This weekend was really disappointing for me. I didn't get to keep Shabbat at all, and for the first time, I wasn't even able to harbor the delusion that I was going to try and it really bothered me.
You see, my bathroom wall decided to give out this past week, and Saturday was the only day my dad would be able to help me demo the old shower surround, because it was going to need a day or so to dry out before we put up new sheetrock. And, of course, the only day we could do that was Sunday, which is also the day the Temple was planning a Shavuot gathering. Granted, we finished putting up the drywall in time that I could have gone to the service, but...my parents were planning to go to a wedding and needed me to watch their dog. Plus, I haven't had a shower since Friday, so I'm not fit for being seen in public.
Ugh. I was really looking forward to talking about the Torah portion at services this week. And the Shavuot all-nighter. Grrr. But at least my bathroom will look good.
I did find this really neat article about Shavuot on Treehugger.com: Explore the Hebrew Holiday of Shavuot that talks about how Jewish holidays tend to have a strong connection to nature and food, and then talks about how that's true for this particular holiday. I loved that it was on a secular blog about nature and living with a connection to the earth.