Saturday, February 13, 2010

To Do List

I have a few things to do. Just a few.


  • Norbert's school play -- two performances.
  • Clean the school kitchen and unload first load of equipment and ingredients.
  • Wash and dry kitchen utensils.
  • Make final lists for market and greengrocer.
  • Go to Target and pick up game for Norbert's class fundraiser.

  • Work. 8 hours. Or maybe more.
  • Phone in final orders to market and greengrocer.
  • Check linens for Friday night dinner for our chavurah and our of town guests.
  • Arrange for someone to pick up food for Friday dinner.
  • While I'm at it, see if I can find someone to pick up the two cakes from Costco on Friday.
  • Photocopy program for the bar mitzvah.

  • Go to Costco. Buy 35 pounds of lox. And 5 crates of clementine oranges. Take to synagogue to refrigerate. Pick up the rest of the stuff we need from Costco.
  • Pick up Decaf at Trader Joe's. (The darker roast, the better.)
  • Buy soda for Friday night.
  • Fold 250 napkins.
  • Pick up orders from the restaurant supply company and the wholesale grocer. Unload at the school kitchen after noon.
  • 8:30 am to 8:30 p.m. -- cooking at the school kitchen. And cleaning up. And labeling everything.
  • Buy 4 mylar (NOT latex) balloons for the kid tables.
  • 5:30 a.m. -- make 2 large batches of challah dough.
  • 8:00 am -- set up 25 round tables and 8 buffet tables. Set up 250 chairs. Put on table linens. Set out the table centerpieces. Put the napkins around. Put the balloons on the kid tables. Carry food over from school. Put wine and soda to chill.
  • 11:30 am -- set up 9 round tables and 90 chairs at site for the Friday night service and dinner. Put the linens around, plates, glasses, and drinks in place.
  • 2:00 p.m. -- back home to bake challah. Bathe. Maybe nap. (Yeah. Right.)
  • 5:30 -- Dress and to the site for service and dinner. Give instructions to the server helping with serving and cleanup.
  • 6:30 -- Relax. Shabbat begins. Singing. Praying. Kvelling. Eating. Singing. Laughing.
  • 10:00 -- cleanup. Load up the car. Go home. Go to bed.

  • 9:00 -- arrive at synagogue. Check with catering company responsible for service.
  • 9:30 -- our boy becomes a man.
  • 12:00 -- lunch
  • 1:00 -- games for the kids. The JCC will be open for free time.
  • 4:00 -- snacks. Then home.
  • 7:30 -- leftovers at our house. Family and friends hang out. No pressure.
  • 11:00 -- I throw family and friends out. To bed. To sleep, perchance to dream.

  • Noon -- Boy/Girl Party. 7th & 8th graders only. One other parent there to protect us from things going all Lord of the Flies.
  • 4:00 -- party over. Repeating the sleep thing.

I don't care if your brother's mother's sister's hairdresser has free backstage passes to Sarah Palin being tarred and feathered by Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow -- don't call me. The phone will be off. I won't be reading my e-mail. I won't be returning messages. I will not be answering the bell. If awake, I expect I will be sitting on the edge of my bed, rocking back and forth, muttering "Oh my dog. Oh my dog. Oh my dog. Oh my dog. Oh my dog. "

Tuesday through Friday Noon: Work

Friday Noon: Leaving for Shell Cottage!


Sarah said...

Please tell me that you have people helping you do all that! I don't think even Super Man could get that all done by himself. But you are so well organized that everything will be just as you planned. Norbert will have wonderful memories. And you'll have a nice reward going to relax at Shell Cottage. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

sue said...

Here's to hoping it all turns out just as you've planned. I'm sure it will be incredible.

Anonymous said...

The best to you and your family! My nephew's Bar Mitzvah was yesterday and we are all just winding down now.


Lauren said...

LOVE your sense of humor! Good luck with everything! :)

Angry Professor said...

You forgot breathing.

You've made me feel a little ashamed about my feelings concerning my daughter's birthday party.

Anyway, mazel tov!

Aidan said...

Angry, Dearest. You were totally entitled. It doesn't matter -- if your MIL or MIL are in attendance, it IS the end of the world.

Anonymous said...

If anyone can pull this off, it's you!

When I'm under pressure at an event, I find myself muttering 'Be the Swan, Be the Swan', graceful and serene, gliding along, while under the water the little feet are pedalling to beat the band!

You'll triumph, and have a blast!

klsanders said...

Mazel Tov to you, Norbert and all your family. If I were close to you I would come over to help fold napkins.

Rochester NY

Sarah said...

I'm thinking of you and your family. Drink a glass of Mogan David for me.

Susan said...

So how does it feel to be the faher of a man? Congratulations to the proud parents from Canada. Have fun today!

Sarah said...

Shell Cottage, Shell Cottage!