Hey everyone! Well, Batya and I needed some time alone to just check in with each other. Since we have such great friends here who adore Carlie, it was easy to get a babysitter. I took Batya to a restaurant called La Boca. It's a Latin restaurant---yes, believe it or not, Batya has turned me into a person who likes Latin food. Anyway, it was a bit pricy, but certainly worth it. We had an appetizer, bottle of wine, main course and dessert. I recommend this restaurant to everyone---I guess you need to be in Israel first, quite a bit of a commute if you're not. By the way, it's on Emek Rafaim, past Mcdonald's.
So, we came home expecting to sleep well for the first time in a while as our friend, Julia, moved out to her own apartment. Yes, we've become sort of a hostel for our friends in need. Carlie, however, had a different idea. She didn't really expect to be sleeping in her own crib---as she's been sleeping in our bed for about 2 weeks. So, at about 11:15 pm, the monster awoke and by monster, I mean the version of Carlie that NO ONE else gets to see. She screamed off and on (2 minutes of silence for every 10 minutes of screaming) for about an hour. I was really afraid our neighbors were going to come and politely bang on our door. We gave Carlie some food, played with her for a little while, and by about 12:45, she was ready to finally go back to sleep. She actually walked herself to her bed and put her hands on the bars of the crib as if to say, "What are you waiting for?"
This morning, we met with the students who are going back to our campuses with us. We met also with a 5th year student, who was able to answer questions about the Cinci campus. This was a nice chance to see who we'd be studying for the four years after we return. So, we are really looking forward to this evening. We will get to share Kabbalat Shabbat with a bunch of HUC alumni. Our Rabbi from Atlanta, Rabbi Julie Schwartz, will be in attendance, so we are looking forward to seeing her.
I'll write more tomorrow night after the HUC schmooze fest!