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SisterSchmooze: Making a Splash

Marcia Stark Meth • Emmy Stark Zitter • Miriam Stark Zakon •

“Thank you, Hashem, for kosher pizza, and for creating swimming pools!” Remember that line from Country Yossi’s “Modeh Ani” song, belted out to the tune of an old folk song? Just something cutesy to get the kids’ attention? Maybe some deeper meaning eddies beneath the surface.…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

6:30 p.m. in the locker room. I’m fuming. I can’t believe it’s so late. It’s all Sharon’s fault. Just because she’s the client, she thinks she can e-mail emergency requests at the end of the day, when I’m trying to get out of the office! Does she think I have no life? Lap #1. Finally! In the water! Okay, I’ll swim till 7:30, finish in the locker room by 8, be home about 8:40, grab something to eat, start my cooking around 9. Lap #4. What does Sharon think I am, a magician? Okay, fine, it really was an emergency. But I still don’t know how to solve her problem. Lap #7. It’s only Tuesday… too early in the week to prepare fresh food for Shabbos. Maybe I’ll start with the roast tonight. That will freeze well. Oy, but by the time I prepare it, roast it, let it cool, and slice it, it’ll be past midnight. So, mah nishtanah halailah hazeh? Lap # 9. I’ll save the kugels for tomorrow night. The question is: Wednesday — to freeze, or not to freeze? Wait a minute: I know just how I’ll deal withSharon’s issue. I’ll talk toSandy! She knows all about these things! Lap #11. Okay, theSharon problem solved. What else is on my to-do list for tomorrow? Work on my progress report till 11, go to that boring management team meeting till noon, then start writing that literature review for the Hepatitis C project. I could probably get the first section done by 5 — if I don’t get interrupted by two dozen e-mails. Yeah right, in my dreams!

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