Losing My Religion?

 

This past weekend I was in Winnipeg at my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah (pictured below). I was asked to read the “Prayer for Canada” at synagogue and sat in the front row for the entire service (with my Baba). This experience got me thinking about all of the Jewish opportunities that I miss out on while living in Pemberton. Now, it’s not like I would be going to synagogue often if I were near one…..but it still got me thinking. It got me thinking about all of the family dinners I’m missing (mostly over the holidays) and the sense of community that I once had. So, my curiosity grew about seeking out an online Jewish community. Does that exist? Is it sacrilegious to tune in only computer during the Sabbath? Who knows?  So, I found a community that I’m going to explore called: Our Jewish Community. 

The one thing that Internet cannot replace  (but can help connect) is family, especially my grandparents. Check out a few pic below of myself and the Babas, FaceTime session with a relative who wouldn’t come into Winnipeg and a table full of candy.

How do you stay connected to your religion if you live in a small town or place where there are only a “few of you” around?

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MY FACE HURTS

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m getting older or that I living in the mountains, away from the rainforest, but I am now the lucky person who gets eczema! It is always shows up on my face . Awesome. It only shows up in the winter and had gotten progressively worse over the past few years.

According to WebMDEczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.

I have asthma. Stupid asthma.

I woke up yesterday and looked like Hitch ( you know, when he has an allergic reaction!):20140319-130336.jpg

So, I went to the doctor and got given a prescription for Betaderm and Hyderm. I also had to switch my face wash and was told to use this magical cream called Glaxal Base.

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According to the doctor, when using this cream I will have amazing skin and it’s the lotion that most seniors use to look young. I’m 28 so does that mean I will look 13? I’m also going back to no wheat or dairy products which is soooo hard because I love CHEESE! Not looking like Hitch is more important than cheese, so that is okay. I’m also working on drinking more water and hydrating from the inside out.

Do you have any tips on how to keep myself hydrated and fresh?

 

Down With Winter

This week’s post is a good place to confirm that I simply do not like winter. This year winter seemed to zoom by pretty fast and I still haven’t had any time on my skis. Shayne and I have discussed this and I will go skiing in the spring, when it’s warmer. I will do anything to stay warm and pass the time. This year I managed to take on more work, go to Jamaica and secure a 9:30-10:00pm bed time. So, what don’t I like about winter?

Winter is:

  • Cold
  • Dark
  • Wet
  • Messy
  • Cold
  • Cold
  • Dark

Skiing does make winter a lot more enjoyable but this year, because I didn’t buy a pass, I haven’t been in a hurry to ski. The snow did come late this year and there were a few weeks where it was FREEZING up there. So, I look forward to spring skiing, jumping in puddles and getting on my bike. I’m going to try and have at least 1 multisport day a week! Here are some pictures of spring showing up in Pemberton (yes, I know, they are mostly of puddles):

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