Daily Archives: November 17, 2010


Winner of the Giveaway of two pre-tied bandannas from DoubleHeaderUSA is mokumalef. Winner was chosen at random using an online random picker at random.org.

Mokumalef – please email me your deets, so I can get the package to you ASAP!

Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up soon!



HSM at the Shmooze in her signature colour


Monday night was the MetroImma Shmooze. It was fabulous. We shmoozed all about social media. This was my first time as a panelist, and my first time speaking in public (other than at my sons’ barmitzvahs). I was nervous but as soon as we all started contributing I forgot to think about my nerves. Social Media is a subject close to my heart – and I enjoyed talking about it.

I was a co-panelist along with the many-hat-wearing Jodi Samuels, founder of MetroImma, Ken Krimstein – author and cartoonist of “Kvetch as Kvetch Can” (and owner of an awesome iPad that I totally covet), and the most amazing and wonderful Chaviva Galatz – blogger and social media enthusiast.

Our panel discussion was moderated by the incredible Stephanie Grayson-Zane – who did such a great job that I wish to hire her for any event I ever put together or even to moderate “discussions” between my kids!! (Mazel tov on your new nephew!)

We talked about how we use social media to further our brands, engaging with our audience, who that target audience is, how we balance our real lives with our online activities, as well as many other aspects of social media. We took some questions from the audience as well. We all contributed to the discussion, and hopefully were able to educate people about the benefits of social media.

It was wonderful to meet up with people I had met before, but also to put faces to names of people I have only met online, and to make new connections. Social Media is all well and good when you are in front of the computer all day long, but you need to have face to face time too – it’s just as important as the tweeting and blogging.

The best quote of the night was from Stephanie – “Never Twitter When You’re Bitter”. Words to live by.

Thanks to MetroImma and Primetime Parenting for organizing yet another great event and thanks for asking me to be a panelist. Looking forward to the next one.

DMV – the Redux

The good news I have my interim NYS driver’s license. Traded in the Quebec one for the NYS one now that I am a legal resident alien. Real one with picture is to arrive within 2 weeks or so. However I am convinced I have bad bureaucratic karma. Why the heck can NOTHING paperwork related go smoothly for me? Such a palaver today…

So we arrived there to wait with 30 other people who also had business there. I had all my documents that explained how my names came into being legal even though they are not on my birth certificate.  I had the social security card, my previous driver’s license, the Green Card, my passport, my marriage certificate, my divorce certificate, my first marriage certificate….I had filled out the necessary form. I had the KoD with me – I was ready!

We get called to a window. I hand over the social security card, my previous drivers’ license and my Green Card. (All in different names or combinations of names). The clerk disappeared with my documents to talk with a supervisor. She comes back and asks for my marriage certificate. I hand it to her. Back she goes. Then she tells me I cannot have my license in Sabo-Milner as I have no documents to back up that name. It has to be not hyphenated and no Sabo there. Fine, ok, whatever. Clickety click click on the computer.

I had to fill in another form in my maiden name ie apply for a license under my maiden name, then apply at the same time to change my maiden name to my married name on my driver’s license that I still don’t have. Did that. Signed it. Read the letters above the clerk to prove I can see.

She scanned my documents, and finally told me to come take a photo. I actually asked her if we could photo-shop it. Sigh. Vanity is a terrible thing.

Then we were sent to another window for more scrutiny. The dude tells us that my Quebec marriage license might not be acceptable to change my name on my license. In order to change the name on my NYS driver’s license, which remember, I do not yet have, from my maiden name to my married name, the marriage certificate needs to be from NYS or a US recognized marriage document. They don’t officially recognize Quebec certificates. I started to think – OMGosh do we have to go get married here so I can get a freaking driver’s license in my married name?? We had to wait 10 minutes for the supervisor to rule yea or nay. It was finally deemed acceptable because my social security card was issued under Milner and if they (social security) accepted it, then ok whatever.

Then the dude realizes that he was not given the first application – the one I did under my maiden name. He goes back to the first clerk and she had not kept it for some reason. So I had to fill it out again.

Dude issues me the first temporary license in my maiden name, after taking some money from me. I sign it, then give it back, so he can print me a new one in my married name.  Finally we were done. I signed my interim license and the QoH and KoD left the darn DMV building.

I think I am done with bureaucracy for now. In fact, forever. But sadly, I know there will be more paperwork to do down the road. Let’s hope my bureaucratic karma rating improves.

Happy Driving!!

Oh to be 8 years old!

I was sitting with the ChatterBox yesterday after school. He always has English homework, Chumash / Mishnah homework and Maths.

He slogged his way through the spelling words, the Hebrew stuff he put aside for later, after dinner, and he very carefully filled in a page of addition and subtraction for his Maths homework. When he was on the last sum of the page he said:

Ima, once I have finished this Math homework, I will have no more problems.

I wish that life were that easy.

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