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7 Quick Takes — 32

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We had a wonderful two and a half (or 3/4?) days of ceasefire. It ended a few hours before the 72 hours were up, and it was ended by two rockets fired from Gaza to Israel. Apparently this time it's the Islamic Jihad. Since Hamas is in control of Gaza, I truly think it makes no difference: Hamas is responsible for everything coming from the land controlled by them. It was so close to getting back to normal, but it goes on. While Israel has withdrawn from Gaza, there isn't much change for the residents of the South, and they rightfully feel abandoned by our government, when once again we declare victory, only to allow Hamas to recover and rebuild…not the houses and schools and hospitals, but their rocket arsenal and tunnels.

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Last night I did something big. Well, big for me. I went to Harel Skaat's concert all by myself. That is something I normally just don't do, it is too out of my comfort zone and too different from my routine. But since Mr. Skaat's birthday, and I am pretty much all alone, I decided to go. It was a brilliant concert as usual. I somehow ended up in line to meet him and wish him a happy birthday, and somehow that line turned into going to an all night burger place (by myself) and staying out way too late.

So…Happy birthday Mr. Skaat!

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The Priest's Wife has been advocating for avoiding cheap. Chinese products for a number of reasons. (I'll include a link as soon as I get on my laptop.) While she has some very valid points, I have done some eBay shopping from China and Hong Kong. One seller was selling knitting needles and crochet hooks for very reasonable prices. I contacted them, because I wanted the package to be sent directly to the volunteer organization of the hospital where I have taught some girls and boys to crochet. A local vendor donated some yarn, and I wanted to get the needles and hooks. He and I worked it out, and then I was surprised to see that instead of the free Economy International Shipping option he upgraded my shipping to the Express shipping free. I was already grateful for this gesture, but today I got a text from one of the volunteers at the hospital that the package arrived and, in addition to the two crochet hook sets and one knitting needle set, there were two additional sets of both, some mixed beads and charms, flexible thread and clasps for jewelery. Some of these things will go to other hospitals or activities provided by the organization.

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I've been crafting. Yes, still cold porcelain.

I need to find some good sealer/varnish to waterproof it, and then I can plant my little palm “tree” in it.

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My garden is pretty much dead. While our house sitters tried to resurrect it, the neglect from the last few weeks has really taken its toll on my poor straw bale garden! I think the root vegetables and some of our peas will make it, and everything we put in planters and pots will, too, but our beans and berries and celery sticks and flowers are beyond help. Maybe next year we won't have a war killing my garden.

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Shabbat shalom! And once wgain, happy birthday to Harel Skaat!

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7 Quick Takes – 4

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As mentioned in my previous post, I’m in the middle of Netflixing my way through the sseries Lie To Me I have an absolutely favourite new quote, that sums up my feelings about Israel, said by Eli Loker.

I’m moving to Israel. If I’m going to live somewhere where I can get blown up in a bus or in a mall at any time, I want beaches and women who speak their minds.

Loker, at this point of the show also practices radical honesty. Which is quite entertaining.

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It’s totally Eurovision season now! We know which semifinal Israel is competing in (not the same as Hungary, so I can’t vote for them!) and the Hungarian preselection shows (A Dal) start on Saturday. Then we will have a “poor man’s Kdam” for Israel in March, but I really don’t think it will be any less great then 2010 was with Harel Skaat. You know, this one.

That’s not a competition song. That is 1978 Eusovision winner Gali Atari singing the 1978 winning song (Hallelujah) with Harel Skaat. When Gali Atari & Milk and Honey won, Harel was -3 years old. But it’s one of those songs everyone and their dog can sing in Israel. 😀

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It takes forever to drink 16 ounces of iced coffee in an unheated office, I’m telling you. I think maybe if I had put some sugar in it… but maybe it’s already sweetened, and then I need no more sugar? Oh my, trying to agree with myself about what a coffee needs is hard. I know that is comical, but hey…

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Today I got an email telling me that my blog was automatically updated to WordPress 3.8.1. Duh, I know, I initiated the update a few days ago! I think because initially I used the automatic installation option for my blog, the script now thinks it is actually doing something, while the update was done days ago. Gotta love programs and apps that think they know what I want to do. Windows and Office seem to think they can read my mind, and it is the most annoying thing sometimes. If the first computer achieving self awareness will run Windows, we will be in big trouble. Well, if it happens to be an iPad on iOS7, we’ll be in trouble, too.

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This post needs a photo.

2013-09-04 20.24.48Yes, it’s a puli dog on wine. Yes, it’s an awful photo. Yes, I bought some.

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I really need a new phone. I would love to have an iPhone, but it is not likely I’ll ever be able to afford one. So I’m looking for a  smartphone with 1) long battery life, 2) not claiming it has 8GB of memory, but, in fact having only 512MB for apps and operating system and screaming memory is full with only Facebook, Gmail, Runkeeper and Instagram installed (yes, Samsung, talking about your phones), 3) has a decent camera, preferrably with camera light, 4) is affordable even when buying unlocked. Any suggestions?

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If I started a business selling crochet stuff on Etsy/my crochet blog. what would you be interested in buying? What price range? How much would you be willing to pay for shipping? Now that I’m getting close to getting my full arm usage back, I’m considering taking on some larger projects. I just finished some hats and scarves, and I think I will be able to make them faster once no longer having a cast.

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7 Quick Takes – Things that made me happy this week

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This week’s Quick Takes are about material things that have made me happy. All of these were given to me by the wonderful Jill. 😀 Thank you!

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First of all, meet Teddy:

IMGP2457He is soft! He is cute! He is a Tatty Teddy! His fur is just a little bit darker than my natural hair colour! I’m crocheting him a kipah…

 

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…with this awesome crochet hook.

IMGP2458I just absolutely love it! It’s comfortable and helps my stitch remain quite even. Amazon has them individually, or in sets, including a nicely priced gift set with 8 hooks and a nice case. I am also excited to try some of the patterns and ideas in my new book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet. It has edges! Beanies! Socks!  I love it!

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My Kindle came! Yes! And despite the lady at the post office repeatedly turning and tossing the box with such vehemence that the box inside the box (Inception, anyone) could be heard moving in Vienna, it came out  of the box inside the box intact and working wonderfully. It needed a night of charging, but it is giving me the best Kindle experience ever. Probably because of the yellow case. 😀

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ETA: better picture of Sunny in action:

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Kooshballs have been a love affair for many, many years. I have sensory issues, and Kooshballs are better than other stress balls for me. BTW, we do have art made out of various brushes in the play room, so it can provide sensory stimulation.

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Jill specifically warned me not to get too excited about the liquid bandage, because, well, it’s liquid bandage. Getting another scrape in PT today, I already put it to good use, and I’m loving it. We also talked about whether a spray version exists, and it does!

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Crystalizing Window Markers. Between Teddy and these I am becoming a favourite with the nursing and therapy students doing summer internships. These things, also from Amazon, are now used to covers not only my window, but every glass item that they can find. From mirrors to empty bottles to drinking glasses, everything is covered in cheerful, though cold looking designs. I think I need t o order more of these.

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Expired gift cards are not only a joke on MWOP, but something I love to collect. I use them for crafts and as bookmarks. I actually love the graphics of the Amazon Kindle card. I wish they made posters with that image! It makes me all dreamy eyed and lost in a world that I explored through reading.

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7 Quick Takes

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Again, thanks for the good thoughts, prayers, etc. I am slowly getting better, and hopefully I’ll be home within a week. I still have a problem with some swelling, but it seems to get better every day. I get daily PT and speech therapy now, and that will continue for a while.

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One of my teenagers went to audition for the Israeli X Factor. He did it mostly for the fun of going with friends from his voice class, and possible getting a chance to meet one of the mentors, Ivri Lider. Alas, he didn’t get to sing for the judges, but the casting directors were encouraging. One of his friends made it to the next round!

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An aural assault featuring the above mentioned Ivri Lider. No, you don’t have to listen. I am not listening, because I still can’t use my CI without migraine like headaches to follow.

Yes, intentional selection. And you really don’t have to click here to listen to one of his most beautiful songs. I do get I have a questionable taste in music.

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I really wanted to write 7 interesting quick takes, but I know even less about what’s happening in the world than I did when I had the BMT!  I do know that the Danube is threatening to flood various cities, and there was some damage in Passau, and that Hungarian alpinists Zsolt Erőss and Péter Kiss have died in the Himalayas, and some of my friends participated in the Ultrabalaton ultra marathon.

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Oh yes, Doctor Who predictions. Now that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who, I have three suggestions for the next Doctor. That will make this post complete.

The first one is Sarah Smart. She has already appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who, but I think if Clara could be explained, that could be explained as well. Plus she has the greatest name ever.

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Benedict Cumberbatch would be the source of the ultimate geekgasm. He would be Sherlock, Khan and the Doctor! Benedict

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If you know me from my days in the SGA fandom, you will guess that I truly think that Doctor Rodney McKay was the Doctor. So who else could be my third nominee, but UK born Canadian Doctor Who fan and owner of a Dalek, David Hewlett?

David-Hewlett.

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7 Quick Takes Friday

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7 quick takes sm1 Your 7 Quick Takes Toolkit!

 

1. It’s been over 6 weeks since the transplant now, and it seems my eyelashes are coming back. It’s plain awesomeness: I can’t wait to have hair again! I really don’t like to wear real hats, and I like to clip my kipah to my HAIR. Seriously. HAIR. 😀 Of course hair comes back at the least comfortable place first, but hey, soon I can start thinking about how to cut my gorgeous (NOT!) hair. I wonder what colour it will be and if it will be curly or straight.

2. Yes, there is a third checkmark on the sidebar. No, I’m not home. I need to keep away from the kids, so I’m staying with a friend, in his new apartment in town. At 69 square meters (743 square feet) it is almost three times as big as his previous apartment (that I kept telling people was 28 square meters, but in reality it was 24, or 258 square feet), and the original apartment having been mostly empty… whatever furniture and decos Nathan has are pretty much lost in the huge space. He already bought a bed and put the fold out couch he had in the living room, and I have a bed in the guest room. He is going furniture shopping tomorrow  today with Kevin. I think we will have some  furniture assembling done here! I’m pretty excited about that, I like putting IKEA furniture together. It’s like those metal screw together toys I played with as a child.

3. Of course I don’t even have the energy to stay on my feet more than a few minutes. I get dizzy and very tired. Sitting down is fine. Lying down is fine. I can do things that way. Standing? No. Walking more than 30 feet? Forget it. Twenty minutes helping with dinner preparations, sitting on the kitchen chair (you see what I mean by no furniture?) wore me out enough that I needed a nap afterwards.

4. But it was worth. No worries, the Brussels sprouts are not on my bed: they are on a clear glass plate on a napkin.

yumWe had to modify the recipe slightly: before pan roasting the Brussels sprouts, I quickly cooked them, adding some salt in the water, just enough that they were cooked, but not mushy. I cut them into half after cooking, and didn’t add salt when Kevin roasted them. They were yummy!

5. Watching Hell’s Kitchen is great. Because of it, I realized that a cualiflower mash must be very nice. We are having that for lunch today. Yes, I’m really focusing on food after being hungry for most of the last 7 weeks. Hospital food was awful most of the time, and not much when it wasn’t awful. I might actually make some peanutbutter cups if I have enough strength for that today. Because food, right now, is super important to me!

6. The érettségi, the Hungarian matriculation exams are underway. Hard to believe that most of the little 2nd graders from my first year of teaching English there are sitting the exams this week! Time flies…

7. Before the usual Shabbat greetings, I just want to thank everyone the support I’ve been getting these past weeks. They have been hard, but maybe it will start to get better now! Shabbat shalom!

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