"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A list, at least

of everything I can remember having thought about for posting topics in the last two weeks:

  • My parents' 38th [corrected from original post] wedding anniversary was May 28th. No small feat.
  • My weekend with the Buddhist monks up at Shasta Abbey and remarkably being able to fall asleep before 9 p.m. Without pharmaceutical help. Oh the impermanence.
  • My first practice criterium. Bicycle race! Bicycle race!
  • Tried to take a video of Ripley playing with her vegetables before eating them up but waited until too late in the day, she was worn out and just laid down on the rug and ate the broccoli without throwing it in the air and snorting and barking at it first. I'll try again.
  • My first big Costco shopping experience for the company picnic. The photo of my cart full of five dozen hotdog buns for five dozen hotdogs, similar quantity of hamburgers / veggie burgers and buns, a flat of tomatoes, a 15# bag of onions, two bags of charcoal, a case of diet Coke and Shasta soda (incidentally not available at Shasta Abbey, in case you wondered) etc etc turned out blurry but I might try to post it later anyway. I realized why the original plan had been for TWO people to do the shopping. It was probably a job for two shopping carts.
  • Getting to work by 8:30 or earlier EVERY day last week and this week so far, and cleaning my house, and digging out my office. My boss wonders what happened at the Abbey.


adamf said...

I did wonder, thanks for clearing that up.

The Abbey should really think about a long-term deal, with different flvrs u can has.

Emily said...

Would Shasta soda be an asset to the Abbey?

(sorry, I've been dying for an opportunity to work that reference in somewhere)

wordsfromhome said...

Something good must have happened at the Abbey.

But you counted wrong. It has been 38 years.

Emily said...

Oops - sorry about that. I guess I don't remember much about that first year and a half or so.