Monday, April 14, 2014


Tr:  Yom Sheni

Tonight is the night when we go to our friends' home and have a Seder meal.  Tonight is when Passover begins.

For the next week, shops and restaurants don't sell bread or pasta or cereal.  Don't worry, we've stocked up.  The cool thing is this.  The restaurants create new "kosher for Passover" menus.  Yesterday I got a preview of this menu at local coffee shop and ate a kind of cheesy pastry that was delicious.  Way to be creative, Restauranteurs.

We have 15 more days here in Host Country.  Husbandman is working very hard on his projects.  I've taken a different approach which involves not working at all.  Reveling in the glory of time off.  Driving down to the beach every day.  In short, kicking back, enjoying the sun and the sea.

I worked hard on the writing project this year, and now the project is out of my hands.  I actually could be doing some more work on it, or I could work on other projects I brought along with me, but enough already. Let's not beat a dead horse. A stitch in time saves nine.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My hebrew is bad.

Tr:  HaIvrit sheli garua meod.

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This is a slide show I made about some creative aspirations that I've been thinking about lately.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Apples and Oranges

tr:  Tapuakhot ve tapuzim 

Today we’re visiting a Druze village.  I read about the Druze people on wikipedia. Here are some quick facts to get you started as you venture into your future study of Druze culture:

  1. The Druze religion is kind of a secret. Only Druze people know the ins and outs.  
  2. The Druze have lived in this area for about 1,000 years.  
  3. They are neither Christian nor Muslim. 
  4. There are 2 Druze villages near Haifa.
  5. Hospitality is very important to Druze culture.
  6. There is a Druze battalion in the Israeli Defense Force. 
  7. Their language is Arabic, but with their own Druze flair.
  8. About 125,000 Druze people live in Israel. 
Not a lot of information, but considering I knew nothing about Druze culture only yesterday, I think I've done okay. I'm giving myself a 2 on the fist of 5. I'm ready to venture forth to Daliyat El-Carmel.

Friday, April 11, 2014

French Toast Friday

Tr:  French Toast YomShiShi

Every Friday morning we have French toast.  This tradition brings me a great deal of happiness, so I've decided that people all around the world should participate in this exciting new International Holiday.
I told Husbandman that I would like to have French Toast Friday when we return stateside.
"It does have a certain alliterative appeal," he murmured without looking up from reading about the Mets victory over the Braves.  Not sure he realizes yet that he's the one that will be making the French toast every Friday before he heads to work, but how could he not?

And thus, French Toast Friday is born.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I went to the beach today.

Tr:  Halakhti lekhof hayom.

I'm sorry to say I can't remember the artist's name, but I love this piece in the Israel Museum.
In search of Thursday Creativity Share?  You've come to the right place.  This is something important.  There's going to be a huge art exhibit this summer with American art splashed all over billboards from coast to coast.  You and I get to vote on the art in this exhibit.  All we have to do is go over to this spot and then vote for our top 10.  We can vote every day until May 7.  Let's hop to it.  So far I've just voted once, but I'll probably do it again.  Who knows?  If you're a teacher, please get your students on this if you feel like it.

Okay, this is also kind of neat.  There's going to be a huge photography festival in Toronto during the month I'll be visiting there.  I'm probably going to be invited to submit some of my photos to one of the major exhibits, which is obviously thrilling me no end.

Last but not least, in a few hours, #1 Son will hop on a bus with a bunch of Hoosier Jazzies and head to New York City to play at Lincoln CENTER!  Ooohlala.

Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap.  As soon as I publish, I'm heading out to see Divergent, which is probably not going to be very good, but I read the book so why wouldn't I see the movie?  Excitement is as excitement does.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It was very good.

Tr: Ze haya tov meod.

Through no fault of our own, my bathing suit is missing.  I have a feeling it's in the United States having somehow sneaked into 20 Something's luggage.  Here's the deal. Bottom line? I don't like shopping for swim suits.  I find it unpleasant.  So, come to find out, I'm not waxing enthusiastic about buying a new swim suit here in Host Country where even the purchase of a cappuccino often involves a fair amount of awkward embarrassment.  College Chum told me to just swim in shorts and a tshirt, so that's one possible solution.  I only have 20 days left here and some of those days are going to involve swimming in that sea I like to describe as mediterranean. We've got a conundrum on our hands, my friends.  We've got a conundrum on our hands.

UPDATE, SEVERAL HOURS HENCE:  Went to the mall and bought a new swimsuit.  Not sure why you all have to make a big deal out of such things.  It really wasn't all that difficult.  

Monday, April 07, 2014

You go, Girl.

Tr: At holekhet, Yalda.

I love this picture that I took.

On my slog today I listened to some quality public radio and I learned about the United Nations Happiness Rankings.  Host Country came in 11th place last year, while Home Country came in 17th.  I've felt an increase in happiness here this year, (Toda Raba, Host Country!) so I think that's evidence that the rankings are valid.

Home Country, listen up. 17th isn't bad, but come on, with all you have going for you, there's really no reason you can't do better.  Let's work together when I get home to amp up the cheer and move up in the standings.  If we could make our home happier for one and all, HC, I for one would be stoked.

Speaking of stoked, in May we'll have a new host country for a mere month and come to find out, new Host Country ranked #6 on the Happiness Report, so it's looking like May is going to be pretty darned awesome for all concerned. Only time will tell, but you know I'll be keeping you posted.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

I saw the sea.

TR:  Raiti HaYahm.

Well, the time is drawing nigh, my friends, the time is drawing nigh.  20 Something's going back to the place where she normally lives and works at her job and mingles with her peeps.

20 Something found this doll arm on the beach and put it under my towel yesterday unbeknownst to me. Quite the prankster. She's also taught us how to do acrostics on the computer and now we're addicted.  She also got me to level 8 on QuizUp, in the DRAKE category. She also got us singing some fine trios on our various car rides.  In short, the girl's been a delight.  Host Country is sad to see this American Woman go.