December 16th, 2006

little review

Poem for Saturday

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Happy Chanukah! Younger son's school winter concert was Friday afternoon, so in-laws came at lunchtime and we went with my mother, then after collecting older son, we all went to my parents' house for dinner, candlelighting and presents. The concert was a lot of fun -- son played one of the solos, Handel's "See, The Conquering Hero Comes" from Judas Maccabaeus (hence an appropriate Chanukah piece) -- there were also a couple of Christmas carols and the dreidel song as well as classical pieces and the inevitable "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Hot Cross Buns" for first-years. They have loads of violins and a decent number of flutes, cellos, trumpets and saxophones, plus an astonishing number of clarinet players, but not a single trombone, and the music teacher put out a plea for anyone who wants lessons.

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Older son had begged for game time at his best friend's since they haven't seen each other for two weeks and can't get together this weekend due to their schedules, so while he was there, we tried to distract younger son, who wanted nothing but for it to be after dinner...he kept pointing out that sunset was at 4:39 so we could light candles and do presents then, but cruelly, we made him wait while playing Happy Feet Uno and stuff. My mother made a huge dinner -- some kind of chicken in raspberry sauce along with the latkes, gefilte fish, etc. -- and then younger son finally got his Kirby Squeak Squad from apaulled's parents and an MP3 player from my parents. Older son got Yoshi's Island and some other games. I got a silver bracelet with Stars of David and Evil Eye amulets. My mother got my husband our synagogue's sisterhood cookbook, which cracks me up!

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Not my favorite Doctor Who nor my favorite Battlestar Galactica, but they both had their moments. Collapse ) Bottom line: BSG is moving to Sundays at 10, and we'll see if I remember to watch or even if I'm in the mood for it after Rome.