Aug. 29th, 2014 09:07 am
tamara_russo: (Sleeps with butterflies)
You can't mistake it. Autumn is here.

We might still get hot days (well, there's not question about it), but the change has already began, and the end of the year is rolling in.

Yesterday, for the first time in months, I walked into my room and opened the window, instead of turning the AC on. The sun was already gone, and the very new moon was narrow and bright right in front of me.

And I felt it. How the end comes, how the fresh beautiful beginning also approaches.

I can't explain it, only describe it.

And this morning it's still there, the open window, the tiny breeze, fall breeze, and my immense will to bake something that will make the house smell sweet and warm and fresh and tasty.

I had a difficult week, but yesterday was a complete opposite. I guess I was feeling this change coming, and I knew it was signaling something good that's about to come.


I stood in front of the mirror this morning, and a huge smile just sprouted on my face. It's this feeling, lingering, and also.

Also, so much happiness for my friends.

I can't even begin to describe how I feel when I think of all these awesome people I love, and how my life is better now than it was ten years ago (not to mention 15 years ago).

[No guys, I didn't mix my meds this morning. I'm just happy, and I want to celebrate this wonderful feeling, and share it with you.]


I think I know what I'm going to do next week.
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I had some good work done today.

My Diana F 120 film needed developing, so I set about in search for a place that does that. My first stop was in a big store in Alenbi where they informed me that no, they don't develop 120 color film but only B/W but another store in Alenbi does. Also, they suggested I glue the crack on my old Olympus since I'll have no other way to get it fixed because parts aren't being sent to Israel anymore and it's quite an old camera. I bought a few films extra to have (ISO 100, 400 and 800) and went to the store they pointed me to, where they happily took my film and told me to come back two hours later. They also repeated the glue suggestion from the same reason.

Took off towards Dizengof Center, where I went ot buy shoes as my old snickers are not as stable as they once were. Got a nice pair at Adidas, and as it turns out, I seem to be size 41 in these kind of shoes. Weird.

Anyway, Also got some body scrub at Soap (nice little promotion next to the store had me picking my favorite scent and reach into a box and get some kind of present and I got 20% discount, so very nice) and some crossword puzzle magazine and the latest National Geographic - cover page being about drones...

Took a turn in SOHO, nothing caught my eye, made it to iStore to find out that (as much as I expected) my ipod isn't worth the bother or money of fixing it and went to lunch. Moon had, as usual, very good sushi and very bad service but I really wasnted that sushi and when the Agadashi Tofu took forever they took off 30% of the cost.

Walked back to Alenbi (all by foot - true it's not that far but all together and the way back with parcels it can be annoying - lucky thing I had a good mood and good weather) and got my developed film and the CD with the photos scanned.

Made it home by 16:30 and took a look at the photos - I knew there were some I stupidly didn't take the lens cap off for (first time with this camera - needs getting used to) and those I took inside the Market needed longer exposure or a more open shutter but a few turned out nice and one of the double exposure is sweet as hell (obviously it's Udi's). I learned a lot by looking at them and I think I'll do a better job next time. Also, I need a shutter release for it, and when I get the Fuji I'll get one for that as well.

The better photos from the Diana, Jerusalem area )

White night

Jul. 2nd, 2010 04:18 pm
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I got home at 7 last night, and my mom went "Are you going to continue studying" and when I said no she sent me to the shower and we got on a bus to Tel Aviv with my sister and her husband.

We didn't spend a lot of time there, just walked around Rothschild Blvd., but it was great fun, and the atmosphere was wonderful. I got home early enough to sleep very well, and I think the Cava wine helped as well. I usually don't sleep well before tests, but I did last night, and that was very good, because the test today wasn't easy. I hope It'll be fine.

But the real reason for this post is the photos... I took about 250 pics last night, after remembering (for once) to take the camera with me.

So, without further ado (and be warned, even with screening, there are tons):

First batch - The Changing Colors on one building )

Choir )

Cava Bar )

Street Art - both people and canvas can breathe )

Random walking )

Street Playing - Singers, dancers, stages, voices )

One of the Vertigo Dance Company dancers )

Phew. That was long.
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the first is "Death and the Penguin" - Andrey Kurkov. It was good and weird. I finished it this morning, after working on it all of last evening, while I was dying on the couch (cramps). The second one was "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and that one made me laugh and cry like I haven't in a while (but it may be just the hormons). Both were great, and I so missed reading an entire book in one day, though I was supposed to be studying (well, I will, just not now).

I've been sitting at the living room all day, in the AC, and now I'm in my room, and the window is open so I'm slowly cooking. I'll go back to the cold as soon as I finish this post. As in, now.
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Dragged my mom to Azrieli yesterday. The result? Three new sleevless shirts for me and three for her, plus a dress for her. Honigman rocks, see, and the saleswoman was the on the best side of awesome, which helped tons.

School's almost done. Only two more weeks after this one ends, and a month of exams, but except two (Elasticity and Partial Differential Equations) none are exams I fear, and these two have at least a week to prepare for, so it's going to be good. I need this summer, so I'm going to pass each one first time, and be a forth-year in just two months time.

Project for the summer include work (whether in the field or just one that will pay my life for a while), final project for school, read the entire Shakespeare plays my parents got me (ambitious, I know) and maybe get a moving on learning French.

This was a better year than the last, no doubt, even with the family stuff that's happened, and I really need this vacation to start next year with the best possible mood.
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A new playlist, just perfect for days like this one, and I'm wearing my red tank top, and outside... It's warm, how fun.

Summer is coming.
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Saturday, so beautiful and glorious, and I do nothing except going to eat at my grandma..

This day should be spent on the beach.
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Weekend report )

I've been here since 7:45, which means I can leave before 16:00... Woot!
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Third day of my period, the pains are somewhat subsided. Hopefully it'll stay moderate until the end, I've no desire to go back to painkillers.

Went out to eat at "River noodle bar" last night with Lilach. I had completely forgotten about our plans and was about to make myself some dinner when she smsed me to remind me. We ended up having great fun (the place has really nice food in wonderful prices - I only payed 70 NIS, and that was with a big dish of noodles, a fruit shake, diet coke and tip. Needless to say, she heard all about my trip, and got her present. I came home at 22:50 to find my mom irritated that I haven't walked the dogs, so I did it, reluctantly, and only then went to sleep.

I've been sleeping with the AC on these past few nights, which is something I try not to do, even at summer, because my room has really nice breeze during most of the nights, but I have to admit - the heat is really bad during the night, and I would sleep much worse if the AC wasn't on. Plus, my cats have managed to tear my screen yet again, so it's with a cockroach and mosquito hazards that I leave the window open. So, the AC makes it all much simpler.

Thoughts about deaths in literature. DH spoilers Alert! )
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"In a manner of speaking" is one of the perfect summer songs, I just had to say...

Six hours, boom, gone. Who knows where the time went, but it's now almost 16:00, which means I only have two hours until I can go home, and that's always a good thing.

Since I was here alone today I had a ton of things to do, and Motty was very agitated all day, with Noni walking in and out of here a few times as well (the owner and CEO of the paper, the one I always imagine hearing the music of the wicked witch of the west when he walks around). As of now, however, my daily work is done, including almost all of my intray that I've cleared, and Motty is in yet another meeting, so I have some peace, at least until he comes back. The really good thing is that since I had a lot to do today Noni never caught me doing something other than work, even if I was listening to music during whatever it was I was doing.
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It was, such a perfect day. We didn't go to the zoo, but to the Luna Park, an amusement park in Tel Aviv. We spent the first half an hour screaming as in a screaming contest (Asaf won, closely followed by Hagar) on the small roller coaster. The lines were almost non-existing so we managed to get on the thing twice, go on a carousel that goes up and down and the flying chairs before running like hell to the Anaconda, the biggest roller coaster there is in the Luna Park (though in global terms it's a very small coaster). We screamed some more, and then headed to the Pirate ship. Sofi and I sat this on out, and Asaf and Hagar returned with a bit of nausea and a knack for sweet (Hagar, at least). We had some cotton candy (Hagar went to get another one after the first one disappeared in a very quick rate) and then went Sofi and I went to the water slides. After that we all rode the Octopus and Hagar was kind enough to go on the Brake dance with me (very swirly thing, that is). Feeling a bit better, we rode the Sky loop, after which Hagar decided that she'd had enough, so I dragged Asaf to the Ta-Ga-Da with me (a big round bench that jumps up and down. It hurts like hell on your but and is a very good practice for the abdominal muscles) and he dragged me to have another go on the Anaconda (I wasn't resisting much... Well, I wasn't resisting at all). After that ride we all felt like we can lower our adrenalin level, and after a few games (which got us one voodoo doll, a psychedelic bracelet that made Hagar do weird things, one tiger shaped cell-phone-bag and two small candles) we had one more round on the ferris wheel and headed outside the park.

Luckily my car was parked very close by, so we all went in and I drove south to the restaurant we had reservations for at 14:00 (we arrived on the dot, which was kinda nice). We had a very large meal, drinking a lot of water in the process (we were famished and dehydrated - it was really hot outside), and the atmosphere was one that can only be in a lasy Friday afternoon in Tel Aviv, with very good friends and good food, and a great day behind us.

Drove Asaf and Sofi to a station they could grab a cab from, to go back to Haifa, and then drove with Hagar to Kfar Saba, to wait for her mom to pick her up. Even though there was a bit of traffic clutter on the way we arrived some time before Hagar's mom, so we sat in the car, in the middle of the parking lot of the train station, the car standing in diagonal, blocking three parking spaces (the lot was completely deserted), with windows wide open, our chairs tilted back with the Friday-afternoon music they play in these hours and half dosed off, half talked about the day we had.

I drove home on 120 km/h (at the slowest) with the smell of summer in my face, wind and music.

Needless to say, I'm on cloud nine.

The only thing that bothered me was that Mel was unable to come with us, but I'm taking her to the Superland next week, so I hope it'll be proper compensation.
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I got on the bus at 9:10.

I got off at 10:15.


Because there were huge traffic jams out of Holon. It took us over than 30 minutes just to get to Kibutz Galuyot junction, and then the bus driver did something really stupid - he drove into the central station of Tel Aviv. WTF? He usually gets on the bridge leading to it on jammed mornings but he never drives inside it, at least he never did it as far as I can remember (and I've been taking the bloody line for over 5 years!). So, instead of simply surrounding the traffic by you advantage as a bus who can go on and off the bridge to avoid the traffic, he drove around half of Tel Aviv... Arg, Frustration! Not to mention the sun shining exactly on me. At least I'm wearing a short sleeved shirt..
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A text from Eyal yesterday: "I have a surprise for you"

He bought me a bunch of Macaroon cookies in "Mazarin".


Second session about china last night wasn't as good as the first - the first two lectures were quite dull, the first about Mau Tze Dung and the second about the army in his days (the duller than the two). The third lecture, however, was presented by a young enthusiastic woman and dealt with the station of the woman in Mau's days as ruler of China, with the Communist party. I enjoyed the lecture very much, and it seemed to have woken up half the crowd (which was dosing off slightly...)

After the lecture ended Michali and I went to meet Eyal in his parents' house and headed to have a cup of coffee (or ice-tea, in my case) in "Cafe Henrietta" close by. I was rude and ate a few of the cookies right then and there, but the place deserved it - it took them a few good minutes to pay attention to us standing (because there was only two chairs around our table) and it took them a few more good minutes to fetch our drinks (how long does it take to make two cups of coffee and an ice-tea?!?!). We didn't stay long, and left to go home after ten minutes (Eyal bluntly refused to let me pay).

Had work this morning but Motty didn't show up so I had time after finishing the usual stuff to sit down, listen to Pandora and read. Plus, Navot called and we had a 30-minutes talk about a cool idea he has.

It's really hot outside, and I'm still wearing a sweater (haven't had the boost to get up and change it). I'm meeting Avihu tonight to go have dinner at "Edisson". Joy!


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