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Tr:  Trust

Syria's a bit on my mind. I look to the people around me for clues about how to act.  Everyone's going about normally---to work, swimming in the pool, getting lunch.  I'll continue to do the same.  We did get an email that we would be notified if an emergency were to occur, giving us directions.  But the chances of an emergency occurring are very low, this email said.  I'm trusting the email and the people I see around me.  Moving on.

Last night we finished the season of Orange Is the New Black.  Great show.  Disturbing show.  I spent some time on wiki-know-it-all-ia after watching to learn all I could OItNB.  The real life Piper who wrote the OItNB memoir is married to Larry Smith who created the six word memoir.  I love the six word memoir books.  What a power couple.

My six word memoir for today:  I keep looking for something different.

If you want, you can write one in the comments.  It could be epic.  But no pressure.   I fear I may be pressuring my fr…

Yom Huledet Sameakh, IMA!

TR:  Happy Birthday, Mom!

Dear Mom,
      Happy Birthday!  You're probably really happy that you're getting your birthday card on my blog, rather than through the international postal services.  This way you don't have to walk to the mail box and you get it on the right day.

      I did buy you a card here, but then I didn't want to deal with figuring out how to mail it.  The supermarket is already causing me fits so the post office is probably way out of my league.
Here's what your card looks like:

It says Happy Birthday on the front and inside it says, Celebrate!  I will keep it and send it to you for real next year.

     I hope you have the happiest day Mom.  I am so jealous that Danny's there to share your day with you.  Danny probably thinks he's so great because he came home and I didn't.  Give him a cuff to the ear for me please.  Also please remind Dad and all my sibs that they are welcome to come visit me here any time they please.  I would be…


Tr:  Falafel

I actually read the word falafel last night on a store front.  It was an experience kind of like Helen Keller had, when she finally figured out sign language at the water pump with Annie Sullivan.  I was ecstatic and impressed with myself like there's no tomorrow.  Husbandman's behind me on the letter learning so he didn't share my glee. Too bad so sad Husbandman. You've got to do the time to be sublime. (I just made up this new phenomenal expression).   I'm now determined to learn to read more words.  No one can stop me.

I've been reading advice on how to get some writing done on various tumblrs.  Tears in the Typing Pool tumblr posted a letter from artist Sol Lewitt to artist Eva Hesse.  He basically told her to do "some bad work, the worst you can think of."  Another tumblr suggested that writers relax and "let everything go to hell."  Adopting this laissez faire attitude helped me out yesterday as I scribbled out a few bad …


Tr:  English

Sunday's here, so it's back to work today.  Yesterday was our 3 week anniversary in Israel.  So far, we love it here.

Quick weekend wrap up:

On Friday we went grocery shopping in a larger, better shop.  The cashier was very nice to us and kept telling me how to bag our stuff, "More one!  More one!" I figured out this meant to add one more plastic bag.  Loved that gal.

Then off to see Wolverine.  Good, but sometimes the characters spoke in Japanese, and there were no subtitles for those parts, so we had to use our inferential reasoning skills.  Not too tough. We were planning to see Two Guns, which was advertised on their web page, but when we got there, the cashier said it wasn't playing because there was an event.  What?

Ended the day with a beach trip.  I wore my glasses into the sea, thinking I could keep my head above water, but an insidious massive killer wave knocked me over and snatched them right off my face.  Luckily I have a back up pair…


Tr:  Hand

We saw this lizard last weekend.  We're also encountering many stray cats every where we go.


Tr:  Big

Today Husbandman is gone.  He went to Tel Aviv for a one day math meeting.  I miss Husbandman.

I am reading and listening to the words of Sir Ken Robinson this week.  He writes about creativity and education.  If you haven't heard his TED talks, listen asap.  If you have, listen again asap.  You'll be glad you did. Promise.

I like the way he talks about intelligence being diverse (we can think about things using language, math, movement, abstractions, etc), dynamic (it's interactive) and distinct (people can be exceptionally intelligent in specific areas).

Sir KR says that being creative involves questioning my own ways of looking at things.  I'm trying to re-write my dissertation which is kind of a tough gig.  I wrote it, now I have to rewrite it?  But the whole diss is on revision, so it would be odd to complain too much about that. I'm trying to not be too married to my ideas.  Sir Ken says that if I'm not prepared to be wrong, I'll never come …


Tr:  Beach

Today's been an epic fail, due to sleep deprivation.  The only thing that made today not a colossal epic fail was my lack of employment.

But still, epic fail.

On the good side, I watched a video about a boy who had a sea snail growing inside his knee.

Boker Tov

Tr:  Good morning

Sunday morning here. Will recount the wonders of the weekend thusly.

Drove to Ein Hod on Saturday.  Ein Hod is an artist's colony begun in the 1950's by Marcel Janco, a dadaist.  The town is small and very beautiful, sculptures everywhere.  We toured the Janco museum.  I love Dada.  The museum filled me with pleasure.  Art made of funny, provocative combinations.  Shoes and cigarettes.  Bikes and books.

 Next we drove through Mt. Carmel National Park.  There was a fire here some years ago, and you can see the greenery trying to make a comeback.  Took some pictures of this striking memorial which helps us remember those who died in the fires.  Husbandman and I need to research the hiking trails for next time we visit.
 After some driving around and checking out the park, we returned home for a swim in the pool, then we saw the movie you all have read about in our earlier blog post.

Yesterday we celebrated our 2 week anniversary here.  We started our morning w…

The Review: Caesar Must Die

Amami is an independent movie theater right here in our neighborhood.  Last night we went there to see an Italian movie called Caesar Must Die.  It's about a prison production of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's play.  Just fyi, I memorized a part of this play in 8th grade and competed in a dramatic monologue competition.  Failed in Round 1. attitude's not good about this play from the get go.  Here's our review:

Lw:  What did you think?
Hm:  I thought it was okay.  I liked the acting, especially considering the actors were actual prisoners.
Lw:  I wish I had known that while watching the film.
Hm:  But even if that weren't the case, I think we would have thought the acting was quite good.
Lw:  Yes, the acting was good.  And the staging within the prison was effective.  Here's the thing I did not like.  We really didn't get much information about the prisoners themselves.
Hm:  Right.  I thought it was going to be more like French Lieutenant's wom…


Tr:  Restrooms

Spent about 15 minutes working today, but that's okay because I enjoyed myself very much creating a new webpage.

I'm pleased with it, overall.

I'm a little bit copycatting Amy Krause Rosenthal.  She has fun ideas, and she likes people to have fun, so I don't think she would mind, but don't tell her if you happen to run into her.

It didn't take me too long to make the webpage.  I spent a lot of the other time thinking about stuff.


Tr:  Excuse Me.  I learned this word early on thinking it would come in handy, but I could never bring myself to say it.  Then when we were in the way crowded SHUK (market) last week I heard someone saying it behind me.  I thought, "Hey that sounds like someone's saying excuse me!" Took me awhile to realize I was right and that I should get out of the person's way.

Fooling around with Evernote to organize an article.  Why am I doing this?

1.  Because I like to learn new tech stuff.
2.  Scrivener was recommended but costs $.
3.  I was going to make a wiki, but this is just going to be for me.
4.  There are different parts to this project and I want to keep them organized.

Not sure Evernote's the way to go though.  It pops all these different notes into a file, but it could still end up being a big mess.  If you've got a better idea, please let me know.

Time for a nectarine while I ponder this.  Last night we swam at the Technion pool. Tonight we're head…

Toda Raba

Tr:  Many thanks.

The Technion campus smells like pine trees. It's up on Mt. Carmel so there are great views down onto the city and beyond to the Mediterranean.  I love living on a college campus.  It's summer session so it's not very crowded right now.  We live in the campus hotel for academic visitors, just for this month.  It's kind of nice living in a hotel, but it's a little cramped too.  Husbandman wanted to take a nap yesterday after lunch and I discouraged him kindly and subtly because I wanted to be alone for awhile.  I felt a little badly about that, but he was understanding.  Plus, a woman we call "the meany" comes in every day to clean the room in the morning, so I head out to a coffee shop, using this break in routine as an excuse to fool around longer on the internets and to read random articles.  We're not sure if she's a meany or not, but she doesn't seem super friendly.  She certainly wasn't happy about having to get our …


Tr:  Okay.

Beautiful trip to Acre yesterday.  I put the pix on FB.
But today's Sunday, so it's back to work.

This is the week when the routine gets kicked into gear. I thought about writing and I sat at the desk and started jotting down ideas.  This is going to be what I do all year here.  It's a little daunting, but I'm going to keep plugging away and I'm going to be doing a lot of blogging about this plugging away. I'm not the most disciplined person when it comes to this kind of thing. You may remember the dissertation years if you've been reading here for awhile. I'm keeping an open mind.

We shall see said the blind man, as he picked up his hammer, and saw.

Ha Shuk

Tr:  The Market  (I think)

Some Germans called Templers (not Knights of the Templar) moved here in 1868.  They believed that living here might bring about a Jesus Reunion Tour.  That didn't happen, but they did a lot of work constructing their German Colony which is still around today. We visited this area and read about the Templers.  We also walked in a small part of the Baha'i Gardens (shown above). We've got to go back there because most of the gardens weren't open today.  Then we took a hairy scary ride to an outdoor market which is called a Shuk.  We bought pumpkin seeds and pita and grapes. I was sweating driving through the narrow streets packed with cars, honking and taking our lives in their hands.

 We felt we had really been adventurous so then we came back to the guest house and read our books for awhile before heading out to see the indomitable Matt Damon perform his personal best in Elysium.

Movies here are pretty funny.  The gal at the counter said, &q…

Mah Nishmah?

Tr:  What's up?

I'm getting in touch with what it must feel like to be pre-literate. I can neither read nor write Hebrew, so it's hard to function in this place sometimes. Today on my walk there was a Hebrew sign in my path.  I wondered if it was telling me something like "GO BACK! THIS PATH IS CLOSED TODAY!"  I just ventured forth, hoping for the best.

Luckily, there are many signs in English, but I actually thought there would be more.  I'm trying to practice a few letters each day so that I can decipher a few words.  I'd like to know if the shop down the street sells falafels or lampshades.  I showed Koby some of my writing efforts and he said, "Well, you write like a first grader."

I always have scoffed when people say that different fonts are difficult for kids to decode, but now I get it.  Sometimes I try to decipher a sign using my alphabet sheet and I can't find any of the letters on the sheet because of the wonky style in which t…

Ken, Lo

Tr:  Yes, No.

So I did some whining today.  Spent most of last night wide awake, reading bachelorette tweets.  This jet lag makes me feel like I have Hansen's Disease.  It has to get better, and I have to be patient.  Was sluggacious all day today until around 6.  That's when I start to perk up every day. I get so mad when I start perking up.  This bewilders Husbandman, but it's so annoying that I'm coming around as the sun's going down.  Anyway, 6:00 is the time when Husbandman and I traveled by car through tunnels and windy roads not labeled in english to the beach.  We walked around and then sat down for some foods, (shown above) as we watched the surfers and swimmers frolicking in the sea.  That brought some happiness our way.

P.S.  Teacher Pals of the MCCSC:  Wishing you a marvelous first day tomorrow. And a good night's sleep tonight.

Tov, tada.

Translation:  I'm fine, thanks.

In the past 2 days we've gotten phones, a car, a credit card, a bank account, an office for Husbandman and a parking permit.  So obviously the past 2 days have not been super fun.  The people assisting us have been helpful and kind, as we bumble through awkwardly not understanding. We are trying to decide if we will live in the junior staff apartments or rent an apartment off campus next month.  Apartment = more expensive, but could be nicer.  I want to spend most of my time writing this year.  If I could just get one or two projects done, I'd be v. pleased.  That's why I can't wait for all this jet lag jumble to pass. Our plan is to work during the day, stroll the beach in the evening. A simple, focused life.  We're heading to the beach now for a walk with Koby.  I miss you all.  Very much.

The Bag

OMG!  I'm moving out of the country for 10 months.  Starting at this time tomorrow.  I'm in good shape.  A few errands, and some tub cleaning, but it's going to get done!  YEEHA!    I even bought one of these for my trip!  I have to give up my phone, so my texting ends today.  I'll let you know my new phone # when I get to the other side.  I'm going to be instantly deleting any work related emails (as in instantly. Without reading. The split second I see them), so put something FUN in the subject heading if you are emailing me directly.  The excitement is finally here.  Yeeha.

                      .להתראות  .שלום
                                                                                      (Shalom!  See you later!)