- Getting a pink gi! Whee! I hated it at first and was scared of its bold pinkness, but I finally wore it and now I like it. It was on sale for $75, so that was great, too.
- My boyfriend’s sister found a restaurant in Minneapolis that has Sonoran hot dogs! I’m sure it won’t be the same as in Tucson, but I can’t wait to try some! (Cheat meal!)
- Getting ready for my weekend trip. So psyched. Will write all about it when I return.
- Planning to move to the Cities on Thanksgiving weekend (or at the end of the month.)
- Getting called sir via text message, making me laugh hysterically (in addition to obsessing about whether to correct the guy or not.)
- Our crazy, evil neighbor. OMG.
- Listening to too much sad music.
- Clients expecting me to be overtly persistent to get things they want, thus making me feel like a stalker.
- Realizing how little I see my family, which kind of makes me feel like I don’t have one.
- Visiting gyms, while fun, is also disorienting and I can’t wait to settle somewhere.
“‘The Dovekeepers’ begins with the narrative of Yael, a character who is at first unlikable. She has been rejected since birth by her father, who blames her for her mother’s death in childbirth. Then Yael falls in love with an assassin, with whose family she and her father flee Jerusalem after the Romans crush a rebellion there. She lives in a cave above the group’s camp and walks naked there, even having sex with her lover where his wife can see.
Yael depicts a perilous journey through the desert to the haven of Masada, an old fortress of King Herod’s that has stores of food and sits atop an enormous rock plateau protected by treacherous cliffs. There the Jews dig in.
Yael becomes one of the women who keep doves, for their eggs and to create fertilizer for the settlement’s fields. All of the narrators work in the dovecote.
…By the book’s end, all four characters are richly rounded, and Yael is as beloved as the others. In retrospect, her habit of cutting lines into her flesh to mark the grueling days in the desert — and probably her other actions there — also reminded her that she was alive.”