First, a welcome to the mysterious CAB, who is none other than Chanie "I'm An Angster, That's Why" Angster-Bickel. We are happy to have you on board! And a new welcome to LR #31 - Shosh-shanaK. The staff of aliyahbyaccident requests a full identification before we can send you your aliyahbyaccident summer tote bag, so please tell us who you are!
Yaakov has continued to make great strides, pee-pee-wise. He has now informed us that because he is, you guessed it, "bigger," he can sleep in underpants at night. After two mornings of dry diapers, we took a deep breath, some anti-anxiety medication, and let him go for it. Of course I was up every hour on the hour. "Is he up? Is he wet? Is he crying? Should I go check?" However, he surprised me by waking up dry and heading to the bathroom! Kappayim to Yaakov! The only thing we need to work on is his pass-the-time-on-the-john activity. I've tried to extol the virtues of reading a book; Yaakov prefers unfurling toilet paper and shredding it all over the floor. Needless to say, we have removed all toilet paper from "his" bathroom. Now he just hangs out and thinks deep thoughts. ("I sure wish there was some toilet paper here.")
Yesterday, the kids were doing puzzles nicely on the floor, so I snuck away to the couch to read one of my precious magazines brought to me by SabaSara, via Momz and Dadz "Sure, We'll Subscribe" Leibtag. This one was a Parenting magazine. (The article was, "Stop Reading This Parenting Article and Get On the Floor and Play With Your Kids, Forgidsakes.") I am almost through my stash of magazines. Only 3 more EW's and a .... YU Today? Seriously, Dadz? It's not that I don't want to know what's new at the YU Museum, or who received honorary degrees at commencement. Really. It's just as interesting as the latest gossip about Jon & Kate and the summer's hottest bachelors. Oh, who am I kidding? I didn't even care what was going on at YU Today when I went there; as long as there were corn muffins in the morning ("fat free!") and my final schedule didn't include both a Sunday and a Friday.
However, one of my favorite magazines actually comes to me directly - the ByLine, the magazine for us proud Bais Yaakov alumni. First of all, I know you will be disappointed to learn that I did not win the Mrs. Steinhart Nivim Contest. Just because I didn't enter shouldn't make you any less disappointed. One of my favorite sections of the ByLine is the interview-a-faculty-member part, usually because I get to gasp, "She's STILL teaching there?" (Yes, I know I used that same line on Facebook; deal with it, there's a limit to my creativity.) But seriously, these are teachers that were ancient and croaking when I was in high school, circa 19-tuck-in-your-shirt. And they're still there! Making girls wear a "third piece" and teaching ivris and skipping all the good parts in chumash. (I have yet to learn Breishit 38, and Rachav has been, and always will be, a "storekeeper.") By the way, ByLine is looking for old pictures of Bais Yaakov girls. 100,000 Poofahs for whoever sends in a picture of me that gets published.