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Thoughts on a Thursday

Thought one: I have had too much coffee and my tummy hurts.

Thought two:  I am a bit tired and dopey at the moment and am anxiously awaiting my dinner break.

Thought three: At least the weekend is here in a day and a half.

Thought four:  I really want to get the book I am currently reading finished because I really want to start another one. I am reading a biography (not my favorite genre) for a project at work and really would rather be reading a mystery.  And I have about five mysteries checked out and waiting for me.  And I really would rather be reading one of those but I am over halfway through with the biography and know I can finish it, probably this weekend.  Which is why I am glad the weekend is here in a day and a half.

Thought five:  I really don’t want to come to work tomorrow. I prefer to sleep in and catch up on my reading.  I wish I could manage to have a four day workweek. That would be optimum.  I hope someday I can retire and work part time… I would love to still be a librarian but only some of the time.

Thought six:  I am glad I am returning to blogging but I have managed to stop leaving comments on other people’s blogs and have lost all but a few of my readers. Not that it matters. This blog is my online diary and it can be just for me. I can write about whatever I want to write about. Sometimes I just get too lazy to write.  It happens.

Thought seven:  I have been working with Chris on being a vegetarian.  Together we seem to be doing much better than trying to go it alone.  I think I feel healthier by not eating meat.  I seem to have a little more energy and am not so sluggish.  Though, still a little sluggish.  I guess I always might be that.

Thought eight:  Gosh, I forgot to take my psych meds this morning again. I wish I could come up with a good way to remember to take them. I have them on the kitchen counter but I can’t take them with coffee. Maybe I should buy some juice.

Thought nine:  and I forgot to refill one of them, the one that helps me sleep. That is why I must have slept like crap last night.

Thought ten: Wow, then thoughts, I am on a roll.  Better stop for now. Don’t want to confuse everybody!

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February 28, 2008 at 7:56 pm 6 comments

Finding Faith

As I may have mentioned, Chris rings the handbells for his church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and he also has recently joined the choir so he is usually singing or ringing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

So I decided to take a leap of faith and start going to church with him.  I think God must have been speaking to me because on the first day back to church I realized the class was starting that leads you to become an Episcopalian.   I decided to take the class.  After class I go to the 11:15 service.

I also have been taking part in the Lenten activities. The church has a dinner and classes and it really is quite nice.  I meet new people and it gets me out of the house.   I still will continue reading my Buddhist teachings because I learn and use a lot from Buddhism.  But I think I finally found a church to call my own.

When I was a small peanut we were Presbyterian.  We went to church on Sundays and I also went to Sunday school, participated in the youth group and even went to a church camp once a year that was quite fun.  I was a part of something bigger than myself, and it felt good.

Then everything changed.  The public high school near my house was a little rough and my mother thought that I might be picked on or beaten up while going there.   So, in a complete turnaround, she sent me to private school and the private school near me was Catholic.

Nothing screws with your head like a Catholic education.

It wasn’t the other kids I had to worry about.  It was the teachers, primarly of the nun variety.   I was made aware that a Presbyterian does not fit in.  Oh, they tried to pretend, and they made me go to mass, and luckily I did not have to attend confession but all in all, my high school years are not fondly remembered. 

But I do remember my little church fondly.  The one that I went to as a kid.  And I want that feeling again.  I want to believe in something out there that matters.  And I want to be around people that exert a positive influence in my life.  I want to belong to something.

When I was studying Buddhism I was a mess.  I only read the doctrines. I never went out actively seeking other Buddhists to commune with.  And I have NO idea whatsoever on how to be a Buddhist anyway.  I have no training.  I don’t meditate.  It was exotic  and lovely and makes a lot of sense.

But the things I DO know about are Christmas and Easter.  And I can experience these things with Chris and other members of my family.   I do love a Christmas tree and a wreath and the sense of peace you get on a calm winter night. 

Some people seem so sure of themselves when it comes to faith.  I was never all that sure.   I have a questioning nature at heart and it does come out in my thoughts and prayers.  But I think that is OK.  It is OK to question. It is OK not to be sure.   And I will give myself time.  I may never find any answers but at least I am on some sort of pathway again.

And that makes me feel really good.

February 27, 2008 at 11:16 pm 3 comments

Egads! A Leak!

Just to let you know, suddenly our water bill jumped up from 30 bucks to almost 1200 bucks. 

There is something amiss.

So, I think I might need a plumber.  Chris thinks that the toilet might be leaking and I am about to agree with him.  I called the water company to try and find out what could be wrong and I think I was connected with someone who was half asleep.   I am not the assertive one so I am not good at getting correct information.

Anywho, the long and the short of it is that they are sending someone out to reread my meter and apparently I should get a plumber, which might cost an arm and a leg and I have to pay that AND the water bill.   I guess it is always something.

So, hopefully I can figure this all out before they decide to shut off the water!  I would hate to have to go to work unshowered.  My coworkers would also hate that, I think.   I should get it all figured out!

Hopefully the start to your week is quite grand!

February 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm 6 comments

Curtains

 Here is the cast of Curtains performing “Show People” from the 2007 Tony Awards show!

It was an enjoyable show.   Hope you get a chance to see it!

February 24, 2008 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

President’s Day Part Deux

Ok. This video is much closer to the theme of President’s day…

It is the Tony Award Show performance of Christine Ebersole from Grey Gardens.

Grey Gardens was about the weird relatives of Jackie Kennedy.

I never got to see it.  I wanted to, but it didn’t seem to stick around on Broadway for very long.  Maybe it will tour.  It was supposed to be a really good show.  

At least we have this clip on Youtube!

February 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm 2 comments

Happy President’s Day!

And, in honor of the day, here is a clip from the Love Boat with Carole Channing, Ethel Merman, Della Reese and Ann Miller.

Ok, it really doesn’t have anything to do with the Presidents.

But it sure is good!

February 18, 2008 at 1:04 am 1 comment

A Little Taste

Here is La Lupone singing Rose’s Turn from Gypsy.

And I am going to see her, live!    April 19th.  The date is set and I have the tickets.

Mama’s gotta go!

Incidentally, Chris has never seen Gypsy.  Even the movie.  I think he is in for a treat.   Everybody has to see Gypsy at least once.  Several times if necessary.   I saw Tyne Dailey do the role on Broadway I think in the 80’s.

I am sure he will love it!

The theater queens are on a roll!

February 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm 4 comments

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