Friday chickenBecause it’s Friday AGAIN. And because traditions are important. In which I cover the good stuff and the hard stuff in my week, trying for the non-preachy, non-annoying side of self-reflection.

And you get to join in if you feel like it.

Oh boy. This was a very loooooooong week.

I’ve been thinking it was Friday since about Tuesday.

If that makes any sense at all.

The hard stuff

Carpal freaking tunnel.

I make my living from writing. Now I can’t really write.

A lot of stuff has had to change. Fast.

It’s been interesting. And hurt-ey.

The most annoying week ever.

Obviously being in pain tends to make everything worse, but still I think all will agree that this was an exceptionally sucky week.

I spent huge amounts of it feeling frustrated, irritable and generally upset with the world.

There was much stomping around. Also, I forgot that I’m only allowed to stomp on the trampoline and I broke the bed.

Managed not to put a fist through the wall, but really only because I love Hoppy House so much and also we’re renting.

I don’t really feel like getting into the complicated background story, but lets just say there was a lot of hard.

Dealing with the past. And the future.

So I bought plane tickets for the annual teaching trip to Germany. And also for a two-week visit to Israel while we’re there.

Tel Aviv. I miss it like crazy and I also don’t want to go back. Did I mention that I haven’t been home in four years?

And now everything that was already complicated is made extra-complicated because of my friend who is dead.

I have to decide who I will see and who I cannot bear to see. Which family obligations are do-able and which ones I need to sneak out of.

Whether we go to the grave or whether I won’t be able to handle it.

If there is even a single street in Tel Aviv which I didn’t walk down at some point with my friend and whether or not any of it will be bearable.

Trying to make any plans at all with the weight of this sadness is like trying to run a race underwater. I’m not getting anywhere and that’s just where I’m at with it.

Let’s try for some good stuff now because I really need it.

The good stuff

I got a sock monkey! A sock monkey!.

sockmonkeyI love Melle. This is not news.

But now my adoration is just that much more intense because she made a Sock Monkey and mailed him to me to be a permanent resident here at Hoppy House.

I love him. He still does not have a name that I know of, but one day he’ll tell me what it is, I’m sure.

But I don’t care. He is marvelous.

I get presents.

And snail mail.

Lots of it.

Basically, going on email sabbatical has been good to me in all sorts of unexpected ways, as I explained yesterday.

So … some of the random and excellent stuff that has been showing up, aside from the Sock Monkey. I’m including links and Twitter handles in case you want to internet-stalk befriend any of these fabulous people.

— A book about chickens! But a really funny one. From Christopher L. Jorgensen aka @jackassletters.

— A card from Crispy Mark aka @MarkWSchumann.

— A wonderful letter from my dear Douglas aka @LenKneller.

— Soap from Grace aka @GraceJudson.

— Flowers from Char aka @CharTFirstStep.

— And a wonderful thank-you note from the lovely Julianna aka @julianna01.

Birthday of the trees, baby.

There are so many bizarrely great Jewish holidays that it’s hard to narrow it down to your top three or top five, but come on! Tu B’shvat!

For one thing, it’s the birthday of the trees and who doesn’t love trees? Well, lots of people. But I am obsessive about them. Trees are big, happy love machines. Plus they tell me secrets.

But even if you’re not the kind of person who regularly hangs out with trees, the whole point of this holiday, as far as I can tell, is to fill up on dates and figs and almonds.

Best. Holiday. Ever.

Anyway, it was Monday if you missed it.

Spa Day (the kind that happens by phone.

If you read this blog you already know about my sexy crush on Jennifer Hofmann.

When she does her Inspired Home Office Spa Day (two and a half delicious hours of clearing out stuckness in your office), I’m always the first in line.

This month she actually decided to do two in one week. Well, last week. Wednesday and Saturday.

Guess who signed up for both of them?

Uh huh. So this week my office has been loving me up and appreciating not being covered in insane pile-age.

Spa Day (the kind that happens by in a spa.

I’ve been getting lots of massage for my poor hurt-ey arms.

And my massage guy works in a place where there’s a spa. So I’ve been sauna-ing it up and hot-tubbing and generally using the hell out of the spa.

Another thing that will suck about getting well. Just kidding. I’ll find some other equally brilliant way to treat myself to fabulousness.

I have a new laptop. And I can see the keys.

My old scrappy iBook G4 has been hanging in there for four years now.

I wore off the letters on the keyboard ages ago from over-typing. And since I regularly type in three languages (English, Hebrew and German), it’s almost better if I don’t look to see where the letters are.

Now I have a brand new MacBook Air and I am madly in love with it. Madly, I tell you.

It turns out it’s really cool to be able to look down every once in a while and actually see what you’re doing. Who’d have thought?

Ez lives here! Still!

It’s been a month since my brother moved in with me and my gentleman friend and Selma. And we could not be happier about it.

Having him around is so, so, so perfect. If only for the spit-takes.

Also, this week we invented a new style of kung fu inspired by Bob Hope. That’s how much fun we have.

Not to mention the day we spent speaking only in Peter Lorre imitations.

Or the pleasure we’ve taken in coming up with ludicrous album titles for our fake punk rock band Euphonius Maximus: Charlatans at Large.

That’s it for me …

And yes yes yes, of course you can join in my Friday ritual right here in the comments bit if you feel like it.

Yeah? Anything hard and/or good happen in your week?

And, as always, have a glorrrrrrrrrrrrious weekend. And a happy week to come.

The Fluent Self