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Sat, Jan. 1st, 2011, 09:01 pm

I got BOB'ed!

I participated in a White Elephant gift exchange at Board Game Geek.
The results of which can be seen here

Tue, Nov. 30th, 2010, 08:47 am
Things That Unreasonably Anger Me

The top Google hits for "hey hey hey" do not include any reference to Fat Albert.

Mon, Nov. 15th, 2010, 09:25 am
We Are Far Too Nerdy

During an episode of Being Erica, she was sent back to high school and one of her classmates is reading the black cover paperback edition of The Two Towers. We have that edition in the house, and I didn't think it was published back when this episode was supposed to take place. Hit the pause button!

I quickly ran into the other room to confirm my suspicions, and yes they were not published until 1999! Aha!

... sigh.

Wed, Oct. 27th, 2010, 07:17 am

Kneel before Zod!

Tue, Mar. 23rd, 2010, 10:40 am
Pesach Song 5770

This year did not have the most prolific cutting room floor. I briefly attempted to go along with a Michael Jackson theme like housedaddy's Billy Jean cover. I'll post my brief attempt at Thriller later.

This year's song is about B'nei Yisrael's acceptance of the Torah and everything in it without even knowing what was in it. Including some of the stranger halachic concepts.

Source Material here. (Warning the video is a little racy).
Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" is now my:
Strange Halachic StanceCollapse )

Tue, Mar. 23rd, 2010, 10:25 am
Pesach Song Time!

First a round up of previous years:
Our Official song was a version of Like a Prayer which can be found here. Also there is a finished version of the War of 1812, and the Rainbow Connection (Pesach collection), and an unfinished version of "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast.

The rest of the cutting room floor consisted of half a filk of "Through the Fire" from the Buffy Musical.
A version of "Boom De Yada" like the Discovery Channel did.
A really bad attempt at a Pesach-Roll for Never Gonna Give You Up.

The official song of the year was based on the Last Saskatchewan Pirate.
The cutting room floor included such gems as Seasons of Love, One Week, The War of 1812, and The Rainbow Connection. Two of these were updated and finished for 5769.
And don't forget that we made the front page on Albino Black Sheep that year with Matzah Matzah Fish

One of our finest pieces. We filked Master of the House from Les Mis for Pharoah of the Nile

This year we did the Time Warp with Let's Clean For Pesach Again.
At that link you'll also find the cutting room floor versions from The Rembrandts, Queen, and Harry Chapin.

We made a mistake this year and spoofed This is Halloween from the Nightmare before Christmas with This is Seder Night, but the song wasn't well known enough for it to go over well.
You'll also find some Lion King at that link.

I'm still kind of fond of the Hotel California version we did this year.

Still one of our all time greatest classic hits. We did Sloop John B. in a version we sing at the seder every year now.

Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010, 08:59 am
An Single Parent Shabbat

2:00am Friday morning Ella starts screaming and she has a fever. We give her acamoli and go back to sleep.

In the morning Lorien takes Ella to Terem, who promptly send her to the hospital since Ella is so young. We're hoping that she gets to come home for Shabbat.
In the meanwhile I'm cooking food for the 10 guests we have planned for lunch.
(BBQ wings + cutlets, deli roll, brocolli kugel, and soup, thanks for asking).

Thankfully my parents were with us and mom helped get the kids bathed and gave me the time to finish cooking and cleaning everything in the house even in Lorien's absence. (I even found time to spraypaint the old gas BBQ that we were gifted by my parents. The actual barbequeing this time though was done in the Piltz's old charcoal grill with the bag of nice coals that we still had. I figured we should use it up anyways since we're getting am outdoor gas line put in on Sunday, yay).

News from Lorien says that they're going to be in hospital until Monday. Great. No reason to cancel guests though! My parents offer to stay for Shabbat, but I tell them to go ahead and go to my brother's for Shabbat as planned. Getting into Shabbat is the hard part, once we're there it's easy.

Ironically the house is cleaner than usual and I get come home from shul to a set table (since I set it myself beforehand). The neighbours offered to let me drop off Sefi while I went to shul, and I took them up on it for Friday night.

Dinner was short, just soup and challah. Since Lorien wasn't home there was no dessert baked, so Chana shared with us some candy rollup thing. The kids were then swiftly put to bed and I crashed on the couch for 30 minutes until there was a knock on the door and some guests came by to play some games.

Marc and I played Lord of the Rings and split two games (bad guys winning both times though).
Then we played Tigris & Euphrates with Dan and Mory. A notable game that shows that it's not the tiles you draw, it's how you play. I drew only 2 green tiles all game, and didn't draw any black tiles for the first 2/3 of the game, and got all my black points on the last 3 turns, and I won. I also was not exceptionally luck on any conflicts losing as many revolts as I won, and losing more wars than I won. Then we played two games of Tsuro

In the morning I decided to not send Sefi out and just daven at home. I walked Chana across the street so she could go to kids minyan, then put the food on the blech and prayed. Then after setting the table I went on a walk with Sefi up to Shul. On the way we found an intriguing sight. A line of caterpillars crawling across the walkway head to tail to head to tail. I'd never seen that before.

We went home to await our guests and set up whatever remained. And I told Chana some "stories"

The story of the Chicken KingCollapse )
The story of Princess Chana, the Ugliest Princess in the WorldCollapse )
Superhero Sefi and the Supervillian shirt-stealing KingCollapse )

Lunch was with two other families and a bunch of kids. It was a shame Lorien was not there since it was so much fun and the conversation was great. The kids all got along pretty well, and the food was good.
After lunch Chana was invited to go play at somebody else's house with one of the kids who was there, and Sefi went down for a nap in the middle of lunch. So I got to actually have a nice nap.

After Sefi got up from his nap we snuggled a little and then played some Sorry Sliders.
Sefi came out with me for Maariv, and then right before Havdalah we got some great news that Lorien would be coming home after all!

Evidently the doctors were unable to get a lumbar puncture or IV in properly. (Yay medical incompetance?) So they decided to just observe and since the fever didn't come back they OK'd the discharge and gave Lor some doses of antibiotic to use until we could fill a script.

Bottom line. I don't have to do all the cleaning and prep for Pesach myself. Yay! (Also my mom gets to go back up to Sfat for the week as planned, instead of staying in Bet Shemesh to help out with the kids).

Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010, 10:40 am
That's Just Swell

While mowing the lawn on Friday I drove my knuckly into a tiny spear-like twig sticking out of my pomegranite tree. It was small, but deep and mildly painful. It didn't even bleed, and I just ignored it and kept on mowing.

A few hours later I noticed some difficulty in moving my finger. Now it's all swollen and a wide variety of simple tasks bring about a decent amount of pain. Thankfully typing isn't too terribly affected.

Maybe it'll just work itself out. Maybe some wood is stuck inside. Maybe it's infected. I'll probably see the doctor today and get a haircut (finally) around the same time.

Time to prepare a presentation and work on random tickets...
(One day I'll find time to write a song I hope...)

Wed, Mar. 10th, 2010, 11:13 pm
Ideally this will make me more likely to post

I finally decoupled my LJ from Facebook so it would stop autoimporting my posts.

Even though most posts here are public anyways and anybody can read them, I feel more free to post here when I know it's not actively being pushed to all my FB contacts.

Sat, Jan. 30th, 2010, 09:10 pm
End of January Update

Finished book 12 of the Wheel of Time. Yes I'm still reading it. This one was awesome. Brandon Sanderson writes well and is a better writer for most of the women in the story. Rand was also done very well. Perrin still sucks. Mat kinda of became comic relief, which I didn't appreciate. Also Mat and Siuan kind of devolved into vocal ticks Burn me this and Fishguts that...

Not going to give away any plot points, but a lot of good stuff happens. A good read.

Chana started ritalin and it's really making a difference. We and her teachers have noticed a marked improvement in her ability to sit and actually do work. Her handwriting is much neater, and she doesn't whine when doing homework. She also excited sat through all of a long parsha "Little Midrash Says" this week and answered all the questions at the end correctly. She also made some amazing moves in "Hey! That's My Fish!" today. I was very impressed with her obviously looking forward 2-3 turns and taking a smaller 1 fish tile, which was a better strategic move, instead of a fatter 2-3 fish tile.
We are a little concerned that she may be getting a little bit of insomnia from it though and mornings have been a little rough. We'll keep monitoring.

Sefi is regressing and choosing to sleep with a pacifier... great. He has moments where he is really great, but he also has moments where he just really wants more attention and he is a serious pain. New baby + terrible twos coming on in full strength. Good times.

Ella sleeps a lot, poops a lot, and cries only a little. She also has the worst case of baby acne I've ever seen. It's all over her face, and on her ears too.

Lorien is preparing for her parents visiting soon. Eilat is on the menu.

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