Weekend Update

April 12th, 2009 by Melina

Dogs and Dumbeks. . . And a book giveaway! 

Well, here I am in California. Less than a week before I fly back to NYC. But I’m glad I have a little time left here, because I need to recover from a bunch of stuff. Mainly, Passover. I am proud to announce that I survived both seders, which included the leading of 10 + guests through all the proceedings. And that was after I knocked myself out cooking.

We finally finished cleaning the kitchen this morning. My mom was joyous when she finally found the kitchen counter under all the seder/Shabbat remnants. 

Only a few more days of the holiday left to go. I’m already planning my pizza dinner for Thursday night. But I’m actually doing okay without flour, legumes, and other non Pesach stuff (aka chametz and kitniyot).

Other than that, it’s been fun. Last Sunday, Mom and I went to Beach Blanket Babylon. I haven’t been since I was in Kindergarten. Who knew it was so much fun? And the actors – such talent and fabulous voices!

Check it out:


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Hamudi survived the trip and behaved! I was astounded and confused. Then he was a naughty, naughty bad boy the next day, so I felt better. He’s having fun with my mother’s new couch, and hanging at Point Isabel.


And I’m having fun playing my dumbek sans apartment neighbors.

Oh, and get this! The Super Shuttle driver in NYC dropped my dumbek. It survived, thank goodness. Turns out he also plays dumbek (he’s Israeli with a Moroccan father). He made a point of telling me that he’s “really good.” 

In other news, I spent a few days paying no attention to my RSS feeds. And then I discovered that the fabulous, lovely, Marilyn Brant has the most gorgeous book cover ever! So sorry that I was so late to the party, but I’m celebrating now! Yay Marilyn!!!!!!!!

Speaking of books, I have three of them to give away!


  1. Bikini Season, by Sheila Roberts
  2. Skinny Dipping, by Connie Brockway 
  3. Night Keepers, by Jessica Anderson



Here’s the deal. If you’re interested in one of these books, just say so in the comments. In honor of my S.F. trip, I’m even going to throw in some Ghiradelli Chocolate squares! 

That’s all for now!

Posted in California Dreamin'

6 Responses

  1. Cynthia

    Sounds like you’re having a good trip. And hey, from Point Isabel you can practically see my old neighbourhood of Point Richmond.

    Let’s just hope Hamudi behaves on the trip home.

  2. Karen

    We’re home now. In some ways, its like Passover’s just beginning (since I haven’t had to deal with it in the kitchen). Went to buy eggs and veggies and milk and such yesterday afternoon only to find all the grocery stores had just closed. Sigh. At least today all the Easter candy will be half-price :)

  3. Marilyn Brant

    Melina, thank you!!! I was just stopping over to say hi… How sweet of you to mention me and my book cover (*HUG*)!!

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying CA and are having such a good holiday. “Beach Blanket Babylon” looks fantastic–what fun! And I have to add: Hamudi is adorable :-).

  4. Pamela Cayne

    Sounds like you had a fabulous trip–hooray!

  5. Tara

    Hi!! I am so behind on reading blogs…I just read this one with the book giveaway. Have you already handed them out? If not, I’m interested in any one of the three. If you have, then I’ll catch the next one! Glad your trip went well! Tara H.

  6. admin

    Hey Tara!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    The good news is that I still have the books. The bad news is that they’re in CA. Couldn’t carry them back. But come this summer, at least one of them will be yours, along with a bit of chocolate.


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