I might have actually won the Bad Jew Olympics this year. Forget presents. The kids are at school. Making latkes? Not a chance. (Fine, I have never actually made latkes.Do you know how much work that is?) This year I bought my potato latkes at Whole Foods and they were delish! But, not only could I not find the menorah (when I did I found four) until tonight, but when I did the poor candles looked like this after having been stuffed into a kitchen cabinet over the stove since last December.
The ones on the right are the ones I separated before taking the picture, (with a knife because they are that fused). I'm sure that when I put them in the cabinet I thought "Oh Hanukkah is in early Dec. next year. No use putting this with the Christmas decorations. I'll never find them there. And in several days of frantic search, I did not, in fact find them there. Instead, they were hiding in the kitchen.
And then, before I could put them into the menorah, I had to google "what night of Hanukkah is it?" So Bad Jew Olympic gold medal for me. (And I highly recommend the Whole Foods chopped liver.)
Happy 5th night of Hanukkah!