on your journey, i will bless you...

...and you will be a blessing

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Welcome to my LiveJournal — making it seem like I have a life since 2007! I initially started this blog to keep in touch with family and friends in the United States while I spent nine months as a language assistant in a tiny town in France, where I happily lived on goat cheese and mangled the French language. Although my life has been a lot less interesting since I returned to the United States, I've kept up this blog nonetheless.

Today, I live with my sister and our cats in a small apartment in a big city. I lead a quiet life of minimalism and casual clothes. If not for my work, the weather, and other circumstances beyond my control, I would probably spent my entire life in jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers.

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I live within biking distance of a large Jewish temple, and I try to ride my bike there every Friday evening for Shabbat services. I eventually felt called to convert to Judaism, and in 2011, after months of study and preparation, I appeared before a beit din and officially became Jewish. Who ever knew I would go from eating baguettes and mangling French to eating challah and mangling Hebrew?

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Some of my hobbies are reading, writing, crocheting, riding my bike, watching NCIS (which is both my drug and my anti-drug), visiting cemeteries, solving Soduku puzzles, making YouTube videos, and slowly learning how to be good at photography. I regularly publish NCIS episode reviews in my blog, and you can find the most recent ones here. I also write fanfiction for NCIS, Les Misérables, and a wide variety of other fandoms, which you can read here.

Some loveliness in exchange for visiting my blog:

I try to take a few moments every day to slow down and notice the world around me. The beauty of God's creation is everywhere, and unless that beauty is lost on you, then you will never be lost. My favorite verse of the Torah is Genesis 28:16 — Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely G-d is in this place, and I did not know it!”

Two quotes that Rebecca loves...

“Then you'll see roses in the snow.
Joie de vie will make them grow.
Voilà, that's life! Enjoy it!”
— Hayley Mills, In Search of the Castaways, 1962.

“Look at the sunny side,
for when you're done,
life's all a buggy ride.
So laugh, you son of a gun!”
— Shirley Temple, Little Miss Marker, 1934.

P.S. G-d loves a duck, and G-d loves Ducky. So does Rebecca. ♥
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