Sunday, April 27, 2014

Virus Anyone

it is 5:00 p.m. in the holy city of zefat.   the pesach holiday ended on monday night.   i was too tired to put my pesach stuff away.  i babysat until about 1:30 a.m. so that the kids could catch a movie.   i woke up really sick on tuesday morning.   it felt like the flu.  sore throat, fever and in general, i felt like i had been run over by a truck.  i spent the day in bed.  my stomach hurt, too.

i was asked to babysit the kids on wednesday but i declined.   i must have been feeling pretty ill to refuse.  
on wednesday evening i got talked into one of those birthday parties at the clan's home.   it was pandemonium there.  everyone was overtired; little kids were way past their collective bedtimes and bigger kids were outwardly vicious to one another.   there was quite a a bit of body slamming into walls.

.the sephardi mom started making sephardi party crepes at about 10:00 p.m.   there was plenty of nash put out on the table and of course, the birthday cake.  of course, all the little kids wanted cake and some of the adult kids wanted cake, also.   my head felt heavy and my stomach hurt.   i sat in a corner and drank tea.   i hadn't witnessed so much aggression in quite a while.   we made our getaway at about 11:30 p.m.  my son was a no show.   that's how come i got coerced into joining the festivities.

i thought about going to town on thursday.  i still need to sort out my overdraft at the bank and try to retrieve the travelling money from the medical plan.   i simply gave up.  i was wiped out.   a friend called bright and early to let me know that an old girl friend from yeshiva days in zefat was visiting zefat for the day.   i felt like i wanted to connect with them.   i ended up babysitting my grandson in the afternoon and was pretty tired by the time the friend finally arrived in zefat.  although it was only 8:00 p.m. when i heard from her, it was way past my socializing hour.

the two ladies stayed up past midnight reminiscing.  i wouldn't have made it, even though i wanted to.   i had to make shabbat for the kids.   i was really tired and mot feeling well.   i got off to a very late start.   it was really hot and i needed to go down to the super to return all of the empty bottles and buy some veggies.   i was completely knocked out by the short walk.

i made a small coconut brownie cake in the fleishig toaster oven and then i made a small potato and carrot kugel.   i couldn't use the regular oven because i still had pesach things on top of it.   i made a cheesecake in the dairy toaster oven and then i made a dairy cornbread.   i grilled up some chicken and fried up some chicken cutlets.  i wasn't going to bother to cook fish but in the end,  i made the usual spicy sephardi fish that the kids love.  i made a cole slaw and israeli salad and cooked up some hard cooked eggs for the little kids.  i fried up an eggplant and marinated it for the big kids.

i had the kids with me for a few hours on friday.  i had already done the floors the day before and most of the cooking was finished.   i passed out early and went to sleep with my grandson.  the kids were still hanging around upstairs.  i got up at 7:30 a.m. and started my day.  i had the little kids with me and they both got chocolate milk and cheesecake.   i had wanted to visit my friend but i was too tired.  i caught up on my psalms.   i used disposable plates so cleanup was a synch.

like many motsei shabbats, i didn't fall asleep.   i finally passed out at around 5:00 a.m.   i was awoken at 8:00 a.m. and couldn't speak.  i felt really sick.. the little one had a high fever for a couple of days and probably had a virus.   i guess i've had a virus for days now.  i am one unhappy camper.   the kids got their bubble bath and dinner so it's a matter of just waiting for one of the parents to come home.   tonight is holocaust remembrance day.   that means hours of holocaust movies.   i just can't do it.   i will use the BBC and special VOD programming tonight.   i might just catch the 'breaking bad' series if it is being offered tonight.   last night we watched the second episode of 'fargo'.   it's a winner.

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