Tel Aviv -> Caesarea -> Mount Carmel -> Megiddo -> Nazareth -> Tiberius
Tel Aviv -> Caesarea -> Mount Carmel -> Megiddo -> Nazareth -> Tiberius
Three flights and about twenty hours later, we arrive in Tel Aviv! And once the wheels hit the tarmac, it was all business. We hustled through customs to baggage claim, hopped on our tour bus, and to our first site we went. It was to the city of Joppa along Mediterranean coast. After touring the area, we checked into our hotel – around 8 PM.
A fabulous Shabbat Friday night dinner could not have been a better welcome! Followed by drinks with friends and cigars outside listening to the waves crash on the coast, talking about the days ahead, was the best way to end the journey there and the best beginning of what was to come.
For the upcoming days, my posts will be a series of recaps of my trip to Israel last November. It was a year ago today when we departed on this grand trip, and I can already feel the nostalgia taking over my entire being.
By day, we studied Israel’s Holy and historical sites. By night, we studied their current culture, food, and wine. My husband sometimes calls me his “little Jew”, not because I’m Jewish, but because I could probably be an Israeli advocate, tour guide, or even live the rest of my life in that country and die very happy.
I can remember every moment like it was yesterday, and I’m excited to revisit these photos to share with you!
Good morning, and happy Friday! I’m especially excited for this weekend… Last weekend, my in-laws ( P.S. I love saying that ) were in town Friday night, and we got to host our very first guests! The rest of the weekend was spent in hibernation, splurging on Halloween treats, football, and movies. Now, we’re ready to get rolling and have some fun plans and projects penciled in the calendar!
Spend an early morning with Dan tomorrow: sunrise fishing at the beach and maybe squeeze in a run.
Have some friends over for these awesome match ups:
Finish my wedding thank you notes.
Work on our living room decor.
Welcome to our home, Apt. 307! Dan and I have been married for almost a month and, for the last two weeks, have put so much effort into creating a home and getting settled. Of course, during this process we’ve put way more energy into the important things, such as our coffee maker that was the first item out of its box, set up, and running perfectly (along with our TV… I mean, come on, it’s football season), and have given less attention to other things, like the eyesore of a bookshelf sitting in our living room that we’ll get to eventually…
Setting aside our priorities, shortcomings, and all we have left to do, and as I reflect on the month of October, my heart is beyond full. Our marriage and its celebration, having our close family and best friends come in to town from all over the country, and to have our local friends and family there to celebrate as well was the most special time I’ve ever experienced. It’s so exciting to now merge our lives into one, to work as a team in all things, and to experience our “firsts” as a married couple. And what better way to start than with the upcoming holidays? Here are a few of my personal goals for this month!
* Bake, bake, bake … Master and tweak my favorite recipes for the upcoming holidays! (Then send off to Dan’s work … See next goal.)
* Train for a half marathon … Get to running 10 miles by Thanksgiving, then to 13.1 by Christmas.
* Get involved in a ministry / service-oriented group in the south Florida area.
* Start my Christmas shopping lists, get organized, and flag sales.
* Finish decorating our home and add in holiday pieces.
* Host a holiday dinner party for our friends.
30 days until I Do
Never in my life have I experienced feeling multiple and random emotions in such a short period of time. Since July 4th, you could say life has been extremely busy mixed with the most excitement I’ve ever felt with just a few emotional break downs added in… I mean, who decides to have a three month engagement especially when both of our families (our main support squad) live 1000 miles away? We do!!! I’d like to say it’s because we’re brave, adventurous, and can face any challenge coming our way – and maybe that’s almost it – but honestly, when you know you know, and when you know, why wait?
Here’s a shoutout to the sites that have been lifesavers in helping me plan for the big day…
Also, my most recommended registry sites…
Popcorn is easily one of the most versatile items on the planet. I’ve seen some pretty outrageous flavored popcorn like ‘jalapeno bacon cheddar’ or ‘triple chocolate salted caramel’… And frankly, I’m not very interested in eating anything like that. I start to feel ill simply thinking about it. Except for when I go to a movie, I always veer toward the classic lightly-buttered-lightly-salted goodness. At the theater though, you can spot me polishing off the ten thousand calorie bucket of addictive heart-attack with no regrets… But let’s keep it classy here.
Last weekend, I attempted a new kind of flavored popcorn for the Super Bowl. I thought it would be a fun snack to have that was maybe a little more upscale. Rosemary, garlic, olive oil, and freshly grated Parmesan are the stars in this show, and it turned out to be delicious!
1 to 2 sprigs of Rosemary, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
about 5 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter
salt and pepper
Combine the above into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about as long as it takes to pop the corn!
1/2 cup of kernels (original)
enough olive oil to lightly coat all of the kernels
Combine the kernels, olive oil, and salt, and cover over medium-heat. Once you start to hear popping, slightly crack the lid to release the steam and bring temp. to medium heat. Feel free to cover the pot and shake. Remove from heat once the popping slows down, then combine the olive oil mixture and stir until coated.
One of the best purchases I made last year were these Ralph Lauren rain boots. Luckily, I bought these just in time.. Never, ever have I experienced a winter this wet and gray, and these boots have a bright classic print that gives these dreary days a little pop of color. (I’m nervous I may go blind next time the sun makes his appearance.) My bubble umbrella (similar here) also gives the rainy days more of a happy experience..
Hold on.. Spring and warmer days are just around the corner!
Please, don’t forget your Thank You s….
In a generation where wishing your family and friends ‘happy birthday’ via Facebook and Twitter is the norm, sending a thank you note for something may seem a little old school and may even seem like a waste of time. Yet this act of appreciation goes a long way. Whether it’s thanking someone for a gift you received, for a visit someone paid you, for hosting you and showing you hospitality, or even thanking someone because they did something kind for you, this is an action you can take in appreciation of theirs…
Make it personal and authentic. A hand written note will naturally give it that flair.
Put some time and thought into it. Be expressive, but don’t ramble on.
Even if you’re somewhat behind in sending your note, do it anyway, but always try to send your note as soon as possible.
If you don’t have the address of who you’re sending it to, get it. Then send your note snail mail. It’s always fun when you receive a personal letter in the mail… Very few people do this anymore, and it will be a lovely surprise!