Tuesday, October 31, 2006

My Grandmother has a BOYFRIEND

No this isn't me in my Halloween costume...

This is my Grandmother. Way back when she came to the United States from China she apparently "fudged" her birth year and so no one knows exactly how old she is but we all guess that she is probably pretty close to 90 years old. She has always been known to be quite the character and she is actually the original "Orieyenta" (bet you don't find that hard to believe after seeing her picture!)

My sister just called me as she was leaving Grandma's house. Apparently Grandma is dating and she has a new boyfriend. Apparently he and Grandma have kissed. Apparently she felt the need to share this information in full detail with my sister (thank G-d it wasn't me!)

You GO Grandma!

(This gives me hope. Perhaps I don't need to take that trip to daven at the kever of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel quite yet!)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I think it may SNOW!

Ok, I know all of you who live in places like Milwaukee and Toronto are going to laugh but BRRRR! it is cold here today!

This morning when we got up I told LO that it was going to be cooler than usual and that she should dress accordingly. Since it's usually in the 80's or 90's here year round, I wasn't quite sure she understood. So - I told her to go outside to see how cold it was. She opened the front door and in less than a second was back inside shivering. She exclaimed, "It's so cold, I think it may SNOW!"

It may sound crazy but as I walked into work this morning, I certainly noticed that I wasn't the only one wearing a coat.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Traveling and Books

So - I've been traveling again and I have to say that I have no clue how those of you who have to travel often do it. Now that I am home, I feel like I am behind in EVERYTHING and will never catch up. (BTW, I figured out a solution to the Star of David terror threat but I will save that for another post.)

However, it does seem as though there has been a benefit to all this traveling for me. I've been able to read several books - a treat I rarely have time for.

A friend who is in a book club recommended "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak ages ago but I simply didn't have the time to pick it up. On my first plane ride I had a stack of magazines with me that had piled up at home. One of them was the latest "Hadassah" and I noticed "The Book Thief" on their list as well. So, I decided that when I arrived at my destination I would pick it up.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone who has not read it but I have to admit that once I picked it up, I found it very hard to put down. I found that the choice of Death as the narrator gave such an ingenius point of view and I didn't feel like it was a morbid choice.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Flag of Spain

LO is doing a project for school on Spain for Hispanic Heritage Week. I printed out the flag of Spain for her to include with her report.

I'm out of town but have been trying to help her with the project over the phone. During our last phone call she asked, "Mama, what is that on the flag?" I told her that I was not sure what it was (since I didn't actually have a picture of the flag in front of me!) Her reply was, "It looks like the Torah".

While trying to stifle my giggles I explained that I was pretty sure that it was not the Torah. That's my Little Orieyenta for you - in her mind she sees a little Judaism in everyone and everything. Gotta love it.