It's been an amazing summer. When I look at the calendar, it's hard to believe it's been nearly three months.
When I got here, it was a few short weeks after Passover had concluded--barely May, I arrived for the President's Conference not really sure what my role was and nervous about spending so much time here. I attended sessions on the future of Jewish leadership, and heard Jonathan Safran Foer compare bloggers to house painters, and real writers to fine artists. I collapsed into a fit of giggles at the Pirates song during the Eurovision competition. Looking for Lag Baomer,I accidentally attended a Beitar Yerushalayim victory rally and concert. Shavuot seemed impossibly far-off, as did my June birthday, which came just before ROI and was celebrated with great wine, food and friends old and new. One of my best birthdays to date.
Then ROI, with the arrival of our Israelity Tour video crew and an amazing group of people from 28 countries, not to mention the incredibly cohesive and supportive staff that has probably ruined me for other jobs, which I'll expect to be equally nurturing, energizing and supportive. I managed to bottle the emotional disintegration of no sleep and erratic nutrition and open it only after the Summit had concluded. After a few days, or a week, I was on the road to recovery, and had to move apartments while roommates were in Morocco.
July arrived before I knew it, and I began working on the book. The first week I was disciplined--fled the apartment and my roommates in the morning and worked away at a local cafe without internet access. And then the flies came, invading my workspace and making it impossible. Looking for a new place to work, I came up with paltry substitutes--busy, bustling, loud, wi-fi-enabled, packed with people I knew who were visiting from everywhere and all of whom had to say hi. Energizing to have a revolving door on Jerusalem, but distracting from "the work."
Also in July, the country suffered a double blow--the "return" of the long-awaited captives, and two attacks via bulldozer.