I feel totally superficial. I mean, the daavening was wonderful all the way through. I was moved to tears of repentence during Ne'ilah, as I should have been (and managed to stand the entire way) and only drifted off a few times, and always managed to find my place.
But I was also focused on what I wore. Because I never got canvas sneakers, so I ended up wearing white plastic rubber slippes, and those are *really* uncomfortable and I had to kick them off when it was time to kneel during the musaf repitition and the Avodah. Ah, Yom Kippur, where the people are dressed beautifully from the ankles *up*.
And because I had this white headscarf that I was saving to wear on Yom Kippur, but when I put it on last night, you could see my hair. I have other sheerish scarves, but they're dark and so is my hair, so it doesn't look so bad. But I really wanted to wear it, so this morning I hit on the idea of wearing two scarves, with the white scarf on top and the ends twisted in a crown so bits of the other scarf showed. It ended up really pretty.
Like. The shul has been very cold, so I wore my cape this morning. I got chilly around the musaf priestly blessing, so I put the cape on. The cape has a hood. Normally, see, one covers one's face during the kohanic blessing, although as there was a room and a pillar and curtained partition between me and the kohanim, it wasn't all that the necessary. Anyway, married men use their prayershawls. Women and unmarried men use their siddurim. But my cape has a hood. So I draped the hood over my face.
Mostly, I felt silly. Maybe if I'd been sitting closer to the mechitza...
Otherwise - the rabbi gave a nice speech about how you should think about every day seriously - he'd just had a cancer scare so it was pretty strong. B"H, the growth on his foot was benign.
And Jonathan led Minchah. And did it so well people came up and told me so. Kvell. Kvell. Kvell. I don't have kids, so I shep nachas from my husband. He and Stu, who was one of the other cantors, are plotting to do all of the services next year so we don't have to hire anyone. Stu's going to be shul president. He's also a DC fan. :)