Thursday, December 31, 2009

I want an oven that works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grr...


I have been sick for a couple of days and the day after mom and dad left, I was really sick (yesterday) so I went to the doctor, (which was a fiasco and a different story.) They gave me some meds and I slept and wasted away the rest of the day drinking tea and watching movies. I got up enough energy to go to Roi's for dinner (which also meant I didn't have to cook.) He made bowtie pasta and a really good sauce...And then next to the delicious pasta was a glove of raw garlic!! Roi proceeded to tell me that Russians eat garlic when they are sick...I told Roi that I wasn't Russian...

After a little discussion, about how I didn't see the benefits and that we should Google it...I made him cut it into fours, and I shoved the pieces into a piece of bread. (The same way you would give a pill to a dog.) And I ate it. And it was disgusting as you might expect. I told him that if anyone else would have asked me to do that I would have laughed (or thrown the garlic) at them. But I ate it..if that's not love, I don't know what is.


I'm sure somewhere in Israel they have something similar to WD-40...but I don't really have the time to search, so my dad brought me some from the states! (His luggage missed the El Al flight from Amsterdam.) When we received it yesterday, Roi was at the house and I pulled out the can. He had asked if it was just oil, and it probably is, but when I started to use it, he got really excited and wanted to spray the door hinges! After grabbing the WD-40 from my hands, Roi got to use it for the first time in his life (and most likely not the last). He did a great job. And I greatly appreciate my dad bringing it all the way from the US!

Also, in his suitcase were my favorite Donna Mae (my grandma) cookies!! Chocolate covered cherries!! (They are actually cookies, despite the name.) They were delicious and I already ate quite a few..but who's counting?

Mom and dad are on their way back from Eilat as a type and tonight we're going to Roi's sister's house for New Year's Eve!! I think my dad is excited about the Russian vodka!! =)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paula and Joel

So yesterday was a horrible experience of getting my dad from the airport thanks to Israel closing down a train line and not providing any extra buses, but with the help of my wonderful sister, I finally met my dad at the airport!! I was so upset about being late I was crying so much when I finally got to him! It's a horrible feeling showing up to a country and the person who is suppose to be there isn't, so I really felt awful, but everything worked out!

We rented a car and GPS and drove down to Beer Sheva!! This morning, before they drove to Eilat, they took Roi and me to the grocery store! Just like when they would visit Ball State and we would go to Walmart! haha. =) My parents are the best!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunset in Jerusalem

View from our hotel room! =) My mom slept through it.
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Black Swarm by Paula! =)

The team!!

Me with the team!!!

Me and Roi

Roi... =)
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Chagall windows in Hadassah hospital and the Israel Museum Sculpture Garden!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I am going to Spain from February 18th-25th...awesome!! =)

Max Brenner and Tel Aviv with Paula!

The streets of Tel Aviv, you can see the ocean at the end!

What we ordered at Max Brenner's! Nice waffles. =)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Paula has arrived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent things along with her. It's incredible!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Lighting some candles!! I made the menorah I am lighting! We were all shocked that it actually looks like a menorah!

Roi likes to take my picture, and although I'm not so fond of his new hobby, I'm sure there are quite a few people at home who miss my smiling face. So here it is. =)

I like this is a stray, but Shoshana feeds her, so she is always around!! One day she even followed Shoshana onto the bus!
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Auschwitz death camp sign stolen

The infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland has been stolen.

The wide metal sign was unscrewed and pulled down from its position above the gate overnight. Police are searching for the culprits.

It is the first time the sign, made by Polish prisoners, has been stolen since it was erected in 1940.

More than a million people - 90% of them Jews - were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.

"It's a terrible thing," Auschwitz official Pawel Sawicki told the BBC.

"The sign means everything - it's a symbol of what Auschwitz stands for. But a place where hundreds of thousands of people died obviously doesn't mean anything to the thieves," he said.

Mr Sawicki said the theft was probably planned.

The missing sign, which is occasionally removed by officials for conservation work, has been replaced by a replica.

During the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands of prisoners passed under the sign, whose words mean "Work Sets You Free", but the vast majority were murdered or worked to death.

The theft comes just days after the German government pledged 60m euros ($86m) to an endowment fund to help preserve the camp.

Auschwitz, which receives more than a million visitors a year, has been run as a state museum since 1947.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another great day!

It all started with my Hebrew final...I am fairly confident that I did very well! Definitely not perfect, but still I am pleased by how it went. =)

Then I tried to make plain and one with honey and raisins...I ran out of flour and so I used wheat, which was a mistake and then the door literally fell off the oven onto my foot! (Did you understand what I said?? The oven door fell off from the rest of the oven!) I punched the door back into place and then propped it close with a chair. The challahs turned out okay, they will be better next time.

I went to the Overseas Student Program (OSP) going away party! A lot of the kids are here for just one semester and they will leave this week to start their spring semesters in the states! It'll be sad to see them go!! (Check out Facebook for all the pictures from the party!)

Then I tried to make Roi dinner because he has a huge test tomorrow...and I thought I was using tomato paste, but it was tomato concentrate...(which is not the same!) and I ruined the sauce...but Roi saved it! Thank goodness!!! When he is finished with his exams he'll have to teach me how to cook...until then, I will keep baking and he can cook! =)

Me at the OSP going away party!

Yishai stole my camera!

Kariem and me!

Me and my great love, Maura!! (Like how we match?)
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OSP Scavenger Hunt!

Kariem and Robb...

The hunt was Americans vs. Europeans...

One of our clues was at McDonald's...first time I had been inside!

A menorah on top of the university!!
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shop Max Brenner's...

Next time you go to Max Brenner's you can buy me.... =)

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Max Brenner!

In Tel Aviv

Maura got a waffle thing...incredible!!

I don't know what this was, like a chocolate cream looked great too!

Chocolates - they were pretty and delicious!
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Paula Wiese is coming to town!

This is my mom and Anthony! He was her Secret Pal this year! She said he did an awesome job!! I love Anthony!! He's so so awesome, my mom is lucky!

My mom and Beth!! She was in my class last year and is a great artist!!!! I miss her!

My mom is going to be here so so so soon!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Beer Sheva Rotary and mandel bread!

For the Rotary Hanukkah party, they brought a famous baker and he showed us how to make fried donuts!!

Some cool banners!

Try making mandel bread in this....

or this old's a challenge! But I think I was successful anyway!!! =)
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Rachel's great Hanukkah party!

Rachel, a girl in my program, planned a Hanukkah party for the MAPMES students last Sunday night! It was a great success and everyone had a lot of fun! Here are a couple of pictures:

Shahar lighting the candles!

The spread - before all the food arrived!

Maura and Liad looking adorable as always!!!
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