Wednesday, December 15, 2010

This time next week!!!

Shalom shalom everyone!!! So as of right now I have a little over 5 days before I head back to the states for Christmas Break! :-) I am so excited to see my family and friends!! However, I'm especially excited to see my niece Addie and my nephew Lyam!!! My babies are getting SO big!!! I've gotten to talk to them on the phone...well not really talk, but my mom puts the phone to their ear and I talk to them. I can hear them giggling and trying to talk...it's the most precious thing ever! I can't wait to squeeze my niece's little fat cheeks!!!
I want to give a special CONGRATULATIONS to ANNE MARIE LANNING who graduates in just a few days from Middle Tennessee State University!!! I'm SO proud of you PANNIE!!!!
I've been listening on the internet to my girls play this season. A lot of people were doubting them because they're such a young team, but I know the talent they have and the leadership they have this year and they're growing so much in just a short amount of time! I'm just so proud of them :-)
Well since the last time I've posted, we have played 3 games. Last Monday we played Ashdod and I got hurt at the end of the first quarter. A darn hip pointer! So I was out the rest of that game. We ended up losing that game as well as our game against Ramla that Thursday. This Monday we played at home against Netanya. Now, in the beginning of the season we beat them at their place by 30, but since then they've become a whole new team...so we knew it was going to be a tough game. We weren't sure if I was going to be able to play, but I put a pad over my hip bone and got out there! It was a very physical and tough game, but we ended up winning 91-74 I believe. It was a good win for us. Now we only have one game until we're home bound!!!
The wind was blowing hard!


The debris across the street
Our muddy car!
Scary clouds!

This past week was like hurricane season here! The wind was blowing really hard and it was raining and cold! It made me just stay in the bed!!! Our car was so muddy and gross! So all the time I was stuck in the apartment, I cooked! I made a home made chicken pot pie! I mean from the sauce on the inside to the vegetable and crust! It was absolutely delicious!!! I also made home made Salsbury steak with gravy from scratch and greens on the side one night and Enchiladas another night!  I have just been getting my Betty Crocker on while over here in Israel! I think I've found a new interest ;-)
Yummy!!! 

I've also done a little Christmas shopping! One day I walked around the city of Rishon to all the shops. I got followed by this creepy guy. He started speaking Hebrew to me from his car when I was walking, so I just kept going because I didn't understand( Obviously!) So he pulled his car over and parked and got out and started walking behind me (he was a good 50 yards behind me) and I turned around and yelled "I don't speak Hebrew!" And his response was "I know...rega (which means wait a second) and I said "Ok well if you know then stop following me, it's creepy!" He turned around and got back in his car. If you ask me, I think my choice of words were pretty intimidating!!! LOL!
Unfortunately I had another run in with a DIFFERENT roach! I don't know what it is about these nasty things that they just keep messing with me! I came home and was about to pick my spandex up off the floor and it crawls across! I quickly jumped about 10 feet backwards and screamed inside (don't want the cops to get called again!) and once it was off my clothes and on the floor I drowned him in Raid! I am really beginning to think they have it out for me! YUCK!
Other than that, everything here is pretty much the same. It is beginning to resemble winter here finally! Which excites me because that means boots, coats, sweats, and hot coco when I come back!
Today's Hebrew Lesson is: LO NORA(nor-AH)=It's not terrible or it's alright
That's all for today's walk in my Nikes! 
Until next time,
Alysha

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And the Countdown Begins!

Hey Hey everyone!!! I want to start out today by asking you to say a prayer for my friend Mrs. Pearl Washington. She was under the weather and taking care of some complications and could really use some uplifting prayers:-) I love you Mrs. Pearl and can't wait for you to get better!
Now, I am so excited because I can officially start counting down the days until I get to go home without sounding like a crazy person! As of today, in 20 days I will be touching down in Tennessee! :-) I am so excited to get to see my family and friends. I'm especially excited to see my niece Adalina and my nephew Lyam. They are growing up so fast on me! Every time I call home I get to talk to them on the phone. It's great knowing that they still recognize my voice when they hear it:-) I hear them laughing and trying to talk back to me. It's the sweetest thing ever! :-)
I received a few care packages these past few days from friends and family. Getting these kinds of things makes me realize just how much I really do miss home, but how grateful I am to have this opportunity! I have gotten sooo many goodies that I am in heaven right now! Small gestures like these really help me make it through, so thank you! :-)
Goodies from my older sister Tonya!
Goodies from the Catron Crew at Barfield Elementary along with the letters they wrote me:-)

Snack cabinets are packed!
Snacks for days!! :-)
Santa ears and XL pen! Thanks CB and JP!
I've also been skyping with my friends Carrie Beth and Jackie and their 4th grade class. I am their pen pal:-) Every Friday at 5 pm my time I skype with their class and they ask me questions about how I like Israel, what kinds of foods I eat, what life is like here etc. Each week, they're given a subject to write or talk to me about. It's so fun and I look forward to it each week! But last week, I had a blond moment (No offense to any blonds!) I logged onto skype at 5 and the Catron crew wasn't logged on...and i just couldn't figure out what was going on. I didn't know if they forgot about our skype date or what. So I texted Jackie and asked her if they forgot about me, only to be told it was Thanksgiving break!! AHHHHH! Haha it totally slipped my mind! I felt so slow for about an hour! Haha.
Just in case you all were wondering, my Thanksgiving dinner was a McRoyale cheeseburger meal from McDonald's. But no worries, it was good! Lol. Our night also involved getting our car towed when we went to a basketball game! Haha the sucky thing is that the car we parked behind was still there!!! They knew we weren't from here and got us! Luckily the car lot was in the same parking lot as the gym! So we had to pay 260 shekels to get our car back that was towed 20 feet, and on top of that we have a 250 shekel ticket we have to pay! Oh the joy!
The other night me and my roommates were in the kitchen and we saw a HUGE cockroach above our window sill. We start screaming and running around because we didn't know what to do. Not to mention it was after 1 in the morning when all this was taking place! Danielle climbs on a stool with a plastic container and a napkin trying to swiftly sweep it into the container only not being able to do so because the cockroach ran and she jumped down off the stool. Her and KD moved the fridge at least 6 times trying to kill the roach. But he DISAPPEARED! We don't know where the heck he went, but we know he definitely wasn't under the fridge! We think these roaches are playing games with us! That's the 2nd one we've seen that has disappeared!  So apparently our neighbors called the police on us because we were making so much noise. They came by and asked if everything was ok...lol...it was quite an adventurous night for us. So as I'm sitting here writing this post, guess who shows up!?!? THE ROACH! He was crawling on the ground towards me on the couch! I hopped up and quietly freaked out and told Danielle to kill it! LOL!! We won this time!
Today we were off, so I slept until 1 and then went to the beach with Danielle for an hour. It was so relaxing out there. We laid on the chairs and Danielle took a nap.

 Our team is now 5-2 after last night's game against Holon. Last week we played the other Rishon team at our place. It wasn't a pretty game at all, but we got the win and that's most important. Last night's game was definitely a tough one as well! It went down to the wire! We ended up winning 83-80. Last week I had 17 pts and 12 rebs and last night I had 18 pts and 11rebs. I feel like I'm starting to get back into a flow and just play. I am really enjoying my teammates and coaches. The sky is the limit for our team...and I think we are special because we have such a good bond that's beyond just basketball and not to mention we are starting to get pretty good chemistry on the court.
Tonight for dinner, I made cheeseburger helper (my sister sent it in my care package:-) ) with a flour tortilla! It was definitely a change that I needed:-) I took those helpers for granted when I was younger, but after today, I will never do it again! :-)
Yummy!!!

Today's Hebrew lesson is: Mom=Ema(ee-muh) and Dad=Abba(ah-buh)
That's all for today's walk in my Nikes!
Until next time, 
Alysha