April 08, 2007

House Anniversary

Today's the 1-year anniversary of moving into our house!

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April 07, 2007

Chasing the Rooster

Our local rooster is still very much at large. S decided to give it a bit of a chase yesterday (luckily he was unsuccessful .... the bird can fly after all)


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March 04, 2007

Restful Weekend

Its been ages since we had a really quiet weekend with nothing (like a giant puzzle day fundraiser) hanging over our heads (ok, there were a few things we should have been working on, but it was really nice to take the weekend off). We made hamentashen for Purim, we took a long walk in Monterey, we took naps, we went on a bike ride, watched some tv movies, and generally loafed around the house.

This week is going to be pretty insane (I'm at a conference Tuesday and another one Thursday and Friday and then leave for London Friday night, plus I have to go back up to SF on Wednesday to pick up my new passport -- long story, and I have the second week of my online class and all the preparations for my trip and various other things), so it was really nice to rest up before this all starts.

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January 28, 2007

Welcome Madison!

We gave into our strong temptation to get a new friend for Bonnie/Mitzy and have brought home Madison from the shelter today.

According to her description, "She's a beautiful, six month old black and white female. Madison is a wonderful kitty who shouldn't be spending time in a shelter. This lovely lady deserves a home of her own. Indoors only please - her light nose is delicate! She's litter trained and uses a scratching post. And, as you can see, Madison is a very clean little girl. Visit the San Martin Animal Shelter to meet Madison. We think she'll be coming home with you when you do!"

Her official photo from them:

Hopefully they'll get along and become good friends! (Plus, she's crossword puzzle colored!)

Some more photos of Maddie now that she's home:

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January 20, 2007

New Counters (Finally)

Yay! At long last we have new counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom and can put everything back to where it belongs and actually use those spaces again. The kitchen seems much brighter and happier without the dark grouting that used to crisscross the counters, and in the bathroom we now have TWO SINKS (a high priority of mine). Here are some photos of the process and final outcome:


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December 06, 2006

Mittens, 1994-2006

I'm very sad to report that it turned out to be cancer, but that Mittens did not suffer much and everything happened very quickly.


a photo from last night

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More Cat Trauma

Mittens in sick again, and back at the vet. We just got the follow-up lab results yesterday and she was doing really well -- the thyroid stuff was getting under control and it wasn't masking any failing kidney things, which apparently it often does. And then this morning was a whole different story -- something is very wrong and even the vet doesn't know what's up yet. I brought her in the second they opened this morning and now they're doing xrays and more blood work, putting her on antibiotics and things, and we're waiting to learn more...

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November 17, 2006

Sick... again

I'm knocked out again by a terrible cold. Worked from home today (between naps) and hopefully will be back on my feet tomorrow. Of course the weekend is packed with plans (SLIS Job fair tomorrow where I'm a panelist, dinner club tomorrow night with a chile theme, and then KTEH pledge on Sunday... plus we've decided to go ahead with doing a crossword/sudoku fundraiser so I have to get to work on that...) so hopefully it's just a 24 hour bug...

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November 12, 2006

Weekend at Home

It was so nice to not have anything pre-scheduled for this weekend, leaving us lots of time to try to catch up on things around the house, do some errands, and watch the kitties nap in their favorite spots.

On Friday, since he had the day off, S removed the counter tops in preparation for our eventually getting new corian counters (probably in January if all goes as planned). The old tile ones were falling apart and he decided they might as well go now. We cut and nailed on temporary wood ones yesterday so the kitchen wouldn't be completely torn up, and it seemed a perfect opportunity to get to paint a surface that would be covered up soon anyway.

Today, S made kubeh soup (with his grandmother's recipe) and Trish and Ben came up for lunch and then we all went to the movies.
The soup was a wonderful red color (beets, celery, lemon juice and spices) with big balls of ground turkey stuffed into dough that tasted like matzah balls. Its apparently a Kurdish dish. We all thought it was delicious.

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November 08, 2006


So Mittens is home and diagnosed as hyperthyroid, apparently a common problem for older cats and one treatable by daily doses of medicine (which we will be starting tomorrow). Luckily Emy just went through this with Zoe and has been a great resource (as have the cat people at work). I kept thinking of that saying about "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend: and inside a dog, it's too dark to read" as I got an extensive tour of the insides of my cat via a series of x-rays. But other than the hyperthyroid and some unexplained (but not too worrysome) abnormalities (which we'll keep an eye on but not worry about yet), she's in really good shape and well adored by the vet staff.

She and Bonnie/Mitzy have gone back to hissing at each other, as can be expected after a separation and the bringing home of new vet smells, but hopefully they'll get back to the progress they had made soon.

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November 05, 2006

Getting ready to vote

I finally made it through all my proposition choices for Tuesday's election -- with a little help from Mittens who seemed particularly interested in the Board of Equalization race for some unknown reason (or at least that's what I was reading about when she decided she had been ignored long enough and wanted to help out).


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October 29, 2006

Ready for Halloween!

Spent the day getting ready for Halloween -- carving our pumpkins, making cookies and dressing up for Amytha's Halloween party.


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October 27, 2006

Introducing 'Zik'

I'd like to introduce you to 'Zik' (pronouced Zeke, short for Zikit (as in Ha-Zikit Ha-Mevulbelet) which means chameleon in Hebrew. He's "emerald jade" colored (a lovely greenish grey). 'Kissy' has gone on to a new home, so Vered has a new friend to get used to in the garage. Zik was chosen, among other reasons, for his very good gas mileage...


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October 26, 2006


We experienced our first home owners association meeting tonight, we missed the official annual meeting but then they didn't get the number of proxies they needed (new legislation changed all the rules recently) so had to call another general meeting within 30 days and then they didn't need as high of percentage. Our brief experience there has definitely cured us of any aspirations to run for the board... eegad.

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October 08, 2006

Sleepy Sunday

With S still out on his field study in SoCal (due back tonight! yay!), the girls mostly napped through the day. They pretty much stayed on opposite sides of the house all day, which kept things pretty calm (still a lot of hissing if they chance upon each other though)


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October 07, 2006

2 Cats, Day 2

Well the two cats have now seen each other, and continue to hiss. Mittens seems to have won the hissing contests because Bonnie has retreated back to her favorite spot out in the garden for now. Mittens is hiding behind my desk, but did come out long enough for me to put her new collar on her in case she decides to explore the garden and figures out how to scale the walls (I wouldn't put anything past her... last night she opened up the door to the bathroom cupboard and slept there on the second shelf with the light bulbs)

Here's Mittens with the light bulbs


Here's Bonnie keeping an eye on things from outside

And Mittens crouched, ready to hiss at Bonnie when she comes near

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October 06, 2006

Welcome Mittens!

There's a new member of our household today, Mittens, my grandfather's cat, who arrived this afternoon and is currently being sequestered in the guest bathroom until she and Mitzy can get used to each other.


Thank you to Martina for arranging the transport, to Mom for making the trip possible, and to Emy and my wonderful work colleages for all their advice on introducing a new cat.

Mitzy is not taking it well so far and is camped out in front of the bathroom making hissing noises, but hopefully they'll both come around and at least tolerate each other if not become friends.

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September 23, 2006

Round Challah

I made some round challah today using a super simple recipe (plus a dash of honey since that seemed appropriate for the holiday) and the bread machine. It turned out remarkably well (I was a little dubious while trying to braid it) and was dangerously easy and tasty.


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September 17, 2006

Back from SF

Its been a bad week for me blogging -- I definitely need to get back into the swing of things. It was the combination of coming down with a bad cold and having a super busy and stressful week at work (which probably caused the cold) and a bunch of afterwork meetings leading to some late nights (library commission, beyond books campaign). But I'm starting to surface I hope and should be back on top of things. S came home from the weekend (he's been down in SoCal on some field trials) and we drove into SF Saturday morning to meet up with Dad and Jane who are there for a conference. We took them to our favorite tea place Samovar and checked out the Museum of Craft and Folk Art which had a cute exibit of animal art (there was a giant orange cat out front made of mailboxes and things that I'll post photos of later). Dinner later at LuLu, which apparently we had been to years before and a bakery stop this morning where we go to learn more about their remodeling plans. S is headed back out to the field and I'm going to rest up so I can try to beat this cold before heading back to work.

Thank you Dad and Jane for hosting us in SF and letting us have a nice weekend away!

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August 27, 2006

Sunday Lunch

We had some friends over and had one of those long relaxed lunches that go all afternoon. We served Moroccan chicken and quinoa, stuffed eggplant, red peppers stuffed with baby tomatoes and feta, a lovely salad, sundried tomato foccacia and herb bread, and a wonderful blueberry cheese cake.
Bonnie wasn't so sure about having guests over...

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June 17, 2006

New Mailbox

My fantasticly handy husband has built us a new mailbox (which I got to paint green - a lovely shade from the $1 "oops" table at HomeDepot). The problem was that the mail comes in through a slot in the garage and then lands in a spread out pile on the floor of the garage... and then I would run over it. So after a couple of weeks of putting up with mail with tire tracks, he rigged up a very impressive solution with a plastic bin that hooked into the door and captured the mail. Unfortunately packages of books from Amazon proved too heavy for the bin and eventually it fell one time too many and shattered. So we got some wood and he built me a new one from scratch with a cute door on little hinges.


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June 11, 2006


We finally got our new mezuzah hung on the doorpost. I found some directions to follow so hopefully its up properly. Our lovely realtor and mortgage broker had given us some gift cards to purchase one as our wedding present and we finally found one we liked at the Israel in the Park festival last week. I really like how prominently the "shin" is featured (most do have the letter shin on them) since its the first letter in my new last name and seemed like a good thing to have on the door.

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May 14, 2006

Looks like Cat

We were watching Breakfast at Tiffany's last night and realized that our cat is a dead ringer for the no-name Cat in the film! I can't find a good still online that really captures the likeness, but it was fun to watch. Our cat has learned all sorts of new tricks, like getting on top of the highest bookshelves and hiding under the plants in the garden.

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May 01, 2006


We tried out one of our new wedding present gadgets tonight (thank you Aunt Edie and Uncle Joe) and made fresh pasta!
Not bad for our first try!

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Exploring the Outside World

We let Bonnie Toolah explore our little enclosed garden area and she absolutely loved it. She explored every inch of it and discovered how utterly fascinating birds in the trees can be.

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April 23, 2006

Cat @ Home

Yay! S managed to adopt Bonnie and now she's home trying to get used to her new surroundings. Her favorite spot is under the coffee table, but has come out to visit us on the couch a couple of times. She has beautiful stripes!

And since Lisa asked in the comments below... yes, the guest room is all ready for people to come and visit us!

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April 22, 2006

House Pictures, Part I

As promised, now that our internet connection works (though it is PAINFULLY slow making us glad we're planning to switch from DSL to cable modems next week), here are a couple of photos of the new house.

My very handy husband cutting the tile for the oven to fit, and cooking dinner once it is installed (yes, I know I'm very lucky!)

The main room of the house is split between the dining room and living room. You enter the front door into it and one end goes into the kitchen, the back into the master bedroom, and the side into the office. We really liked the layout of the place, the house we were renting was all hallways and this is one big central room with the other rooms off it so very little of the square feet are wasted.
I'll take some more photos in the daylight... there are clearly some more things to put into proper places, etc. but that may take us a while longer...

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CA593.6133315-1-pn.jpgWe're going to try to adopt a cat! We got to the shelter right before they closed and fell in love with Bonnie, so Shachar's going to go back tomorrow while I'm at work and see if we can adopt her. She got right onto my lap and started purring and of course I fell in love. She's an orange tabby and has a cold, but came from a good home (the owner had to move so had to give her up).

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April 17, 2006

The move, cont.

Things are starting to shape up at the house. Saturday the oven (re)arrived and S cut through the cabinet to make room before realizing that the tile needed to be cut too. We bought a new grinding wheel for his saw and he cut through that as well and now we finally have an oven! Everything got completely covered with tile dust in the process so we cleaned the kitchen again and and threw everything in the dish washer. Sunday we mounted the TVs to the wall (not sure why, but it does save room) and got the Tivo hooked up (which never worked with the Direct TV at the last house but is very happy with cable so life is v.v. good). Still no internet at home and I have a lot of office boxes to deal with, but we're getting there!

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April 14, 2006

Another Moving Update

The carpets are now in so we can start setting up the office finally. They were 6 hours late which was a pain, but they look nice. I ended up taking the afternoon off to be there and made some good headway in setting up the kitchen.

In theory the DSL is supposed to work today but we're going to cancel it and switch to cable once the modem arrives. Last night's big project was switching the refrigerator that was there with the one we brought with us. The one they left has been leaking all over the floor because the built-in ice maker wasn't happy. This of course required taking the doors off to fit into the garage and dealing with the water supply, etc. so it was a pretty big production.

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April 12, 2006

Moving Update, cont.

Sorry, no photos of the house yet because there isn't much to see yet. I was starting to feel settled in and then we took all the furniture out of the office and bedroom and stacked it in the living room so we can replace the dark green carpets in those rooms tomorrow. Once things are moved back to their places I will try to get some photos up (once we get internet access back up at home that is -- at this point I think we're going to switch from DSL to cable so it may be an extra week until we're all set.)

Projects so far: the washing machine and dryer turned out to block the folding doors that hide them, so S took the doors off, moved the track they were on, and remounted them about an inch out and now magically you can close the doors (I was very impressed). S also installed the new dishwasher which was even more impressive since they don't come with a plug or anything, just a bunch of wires you have to figure out. He also replaced the shower heads and heater filter. It turns out that in order to install the oven we need an electrician to rewire something (in addition to having to cut through the cabinet) because the old oven was apparently hard-wired in so there's no way to plug in the new one. Carpet and electrician coming tomorrow, new stove redelivered on Saturday, phone service should be up today, cable modem and service in 7-10 days. I think that's it for now.

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April 10, 2006

Moving Update

The move on Saturday went amazingly well -- the weather (after a solid month of rain) was absolutely perfect and gorgeous that day (it was back to rain on Sunday) and a bunch of Shachar's colleagues from work came to help so everything went quickly and smoothly. The only snag was the oven, which turned out not to fit in the space so we'll try again next week (we were going to trade it for a different model, but in the end decided to cut through the cabinet so they'll redeliver our same cool one next Saturday). We should get phone service (in theory) today, but no DSL until Friday. Many more boxes to unpack, but its already starting to fell like home.

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April 08, 2006

Moving Day!

Time to pack up the computer so I'm signing off... hopefully the rain will stay away for most of the day so we can get the move done.

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April 05, 2006


We got the keys tonight to our new place!!! Moving day is Saturday!

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March 10, 2006

Baby Hummingbirds

S got these great photos of baby hummingbirds during the home inspection on Wednesday:


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March 08, 2006

House Inspection

Had the house inspection done this morning -- nothing major jumped out (some of the outlets need to be replaced, the dryer vent needs to be replaced, etc.) so that's all good. We'll get the full report tomorrow. We also received the local hazard reports and things (I was relieved to find we weren't in an endangered red tree frog area...) Moving forward one step at a time (but very quickly.)

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March 03, 2006


Our realtor showed up with chocolate, champagne and strawberries... so I guess it means good news...


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It looks like things may have worked out afterall... they seem to have accepted our counter offer so now all the paper work and checking things out begins! Fingers crossed....

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March 02, 2006

Not going well

Well our first adventure into the world of real estate is not going well. We still haven't heard back on our bid, the seller's agent seems to be lying to our agent or at least giving her (and us) the runaround, we think the seller may have noticed that people were interested in the house (he got 3 or 4 bids that day) and may repost it at a much higher price, or who knows what is going on. There's still some chance it will work out, but it seems more likely that we'll have to walk away and wait for another place to come on the market that we fall for. Sigh. And anyway, it was kind of crazy to try to do something this major right now with everything else that is going on...

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February 26, 2006

Big Step

Just in case you didn't think we had enough going on in our lives right now, we put in an offer for a condo today! So keep your fingers crossed for us!

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February 10, 2006

Spring Flowers

My apologies to those of you expecting a big blizzard tomorrow, but it is so nice and sunny here that I just had to post some photos of the lovely flowers that are growing along our front walk. Even the strawberries that S planted for me are starting to turn red!


Oh, and the fence turned out quite nice!


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January 27, 2006


The fence saga goes on... sadly we lost this really lovely tree! The guy claims that it just fell down by itself, that the roots of something must have been weak. But I was so sad to see it lying there (we clipped a bunch of branches to put in vases)


(oh, and did I mention that it was actually our neighbor's tree?)

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Something is missing

I got home from work and walked by the kitchen and something didn't seem quite right. It took me a moment to realize that someone had come and removed our entire fence (only somewhat unexpectedly, the landlady sent someone around last week to check and he did mention that it was in terrible shape). Since we back into an open lot, it makes for a really large backyard but leaves the house feeling pretty exposed back there.


(to compare, usually the fence is right behind the hammock)

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November 20, 2005

Elusive Cows

At the end of our street is a big field, and once in a while there are a whole bunch of cows standing around, but never when I have my camera with me. The other day I managed to at least get one of them from afar (if you get too close, the hill obscures them).


We really do sort of live out in the middle of nowhere, don't we?

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November 14, 2005


We got bikes! Hopefully we'll have time to ride them soon...

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October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Ok, it's dark. The pumpkins are glowing and I have my witch hat on. WHERE ARE MY TRICK-OR-TREATERS? Woo hoo! Seconds after I posted this, three kids came and knocked on the door -- and one of them even recognized me from the library (he was wearing a scary mask, so I have no idea who he was)

(I just realized the candy mix we bought includes Runts, one of my favorites... the kids better get here quick!)

Final trick-or-treater count: 81+
(this is a world record for me -- last year the only person who came was the pizza guy)

[9pm: I decided to blow out the pumpkins and turn out the lights and hope no one else comes by... but it was a pretty successful halloween around here!]

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October 29, 2005

Pumpkin Carving

S carved his first pumpkin ever today! Hopefully they'll last until Monday, but he's leaving for a conference tomorrow and we didn't want to miss our chance to get them carved.


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October 09, 2005

Friends Over

Had a few friends over to ring in the new year with apples and honey and honey cake and all sorts of other yummy things!


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September 25, 2005

Back home

Back home again safe and sound but worn out. Back to work tomorrow and to tackle the huge pile of mail and email waiting for us. It was great seeing everyone though!

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September 18, 2005

Passion Fruit Flowers

S sent me these photos of our passion fruit plant flowers that are busy blooming away while I'm traveling.


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August 14, 2005

Happy Chairs

I've been dying to paint for ages, and S let me loose on his second-hand dining room chairs (since they were pretty scratched up anyway and way too dark for our bright and sunny kitchen. Here's a before and after photo of the set -- we had a great time sanding and painting them. They're pretty silly, but they make me smile.


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August 01, 2005


yay! DSL is working again! Thank you Verizon!!!! phew

(just home from softball, where we lost 17-5 again, sigh)

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July 25, 2005

Summer Evening

Ah, another lovely summer evening. Our softball team (now 1-2) was trounced 17-5 but it was a fun game and we had a great rally in the last inning (3 of the 5 runs anyway). S & I have been booking our tickets to go to Seattle over Labor Day Weekend and then back East at the end of September and trying to send out a few random job applications for practice. Then, as a treat, since our kitchen is filled with zucchini and lemons, I whipped up a batch of Zucchini Lemon Muffins (we'll see how they come out, but there are plenty more zucchinis to try a different recipe with another day)

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July 16, 2005

Life is good

Movers are here with my stuff, DSL is working (yay!) and Harry Potter arrived while I was waiting for the movers to arrive, so all is very very good in my world :)

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Moving Day!

Its moving day! I'll be signing off shortly to pack my computer and may not be back online until Monday at work because our DSL won't be active for a couple of days. Have a great weekend everyone -- and enjoy your Harry Potter fix.


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July 14, 2005

No Phone

The phone company seems to have jumped the gun and cut off my home phone a tad early (we are moving this weekend, but I really thought I had asked them to make the switch on Monday). So if you need me, email me or try my cell phone.

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July 02, 2005

Apartment Hunting

We spent the whole day looking at apartments in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Martin and fell in love with a duplex in Morgan Hill. We're going back tomorrow to meet with the owners and are keeping our fingers crossed. Lots of room for guests to come and visit and I fell in love with the bright sunny kitchen!


Saved comments:

Ooh, that does look like a lovely ktichen!
Posted by: Emy at July 2, 2005 09:47 PM

good lake
mazal tov bhazlacha
tasu chiim bdira achdasha
Posted by: shulamit shemtovloewy at July 2, 2005 11:01 PM

This is the best part of househunting! The sky is the limit and anything is possible. Let your imagination run and find the place of your dreams!

(Meanwhile I am still knee deep in dust, remnants of walls, half-plumbed in bathrooms and no kitchen to speak of... I am very jealous!)
Posted by: hanna at July 4, 2005 09:02 AM

Mazal Tov you two
have fun and look around the house I'm sure the owner left you something to celebrate with ... HeHeHe ;-)
Posted by: Ben Orkhof at July 5, 2005 01:33 PM

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June 16, 2005


Because I am someone who has never had ANY luck getting anything to grow (other than some interesting mold specimins in the fridge) I am just totally enraptured by the plants we're growing on my balcony (yes, having a personal botanist is really a wonderfully delightful thing). I was extremely excited as soon as the first little shoots appeared, but now that they're actually FLOWERING, it's just too amazing!!


(ok, yes, I'm procrastinating from doing my cataloging homework and other work, but I wanted to post them while they're alive and doing well)

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June 04, 2005


We're going to call it Vered (ver-ed), which is Rose in Hebrew :)


I've never had a car with a name before, but Brian and Dad always name theirs and this one seems to deserve one. (The rose is from Filoli, which we were visiting this morning.) It was time for my little blue one to find a new home I'm afraid.

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April 11, 2005


Had the whole weekend off from work (I've been subbing one or both weekend days lately which was a lot more fun when I didn't have a M-F job) and packed a lot of things into it (unfortunately finishing my paper wasn't one of them). Campaign meeting (we're shifting into GOTV this week), lunch out at my favorite sandwich place for a turkey & advocate sandwich, my favorite hardware store for more pots to plant things on my deck, a long afternoon nap, dinner & pool at the sports place down the street (we lost two games to the couple who were at the table), pastries in Half Moon Bay and a walk on the very lovely beach there, drafted fundraising letters and list for the campaign, updated the hay database, planted the new seeds and things, and saw a fantastic concert (Rita at Foothill College). Off to phone bank now and then I really need to get this paper out of the way... but it was a very nice weekend!


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April 03, 2005


After a really gorgeous couple of days (all of which I worked through so I didn't really get outside to enjoy them), it's raining again here. When Uncle Doug was here last weekend he took one look at me with my umbrella and decided that I had become my weather pixie! So here we are side by side:


(now I just need a cat...)

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March 27, 2005

More hamentaschen

Just can't quite get enough of Purim, so S and I made one last batch of hamentaschen -- some with a very untraditional but yummy goat cheese & dried apricot filling and some with the much more traditional poppy seed filling (this time from a can, since I'm not as much as a stickler for everything-from-scratch as Ellen is.) I should have asked her for her grandmother's dough recipe though, because that was the best dough I've worked with. Today's didn't come out quite as well, but they were still fun and tasty (they look more appetizing in person)

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March 19, 2005

Rainbows and Hamentaschen

On the way to our campaign meeting this morning there was a great rainbow. The picture (though the front window of the car) doesn't do it justice, but it was a particularly nice onerainbowarrow.jpg

After the meeting, Ellen and I made hamentaschen! We even made the poppy seed filling from scratch (though we're not sure about it). The apricot ones are still our favorites, and we made the more traditional prune ones as well.

Purim isn't until next Friday (3/25 - or 3/26 if you live in a walled city... though I can't remember why) but they're pretty time consuming so we thought we'd get a jump start. Last year I had hoped to make some but never got around to it at all.

And while they were baking, we even polished off the next round of thank you notes for contributors!

Hmm... I just looked up my entry from last March where I didn't get around to making hamentaschen and realized that I've been volunteering at KTEH for a whole year now! That went by so fast!

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March 09, 2005

Girl Scout Cookies!

Yay! My cute little neighbors delivered my girl scout cookies tonight! MMM.... Caramel deLites (dinner!) and Thin Mints (which will go right into the freezer for a later treat).

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February 01, 2005

I really meant to...

I meant to go to the "Conversation with Mas" kick off of Silicon Valley Reads tonight except that

a) I can't find my copy of the book so I haven't read it yet
b) I seem to be completely unable to end meetings on time so our VAB meeting didn't quite end in time to make it to a 7pm event (even though it was in an adjacent building)

Hmm... I'm not sure I can make it to any of the other events (which is pathetic because there are a million of them) Oh well. I'll at least try to track down my copy of the book (or check out another one) and read it before the end of the month.

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January 25, 2005

New phone!

So I managed to lose my phone (possibly in my car -- don't ask), and it wasn't really working anyway (it had stopped vibrating when not ringing, so I can't even call it and track it down) So the very nice people at the phone store here next to the library managed to get me a new one and activate it. So if I haven't returned your calls for the past few days it may very well be that I haven't gotten them -- but now it should be working again (same number) I resisted upgrading to a camera phone, since I enjoy my digital camera so much anyway, but it is a cute small flippy one.

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January 13, 2005


Yay! The repair man came and I finally have heat again! Luckily I live in a place where it at least isn't below freezing, but its still too cold not to have heat! On the plus side, it did make me appreciate having a nice warm office (with hot chocolate) to go to each morning this week!

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January 09, 2005

Pop Quiz

So I admit that I usually feel like I don't keep up enough, don't read the paper carefully enough, don't pay enough attention to what's going on in the world... (I mean, I didn't even know about Brad and Jen or the explosion nearby here) but then usually life just goes on and new things happen and there's another pile of papers to read, more news to watch, etc., so I don't have time to worry too much about it. But then, once in a while, I get one of those market survey telephone calls where they basically give you a pop quiz about your opinions about everything under the sun and I realize how little I really have been paying attention. Which pharmaceutical companies have had which products in the news lately (I can't keep them straight, but certainly have heard about them), what new shows have started in the last two months on cable (had only heard of two of them, but they all sounded terrible so I don't feel too bad), what do I think about Dupont? IBM? 3M? Have I written to any elected officials (no, well I have emailed on various issues but forgot when they asked) or newspaper editors (no) or called into any talk radio shows (ha!) with my opinions or made any speechs (ok, who goes around making speeches? ok, I made a quick unsuccessful one last February, but I don't think that counts)

The best question, which I completely drew a blank on, was "if you could be on the cover of any magazine, what magazine would you choose?" Looking around the pile of stuff next to the phone, the first thing I saw was Newsweek, but I really don't know what I would choose. If I was famous, what would I want to be famous for?

So of course I had to find one of those quizzes that tells you what kind of magazine you are:

Take the quiz: "What magazine are you?"

Time Magazine
You're a person who is comfortable with who you are. Your life is where you like it even though it may be boring


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October 29, 2004

Taking Halloween Seriously

A quick tour of the neighborhood, where people are definitely ready for a fun Halloween!

This one's just 2 doors down from my apartment building:

and some other decked-out places, including a little Silicon Valley Bill Gates humor on the tombstones...

And the scariest of all (I wonder if the Bush sign was supposed to be part of the effect?)

According to a piece in today's Merc, some houses in the neighborhood get 1200+ trick-or-treaters! Of course I got ZERO last year (not even the kids who live across the hall) and ended up eating all the candy I had bought (very bad!!) So I only bought a little bit this year (and already dipped into it (very bad!!)... but maybe I should be prepared just in case? I think apartment buildings would be very efficient places to trick-or-treat personally ...

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October 27, 2004

Bad time for an up-sell

I don't care how friendly the customer service guy is, it seems to me that when I call to complain that my cable is out (again) and the solution (if it doesn't reset itself soon) is to drag the box down to their office or make an appointment for someone to come in a couple of days and bring me a new one... that it is unlikely that I'm going to switch to have my internet access go through the cable company. Even if its faster than my DSL is, this just seemed like a really bad time to try to get me to switch. Sigh. But really, all I want is my TV to work again so I can watch West Wing and the Red Sox win the World Series (though I really hope I didn't just jinx that).

Update: I successfully traded in my box for a new one and all seems well in the world of TV reception again. I'm also happy to say that the woman in the cable office did not try to sell me additional service when I came in, which helped as well.

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October 12, 2004


Had a chance to catch up with Emy today finally over lunch (and pick up my candles so now everything can smell quite chocolately here) and then with Paul tonight by phone (turns out that Seth is apparently a major car buff so hopefully he can swing by and see Bill's over the holidays when they're in CT). Attended orientation to volunteer at the Jewish Street Festival in Palo Alto on 10/24 (I know, I was supposed to stop signing up for things like that, but a friend is in charge of recruiting volunteers and he gave me a really cool assignment helping with a huge paint-by-number Chagall mural). Am having strange car trouble but have an appointment to drop my car off to be checked tomorrow morning on my way to The Tech. Working on my collection development paper and watching Tanner on Tanner... Looks like the Yankees won Game One...

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September 23, 2004

Yay! TV!

The cable guy finally came just now and figured out that when they installed the cable for my new (quite noisy) neighbors downstairs they had accidentally cut my cable off in the process. But its back and just in time for the rest of the new season shows!

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September 18, 2004


So I finally leave the convention center after a long day at ASTC, stop off at the supermarket to pick up my favorite cereal (comfort food!), and want nothing more than to go home, curl up on the couch and watch Miss America (a long time tradition and guilty pleasure).

And my cable is out.

Ugh. Grr.

I guess I'll just go to bed.

I do have to say that I appreciate the warning given on the Miss America web site:

The Miss America Organization will be posting the winner of tonight's competition following its televised conclusion on the east coast. If you DO NOT wish to know the winner of the competition until after its west coast televised conclusion please do not enter the competition website.

I understand that by entering this website I will be presented with information on the winner of the 2004 Miss America competition, even though it may not have yet aired in my local time zone.

It does take most of the fun out of it to skip right to finding out who won...

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July 16, 2004

Fish Sitting

I'm honored to have been asked to fish-sit for my neighbors who are going away for the weekend. This is "whitey" and "orangey" :)

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July 12, 2004


I just met this really nice woman named Cheryl on the stairs up to our apartments - she lives on the third floor. We kept trying to figure out if we had crossed paths before or if we really had gone almost a whole year of living one floor apart and never met, which is pretty pathetic. We stood and talked for quite a while. She's off to France in a bit so we compared notes - I recommended Peter Mayle of course (I wish I had a copy of A Year in Provence to leave on her doorstep with a note... I do have the sequel, Toujours Provence... but would that be considered stalking or just agressive librarian-ing?). We decided we should encourage the resident manager to throw a party for everyone to meet --- they tried it a few years back and it didn't pan out, but there are so many new people moving in lately that it would be nice to have a chance to meet them, and since there are multiple staircase/elevator landings, you only run into about a quarter of the people anyway. I hope I see her again!

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June 22, 2004

Get Organized!

Yes, for any of you who have seen my apartment, this is clearly something I need to do. Believe me, I tell myself to get organized all the time, but its not that easy!

So, I attended a workshop this morning at Compass Point (which is a fantastic resource) on Getting Organized with Karla Jones from Get Organized. She is a professional organizer (and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers).

I'm putting some of the ideas here in my blog (mostly so I can then recycle the handouts from the workshop instead of adding them to the already overwhelming and unmanagable piles of things on my desk...) This is also why I've been posting more articles from the newspaper... so that a) I can potentially have a conversation around the topic with one of you and b) so I can recycle the paper without feeling guilty for not clipping and saving the article, since I know it will now be searchable here on my site :)

Here are some random notes from the workshop (yes, some are pretty simple and obvious, but clearly I'm not doign them now)

- Being organized is a problem solving skill
- Why we don't? Fear, it is overwhelming, no time, think we can be a super-person and do it all, no system, its boring, perfectionism, procrastination
- Consequences? stress, lost $, lost time, lack of space, visual noise, chaos, missed deadlines, reputation (people think you can't handle things when they look at your mess), clients suffer
- Simple systems are easier to keep up!
- You are allowed to throw away old bills and bank statements (unless there are tax implications)
- Throw all the tax stuff in one file and sort it in January
- Ask to be taken off mailing lists for catalogs, junk mail, nonprofits you aren't going to give to, etc. (She even gave us bright red stickers that say "Please remove my name from your mailing list. Thank you!")
- Have a "bills to pay" section

- Grab a big box, take all the paper and put it in the box vertically (not in a big pile where you would only see the top thing, but turn the box on its end and file that way) Put all the sticky notes you find onto a normal size piece of paper.
1) Go through one piece of paper at a time and keep or toss (usually 2/3 is tossable) 2) Go through again and figure out what the next step is for each piece of paper:
-- telephone call? Add it to your telephone message book that you keep by the phone. This should be a notebook with a running list that you take all your phone messages on and cross things off as you call them back. If you need to keep the paper to use when making the call, put it in the "telephone call" folder
-- to do? Add it to your to-do list (and ideally to your calendar) so you're sure to do it, and put the paper (if needed) in the master-todo file. Since so many times we keep the paper on our desks to remind ourselves that it needs to be done, having it on the todo list will do that and the paper can go away. Carry your todo list and calendar with you
-- project you're working on now? Have A MAXIMUM OF SIX "temporary project folders" of things that you're working on within the next 6 weeks. Keep vertically on desk
-- file? There should be a box on top of your filing cabinet to put things that need to be filed. One should only have a two drawer filing cabinet at most -- any more and you have ARCHIVES, not just files. Go through and throw out things that don't make sense to have any more -- without going through the papers inside the folders.
-- reading material? -- try to read things within a day or two of getting them. Try getting a big basket with handles that you dump to-read things into -- take it with you when you have time to read -- and read off the bottom of the pile. When the thing gets too full, grab the bottom of the pile and throw it away, sometimes you just can't read everything

Ok, I'm off to fill up a big vertical box with all the papers on my desk and on the floor and we'll see what happens! Wish me luck!

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April 08, 2004


In the category of things that you don't expect to see everyday, it was hard not to notice that there is a kayaker in the swimming pool...


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March 06, 2004

So nice out!

weatherpixie.jpgIt is such a beautiful day here! I'm outside (I love wireless access!) trying to concentrate on my paper about my experience observing at the Los Gatos library... My weather pixie says its 63 degrees (though the weather report said 68) -- and she has her cute little iBook too!

Lots of people were out sitting in the park enjoying the sunshine. And its hard to beat cherry blossoms and palm trees!

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November 29, 2003

Comfort Food Central

It was comfort food central around here today. I made applesauce (since I had a bag of leftover apples) and bread pudding (since I had bunch of slightly stale bread). Both were really easy and quite comforting. It was a grey winter day and I just stayed in trying to work on my papers and cooking.

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November 11, 2003

New toaster!

toaster.jpgAfter putting it off for months, I finally bought myself a new toaster! No one but Bill (aka the bagel king) would appreciate this, but its both a regular pop-up toaster AND a toaster oven in one. :)

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October 09, 2003

No oven

I was kind of hoping I'd come back from class today with a fixed oven so I could bake something for tomorrow's Tech Volunteer potluck... but no such luck.

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October 08, 2003

Not Much

I treated myself to a whole day at home to catch up on stuff (I moved my Tech shift to tomorrow so I didn't have to go downtown 4 times this week since that's about 3 hours of transportation time a day) but didn't get nearly as much done as I would have liked. I did finish the paper that's due tomorrow at least, and did a first draft of Mom & Bill's RTM mailing.

I feel like my to-do list is a mile and a half long...

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October 03, 2003

Honey Cake

Mom and I made honey cake and chocolate honey cake (for a sweet new year) but seem to have broken my oven in the process...
Tasted good though!

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September 02, 2003


spider.jpgThere is a monster-spider which has decided to take up residence right above my bed and I'm afraid to use a magazine to escort her out because she seems to have already built a nest or something right there. Sigh. I'm such a wimp!

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