Don’t let anybody convince you that the guacamole from Chipotle is worth the extra money. It’s not.

I voted for Obama! I also voted yes to Distrcit 75, why would you vote no to air conditioning and repairing safety and health hazzards??? And everyone working at the voting place had on stickers that said “Darken the oval.” I convinced them to let me have one in addition to the one everyone gets.


Jami: *sarcastically* That sounds like fun…
Rachel: Zero fun!

“I’ll do Pepsi lines with you.” -Anonymous

After paying $53 for $35 birth control pills, I was inspired to go out and rent “Sicko.” Don’t watch this movie unless you want to get depressed about living in America. Cuba even has a better health care system than we do. How sad is that?

Last night was my first shift in a week. It was a nice break but time to make the money again.

Right now I’m only being scheduled for morning shifts for some reason. I haven’t been making that much money (maybe $30 in tips on average), plus it’s mornings. I would obviously rather work nights. So I prayed for better/more shifts then like an hour later got a text asking me to pick up last night. I also wound up picking up tonight. As it turns out, this time of year, I do better in the mornings. It was so slow last night and tonight I couldn’t believe it. I still miss Saturday night shifts though. Even if it’s not packed, it’s still Saturday nights.

I’m also limiting my availability a little bit, because I want to start going to this 20s bible study on Wednesday nights. But I’m not being scheduled for anights anyway so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Last night we wound up getting re-GEMed. Only one table each though, and we weren’t supposed to know about it til after. Anyway only three people (out of seven) wound up passing and I wound up with the 2nd highest score. This is funny to me, since I’m probably the only person working there who failed them during training and never re-did them. In fact the only other person I heard of who failed them was Paco and he had to redo them. But he doesn’t work there anymore anyway so yeah.

I’m in the process of becoming a RECOVERING American Idol addict. I missed it last Wednesday when I was out and had asked my Mom to record it. I never got around to watching it. I also missed this week’s episode of Rewind (not THAT big of a deal) and told my Mom I didn’t need her to record it tonight. So I should be fine. However I need to watch Hollywood week. Group day is the best thing EVER. Okay not really, but I love it.

Also there turned out to be a little more damage on my car than I had originally seen. There’s a small dent near the tail light, but I guess it’s hard to see in a dimly lit parking garage. Blah.

I’m super excited about the NKOTB reunion tour!! Okay not really. I never got into their music. I just like referring to them as “NKOTB” hehe.

Check out today (Tuesday’s) weather forecast (both the high and the low)!!:
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Oh, Chicago, I won’t miss your weather at all…

What do I care for snow or sleet, my tummy is full of Cream o’ Wheat

Noam: Jami, you need to get married and get laid.

Wednesday David was in town on a layover on his way to Israel for six months. I thought it was going to take a lot longer to get to Ohare than it did because my Dad said there was a lot of construction, but it only took like 45 minutes. Aimee let me borrow her GPS this week (not that I really needed it to get TO Ohare, but had it on anyway to get used to it), plus the signs were really easy to follow, so I did find the parking garage with no problem. I also didn’t expect to find parking within like three minutes…on the Cubs level hehe. Also the spot was really close to the elevators and I actually had a harder time finding the actual garage I parked in than I did finding my car. Probably the first time ever I was able to locate my car right away (it wound up only costing $4 to park there, so yay). So I got there really early and had a little over an hour to just sit around and stare off into space, which was fine.

Btw I found an amazing flight tracker. It’s really cool and a little bit creepy. It has real time tracking and will show a map of the exact location the plane is, ex: flying right near Yuma, Arizona. But it is really helpful if you are meeting someone at the airport, since it says the estimated time of arrival and also the terminal it will be landing at.

Anyway David needed to be back at the airport an hour and a half before his next flight, so we only had like a little over five hours total, including driving to and from the aiport. but somehow everything wound up being timed perfectly, not only did we have time to do everything I had wanted to take him to, but even with getting lost (thank God for the GPS), elevator doors that wouldn’t close, and me backing into a pole (I mean that last thing never happened…*shifts eyes*…), we wound up getting back to the airport exactly 90 minutes before his next flight.

Since it was so cold outside my Dad suggested taking him bowling and to the Art Institue blah blah blah, but he’d never been to Chicago before and I wanted him to be able to SEE Chicago. Except for the weather and the people, it really is a cool city. Anyway, I think I did a good job planning this out. We covered a lot of ground, and he seemed to be enjoying himself. We parked in the Millennium Park parking garage and I took him to see The Bean, since he likes taking pictures. I was surprised when he wanted to walk all the way to John Hancock, but there was like no wind at all, so even though it was in the single digits outside, it didn’t feel that cold, at least before sunset. Plus I was wearing two pairs of socks, thankfully. I think I was actually a little colder than he was (once he figured out how to wrap his scarf ), but if you ask my Dad he’ll say it’s because I don’t drink enough milk lol. So we walked down Michigan Avenue to John Hancock. I showed him the water tower. I had bought our Hancock tickets online beforehand to save time, since when I went over the summer we had to wait in line to buy tickets, then there was a half our wait to even get into an elevator, both on the way up and way down, and I wanted to make sure we had as much time as we could, so I was surprised when we got there and even had the elevator to ourselves on the way up. Though the doors wouldn’t close and we spent five minutes trying to figure out if we should tell someone. It turned out they wouldn’t close because the door in the hallway was open?? When we got up to the 94th floor there were only two other people there so we obviously didn’t have to wait in line to get back down. It was snowing so I didn’t think we’d be able to see that well, but the view was more clear than I had expected. The only thing we really missed out on was the view of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, so we obviously didn’t miss out on anything lol. Then afterwards we took a cab to Al’s Beef. It was still rush hour so it took like 15 minutes to drive to Ontario and Wells from Hancock. I feel bad that I couldn’t take him to get really GOOD hot dogs, but he liked them anyway, so it’s all good. Then we took a cab back to Millennium Park to get back to the car, which is where I backed into a pole. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t really embarrassing . Fortunately there were only two tiny pieces taken out of the plastic covering on the back headlight and no other damage. My Dad was a little upset when I told him, but it could have been worse. It’s my fault for not looking behind me *sigh*. Then we took the scenic route to the Planetarium to see the skyline. The sky wasn’t so clear but it was still a nice view. I actually had never seen the skyline from there, except in pictures. Then we drove back to the airport and tried the rest of those Kit Kats from Japan. I didn’t like the matcha green tea, mango, or apple ones, but they were interesting to try. The GPS was great because I was able to put in the exact terminal we needed to get to.

I’m surprised I haven’t gotten sick from being in the cold for that long. That’s a good thing though.

I had lost a tube of chapstick, but found it tonight in my car. I guess it fell out of my coat pocket.

Also, I am officially out of the running for the “Whitest Tennis Shoes” Dundie Award this year, after stepping in really muddy snow. Boo.

Supposedly Tom and I are having dinner tomorrow night, but we all know how that turns out.

I got some Wensleydale cheese with cranberries in it. It’s delicious. I also tried mango salsa. It was really just diced mangos with like cilantro or something. It wasn’t spicy at all, but ti was still good, even though I don’t usually like cilantro.

I have mixed feelings about my new purse. I don’t know what to do.

Tonight I went to a Mishpocago event, which turned into a really weird scavenger hunt that involved a lot of outside. Though our team opted NOT to walk into Lake Michigan, we lost. I’d rather lose than get sick. Also J4J paid for those of us who were there to have a drink (I had a mediocre chocolate phosphate) and dessert or soup at The Bagel.

I literally just had my wiper fluid filled up on Monday and the light is going on already. I’m not going to miss driving through snow at all.

There’s finally an official 20s group at Devar. We’re going to be having a weekly bible study and a monthly Shabbat dinner, so I am excited about that.

I have kind of a belated…new years resolution, if you will. As much as I hate it here, as unhappy as I am here, there’s a lot I have to be grateful for that I take for granted. Ex: a roof over my head, parents, a job, a car, etc. So I think from now on I should be fasting once a month just as a thank you to God, and hopefully make up, at least a little bit, for all the complaining I do. I don’t think I’m going to do the 48 hour thing again, because when I did that before, it took way too long for food to get back into my system and I was really dizzy, but I should probably do around 30 hours. Guess I will play it by ear. I feel the 15th of the month is when I should be doing this. The 15th or a day around that time when I’m not working. I don’t think working in a restaurant would be conducive to fasting.

I stole this, because it’s really awesome

Why did Jesus fold the napkin?

An unusual approach to a biblical story

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His
resurrection? I never noticed this….

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was
placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave
clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin
was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary came
to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the
entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the
one whom Jesus loved.

She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I
don’t know where they have put him!’ Peter and the other disciple
ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there
first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying
there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He
also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had
covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side

Is that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes!
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to
understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded
napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy
knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure
that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was
furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of
sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not
dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now if the
master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his
fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that
napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear
the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and
laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,
because….. …..

The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’

He is Coming Back!

“Everybody bang Jung tonight.” -one of my coworkers whose last name is Jung, singing along to the song “Wang Chung”

Now you can reply to Xanga comments and it will send you an e-mail notification. Woohoo!

It’s been so freezing in my room. I finally figured out, my Mom closed the vent when I was at school to save heat for the rest of the house. I’m so glad I figured it out. Much better now!

Last night I saw the episode of American Idol season 2 where Clay Aiken got cut from being in the top 10 (12). It was strange. I could tell he had a better voice than Ruben and Kimberley Locke, but he was so nervous that his performance wasn’t as good. But I think I decided I am going to continue to watch this season, because his voice is just so amazing. I’ll just mute the TV when Carmen sings .

I got my oil changed today. They also refilled my wiper fluid and vacuumed the inside of my car!

I had an oatmeal apple cookie last night. it was delicious.

The unthinkable happened tonight. I found a purse!!! Yeah it’s overstuffed and really heavy. The straps aren’t as long as I would like, but the other one is falling apart so much I just had to get one. I also actually bought a wallet too.

I just found out Shellie also lost her financial aid and is home now. So I may actually have someone to hang out with.

Saturday services were really interesting. Kirk doesn’t allow women to read from the Torah (I need to ask him why he’ll Bat Mitzvah but not call up women for Aliyah). We have a really small congregation to begin with and since it was nose hair freezing weather outside we had even less. There weren’t even 10 men there so of course Kirk can’t even OPEN The Ark. I mean seriously. Okay so he calls up me, Aimee, and Amy M to do Aliyah, but only reading in English. And no nobody pulled out their camera phone to take pictures during it, because that would be inappropriate…*shifts eyes*…but Aimee wound up getting a splinter while she was up there so it was funny. But I had to perform surgery on her to get it out. Since I’m the one who carries the first aid kit with her it was just assumed that I would be the one to do it. And I was able to get it out. I was proud of myself.

Also Aimee let me borrow her GPS all this week. I need to think of places to go that I don’t normally go to haha.

And since the Superbowl ISN’T going to be Patriots vs. Packers, I don’t have to give up on football. Go Giants lol.