30 July 2007 (Monday)

making my move

www.devarim.com now points to the new Devarim. Layout still in progress, but I'm trying to prioritize actually blogging. Oh, and getting my hand back into Mayim Rabim. And taking care of my kids. And getting some sleep...

If you are subscribed to a feed that spat out this post, you will want to re-subscribe, as the new site (hosted on Blogger) spit sout a different feed.

Signing off...

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8 December 2006 (Friday)

one-l for the med set

My friend's wife has just published her third book: MD: A Four-Year Journey Through Medical School. I haven't read it yet, so I can't promise it's as funny as her first or second books (on the world of shidduch dating), but her writing overall is excellent. So I'll do a "didn't read the book yet but I like the person" haskama (see uberimma for details) and say that this would make an excellent Festivus gift for that special medical student/pre-med undergrad/disgruntled doctor in your life.

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6 December 2006 (Wednesday)

a girl's best friend

Please - if you are sexually active and are not ready, at this time in your life, to become pregnant, use a reliable form of contraception. And take advantage of Free EC Day today by getting yourself a course of the stuff and stashing it in your medicine cabinet. No method of contraception (except abstinence) is 100% reliable, but in case of failure, EC is a far better option than an abortion a month or two later.

(With thanks to avtherav for the link.)

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21 November 2006 (Tuesday)

absence of feeling

I had a cavity filled this afternoon in a lower molar (#19, for those of you who know the system). Because of the tooth's location, my dentist had to inject the anesthetic fairly low and far back, resulting in the numbing of not only my tongue and lower lip (and the tooth, of course), but also part of my throat on one side. ow that I'm home, I'm trying to decide which sensation is stranger for the numbness: kissing my husband with only three-quarters of my lips, or drinking cold water with only half my throat.

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20 November 2006 (Monday)

master control program

The other day, Julian spotted this commercial on TV:

I missed the very beginning, but a couple of seconds after I started watching, I shouted out: "TRON!" Gotta maintain the Child Of The Eighties street cred, right?

And then I stared at the screen, waiting to see what product was being advertised. (Remember: missed the beginning, and was watching this on an actual television so no helpful filenames.) When the logo for the Honda Civic came onto the screen, I grumbled, "Well, that was a clever commercial, but the Civic's target audience has no clue what Tron is." Those of us who know about Tron - and will appreciate the commercial - are way older than the demographic they're trying to sell to. Even I (at age almost-27) am at the very young tail end of people who know Tron...people in their 30s are more like it. And people in their 30s generally aren't buying Civics. The ones who are will do so even without the commercial; and Honda shouldn't be selling Civics to the rest of them when they could instead be pitching the Accord (or the Pilot something else more appropriately sized for families with 1.7 children).

All that said - I still like the commercial.

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19 November 2006 (Sunday)

waning, waxing

Obviously I wasn't able to stick with that whole NaBloPoMo thing. Oh well.

In the meantime (and with thanks to maric for showing me the way), I am dellighted to announce that I am, apparently, in tune with my (somewhat disturbed) feminine side:

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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7 November 2006 (Tuesday)


There are still a couple of hours before the polls close. If you haven't yet (and you didn't mess up your registration like I did - mab please don't kill me!): GO VOTE!

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6 November 2006 (Monday)

how may i help you?

Today put on my best pinch-hitter hat and I helped out in our shul office for a couple of hours, mainly answering phones. And damned if I didn't almost-say "Hello! Young Israel of Cornell - how may I help you?" when I picked up the phone. Every. Single. Time. But only almost. I'm sure it would have been very confusing for the guy calling about minyanim in the greater Boston area to have gotten the impression that he had dialed upstate New York instead.

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5 November 2006 (Sunday)


Hey, at least I can admit that I'm writing crap, right? This morning, shotly after I woke up, I read that Saddam Hussein had been sentenced to death by hanging. Perfect! I thought. Now I can do a whole weighty blog post about the death penalty in general, and this sentence in particular. Alas, no. Instead I shall complain about the lousy options for endtables and coffee tables (which are apparently properly called "cocktail tables" - who knew?) at Jordan's, and the almost-completely-random manner in which two grown adults will go about selecting new pillows for their bed (included in the process: an actual calculation of whether it would be more cost effective to buy two king size pillows or three standard size pillows).

There. I've complained.

This is the most pathetic NoBloPoMo attempt ever.

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