May 11th, 2008

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Israeli independence day is May 14th. The 60th celebration on Israel being a country is tomorrow. It's at the "other" synagogue, but I'm going. I feel such a stronger connection to the land than I used to, and I'm excited to eat falafel and Israeli salad (there, they just call it "salad" hehee). They are going to have a klezmer band and some other things too.

I cried when I heard Ben Gurion announce the independence of Israel, and hearing the story, and standing in the spot where they stood... I am really really very attached to Israel now and can't wait to celebrate.

I hope it turns out well and that our synagogue has a god showing. it makes me pretty upset that they are starting the celebration right in the middle of our Sunday School, especially since it's a joint-affair and just happens to be held there. You think they'd care.
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Utilities

The average one-person household uses about 2,500 gallons of water per month.

Last month I used 17,400 gallons.

I was looking at my electric bill in comparison with past months, and I sort of freaked out about this. Last October/September I was in the 3,000 range (understandable, I water things more than the average person). And then it kept rising and rising and rising. So about a week ago I called The City of Tallahassee utilities sort of freaked out, they are sending someone out to see if I have a leak. Also, through the Tallahassee Lenders Consortium (the people who I took the Homebuyer Education classes with), I'm eligible for a $500 grant for more/better insulation, so they're going to check that out too. And apparently bring me free energy-saving light bulbs. Woot.

the good news is, I got my Utility bill today and I somehow only used 5,000 gallons. Still about twice as much as I should be using, but much much MUCH better than 17,400. We fixed the flapper in my toilet, which probably had a little to do with that, but not that much.. So I don't know what happened there.

I also used about half as much electricity as normal. I'm always light and A/C conscious, so I really don't know what the difference was, especially since it's getting HOTTER and I love my A/C whereas I use my heater maybe 10 hours total per year.

As soon as it's cost-effective and more energy-efficient, I'm putting solar panels on my house.
botticelli

Happy Mother's Day!

I just planted gladiola bulbs with my mommy. I got them for her for mother's day. Funny how since my mom has gotten into gardening, flowers previously gotten for her on Mothers' Days past have now turned into "make your own flowers" sort of things. One of the things my dad got her was a new watering can :)

We had to pull up some poison ivy from where it was to be planted, and some Virginia Creeper. Something like 99% of people aren't allergic to Virginia Creeper, but coincidentally both of my parents are. I'm not sure if I am or not, but I'd rather not find out.

Tonight I'm going to cook dinner and then we're going to watch the season finale of Brothers and Sisters.


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