Friday, September 30, 2011

Rosh Hashanah 5772!


L'shana tova!:dummy:It's the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah! Or, our New Year. Sorry about not posting for a week! That's really long! ;A; It's gotten colder, and I don't think  we'll hit 70 again this season.:iconwtfromanoplz:We're going to be mostly in the low 60s for the next few days. Monday's supposed to be really cold, being in the high 50s. Wow. Fall's here.:icongermanyplz:

Went to services yesterday from 10am until almost 2pm. Long day, but really nice.:iconhappychinaplz:The night before, we were at services from 7pm until about 9:30pm. It's interesting to see the people that only show up for the High Holy Days or Days of Awe. (10-day period from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur.) We were pretty packed for the night one. Not so much for the 'morning' one. Understandable, because some people can't get off work for it.:iconwtfukplz: 

There were so many desserts at the potluck!:drool:I'm kind of glad we didn't bring one. Too much to choose from. We're supposed to eat sweet things for a sweet new year.:icondenmarkplz:A couple of honey cakes (like usual), a thing that looked like a brownie but had the consistency of fudge/mousse (weird, but good), bread puddings, regular brownies, honey and apples (also a must for Rosh Hashanah!), and more. A couple of members from our congregation had provided the honey, made from their bees, in little jars for families to take. Usually, the honey's from Israel. But, this was a really nice touch.:iconchibihungaryplz:I like that our synagogue hands out those little jars of honey for every family, every year. Sometimes, we have a few left over. 

I thought I might be able to make a honey cake for this special Shabbat. But, we ran out of time. This Shabbat is so special, the challah's in a different shape. Instead of a regular knotted loaf, it's a spiral-y round one. Some of them have raisins or even chocolate chips. But, we got a plain one. They're good enough on their own.:iconhongkongplz:We had salmon with some margarine and dill, scalloped potatoes, and broccoli. It was really good!:iconitalyplz:We got black forest cake for dessert. (Still haven't had it yet.) Looks so awesome!:iconfrancisplz:

I looked around online a few days ago, to see if there are any services on there. I feel that I'm lacking something, because Mom can't go most of the time to services. Even if we go, I feel like I need 'more'. Hard to describe.:icontinoplz:Anyways, I found the largest group, that say they are the first online congregation. It's a part of an actual temple, but they do special things on their site and record services. Sounds great, right? Their views are really weird, though.:iconusaplz:They're very humanistic, which is interesting, but the rest of their stuff is bizarre. They don't have traditional prayers (they make them up), they don't mention G-d (on the few vids I watched), and a few other things that seemed 'off'. Just in case, I signed up for their newsletter. I'll unsubscribed if I don't like their Rosh Hashanah vids.:iconnataliaplz:

Next, I found a really interesting group that's put out by PunkTorah, called OneShul. This is a congregation that's entirely online. It doesn't come from some temple. There are no rabbis, so it's lay-led. This one seems to have more  potential, but still isn't quite what I want.:iconheroamericaplz:They aren't affiliated with anything, but their lay-leaders are usually reform or conservative. There's a few orthodox people as well. So the site is more traditional than that other one. They have Torah study every Monday, a Rosh Hodesh service every month, classes, and every so often some Shabbat services. Not every week, like I want. I think I'll look around some more at some point. I'll still check back with this one every so often. Because, at least it's something.:shrug:
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I joined Anime-Planet. I used to have an account with them, but it was so long ago, I decided to make a new one.:iconsleepygreeceplz:I like this site, because you can keep track of what you've watched or read (they have a manga section as well), what you've dropped, what you want to watch, etc. There's also a love/hate section for characters. You can rate, review, or recommend things. There's a badge system, too. Kind of funny ones. I can't believe how many anime shows I've completed, and how many I've dropped.:iconitalyishorrifiedplz:But, this is over the last few years, including some shows like Astro Boy I watched as a little kid. Some of the shows I dropped because I couldn't find more episodes online, or I truly hated it (FLCL for example:iconlietplz:), or it didn't really 'move' me/was too long to start. The ones I felt didn't really move me were things like Bleach. Which is an incredibly long series.:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:Almost as long as Naruto. It didn't give me that same pull, though. It's interesting to see it in a graph.:iconchibinitalyplz:

A couple of days ago, I went on the search for more anime to watch. (Since I finished a series, and I might drop another. Beelzebub might not be for me.:iconpolandplz:) I didn't realize that October's the start of the fall anime season. So, there's some really good looking new shows coming up. Here are the ones I think might have the most potential: Ben-To, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (I Don't Have Many Friends), Guilty Crown, Un-Go, and Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle. Also, found a few older, really not that old, shows: Katanagatari (Sword Story), Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When the Seagulls Cry), Mawaru Penguindrum (Spinning Penguindrum). So, yay! Some possibilities.:la:

Finished editing the hard copy of chapter 14. Just need to transfer those edits to the Word version. Than, I can finally post it, and start chapter 15. Some people sounded really interested in it, when I talked to them at services. So, I guess it sounds good, and I might have some potential buyers?:iconseychelles-plz: 
Made this a couple of days ago. My first Thai dish! It's chicken and garlic rice, with peas, and a dipping sauce. Instead of a chicken breast, I used chicken thighs, because that was all we had.:iconkikuplz:Made it harder to cut.:shakefish:But, both that and the rice were very interestingly made.:nod:The dipping sauce had soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and rice vinegar. It was really tasty!:iconchibispainplz:(Especially the rice!)

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