Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hopping on the Tag-wagon!

Miriam, who blogs about being "a black Jewess in the Charedi circles", her life in Jerusalem, and writes tantalizingly serialized fiction, and AmKsheOref who is also one of the co-conspirators of the recipe site "Why Don't More Jewish Men Cook?" when he's not reading science fiction somewhere in the Midwest, both tagged me with the "8 FUN FACTS/ HABITS ABOUT ME..." meme.

'bandwagon' parking space

Here's how it works:
Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged.


  1. A few years ago I 'solved' breakfast, and since then, I eat the same breakfast every morning:

    I mix together:
    • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
    • 1/2 cup blueberries
    • 1/4 rounded cup Grape Nuts cereal
    • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
    I stock my freezer with six month's supply of 1/2 cup portions of blueberries for the Winter, when fresh blueberries are unavailable.

  2. Someone (else) left the freezer open last week, and all of our ice cream melted. I poured it all in a gallon container, to use in my coffee. I guess you could call this the practical implementation of a life philosophy of, "When life melts your ice cream, make faux lattes."

  3. I compulsively save all sorts of recyclable items, to give to our school. (Empty yogurt containers, egg cartons, paper towel tubes...) After over a dozen years of being the parent of schoolchildren, I am incapable of throwing away an egg carton. Over the summer, the collection grows so large, that on the first week of school I have to bring the items in multiple trips.

  4. I own over a thousand cloth napkins.
    Over 1700 when we counted last Fall.

    In addition to a very full Shabbat 'napkin wardrobe', I make cloth napkins in different fabrics to suit specific occaisions. I have Purim napkins (fabric with masks and streamers), Chanukah napkins, Pesach napkins (with matza fabric), and Thanksgiving napkins. I make them for birthday parties in fabric that matches the theme of the party.

    I can construe almost any type of event as an excuse to make more napkins, but...

  5. ...My sewing machine and serger are both broken. I have been driving around with them in my trunk for months. Not getting them fixed is making me nuts.

    Or, maybe my craziness is keeping me from repairing them:

    For ten years, I had a wonderful sewing machine repair mechanic whom I trusted implicitly. Denis sold me the machines and did all the maintenance on them. Last year he became gravely ill, and retired. I have been searching for a replacement for him since last Summer.

    Though I know it's irrational, I think I've become a bit superstitious about this. I know my choice of a new sewing machine mechanic won't cause Denis' illness to worsen. I do know that. I think I'm procrastinating about getting a new repairman, because I'm hoping he'll recover.

    May he have a speedy and complete recovery.

  6. I street shop. I live in Boston, where the annual student migration yields perfectly good furniture, appliances, and whatnot discarded on the street on a predictable and reliable schedule.

    I can't resist 'rescuing' these items, either for my own use, or to share with others. I get a {ahem} cheap thrill from getting things for free.

  7. I get a thrill from eliminating inefficiency, even if it costs me money, time or other resources. I'd rather do extra work myself, in bulk, than have a dozen friends all duplicate each others' efforts.

  8. I tell myself that I'm not such a big fan of tagging, but when I see memes and tags on other people's blogs I read those posts first.

Almost every blog I know has already participated in this meme. I think I'm the last one invited to have a seat on this bandwagon. If you haven't written yours yet, please climb aboard and consider yourself officially invited!

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Ayelet said...

When I read your "efficiency" stuff, I'm always reminded of one of my favorite childhood reads: "Cheaper by the Dozen".

By the way, is your house usually incredibly neat? Does your desk really look like that in real life? Are your kids generally neat and organized? How 'bout your hubbie?

Juggling Frogs said...


I loved the original (by Frank Gilbreth) version of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and also the sequel, "Belles on Their Toes", too.

I didn't know them as a child. Only a couple of years ago, CrunchyGranolaMom ordered both of them from Amazon for me as a gift. I've loaned them out multiple times since (to both adults and children) and recommend both books frequently.

When the movie of the same title came out, I was so disappointed! Not only was it not even a tenth as clever or interesting, but the conclusion drawn (parents need to give kids the tools and opportunities to become independent, everything will be okay because kids are adaptable and resilient) in the book was turned upside-down in the movie! (Movie had the family giving up careers to coddle the kids...!)

My house has its laundry piles and paperwork backlogs. I'm just not fond of photographing them!

Don't forget, we make a weekly game out of "Find the Dining Room table" before shabbat dinner.

I try to keep the public rooms as clutter free and presentable, if only because it reduces my stress level.

Some of the kids are natural neatniks, some trash their rooms on a regular basis.

Often, when they ask for a privilege or a special art project, I tell them they can do it when all the kids rooms are clean. Depending on who's most motivated, sometimes they'll clean each others rooms to get the project or privilege. It may not be the fairest way to handle the mess, but it's expedient.

RaggedyMom said...

My oldest child started preschool last fall, and I think I may have been one of the only parents to actually heed the teacher's request for recyclable items.

For me, it's a pleasure to see the school use this stuff, plus, it cuts down on the trash - between my downstairs neighbor and I, and the gaggle of little kids between us, there are always tons of milk cartons etc. in the recycling bin.

Thankfully the regular trash bin (and it's ever-replenishing stinky diaper stash) is picked up promptly every morning!

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Very interesting sounds like a cool house.

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Great meme sounds like a cool household.

doodlehead said...

a refuah shlaima to denis. it sounds like he's hangin in there just to fix your machines one last time.

Juggling Frogs said...

Thanks, all!

(Amen, Doodlehead. I hope he hangs around to fix them for the next 120 years...)

Batya said...

This is a favorite.
I did it ages ago and enjoy reading everybody else's.

Miriam said...

that breakfast sounds so yummy, i think i'll borrow it!

Miriam said...

Refua shelayma to Denis.

& thanks for the link

Ayelet said...

Ugh, don't get me started on that stupidest of stupid movies - or movies destroying the books they're based on in general.

I don't know if I've mentioned this yet, but I think you're totally cool and I think you should move to Palm Beach so you could be my friend. (I'm moving in about a week and don't know anyone there and am quite concerned that no people nearly half as cool as you live there. Gulp.)

Juggling Frogs said...


Wow! Thank you!!

I don't know anyone in Palm Beach, but I know for a fact that in another week, there will be at least ONE very cool person living there.

Unless, of course, you decide to turn that moving van around and come up here to Boston to live...

Best of luck with the move. Have a safe and uneventful trip. May you only know joy in the new home!

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