Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Aftermath

Yesterday I celebrated my 32nd birthday. I spent the entire day with my someone, and then at night we had our friends over (a whole bunch of friends...) for a birthday party. It was a blast!
So now, in the aftermath of it all, here is what I've accomplished from my list

Item #1 - "move in with my someone" - We did, on March 25th
Item #2 - "My new blog project", launched March 6th


Item #8 - Watch Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" - Watched with my someone on my birthday
Item #9 - Win something on The Bright Side Project - I did!!
Item #12 - Spend a whole day with my someone doing nothing - Check!
Item #13 - Finish the first 5 seasons of "Lost" - We managed to do that in only TWO months!!
Item #14 - Start the 6th season of "Lost" - We are now at episode 6 of the season :)
Item #16 - Hang all my photos on my wall


Item #17 - Buy a good washer & dryer - Bought a washer, decided to hold off on the dryer
Item #18 - Loose the winter weight - Well, sort of.... :)
Item #19 - Decide what to do with my hair - Now after a few incidents with the scissors I am for sure decided- Let it grow!!
Item #20 - Prank my dad on April Fool's day - Told him we were being kicked out of our new apt. It worked  :)
Item #21 - Fix my Laptop - turns out it needed no fixing
Item #23 - Switch bank branches - I switched, and then I switched back cause it was better that way
Item #26 - Surprise my someone with a gumball machine - I didn't find that, but I did surprise him with an old working type writer, so that counts ;)


Item #27 - Buy a set of white cotton sheets - My someone's mom bought us a gorgeous set!
Item #28 - Get me some slippers - Bought a pair on Etsy
Item #31 - Blow out 32 Candles - I sure did!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Birthday!!


A day of fun, pleasure & relaxing (My someone's planning...)
Dinner with my someone at Toto
Birthday party/House warming in our new apartment
Fall asleep with a smile

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ork inspired

I was going through my usual read list of blogs I follow when I stumbled upon Bri's post (The Craft Begins) about Ork Posters. I followed the link and I absolutely LOVED what I saw. An online shop created by graphic designer (I assume that's her profession) Jennifer Beorkrem because she wanted a simple neighborhood map. I think these "maps" are such a piece of art. I of course immediately wanted one for myself, but I didn't want "NYC" or "Seattle" or "Chicago". They are all great cities, and her work on them is just impeccable, but I live in Tel Aviv-Yafo, so that's the map I want.
I decided to give it a go, create my own city's map (not for sale, this is just for me!), following the look and idea of the Ork Posters.
What do you think?
These are Ork Posters

And that's my Tel Aviv-Yafo

Monday, April 19, 2010

Home Work

My someone and I (OK, more like "my someone, while I photograph) have been busy making our apt. more and more our own. Our latest project was putting up some shelves for our great collection of books. We had two Ikea floating shelves and an Ikea Expedit shelving unit that used to stand upright in my someone's old apartment. We decided to try placing it here laying horizontally instead of standing, right beneath the two shelves. The idea was to create a whole area for reading, which meant placing books on the shelves, as well as on the top of the unit, but leaving space at the end for seating.
My someone was in-charge of the drilling and hanging...


... While I was in-charge of arranging everything together...










 More home projects ahead...  :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Birthday Wish List

My birthday is just around the corner, and although I am not one to make too much of a fuss on my birthdays (and usually on that day I am not as cheerful as I normally am) I always count the days before the date, getting all excited and worked up
I turn 32 this year! (man, time flies!!)
In honor of this fast approaching day, I've compiled a little wish list... Not that I want any gifts or anything... :P



** Check out our fourth week photos at You See i See ... it's connecting :)
** My list is shrinking down

Monday, April 12, 2010

GreenBo

My someone's parents surprised us the other day with something rather unusual. When I first saw it I didn't quite know what to make of it. It was this plastic green thing, that kinda' looked like a weird looking chair, only it had no top to sit on. My someone glared at me tickled by the fact that I had no clue what it was. And then he showed me. He took it and placed it on our balconies fence bar, and then I saw it. It was a planter. A magnificent planter. A wonderful invention! Even if I tried to describe or explain it I wouldn't do it any justice, so do yourselves a favor, and hop on over to the GreenBo website to learn all about it.
We now have 5 of them. We received them as a gift from my someone's parents, who not just gave us the planters, but they also planted in all of them!
Thank you!
Here are a few snaps I took...






Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Our new light fixture

My someone and I are slowly getting our new pad furnished, furnishing it just the way we like.
Our latest project, and I mean project as in it was almost a mission impossible thing to do, was installing the light fixture my someone had gotten for our living room. It's a beautiful fixture, but it really should come with a personal installer... In our case, it was my someone, his dad, and myself. We were the installers. We were making jokes the whole time on "how many people does it take to install a light fixture"... Lets just say I now hope we never have to change light bulbs on that thing!
Here are some photos taken by my someone's brother (who one day, no doubt, will become a very talented photographer!!)

this is what we had before...




and this is the new shade lit up

By the way, here are some photos I took of our new white cotton sheets my someone's mom got us (cause it was on my list...)


** Check out our third week photos at You See i See ... it's dessert :)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pass - Over

Last week we celebrated the first night of Passover, or Pesach as we say in Hebrew ("ch" pronounced like a Spanish "j"). This is one of the most festive holidays in the Jewish religion, as it celebrates the release of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Out of all the holidays we celebrate (and us Jews have many many holidays to celebrate!), this one is my favorite, as I am sure it is a favorite of many. It's a holiday that symbolizes freedom, the spring, family, clean, and happiness. Every year people prepare for Passover by cleaning the house (Pesach cleaning = Spring cleaning). Getting rid of anything that's made with flour/wheat and buying Matzo's & Matzo flour. Buying new cloths for the festive dinner. and preparing for the eve of Passover to be gathered with your loved ones around a big table, to read the "Haggadha" (which is the book that tells the story of the Israelites, how they became slaves to the Egyptian Pharaoh and how god saved them and lead them to the land of Israel), drink wine, and have a good feast.
As a kid we used to celebrate with the entire family. We'd have all the uncles & aunts, and cousins, and parents, and grandparents, and sisters, all 30 something of us squished into a long long table, and celebrate all together. Those were magical times, at least that's how I remember them. But over the years the family grew apart as my grandma & her brothers passed away one by one. So Passover dinners became more intimate- Parents, sisters, grandparents. That remained our dinner forum for a few years, but then as we grew up, we each went our separate ways... My parents divorced and my dad moved to Romania.  My older sister got married, and had moved to Boston to start her own family. My younger sister grew apart from my mom & myself. My mom met someone new who in time had become her partner and she embraced his family as her own. And I had left the country and was gone for most of this past decade. And so each of us, wherever we were, had managed to find loved ones to celebrate Passover with...
When I returned to Israel, a little over two years ago, I knew that we will not be celebrating the holidays all together again, and although that saddens me a bit, I know that that's just how life works.
In the last two years I had a family to celebrate with- I was married, and his family became my family, and I had my grandpa with me as well. But then after the divorce, I had lost that family, and although I have my mom here, and she & her partner invite me celebrate with his family every holiday, it is not my family, and it just doesn't feel right. (I love you mom, and am very happy you have a family to celebrate with!!)
About two weeks ago my someone had asked if I would join his family and him for the Passover dinner. I was thrilled! His mom had invited both my grandpa & myself, and we gladly accepted. On Passover night we were all gathered around one big table- his parents, grandparents, uncle & aunt, brothers, my grandpa, my someone, and myself... and it was a wonderful holiday dinner!

Here are some pictures taken by my someone and myself. Happy holidays to all!

the dinner table

my grandpa, my someone, and me

starting the Seder





finally we eat

my someone's grandparents & parents

my someone with his newborn cousin

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