September 30th, 2008

Aslan

Days of Awe

This morning, AmyFox posted:
One of the big pieces of the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that you reflect over the past year, and you attempt to (A) accept and forgive anything that has been done to you, and (B) apologize and ask forgiveness for anything you have done to others.

Every year, I make this post, and people, er, rarely comment, but just enough do that it seems important to me to keep doing this, year after year.

Anonymous is enabled, and all comments are screened. If I've done anything to hurt you this year, let me know. If there's anything you think I might still be upset over, let me know that too. I won't unscreen unless you specifically request I do- or, well, I'll reply, but then I will re-screen immediately. (Er, if it's anon, I do not know if that's possible? But yes. I will try!) I The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.

I promise to treat anything you say seriously and respectfully, and I will seriously be considering it over the next ten days.
I am so bad at actually learning about Jewish holy days (even though I want to learn about them, because I think there's a lot of richness in them, and as a Christian they're part of my heritage), but I've often in recent years wished I were Jewish, when I've hurt people and we've never really made peace, because of this Yom Kippur practice. It's been particularly on my mind this year. So I'm co-opting the practice. (Also, Amy, I really like your point that "The goal isn't to start fresh- that's often not possible- but to acknowledge what has happened over this year (or any previous time, if you so choose) as an attempt to not have it happen again.")
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I have a ridiculous amount of piles on my desk at work and finally did some purging this morning, which improved things.  (I know my scatterbrained-ness is due in part to my physical disorganization.)

Things accomplished this morning included calling TSS about the fact that my right-click no longer worked.  MikeS showed up at like 3:30 with a new mouse -- and demonstrated that I could in fact use right-click, but I shouldn't have to work at it, so I still got my replacement mouse 'cause they're wicked cheap.

The Oct/Nov 2008 issue of Scientific American Mind has convinced me I need to purchase a subscription.  I wanna read basically the whole issue (and it's pretty much always looked interesting when it arrives in B's mail).

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I emailed Tiffany Sunday night raising some issues I had with her sermon, and she said (in part), "I appreciate your sharing of your own theology and faith and pushing back when I get too loosey-goosey with the text!! I relly love the conversations we have....even when we differ in opinion. I like that type of diversity!!"

I also told her about how I didn't entirely agree with what Chelsea had said about the inclusive nature of this church, and she said, "I was wondering if you would be willing to give one of the 5 minute testimonies at church on October 12th. We need to hear your story."  I've declined the previous times she's asked me, for a variety of reasons, but I think this time I actually will.

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I gchatted Amy this morning about Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur and we got to talking about friendships and stuff.  Yay for talking to people!

I finally introduced myself to Andy's RA, Kate.  Amusingly, she actually chose between Smith and Cornell for her undergrad (Cornell won because it had the perfect major for her -- some interdisciplinary Bio/Psych/Anthro thing on family development).  She asked me if I was planning on graduate school, and I said probably not and talked about different options I had/was considering, and talked about how Nicole(and others) thought I should clearly go to divinity school and matter-of-factly explained how I'm affiliated with four different churches, and she said, "Yeah, you clearly should go to divinity school."  Heh.  I talked about how I think some sort of mediation thing might be my future.

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I did my econ reading over dinner at Mr. Crepe, and was tremendously bored in class.  I spaced out after five minutes and woke up 40 minutes later to a student asking about the gender wage gap -- which discussion I was unimpressed by.  I was awake for the remainder of the class -- though still bored.  Inelastic goods are: necessities, addictions, items for which there are no substitutes.  Moral: Don't fall in love.  [facepalm]

There was interesting stuff in the reading about minimum wage and stuff, but I think I'm gonna go wash dishes and post about that some other time.
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ftw :)

Housemate asked if I wanted to go to GoodVibes with her on Friday, and I said sure.  She commented that it was interesting having a queer, femslash-reading, housemate who goes to four churches a week -- but in a good way :)