whether there will be weather
I went to bed shortly after 8pm, woke up about quarter past midnight, went to the bathroom and went back to bed, slept a bit restlessly and woke up to my 6am alarm. I guess that's only 10 hours of sleep, which isn't an obscene amount (and I had been shorting on sleep), but 8pm still feels so early to go to bed.
When I left my house around 7am, there was just a thin layer of snow and it was snowing lightly. A lot of the sidewalks had ice under the snow, though, which I was not a fan of.
I don't know how much it actually snowed since I didn't go outside between about 9am and 5pm, at which latter point it was raining. Not very heavily, but when I left Rest and Bread around 7pm I needed the umbrella I'd brought. I also walked through lots of puddles and navigated puddle/slush/ice conglomerations. (I made it almost all the way home and then slipped and fell on my knees sloshing through a pond at the beginning of my street which I guess had ice at the bottom.) Tomorrow morning that's all gonna be frozen. I am for the first time seriously considering taking the bus to Davis/Harvard. Were I ever to call out/work from home due to weather, tomorrow would be it (assuming it's as bad as I'm anticipating). Walking down wheelchair-accessible curbs when they're slippery? Kind of scary. And I walked in the street at times this morning because of the ice-under-the-snow, but I don't think the roads will be any better tomorrow, judging by the seas I saw some vehicles driving through.
***Rest and Bread ("Reverence")
Genesis 28:10-19a (Jacob at Bethel, skipping the last few lines)
In his Reflection, Keith talked about how God was present in that place even before Jacob put up the pillar or the altar.
In the Blessing and Benediction, Molly said, "Even if, like Jacob, you sleep between a rock and a hard place, and have disturbing dreams, know that God is present."(Before service, Keith asked if I would call us to Prayer of Confession and do the Assurance of Grace and I said sure. I said I almost interrupted him to say "Yes" and then decided I should let him finish and make sure that his question was in fact "Can you read stuff aloud?" :) I asked about how long to leave for the silent prayer of confession. I told him that when I had done it when he was away I had been all "Ooh, that means I can make the silent prayer time last as long as I want" -- because I think there's too little silence in church services -- and Laura Ruth had said yes but I should be attentive to/aware of the congregation, and so then I was all anxious that I was making it last too long. He kinda shrugged and said he tries to sense about a minute and a half but that his advice to was to go for what feels long enough and then go just a little bit longer. I have heard that before [I forget from whom] and am a big fan of it. I have an analog wristwatch, so I actually allowed literally one minute and thirty seconds. Having an actual clock rather than trying to just "sense" also meant I could actually make some attempt at doing my own silent confessing.)
***"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine
-"You Are Mine" (David Haas)
Five good things about today:
1. lunch ("Asian Style Stir Fry Vegetables, Sweet Chili Peanut Spread, Wrap" plus potato chips, cookies, and fruit salad) courtesy of the department
2. My mom (who worked from home today) emailed me and my brother this morning: "Your flowers didn't get delivered yesterday because Dad didn't get home until almost 6:00. The nice lady came out in this awful weather today to deliver them :)"
3. I scheduled something, and B replied to the original email and suggested the exact time slot I did, and then Replied All to my scheduling email and said, "Eliz is ahead of me as usual."
4. Housemate did in fact do dishes last night (and took my then-dry dishes out of the drainer and put them on the kitchen table, instead of just putting her dishes on top of mine in the drainer).
5. After I got home, Housemate said, "Would you like a cup of tea?" I said I would be fine once I changed out of my wet clothes, but that if she wanted to make me a cup of tea I wouldn't say no. Later she made a mug of tea for herself and one for me.
Three things I did well today:
1. [gym] 45min treadmill (4.5mph, 2.0incline -- after like 7 minutes I was exhausted)
2. I'm a good friend.
3. I stayed at my desk through lunchtime to help with transitioning between back-to-back meetings
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. CAUMC small group (ha! Sean's email says, "This week, we'll be talking about our vocations - where/how do we feel God calling us to be? What's our passion in life?")
2. hopefully getting to debrief with Katie