Happy 2-8

Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday dear Aztecqueen2000

Happy birthday to me!

Happy 28th!  Annd mmannny moooooore!

Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm  Comments (1)  

Rebecca’s here!

One of my hobbies (OK, borderline obsessions) is American Girl dolls.  When I was a kid, I would pore over the catalogs, wanting one like anything but knowing that it was out of my family’s price range.  Well, just before I got married, I bought Samantha.  Slowly, over the course of a year, I bought all the clothes, furnishings, and accessories to round out her collection, just in time for her to be retired.

Now AG has released its newest doll, Rebecca.  She’s from 1914, she’s Jewish, and she’s MINE!  Along with Rebecca, I got her two outfits, her bed, her school supplies, her kittens, and her sideboard.  Her Shabbos set is on the way, and her pajamas, robe and accessories will be my next purchase, probably around Hanukkah.  Hopefully, they will release more things for her then.

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 10:48 am  Comments (2)  

Holiday Rant 2008

This past year, I turned to the Builder and said “I know it’s only Veteran’s Day, but I’m already sick of Christmas!”

This year, Santa put in his first appearance before the Automnal Equinox.  Besides wondering if he was hot under all that fur, I wondered if the Jolly One knew that it wasn’t even Rosh Hashanah yet.

There are two possible explanations.  One: everything starts earlier.  This past election cycle started almost two years before we could cast a vote.  Why should Christmas be any different?

Two: Auntie Mame syndrome.  For those of you who never saw Mame, there’s one scene where Mame, who lost all her money in the Great Depression, has just been fired from her job as a salesgirl.  This coincides with her nephew coming home from school for Thanksgiving vacation.  Since both of them are so miserable, they decide to cheer themselves up by exchanging their Christmas presents a month early.  Similarly, we too are in a financial slump.  The bottom fell out of real estate, oil prices are dropping after major artificial inflation, the stock market is, falling, and a half-million jobs have been cut in the last few months.  Retailers hope to revive their flagging sales by reminding people “Hey!  It’s Christmas!  Peace on earth, goodwill to men, overpriced swag to your friends, and maybe we can have a black Christmas!”  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  People started baking cookies and knitting sweaters as gifts.  Sales rose, but only slightly.  Even Santa couldn’t revive the economy.  Mybe he didn’t want to.  Maybe eight years under President Bush put us perpetually on the “naughty list”.

May the new year and the new administration bring us better tidings.  And, to everyone out there, I hope you had a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a divine Solstice, or just a nice day off work.

Published in: on December 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chag Chanukat Sameach!

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah.   As we celebrate the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, let us pray for ge’ulah (redemption) and the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash in our time.

Published in: on December 21, 2008 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hello world!

Why The Cat’s Hat?  Simple, we have a crazy cat (me), a “fish” of reason (my DH), and the adorable Things 1 and 2 (my baby daughters, ages 2 years and three mos, respectively).

After reading so many homeschool blogs, I thought I would start my own.  I get to document the life of a homeschool mom in NYC, all the paperwork, the doubts, the triumphs, and the fun.  Wait until my kid is old enough to legally start!  Plus, I get to be a rare bird, an Orthodox Jewish homeschool mom who lives in an area with several hundred Jewish girls’ schools.

Some questions that annoy me:

1. Why homeschool?  So I can save myself the agony of spending seven G’s a year for my daughters to receive inferior educations and spend the better part of the day with strangers.

2. How will they make friends?  Between synagogue, dance class, Scouts, swim lessons, and wherever else their interests lead them, I’m not worried. Besides, nearly every family on my block has kids their age.

3. But then they won’t have Jewish friends.  Guess what!  If some of their friends happen to be non-Jews, I’m not going to cry about it.  New York is a diverse city.  I’d rather my kids learn that now and learn to deal with others than have them turn into a bad Jewish stereotype.

4. They won’t fit into mainstream society.  Really.  I was homeschooled for my last year of high school.  Yet somehow I managed to finish college, live in a dormitory, hold down a job, live in an apartment, pay taxes, and get married.  Boy, am I abnormal!

5. How will you know what to teach them?  Um, my kid is two.  I think I can handle it.  Besides, there are these wonderful devices called books.  I can learn things from them and then teach my kids.

6. Won’t you get sick of them?  I know I’m counting the days until mine go to school.  Let’s make a deal.  If you don’t respond with horror at the thought of my homeschooling, I won’t comment on the fact that you chose not to use birth control and now have five kids.

Published in: on December 18, 2008 at 6:09 pm  Comments (7)