I seem to write the same thing every week; probably because I do pretty much the same thing every week. I served tea at the Senior Centre, shopped, worked a couple shifts at Sam, shopped, went to a posh Sam Beare fund-raiser, shopped, and did the bloody Quiz. Oh…I got my hair cut and highlighted. And I went to an Aufruf.
Before everybody start’s complaining, ‘aufruf’ means a calling up to recite the blessing over the Torah. Jackie’s (the rabbi at NWSS) son is getting married so, as is the custom in Conservative and Reform shuls, Shosi and Roni had the first Aliyah together. The bride’s family, Jackie’s family, and tons of the couple’s friends turned out for it. It was really sweet. And like at a Bar Mitzvah, the congregation all yelled ‘Mazel Tov’ and threw soft candy at the couple to wish them a ‘sweet start to marriage’. After services there was a fabulous luncheon – kosher, naturally, but I am getting used to eating unusual and totally unfamiliar foods.
The weather over the weekend was shitty. Exactly what you’d expect for the last Summer holiday. It already feels like Fall; I got out my turtlenecks. When Boo and I were shopping, I wanted to try on these jeans. The clerk said “I think they’re too small for you. You look like a 14.” Then I took off my coat, two sweaters and my jeans. “I guess not” she reconsidered, “You’re really skinny. How many layers are you wearing?” “Four” I answered after I counted them. Boo had a tee shirt on.
Cheese Boy, Boo and I went to the Volly on Sunday night for music and PSs. What can I say that won’t sound bitchy and catty? Nothing; I am a bitch and it’s genetically impossible for me not to be catty. The Volly was jammed, because of the holiday I guess. It seemed like there was a contest going on too; ‘The Worst Dressed, Least Attractive Female in Surrey’. No, make that ‘in Britain’. It was frightening. The usual PSs were all there, looking as though they had all been run over by the very same articulated lorry and there were scads of new contenders for blog-worthiness. Boo took a few snaps, which I’ve posted. (The weird guy in a few of them –not Cheese Boy; we already know he’s strange – the other one, followed me around all night and cut in when I was dancing with some amazon New Zealand chicks who were all about 6’ tall.) I have to mention that BooBoo tried to copy almost exactly what I was wearing, we were both in black, but I definitely looked cuter. I wore my new Versace jeans (on sale; practically free).
I won’t bore you with all the specific fashion disasters. BooBoo did ask while PS H was dancing, “Is what she’s wearing a ‘Shmatte’?” “Exactly” I told Boo approvingly, “When you look up ‘shmatte’ in the Joy of Yiddish, Helen’s picture in that—is it a pajama top or a some sort of dress– is there.” Tattoo PS had on the red ‘fuck me’ shoes with the grubby white jeans as usual. “She’ll have to hit the charity shops for a pair of blue jeans soon” I worried for her. “It’s almost Labor Day.” PS BB opted for a ‘Tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle’ look; rather strange for a casual Sunday night at the pub. I tried to sneak a picture of the shoes – I can’t describe them; there are no words- but I couldn’t manage it. Oh hell. They were slingbacks with very high heels, teal or aquamarine, with sequins.
The weird guy who isn’t Cheese Boy started out at the other end of the table and got progressively closer as the evening wore on. My fault, probably. I’ve met him a few times, and made the mistake of saying ‘hi’ to him when I bumped into him at Tesco’s in Addlestone. He had actually rung Gabby (as reported by Gabby to Martin to Dawn to Lou to BooBoo who told me) to breathlessly report that I’d kissed him…on the lips…at Tesco’s. Yeah, sure. He’s from Yorkshire or some other weird place, and what with the noise in the pub and the music, I couldn’t understand a bloody thing he said. That might have been a good thing. I finally got up and hung out with the amazon New Zealanders to get away from him.
Pinkie & Company are having a blast in the States. Sister texts every day with a list of the stores she’s blitzed and everything she’s bought. The Irish Lad texted, too. To take the piss. At 3:00 in the morning. I woke up with a start when ‘Rocky’s Theme’ started playing hoping it was a much anticipated message from AWOL Bagpipe Guy who has been extremely deficient in the whole keeping in touch whilst on holiday thingy.
Alas, no. It was a picture. Of Tee and Eamonn wearing dreaded Manning jerseys at Giants Stadium. They went to see the G-men (unfortunately) crush the Patriots. “God, and ME, will exact retribution for this” I texted back.
Unbelievably, I got an even nastier text back from the Lad. Obviously, he had help writing it. I know he didn’t think it up all by himself. But because I need help with supplies from certain people in the USA for the Thanksgiving banquet, I won’t come right out and call her a bitch or a cow.
Terry’s text: ‘My God is a Giants fan. At least the Giants didn’t get beaten by the Jets’. I can’t imagine what he meant.
Finally, I thought I would talk about something different. And besides me. Snack foods. And the Brits shake their heads and wonder how it all went so horribly pear shaped and they lost the Empire.
I was at Tesco’s – not the one in Addlestone – and I wanted to pick up some parsnip crisps. That was not a typo. I’m addicted to parsnips in any way, shape or form. I don’t think the Acme carries them. Anyway, searching the crisps aisle, I noticed, for the first time, the flavours of potato chips for sale here. You won’t believe it. They include:
Roast chicken…Chilli & Lemon…Prawn Cocktail…Pickled Onion…Marmite…Tomato Ketchup…Worcester Sauce…Minted Lamb…Lamb Curry…Ham & Mustard…Thai Chicken…Steak & Mustard.
Boo said at Christmas they have Turkey & Stuffing flavoured chips, but I’m sure she made that up.
What I’m not making up is that the local pizza joint offers a ‘Sweet & Sour Chinese Chicken pizza’. I swear.