Week in Review #6

 

Linking up with Meg to chat week in review style today!

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Blog Stuff:

I am working really hard at sticking to my focused hours in the morning after taking my son to school. I don’t check my phone or my email during this time. I focus on my blog for one hour before switching over to dedicating my time to work stuff. Focusing straight through on one task for even just one hour of uninterrupted time really does wonders!

I published my usual six posts last week including an elliptical workout roundup and a body image chat which are both worth checking out in case you missed them 🙂

Running Stuff:

I shared my workout recap yesterday. Expect a new running workout post tomorrow!

Work Stuff:

I attended a wonderful work luncheon early in the week at Rock and Reilly’s in Manhattan. Everyone who’s a who in the New York portion of the event planning industry was in attendance (including Mindy Weiss from the West Coast who is the planner for the Kardashians!) which was really special to witness…and the food was good too.

Lunch was served sort of family style in that each place setting received a nice salad but then you had the option to add grilled chicken, shrimp and/or steak. I went with some shrimp, obviously, since I don’t eat steak or chicken anymore yet both looked great!

allseated luncheon

The main star of my meal was actually dessert. I mean, how do you not dig in to a big skillet cookie topped with ice cream! Loved this dessert idea for the tables. A few per table yet we all know I could have polished a skillet cookie off on my own.

skillet cookie

I won’t bore you with the people pictures but that’s me having a good hair day along with a few of my favorite people from the AllSeated team.

allseated event

I should point out that to my left in the photo is my dearest friend, Dina. She is not only one of my closest friends, but she’s a serious who in the who’s who of the event industry. She’s a really big deal and I am proud to say that she’s been one of my best friends since our kids were babies. And, she’s acting as my event planner for my son’s Bar Mitzvah which is saving my sanity.

Bar Mitzvah Stuff:

Might as well check in about the event that is eating up my brain space as often as I allow it to do so. Seriously, without Dina and my other best friend Heather (who is also a who’s who in the event industry – how did I get this lucky?!) I don’t know how I would pull off this affair without losing my mind and every penny to my name. These girls are really helping me to pull together the most beautiful affair possible and I can’t thank them enough.

I found and bought my hair accessory for the affair and the invitations went into production but probably the biggest moment of the week relating to the Bar Mitzvah was the last day of Hebrew school on Tuesday, signifying the completion of my son’s religious school requirements. There was a whole special ceremony in the sanctuary of the temple to celebrate this major moment in our lives so we left his little league game early to make it in time for the service.

hebrew school ceremony

What I want you to take away from this big moment in MY life is that I completed over five years of dragging my son to his Hebrew school classes some years twice a week, every week and it was not easy.

It involved begging, pleading and sometimes crying (me crying, him laughing). I waited in the car honking for my child to come out of the house for more minutes than I want to remember while he sent me pictures of himself with the caption of, “I am still in my room!” complete with laughing emoji faces.

Now that the dreaded drag to Hebrew school is behind us, I can breathe again and focus on his Torah portion tutoring which takes place every Wednesday afternoon.

bar mitzvah tutoring

I am so proud of him. After all of these years of torturing me, he obviously learned something in Hebrew school because he is reading his torah portion (which is all in Hebrew, no English at all at any point in these lessons) like a champ.

Other Stuff & Weekend:

Three little league games this week with the highlight for me not being how well my son plays but the fact that his coach is so nice and always brings Dubble Bubble in a bin for the kids and sometimes my son is kind enough to give me a piece.

Dubble Bubble

In addition to one of the little league games over the weekend, my son also had three Bar Mitzvah parties to attend – one Friday night, one Saturday night and one during the day on Sunday (in Fire Island!).

Somehow we found time to have an early dinner at The Cheesecake Factory on Friday and yes, that’s his hand stealing one of my onion rings. He knows that he shouldn’t but the kid gets a rise out of annoying me which you have probably figured out by now.

cheesecake factory salad

I had my fix of Cold Stone mixing both the chocolate fudge brownie yogurt with vanilla for a change.

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My weekends really become consumed by these Bar Mitzvah parties even though on the surface it feels like all I have to do is button the cuffs on my son’s shirt, tell him his hair looks nice, yes, I can smell your cologne but no, it isn’t too strong, write out the gift checks, ensure he remembers to take the card and shuffle him back and forth to the parties.

He lives quite the life at these parties lately while I just wait as a nervous parent waiting to see the Fire Island ferry arrive with my child on board as I sit and remember the days I actually had the time and energy to do cool things like take the ferry to Fire Island.

fire island ferry

But it’s almost summer which means maybe I can return to doing cool things like go to Fire Island. Remember that I walked there twice? Most people think that the ferry is the only way to get to Fire Island but that’s not true. You can walk to Kismet, Fire Island — check out my recaps.

Fire Island 2015

Fire Island 2013

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Comments

  1. says

    I definitely think it helps to focus on one thing at a time. I do most of my blogging stuff on Sundays, and when I get distracted it takes so much longer. I also get email pop-ups on both my personal and work computers which I really should just turn off, because when Im in the middle of doing something and I see an email come through I stop what I am doing to go look at it.
    This summer should actually be pretty low key for me, which will be nice after such a busy spring!
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  2. says

    Holy Bar Mitzvah parties Batman! That’s crazy, tis the season then huh?

    Congratulations to both you and your son for finishing the religious portion. That’s fantastic and I can only image how difficult it must have been to get him there weekly. I’m dealing with a stubborn baby who dammit refuses to sleep at times, so I can only image the joy that awaits me. I suspect she will be very much like your son. 🙂

    Thanks for linking up. I love seeing your posts in the mix. 🙂
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  3. says

    So I just sat here for 5 minutes or so trying to read that Hebrew. Yep, don’t remember much more than the letters! So much for three semesters of Hebrew but I guess that was 3 years ago. Congrats to your son on finishing the religious portion! His bar mitzvah is approaching so quickly!
    And that skillet cookie looks amazingly delicious.
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  4. says

    Skillet cookies are the best! I’m a fan of your actual concentrated work plan. I try to do that when I’m studying and it really does make a huge difference. Have you ever compared how much you used to get done to how much you get done now? I’d be curious to see how long things used to take vs. how long they’re taking now!
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    • says

      I should compare it! I am definitely getting things done in less time, that’s for sure. Rather than bouncing back and forth, I am focusing in and completing tasks rather than multitasking and coming back to finish things up.

    • says

      ha, it’s a rite of passage. it’s crazy how fast it actually went – I started him at this temple at 18 months old followed by the preschool, the camp and the Hebrew school. it’s so crazy!

  5. says

    Your son is a popular kid with all of those parties! I don’t know how you manage to cart him all over the countryside (okay, new york). Mom of the decade. I love that he used to text you pictures from his room laughing at you while you were in the car. Your stories are the best. You can be my event planner one day when I do something cool that requires help haha
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  6. says

    I took Religious and Biblical studies in University but I didn’t take Hebrew; I was always in awe of the people who could learn that stuff. AMAZING. I’m jealous of all the parties your son gets to go to! Like most things, I bet when he’s older he will so appreciate all these things he dragged his ass to when he was younger! But for right now, yeah… his job is to torture you. 😉
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  7. says

    I’m currently sitting here trying to read blogs, respond to emails, and figure out my current ad situation, so I think it’s safe to say I could use a little more work i the focusing department. Teach me your ways! I seriously think I’m going to have to start chunking off time for specific tasks because I have a feeling multitasking is kind of killing me.
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  8. says

    Mm love skillet cookies!

    Best thing I ate all weekend was a home cooked meal Saturday night at my mom’s! I had an early race Sunday and it’s always the best when mom makes you dinner 🙂

    Thing I’m looking forward to most this summer – My Napa trip in July! Running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with some girlfriends and can’t wait to get to wine country!
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  9. says

    So awesome you dedicate time to blogging and other time to work things. I love coming home from work and doing ‘blog things’ and cleaning my mind from the workday. Typically I have my phone by me but don’t check it. This weekend I made my mom’s veggie lasagna which is packed with veggies and hubby approved. We enjoyed that with some wine this weekend ; )
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