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Usually after a vacation I feel overwhelmed and out-of-sync. There’s unpacking, laundry. shopping, cleaning to do and I’m all off-schedule, and also tired from all the mandatory socializing I had to do while visiting wherever-it-was.
So imagine my surprise when I realized that I’ve been on a productivity spree since returning from my recent excursion to St. Louis. What was different this time?
- I didn’t try to see everyone. I saw who I saw and those I didn’t, I didn’t. It helped that there were a lot of people out of town. Sad that I didn’t get to see some dear friends, but it was much less stressful.
- I actually relaxed. I let my parents take care of the baby (when the baby let them, that is).
- Perhaps most importantly, I was disconnected from the computer (and therefore, my bad online habits) for a whole week and so the lure of internet wasn’t as strong. I was able to resist and therefore, be more productive.
Yes, it is hopefully a sustainable trend. That said, I’m off to make more food for Shabbos! Whee!
My husband was kind enough to let me go to L.A. for six days last week, starting with erev Shabbos and ending with Thursday. I was able to attend the Shabbos Kallah and Chasunah of Maya Davidovici, which were both fabulous. I even got to help out and be a co-shomeret along the way. It was wonderful. A little weird being in 80+ degree weather in late October (I’m used to a more, um, traditional winter), but nice to not have to wear a coat and to see the sunshine so much!
It was lovely seeing Maya, Yocheved (Jackie) Engel and Sharone Reiner, three great girls I lived with at Neve and hadn’t seen since I left in June 2007. There was a certain level of surreality seeing these girls, who I strongly associate with Yerushalayim, in L.A. It was the wrong context. It was also interesting interacting as a married lady; I really noticed a difference in myself. Not anything fundamentally different, just a heightened level of contentedness, or settledness. I suppose that’s the best way to put it.
Before I left for Cali, a friend in Cleveland told me that I would be eating my way through L.A. I told her, “no, no, we don’t have money for that.” I was wrong. Well, not about the money part, but about the eating part. I ate out generally twice a day, if not more. Such good food!
Well, Rosh Hashanah has come and gone, once again. Now we are in the Ten Days of Repentance, and then there’s Yom Kippur next Wednesday night/Thursday day. Today is the Fast of Gedalia (who was a king for a very brief period of time during the first Temple Period. He was assassinated on Rosh Hashanah, and we commemorate that today with a fast). Sukkos (That’s the “Festival of Booths,” in the English lexicon, I believe) begins on the Tuesday evening following Yom Kippur. After Sukkos is finished (it lasts a week), I’m going to L.A. for six days, for a friend’s wedding. It’s a jam-packed period.
We’re coming to Memphis for the first days of Sukkos and St. Louis for Chol HaMoed/Shabbos. Then we’ll be back in Cleveland for the last days. It’s going to be fun, but I think by the time everything’s over, I’ll be ready to stay put for a little bit. I also get to prepare our house for guests, since my in-laws and grandparents-in-law are staying in our house while we’re in St. Louis (yeah, we’re visiting them on the first days, and then they’re coming to Cleveland to visit my brother- and sister-in-law during Chol HaMoed/Shabbos). I’m glad to do it, because then it means my house will be really clean. But it’s still work, so I need to get on it!
Understandably, I feel a little bit like I’m on the top of a slide and I won’t be on the bottom of the slide until the first week of November. And then we vote, so things will also be a little crazy, regardless of who is elected.
I don’t have much else to say, except that I’m holding on until everything’s finished!