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Happy New Week!

22 Feb
My other husband, Mr.Rogen

My other husband, Mr.Rogen

The only way to start the week: Seth Rogen’s silly face and this song!

Well we didn’t get any of the snow that Jerusalem saw this weekend, and the sun’s back out in Hertzliya so it looks like Winter’s on the way out! Here’s hoping my cold/cough will follow suit.

This morning the radio introduced me to Family of The Year, an awesome band, with this gorgeous song ‘Hero’ on my way to the train station. Then reading the morning news, I felt so uplifted by this event that took place in Oslo this past Friday night – the true meaning of shabbat shel shalom.  Reading this other news story about a birthday party for a little boy with autism that nobody came to, my ears filled with tears as I read what happened instead. My conclusion after reading these two articles is that people can be good, even when other people are being terrible. And loads of other stuff.

Have a great week! x

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SJP

7 Apr

She’s great. How badly do I want that pistachio green chair? #chairenvy

Ball Park

9 Mar

A friend tweeted this link and it is honestly one of the loveliest things I’ve seen in ages.

In need of a pick me up? Watch. this. now. Shavua tov!

Have you SEEN this?!

3 Mar

This kid is especially cute, and an especially good piano player for all of 4 years old! It’s been a long time since I watched something and felt my jaw drop. I’m obviously not any kind of classical musician, but for any 4 year old to be able to do this seems astonishing.

Lovely Life List

13 Aug

“…the List is about encouraging yourself to live a little more mightily” – Oprah

It’s a work in progress, this is what I have so far.  Big and small dreams, silly ones and serious ones. There’s no deadline, and no expectation,  but I hope to keep adding to the list and I hope to accomplish at least some of them in my lifetime. 

Travel

  • See the Haka performed, in New Zealand
  • Drink Mojitos in Cuba
  • Take a trip to Sderot
  • Row a boat with Dotan on Regents Park lake
  • Stay in a house with a blue door in Santorini
  • Live in another country besides Israel in my adult life
  • Go on a Disney cruise
  • Look for Amelie Poulain in Paris
  • Drive a hover car
  • Drink Mint Juleps in Alabama
  • Go up to Har Habayit
  • Stay in a Hobbit Hotel
  • Take a ‘shmitta’ (7th) year out of life for travel
  • Reunion with my class from Tokyo (ISSH) of 1992
  • Take a 2nd road trip across the USA
  • Honeymoon in the Maldives
  • Coachella 2014
  • Lollapalooza 2013 – Tel Aviv stylee! say whaaaaat!
  • Visit our lovely friends Marjolein & Michael, and the floating flower market, in Amsterdam
  • Float on a gondola in Venice before it sinks
  • Take a food & wine tour of the Galilee
  • Visit Naot Farm of the Negev, where they make their own cheese
  • Take my children to Japan
  • Drive a moped around the Amalfi Coast, a la The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Snowboard in Canada
  • Go bowling in Canada

Personal

  • Learn how to moonwalk
  • Become a woman who makes her own jam
  • Learn how the stock market works
  • Buy a stock on my own
  • Play Wing Attack on a Netball team one more time
  • Organise and perform a choreographed dance routine at a friend’s wedding
  • Write and publish a book
  • Take and pass my driving theory and practical tests
  • Bake double the amount of Challah every week, to give to someone who needs it
  • Own land in Israel
  • Dress like Zooey, for a week 
  • Build (i.e. design and have Dotan build) a wicked cool treehouse
  • Dye your hair a bzillion crazy colours. Do it now, before you’re 72 and have no hair left to dye
  • Become intimately reacquainted with the women of Tanach
  • Attend a henna
  • Study and receive a second degree
  • Plant a herb garden
  • Learn how to identify planets and stars
  • Read Anna Karenina
  • Give blood in Israel (currently not allowed to – immigrant from UK)
  • Keep a houseplant alive for at least a year
  • Sleep in an Indian teepee
  • Dance at a good old fashioned American hoedown
  • Take Yiddish classes
  • Spend a year on a farm getting my hands dirty
  • Sponsor a kiddush
  • Learn how to take good photos
  • Learn the trope for Eichah
  • Read all of Chaim Potok
  • Organise a ‘Thon’ event in Israel
  • Have my nose re-pierced
  • Learn American Diner slang

Family

  • Start a new tradition
  • Raise and nurture as many children as you can
  • Then raise and nurture more
  • Spend a quality evening with my niece, Orly, before she hits 16 and turns into an anarchic vampire
  • Celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary
  • Find a meaningful way to honour my Bobba and Zeida’s memories
  • Nurture a unique relationship with each of my nephews
  • Go on a Bernstein family reunion holiday
Health and Goodness
  • Do a sponsored-something for charity as a couple
  • Complete a detox programme
  • Lose 40 kilos through healthy eating & exercise
  • Organise regular volunteering for me and Dotan in Pardes Chana
  • Make Yoga a regular part of my day
  • Remove cow’s milk from my diet completely
  • Swim at least once a week, for your mind & body
  • Play a game of serious Tennis
  • Become a Weekday Vegetarian
  • Preach the Green Smoothie gospel to at least 5 other people
  • Learn how to lift hand weights
  • Remove red meat from my diet completely
Create 
  • Print, make & frame a collage of wedding photobooth snaps
  • Learn to sew
  • Bake an ombre, four-tiered cake
  • Successfully make Ilana’s flower-shaped challah
  • Wear a dress I have sewed myself
  • Set up a home bar cart
  • Learn how to make cheese
  • Learn sofrut from a soferet
  • Bake every recipe from a Hummingbird Bakery cookbook (excl. those non-kosher ‘ham + everything’ muffins)
  • Make a family tree