5 Things: Maintaining Sanity Edition

Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm, The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word.                                    -Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"



First of all, I wish all my Jewish brothers and sisters a happy and peaceful Chanukah! (For those who don't know, Chanukah begins at sundown on December 8th this year)

So, it's only the first week of December and I'm already a little frazzled. Okay, you could say "Jenn, you're always a little frazzled" and you would have a very valid point. Fortunately, blogging is a good way to spend a few moments of relative sanity. Here are my "Five Things" this week:

1) Chanukah Sufganiyot - Sufganiyot is a type of doughnut often filled with jelly. Fried foods are traditional in Chanukah fare because of the significance of oil. You can read the whole story here. This is a delicious and easy way to experience something of Jewish culture.

2) MacMillan Triple Bill: A Photo Gallery - The partnership of The Ballet Bag and Alice Pennefeather is AMAZING. Sadly, a trip to London isn't in the plans right now but Alice's photos are a wonderful substitute.

3) Spam E-mail From Facebook Friends - If you are a Facebook user, you've probably noticed this. This article is a good explanation of why this is happening. Good rule of thumb: don't open anything you're not sure about. Also, change your e-mail password if you think you've opened something that isn't kosher.

4) "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen. A friend posted this on Twitter some time ago and I found it encouraging. I'm going to try to remember this as things don't go exactly as planned.

5) Photographing Alvin Ailey's Gala - Christopher Duggan is one of the most talented dance photographers I know. If, like me, you weren't able to make it to the gala this year, this is the next best thing!

Okay, time to get back to planning Christmas parties and making a list of cookies to bake... how was your week?
 



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