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As you may know from reading my journal over the last 9 years (or less) I have mood icons from various shows I enjoy.

I have mood icons for all but the following moods :

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First new post in... over a year. How about that? I'm testing the new post editor and it just popped up a notice that "Draft saved 1 августа 2017 at 17:37:01" guessing the month is how August is written in Russian?

The new LiveJournal post maker / editor is quite... white. Pale, even. So it goes. I was just remarking to a friend that in the time since Chaim was born, I've only posted less than a dozen times if that. I suppose it has something to do with how Facebook has taken over our social media lives. I pop in here from time to time to see what is new on my friends feed. I used to check it a few times a day because that's how often it would be updated. Now I can go a few days and be able to see all the new posts in a few minutes... mostly from one of my friends in England.

Reading old entries is fascinating. This one in particular seems quite whiny. Hmm. Creating links in the new version of the editor also presents you with Russian text. How about that.

So — we are still living in Kew Gardens right now. I don't want to be living here anymore. We are looking at Florida and Oregon as far as places to live, though G-d knows I would relocate to Seattle if a job offer came along and we could afford to live there. That would also be quite amazing.

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Current Location: Kew Gardens, New York
feeling: : energetic energetic

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I don't even know where to start. Malka is two, Chaim is five and a half, and I'm listening to The Archers on BBC Radio 4.

True story.

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I often make up songs. They often take music from actual songs and then have made up lyrics that usually make me laugh. This is important as I am usually the only person who hears said songs. For awhile I have been singing "She Do Babby Things" to the tune of "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

What's a babby? Glad you asked. It's the word that Fred the Butcher from Coronation Street used instead of baby.

Anyhow it goes something like this :

She do babby things
She do babby things
She do babby things
She do babby things
Yes she do babby things like crawl up on a guy
and she do not do things like eat cream cheese on rye

(repeat ad naseum)

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Current Location: WCMC
feeling: : bouncy bouncy
la musique: : she do babby things

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There was a time when I couldn't fathom going even a full day without checking Livejournal. Now it's more like weeks, sometimes a few months... and then I wonder why there are so few new posts despite how many friends I have on here. Only a few real life friends post regularly, and a few friends I made because of Livejournal -- and some of them are troopers that post both here and on Facebook. Mark and Tim, I am specifically thinking of you. :)

The last time I wrote in here, we were trying to get pregnant.

Now? Malka Lilah just turned six months. So we have that going for us, which is good.

I'm going to hit pause on this update as I need to do a workout... at four forty in the morning after a little less than three hours of sleep. Family portrait happening at Le Target Boutique tonight. Here's to the coffee it will take to get me there... and Shakeology.

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feeling: : sleepy sleepy

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In the next two weeks there will be THREE big holidays that all involve a lot of eating -- if you're anything like me you'll want to pick yourself up afterward and get moving! That is why I am going to start doing the Insanity sixty day workout on Monday, September 30th!

I would really love some "I'm right there with you, mate!" sort of help -- that is, if anyone wants to start Insanity at the same time, let me know! We can encourage each other and make progress notes. I also have the hookup to get it at a good price... let me know!

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I think every time I have posted in my journal this year I have written about how long it has been since I have last written. Uck. Maybe 2013 will be the year I return to more regular posting.

At this point in time I have a two year old son (Chaim Yosef Davidescu, if you didn't know his full name) and we are, true story, thinking about a second, Hashem willing. I suppose we shall see if / when it happens.

I have been working at Weill Cornell Medical College for just a bit over a year now and am grateful to both G-d and my co-worker who told me about the opening -- not just because the job is fantastic but because it got me out of what was a less than pleasant working environment for me. Higher pay and lower insurance cost really sealed the deal -- and I have already gotten a raise since I started working here that was three times larger than any raise I ever got at my previous job.

There were many things for which I am thankful at my previous job, mind you. That job came at the perfect time in my life. Prior to that I had been doing freelance work for one person and working from home -- that lasted nearly five full years before he simply ran out of money shortly after I moved back to New York and he just couldn't afford to pay me anymore. I wish he had given me a little notice instead of just telling me out of the blue that it was over. Either way, I was very fortunate to find my previous job and even more fortunate to find the job where I am now. I go home happy and not feeling stressed out over things that happened over the course of the day.

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Turns out I have another Livejournal Account that is connected to my Facebook account. Turns out I tried to login to this account using my Facebook credentials, for some reason.
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Why do you ask? Of course my son has awesome shoes.

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When he asks us why we keep talking about the Star Wars trilogy and saying that it definitely starts with episode IV and that none precede it, I'm not sure how to explain his friends who have seen I - III.

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Current Location: US, New York, Queens, Audley St

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This was going to be entry #3000 until I realized that it was going to be entry #3000 and then it became that much more important to make it about that rather than what this is going to be.

Sometimes I have an idea or thought that keeps coming back to me for no apparent reason, but there it is and I have to wonder why the thought crosses my mind. I told my wife this recent one and she stared at me as though I had a second head.

Here is the thought :

What if there were a parallel universe in which everything were exactly the same as our universe except that instead of having a show called Cagney and Lacey, theirs was called Cagnor and Larsig, who were men instead of women?

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It has taken me a lot longer to get here than I thought it would considering that I started this journal in 2002 -- that's ten years ago as of this June, can you believe it? It all started when I took an invite code, not realizing that they were one time use only, and ended up inviting a bunch of people -- this was when having a LiveJournal account required an invitation code, of course.

I used to use an online tool called Joule to track who had added me and how long I had certain friends on LJ -- that tool is apparently gone. I think I have had Mark in the UK as a friend for nearly this entire ten years as well as Erika up north in awesome Canada.

The state of my LiveJournal is a good indicator of how I live in general. I perpetually swear that I am going to finish my mood icon set but never have, I always think that I am going to get a set updating schedule but never do, etc. I hope this changes in the future.

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It has been too long since I've updated my livejournal and as always I want to pledge to update more often but this seems a pledge in vain considering how often it has been made and then broken.

This morning our now fifteen month old son was quite crabby and would not go back to sleep prompting me to return home from shul shortly after prayer began to help get him back down. Turns out his diaper was super soaked.

I returned to shul only to be told that my parenting skills were lacking and that I should be raising my child and not the other way around. This and I should take parenting classes for letting this happen.

I listened to this and went back to what I was doing. Thanks, but I'm not about to take parenting advice from someone who last had a baby while JFK was thinking about running for president.

Off to another exciting week!

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Current Location: US, New York, Queens, 77th Rd

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It's supposed to get you more sleep. Parents -- who all had the same experience that we did -- ended up going to bed later and had a harder time getting Chaim Yosef to sleep -- and he seemed to wake up more often during the evening. Guh -- woke up feeling pretty sleepy.

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In the last seven months I have written in my paper journal nearly every weekday and on the occasional weekend day. Meanwhile, here in the wonderful world of digital journaling, there have been about a dozen entries, most of which have been extremely short and not brimming with information.

In this time period our son Chaim Yosef / Chaim Yosi / Chaim has gone from being a little peanut of a baby born five weeks early to his present wonderful self. We went from having a rough time sleeping at night with him waking up every couple of hours to his sleeping through most of the night.

We went on a trip to California to see our West Coast family and to see friends like the always awesome Jessica.

This year we have managed to survive a blizzard, a heat wave, and now what was going to be a hurricane but turned out to be a tropical storm by the time it hit us. Thank you, North Carolina, for weakening the hurricane.

Our transportation system was completely shut down on Saturday afternoon (so they told us it would be on Friday) and after we had lunch on Shabbos it was remarkable just how quiet it was outside. Not a soul to be heard driving. Someone on Reddit wrote on Sunday how the streets were like the film I Am Legend. Haven't seen that.

Elizabeth and I watched a few episodes of the television show Arrested Development. Quite funny.

Perhaps this will be the first of the more substantial updates I provide here. Or I will just neglect the journal for another few months until I remember to update it again.

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Current Location: United States, New York, Brooklyn
feeling: : calm calm

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This odd sequence was just presented to me by a man on the street : is this your baby? (yes) Baby boy? (yes) Do you smoke cigarettes? (...no...) uhm... That's going in a book

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Current Location: US, New York, Queens, 173rd St

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In three words, how would you describe Lady Gaga?


Phenomenally polymathic artist.

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So much better!

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Amiright? Compare it to the previous post on lj apps for more detail on why this is better.

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Often -- too often -- when I am faced with what seems like a task that will take multiple hours or days, I get a feeling of being overwhelmed and put it on the side. There it sits for days, weeks, months... until I decide to break it into "bite-size" tasks and tackle those tasks one by one, until the bigger task is done.

I need to keep remind myself that this is the best way -- for me.

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First of all, I'm over this "Quinoa Is Sometimes Acceptable But Not Always" madness. I have never seen a sign in a supermarket telling me that I had to call my rav prior to buying a kosher certified product. That was a strange phone call. He said that it was okay and so that is exactly what I had for lunch today -- that and sweet potato.

Also, I was stupid enough to buy matzah crackers that were made with Egg matzah. MARK THAT ON THE FRONT. Not in small letters on the side, but in very clear large letters so I know not to buy it. Egg matzah, in the Ashkenazic tradition, are meant to be only eaten by those who are elderly or unable to eat normal matzah.

Nevertheless, Pesach has been treating me very well. We have been going out to meals and everyone has been fawning over tiny Chaim Yosef, calling him delicious and yummy. Only in frumkeit do I hear this description.

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The iPad livejournal app is just the iPhone app magnified. Looks pretty ridiculous.

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amiright??

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