Friday, September 25, 2009

Facebook Status Updates That Never Were

Elswhere Booland...
  • Has not been on the actual Facebook for over a month, which leaves her wondering if all online addictions are so easily cracked. And let's not even get into the cobweb-strewn ruin that is her Twitter account.
  • Doesn't want to let the whole month of September go by without a single blog post.
  • Had a lovely time, really really wonderful, on her last vacation, but it was like four weeks ago and does anyone really still want to hear about it even if she could remember the details?
  • Now has a nine-year-old child, who is currently ensconced in her room dancing by herself to the latest Hannah Montana CD.
  • *sigh*
  • Went to her first Ukulele Crcle a couple weeks ago and had such a blast that it perhaps qualifies as a genuine spiritual experience.
  • Is now, however, kind of abashed about her extremely cute and much-beloved but admittedly bottom-of-the-line and nearly untuneable orange ukulele.
  • There's nothing quite like whanging out "Hey Good Lookin', What You Got Cookin" among 40-odd (and some of them were rather odd) ukulele...ists(?). It was pretty awesome.
  • Has noticed that the term "awesome" is now approaching critically-overused status among her cohort, but can't seem to stop saying or writing it anyway. What did we ever say before "awesome" came into currency?
  • Might perform at the next ukulll crcl event. If she can get up the nerve to go up in front of everyone with the orange uke in hand.
  • 's aforementioned nine-year-old child is hitting milestones at a dizzying rate; she learned to ride a bike this week.
  • And now walks herself to school regularly, and sometimes home from school too.
  • And takes her own showers and gets the shampoo out of her own head.
  • Cue Malvina Reynold's unbearably maudlin "Turn Around, Turn Around" here.
  • *sniffle*
  • Right; moving right along:
  • Organized the childcare and led the children's Rosh Hashanah service at her tiny crunchy groovy shul last Saturday.
  • There were 12 kids, though not all at once, which we think is a record number for our congregation.
  • In the library, not the usual preschool room.
  • The library is pretty tiny.
  • Played the "Shofar Blast" song on the orange ukulele, but couldn't find the sheet music at the crucial moment and forgot the middle chords.
  • At one point a small child took it upon himself to re-tune her ukulele pretty drastically.
  • But one of the other parents is a musician and helped re-re-tune it.
  • Overall, it was a success.
  • Is, however, exhausted enough to have declined the chance (suggested only yesterday! Our shul is like that) to lead the childcare-organizing effort for Yom Kippur this coming Monday.
  • , Speaking of Jewish stuff, just yesterday met the (as far as we can tell) *one other* Jewish kid at her kid's school, who is new this year, and happens to be in her kid's classroom, and also happens to go to the same circus-arts class, and who her kid also appears to actually like.
  • And the kid's mom, who was wearing a Folk Music Festival Volunteer T-shirt.
  • The family also goes to the one other earthy-crunchy shul in town.
  • is even more thrilled about all this than she would have predicted, and thinks maybe being the only Jewish parent at the school was wearing on her more than she thought.
  • Now has ideas for more blog posts jumping around in her head and threatening to run off with her fingers.
  • But that's nothing new; it's been like that all month, hampered only first by crazy-busyness and then by resistance to getting back into things.
  • Is happy to be back here.


Blogger susan said...

I always feel happy to see a new post from you in the feedreader--short, long, bulleted, paragraphed, whatever. I like 'em all, and the image of an orange ukelele is particularly happy-making today.

Can I hit you up for Yom Kippur book recommendations? Today I went into CG's classroom to read Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah (yes, several days late, but the kids were happy just the same). I want to suggest that I read Lily's Purple Plastic Purse as a Yom Kippur educational moment next week--an idea I got from you at some point--but CG says they read it recently and she doesn't want a repeat book. I pointed out that re-reading books is A Good and Great Thing, but she wants some other options to consider. Do you have any other suggestions? I'm sure there's a Sammy Spider YK book (although I don't think I've ever read it).

9:46 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I'm glad you're back! Was starting to worry there a bit...

1:50 PM  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Wow. I'm sort of stunned that MG was the only Jewish kid in her entire school until this year. (In a major urban area? Wow.) What a difference it must be for you, given that you used to work at a Jewish dayschool.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Amy MW said...

Glad you're back! Dont' go away like that again, k?

11:52 AM  
Blogger elswhere said...

Aw, thanks, you guys!

Phantom--it might be an urban area, but Northwest urban is way different from East Coast, and Canada is differenter still. And we're in a historically-very-Italian suburban neighborhood. And it's a small school--only about 200 kids in grades K-7, which comes out to only 1 class or less worth of kids in each of the older grades (the younger grades have bigger classes as the school gets more popular).

And there are tons of non-Christian kids who aren't Jewish. In the 2001 census, there were about 20x more Hindus in our suburb (not just our neighborhood) than Jews.

But still, coming from the NYC area as I do, and even after almost 20 years in Seattle (where the average person on the street--even the average hip and/or gay person--can't tell you how many candles are on a Hanukkah menorah) I was kind of taken aback.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Tall Kate said...

I loved reading this. (That maudlin song you mention? I have it recorded by Nanci Griffith, I think, and I have to say that having a daughter has made it much harder to listen to. Maudlin it may be, but I really can't listen to it anymore without getting weepy. I'm a middle-aged sap!)

And since my blog has sort of fallen off the rails lately, I always like seeing posts that suggest it's OKAY! to come back, and post occasionally, or regularly, or sometimes, or whenever . . .

2:29 PM  
Blogger liz said...

Happy to have you back, but also happy to know life is whizzing by while you're not posting!

10:56 AM  
Blogger liz said...

RE: Yom Kippur books. Howsabout the Yom Kippur chapter in one of the All of a Kind Family books?

10:58 AM  
Blogger Pamelamama said...

I am so. so. so. so. right there with you. Right. There. Ukulele high five atcha.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Marina said...

Hi Elswhere:
YES about the only Jewish kid thing -- it's sort of the norm here in WV though not so bad in the next county over (where the university is and also, gee whiz what do you know, the synogogue). My joke is that there are 7 Jews in Preston County and four of them live in my house. Sigh.

Do you know the Pierce Pettis song about his daughter? It's right up there with "Turn Around" for tear-jerking the mothers of daughters. And for us mothers of sons, there's a great song by John Smith that starts out "There you are, looking taller than tall" about his kid going off to college and having been such a great big brother that made me pull over last week because I couldn't see to drive. Harumph. And the kid in question in my house is only a bit younger than MG and NOT currently being such a great older sibling. Double sigh.

And ditto ditto all the above posts re: the AWESOMEness of your blog. I always read it last after frustrating times on the computer b/c it makes all the badness go away. Thank you!!

xo from Marina of Rosie B's childhood fame

10:27 PM  

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