i just got back a little while ago from the old age center, where i volunteer every tuesday. today is a jewish fast day. i believe, that it ends sometime around 8:00 p.m. or a little sooner.
i am exhausted! we went to a wedding yesterday in the town of bnai brak. it is quite a schlepp to get there. the chupah was called for 6:15 p.m. and we got there early for a change. the zefat brigade usually makes it by a split second. we left at 2:30 p.m. and it was a bit tricky to get out at that hour all dolled up in a shaitel and full makeup. i wore about three layers of black lacey clothing.
i was running late and called a cab to take me to the designated bus stop. at the last minute, i switched handbags and forgot to transfer my money. luckily, i have known the cab driver for a long time and i will get him the money soon. i gulped down a cold coffee before i left and figured that i could get another one on the road.
at the break, i started craving something sugary. i have been eating a bunch of dried fruit lately but didn't bring any along. i really wanted a frozen chocolate bar but i couldn't find any with the correct hecksher. we were the first ones to arrive at the wedding hall so we stood around watching the families get photographed for what seemed like, quite awhile.
there were fancy cakes set out but nothing more substantial, like fruit or nuts. i guess i have become accustomed to the sephardi way of serving tons of appetizers before the wedding meal. i grabbed a chocolatey, krispy thing in a baking paper and tried to enjoy it but i soon tasted the margarine and chemicals and threw it a away. what i really needed was a cup of coffee. i asked a waitress if there was any coffee to be had and i was told no. she offered me hot water but it just wouldn't do the trick. i thought about having some cola but i really don't like the stuff. i simply, kept to drinking water.
after the chupah, the meal began. we were all pretty much, starving. there were some israeli salads set out and a huge plate of fresh grated vegetables. we all munched out on the fresh salad. i think that they refilled our dish three times. bread never tasted so good! by the time the first course arrived, i was stuffed. i opted to wait for the main meal. we got up to dance and i felt a little woozy. i was also, too full to dance. i usually dance on an empty stomach. i managed to twirl around frantically for a little while until the main course was served.
they brought over, yet, another plate of the sliced raw salad. i had a portion of chicken because the smell of meat was nauseating me. i ravaged the chicken like it was going to be my last meal forever. i didn't bother having any rice. it was almost time to go and i still didn't see any coffee. they served brownies with non dairy icecream but no coffee. i made my way through the hall, congratulating all the family members on the beautiful wedding and went downstairs to find the bus. we were all lost and floundering in our way back.
we left bnai brak at 11:00 p.m. and i fell asleep almost immediately. i felt the beginning of a painful eye attack coming on. i was too tired to get off the bus at the break and didn't feel like drinking plain black coffee. i calculated that according to jewish dietary laws, i could drink a coffee with milk at 4:00 a.m. the fast began at 4:30 a.m. so i watched television until about 3:45 a.m. and then fell asleep. by then, i was way too tired to get up and make a coffee, anyway. my legs ached from dancing, too.
i heard gal leave with the baby, but i was too tired to get up at 8:00 a.m. i finally, woke up at 9:00 a.m. and couldn't move. i blew off the old age center. at 10:00 a.m. i got up and showered and decided to go. i called a cab but once again, they came late. i didn't get to the center until almost 11:00 a.m. i figured that a little help was better than none at all. it turns out that the driver from the bus last night is the husband of the worker that i volunteer with every week. what a small world!
i am going to try to get over to the palates class soon. i really pulled my back out at aroebics last week. i am determined to get back in shape this summer. i have had three days off from babysitting this week and i miss my sahar very much. i hope i get to have him tomorrow.