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About YaelAldrich

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  1. Just remember there will be hamsin (the hot, super windy periods) which will drive dust from G-d only knows where - OK, Jordan really - into your home no matter if you put down the trissim (hurricane shutters). Which will look better with scads of dirt on them. I think grey, but beige should work.
  2. If you change your mind (you have time!) or think of stuff you want from the US to J'lem, please don't hesitate. I don't think we're going as a family until next fall but my offer stands for then (and we have LOTS of luggage capability!). A Merry Christmas to you in the Holy Land. Eat a sufganiyah (Hanukah doughnut) for me, preferably halvah flavored.
  3. If you can get over close to the Machane Yehuda Shuk, I have friends who are sending their kids to me for Chanukah. She's offered to send me whatever I want and I want to help YOU. If you want to send cards from J'lem to the US, I can have them ferried to Boston and I can do the rest. And if there is anything small you want to send back to the US or from here back there, let me know. They are coming Dec 19-31. Wishing I were there, Yael
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    Another book that might be helpful is It's OK That You're Not OK
  5. An air plant? Needs periodic soakings in a water filled container, but that's it. It was my husband's first office plant and it has thrived in there.
  6. So glad to hear the good news. A dear friend of mine did TMS and it did wonders for 6 months or so. I think she is coming undone again, but due to a new set of stressors (her son who just started college is drinking and smoking weed and it is ripping her apart).
  7. We have an older man who walks around our local lake/reservoir in a thong and fanny pack, usually reading a thick tome. Now, that it is cold, we tend not to see him or maybe we don't know him with clothes? My husband guesses he is a professor emeritus from one of the local colleges. He hopes he will be that man someday.
  8. You don't really need the water in a slow cooker. You can put parchment paper in the bottom/sides of the crock pot to make for an easy clean up. You can put a little bit of water (maybe 1/4 cup) to make sure your slow cooker doesn't crack from heating without liquid (mine did over several years of making sweet and regular potatoes this way). Even for fat sweet potatoes, it takes about 5 hours on high or 6-7 on low. I start them right after breakfast and they are done between lunch and dinner and I put the pot on warm until serving time, Easiest and rather healthy side ever!
  9. Dry cleaner if it is that expensive.
  10. Yes it totally is. I can get up and do stuff unless it's the flu. Then forget it, I'm not getting up to do anything for anyone for days. I hope you feel better soon!
  11. During the DC derecho ours stayed frozen for 3 days, almost 4. Good luck - the winds are insane up in NE (we're in Boston)!
  12. Like Chiguerre said, see if there is any passport agency within reasonable driving distance. If you can get an appointment it's better but anyways just get there before it opens as there will be a line! Take all the documentation needed and the airline ticket (without they won't do anything). You should get the new passport within 6 hours. We did it whenw e realized that our youngest son's passport was expiring and we were due to fly in two days. You'd think that people who travel as often as we do would catch on but....
  13. Oh, and I lost almost everything in Hurricane Katrina. I only regret leaving almost all my jewelry, my very special stuffed bear from my childhood, my letters from my best friend, and a Korean dress that my mother got me. Everything I could have cared less about in the greater scheme of life.
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