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

Friday the 13th (not bad)

I was running a bit late this morning, so Joy had already started her shift when I got in (usually she only sees me on my way out).  She asked me my locker preference, and I said no preference.  Kevin (who's there when I get in most every morning) said, "Elizabeth likes it anywhere."  If Kevin and I clicked more like that, I would have said something at least like, "Way to make that sound dirty, Kevin," but I didn't.


This morning I actually read a Psalm during breakfast instead of just checking email/LJ.  At work, I also read The Daily Office -- something I hadn't done since like Day 2 or 3 of Lent.

From Psalm 119:
The powerful oppress me without cause,
but my heart stands firm in awe of your word.
On one of my rereads, I had the interpretive thought that even when situations are difficult, we are still to act as God Calls us -- we're not supposed to take the easy way out.

Later, I was thinking about how doing all this church stuff has helped keep me happy recently, but that church etc. isn't just about keeping us from despair or whatever, that it's supposed to push us to doing good in the world (which also reminds me of something of the conversations currently happening around RaceFail2009).

I was listening to Pandora while doing data work, and Catie Curtis' "World Don't Owe Me" came on.  The opening is:
The world don't owe me nothing though I always want it to
The world don't owe me happy, the world don't owe me a love like you
The world don't owe me nothing even though I'm on my knees
Not the things I took for granted
Not the things I thought I got for free
I like the song a lot, and I appreciated the reminder that I take things for granted that I shouldn't necessarily (and again with the inarticulate connections to RaceFail2009).


The rink at the Charles wasn't open tonight, so we just went and got tea.  Tealuxe and Burdick both had no available seating, so we went to Dado on Church Street, which I hadn't been to before.  L. commented that it's a different atmosphere, which is true, but later I was thinking that it's like Bloc 11 to Diesel or something -- mainly it's the big glass windows that made me think of this.  (I got Chinese Whiteneedles tea or something like that name -- 'cause it reminded me of the tea I was gonna get last time I was at Tealuxe but they were out of it; I wasn't that taken with it, though partly that was that it was too hot.)


"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. This morning, on 4 hours of sleep, I was nearly falling asleep reading blog posts about Scripture, but I have pirateygoodness on StalkerPin and this made me happy-ish.
2. Last night's Thing did not end in badness.
2a. Being trusted with a story.
3. I got to talk to la bff for like 2 hours.  I was glad to get to catch her up on various things, and it was also nice to have the expanse of time to talk about things as they came to mind.
4. I really like CallunaV's sample moodlog sheet.
5. I was telling Ari about how CAUMC-Jess is doing the St. Patrick's Day 5k and how I was like, "I could never do that," and Jess turned it around and said that she couldn't get up early and go to the gym like I do; and as I was telling the story I was remembering that I can't think of what the mile/km conversion is, so I Googled it and 1mi ~ 1.6k and math is hard so then I pulled up a conversation calculator and 5k ~ 3.1mi ... which is about what I do on the treadmill three mornings a week.  Now, a treadmill at Shad with 8 different channels on tv is a very different experience than an actual outdoor run, but I still feel kinda badass.

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) -- I actually didn't feel as tired as I did Wednesday morning, which was a bit of a surprise though a pleasant one.
2. I did the NEG quality control checks for my sections rather than watching hulu.
3. I remembered to pick up milk on my way home, and then I got myself dinner-y food, and then I got in touch with la bff.

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. sleeping in!
2. actually having time to wash dishes (there are a lot of things I really should do with my free day tomorrow, but washing dishes is easy and it will be exciting to no longer feel short on things like bowls and spoons)
Tags: food: boston area, gymming it up, joy sadhana, links, movies

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