December 31st, 2008

Willow

I'm Normal Now

Us cooking dinner last night, K drops a piece of eggplant on the floor as she's chopping:

K: Are you going to freak out if I wash this.
Me: Not if you wash it.
K: Of *course* I'd wash it
Me: Then it's fine. I'm normal now.

That's two whole years and a bit of counselling, probably to good effect.

Willow

Happy New Year!

Here is a picture my uncle took of the sunset over the Med one evening when we were in Tel Aviv. I missed it because I was off doing something - the thing I was doing may or may not have been more enjoyable than the sunset but I am kinda sorry I missed it, now.

Here's to more beautiful sunsets for all of us in 2009 and fantastic people to share them with.

I love you all. Have a fun and safe New Years Eve and I wish for all your hopes and dreams to come true in 2009!

Love
gj





Willow

Israel

So apparently my mother is more in the know than the online news, she having just sent me a text (followed up with a phone call cause I haven't yet received said text) that ground troops have just crossed into Gaza.

I'm oddly amused that my mother knows and has texted me but the Israeli Newspaper Ha'aretz is still reporting that the IDF is awaiting approval from the Govt and they are supposedly deciding whether they will go ahead with a 48 hour ceasefire.

I've not been following the news at all in the last week or so. It turns out that my stress levels are much reduced as a result and I might look at that in the new year. Of course, I still read lj and there have been posts on various flister's blogs and I have rss feeds to a bunch of newspapers. So I was vaguely aware of bombing and then some time yesterday they started referring to it as a "war".

They are calling up the reserve army which means many of my cousins and friends will now be on duty. And that's very worrying. And two of my cousins from here have just arrived in Israel - one cousin who made Aliyah last week and her brother who I think went for a wedding (he managed to be in Israel for the Lebanon War too).

Reading a couple of articles, I can't help but wonder if the point of this is to destabalise the hold of Hamas and somehow bring forward Fatah as the greater power. In any case, it's not a happy situation and not a way to start a new year.

My wish is for peace and for a rapid end to this.

cuppa

Yesterday

I should blog about yesterday. Firstly I have been sleeping in all week. How glorious! And then I wrote the article and sent it off and popped over to Leaf to meet exp_err, kathrynlinge, calla_s and idling for a Paris Rose High Tea. How fun! I chose I guess quite a boring tea - caramel magaique (black tea with caramel overtones). B and C had fancy schmancy teas that came in clear teapots and sat on stands with a votive candle underneath. And then we got tiered plates of cucumber sandwiches, mini quiches and lots and lots of mini cakes. So much food I couldn't finish it all (grouchiegrrl we should put this one on our list and come back).

Much fun.

And then K and I came back for a work session. I was supposed to get my study sorted. It might not be a one day task however. I did manage to start my own personal finances budget spreadsheet - starting is always the hard bit, I find. And I did clear a path from the door to all the furniture in the room. I started going through receipts - for some reason I am a receipts hoarder. Though even I can see this was going too far and am applying the Napolean method and tossing out most of them cause they are old now and useless. Yay! That's quite freeing - it'll be another monkey off my back when it's done. I also went through the ASif! review pile and retired the very oldest of material. The bookcase is now reasonably neat and nonscary. And finally for the first time ever, the file marked "Books out for Review" is now thicker than the one marked "Review copies for Review". A system that is working!! A truly great thing!! So much so that I got enthused to work on the website overhaul a bit today. It's fiddly and bitty and boring but will hopefully be easier to navigate and hold more information when I am done. In the meantime, you may come across work in progress.

And that's me!