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The Itch

25 Nov

ImageSo given the crazy security situation in the last few weeks, coupled with trying to get my head around being a student again – I haven’t gotten out of Haifa as much as I’d like. In fact, all my time that I’ve spent on campus in the last two weeks have left me incredibly stir crazy! Yesterday, after studying for two days straight – I was ready to start talking to the walls in my room. I am dying to go explore somewhere – see something new – and leave my books behind for a few days! 

This coming weekend, the International School has organized a camping and hiking trip that will also take us to the Dead Sea. I am strongly considering this – though I’m fearful it might be too cold to float in the Sea. It’s only $100 for two days and everything will be taken care of for us. My other option is going with a few friends to Jerusalem for the weekend but we have a friend’s birthday party on Thursday night that we don’t want to miss. Since Jerusalem basically shuts down solid on Shabbat – it doesn’t make sense just to go for Friday until sunset. We are now leaning towards going to Jerusalem closer to Christmas. We have also heard that Nazareth has a great Christmas market throughout December – we’d really like to experience that. 

I have booked a trip to London and then home for February. We have six weeks off between the fall and spring semesters. I’m so excited to see my friends in London and help celebrate my friend, Elle’s return to New Zealand. After that, I head to Reno for a few weeks to enjoy time with friends and family. 

It seems like this semester has slipped away from us. As a grad student – it’s so easy to get buried in your books and research – you need to make a effort to get out there! Last night over dinner, two friends and I pulled out our calendars and started making plans. Akko, Nazareth and Jerusalem are in our sites before the end of the semester. We’ve only got December and January remaining. Lots of looming deadlines but plenty of time to squeeze in some fun!

Nose to the Grindstone

30 Jul

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I was off work all last week since the university required me to take my furlough for 2012-13 before I left. I just stayed in Reno since I’m trying to save money. It was a nice relaxing week – I read a lot, took some kids to the water park, went to my first Reno Aces game, had long lunches with friends – it was great.

Today, I’m back to work and it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Since I am still doing my usual work travel in September, that means I’ve only got August to wrap up projects and finish writing my “Mary Manual.” My to-do list is about three feet long but at least I won’t be getting bored. Admittedly, I’m getting a little stressed out but I know I’ll hit the “super focused” groove soon. This might be a good month to buy me a drink. Ha ha!

August also brings with it a few big events I’m looking forward to – a friend’s wedding in Grass Valley, the annual awards ceremony for the theater and La Tomatina en Reno (basically, a massive tomato based food fight in downtown Reno that raises money for cancer research). I have a feeling that August and September are going to FLY by!