Posts Tagged ‘Shavuot’

Post Shavuot catch-up

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Well, I didn’t finish the dress I’m making DD, so she wore some existing clothes for Shavuot (and was proclaimed very cute when we went out for lunch today). I finally just now got around to adding five books to the reading list from the past few weeks, only the last of which was actually finished today. I’m looking forward to talking about some of them here, at least, and will try to do at least one review tomorrow.

Still tired

Saturday, 7 May 2011

I showed someone a few crochet stitches the other day, and that was really fun. I have to get myself stitching again – maybe it’d get me out of some of the fatigued funk. Not that many weeks till Shavuot, either, which is when I wanted DD’s dress to be ready for. I need to look at it again, but I may have done enough on the bodice to be able to begin the skirt, which is the bit that’ll take the time.

There’s a new baby in the extended family coming to make something for too. Baby stuff is small and thus relatively quick to make. You just have to get it done before they outgrow it!

Post Passover Planning

Monday, 25 April 2011

(NB It’s still Passover/Pesach everywhere but Israel, but since that’s where I am, it’s over!)

So, I can get back to my crocheting. I think the priorities are getting on with DD’s summer dress, which I’d like to have ready for Shavuot, which is in six weeks, and the shawl for the wonderful doula who helped her be born, oh, over five months ago now… (Oops!) I’d also like to make some potholders/dishcloths for Pesach use, while I still remember (having entirely forgotten about it last year). After that I want to try again at some soakers for her.

I’m not sure how ambitious all this is, as I’m due to start an intensive language course next week (all morning, five days a week, with possibly an hour’s commute each way, for five months) which will involve homework, and I do want to keep up with the daily blogging too, as well as my reading, although I expect the amount of that will drop. I can pretty much either read or crochet while on the bus, so we’ll see how much I alternate between the two.

Reading through the night

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Shavuos went very well, with lots of good sociable meals (three out of four I went to were milky, which is great for me) and the learning and services at my synagogue were just as good as I’d hoped and expected. I got lots of reading done at odd hours, besides the learning of the first night of the festival, and sharing Sefer Tehillim with my flatmate. I do wish more of it had been proper Jewish learning.

156. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

So the conceit of this book is that Goldman is providing the ‘Good Bits’ abridgment of a longer, older tale by the Florinese author, S. Morgenstern. For once (and I always prefer the book to the film) I think the (extremely faithful) film is the ‘Good Bits’ version of the book. To be fair, I do enjoy the book, including most of the ‘commentary’ – it just gets a little tedious after awhile, at least on the reread. I do think that lovers of the film will much appreciate reading the book.

157. Family Matters by Leah Fried

The damaged members of a broken-up family begin to find themselves and each other (and some helpful spouses along the way).

The story here isn’t bad, although it is rather convoluted, but when oh when are more novelists going to get the idea that professional boundaries between client and social worker, therapist, or whoever, are important, mandatory and useful, from their research?

158. Autumn Rain by Rachel Schorr

Another one about a family going through difficult times, although there is a much greater strength and unity it the one at the centre of this tale. The eldest sibling, Michal, remains single for years after she had expected to, and devotes herself to her teaching and her difficult students, while her younger sisters and her friends seem to have an easier time of things, but still have their own struggles. Her little brother is an interesting, but somewhat underdeveloped, character.

Anyway, this one really is all about the difficulty of the Shidduchim (Orthodox Jewish dating for marriage) process when it doesn’t just fall into place, so be warned that it might be frustrating.

159. The Fortune Seekers by Libby Lazewnik

I really like this well structured and well written novel. There are a very large number of major protagonists, but they are well balanced and fit in the same story together. I would reread this.