SHABBAT SHALOM! And, oh my. Do you see what number edition this is? No, it was not planned to be this way… but today is Tu B’Av – the day of Love (ahem, Ahava) … see what I did there???? and then this is edition #18… 18 meaning LIFE… so, love and life, two of my favorites. Since I didn’t do an entry last week, don’t ask me to remember what I did, just go look on my personal blog if you want to know. I can’t remember half the time of what I write the next day then I accidentally repeat it.
A small synopsis
It’s been a weird week: lots of meetings, lots of calls, emails, planning, new classes, new planning for future endeavors, and so much crazy rain it’s almost come to the point where we have to build an ark again.
I am trying my best to change my schedule around, and due to the last two weeks of events and new things and work things, I haven’t been able to….but it’s going to happen.
Music of the week: La Bamba (Medium Allegro) off David Plumpton’s Modern Melodies for Ballet.
I have now started a new Jewish class with my Rabbi and a bunch of other people from CBI. The book we’ll be reading over the next year is The Observant Life. Our first chapter we went over was about re-introducing prayer and why we do things. It saddens me to see people who are born Jewish and they don’t know why we are supposed to do things. like… it really shouldn’t be that way. We ask “why” a million times, why wasn’t this clarified years ago? Nothing should ever be shoved down someone’s throat without being told why. I want to become fluent enough in this to help others to the next level, so those questions are answered.
Last night, I joined Jews & Brews for the first time ever. I think it’s so cool to be able to go and have a drink and then discuss the Torah. So not only are you learning something, but we also get the experience of trying new drinks and new brewery locations. Which is hella useful for me considering I always need new places to go and write.
Between both of those classes, my old class, going to Shabbat and certain events–boy I get to see a various amount of different people and I see who is interested in what. I love how I’m just diving my face into everything. I love this Jewish life so much, I just can’t stop expressing my love, and these events… and things to do… and always discussing and reading and doing and being… ahhh. It’s so refreshing. Now I just need to figure out how I can get to coffee with Rabbi and then the next day lunch discussion for TOL so I can join that group too.
Just because I haven’t done it before doesn’t make me any less capable, or deserving of an opinion or to be able to help in the process.
There should just be a stopping point for going back for seconds. No. Just… no.
Rain is not a good look for me. I need sunlight or else I’m going to implode.
Events / Special Moments
Today is Tu B’Av. The day of Love “Valentine’s Day” in our Jewish world. I think if I had to choose between that and the real Vday, I’d choose this. It’s a whole lot less retail “spend all the money” crap and more about what it is supposed to be about: love, celebration. I’m writing on my dream board that I hope that this is one very special day for me in the future. (I also have a story in mind that I might sit down and write. If so, it’ll be something else included in ‘Becoming Ahava’ … here’s the random thought that led me to want to write——Tu B’Av is when all the single girls would wear white and go out and search for guys to marry. But, but… what if… just what if, a couple of those girls just wanted another girl to love and be loved? My heart is with them.)
I had a special meeting yesterday with the group I’m going to be doing event planning with. Suddenly, it went from me just indirectly working with them (early spring) to being invited to be a part of the board and their event decisions, and now, I’m a part of the decorating committee. Which means, there are a few things I’ve never done before, so it will be very interesting learning and doing. I am looking forward to this. (Especially since the theme is “casino” which is yet a second hint towards Vegas this week.)
Randomly meeting a nice lady who knew Elvis and knows all about his life and people in his life…. while having our writer’s group meeting… (cue in first hint about Vegas)
What am I looking forward to this week?
Let’s see… things at work will be getting back to normal since the guys are coming back bearing good news. We are going to be restructuring a bunch of things in the company (I really hope), and then, I have to talk to them about the meeting I was in because it sort of involves them too.
There’s a few more meetings but not as crazy as this week. No classes or anything like that. I don’t think. Might be finally starting some new projects I’ve talked about: like reopening my sellers account on eBay and Etsy just to start selling things that need to be gone. I might even break those fake earrings I wrote about on my diary (since I obv can’t wear them anymore) and make magnets out of them. If I do that, and it turns out good, I bet I can make some profit off those. They are cute enough to do that.
Still working on the usual: cleaning, sorting, catching up on reading (we’re going to try this oneeeeee more time), catching up on emails, to-lists. All that.
Anyway, I guess that about wraps up this week. Thank goodness I blog things more frequently now, even if it is rubbish most of the time, because I cannot seem to remember anything these days. Oy.
HAPPY TU B’AV. I love you.
Karen Maeby (Ahava)