Monday, May 29, 2006

Small world

Two of the people I met at the dim sum brunch for my friend Elissa go to the fab Sara's church, "St. Ned's". So of course when "How many Episcopalians are there?" came up in the context of discussing the day's Gospel at the 8 pm alt worship service last night, I of course had to repeat an old joke, "Seventeen. The rest is done with mirrors."

In other news, my trip with Elissa to Sagrada with Elissa and her fiance caused me to place an online order at San Miguel Designs - Guadalupe robe, apron, shirt, and a Day of the Dead apron. I guess I am psyching up for my trip to New Mexico (which I need to book plane for, etc.). The desire to shop makes me think that I am "snapping out of it" - I have purchased books, jewelry, clothing, AND a computer in the last week or so.

(And I got a wee Anglican rosary at Sagrada, small enough for pocket or purse, so I can clicky the beads when I'm anxious. It does seem to help.)

I've rearranged my June travel plans a bit, so I might have a chance to visit Preston before he goes back to the 'Peg. His thoughts about the other side of the fire of burnout in this post hit home for me. (In the small world, he and I know a number of the same people - indeed he was a seminarian at St. Spike's, back when I was a very occasional visitor.) Not to mention that I will finally visit the church in Davis that I literally lived across the fence from :-).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

the week that was

I walked to midweek service on Wednesday and got to sit in the chapel by myself for a little while:

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Actually, I walked to church yesterday as well, because it's graduation season and I wanted to keep the reserved spots free for other volunteers. It's been lovely weather, so it's been very nice.

I'm back to work tomorrow after some medical leave - not quite sure I have my brain completely back, but I am eating and sleeping on somewhat of a regular-person schedule, which helps.

I went to see my parents on Friday and they gave me my birthday presents and also an afghan that my great grandmother (and namesake) had made. I was a bit surprised to see it as she has been dead for nearly forty years, but Mom's cousin had it. There have been a lot of times recently when I've just felt like wrapping myself in something and curling up (for sleep or comfort) and this feels like a tangible family blessing.

Maggie likes it too:

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

In other news ...

Habemus episcopam!

Based on what I heard from the walkabout participants, we got a good'un.

Congrats to the people of Eastern Michigan and my native Northern California on their new bishop-elects.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Collect for Grace

I would really like to thank everyone for their support. It's incredibly moving, and does help give me the strength to keep on plugging. I hope to blog further about this over the weekend when I have more time; work is pretty much occupying most of my waking hours as I am getting to sleep early.

New meds are started. I am praying that these work without the bad side effects of the last one.

My morning devotional routine these days is to open up my Daily Office book to a ribbon marker and quickly recite the following prayers:

A Collect for Grace

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, or be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.