December 3rd, 2007



LiveJournal was bought again.

  • Bobby and Jen are parents. I met Bobby when I was seven, in third grade. And now he has a kid. He's a father.
  • Had a great weekend with Rob. We keep having amazing weekends, and it's great :) He has a new addiction to How I Met Your Mother. I am proud. He bought a new webcam, so we can talk at night and actually see each other. We
  • We tried all new restaurants this weekend, it was a fun dice roll, and they all ended up being pretty good. A 50's style diner. [missing one here] Oh, and we tried Pei Wei, which turns out to be a subsidiary of P.F. Chang's. mmm. A locally owned breakfast joint named "Carol's Place" with lots of old people who just came back from church, and a strange waitress. And also a German restaurant, where they had latkes on the menu.

Right now I just feel exhausted. Lots of driving this weekend, lots of things to do at work today. Visiting Bobby at lunch, finishing my project for my health class this evening. Chanukah starts tomorrow night. Here's my upcoming schedule.

7a-5p: work
(break for lunch to meet Savannah!)
5:15p-?: finish project, practice presentation
?: Presents for Chanukah-- MUST go shopping
?: Must also go shopping for canned goods/ extra credit for Health

7a-5p: work
(break to finish presentation and/or chanukah shopping, depending on what I didn't finish)
5:15p-6:40p: Chanukah celebrations with the family/Hilfsteins
7p-10p: Class:presentations/project due

7a-5p: work
5:15p-6:40p: Chanukah celebrations with fam
7p-10p: Class

7a-5p: work
5:15p-6p: Chanukah celebrations with fam
6:30p: Company Holiday Party

6p: Synagogue Chanukah Latke party

Before 6p: Finish USY Chanukah party details
6p: USY then Robinson's Chanukah party

Ugh. I don't know what's going on with USY. The kids aren't motivated and I lack the extreme motivation to GET them motivated. I'll do the paperwork and get them on their trips and such, but sheesh. There's not much chance of more meetings if they keep ditching out like this.

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I almost killed someone today
I saved a little boy's life

(The facts are these:)

Coming out of Bobby and Jen's neighborhood, a little boy ran out directly in front of my car. He couldn't have been more than two years old. I slammed on brakes and swerved, and very luckily didn't hit him.

The mom was standing on the side of the road checking her mail. Apparently not paying attention to her son.

That was the scariest moment of MY day. I bet that was the scariest moment of HER life.

Watch your kids, y'all.

Scraping by

My budget is... slim. After plane tickets and car trips, I'm feeling a little bit broke. I JUST made it with my mortgage/hot tub/car payments. Seriously I have like two dollars.

After being so proud of myself about budgeting my finances and everything like that, it was easy to assume it'd always be that way. I guess I subconsciously forgot that I was saving money for the specific purpose to *spend* when I needed it. Like for trips to Israel (although my total cost incurred so far is a mere $386.40). Anyway, my savings account is shot.

Luckily I get paid on Friday, and luckily it should reflect my raise (and here's hoping for retroactive for the two days I worked this job from the last pay period). Even with that, Chanukah is lookin' slim. Our piano, normally covered with presents for WEEKS before Chanukah begins, is barren with only a few small gifts. Its slim both for the givings and the gettings.

The givings will consist of many beautifully drawn pictures of things to be bought in Israel (hey Matthew, can I take your fold-up duffel bag?). Other than promises of presents from our homeland, I did acquire a few presents over the past year. I already have something for Deborah, so I have no choice but to give it to her. I also have a present for my parents that my dad in particular will really enjoy. Vivi and Matthew won't be down till after Chanukah is over, so I don't need to feel major pressure on those just yet.

I'm glad to have a few weeks break in between Chanukah (a few friend-presents, but mostly family) and Christmas (a few other of the friends) and Holiday Greetings (an unsurprisingly large number of FSM lovers)

The gettings, as told to me earlier today by my daddy, will likely be a check. From the parents, at least. It will be nice to not have to worry too much about my budget while I'm in Eretz Yisrael, and the check will be very welcome.

Finances should be eased up also, for about twelve minutes, in between the time I get reimbursed for last semester(100% for an A, 80% for a B, 60% for a C, as per my job-- and likely getting 100% in both, woot), and I pay for this coming semester. Silly tuition.

I have decided to ride it out on my 10% 401k contribution for a little bit longer. I love that I have savings that I can't spend, and putting in 10% makes me feel like a good little saver. If I do this for awhile longer and realize I could use more money to survive on, I might cut myself down to a 6-7%. Until then, look forward to me complaining about not having money.