Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Have a sweet New Year!

From our family.... to yours!

In case you were wondering, our family now includes this cute little stuffed dog, who I got at Build a Bear for my birthday. Her name is Clarissa Doggie, and she's basically an estrogen explosion.

Note the close-up:
Hee!

We tried the same dress on a stuffed woolly mammoth, but it just didn't suit. Too much hair.


See what I mean?

But I digress. In other news, tonight is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. A few things on my mind this time of year:

1. Sweet things. Challah with cinnamon sugar, cranberry crunch and rhubarb crumble, apples and honey tarts and madelbrot (an old Yiddish version of biscotti that other people sometimes find boring and I find awesome), oatmeal cookies and brownies and more.

2. New things. It's a custom to try a new food on rosh Hashana. Unfortunately, I just remembered this custom, which means that my poor husband will probably spend 2 hours tomorrow trying to find a pomegranate and/or starfruit and miss his shower. Oy.

3. Growth. The Jewish new year is like tax day for the soul--how have I been doing? Am I in the red or the black? Am I better person than I was last year? How can I be better next year? I am humbled by realizing all the areas where I need to grow, but gratified that I HAVE changed certain aspects of myself for the better.

4. Change. Every year at this time, I marvel at everything that's changed since I last stood before G-d listening to the shofar. In 2007, I prayed for clarity, as I held onto a dying relationship like a raft. And in 2008, I prayed for my upcoming marriage to a different man, who gave me all the things I had been missing.

Since I don't use the computer on the holiday (which goes from Wednesday at sundown to Saturday night), I'm going to fall off the face of the earth for a while, but I hope you all have a wonderful week!

15 comments:

  1. praying for many of God's blessings upon you and your husband this new year. xo

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  2. Happy New Year, Keshka! I hope you have a fantastic holiday with your family. Enjoy all those sweet things. You've made my mouth water!

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  3. love your reflections as you enter the new year! (and i definitely see a scrap page in the making :))

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  4. Happy New Year to you. I love your #1 because food is always good, and #3 recognizing personal growth is always satisfying and rewarding! Love your LO too!!

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  5. Happy New Year Keshet! Enjoy your feast and your family!!

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  6. Enjoy your holiday Keshet! Love the reflections for the new year!

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  7. Happy New Year! I really hope you share some recipes in the near future for some of the foods mentioned in this post. Sounds yummy! And your stuffed animal is soooo cute! I just love a good estrogen explosion.;-)

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  8. Happy Rosh Hashana to you!!! Enjoy your time "away" from the internet...and all the yummy food! ;)

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  9. Happy Rosh Hashana to you and your family.
    Your layout is adorable so is your bear.

    Love your yearly lookout on your life.

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  10. Happy Rosh Hashana! (Is that a real saying?) LOVE that cute little fuzzy. Your layout is fantastic as always.

    Enjoy your holiday!

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  11. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  12. Happy New Year! An tax day for the soul?! Love that! You have such a great way with words.

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  13. Great post. I LOVE hearing about your customs & holidays. Very inspirational!

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  14. Love the design of your page Keshet and Happy New Year (yeah I know I'm late....).

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