What’s on My…

The wonderful and always interesting Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson did this post last week, and it’s just the kind of getting-to-know-you post I get a kick out of.  Shake out the cobwebs in my brain and answer some questions.  Spring cleaning for my mind!

Vanity:  Lots of stuff.  Too much, really.  There’s supposed to be a mirror that’s attached (that’s where the term “vanity” comes from, right?), but we’ve moved so much (4 times in 5 years), I just never bothered to re-attach it.  I have two organizing boxes containing my scarves, hats, sheitels.  And filling the potentially useful space in the middle are piles and piles of CDs that I need to get on my iTunes and then sell.  Or, more likely, donate to Goodwill.


Perennial To-Do List:  Put those CDs on iTunes.  Seriously.  Also, put the pictures I printed off into photo albums, and then print off more pictures.  That and the constant decluttering which must happen for the retention of my sanity.

Refrigerator Shelves:  Now?  Shabbos leftovers.  Lots of them.  You should come for Shabbos next week and then there won’t be so many leftovers.  No, really.  Come.

Itinerary:  I’m playing in a concert May 26th in Cleveland, so practicing every day is high on my list.  As is making travel preparations for the concert.  Also, a potential day trip to New York to see a Rav who is in the country for a brief visit.  Shavuos plans are also not far from needing to be made.

Fantasy Itinerary:  I’m with Renée – a trip to Israel!

I want to live here, with the camels
I want to live here, with the camels

Playlist:  Anat Cohen, Yosef Karduner, Beethoven, Terry Riley, Chanale, Chilik Frank, Rachmaninoff, Kronos Quartet, Pachora, Shalsheles, Carlebach, Uncle Moishy (not really my choice there, but it’s so catchy!), myself (preparation for the concert)

Nightstand:  My water bottle, alarm clock, lamp, baby monitor (because in our three-bedroom apartment maybe I won’t be able to hear the baby… that’s sarcasm there) and our phones when they’re charging.

Workout Plan:  My kids are my workout plan.  But really, I would love to use the elliptical machine at least three times a week for fifteen minutes.  The other week I walked five miles.  That was great!  But I didn’t do anything like that the next week.  And then Sunday I walked again.  Basically, I have no plan.

iPhone:  My Social Media stuff, and email.  I’m a little obsessed with Instagram and Words With Friends.  I also enjoy my Jewish apps that I use for checking the date of holidays, Shabbos candlelighting times and whatnot.

Top 5 List:

  1. Find a way to get my kids to eat more
  2. Play more music (like, actually play, not just press play)
  3. Spend time with my husband
  4. Be happy and spread it around.
  5. Improve my relationship with Hashem

Bucket List:  Return to school to study music composition.

Mind:  May 26th.  Cleveland.  Concert.

Blogroll:  A variety of blogs.  I’m not always able to keep up with the blogroll as much as I would like, but I’m happy when I do get to read.

Walls of your favorite room in your house:  I’m loving the bookshelf/piano/family portrait combo in our living room.


Liquor Shelf:  Recently, we splurged and got a bottle of Glen Livet 15 year.  Mmmm.  So good.  Also, we have some Chardonnay, and had some Moscato over Shabbos.

Last Credit Card Statement:  A new outfit purchase (for the concert), as well as the purchase of some headphones with a longer cord. I need those to practice my music while listening to the backtracks on my laptop.  It’s really hard to play tenor sax while listening through headphones that are maybe three feet long.


Screensaver:  I don’t think I have one.  My screen just goes blank.  But if I *did* have one, it would be pictures of my kids.

Toes:  Nothing.  Maybe it’s time to get a pedicure, now that I think about it.  It’s been ages!

If you want to compile your own list, feel free to link up in the comments!

9 thoughts on “What’s on My…

  1. I love this list. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to hear your music even though I’m nearly as deaf as a post but if the beat is right I can sway to the music. :) Be careful what you ask for. If I’m ever in your neighbourhood, you may have me for Shabbos although I may be a slow learner on the proper etiquette. :)

  2. Slightly off topic, but when do you find time to practice? I assume you don’t do it while your kids are sleeping.

    1. It’s an excellent question. I can practice while my boys are sleeping, thankfully, they are heavy sleepers. The baby, however, is not. Lately I’ve been trying to practice while my husband is home, the boys are asleep and the baby is awake. We try to make it a priority, and my husband is very supportive. Also if he is ever off of work a day, I will try to fit in an hour or more while he watches the kids. It is very tricky right now, and it’s never really enough time, but it’s enough to keep my chops somewhat in shape.

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