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Every 19 years, the Jewish and Gregorian calendars coincide. This means that every 19 years my birthday falls on Yom Kippur.  Yesterday, on Yom Kippur I turned 45.  A perfect day for soul searching and taking stock of my life.  Who am I? what have I accomplished? Where do I go from here? Since I just found this community, I would like  to introduce myself by answering these questions.

So where do I start?  How do I introduce myself to a group of fabulous women?  As a wife and mother?  Maybe. As a software engineer?  Probably not the very first thing you need to know about me.  When I think about it, defining yourself is quite a challenging exercise.  Since I’m here, let me start by telling you that I’m a fabulous woman over 40.

I am a mother of 4 wonderful girls ages 4 to 14, and a wife of a guy who makes me feel sexy even when I’m bloated. We live in Israel.  We moved back here 2 years ago after living in California for 12 years.  The transition isn’t easy, and there are many things we miss about life in the US, but this is home.

As I mentioned before, I’m a software engineer.  I work full time and try my best to juggle my career and family life.  I get a lot of support from my husband which makes this juggling somewhat easier, but it’s still me they call from school when one of the girls is sick, I’m the one who keeps track of which girl has what after school activity on what day and makes sure they have wrapped gifts when they are invited to birthday parties.

My passion is dancing.  I never had any formal training and I’m really sorry for that, but when I was 17 I started dancing Israeli Folk Dances, and ever since dancing is one of the things that help me keep my sanity.  Lately I started belly dancing.  I love the round feminine moves!

So this is me in a nutshell.  As for the “where am I going” part, let me think about it some more.  There are many places I can go, since although I just got my first pair of reading glasses, I still feel very young.


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      Gina Venturini wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Happy Belated Birthday and Welcome to Fab 4O where you are going to meet a lot of fascinating women. I’ve only been on this site a couple of weeks but have found my self addicted to all of the information that you can get from juggeling the household, raising children, to politics.

      I love to dance too. It’s a great stress relief.

      Have a great weekend.

      Creatively yours,

      Gina Venturini

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      Merlot63 wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Thanks Gina!  From the little I saw this is a wonderful and supporting community, and the various groups cover almost every aspect of my life.  I can see myself getting addicted too...

      Have a wonderful weekend yourself,

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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Welcome! It’s taken me a while to get to the new blogs today, as I’ve been caught up in much silliness.

      There’s a lot that goes on here, but we all seem to find our own little corner and shine from it, as Yana always predicts we will.

      I love that you live in Israel. That just sounds so exotic to this Texas girl.

      I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better through your interactions here.

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      Merlot63 wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Hi Feathermaye and thanks for the warm welcome.

      I’m always amazed at the powerful bonds women form.  How women who just met, or actually never met can be so supportive and helpful.  It’s awesome!

      I’m sure that over time I’ll get to tell stories about life in Israel, although when I have coffee with my friends here, the topics of discussion are exactly the same as the ones you fabulous women discuss.  In this sense it’s a very similar world.

      Looking forward to conversing with you too!

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      Merlot63 wrote Oct 11, 2008
    • Hi Annie,

      Thanks for making me feel at home happy! I live in Caesarea.

      It’s not easy, is it? In the past few years many of my women friends left the hi-tech world feeling that the price they were paying by this juggling is too high.  The thing is that I really like what I do! So I plan to keep juggling, and hope nobody throws another ball my way...


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