I’ve been profiled! Beth, everyone’s favorite mistress of Shenanigans, has written an article for Wow! Women on Writing about how to create your own workspace, and I was one of her interviewees (how cool is that!).
And, if that weren’t enough, after spotting some of my articles on Brio, I was contacted by Sarah over at Bringing Up Baby Bilingual, which resulted in some of my blog excerpts being posted over there as well. I’ve also filled out a profile questionnaire for her as well, but given that it took me so long to get it back to her, I’m not sure if she’ll be able to do anything with the info.
Let me tell you – given all the excitement over here during the past few weeks, it’s nice to be singled out for something other than political rants and name calling…
I met up with a friend for coffee recently. She was in Israel for a week visiting family, and we hadn’t seen each other in four years. We met in a mall near her cousins’ home, and when it came time to go, we made our way to the main entrance. We stood next to the security guard, chatting in English while waiting for my taxi to arrive, trying to figure out whether or not she would be able to get back to Jerusalem that evening, given that it had begun to snow in the capital a few hours earlier (she didn’t and they ended up spending the night in Tel Aviv). The security guard was apparently eavesdropping, and decided to try to join the conversation AND show off his English, which proved a bad move on his part.
“You are going to Jerusalem?” he asked (in English).
I replied in Hebrew. “No. My friend is going to Jerusalem. I am going back to my home up north.”
He persisted in English, despite hearing my fluent, barely accented Hebrew. “Oh, you live here? I thought you were a terrorist [sic].”
I laughed. I couldn’t help it. “Neither terrorist nor tourist,” I replied.
And that, needless to say, was the end of his foray into the world of English speaking tourists (and terrorists).