Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Matt wrapped up the Veronica Mars Season One that we lent to Hafidha and she returned to us. He also got me a bumper sticker we saw and I found very funny. At school there were many birthday wishes (due perhaps, to the sticker I wore saying "Today is my birthday!") and a crown and a card and flowers. It was a great day.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
It was another stunning performance by the Northwest Classical Theater Company. I wasn't sure about seeing them perform a non-Shakespeare play, and one that seems so easy to be overdone. But it was fabulous. We were on edge from the moment we walked into the theater.
This very dark photo shows the tomb on one side of the stage, with an angel gravestone above it. The other side of the stage had a bed. In the middle was a raised platform. In this tiny space, they managed to scare us out of our wits.
Shelling is one of those incredibly boring jobs when done on your own, but quite fun with other people.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Because the teams were sharing a bike (they would trade off running and biking) they were encouraged to make their bike distinctive. Matt did so by attaching Ramen noodles to the bike rack.
Matt and Bill make their way to the start line. There were ten waves. Matt and Bill were in wave three, Kate and her partner were in wave 10.
Once they had started, this athletic supporter found a good spot at the finish line and sat down to read for awhile. She also wished she had worn the warm socks.
There was mud. The mud came at the very end where everyone had to crawl through several troughs of mud. Did I mention it was cold? I shuddered every time I saw someone do that.
While we were waiting around for the awards ceremony, the mini muddy run started. Kids went through a short obstacle course. They seemed to enjoy it, but I was still shuddering.
This team was my favorite. They dressed as gnomes. Their team name was "Gnome Mercy" They placed fifth in their age bracket, even with those hats.
Friday, October 15, 2010
The facade is very much like the churches built at the same time as it was but with Jewish symbols and Hebrew words, instead of crosses and scripture.
The interior is beautiful. Behind the dias is the Ark. It rolls back to display the temple's Torah Scrolls. This was a very moving part of the ceremony for me the last time I saw it. One of their Torah scrolls is from Eastern Europe and was rescued during the Holocaust. All B'nei Mitzvah students at this temple read from this scroll as a symbol that the children's voices were not silenced.
I've watched Peri grow up from a shy third grader who never spoke to me, to a chatty seventh grader who always works hard to get things right. It was thrilling to hear her speak so clearly about her struggles and her hopes. I found myself several times wishing for a handkerchief, and I know that everyone around me dissolved into puddles too. The Rabbi commented that he didn't think he had ever seen so many tissues at a Bat Mitzvah ceremony before. Peri was incredibly joyful to take on this new role in her congregation.
At the brunch after the ceremony, the centerpieces were make of items to be donated to the Oregon Humane Society, where Peri has been volunteering.
A delicious spread.
A good helper likes to be right in the middle of the action.
Yep, it is a cheesecake. Here is the almost finished version. It got a crack in it because I went to a party and was not able to remove it from the oven after an hour of cooling. Happily, you won't see that crack for long. The bulls-eye effect is supposed to look like zebra stripes when you cut into it."Frosted" with a chocolate ganache.
I made this for Peri's Bat Mitzvah. It was served at the Sunday brunch, an event Matt--who is the cheesecake "patron" here as he paid for all those ingredients--and I were unable to attend. Happily, the leftovers were brought to school on Monday for staff meeting eating and I got to enjoy the creation. And I did enjoy it.