Musings on Passover

As Pesach draws closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about preparations for it. The cooking, the cleaning, organizing guests. The more I think about it, the lonelier I get. I live in Florida now with my fiancé and we don’t have many Jewish friends here. All my family is back in MA and I can’t afford to take the time off to fly back up. I miss the people, traditions, and fun we would have every year growing up. Especially because I don’t really get to see or experience them anymore. I know it wouldn’t be the same even if I did fly back up because several of my family friends whom I miss terribly have moved around the country and won’t be there regardless.

I’m trying to establish new traditions here and invite the few friends we are close to and/or invite friends who don’t have a seder. I still feel lonely. I worry because I haven’t gotten official rsvps from those we’ve invited and I’m worried it’ll just be the two of us for one, if not both nights. I love my fiancé, but the thought of chag with just the two of us is depressing. He’s not Jewish and is still learning about each holiday as it happens. So the intuition and knowledge isn’t there yet. I belong to a shul here too but don’t feel connected to it.

Last year we had one set of friends over the first night and just the two of us the second night. I honestly don’t remember if I did a proper seder the second night.

Maybe these depressing thoughts are punishment for not going to barre class this week (so I can clean, shop, and cook for Pesach around my work schedule). Any other people experience similar thoughts near Pesach?

I am excited to cook again this year, even if it’s a bit daunting. I found some new dessert recipes I’m interested in but am unsure if I’ll genuinely have time to cook them. Whatever I end up making, I’ll share next week so you can enjoy for the end of your Pesach.

Shabbat shalom v’chag pesach sameach! L’shana haba’ah b’yerushalayim!

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Halloween!

Halloween Craft Sign:

I made a BOO sign to put on the door, which is actually something I first saw on Pinterest! I used wooden boards, scrap-booking paper, and ribbon I picked up from Michaels. I super-glued everything together and painted the letters on using a makeup sponge. I would have stenciled it, but my stencils were too small so I free-handed it. We hung it up using a 3M Command Hook attached to the back of the door (upside-down) and tied the hanging ribbon to it. Totally beats nailing anything into any doors, especially when you’re renting.

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We had also gotten this very cute Halloween bucket (from a Marshalls/Homegoods I believe) that fit our giant bag chocolate from BJs perfectly! It’s not as full as it once was (we’ve been eating candy obviously) but we’re definitely holding onto this bucket for a while! But the saddest thing about our Halloween was that there were NO TRICK OR TREATERS!! I made a sign on the back of our door to keep track of how many we got, like my mom did when I was growing up, in order to determine how much candy to buy the following year. However we got none!!!! I was so sad as you can see:

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Most people we knew didn’t seem to get a lot of trick or treaters either. Oh well. Hope you at least got some more than us!