Archive for July, 2011

It couldn’t have gone better

July 17, 2011

When the rabbi decided to honor my conversion classmates and me with aliyot to the Torah this past Shabbat, I got nervous.  I’ve got sort of a Julie Andrews thing going on — I used to be able to sing beautifully, then I had an accident and my vocal cords were damaged.  No more singing — at least, not like I used to be able to, as half my range disappeared.

I’m not one to get stage fright, but I sure had it yesterday.  There’s no dress rehearsal, and you don’t want to let down the rabbi during what is essentially your introduction to the congregation.  My eyes were glued to the five who went before me so I wouldn’t make a stupid mistake.

When my turn came, I did great.  I had worked at home to find a key that I could chant in properly, and I didn’t mess up the words.  It’s a good thing I took my own Siddur from Geneva — the transliteration they had up at the bimah was entirely illegible.  I never learned Ashkenazic transliteration in French, much less in English.

To top it all off, I got to chant the blessing for my very favorite Torah portion — the story of the five daughters of Zelophehad in parasha Pinchas, which is where my Hebrew name comes from.  It really doesn’t get any better than that. 🙂



My new favorite commercial

July 15, 2011

Poor little robot.  It’s not fair.  😦

Localization is key

July 13, 2011

Dear Kia,

I don’t know about chez y’all, but here in the States we drive on the right-hand side of the road.  You might want to reshoot your commercial to reflect that fact.

(Sorry, my dear readership.  They did not have the commercial on YouTube, so I don’t have proof for you.  But the car is definitely driving up the wrong side of the road.)

My strange talent

July 12, 2011

You know those new shows on TLC, My Strange Addiction and My Strange Phobia?  Well, I have a strange talent.  I can hear approaching sirens long before anyone else can, which comes in pretty handy in the car.

You’re welcome, Mom. 🙂

Cross your fingers

July 4, 2011

They’re installing my new ceiling fan right now, and I hear lots of crashes and opera singing…

Edit:  I went in and saw him standing on two stools, with her sitting on another and holding them steady, her head between his legs.  I asked if I could take a picture.  She said yes.  He said no.


July 1, 2011

Remember how I threw up next to the black Jeep in the Chili’s parking lot a few weeks ago?  Well, today someone threw up next to my car in the parking lot of Bed, Bath and Beyond…