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Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah
Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.
Holiday: Rosh Hashanah
Religion represented: Judaism
Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.
What it is: The Jewish New Year
Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.
How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”
The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.
Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.” Read full story
May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!
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Nearly a year after her TTA, Miley is back in action. She’s 8 years old, but she runs and looks like she’s five.
In past week, she’s dispatched a full grown rabbit and this chipmunk.
Golden retrievers never like to get dirty…
I love a good bargain! #homemade Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
I don’t usually get too excited about big sales, especially lately while we’re house hunting and I’m making an effort to be especially frugal. But when Nordstrom has their huge annual anniversary sale, you just don’t ignore it. Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers (any big brand store that carries independent designers and refuses to open on Thanksgiving so their employees can spend the holiday with their families is automatically top notch in my book), and this sale is a big deal, guys. In case you’re not familiar, during the sale (which starts today!) brand new arrivals are offered to consumers at super sale prices. From beauty products to jewelry and accessories to clothing and shoes to kids items to home goods, there are hundreds and hundreds of new items available at hugely discounted prices. When the sale event comes to an end, all items return to their regular prices. So these aren’t end-of-season or overstock items they’re trying to get rid of. They are brand new items from their fall lines on sale for a very limited time. It is, by far and away, the best time to snag new goodies at majorly discounted prices. And because I adore this sale oh so much, I decided to share it with all of you. This isn’t a sponsored post. I just love this sale, man.
The items you see above are the ones I am specifically eyeing (and have been eyeing for weeks, thanks to their pre-sale previews). Some are way out of my price range, but hey, I can still look at them, right? I’m going to treat myself to a couple of the more realistically price items, although I’m still not able to completely narrow it down. I need to get on it though – I don’t want to miss out.
Who else is taking advantage of the best sale of the year? Any other Nordstrom fans in the house?
Hello! I would like to congratulate you on the roaring success of Tesla, in particular the Model X. I see them driving around when I’m out walking my dog and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about one day driving one of my own out to the dog park, with my dog’s one ear flapping in the breeze as we race down the road.
Perhaps you might be saying to yourself, “Goodness! What’s keeping you from buying one, then? Aren’t you a veterinarian? I hear they’re rolling in dough!” Crazy, right? I hear that too. It’s a common misquote. What those people meant to say is, “Rolling in debt.” I do know one or two vets who are doing ok, but I think their spouses work in real estate, so there you go.
But we don’t mind, because we love animals. Day after day after day, people come to us for animal related goods and services and ask us, “Don’t you love animals? Because if you did, you would just give me this care for free.” And if we don’t, we are BAD BAD PEOPLE WHO HATE ANIMALS, and that sounds like an awful thing to be. Just check Yelp! You’ll see.
At first, I thought that idea was hogwash, but after so many years of having it repeated to me I thought that maybe I just missed the part of civics lecture where they taught us that no exchange of cash for goods was necessary if the person who has the goods loves animals, because that is just what you’re supposed to do.
So the rule here is, if I really really really want something and you have it and you also love animals, you need to give it to me. I know it sounds nuts, but ten years of experience here can’t be wrong. It’s what the people expect.
Here’s the deal: my car just hit 150K this month and I’m hearing a weird clanking noise that makes me nervous. And yes, I could save up on my own or pick a car in my budget, blah blah blah, but clearly this whole Animal Lover Loophole thing is a widely used shortcut to free stuff, so I figured I would give it a shot before heading down to the used car dealership. I’ll even take the, uh, “cheaper” Model X 60D that just came out, I’m not picky.
I’d hate to see my sad, adorable, one eared dog stuck on the side of the road in this summer heat if I break down. We need reliable transportation befitting his status as Super Awesome Dog. Does Elon Musk like animals? I think we all know what the right thing to do here is.
I’ll be eagerly waiting your response.
July 23rd has been set aside this year as a day to Clear the Shelters. In conjunction with NBC, animal shelters across the country will come together for a nationwide pet adoption initiative that aims to connect animals in need with loving new families. More than 19,000 pets were adopted from 400 shelters during last […]
It’s been a couple of months since our last post in the Moving Inspiration series. And while this may in part be due to the fact that, well, we’re sort of running out of rooms to feature, it’s also simply a result of my own personal frustration with the house hunting process. Our situation is unique because of Robbie’s and my jobs (he is gone half the year, and I work from home with two very young children). In other words, we don’t have the time to devote to a fixer upper, as amazing as that would be for my design-loving, DIY-brained self. But we also live in an area where newer homes that suit our needs in terms of size and space are out of our price range for the most part. While we could potentially move to an entirely different place, this is an area that we love, and after spending many many years living all over the country, it is a place I know I really want to stay to raise our children. Top that with the fact that we took several months off over the winter when I was having pregnancy related issues and then when we had a newborn, and it just feels like there’s been a lot of obstacles since we started this process almost a year ago. We’ve reached a point where we are still actively looking everyday, but have stopped stressing about finding something immediately. We do need to move sooner than later, especially as Emmett approaches an age where he’ll be walking (our current place just isn’t big enough for two little ones on the move). But we’ve had to sort of trust in the universe that something will eventually come along. Admittedly, this may not be the most realistic way to approach things, but it’s just where we are right now, and we’re trying to stay positive about it. (Because in the end, no matter what happens, there are way, way bigger things to worry about in the current state of the world than finding the right house to buy.)
All of this said, I feel like it’s important for me to stay inspired during this process, even if things aren’t going how we wish they were. So for today’s installment, rather than focusing on specific room designs I love as in the past (see here: dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, home offices/studios, bedrooms, living rooms, and kids’ rooms), I’m just sharing a good ol’ hodgepodge (pretty sure that is the first time I’ve ever used that word, but it fits) of spaces I’ve come across recently that I love and that keep me motivated to plan decorating our future home, when it finally transpires. I think you guys know my style pretty well by this point, so there’s no real need to break these spaces down. I love them all, for different reasons, but mainly because they just feel very “us.” I’m going to keep looking at them, and the other spaces featured in this series so far, and manifest the best house ever just magically appearing for us. Seems like a legit way to go about it, right?
I’ll keep you posted…