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I just wrote this to a woman on a different forum, who wanted to know what to do about her insecurity about her looks.  I figured I'd cross post it here to save.  Let me know what you think.~~~

From the ages of 14 to 18 I was a junior's size runway model. (I obviously didn't grow up frum! LOL)  My agent was awesome.  She knocked sense into our heads early on.  She used to be a star model for Oscar de la Renta.  She told us "No matter how pretty you are, or how thin you are, someone will always be prettier or thinner.  Get used to it.  Remember, in this business you are nothing but a glorified clothes hanger, and you can all be easily replaced!  Don't go getting stuck up, you're just as human as anyone else."

I realized that if G-d forbid something were to happen to my looks, like an auto accident or something, that I'd better have some value inside of me in order to keep my friends.  Looks can be taken away from you in a split second, but no one can take away your middos, your loving nature, and your love of Hashem.

My daughter sometimes compares herself to other girls, and she asks me who I think is prettier.  I tell her that this friend looks exactly the way Hashem wants her to look, and that DD looks exactly the way He wants her to look.  We are all who we are, because that is who we are supposed to be!

As far at "attractiveness" goes, I know some really knockout beautiful women, who have no so nice middos or a sour attitude about life.  After that two second first impression, you get to realize that they're not so pretty after all.  I also know some very plain, overweight, frumpily dressed women who LOVE LIFE, and always run to help others.  They're genuinely happy to see you, have a big smile and a warm hug.  Those are the women who are truly beautiful.  

There is nothing more attractive than a woman - in any sort of "packaging" - who is truly happy.  Being beautiful won't make you happy, but I promise you that being happy will make you beautiful.  Like everyone else said, work on your attitude, middos and emunah, and next thing you know, you'll be walking down the street glowing, with your head held high and a smile on your face.  When you look in the mirror, you'll love who you see - because Hashem made you, and has loved you all along.
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I am offering an intricate brass and copper filigree necklace, accented with a brass clock gear. Suspended from a Chinese silk neck cord with intricate knotwork. The necklace adjusts from 16 to 18 inches long, with a bead and loop clasp. Perfect for people with metal allergies, who can't wear chains!

Start the bidding wherever you like, and bid from the heart. <3  Handmade by Grace at Rivkasmom.com.

Thank you!

Please place your bids here http://community.livejournal.com/help_japan/4185.html?view=2938457#t2938457 (scroll down a couple entries)
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If you've ever wanted to go to Israel, but haven't gotten there yet, these pics are really lovely.  No politics, just the land itself.  Since Hebrew is read from right to left, the arrow to go to the next page in the album is on the bottom LEFT.  Pour a cup of tea, put on some nice music, and enjoy.

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I'm 4 days behind on LJ, what did I miss?

Steamcon was full of epic win and awesomesauce.  Rivka got scared by a zombie, but the invisible flying monkeys were well under control.  Much fun was had by all, and detailed posts will follow, as soon as my brain stops spinning.

In other news, OMG THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING!  Seattle has snow.  Yay!!!

I have entirely too much work to do between now and New Years.  If you see me on LJ too much, kick me.  OK?
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This is such a beautiful video.  I think it sums up why Halloween is really the opposite of Jewish ideals.  We've had a bellyful of death, and then some.  Why give it an audience now, even for pretend?  We don't need to play at being scared.  Time is always too short, let's enjoy LIFE, death will come for us all eventually. 

May she live to 120 and a day.
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Pink not your thing?  No worries here!   100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. 

Bid this up for a good cause!  

Check out all of the other cool auction items that have been gathered by the amazingly big-hearted Donna Ricci of Clockwork Couture.
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Anywho, it's been what, a couple of weeks or so?   158 pounds, woo hoo!  My clothes already hang much better on me, and the fat roll on my back and sides is almost gone. :-D

I'm not doing the shots on Saturday because of Shabbos, but WOW do I ever get hungry!  By seudah sleshit I broke down and had a piece of whole wheat banana cake, and it was HEAVENLY!

Grocery-wise, this is proving to be very expensive.  Good quality food is not cheap, even if you're not doing organics or locally grown.  I'm pretty low on finances right now, and it's so tempting to just live on all the pasta and rice I have stored up in my cabinets.  It's cheap, it's filling, it's shelf stable, and the food banks will give me all I can carry.  You can't say that for mustard greens or asparagus, never mind kosher meat.

I couldn't afford to get a roast ($8.99 a pound) and slice it up like I did before, so I got some extra lean hamburger ($4.99) and turkey burger instead.  I love cooking with it because it's so versatile.  I still worry about the extra fat content though.  I seem to have stalled out at 10 pounds loss, so I'm wondering what I need to do to kick start it to the next level.  I'm getting out and doing a lot more gardening, so that's a good start.  Next, I'll start walking the dogs more often, and farther distances.  Lord knows the puppy needs to get worn out more often!  Maybe he'll stop chewing everything in sight.

My fibromyalgia pain has gone from a daily average of (on a scale of 1 to 10) about an 8 to a 2 or even a 1!  It's really unbelievable.  I can't remember the last time I was in this little pain.  Even after doing hours of heavy pruning and hauling, I was just tired the next day, but NOT SORE!!!  How the heck does that happen?  I can actually see a future for myself again. 

It's scary to get your hopes up like this.  What happens when you stop taking the HCG, does the pain come back?  There aren't any long term fibro studies, so I don't have any way of predicting.  I wonder what happens if you stay on a tiny maintenance dose forever?  If I could control my pain, I would have no problem doing daily shots for the rest of my life.  Did I mention that I haven't had a migraine in two weeks?  It seems like more than anyone could hope for, and yet there it is.  I guess only time will tell.
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The weather was absolutely perfect, not too hot, not too cool, slightly overcast but not cloudy. After yesterday's blustery wind and cold, it was such a relief!

Rivka had a sleep over at a friend's house, and was due back around noon. That meant that I had a quiet night and I got to sleep in this morning. She was supposed to go to her dad's today, and I was going to get into some of my new jewelry supplies and start designing some new pieces.

HA! Man plans, G-d laughs.

Rivka decided that she didn't want to go to her dad's , she wanted her friend to come over and spend the day here. Well, that was OK with everyone, so we changed plans. Her friend is an incredibly sweet girl, so I figured "no problem" I'll still get my work done.

Then the friend's older sister shows up, with some of the girls from the Bas Mitzvah Club. They want to take the dogs for a walk. Um, ok, no problem. Then, they come back and want to give the dogs a bath. What idiot would say no to that? I give the girls a stack of towels and the dog shampoo. At this point, I figure I'm not going to get any jewelry made today.

I get Rivka and her friend and we go out to the front yard, which is in desperate need of weeding. I show them what horsetail looks like, and turn them loose. I get to work on the dandelions and stray grass. We're merrily working along, when the older girls decide to leave before I put them to work in the yard (standing around hanging out is not allowed at my house!).

After a bit, the friend's older brother shows up, and wants to help with the yard too. He goes home to get the weed whacker and comes back to trim up the parking strip and the side yard. I've promised everyone some of my famous homemade strawberry sorbet, so they are really working hard - I feel a bit like Tom Sawyer with the fence painting.

I keep telling myself that I should not pull weeds for more than an hour a day. It hurts like crazy, but every time I try to quit there's one more dandelion just out of reach, and it's taunting me. And the next one, and the next one, and another hour goes by. The dogs are chasing each other in the back yard, the kids are cracking me up with cuteness. A fat robin comes over to grab a stray earthworm, and I'm loving the smell of fresh turned earth and slightly crushed artemesia leaves. Everywhere I'm surrounded by bright tulips and columbine, and I'm discovering more little surprises sprouting up everywhere. Another hour goes by. I realize that I'm going to be paying for this, but I really don't care.

Everyone took a break for sorbet, and then the girls decided that they had done enough gardening, so they rode their bikes up and down the block. Rivka has never been allowed to go to the end of the block and back before, so this was a VERY big deal. She felt so grown up in front of her friend, who is a year older.

As it got close to supper time the Bas Mitzvah girls came back to collect the kids. There was much mayhem with cleaning up toys and tools, collecting bikes and helmets, and trying to secure promises that they can come over and do it all again tomorrow. It's funny, when I was in school I was the biggest geek, and now I'm the coolest person EVAR!

Finally, I had the house back to normal, and the yard looks 100% better. I got Rivka fed, in the bath, read a story and tucked her in. I think she was asleep before I left the room. Both dogs are passed out and snoring. I just took two Tylenol #2s, and I am about ready to fall asleep myself. I just wanted to get this all down while it was fresh.

If today were the last day of my life I couldn't think of a better way of spending it. Baruch Hashem.

PS: I just realized that my nose is slightly sunburnt. Note to self, buy sunscreen.
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I have, quite possibly, the cutest house in Seattle, if not the whole Pacific Northwest. It's certainly not the biggest or fanciest, but I do love it so! (WAY image heavy.)
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I'll do some interior shots later, when I get the house cleaned up. ;-)
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My kitchen is 3/4 kosher l'Pesach, and smells like cleaning solution and chicken soup. Sunlight is streaming through the windows, and Rivka is singing along to a Pesach cd. I am taking a break and eating a spinach and smoked salmon omelet that is nom nom nom good!

Sure, I could still find plenty of stuff to complain about if I wanted to, but I don't want to mess with this good vibe I've got going. :-D

ETA: My dad (my very, VERY non Jewish dad) called me to wish me a Good Shabbos and Yontiff and wanted to know if I had enough money for matzah and candles.

You'd have to know my dad, but I'm telling you, if that's not a sign that Moshiach is near, I don't know what is! :-O

January 2012



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