Ann did the meditation. She talked about having visited the monastery where Thomas Merton lived (which is called Gethsemane, which struck me as an . . . interesting . . . choice) and about their devotion to Mary and said, "In this season of Advent, I pray that we all seek a new openness to God's spirit, like the monks at Gethsemane, and like the young Mary portrayed by Luke."
joy sadhana for Advent (21)
"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. I slept for like 10-11 hours. Sleep is awesome.
2. Spending time with my grandma was not as painful as I had feared.
My mom e-mailed me on Wednesday.
Subject: not that I think you're stupid......I got there around noon today and we had lunch -- or rather, I had lunch, since apparently she had already eaten. I tracked down her drinking glasses, since she didn't know where they were. :/ She seemed very blasé about the fact that she basically knows nothing these days . . . which I guess is preferable over her attempts to take care of everything when she wasn't really capable . . . though it's still kind of sad.
but I generated idiot-proof notes for "wrapping with Grandma" and left them on her table.
Given that she thought the box of wrapping paper was "craft supplies" I can see Saturday being a challenge.
Also -- there is hot chocolate on top of the open cabinet with the canned goods,
and hot chocolate in the white cabinet, bottom section, on the left hand side. Not to be confused with the left hand door of the cabinet. Which has alcohol. If you're feeling particularly challenge, you two could have a liquour instead of hot chocolate :)
There are scissors all over the house. Including in the spinny thing in the kitchen.
There is scotch tape in her desk.
I think that covers it.
And, blessings upon you for doing this. It's a huge gift for Grandma.
She complained about the "dingbat" across the hall, asked why some people felt the need to talk all the time -- and then proceeded to spend about a half hour talking about childhood summer vacations in Nova Scotia. Which wasn't actually all that painful since I haven't heard these stories, but it was definitely rocking the irony. 'Cause it was basically just her talking. She sometimes brought up the trip we took when I was 9, but I have minimal memories of that trip so I didn't really have anything to contribute. She also talked about Ball Sq. (down the street from where I live now) and zomg I'm sick of hearing about the coincidence of my ending up living in the same town she once lived in, and she didn't really have anything to say about the Ball Sq. of her childhood.
Wrapping presents only took about a half an hour. (I wrapped everything; she filled out the To/From self-stick tags and adhered bows.) I love when I can manage to do that nice clean single slice through a roll of wrapping paper with a pair of scissors :)
I'll admit to being gauche and putting everything away while she was finishing, in the hopes of making my escape. She said she'd like me to be able to stay longer but she understands I have a life and all. And she didn't say it in a pressuring way, just in that way in which one says things like that. Except then she kept talking and after a half an hour I extracted myself. It wasn't really painful, but it was just her talking and my not really having anything to say and I was really hoping to go say hi to Terry at the library.
3. I got to see Terry.
4. Again, I didn't feel terribly crampy and icky.
5. One of my photos is in fact included in the Schmap Belfast Guide, Fourth Edition. [my original post about this]
BONUS: ALLIE IS MOVING TO
Three things I did well today:
1. I helped my grandma wrap presents.
2. I tidied my bathroom a bit, and washed dishes.
3. I paid a couple bills.
Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Going to church.
2. Doing laundry.
I'm not going to bed yet, but I don't foresee doing much the rest of tonight besides puttering, so I'm posting now.