Wahoo!! 5 more days until I go to Israel! So exciting!Doesn't seem real, still. I got an email from the American staff, introducing themselves. They both seem nice. They also want to form 4 committees for the: team trip journal, Shabbat, team T-shirt, Ruach or 'fun and games'. They said it's ok if you don't want to join one, so I won't. I don't need to do something extra.
What's really funny, is they made a more official looking FB group and gave us the link to it. I was a part of one before, but it didn't seem as 'official'. It only had the bus number, this new one has the entire group number. Plus, a lot more people joined. So, I dropped that other group. So far, about 27 of the 40 members have joined it. Not too bad. There's also at least some commenting going on. I think I'm the only one from the northwest so far. Go me!The closest person to me is in southern California.There's a couple of people from Canada too. Which kind of surprised me. But, it's ok.
The American staff also gave us their phone numbers, just in case something happens or we have questions on that day. Nice to have!I also got an email from Kesher. It was weird they were saying how excited they were to see me on Monday. My trip's not on Monday.Also, they asked me to explain more of what Bipolar disorder is. And, proceeded to tell me that there'll be very intensive activities. (Duh, I kind of gathered that!) It seemed weird to me. So, I'm trying to figure out what I should say in response.
I didn't have much time to post the last couple of days. Went to the Hadassah meeting Wednesday night. It was kind of cool that everyone was excited for me. They almost seemed more excited than I was.Also, it marked our 2 year anniversary as a group. Mom had a little thing on Tu B'Shevat. And, we talked about coming up with some sort of fundraiser. Other than the Mahj tournament. We also have a Rabbi who's speaking to us next month. So, we were trying to come up with ideas or topics for her to talk about. There was also a lot of good food this time. There was: really good little vegetarian sandwiches, Mom brought Kasha, deviled eggs, potato salad, pita chips, hummus, tuna and pasta salad, vegetables with dip, a squash casserole (not my thing...), and something else. For dessert, dried mango, nuts, chocolates, cake to celebrate the anniversary, and dried apricots. All very tasty!
Tu B'Shevat started that night, and ended yesterday. But, Mom's going to lead a seder for it this Saturday. I love this holiday. It's the New Year for the Trees. Literally, it means the 15th of Shevat. We celebrate all the things trees provide for us. So, we eat our way through the seder with different fruits, nuts, and 4 cups of wine or grape juice. The cups represent the seasons. We're supposed to have up to 10 (I think) different fruits and nuts. The seder has Kabbalistic roots. The fruits have several meanings. They say eating 10 specific fruits and drinking 4 cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings, would bring human beings, and the world closer to spiritual perfection.We eat from the 7 species (or categories) that were abundant in Israel. They are: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. There's a lot more to it, but gives you the gist.
Got a bunch of stuff I still needed for the trip, too. A travel journal, SD card for my camera, batteries- again for the camera (it eats through them so fast), my eye solution for my contacts, and a couple of other things. They seem like small things, but they're important. I tried shaving my legs with that new razor. It's not the best one, but I look a bit better at least.
I've Been Married to Hell was hilarious! Also, I ended up liking her sister-in-law more. When she's nervous, she becomes very selfish. In this episode, she was pregnant. Towards the end of it, everyone wanted to help her and she lashed out. Kimiko lashed back at her. Knocking some sense into her. It seems to me Kimiko keeps the family together, even though she says she can't stand them. Now, they want her to move in with them.
Bloody Monday 2 was awesome!They saved Sawagita's son, captured Hornet, J collapsed and his heart stopped, Otoya was shot in the neck and is bleeding out, the 'Professor' is actually working for the Prime Minister (Otoya's father), the terrorists are still preparing for the bomb, and other stuff all in one episode. It's really amazing this season! I hope neither J or Otoya die. J became more emotional or 'human' since he found out he was dying. Third-i is offering him a chance to talk to his sister, if he gives them all the info he knows. He agreed to it, but that's when he collapsed. His sister has gone insane, so it should be interesting what they do with her. I'm thinking of replacing Orthros no Inu. I'm not crazy about it.
deviantART faves: Almond Truffle Bunny Chibi Kiku Pistachio Truffle Bunny I did not make these! The first and last ones are a part of a project that one of the artists I watch is doing. She made 18 of these bunnies, and everyday she's going to post one. This is until the Chinese New Year, which will be the year of the rabbit. It's somewhat of a countdown for her. They're kind of cute. I like them so far. Second, a cute drawing of chibi Japan, from Hetalia. Funny how they put a little doll of South Korea next to him.