Saturday, October 18, 2008

Please, tell me it really is the last days coming up

Let me start this off by saying that I really do love yom tov, once I am well and truly in it. But the way the schedule for yom tov was this year I am hitting a point where standing in the yard and screaming loudly sounds rather appealing. This will have been five solid weeks, counting the Shabbos before and the Shabbos after yom tov, that I will have been locked into an unending cycle of shopping, cleaning and cooking. One pot has gotten used so often that my husband has to put new screws into the handle--the old ones seemingly wore away from all the washing. Dishes that I cook only for yom tov and which are looked forward to all year have become ho hum old at this point.

It's motzoai Shabbos now and I've just finished up washing all the dishes and pots from Shabbos. I'm not bothering to put everything away since I'll need them all again tomorrow to prepare for yom tov. I've called a moratorium on yom tov preparation tonight; I really, really need a break. For those of you who may be suffering the same sense of being locked into a non-ending cycle of repeating the same tasks over and over again, I suggest you take a little "me" time and unwind. By tomorrow morning I'm hoping my enthusiasm will have returned. Besides, one thing I have learned over the years: the cooking will still be waiting for me tomorrow. Right now there is a scrabble game waiting for me; far more appealing than peeling yet one more potato.

Oops, I've gotten all of my tiles: a Q,Z,L,two Ns and a D. Nary a vowel in sight. Sigh. Maybe I'll just put some eggs up to boil and come back to scrabble later. It appears that something/someone is trying to tell me something.

8 comments:

queeniesmom said...

Here we go again! The chicken is defrosting to be cooked for yet another meal. We're having deli for at least one lunch as I can't keep up! I'm also running out of ideas for meals!

Always the comedian, my friend's son pointed out that we get to do this again next week; we were both complaining about having to cook for Shabbat after just finishing the cooking for Yom Tov. Gotta love him.

Enjoy the rest of the Chag! Hopefully, this year Hatzollah and the emergancy rooms won't be called upon over Simchat Torah.

mother in israel said...

Who's complaining now?

Oh, and except for one early morning shower, we have had lovely sukkah weather.

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah is the easiest (one-day) Yom tov of the year. Wish you were here.

Anonymously said...

Not exactly complaining MiI, more like a little kvetching. I can relate here. I'm all out of anything I want to cook and I think the family is all out of anything they want to eat, but we still have to sit down for four more holiday meals anyway. I'm hoping to find inspiration in the supermarket today.

A Living Nadneyda said...

Our community has a long-standing tradition of a pot-luck barbeque for lunch on Shemini Atzeret. It's always a lot of fun and no one has to work too hard because the burden (and the grocery bill) is shared by all.

I know, I know -- what are we complaining about here in Israel, where our Yom Tov experience is only half the length? Just another reason to come here...

Hang in there and -- dare I say -- Chag Sameah? ;-)

mlevin said...

Well, at work I lost track of days of the week. Is it Thursday? Or is it Monday? When was that last meeting?

At the same time it didn't rain. So, I can't complain about that. And once Simchas Torah starts I won't be entertaining anyone in our sukkah. We has shul luncheon that day and we are invited for Friday night. REST here I come.

Jack said...

I am ready for the kids to be back on a normal school schedule.

rescue37 said...

My mife and I were seriously contemplating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a meal.

Bas~Melech said...

Besides for the constant Shabbos and Yomtov, the lack of weekdays really got to me. I'm STILL behind on everything!