Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

Happy Purim

When I left my house this morning it had clearly snowed some overnight, but the snow on the parked cars was in like frozen clumps and I could hear precipitation falling in a way which indicated it was solid, so I opted for an umbrella, but as time progressed it turned more and more into snow.  Around 11 I noticed it seemed to have stopped, but then at one point this afternoon I noticed it seemed to have started up again.

Watching tv at the gym this morning, The Today Show I think it was had some weight-loss diet challenge thing, and one participant raised the question of: What about once I've made my goal weight... how do I keep myself motivated without a goal?  The trainer (or whatever she is) gave the reasonable response that maintaining the weight you're at is your new goal (though I would point out that maintaining is less motivating than attaining), but she advised, "weigh yourself every day."  Possibly I am just particularly attuned because I have friends who actually have OCD, but srsly?  That just seems like such a bad idea, on levels.

I emailed L. to ask about her weekend (and update her about book group reschedule), and in her reply she asked, "Any news on Terry?  When are you next slated to go to Norwood?" which was thoughtful of her, but given her reaction to the January news (her parents are lawyers, so her angle is a bit more ... pragmatic? risk-averse? than mine), I was really hesitant to tell her about the most recent round of news, but I did.  Dunno how she'll respond -- I dunno how I would reply to that news if I were in her position.

On the other hand, I actually got to walk home from work with Katie, and we gossiped about work, and I talked about processing Friday's news and she was interested and sympathetic.  She pointed out that once NEG starts the "couple of months" will fly by :)

The Temple Shalom website said 6:30-8:00.  This was a lie.  Service didn't start until after 6:45, and the reading of the Megillah took forever.  Service ended at like 8:40, 8:50.  And then there was like a half hour in the Social Hall.  I feel like Ethel (85 on Wednesday) has like adopted me.  She explains stuff to me and introduces me to people and so on.  One woman was asking Ethel about possibly giving people rides like to Friday service (a guy who died recently used to drive various people), and Ethel told her she should start with driving me home; at this point it was about 8:20 and we were still reading the megillah, so I was okay with that since my initial evening plan had me like already home at that point. There was this beautiful little boy (Jonah) who at one point was done being on Ethel's husband's lap and went back to his mom and he like flopped onto her shoulder and was looking back at us just so purely happy -- ah, the days when all the problems of one's world are solved by glomming onto one's mother...

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"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Five good things about today:
1. I enjoyed the falling snow.
2. hearing about L's good weekend
3. chatting with B's afternoon appointment
4. chatting with Katie
5. Temple

Three things I did well today:
1. I got up with my alarm, did my requisite morning stuff and went to the [gym] 45min treadmill (4.0mph, 1.5incline)
2. I was polite and helpful to the folks who called -- including the woman who called the wall phone, and the woman who called from the market research thing.
3. I reminded myself to, per my mother's advice, take a deep breath before sending emails when I'm upset about something.

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Mr. Crepe with Roza
2. I dunno, talking about Purim service?
Tags: gym: tv, gymming it up, holidays: jewish, issues, joy sadhana, temple: medford: temple shalom, weather: snow: 2008-2009
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