Monday, April 30, 2007

Inhaling Vanilla Beanstalks...

When I woke up this morning, I just knew it was going to be a 'hectic but good' kind of day.

I went to work half an hour early and the bosses didn't get there until later which left me a nice block of time to do some of the cray project that I was given on Thursday. Once the bosses arrived, bedlam evolved into chaos. Slowly but surely I calmed down my boss and we attacked the work. I haven't done SO much work on SO many different topics in a really long time. Seriously, it's probably been about 2-3 months since there were so many projects passing over my desk at once. Nevertheless, I handled them efficiently and in an orderly fashion. I made one small error, but was able to laugh with the guy when he called to ask what was going on, so I fixed it up and sent it off. Suffice it to say, it was a pretty good day. Hectic, but good. I felt accomplished to some extent and I wasn't exhasuted, drained and wiped out like I usually am after those 'typical' days in the office.

I decided to stop at the 'bead store' on my way back to The Ranch, but it had already closed. I continued along the road and suddenly the craving for gummy-candies hit. I have been avoiding it for the last week and a half, but there comes a point when it is impossible to ignore. So I stopped off at the candy store.

I munched on Gummyworms as I made my way back down Yafo.

A sign in the elevator greeted me with the exciting news that as of today, the heater/boiler is repaired and we will once again have heat and 'constant' hot water.

So far so good. I think I will spend some time tonight working my way through "And Rachel Was His Wife" which I borrowed from Savta. Thus far it is quite enjoyable.

I need to get to a bookstore this week.
I want to pick up some fun stuff for my galavanting.
And I have those 'תלושים' from the office.
They can pay for either clothing or for books...
I'm thinking books are definitely more k'dai. :o)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

All For אפס...

Well, I lucked out when the bosses told me that the office would be closed today so that they could paint. I decided to do some of the random things that have been on my todo list but I never have the chance to do.

Daddy agreed to accompany me on this crazy ride so off we went.
We started here... And were trying to get here:
We eventually found the sign, pulled up to the gate, backed up to pull up to the other gate, created a traffic jam, pulled up to the first gate again and...
Finally, we were in...
Scary looking place, huh? I was a little too intimidated to take pictures inside - but the outside gives you a good enough idea. Well, I think so...
We waited on line behind many people who were all waiting to have their finicky microwaves looked at. The man said that we were very nice people and that we would therefore be helped quickly. "10 minutes," he said. We handed over the microwave and went to sit in the hall. As we found a bench and sat down a man come out and motioned for us to follow him. The 10 minutes had been a matter of seconds PLUS we got a really nice box!!!
We got on the road again. Daddy behind the wheel and headed towards Home. Strangely enough, our exit missed us.
Somehow we were heading this-a-way and there was nowhere to turn around...
Powernap, I figured. We'd find the next exit, turn around and head Home. Oddly enough, our next exit missed us too.
As we headed south we saw the sights and discussed missiles.
Eventually we concocted the correct mathematical equation that would bring us Home. (All driving in Israel is one big math problem. If you have a head for numbers you can get from anywhere to anywhere.)
We detoured onto Rt 383. The 'deserted' highway. Nobody travels it nowadays. Well, almost nobody. Except for us, and the BIG trucks...
After a few kilometers Daddy pulled over to the side and offered me a turn. He said I could use the practice driving on the highway. I know he just wanted a chance to look out for silos containing missiles and doomsday machines...
Back safely in Bet Shemesh, we agreed that after that ride we needed 2 things:
1. To bench a 'גומל'
and
2. some felafel...
Freddie is coming Home and we will make our way back to The City a little later tonight. Then the week will begin. I wonder how the rest of the days will go. Next Shabbos should be really great - my two favoritest chayalim will be Home AND it's Lag B'aomer!!!
Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Cumin & Cottage Cheese...

I woke up to a beautiful warm sunny morning in Bet Shemesh. Birds chirping, warm breeze, blazing sun - everything that makes a day great. My first stop, as always was out to the mirpeset to visit the garden. It is one of my favorite places. Of course, my trusty dusty camera came with me.
If you will permit me I will give you a quick tour of our garden at this stage. Above are our apples, they are growing quite nicely and amazingly enough are not buggy! Below we have our basil, which is doing really well. By the way, if you are ever at my house and we offer you pesto - the basil was grown on the roof...
One of the planters has a curtain of pretty flowers growing down off of it. I couldn't resist taking the picture.
I was perturbed to notice that although the plum tree blossomed beautifully a few months ago, no fruit seemed forthcoming. Upon closer inspection I found some plums growing high up on a branch. With a bit more searching I located a whole bunch or buds that will hopefully be plums in a few months. Our roses have been in bloom and smelling incredible for the last few weeks. They are on their last legs, but most of them are still quite magnificent.
Below is a picture of our MINT planter. Yep, you guessed it, if we offer you 'mint tea' in any way, shape or form chances are pretty good that the mint was collected from up here...
Sage has the funniest of leaves. It is so soft and fuzzy. You're welcome to come over and pet our cats, sage leaves and Dibble - all free of charge.
Like the purple flowers above, the pink flowers below were just to pretty not to photograph. Sadly my photography skills are not advanced enough for me to get the correct angles - what really caught my eye was the water droplets sparkling on the leaves. I'd like to look that pretty sometimes! :o)
How Middle-Eastern ARE we? We even have zataar growing up here! Yep, you know that really good, zataar chicken that my mother makes - well, you know what I'm going to say...
We had a slight disagreement about the plant pictured below. We thought it was lavender but Mommy said it had no smell. Turns out, after bruising the leaves that it most certainly IS lavender. We repotted it because it was taking over the small planter. I then cut back the flowers, which are now hanging to dry.
I can't help the fact that I love living here!!! Imagine waking up every morning with this view right outside your bedroom window, walking distance from your house!! I am still in awe of this place. The beauty and the vivid colors call to me every time I look out my window.
Anywho -
Shabbos is coming and I think I need to go do some helping downstairs.
Have a great one!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Funny Little Things...

It was a typical day. Went to work, helped out the bosses, typed a lot, made everybody smile, cooled down tempers when everything started blowing out of proportion, got people to relax when tensions got high. Yeah, a typical day.

Funnily enough I was recently accused of being incompetent as a slacker. I try to slack, really I do. I am as lazy as I can reasonably be, I take the easy road out of every situation and I am basically nonconfrontational. I am smart enough to know when to be silent and when I speak I think through my words before they ever leave my lips just to avoid any misunderstanding.

I seem pretty pathetic when it comes down to it. I must be one of the most predictable people around. I hate taking anything from anyone and given a number of choices in anything, I would rather someone else decide which to do as I will most likely enjoy whatever it is that we wind up doing in any event. Not that I don't care, it's just easier that way.

Made it Home without too much of a hassle. Dinner was on my own as I am always running behind other peoples' schedules. Becca called me at 4:00 AM her time, and I was so glad to get to speak to her. Then I played on my computer and watched "Memoirs of a Geisha" with all of the girls. It is quite a moving story.

Now, Shabbos is coming and Dum is coming for Shabbos. It should be fun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Potential...

“I slept under a roof my father owned, in a bed my father bought. Nothing was mine except my heart, and my fears, and my growing knowledge that not every road was gonna lead home anymore.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson

"Why is it, when your looking for that someone, you find no one, but, once you find it, a lot more choices start showing up? But, if you leave that first love, then, they all start drifting away?"

"Love is a decision - not an emotion"

“Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it.” ~Albert Smith

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream." ~Paulo Coelho

“Do not be afraid of showing your affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy, than by service; love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present.” ~John Lubbock

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” ~William A. Foster

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~Herman Cain

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~Agnes Repplier

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~George Sheehan

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~Shel Silverstein

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Happy 59th Israel!!!

Well, my morning started off about 2 hours earlier than I would have liked with a phone call about pigeons. Breakfast was a birthday bash of Waffles Supreme in honor of Brother Eli's birthday.
Eventually, only 20 minutes late, we got everybody out of the house and on their way to the car.
I love the fact that driving a couple of miles out of the cty or town in which you find youself you are still 'in your backyard'
We went to the red and white trail of Nahal Dolev. The bat caves have been closed since last year but the hike itself is REALLY enjoyable!
Ths is a rock. It was a cool rock. THAT is why there is a picture of it.
A the 'halfway point' we stopped for a break and to eat some pretzels, crackers and carrots.
This is the 'slide' - the mountain is worn sooo smoothly that it is like sliding down glass...
So after 3 hours or so of hiking, we headed Home and Dinner preparations got underway. The traditional BBQ was lit and Saba & Savta came too.

This was our Sunday for the year. The only thing that really confuses me is having a 'Sunday' on a 'Tuesday' - when I wake up in the morning I will be unsure of what day of the week we are actually up to.

Speaking of waking up - I guess I need to be asleep at some point before I 'get up' in the morning.

Tomorrow is back to usual routine.

I want another Sunday... :o)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Radioactive Spaghetti...

This morning was a regular one though I was running a bit late. Work was same old and I got no filing done because as usual, the boss decided that I should pretend to be HIS secretary again. My Big Sis saved me from the monotony of the office and we walked and shmoozed and picked out nail-polish. I left the office 2 and a bit hours early after much pleading and kvetching.
I was Home just in time to cut up cucumbers for the Israeli Salad and fry the falafel balls. Once again, we had an 'Israeli Food Night' at Home in honor of Yom Haatzmaut. After dinner Daddy went out to the Tfilah Chagigit at the shul where he picke dup Shalom. When they got Home we went 2 doors down to join our neighbors at their yearly shmoozamajig.
For some reason or another, Pringles reigned supreme. Especially the BBQ ones. I 'helped' tend to the fire and watched a number of promising arsonists practice their sadistic arts on helpless marshmellows, rugelach and Bamba.
There were 2 rounds of fireworks. They were quite captivating as far as pyrotechnics go however, I must admit - one certainly CAN have too much of a good thing. Seeing them in the sky over the city quite frequently has taken its toll. I can tell.
I helped straighten up after the 'party' and then headed Home trying to figure out where the night had gone. We then drove Shalom back to his Yeshiva and took the 'Dirt Road' from the Moshav back into the city proper...
Quite an adventure. Quite an adventure.
More tomorrow! Have a good one!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

"I already have one..."

Disclaimer - this one is for ME! Don't read into it and between the lines unless you know what is going on. (And if you are not sure whether or not you know what is going on then trust me when I say - you don't.)

The following was written by somebody that I am honored to count among my friends. (Though, I must admit that I hope they will agree to speak to me again after I blog the following...)

The chord of this piece struck me as familiar. It seems like something I have written before. However, this one is not mine, it is only a similar story and my thoughts and feelings on the matter. Not to soud wishy-washy but ask me tomorrow and I may deny it. However, here are stolen thoughts and my comments for now...

"I'll start with the fact that I have very low self esteem. Always did. This leads me to assume that my presence is usually not wanted, which is why I generally stay away from people. I can't in good conscience inflict myself on someone else! That would be awful. So I rarely go to other people's houses, I rarely call anyone, I rarely initiate any sort of social activity. The only times I'll stray from my norm are when I have an express invitation, which leads me to believe that I actually am wanted, or when I have a different reason to do whatever it is." Ah yes, the issue of low self-esteem. Terrible and gnawing and circular. As much as you want to believe that you are a nobody, somebody is bound to come along and remind you of what an incredible person you are. Of course, the only defense to that is to wallow in self-pity and disregard what you hear until the truth can be pounded into your head.

"Taking visiting people's houses as an example, I could go if I needed to borrow a movie, say. Or I could go if someone told me they wanted me to be around at a certain time. But otherwise I'd feel terrible going there. And if I did go there, I'd constantly be thinking that I don't belong, and that I'm not wanted, and then I would be extra quiet, and probably even less wanted." About this whole 'inflicting yourself upon others', I often feel like that, which is more often why I thank people for spending time with me. I think that this infliction thing and the low-self-esteem issues stem from the same thing. However, I must admit - as much as I feel the same way, at some point when people are open with you again and again, you just kind of have to accept the fact that as strange as it might feel - it's an 'open invitation' and sometimes - especially with certain people - those are meant to be taken seriously.

"Oh, did I mention that that's why I'm so quiet? I always have so much to say, but I don't say it for fear that people don't want to hear it. Even in this forum, which exists for me to talk about myself, I don't allow myself to write everything I want to. Because I suspect that what few readers I have wouldn't want to read it." Always better to think before you speak and even more so before you write. So far you've got the basic idea down-pat. HOWEVER you do need to speak your mind! Don't keep it all bottled up - so long as it's relatively intelligent or even amusing (which is for your listeners to decide) SAY IT!!! If people don't like it they will tell you so - but in any event let it out!!!

"There's another side to this - since in my mind I'm so sure that I'm disliked and unwanted, I get so happy when something suggests that I am wanted after all. So it's rather easy to raise my spirits, which helps with them constantly being low." YAY! Well, that makes sense! :o)

"Now, I'm going to abandon my habit and say things simply. Last night Dina told me she was interested in playing a board game with me, which of course made my spirits soar, Dina being someone I care very much about and love spending time with. She also said she wanted to talk to me, which is even better. So I spent much of the next twenty four hours wondering if it would happen, and hoping it would, and hoping it would. I couldn't go over, though - my invitation wasn't quite good enough. So I just sat outside reading, hoping Dina would leave her house so that I could talk to her. It never happened." Would you be amused if I told you that the same thing sort of happened to me? I was sitting around doing nothing almost all Shabbos afternoon - waiting for somebody who showed up almost 4 hours later than expected?! Instead of actually getting off my lazy bum and finding something to do I sat around waiting. I think this just proves that we can't depend on others for entertainment or to make us happy. We need to find ways to take care of ourselves. And YES - this is true EVEN when you have 'true friends' (you know, the ones who will help you with the dead bodies in a crisis...)

"I know this is really pathetic. I know. It actually sounds like I am obsessed with Dina, which I assure you I'm not. I just happen to have a shortage of friends, and it really makes a difference to me when somebody cares." It's not pathetic. You're not obsessed and I don't think that in reality you are necessarily short of friends. Also, it's important to relaize that lots of people care. Of course, it should make you feel all 'warm and fuzzy' when somebody does something to show you that they care - but even when they are silent and not as open, don't think the feeling isn't there.

In the piece I see a lot of myself before I moved away from Home. I had my small group of friends in high school who knew me and my true colors and I always got along with everybody more or less. Still, I was never one for going out and spending time in new places or even spending time out in places where I was relatively comfortable with people that I knew.

In many respects I am still like that. However, in the last 3 years I have learned that at some point you need to just get up and 'face the music' and I have come to terms with this in respect to phones, going places and meeting people.

"Just do it" is a phrase that has become a part of my vocabulary. I am still trying to make it a part of me and ALL of my actions.

It isn't easy in the least and I must admit I have not overcome every obstacle that has been thrown at me. As a matter of fact, I have run screaming on more than one occasion and sworn that I was giving up. Yet for some reason or another, I always find myself back on the path up.

I remember when I realized that nobody is 100% confident and that bravery is nothing more than a mask and a wisp of belief. I remember when I realized that parents are just people and that in all honesty nobody is certain of everything that they do.

That's life. It's a series of challenges and tests.

So next time - get up and knock...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

2nd Cousins Once Removed...

Shabbos was nice.

Sara and Tovah were here. I love spending time with them. It's always so great to spend time with people from our 'old' life. :o)

Friday night we shmoozed and sang. Shabbat morning I skipped shul (again) and set the table instead. Lunch was nice and then I played spit and ERS with Ezri and spent some time resting on the hammock.

Shabbos eventually ended and Brenda is making waffles. I want to watch a movie. Maybe I can find someone to watch with.

I really wish I had gotten a chance to play Rummikub. Maybe next week?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"In the land of exotic palm trees and wild one eyed cats..."

It was icky out this morning and I woke up early and wound up leaving late. Still, I got to work right on time and things went pretty smoothly. I even filed most of 1 tray of papers. (That means that there are only 4 or 5 left for Sunday...)

Beth brought some movies for me to borrow and I am quite excited to watch them. Brenda ended school early, so she came to visit me at work. Just as we were about to head out for some lunch Shosh showed up. So we took a walk for some bagels and then by the time we got back to the office it was almost time for me to leave.

I decided that I am sick and tired of working overtime and that since nobody notices my over-time in any official capacity that I need to take the matter into my own hands and keep track of my hours. For that reason, (after going in an hour early yesterday and arriving 10 minutes early every other day along with staying 20 minutes late another day... I decided that leaving at 4 today was quite fair.)

So Brenda and I made our way to TM and had an amusing and eventful busride Home.

A little later on Shalom came over to visit. He needed some help getting the sticky-part of a sticker off of a new pot. Luckily I have all different types of nail-polish remover, which work like a charm. (For the record - it was NOT cherry scented!!!!!)

Then I watched 'The Wedding Singer' and now it is time to go to sleep.

I've been promised ice cream if I behave myself and Shabbos is tomorrow!

Get excited!! :o)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

"When the visions around you..."

Woke up as usual and headed to the office an hour early. I am saving up 'over-time' this week so that I can leave early tomorrow... Work was boring, as usual, but there was a lot going on as two of the bosses were leaving for a conference in Europe.

TJ asked if I would be interested in going out for this 'night out' that we have been planning for the last month or two. We called up my Big Sis and as soon as we got the green light I got ever so excited! Plans! How much better can things get? :o)

Anywho, after work I went to the store and (finally) bought myself a pretty and sophisticated (well, I think so anyway) pinkish sparklyish nailpolish.

Then I sat and waited for the call...

We met up and headed out. I didn't look like a shlumph and we walked in a circle, but we got there eventually. :o)

Silly us - 9:00 on a Wednesday is muuuuch too early to go out. But it was nice, we got some quiet time before the crowds moved in. AND comfy seats. ;o)

I wanted to upload some pictures, but Blogger is being annoying and taking forever to do nothing. So, if you CLICK ON ME you can see all of the pictures that I uploaded on Facebook. (Wow that feels wrong, putting Blogger and Facebook in the same sentence...)

Basically, I love my Big Sis, I love my friend TJ and I am so happy that we did this. We'll have to do it again some time soon. Hopefully next time the 4th person (who was supposed to come but was unable due to military circumstances) will be able to join us. :o) Well, I hope so anyway. That way I can chill and not keep checking my phone compulsively...

Once again - THANKS girls!!!

And Sis, next time we'll have salt, spin them on the table and then drink 'em. Maybe that way it'll taste fizzilier... ;o)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Define: Plunger...

They are building a bridge across the entrance to the city for the train. I am excited for the train, it will make it easier to get to the beach, a little more quickly and comfortably.
In honor of Yom Haatzmaut (which is coming up sooooooon) The City is getting ALL dressed up. Please note the polka-spots in the pictures below. There is a crazy sand-storm going on and just walking outside (in the strangely warmish weather) is freaky and makes you feel all grimy.
It is Rosh Chodesh Iyar, so Shosh and I went out for our monthly dinner. We were going to get bagels, but by the time we got there the bagel store was closed, so we wound up at Cafe Rimon instead. (I feel like I spend too much time there lately...) They have a special deal that on Rosh Chodesh if you buy a main dish and a drink then you get dessert for free. Free dessert? Let's do it!!! They also give all the ladies roses. (Finally I got a flower from somebody! SHEESH!)
On the way back to The Ranch, my phone took a leap of faith and missed, slightly...
Shosh was HIGHLY amused by this as can be seen below. (Or maybe she was checking for strep...?)
I sat on a wall and put my phone back together. When I powered it on, it worked. I was happy.
Aren't we just the cutest? Doesn't Shosh just have the prettiest eyes EVER!?
The Car That Wondered: This is a picture of an obnoxious car. Actually, the driver was obnoxious and the car was quite nice. But he 'honked' because I was 'in his way' when in effect he was driving in my road... :oP
I thought the makolet closed early. Turns out that they've been closed for renovations for the last week and a half. Guess that shows how much I know...
This is the ramp near the makolet. It takes almost as long to run down the ramp as it does to climb up the stairs next to it...
The elevator in our building is broken again. It is stuck (as can be seen below) on the fifth floor this time. Ergo, we were forced to walk up the stairs. Evidently we made it to the 5th floor because I took this picture. Luckily we eentually made it to the 6th floor (or you wouldn't be seeing these pictures...)
Our pretty blood red roses...
Ok, so now it is late and I agreed to go into the office early tomorrow on the condition that I will leave early on Thursday. My boss gave an A-OK on that plan and I figure it is worth it. :o)
One day closer to Shabbos!
Chodesh Tov everybody!!