Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Off to Seattle

In a few hours I'm heading to Off The Map.

My plane to Seattle leaves at Nine. AM. In the morning. I have to be at JFK at Seven. AM. In the morning. Which means the last off peak train at 5:29. AM. In the morning. My alarm is set for 4:30. AM. In the morning.

Naturally I'm sitting on the couch watching TV and playing on the computer. Also am drinking a tea of one entire lemon, hot water, honey, and zicam. Got a lovely little (ok not so little) head nose throat and ear cold and am not looking forward to getting off the plane. So over the past two days I have devoured many lemons in an effort to kill the cold.

Had a successful shopping trip with mom yest, complete with breadbowls of soup at Panera. Got some funky boots that I will take a pic of eventually, but right now camera is in laptop case and boots are in closet.

Anyway am supposed to be finishing my nano warm up fic, which I officially have 24 hours to complete. Then the real thing starts *meep*. I suppose I shall write a bit now till the zicam kicks in. Or just watch Torchwood.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

a day off

It's so lovely to have a day off, to spend a leisurely morning (ok, yes really afternoon *g*) sitting around drinking coffee and reading. This morning's reading from Renovare's "Devotional Classics" was by John Calvin on Self Denial.

Quite appropriate, as I am about to head on over to Target!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Something to think about

One of the chief dead-ends in developing my spiritual life is to want to have someone else's spiritual life. If, for instance, I visit a convent one day, or see a monastery on TV, I may find myself thinking, "I wish I could pray like them". But if I am a schoolteacher, or an accountant, or looking after my children all day, then that rhythm of prayer may just not be suited to me. Pray as you can, not as you can't is an obvious maxim, but one that is frequently overlooked, leading to a lot of unrealistic expectations, and frustration.Finding my own rhythm, a way of praying that suits me, may involve some experimentation with times and places and with different styles and approaches. At times I will need to persevere and not give up on something too easily. I also need, however, to be prepared to say, "This doesn't work for me." Finding a way of praying I can sustain is an important step in developing my relationship with God.

From Sacred Space - "Something to Think and Pray About this Week."

Just struck me this am, as I continue to read through other people's advice on how to pray and worship - in two ways.

First, not to expect to have the same experience as someone else.

Second, to keep at it.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another weekend out of the city

Went out to the Delaware Water Gap friday to spend the weekend at some cabins owned by the AMC, in the middle of the woods and right on a lovely lake.

We had dinner in town and then a dance workshop Friday nite, then Saturday after a "light breakfast" of Irish oatmeal and soda bread, we had another dance workshop. Lunch, some music, and then we hiked up to the Appalachian Trail, and along a ridgeline for a bit. Came back, had dinner, more music (I played my drum, but the whistle did not leave the case), and dancing till midnite.

Sunday another "light" breakfast, a hike along the river, and a "light" lunch of all the leftovers from the day before. I'm not sure if I ate more, or exercised more - lol.

I got home in two hours :O

Apparently cursing out the George Washington Bridge in my previous post did the trick!

Came home to a surprise - my parents had come by for a pitstop on their way to Rye for a conference and brought lunch to eat with my brother. so we had a chat, and then when they left I sorted out my email, watched Lantis (Ronon - squee!), and crashed.

Still tired today so I skipped dance class. The fact that I still need to watch Torchwood, and have procured ep 202 or Robin Hood had nothing to do with that. Nope. Not at all. I danced enough ;)

Pictures are here.

And here is a short video of some friends doing the Traditional Irish Chicken Dance.

Tis not for the faint of heart.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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After this the Yankees losing 12-3 to the Indians is just icing on the cake ;)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My, what a weekend!

Cross posted from Livejournal:

The Mets wash out, SGA washes in. The Doctor leaves us hanging. And I was away for all of it.

Still catching up on everything, have much reading to do, tho I did watch both SGA and DW Sunday nite even with a blinding headache after six hours of driving. (why oh why is it so hard to get back into NY??) That's dedication, I tell ya.

Did much dancing, eating, drinking, talking, beach walking, swimming, and even birding. Yes, it's a verb! Wandered all around the marshlands by the lighthouse in search of hawks, herons, and other things I can't remember. Saw the hawk counting board, but we were all in agreement that people are probably counting the same birds over and over :P.

Piccies are here.

And here is a short vid of my dance teachers and a couple friends doing the hornpipe figure of the Cashel set. Much fun. Unfortunately I didn't get into a set for that one, which is why I was playing with my camera.

Right. Have taken off my blue and orange nail polish and replaced it with red. Now to finish watching torchwood and attempt to wade through four days worth of LJ and bloglines.