Passover 2018 notes

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 08:44 am
chanaleh: EVERYTHING WILL BE AMAZING (amazing)
Backdated because it will make me crazy not to have these notes in another year, or two, or 10.

first seder )

second seder )

Aria, at this stage, is usually content to sit through dinner for at least an hour once belted into her chair. Unfortunately, at the seder, that hour runs out before we even get to the actual meal. But she was as well-behaved as could be expected, and even started to chime in on the Four Questions a little bit. Next year we'll work on them in advance and I think she'll be ready!
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
10 goals from 2017 (cf original list: LJ | DW): Read more... )

More things that happened in 2017: Read more... )

10 goals for 2018: Read more... )

In general:
  • Invest half an hour a day in doing something actually productive, instead of wasting 45+ baby-free minutes (before and after sleep) dicking around on Facebook &c.

  • The biggest problem there is Aria's still-unpredictable sleep schedule; the second biggest is that once I get up in the morning and sit down at the computer, I end up spending half an hour just to clear the decks (check email, pay bills etc) and then suddenly it's time to get in the shower and start my day. But, the last couple weeks at least (when she wasn't fluey and miserable), she's been sleeping through the night better, and that's been fantastic.

    I would love to say things like "Get more exercise", "Drum up more freelance work" and "Rebuild my personal/professional website". But for now I don't feel I would prioritize those above doing more art, really. "Have a monthly date night", maybe that's something to strive for. :-)

    December in review

    Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 08:01 am
    chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
    Happy 2018!

    ... See, this is why I never post, because all I wanted to do was make some quick notes about the fun things from the past month-plus. And by the time I get it all out, it's taken like 3 hours (cobbled together in 10-minute chunks).

    Nevertheless... December 2017 highlights )
    chanaleh: (leaves)
    My outing to [livejournal.com profile] etrace's Dead gig on 10/28 was fun. I was surprised to find that the room was more like a medium-sized coffeehouse than anything; the building is an enormous pole barn, but most of it is the brewery of course, so the tap room in front is just a small space with a bar, a dozen tables, and a couple of couches. I sat at the bar and drank their delightful Mad Cow Coconut Milk Stout (!) and had a bar burger, which was good, although not quite as awesome as I was expecting from [livejournal.com profile] etrace's previous rave review. Etrace had gone to set up earlier in the day, so he got to come sit and eat dinner with me right up until showtime - almost like an actual date. :-) They played from 8 til 9:20ish and then had a break until almost 10pm, so I stayed to hang with Etrace through the break and left at the beginning of the second set to go pick up Aria. She had fun at the babysitters' too, so, win all around. <3

    Costco )

    Netflix )

    self-care )
    chanaleh: (scream)
    Our kitchen sink was out of service for a week. stupid homeowner stuff )

    In the end, it was about $270 for each of the two service calls, which I would have felt fine about if we had only had to pay it ONCE for the one that actually worked. But, oh well. It's delightful to have things in working order again.

    Owies

    Monday, November 6th, 2017 05:05 pm
    chanaleh: It's hard work being bitter (bitter)
    I've managed to incur several minor injuries lately. Nothing really gory in the details, but I'm putting them behind a cut (SO TO SPEAK) anyway, to spare the squeamish )

    On the one hand (SO TO SPEAK), enough already. On the other hand, I have to feel like maybe this sequence is serving as some kind of proxy, drawing off the evil eye in tiny doses to forestall some far worse calamity that might have come down in an alternate timeline. Which makes me able to almost feel grateful about it. No permanent damage done, and so far everyone else is safe.

    Ironically, Aria is in the stage of being super interested in boo-boos and Band-Aids (the ultimate toddler delight, being the intersection of boo-boos and stickers), to the extent of producing different phantom boo-boos every day. ("I got a boooooo-boo on my kneeeee! I need a Baaaand-Aid! A circle Band-Aid! No, a rectangle Band-Aid, Mama!"... even though when she gets real scrapes or bruises, she barely seems to register them.) So she's kind of fascinated when she sees one of us sustain an actual minor injury. But let me tell you, there is nothing sweeter than when your 2-year-old sees your Band-Aid and immediately insists on kissing it to make your boo-boo better. It almost helps.

    45th birthday

    Monday, October 9th, 2017 04:50 pm
    chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
    I get my birthday as a paid holiday off work, so here is what I did this year:
    Friday 10/6, also known as Sukkot Day 2 )

    Saturday night, the three of us went out for ceremonial birthday pizza dinner. And Sunday night, my dad came over and took us out for birthday dinner #3 (Indian food) and then, at last, we had cake. Cake!
    chanaleh: (leaves)
    Overall I've been too crazed to journal, but today is weirdly slow* at work so I am taking a few minutes.
    *(Edited to add: I suspected it was too good to be true. Of course the shit hit the fan on about 3 different projects as soon as I finished posting this, so, we'll hope I get out on time.)

    Cards: mostly sent; I ordered 50, and carefully winnowed down my list to that number, but they actually sent me extras so I still have a dozen or so I can send (probably next week; gmar chatimah tovah!).

    Honey cake: baked last night.

    Challah: 4 small loaves (2 raisin, 2 plain) currently on second rise to bake later today. This year, I used the King Arthur recipe that I printed out last year but decided against for some reason. I made a double batch since it claims to make 1 9-inch round, let the dough rise overnight, and it looked beautiful this morning. Aria was super interested in the dough as I was rolling it into strands for coiling. "Cookie! Pizza! I hold it? I hold it?" I told her she'll be big enough to help me next year.

    12lb. brisket in fridge, waiting to prep for Thurs afternoon. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] ablock, I fear my brisket-recipe allegiance is permanently switched! even though the simmered-in-wine version will forever smell like the essence of Rosh Hashanah to me.

    Matzah ball soup: also tomorrow (using stock from freezer)

    Vegetables:
    - brisket potatoes & carrots
    - tzimmes (I actually found frozen diced butternut squash at Not-Our-Usual-Supermarket)
    - salad

    Guests: 1 (maybe 2?) Thursday night, 1 Friday night

    Shul: by myself tonight (6:30pm) and tomorrow morning (9am); with Aria on Friday. She saw me put on a skirt this morning (since I'm going straight from work) and said "Mama you go shul today! I go shul!"

    Still to review: Shacharit davening for first day (ack) and Haftarah. I went over the davening with the rabbi during Sunday school the last two weeks and it was OK - Yom Kippur is more direly in need of practice, but first things first.

    Kittel: try on tonight, bring tomorrow morning.

    Shanah tovah u'metukah!
    chanaleh: Mama with Aria, age 18 months (aria-18mos)
    It feels like Little Miss has been "almost two" for long enough already that actually having a birthday is a bit anticlimactic. But now it's official.

    birthday week festivities )

    Based on roughly 500 more viewings of "Zoe Loves Rocco" (from Sesame Street, about Zoe's pet rock), she has taken up a fascination with rocks. Every time we go outside, she finds a new one that she has to pick up and bring inside. [personal profile] bluepapercup, you will be so proud. She has also picked up "jump in muddy puddles!" from watching Peppa Pig. Fortunately we don't have too many muddy puddles, at least as long as she stays out of the septic drainfield (!).

    She has recently reached the toddler stage of Everything is Mine. Sometimes it's a simple descriptive, as in "Where my bunny?", but then as soon as you try to take something away from her, it becomes a protest. "Noooo! MY cup! MY book! MY tabwet! MYYYY toofbrush!" Classic.

    The instant she sees me do something new, she immediately says "I do it, I do it, I do it, I do it!" until I let her try. [livejournal.com profile] etrace has also discovered that she can not only identify and open the cookie drawer, but pull out the package of Oreos, open the package, and consume most of a cookie before he even knows she's gotten to it. She is, in short, as smart and determined as ever, and getting more accomplished every day.

    And OF COURSE she is also the most beautiful child that ever childed. :-)

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