Salam did the meditation. She said, "God wants us to be useful to others and to people around us and to be doers, not talkers. He wants our love for others to be useful the way salt is useful to the soil and helps things grow. He wants us to spread the light around us, like the light from a lighthouse that shines around and guides people at night."
joy sadhana for Advent (14)
"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy." -mylittleredgirl [more info]
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before our God to prepare the ways, to give knowledge of salvation to God's people by the forgiveness of sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Five good things about today:
1. Hanging out with traces.
+ I was running late (woke up shortly before I had intended to leave the house to meet her train at South Station), and she didn't mind.2. Hanging out with Hannah, her boyfriend Daniel, her coworker Nina, and our mutual friend Cate.
+ She said I looked "gorgeous."
+ I got a breakfast sandwich croissant at the ABP at South Station and the croissant was really tasty.
+ We walked from South Station to Boston Common and then through Boston Garden (we need to go on the Swan Boats this spring/summer) and down to Copley, where I consulted a map at the bus stop to find Huntington Ave. and we walked the rest of the way to the MFA.
+ I told her stories about Terry and about Ian. (I have photos of Terry on my camera and she said he's cute and asked if he's Italian and I said no, Portuguese. Later I played my most recent voicemail for her and she was like, "You didn't tell me he had a Portuguese accent *fans self* ")
+ We were much more engaged in our conversation than in the artwork, so were kind of Those People, which I felt a little bad about, but we did see Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft. Selections from the Wornick Collection and Symbols of Power: Napoleon And The Art of The Empire Style, 1800 - 1815 and the Impressionist room, and in our wanderings saw pieces of the Walk This Way exhibit.
+ We walked back to South Station from the MFA, too.
+ Scoring two imaginary gold stars against Daniel.3. When I got home tonight, the house thermostat was set at 63F.
+ Playing Guillotine for the first time (and incorporating Les Mis songs -- e.g., "Master of the House," "At the End of the Day," "One Day More"). People then played Settlers of Catan, and I'm not that interested in games like that, but I wasn't very bored watching them play, so that was good.
+ I forget how we got to talking about crime dramas and missing persons and stuff, but Daniel said he wanted to develop a supplement to social networking sites where you could get notified when someone hadn't updated in a certain amount of time and have the local police information connected there as well so you can report them missing.
+ We talked about The Golden Compass series, and Daniel mentioned how they've been referred to as the anti-C. S. Lewis and said he wants to reread the Narnia books because he totally missed all the allegory when he first read them. I said The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Last Battle (I forgot The Magician's Nephew) were the most obvious, that I'd heard some about Christian allegory in the other books but apparently I'm not sufficiently rooted in the Christian tradition 'cause I didn't see it at all. Cate boggled at the idea that I wasn't sufficiently rooted in Christian tradition given all my churching :)
4. Ellen Page picspam (via alixtii).
5. IM-ing with Jonah (who watched the first five episodes of Angel).
Three things I did well today:
1. Recalling all the slush where sidewalks meet roads from these past couple days, I wore my black rain boots today so I wouldn't have to worry about changing into dry socks during the day. (Cate complimented me on them, commenting that they were neither pink nor covered in jelly beans. We agreed that it would be hugely out of character for me to have such boots.)
2. I did laundry. (Sunday is usually my laundry day, but hi, messy storm a'coming.)
3. I also remembered to buy milk.
Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Going to church.
2. Writing my Secret Slasha fic.