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. [ 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. :-)
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
Right after Aria turned 11 months old, Dada was diagnosed with a slipped disc, and instructed to rest and not lift anything heavy (such as a 20-lb baby) -- so month 12 has been all about new babysitters for the afternoons. Grandma Bobbie and Uncle Rick came to visit from California for Aria's birthday, so we had a nice 4-day visit. We also started looking at toddler programs at the nearby Montessori schools, but haven't decided on one yet (Aria will be able to start in January at 18 months).

Aria is on the verge of saying actual words, but not quite yet. We are hearing more and more wordlike sounds like "haaa" for "Hi", "dah" for "dog", "shi" for shoe; they tend to appear in the right context, but still not really directly attached to their referents. She loves to walk everywhere and, suddenly, climb -- she can climb all the way up a flight of steps (though not go down yet) and all the way up the 2-step stepladder -- all with a spotter, of course. She likes to stand on her bedroom windowsill (with help!) and look out at the front yard. She has been excited to learn how the tub stopper works and likes to let out the water during her bath, then put the stopper back in! She likes to play with Dada's tablet and smartphone -- Mama's iPad less so, but it will do. (She does get excited when the Skype ringing noise starts to play.) We've started showing her "Elmo's World" in addition to the usual videos of herself; that show is like baby crack*. She waves bye-bye pretty well now, and has started spontaneously clapping her hands when she is pleased with something (like yummy food or climbing the stairs).

*I had seen a few "Elmo's World" episodes before, so I was familiar with the format. However, I never understood the seemingly random and pointless "Ask a Baby" segment. Now that I have watched it with Aria, I grasp that it is there as pure fanservice. :-)
chanaleh: (breathe)
I beg you all will pardon the somewhat rambly nature of this rundown:

- Remembered to call my mom and check in. She had knee surgery a few weeks ago (she'd had both hips replaced previously, but this is her first knee operation). Then, while recovering (somewhat poorly, it turns out) at home, she fell and smacked her head on the bathtub (!), and thus got admitted to the rehab hospital for several days after all. Now she's back at home and doing better. We are playing a lot of Facebook Scrabble.

- Made a couple different loaves of bread in the bread machine, and also Cheesecake Brownies which may be the new favorite thing around here. Recipes to come later. (Like, when it is done being a fast day OMG.)

- Done a bunch of website work on two different freelance projects. It's remarkably enjoyable. One because it's actually fun, and one because I am charging them hourly so even when it's tedious I feel like it is worth my time...!

- Done a bunch of updating on my own design portfolio website, with more to come.

- Played my first official gig with [ profile] etrace on Saturday night: mostly our usual band, except that we were backing a local guy with an Elvis tribute act. (I sang backup vocals. Which I don't think of as a major feature of an Elvis act, and they hadn't either, until their first rehearsal, which [ profile] etrace went to without me, then came home and said "We need you!" Turned out to be surprisingly important on a bunch of the songs.) It was for a private birthday party, so just an hour-long set, but it was fun. And if we do more gigs with this guy, I will also get paid, not just [ profile] etrace. :-)

- Observed my little brother's 40th birthday on Sunday. 40! (By "observed" I mean "forgot to mail his card until the day before, so it would be late as usual, and then thought all day about texting him but never when the phone was at hand, so that didn't happen until the next day either". But it sounds like he had a good time anyway.)

- Finished rereading Book 2 and watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones, and begun rereading Book 3 and watching Season 3. a little nattering, nothing spoilery, I think )

- Attended the Eicha reading (that is, the Book of Lamentations, for Tisha B'Av) last night at my new synagogue in Munster. [ profile] etrace regretfully stayed home because his back was hurting and I was afraid we'd be sitting on the floor the whole time (turned out more than half the group sat in their regular chairs, though). But I walked in and several people immediately went "HEY GREAT TO SEE YOU WELCOME BACK", which was nice. And the reading was good, though it also made me miss the [ profile] tremontstshul experience, squeezing 80 people into the basement vestry with dripping wax candles and no air conditioning and several of my favorite people doing the readings. Also, here they did the whole book in the same standard Eicha trope instead of doing chapter 3 to its own trope. I take this as a sign that I am supposed to learn it for next year the way I want to hear it done. Y'know.

- Opened an Etsy shop for my Judaica prints. :-} This is basically a retread of the items for sale on my own Judaica page, but I thought it would be interesting to experiment with the Etsy marketplace. Worst case, I won't sell anything between now and December (when the listings expire) and I will pull everything down. Yes, I know I would benefit from having actual photographs of the framed pieces -- planning to work on that in the coming weeks. It'd be nice to do some actual new pieces, of course, too.

OK, gonna go count down to dinner now. "Sunset" is reportedly at 8:01pm here; that's the guideline to use, right? Or is it "full dark"? I can't find the fast times for this region listed anywhere, only the Shabbat times.

Hawaii trip notes

Monday, May 6th, 2013 07:41 pm
chanaleh: Snoopy and Woodstock, celebrating (birthday)
Backdated to May 6 for archival purposes, even though it took me until June 10 to actually post.

Note: All the accompanying pictures are here, on Flickr, if you want to scroll along; click through to the individual images if you want to read the captions and scroll through one at a time. They're occasionally a little out of sequence, because Mom's camera and mine were not synced up on the timestamps! I've tried to re-sort them manually, but it's not perfect. Hers are the ones with the timestamps in the corners. Anyway, you'll figure it out.

Full travelogue below )
chanaleh: (accordion thief)
Happy birthday to the rockin' Dr. [ profile] mangosteen! And many happy recurrences of the day.

Happy yesterbirthday of course to Dr. Tiger Boy, in observance of which I made him salmon with chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, and we went to Baskin Robbins -- to honor his 31st, not that they actually offer 31 flavors anymore -- and then the Good Time Emporium to use up his tickets and coupons before they close on June 30. Apparently, there was some kind of... athletic spectacle taking place.
chanaleh: (muffin)
Pizza and beer in 2.5 hours.

It always creeps up on me, oddly enough. It takes me about a week to finally get settled into the no-bread, no-rice, no-beans, no-soy-lecithin, scrutinize-every-label routine... and I find that I kinda could keep going, only then suddenly that's it, it's time to cross back into the land of processed foods. -- Not that I *have* to get out of the good habits of salad and protein, of course. Maybe I can take more of that mentality with me into the coming spring. But somehow it's way, way easier when there's a religious requirement driving it. (The same is true of fast days, which is another observational post I keep meaning to make every time one comes around.)

Today in shul I was struck, more forcefully than usual, by visions of being in Israel again. A pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the chag, perhaps. But in a weirdly concrete, "why am I not there?? Must go look up airfares!" kind of way. I think it has partly to do with the pervasive chill still in the air, where there ought to be desert sun. And partly with hearing Pesach musaf (the roster of festival sacrifices, not to mention the duchening) four times in these 8 days... and partly with having been off work throughout the holiday, so that my normal track of time is well and truly thrown off, which somehow starts to make all this vast breadth of time and space seem equally accessible, equally immanent.

But here's something more grounding: Tomorrow I have an appointment to go to my recently-ex-workplace and check out a book project they'd like me to do freelance. :-) It would mean a lot of work for the next month, but also a reasonable chunk of income, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it. However, it also means the urgency of my getting a new computer (running CS2) jumps up an order of magnitude.

No news (that is, no change) on either of my grandmothers. Grandma B is 91 today, though. -- Oh, but that also means: happy b'day to [ profile] mattblum, and happy [English] anniversary to [ profile] musicjill and Dan and to [ profile] chaiya and [ profile] hakamadare!

Chametz tov, y'all.
chanaleh: (leaves)
One of the few good things so far about the play being over: I have my "autumn" silk scarf back (it's been on duty for the past month as my Act III sash). I expect to find myself wearing it every day for the rest of October at least.

The fact that most of us went to see [ profile] gilana and [ profile] ironpoet in Shakespeare in Hollywood the very next afternoon helped ease the transition slightly.

Unfortunately, I missed [ profile] coraline's birthday party and [ profile] elements's housewarming, both on Saturday afternoon/evening. But I was glad I made it over to [ profile] justom's on Sunday evening before going home to collapse.

I am sad when I dwell on certain things I will (already) miss. But otherwise the post-show withdrawal has not set in too hard yet.
If nothing else, I have some Margaret-related books in which to wallow at my leisure.
I think I need a couple days of getting to bed by 10:30pm.

It seems too soon to start scheduling further reunion gatherings, but it is on my mind. :-}
Don't forget that [ profile] ablock is hosting a joint belated-October-birthday party on 11/4, to which all and sundry are invited.

The [ profile] pmrp Tomes of Terror live staged radio dramas take place in a week. The Monday show is looking more likely for me. EDIT: ... To work house, that is. :-)

The [ profile] theatreatfirst Cabaret takes place in just over a month.

The inimitable [ profile] journeystar offered to help set me up for tickets for The Onion Cellar. 8-) I'm looking at a party of table seating for Thursday 12/14, 7:30pm. Will advise those who have expressed interest.
chanaleh: (leaves)
Dear Lord,

Please send us another 12 consecutive days of glorious fall weather just like this.

[ profile] chanaleh

p.s. Please also inscribe [ profile] gilana for a much-deserved happy birthday and all her heart's desires in the coming year!


Monday, November 21st, 2005 11:45 am
chanaleh: (Default)
Damn, it's nice to sit here and poke around LJ for 2 hours straight, like in the old days. *grin*

From [ profile] bfudlmint and others: Calculate your Hebrew birthday... except I can already tell you that my Hebrew birthday is 16 Shvat. Careful readers will notice that this bears no relation to 10/6/1972, but carefuller readers will know why I'm sticking to it.

From [ profile] mattblum, who tagged me last week: Ten Things that Make Me Happy )
And now I've gotta shower and dress so I can go visit my grandma.

April 2018



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