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Boo had an eye appointment yesterday and it was great. It was almost a year ago that we found out her eyesight was dreadful (the doctor admitted today that when she first came in, she was legally blind). When she first got her glasses, they improved her vision to 20/200. That was the good number, which really upset me.

Today, with her glasses on, her vision is 20/30. Unbelievable. And she still has a couple years of improvement, since the doctor says we have until about age 7 before her eyes will no longer change for the better. But 20/30 already! I honestly never thought she’d be able to see that well, ever. It was a good day.

So now we get to go get new glasses. Yay! Her old ones are scratched and battered, so it is about time anyway. She’s excited about picking out new frames. I’m excited about her eyesight improving enough to justify new glasses.

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I had something written about Hanukkah – of which today is the last day and yet I am sure I will still be hearing “happy Hanukkah from well-wishing but clueless acquaintances until the 25th – but I keep not getting it posted and now it is over, so I think I’ll treat it like the minor holiday it is and ignore it. Is that a run-on sentence?

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I just read in the paper that Matthew Perry, Zach Ephron and Michelle Trachtenberg are going to be staring in a new movie called 17. According to the blurb, it is about a dad who gets zapped back to being 17-years-old and goes to his daughter’s high school, for unexplained reasons, and his daughter develops a crush on him.

I think if pretty Zach were to take a look at the photo on the link to Perry I provided, he’d think twice about agreeing to be this guy’s younger self. But beyond that point, may I just add an very hearty, very sincere EEEEEWWWWWWW!!!! What kind of sicko came up with that plot idea? I know a zillion girls think Zach is just the biggest cutie ever, but are they really going to want to see a movie in which the concept is that their dad could have once been the biggest cutie in school? And the whole daughter/dad thing – it’s just way too incesty. Blech.

And what’s with the girly boys? Zach is all over my daughter’s wall and he’s prettier than his girlfriend. I don’t think this is an entirely new thing, because I remember reading some deep analysis once that said young teenage girls like girly boys because they represent unthreatening masculinity, but I personally never got it. My first crush at age 13 was on Harrison Ford, who was gruff, crabby and scarred. I still have a crush on him.

I can’t wait to see what kind of hits those tags get me.

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Snow! Snow! Woo hoo, snow!!

Okay, I don’t actually feel that way, but the children – both human and canine – sure do. In the backyard before school, Asher tried to make a snowman out of the perfect, sticky snow, but every time he got the snowball to a decent size, Jasper lunged at it, ripping it to pieces. Asher couldn’t even be angry with him, it was so funny.

Snow that actually sticks to the ground caught me by surprise. I’ve been meaning to go get a decent pair of walking boots for my treks through the woods with Jasper, which I have no intention of stopping just because it is winter, but haven’t yet. Now I have to go out today. And remember to load blankets in the car to protect it from wet dog.

At least I’m pretty much organized for Hanukkah, which in itself is a Hanukkah miracle. I still have to finish knitting the cute little hats I am making for the girl’s AG dolls. I got one hat finished in the time it took to attend a Judy and David concert, even though I had to pause to stand up and spin like a dreidel, and eat Boo up like a yummy latke, etc.

Judy and David, for those not in the know, are a Canadian singing duo for kids, based in Toronto. They do concerts all over North American, but aren’t exactly the level of the Wiggles in popularity. They are, however, marvelous. My kids have been into them for a long time and, even though the older two passed on being seen at one of their concerts this time, they are happy to play their CDs at home.

They have lots of clever stuff, like spoofs on fairy tales and fun music that teaches math concepts. But the reason I really love them is for the looks on my kids’ faces upon discovering that Judy and David have a CD called “Matzah Ball Rock” and a Hanukkah show. Not do Judy and David, who are, like, way famous (because they are on TV!), turn out to be Jewish, but they have a whole concert aimed at Jews! Whoa. Blows them away.

The show really was great. David came out dressed as King Antiochus (the big baddie) and ordered the audience to bow to him, then started to cry as the children yelled out, “No way! We aren’t listening to you!” Then Judy came out as Judy the Maccabee and called him King Anti-tuchus (tuchus being the Yiddish word for your bum).  I thought Boo was going to choke, she laughed so hard.

My favourite part of the show was getting to watch Boo’s face as she watched the show. That’s always what I like best when I take the kids to any live show. They are so engaged, dancing and singing and their faces are pure joy.

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For those who don’t know this, Jewish holidays are based on the lunar calendar and therefore change each year. There’s an old joke that the holidays are always early or late. This year, Hanukkah is early, really early. The first night to light the candles is the 4th of December.

On one hand, it’s nice, because it separates it a little more from Christmas. On the other hand, it means I have to be organized a lot earlier. Thank goodness I got all obsessed with the American Girl ebay stuff when I did (sheer coincidence; I wasn’t thinking ahead to an early holiday), so at least I’ll have that. I’m over ebay, by the way. I swear.

I’m finding the kids hard to buy for this year. I just spent a couple of hours running errands and wandering aimlessly through toy sections in search of inspiration. Mostly, I’ve had it driven home once again that there is an awful lot of crap out there.

I even resorted to asking the kids for ideas, something I don’t normally do. This was Maya’s helpful advice: “Don’t buy me any books. Not one! I’ll be so mad if you give me a book.” I said, “Clearly, you were switched in the hospital nursery with my real child, because those words could never have come out of the mouth of any child of mine.” She also said, “I want more than just American Girl doll clothing, you know.” Yes, thanks so much for the helpful advice.

Asher said, “Get me something good,” like now I’ll cross ‘crap for Asher’ off my list.

Boo helpfully brought over a toy catalogue that arrived with the newspaper a few days ago and said, “I want this, and this, and this. Oh, and definitely this! And this too. I really like this …”

I am reminded of a moment when Boo and I were at the hospital for her eye. The doctor finally arrived, and while she checked out Boo’s blood pressure, ears, and so on she chatted to her. After discussing the elephants in her ears (that one never get old), she said to Boo, “So, I bet you are excited about Santa Claus coming soon.” Boo shook her head and said matter-of-factly, “No.” The doctor said, “Oh, but I’m sure he’ll bring you something good. Doesn’t he always bring you good toys?” “Nope,” responded Boo. I waited for her to go on and explain why Santa disses her so, but she was content with her responses. While it was amusing seeing the discomfort on the doctor’s face, I did quickly explain.

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I’ve just been a little … distracted … lately.

I’d say the biggest culprit is those damned American Girl dolls. My girls love theirs. All they want for Hanukkah is more clothes, shoes, etc. Those outfits are expensive. One outfit for one doll is $24! And Boo has twins!

Suddenly it occurred to me to check ebay. And that is when I disappeared.

There are approximately 3500 items of American Girl clothing on sale on ebay, much of it handmade. Of course, while many people say they will ship to Canada, no one bothers to put what they’ll charge a Canadian for shipping. While it seems likely that the person charging $2 per item is more likely to charge about the same to ship here than the guy claiming to need $16 to ship a pair of doll pants north, I’m not taking any chances. This means I need to email the people I am interested in buying from and ask them about shipping, then wait for a reply before going ahead.

Worse, I have to guess what Maya would like, which I still clearly suck at. I left a picture of a dress up on the screen that I had just bought – it was cute, I swear – and Maya walked by and said, “Uch! That is hideous!” We really do have different tastes. Fortuantely, Boo thought it was adorable.

So I’m been spending my computer time comparing doll dresses and PJs and snowsuits. Blog? What blog?

I’d like to point, since J will probably read this, that I am not spending all my time searching for dolly clothing, just my computer time – time I would otherwise be spending writing my blog or reading others. But it is winding down now. I have enough stuff for Hanukkah for the two of them, plus birthdays and various other occasions that may arise. So I’m back.

Next up: more bat mitzvah rambling.

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