Monday, January 30, 2006

weekend adventures

Friday afternoon I drove two hours down to Olympia, through some heavy rain and traffic in parts, but not bad overall. Got lost and ended up at Target which was fine, I needed to use the bathroom. I called Mimi and she wasn't very far away, so she met me in the parking lot and I followed her home. I went with the whole family for dinner at an Indian resteraunt in downtown Olympia. It was very tasty. We left for Portland bright and early Saturday morning. Roughly two hours later we arrived at Fr Paul and Presvytera Elizabeth's. Sorry Papa Herman, we didn't get lost and end up in Walla Walla, and no police chases either. I love all the old houses in Portland(it was my first time there). We had a really nice visit with them and had her wonderful pizza for lunch(she's blogged about it). It was very tasty. Zach showed us his stuffed animals and drew comic strips. Hibi took a picture of Mimi and put her head in various places, like the Eifel Tower.:) Mimi, Presv. Elizabeth and I went to downtown Portland to visit Powell's. I could spend hours in there. I found a few used Orthodox books that came home with me, a replacement(1st edition) for my copy of The Orthodox Church that I lent out and never got back, The Ladder of the Beatitudes by Jim Forest, and The Joy Of The Holy by Barry M Boosalis, which may be our next book to read for the parish bookclub. After that we traveled down to the outdoor mall that Katie works at. We visited the paper store she works at and walked around the mall till she was off of work.
St John's didn't have vespers that night and we decided just to stay there and have dinner. It was a really nice visit and loved meeting everyone, it was a really good time. It's definitely something I want to do again.

We drove back to Olympia and in the morning went to Divine Liturgy at Holy Resurrection, and I went home from there. While there I had the pleasure of meeting Arielle(who's a parishioner at St Paul's). It was neat to be there on a Sunday morning, after all the other times I've been there.

I arrived home Sunday afternoon and relaxed and had a quiet house all to myself. I picked Nani up this morning and she was excited to get home, she ran around the house sniffing everything and wagging her tail.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

So goodbye, so long, the road calls me dear

Come Friday the heroine of this blog is off on a road trip with stops in 1.)Bremerton to drop off her trusty side-kick at a doggie motel, 2.)Olympia where she will join Mimi and dine on indian food, the two will travel to Portland on Saturday, lunch with Presvytera Elizabeth, and join Xenia Katie for dinner and vespers. She's hoping for a visit here, since it will be a first trip to Portland, and can't resist a book store.

Road trip music...
what do you have to say about it? Does anyone have any favorite music for roadtrips? My driving collection will include, but not be limited to, the Beatles, Gillian Welch, U2, Whiskeytown, the Shins, Johnny Cash, the Pixies,Yo Yo Ma, Willie Nelson, the innocence mission, Ryan Adams, Travis, Emmylou Harris, Uncle Tupelo, Iron and Wine, Tom Waits, and more. I guess I just need a good selection, always prepared for the mood. Something like that. Please share your favorite roadtrip music.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Conversation at the parish after coffee hour a couple of weeks ago...

Our deacon makes the comment, "Have you seen the Harry Potter movie? It is really good." A few of us say yes and nod our heads in agreement. Fr Christopher asks, "Have you read any of the books?" The deacon shakes his head no and says, "I'd always rather see the movie." Someone very quickly says, "Why, Father(deacon), that's very low-brow of you."

It's especially funny if you know him, since, as Fr Christopher likes to point out, he really is a 19th century Englishman who just happened to be born in 20th century North America.

Our little mission book club meets once a week and is currently reading "Confronting and Controlling Thoughts According To The Fathers Of The Philokalia" by Anthony M Coniaris. The bullet points scared me a little at first, but it's actually very simple and accessible. A good book for the whole group to discuss. Today we were discussing thoughts, and "you are where your mind is." I think it's safe to say it's something everyone struggles with, trying to pray at home or in church and having various thoughts distract you, or having a conversation with someone and thinking of something else. Fr Anthony quotes St Theophan, "[Thoughts] continue to jostle in your head like mosquitoes. To stop this jostling, you must bind the mind with one thought, or the thought of God only. An aid to this is a short prayer, which helps the mind to become simple and united: it develops feeling towards God and is engrafted with it." About being with other people Fr Anthony says, "Being completely present to people may be the greatest kind of love we can give them. For in a strange way, we are giving them our whole attention. Perhaps this is the most real way to value a person as a human being- to really be with him and take him seriously as he is. A single such contact may change the whole direction of a life. So, descnd with the mind into the heart to be completely present not only to God but also to people. It is a great act of love."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

my patient, the dear old sailor, said something quite cute tonight. i was in with his roommate and he wanted a chocolate so i unwrapped one of the frango chocolates on his bedside table and popped it in his mouth. i went back on the other side of the curtain and heard him happily exclaim, "this chocolate is just like a supplemental meal!"

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

No rain today. At least that I saw. I could hardly believe how lovely it was outside. My favorite sort of day, clear blue sky with a few wisps of white clouds, cold enough to wear a sweater, but not too cold. I had to work. Ah, at least I got to enjoy the morning and early afternoon. The sort of day that makes you breathe deep and smile. Joy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

In keeping with list making...

Four jobs you have had in your life

2.retail-Cost Plus World Market

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over

2.Monty Python and the Holy Grail
3.It's a Wonderful Life
4.About a Boy

4 Places You Have Lived

1.Simi Valley, CA
2.Fullerton, CA
3.Maui, HI
4.Bainbridge Island, WA

4 TV Shows You Love To Watch
I don't usually get to sit and watch TV
so I'll put stuff I used to watch

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation

1.New Orleans, LA
2.Sacramento delta, CA
3.Des Moines, IA (family reunion)
4.Mammoth Mtn, CA

4 Websites You Visit Daily

2.Seattle Times

4 Of Your Favorite Foods

1.Bagel and cream cheese

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now

2.So Cal-for a visit

4 Bloggers You Are Tagging


Sunday, January 15, 2006

a list: things that make me happy...
1.)being able to drive onto a ferry and sail across water! How cool is that? ( the draw back- can't afford to do it as often as I would like)
2.)living on an island
3.)being able to visit good friends(like Mr and Mrs)
5.)church... my parish and visiting friends' parishes
6.)singing in the church choir
7.)my tail-wagging dog
8.)realizing that an all-day+night migraine is gone
9.)seeing a 90+ year-old man holding his 2 week old great-granddaughter
11.)blogging friends turned into real life friends (like this one)
12.)reading a good book
13.)a good cup of my french press
14.)city lights in the dark
15.)living near the water

Thursday, January 12, 2006

My friend Jenny turned me onto Iron and Wine, which is actually just a guy, Sam Beam. Then his music turned up on the Garden State soundtrack (and others), and the same song is currently in an M&M's commercial. Sometime last year he teamed up with this other band, Calexico, and recorded this album, In the Reins.I really love it, I only wish it were longer. I keep thinking of how to describe it, but, I can't come up with anything sufficient. Now I want to hear more of Calexico. On their website they're described as "Rock band from Tucson, Arizona, which straddles the boundaries of modern independent rock and traditional Southwestern and Mexican music styles and which topicalizes the landscapes, lores and idiosyncrasies of the Sonoran desert and its inhabitants in their music."

Friday, January 06, 2006

Blessings of the feast!

After Divine Liturgy we processed down to Puget Sound to bless the waters. I've uploaded a whole slew of photos you can view here. I've posted a few below. It wasn't nearly as cold as last year, and there wasn't any rain while we were outside.

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters crying:
“Come, one and all,
receive the Spirit of wisdom,
the Spirit of understanding,
the Spirit of the fear of God,
from Christ Who now has shone forth.

Today the nature of the waters is sanctified.
The Jordan is parted in two;
it holds back the flow of its waters
as it beholds the washing of the Master.

You have come to the river as a Man, O Christ the King,
and hasten to be baptized like a servant by the Forerunner,
on account of our sins, O good God Who love mankind.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men. Alleluia.

Christ is baptized.
He comes up from the water.
With Himself He raises up the world.
He sees the heavens opened which Adam had shut
against Himself and His posterity.
The Spirit affirms the divinity,
since He rushes to join One Who is also divine.
A voice comes from heaven
for from heaven comes the One Whom the Spirit affirms:
He is the Savior of our souls.

The true Light has shone forth granting enlightenment to all.
Though He is beyond all purity, Christ is baptized with us.
He sanctifies the water and it becomes a cleansing for our souls.
What is seen is earthly, but what is known is above the heavens.
Through washing comes salvation and through water comes the Spirit.
By descending into the water we ascend to God.
Your works are wonderful, O Lord, glory to You.

As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.

Monday, January 02, 2006

How I spent the first day of the year...

Went to Divine Liturgy. We had coffee hour afterwards, and even Vasilopita, no coin in it though. Afterwards went to my neighbor/landlord/St Elizabeth's parishioner, Eugenie's open house for a couple of hours. Father's family was there, and at one point Matushka Thea, their 4 year-old boy, and I walked the short distance to my house, and visited the dog for a few minutes. I left at the same time as they did and went back to their house and spent the rest of the evening there. At one point the 4 year-old, Nilus, said, "I'm tired. I've had too much food and too much sugar." :)It was nice to spend a quiet day with good friends.
When I came home I talked to my father and step-mother in Colorado, and my sister and brother-in-law in California.

A nice start to 2006.