....should become a new idiom. That's all I'm saying.
Well, folks, (Baila, you might want to stop reading now) I bought matzah today. Now, don't get alarmed. I haven't so much as picked up a vacuum cleaner or a couch cushion, so I'm not what you would call "ahead of schedule." But I happened to be at Shufersal, and they happened to have had their matzahs out. And I knew that the matzah is not going to be any "fresher" if I wait a week or two to buy it. Come now. They were all baked somewhere around Chanukah time and left to harden in their boxes, just like the matzahs of yore. (Judah Maccabee: "What the heck is this? I need some oil!" Shmueli, the Maccabee underling: "It's our matzah factory. Just preparing for the Pesach rush, sir.") So I picked up some matzah, and matzah meal while I was at it, and felt very accomplished, Pesach-wise. See, it's much easier to shop than to clean.
Also, I opened up our very useful Pesach documents. That also enables me to feel like I'm "doing" something without actually "doing" anything. So I have the master Pesach list opened, which is where we document our yearly (non-food) purchases, with notes of what we bought each year and what we need for the next year. I will give you two guesses which adult member of our family thought up this system. And let's just say that if it were left up to me, we'd probably end up with 35 soup bowls and no frying pan.
Our list is very useful. It contains helpful items such, as
"Purchased - salad bowl and thingies. Milchig silverware (crappy)" - Pesach 2001
"Buy cooling racks that won't bend!" - Pesach 2004
"Purchased - 3 tube pans. Next year buy ones that don't leak." - Pesach 2004
"Purchased - egg slicer (Donny doesn't like it)" - Pesach 2005
"No more cheese graters! We have 2!" - Pesach 2007
"Our seder plate broke!" - Pesach 2008 (This was very tragic.)
"Don't buy so much jelly! 2 or 3 is PLENTY!!" - Pesach 2009
So, as long as all you need for Pesach is a bunch of Word documents and some matzah, I am SO READY!!! Bring it on!
Donny, meanwhile, is doing his part for Pesach preparation by traveling to America for 12 days. Now, you might think this is, in fact, not so helpful, but he will be making a very important Pesach-related purchase while he is there: Kosher "Real" Salt. As you matzah-and-butter connoisseurs know, Real Salt is a crucial ingredient. And we have not been able to find it here. They have fine salt (too small), and super-sized, 'roid salt (too big), but not the Baby Bear of salt - the Kosher Salt. So while I am here (not) cleaning, Donny is on a mission to Find the Salt and bring it back.