Today, Israelis are mentioning the most sad and sensitive day of the year: Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day.
This is something that I will never get used to. Not being in Israel in this day, not listening to the radio in the car on the way to a memorial ceremony, imagining hugging my parents and friends….

There is something amazing in what’s going on in Israel on this day – the national shared feeling of support and “Shutafut goral” (שותפות גורל – Fate Sharing…kind of. There is no really good phrase in English…. That must mean something).

2 two-minutes sirens are heard, meant to allow having a united moment to think and remember together. Everything stops. Everything. work, cars, noise, talking, radio, TV… sometimes it seems that even animals and babies understands. This is the one that I could find to convey it:

Everybody knows (knew?) someone. close or far – a friend, a family member, someone from the scouts or the military service… My parents lost so many friends – it’s heartbreaking.

This year we remember 22,684 fallen ones (under those circumstances) since 1860. 111 Israelis since last year’s remembrance day.

On that note – if you haven’t seen the movie Waltz with Bashir I highly recommend it – if only to understand the devastating consequences of war on young soldiers, families and countries. and the craziness of it. It is, in A.O. Scott from the New York Times, words “A memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film”.

I am so sad to not be in Israel today. We remember and we say Izkor.

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I wanted to start a tradition where I write every day that I can about something I loved about that day.

After seeing this movie yesterday (Date Night with Steve Carell – cute movie,  nothing special) and based on the fact that I’ve been together with my husband for 9 years – I realized that there will be days that I will have to remind myself of the good stuff. This is why I want to be able to find something I love about every day.

So I start a tradition –

I’m going to try and write something, even a very small thing, that I love about every day.

So, what I love about today is that Stanley (our sweet little dog ) let me sleep till 10am… I know that it’s ridicules, it’s just that it’s rare… and it was so good 🙂

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This tradition may be more facebook or Twitter fitting because of the ‘1 line-short messaging’ nature of it. However, in facebook and Twitter it’s a ‘push’ to people kind of thing and if anyone ever wants to read my blog – I prefer it will be a ‘pull’ thing 🙂 So if you’re here – welcome and thanks for reading my thoughts 🙂

So, I haven’t been working for the last 18 months. I know that you probably think now.. Oh, that explains everything!

But it’s not! at least not all of it… 😉

For the last 18 months I became a Pilates Mat instructor, started an MFA program in the Academy of art University (Photography Major that became a Computer Arts New Media major with time), met some cool San Franciscan people and of course watched tons of movies and TV shows (more of it in the “about” category)

The records are:

1. Seeing 4 out of the 5 nominees for best movie category (The Oscars ’09) on the same day (I also broke my record of eating Popcorn that day)

2.Watching all 5 seasons of Nip/Tuck in 2 weeks!

3. Seeing a full season of 24 in 24 hours… (naaa… that didn’t happen!! I was kidding!! I swear!)

So, as you can see, I have been busy. That’s why I didn’t write back then. Now that I started working again I clearly have more time 😉

So, I hope you enjoy my blog. I’m already enjoying….

BTW, on my new job as an Account Manager in a great SEM agency in SF we have “fun” business cards. Over there, my title is “Account-Fu Panda”