This is Day One of Jet Lag. My plane touched down at exactly 8:30AM, on time to the minute. Bravo, Continental Airlines! Things got better and better after that: my luggage did not get lost or vandalized (I never lock it) and when emerging from Customs I was unexpectedly greeted by the fabulous Noorster Dahling!!! She had awakened at an ungodly hour on the Sabbath (question for theologists: is that possible?) to schlep herself and a pleasantly taciturn taxi driver out to Ben Gurion Airport just for moi! I was momentarily overcome by the profound sacrifice this gesture entailed. No wonder I feel like my friends in Israel are like family! (Please excuse my liberal use of exclamation points, but I just have a lot of exclaiming to do here.)
Pulling up to my building, we were greeted by my dog-sitter/apartment-sitter waiting on the street with dear doggie in her arms! Such commotion! Such emotion! So much tail-wagging by dog and adults alike! So many helping hands dragging the suitcases up the stairs!
My apartment has never before had roses in every room. I am so blessed.