Monday, December 13, 2010
DH is a smoker (boo, hiss) - and I have asthma - a match made in Heaven, right? So he goes outside to smoke - either out on the balcony (after closing all the sliding glass doors), or out on the walkway. He tries - and I've established a 10 foot radius around myself, and he isn't allowed to get smoke into my circle.
But he does have a very bad habit of tossing the butts into the bush around the house.
So - yes, you guessed it - I came home today and DH was happily napping - and a dead stump outside was not only smoldering but the area nearby had some flames licking the stump. I quickly attached the hose, dragged it out to the area, climbed over the wall and a bit down the hill, and doused the whole thing thoroughly. One part kept smoking, so I had to find a long stick to turn the piece of log over so I could drown that, too.
Wow. DH eventually woke up from his nap (I did try to wake him to deal with his fire, but he's an extremely sound sleeper and I figured putting out the fire was more important than making him do this) - and of course he denies starting this fire. Duh - no one else was around, including the workmen building the wall - obviously it was his cigarette.
Let's hope he's more responsible in the future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
A very dear friend who used to live here came down with her family - her 13 year old son (born here) was having his Bar Mitzvah. Mitzvah literally means "commandment" (and Bar Mitzvah is "son of the commandment", while Bat Mitzvah is "daughter of the commandment). But mitzvah has come to mean a good deed, helping someone out - or, as a friend of mine said, something you do to that makes G-d proud.
So - my friend asked me to make rugelach - a very yummy cookie-type pastry of cream cheese and butter dough, rolled out in cinnamon sugar and filled with great stuff like mini chocolate chips, or walnuts and raisins.
I made 120 rugelach. Gave some to DH last night to keep him happy. Brought the rest to synagogue. Left the Bar Mitzvah early to set up the lunch with a few other women. And stayed late to put away food and clean up.
I have to add, my friend's 4 year old was the MOST adorable little boy! I introduced myself, and we talked for a while. Then I introduced my husband, and this little cutie says, "It's very nice to meet you." He sat eating his food, quietly leaned over to the rabbi and asked if he liked olives - the rabbi said yes - so the little boy quietly picked up each of HIS olives and put them on the rabbi's plate. Absolutely adorable little guy, we enjoyed him very much!!!!
All in all, a fun day.
Friday, December 10, 2010
I was tired from the back and forth to St. Croix, minus luggage, and then back to school (including loading the kiln). I went to the gas station to fill the car. I took my credit card and put it in the slot. The transaction was cancelled. I couldn't get the card to come out. I looked, I pulled, I pushed buttons, I looked some more - and then it hit me. I had put my card into the slot where the receipt comes OUT, not where the credit card should go IN. OY! So I went inside and explained to the lady - she came out, and called the owner, her dad, who was the only person with the key to the receipt part of the machines. He told her to get a long-nose plier and try to get the card out. A young man came out with the pliers, and I had to hold the metal slot up so he could reach my card and pull it out.
THEN, the machine was so freaked out it refused to take my card in the proper slot - so I had to go back in and use the machine inside to buy my gas.
I will admit, I felt like a complete idiot. (And this is the station I go to all the time!!!!!)
Thursday, December 09, 2010
To balance the seaplane coming back from St. Croix, we all had to leave our luggage. We were allowed purses and small day packs. The rolling carryon bags with clothes had to stay.
I can't figure out if they were sending over luggage from passengers earlier in the day, or if everyone on our flight was just very overweight.
And the people sponsoring our meeting always give us goodies - so I have several pieces of fruit in that bag - I hope it comes over soon!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
I brought my new little MacBook Air (11" screen) to the task force meetings - on day 1, all the people at my table wanted to see it, hold it to test how light it is, see how clear the screen is and the great resolution, etc. People were passing the Mac around like it was a little baby.
Keep in mind that these are all educators - so we're totally into our little computers.
One woman looked up at me with a huge smile, and said, "This is even better than jewelry!"
Cracked me up!!!!
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