The Sheer Frustration

A most upsetting Ulpan discovery and Les Mis updates.

I like to keep telling myself that coming for Ulpan wasn’t the worst decision of my life…but when faced with a 6-line composition on a test tomorrow, it’s hard to keep that in my head.  Especially when I found out after the fact that I don’t even have to be here.

I feel like Dante from Clerks.

This is the small part where I try to rationalize my decision with all the good that is coming from Ulpan.

  • If I hadn’t come: I would have met all the people I have already made friends with.  I’d be starting completely fresh after these people had spent a month suffering through Hebrew together.  Nothing brings people together like joint misery.
  • If I hadn’t come: I wouldn’t know my way around the city as well as I already do.  I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go meet Meitar in Tel Aviv and become acquainted with a new city before the semester started.
  • If I hadn’t come: I wouldn’t know the small amount of Hebrew needed to get by.  And by get by, I mean “Slicha, angleet bevakasha?”  Which literally translates to Excuse me, English please?  9 times out of 10, the response to this is “Sure” or “Yes”…but that 1 time out of 10, when the person responds with “Daka ehat,” it’s helpful to know that he’s saying “One minute” before he walks off to go get someone who DOES speak English.

Today, I was laughing my “Holy crap, there’s no chance!” slightly hysterical laughter.  You know the kind.  The one where your eyes look like this:


and you feel like you’re on the verge of tears?

I honestly wish I allowed myself not to care.  But me being who I am, I couldn’t possibly see myself failing a class…even if the grade didn’t matter (which it DOESN’T!).

Four more days of class, two tests, two compositions, a quiz, and three more units to get through.  20 more hours of class to suffer through… That is, if I don’t take a hammer to my brain first.

I am SO over this class.  I do understand the practical application (no really, trust me.  I get it), but this is about two centimeters shy of unbearable.


This past weekend was like heaven…but in weekend form.  We got two days off for the first time since Ulpan started and I promised myself I wasn’t going to do diddly!  I was going to RELAX!  And for the most part, that is EXACTLY what I did.  (It was sooo niiiice….let us reminisce >_>)

Friday, I managed to sleep in a little later than normal (which was nice).  I spent the morning watching Castle.  Around 2:00ish, I hopped on the Light Rail with Jessica and Grace and rode to Mahane Yehuda to grab some fruits, veggies, and groceries.  I also bought a broom.  It’s rubber…and sweeps stuff.  Be excited!  I then came back to my room and watched more Castle.

Saturday, I woke up and watched some more Castle.  (Are we sensing a pattern here?)  At about 12:45, I remembered I was supposed to go to someones birthday party at 1:00.  So I hopped in the shower, got dressed, and went to chill with Sarah for a bit.  (Happy 18th!!)  Then I came back and watched more Castle.  >_>

I also talked to practically my entire family at some point on Skype this weekend.  It was nice.  Miss everyone!  😦

Sunday brought about the beginning of the school week once again.  I had to go in early for a little “extra tutoring” since I got a 63 on my test.  I was allowed to retake the three parts that I tanked.  Okay.  Then I was in class for five hours.  Looong days.

Afterwards, I decided to go talk to Michael (which is never a quick excursion).  I have been…well…not hired, per se, but politely ordered to do all the advertising and PR for Les Miserables.  So, instead of being in the ensemble (as Michael desperately wants) I will be running an ad campaign for a production that’s being put together for 9 shows in December.

I’m not complaining.  This is SOOO me.  This way, I can be involved…but I don’t have to devote four days a week, three hours a day to it.  I’ve already started drafting up a preliminary calendar with a rough draft of everything that I want to put together for this campaign (including, but not limited to, a scavenger hunt for free tickets, a “flash mob” of a sort, a program with actual ads (thanks for the idea, Dance Ensemble) and practically wallpapering the city of Jerusalem) in order to sell 1890 tickets.

I’m excited to see where this heads.  I wonder if a cast of about 50 can pull this off…it’s really never been done here before.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  I’m going to go watch Castle and NOT think about the unit test tomorrow…or the composition that’s going to be my downfall.  (Maybe I’ll just write it in English. 😉 )

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Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

One thought on “The Sheer Frustration”

  1. I miss you. Even though your face might look like this O.O it sounds like you’re getting off splendidly. Advertising for Les Mis, right up your alley girl!
    Keep writing, I’ll keep reading.
    love ya

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