher.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 8th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that Walking with Dinosaurs is astounding, that's what I think.

Julian does great with soccer, but it's of course geared toward four year olds, so expectations are low.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 9th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
you'll have to tell me if the whole dvd is worth buying. i wonder if i can get it for a good price. is it mostly images and less talking and "interviews"?

i've thought about putting asher in karate. he's not exactly....coordinated....even for a 4 year old....
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 9th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I guarantee that the whole DVD is worth buying. It is "live action" (computer generated, of course) with narration. There's talking throughout, but it is over the action, not in place of the dinos.

Karate might help him develop coordination.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 9th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
i getcha. so no interviews? i'll have to look at half.com

i just bought asher a computer game. i want to see if i have time to set it up for him. i'm working on coordination with him. poor kid didn't inherit anything

that's why i was thinking karate. for the coordination. i just have to figure out pricing. i think he'd really like it. i'm not sure if i can do it though. i feel like such a bad mother. i dont have time for the kids, just school school school. and it eats up my life at home too.

sigh. and it's during their formative years.

ok gotta stop feeling sorry for myself. gotta focus.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 9th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will not guarantee that there isn't a single interview on the entire series. However, my impression is that it is at least mainly the same format. Additionally, even AFTER I get the DVDs, I will not guarantee that there isn't a single interview on the entire series, because I don't have any intention of watching it in its entirety... I usually leave the dinosaur watching to Abba.

School isn't forever and it will help make you feel complete in the long run, which will make you a better parent all together. In the scheme of things, school is a rather short term investment for a very long term gain for all involved.

Karate will help teach coordination, but also discipline. I can't believe that would be a bad thing overall.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 10th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm always interested in "babysitting" videos. especially when i have to go on the back porch and spray paint! anything to keep levi still!!!

i'm glad you think that way about school for me.

i just feel overwhelmed. next semester i'm only taking 3 classes....but i'm taking the review class. if i fail, i can't graduate n the spring :/
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 10th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You won't fail.

My impression of Walking with Dinos is that it is absolutely worth the money. I ordered ours yesterday, so it should be here in a week or two (super saver shipping, so it'll take a while)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: April 11th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
i hope i dont fail. i am not confident my art is good "enough"

i'm going to check out half.com for that
magid From: magid Date: April 8th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Muslim women don't go to funerals? Wow. I hope there are alternate ways they can say goodbye.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 9th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what she said, though The Muslim Women's League seems to contradict her. I don't know how trustworthy they are, since I know nothing about the MWL. Further googling suggests that exclusion of women from burials is a common, but not universal practice in Islam. Apparently, it varies from region to region.

It seems that there are (often? Sometimes?) concurrent "prayers for the dead" that are attended by the women. But I remain somewhat uncertain. I hesitate to ask M too much detail at this time. She did say that even when her mother died in Paris (while M herself was still living in Paris so there wouldn't have been complicated international travel involved), she wasn't able to attend the funeral.
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