Sarah G. did the meditation, in which she talked about how shepherds at that time had a reputation for being deceitful and etc. so one of the miracles of this story is that Mary and Joseph welcomed them.
joy sadhana for Boxing Day
"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy." -mylittleredgirl [more info]
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. And they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Five good things about today:
1. The traffic light at Teele Sq. is functioning again (though it no longer seems to include a Walk light in its signal cycle).
+ Despite the fact that we are both church-going academics (as I phrased it), we spent most of the
Addendum: Ari mentioned Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook, "also known as the one where Charlotte ends up in Stacey's bed more than once" (BSC#35 -- you were only off by one; I'm impressed). Note to self. /edit
+ She gave me my birthday card, which has gotta be one of the greatest cards I've received (rockstar!); and I gave her the t-shirt shirt I picked up for her at the Juno screening, which was appreciated.
+ In discussing pairings we may or may not have written, we were looking at ficlists, and in mentioning one ficlet Ari had written, she said she wanted to rewrite it now because having worked in a fabric store she knows that "the fabric store experience is nothing like that." I responded, "I am excessively fond of you sometimes, you know."
+ We had lunch at my apartment, which included my mom's cinnamon rolls, which she liked. (It also included some of the leftover green beans from yesterday's Christmas dinner. So double yay for leftovers.)
+ Candlelight dinner, in a gen way we swear! (Credit to Ari for thinking to phrase it quite that way.) We went out for dinner and decided on Indian food. We went to Diva, which I hadn't been to before, and partway through the evening, they came around with a tray of tea candles in colored containers and put one on each table that had customers at it. They sold Riesling by the glass, though, which I was pleased by, and I also ordered Malai Kofta (vegetable balls with nut sauce). My food arrived before our Naan, and I hadn't been expecting it to be in a thick sauce, so I was confused as to whether it was in fact my food. I wasn't super impressed by it, but it wasn't bad.
+ Saying goodbye was weird, since it's unclear we'll see each other in meatspace before she absconds for parts elsewhere. Even though we rarely see each other in meatspace as is and what with the internet we're not exactly unconnected. As she said, "and when I got home, I had email from Elizabeth. Because clearly eight hours is not long enough."
Bonus: I got to chat with Jonah tonight, and I brought up (as I often do) the concept of Doing (which of course requires first Discerning) One's Will, which I got from Layna's friend Toby. (I do wish I had a nice explanation of what that means, as I always stumble over articulations of long-term vs. short-term and suchlike.) He said: Hmmm. I write notes to myself a lot. Perhaps one of them should be, "Hi, Jonah. Do you see the bigger picture?"
Three things I did well today:
1. I woke up and got up before my 9am alarm again.
2. I wrote (and mailed) a thank you note to my grandma for the Christmas gifts she bought me.
3. I provided lunch for Ari and myself (and washed dishes thereafter).
Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Possibly writing a letter to my grandparents.
2. Depositing my Christmas gift check from my grandparents.