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( Apr. 14th, 2014 11:14 am)
In this time of going out from Egypt, I am happy to say that:

a) Uri David and I have decided to commit for the long term, planning a wedding in early summer 2015

b) I have been accepted to, and received funding for, a Masters degree in Jewish Studies at McGill, starting in the fall.
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( Apr. 6th, 2014 10:19 pm)
Small but non-trivial amounts of progress have been made in various arenas.

For those who don't facebook, here is the dog having a sunbath, her first of the year:

That was a couple of days ago. Since then more snow has melted and I have heard a woodpecker. Waan is quite appalled by the number of people who have the temerity to do things like YARDWORK and WALKING IN THE ROAD; we are going to have to do some chillax-training asap because at the moment she tries to bark them all to death.
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( Mar. 16th, 2014 12:19 pm)
No, dog. It is -17 out and there is ten inches of snow and ice on the balcony. You do not want to go out there and sit in the sun. Trust me on this. Stay inside and sit in the sun.
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( Mar. 13th, 2014 11:30 am)
Very snow.
Much slip.
Many fall.
So headache.

That is to say, it snowed like crazy yesterday--and we'd just had sight of the balcony, for the first time in months, it's buried knee-deep again now--and today, despite the plough having been, the pavements are rather slippery. We didn't realise this until we were halfway to pilates, when I slipped and fell and, since I was holding UD's hand, dragged him down on top of me. He was relatively cushioned. I have a killer headache from bashing my head on ice buildup.

We're going to the vet later. We will be putting the cleats on the boots before going out again. Traction is our friend.
DOG makes distressed gruntling noises.

~Why is the dog making distressed noises? Oh, there's pasta in the kitchen, she wants it.

~No, there isn't pasta in the kitchen, there's ice-cream in the toilet.

~Why is the dog in the bathroom?

~Because there's ice-cream in the toilet.

~Why...why, yes, there is ice-cream in the toilet.

DOG attempts rescue of ice-cream

MONKEY flushes toilet.

ICE-CREAM disappears.

Sometimes I think we have a very silly household.
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( Feb. 22nd, 2014 09:28 pm)
French class has this activity where we plan a tourism conference and present tourist destinations in Quebec to the rest of the class. Whatever. Kind of a fun idea. It's 20% of final grade so I can't blow it off completely.

First, there's a questionnaire.

Question: Where do you think the conference should be?
Me: I think it should be in Montreal because [reasons in good French].
Teacher: Well, everyone else said Percé so you get a C+ for this assignment.

And like.

a) I don't care about grades for this class so long as I get to pass up to the next class


b) I'm not psychic and I deeply resent assignments where you get graded low for not guessing right.

The other, more disturbing thing is that our team is me (the Jewish one), the half-Native woman, and the full-Native woman. We chose the region of Quebec where full-Native woman is from, and the two Natives were psyched about talking about how you can visit the Indian reservation and stuff about its history and what have you. So they do their bits of the questionnaire as if someone were planning a visit to the region to learn about the Native things.

And the teacher rejects it, saying it's not glamorous enough, and we're not to talk about the Indian reservation at all, she wants to hear about golf courses and hotels and proper tourist things. Which boils down to "don't give me that Native shit, I want to hear about white-people things."

And like. This class unit is supposed to teach us tourism vocabulary and about the region of Quebec. And Quebec is notoriously racist as fuck, even more so than the rest of Canada which already makes a national sport of dumping on Native populations. So we got to learn that first-hand, which is a useful lesson. But it is not the lesson one expects to learn in French class.

The teacher has plausible deniability (the reservation is not glamorous! she wants to know about touristy things we learned the vocabulary for, like golf resorts!) so I am not sure it will be worth making a complaint to the department. Or that, if I did, the department would care in the slightest.
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( Jan. 30th, 2014 06:00 pm)
Dog keeps her tummy in order by periodically eating two or three particular varieties of weeds. Said weeds are all dead right now and have been for a few months so she's out of balance.

Today she threw up a mighty amount of dog food and then pleaded to be let out on the balcony, where there is a crispy dead chrysanthemum in a pot. She nipped a few crispy dead leaves off it, but it didn't seem to be working for her.

I was super impressed that she remembered there was a plant out there. She's not been out there in months, and it's been buried under snow the whole time.

Anyway, so I offered her some mangetout, but that didn't seem to be what she wanted. Don't have anything else green except a large houseplant which I think might be toxic, and the basil; I'm going to give her some basil later.*

I'm going to go to the shop tomorrow and try to find some wheatgrass seeds or regular grass seeds and grow them indoors. Next autumn I'm going to transplant some of the weeds she likes and try to grow them indoors.

* edited to add: she browsed on the basil for a bit and seemed happy. She did not throw up after eating the basil. The basil is now rather nibbled-looking but it wasn't looking any too fine before. Her coat is a bit lank so hope the seeds grow fast and/or spring comes soon.
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( Jan. 20th, 2014 12:23 pm)
I have been slack about posting photos of my dogge on here, because it is much easier to post them to facebook from my phone.
Lots of pictures )
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( Dec. 25th, 2013 01:49 pm)
The snow is now frozen hard enough that Waan can skip over the top without falling in.

We can't; if we try to walk over the meadow we punch through the crust and end up in knee-deep snow (this is why they invented snowshoes). But Waan's lighter than us.

Going for walkies has got a bit less tussly since she figured out that the snow isn't going to eat her any more.
hatam_soferet: (waan)
( Dec. 15th, 2013 06:51 pm)
The snow is deeper than Waan, so she stays on the shovelled part.

But UD and I, being mean, walk onto the meadow, where it isn't shovelled, just to see what she'll do.

She stays on the path and looks at us, all "wtf guys come on."

UD decides to make a snow angel. He lies down.

Instantly Waan comes bravely ploughing through the snow to rescue him.

She's like that, our dog.
hatam_soferet: (esther)
( Nov. 25th, 2013 06:49 pm)

This will be no surprise to anyone ever, but Montreal in winter is COLD. I went outside after a shower the other day, and my hair FROZE. With actual ice in it.

Unrelatedly, here is a picture of a mezuzah I wrote today:

Available here.

Mirrored from hasoferet.com.

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( Nov. 24th, 2013 11:11 am)
My actual hair. Froze.

I had a shower, and I never use a hairdryer because BORING, and I took the dog out for a wee, like you do, and MY HAIR FROZE. Like, with ice in it.

Today's HIGH is supposed to be -7.
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( Oct. 22nd, 2013 08:36 am)
UD's mum is coming to visit tomorrow, so we've cleaned the house to within an inch of its life. We've even put up the shelves and the pictures we've been meaning to hang since forever. I've scrubbed the bathroom and mopped the floors and even wiped the skirting boards, that's how thorough I've been.

Last thing before bed, Uri David takes Waan for a walk in the park.

And comes back with a dog who's had a LOVELY TIME rolling in a pile of poo. Human poo. Thing about human poo is that there's generally LOTS OF IT.

Seems that when the dog goes up the stairs, her chest brushes the edges of the steps. GUESS HOW I KNOW THAT.

After scrubbing the stairs with bleach, I go into the bathroom, where dog-washing is in progress.

Now, when the dog gets wet, she does shakey-shake to get less wet.

Uri David, being less experienced in the ways of Bad Dogs, is not anticipating that the dog will do shakey-shake when she's covered in a solution of shampoo and shit.

So the shit spatters

all over the tub (my nice clean tub!)

all over the tile surround (my sparkly tiles!)

all over the walls above the tile surround (high up!)

all over the floor (I JUST mopped that!)

and all over Uri David.

She covered herself so well that it takes two of us to get her clean, one holding her still and the other scrubbing and rinsing her with the Dirty Dog Jug.

Then I clean the bathroom while Uri David is in the shower. Waan stands on the bathmat looking sorry for herself.

Now she is clean and fluffy ready to meet UD's mum, who must NEVER KNOW the dog's more disgusting habits or she will NEVER COME AGAIN.
People talking about how American Thanksgiving and Chanuka coincide this year.

So I thought, when Christmas and Chanuka coincide, you could make a chanukia out of a line of miniature Xmas puds, and set them aflame as one does with Xmas puds.

Okay, they wouldn't burn for the minimum time, but it's the principle of the thing.

This is not going to happen until 2016 but perhaps we can remember it then?
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( Sep. 29th, 2013 04:47 pm)
Montreal has three types of roads:
1) Steep hills
2) One-way streets in the wrong direction
3) Streets which are closed because of roadworks.

This makes getting home on a bicycle more of a challenge than I had anticipated. However, it is nice to be cycling again and I expect I will figure out an optimal route right around the time the snow comes and bicycling becomes impractical. The BIXIs are somewhat heavy and lumbering, but on the other hand you don't have to worry about parking or maintenance.

Hooray! I’ve just sorted out call forwarding. If you’re in the USA, you can call my US number, 718 664 4296, and it will forward straight to me in Canada, at no extra cost to you.

If you’re in Canada, you can call 514-884-0199.

Mirrored from hasoferet.com.

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( Aug. 25th, 2013 11:39 am)
We actually have internet now. The answer was a Cat6 cable, which made the Mac contingent happy, and that got everything else working.
Need bookcases. Huge mountain of boxes in sitting room. Yarrgh.
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( Jul. 14th, 2013 09:23 pm)
Am in UK with family. No need to write much really because the primary reason I blog at all is so that family can see what I'm up to, and I'm here and they know what I'm up to.

Having a delightful time. Miss my dog but otherwise it's all very very nice.
hatam_soferet: (esther)
( Jun. 19th, 2013 04:09 pm)

Been taking some photos of tefillin for a piece about how tefillin are made, creatively entitled How Tefillin Are Made. Can’t figure out how to get this image into the text, but I like it, so I’m sharing it here. Tefillin shel rosh, four-headed shin side, gazing monumentally into distance

Or possibly like this.

Mirrored from hasoferet.com.