It's Been a Long Time...

No, this isn't really a Led Zeppelin entry, although I am listening to Rock n Roll right now as I write this, and it is a bit hard not to blast the volume and start air guitaring it right here, right now in the office! And, if you wish for a little listen, just click that link above!

So much has gone on in the past few weeks that I may have trouble figuring out where to begin.  I have been terribly busy with work which is always the case for the end of year through the end of tax filings.  I have also been working hard on Nishmah's Journey, the women's pre-Passover event which I sure ALL OF YOU will be signing up for...right?!?  Then there is the study that Alia and I started in preparation for her bat mitzvah which is a mere two years away. We are studying Tractate Brachot with our teacher and friend, Rabbi Neal Rose.  If that wasn't enough, there are my chavurah meetings twice a month, and other side projects that tend to present themselves from time to time.  Of course, I shouldn't leave out IEP meetings, sick kids, doctor appointments, house hunting and application filling out for my mom, more doctor appointments, and the occasional pure-exhaustion-lie-in-bed-and-become-a-vegetable thing that happens to me sometimes when I overload.

All of this adds up flying by me at speeds that are insane!

In the midst of this insanity, there was time in early January for our family to take a long weekend and go to Tennessee with friends.  We haven't been anywhere in such a long time. We do not vacation regularly, and rarely take time out to do anything other than weekend camping trips in the spring and fall.  So, it was quite nice to get a way for a little while, even if it was only for about 5 days.

We came back to our good friends, Carol and Neal, who are spending some time in the Lou for a few months.  Even though I have been quite busy, and haven't really had time to socialize too much with them, it is nice to know that they are a mere 15 minutes away, or available on the phone.  

We are still preparing our house for sale, but at this point are unsure on where we are going to end up. A lot of factors are in play, and so I am not going to get ahead of myself just yet.  When the place is ready, then we will start to stress about where our community will be, and how we can make our observance level match that to which we feel called to have to it be.

And on that note, to pick up Alia from SNAP!

An old, old picture...Chan, Nevi, Alia and me.