I want basic black non-leather shoes and boots (approx. ankle height so I can easily wear them with jeans), appropriate for both outdoors and at work. This should not be that difficult. And also dress pants that fit. (Scrub pants like for the gym would be an added bonus. Oh, and pajamas. And possibly some new bras. I'm so demanding, I know. I really just want this stuff to magically appear in my bedroom as I do not enjoy clothes shopping much at all.)
Also: my hair is annoying me. Why does it do that stupid curling out thing?
Advent meditation: Isaiah 9:2-7 (RSV)
Alex did the meditation. He talked about how the "For unto us a child is born" bit is so familiar to him from growing up in a church (especially a church where "the Christmas Eve service was always led by the youth") and then said, "I'm not sure that I had ever read carefully the full passage from Isaiah in which that phrase appears. What strikes me most in doing so is that beside and among the joyful passages that I remember so clearly are references to oppression and battle that on first glance sit oddly with the message of hope. If Christ's appearance did not bring about an end to these sources of suffering, it seems a bit less clear what to make of the uplifting sides of the story on which we prefer to focus." He concluded, "though it may not be apparent, the spread of peace will continue, and the message of Christ will play its role in that process."
joy sadhana for Advent (23)
"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 got about 8 hours of sleep.
2. I got lovely Christmas cards from my grandparents and from Layna. Dude, I am impressed at the home-made-ness of your card. The text inside is too cute not to share.
Happy Christmas!3. I got picked up on the train. I was reading Our Lives As Torah and as we pulled in to Norwood Central they announced we were gonna be standing by for a few minutes, and this guy sitting across from me asked me about the book I'd been reading, said he'd seen it a number of places but had never read it. It's possible he was just making this up, but there was at least some effort (I have low expectations from random guys, what can I say?). He was un-creepy enough that I let him give me a ride home (he lives in Walpole but parks at Norwood Central, which makes sense since the Walpole train station's kind of in the middle of nowhere) and he didn't try to kiss me goodnight as I'd feared he might. He invited me for coffee or a drink and I said I had to get home since my parents were expecting me for dinner, and that tomorrow I would be doing family stuff but possibly later in the week (he works at Fidelity, near South Station). I didn't feel like we really clicked, but I'm willing to try some practice at this dating thing (assuming he actually calls).
May peace and joy be with you.
PS Can you maybe teach me to love winter?
4. Shells & cheese for dinner at my parents' house.
5. Being with my parents and brother makes me really really happy.
Three things I did well today:
1. I woke up (and got up) before my 9am alarm yet again.
2. I did assorted errands.
3. I did some back-tagging. [I have 996 tags. This 1000 tag limit makes me wanna cry. I can delete the "movies: watched" by year tags 'cause most movies I watched well after they came out anyhow, but I like being able to divide tv shows by season. There are single-use tags I can collapse into broader tags and it won't be horrific. But I have hundreds, probably thousands, of entries which are tagged minimally if at all, and part of the way I motivated myself to push through was to allow myself to just give things unique tags, knowing I could go back and figure it all out later.]
Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Figuring out details for the Greece-and-Italy trip with my brother.
2. Super tasty baked goodness from my mom. And possibly non-perishable gifts as well.
Bonus: Secret Slasha (and Yuletide).