Thursday, November 29, 2007
This afternoon I work at the bookstore. Now that I have more responsibilities, it's totally different from the way it used to be. Before, I would read and write letters during my three hours. Now I have a lot more to do: entering numbers into the database for books sold and books ordered, systematically checking the alphabetization of the card catalog, making tapes for an out-of-town devotee who wants a tape of every one of Swami's lectures, and managing a project for getting all of the previous swami's taped lectures onto CD. It's a lot to think about and keep straight. I'm at my limit.
This morning Erik and I went for a walk in the cold. We found a shortcut through a long parking lot that will make our nearby walking route less unpleasant because we bypass part of the busy road.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Anyway, Erik reassured me that Ron Paul isn't even in the top three Republicans running. Then we got to talking about candidates. I'm not a Democrat or Republican--I'm registered Green Party--so I don't need to worry about whether I like Clinton, Obama, or whoever the best. I suppose it would be responsible of me to have an opinion. I intuitively gravitate toward Clinton. But I don't know if I can trust her. I think she and I have some important differences, like I heard she voted for some flag protection law (I think flag burning should be a right). And I heard she hasn't been good about the war. Maybe nowadays she is, but before. When she was young, she was quite a feminist--I saw part of a documentary about her years ago--but I don't know if she still would be considered much of a feminist. As for Obama, I know nothing about him. Kucinich appeals to me as the peace candidate, but I know next to nothing about him. Same ignorance about Edwards. The whole thing makes me feel overwhelmed and pessimistic.
I went to Wikipedia's entry about the candidates, and seeing all those men and one woman in their suits, with their practiced smiles--it's too much for me.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Today we went to Fry's for CD-Rs. I also wanted jewel cases, but they only had a 100 pack (I wanted about five). I also looked for bubble mailers, but I found them too expensive.
Last night, having tapas with my friend H, we shared everything. We had cream of pumpkin soup, a mushroom dish, an eggplant dish, a fried croquette dish with mushrooms in it, and a potato dish. And we had balsamic vinegar with olive oil to dip our bread in. Yum.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
safe at home
Today I had Jagadahtri puja, which meant being there at 8 to help set up, choir practice, the puja itself, serving lunch, and then working in the bookstore after lunch. It was a full day.
Then this evening I saw my friend H for tapas downtown. It was delicious. After dinner we went to coffee--I got hot milk and put in honey to sweeten it--not enough honey. I should have used twice as much. But it was still good.
Now I'm sleepy. I'm swallowing my pills and off to bed.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Today I plan to bake some molasses cookies to bring my mom for Thanksgiving.
Reading The Time Traveler's Wife still, and Bruno comics.
I was supposed to maybe go see Amma this morning, but the program was canceled.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
interview wth me
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
kill the smurf
I'm getting good at hitting the reflectors on my road. I've learned where the wheels are, both the Civic and the Blazer.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
My left eyelid is all swelled up. I don't know what I'm being allergic to.
Erik's researching public transportation in Portland. And he just looked to see where Trader Joe's is. And now he's looking at Portland Buddhism. I'm going to make him a tomato sandwich for dinner.
baking, reading, listening
I started reading The Time Traveler's Wife. I'm reading it with my mom. I like it a lot so far--I like the characters.
I think the downstairs neighbor might have broke up with her boyfriend. We haven't heard him there for a week. I definitely don't miss him.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
This afternoon I went to the library to pick up two guidebooks to Portland. Best Places Portland looks good (I was reading about them on Amazon). Frommer's Portable Portland is small, and I don't seem to be its target audience.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
recycled toilet paper
Monday, November 12, 2007
Then I went for a walk around the grounds and ate some tree strawberries as a snack.
This morning it was 56 degrees in the living room, and I wanted the heater on, but it wouldn't work. I guessed the pilot must have gone out. So Erik and I lit the pilot this evening. There's a hole, and if you have the kind of lighter with a long metal tube, you can stick the end of the metal tube in the hole and light it. Erik was concerned that it was going to blow up, but we were brave.
I took this harmonium picture from a website that sells them, Abydos Enterprises.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This afternoon I went to Howe Park for a walk in the wind.
For dinner I made soy chorizo and egg burritos. They were delicious. I explained to Erik how with real chorizo, a red oil drips from the burrito.
Erik's trying to score for ten hours today. It's kinda crazy. He's thinking about overtime. He took tomorrow off work at the grading factory to stay home and score. SAT pays seven more dollars an hour.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
It's also Diwali. Happy Festival of Light. Swami said light symbolizes truth. On the veranda were rows of small fishbowls filled with water, with a floating candle in each. It made the night feel magical.
A friend sent us the second draft of a poem he wrote, and Erik's taking a long time this morning writing a response. I wrote something long and quick this morning.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Today I crossed the street and went to another park called Santa Anita Park. This one is long and narrow. It follows the creek. It's less populated, and I enjoyed the trees. After my walk, I wrote in my journal and read Bruno comics.
I need a hat. The sun in my eyes bothers me. The only hat I have is too goofy. Are all hats goofy? I guess baseball caps are acceptable.
SAT scoring started yesterday. If I seem to be procrastinating by over-blogging, that's because I am.
I had my wallet out and was going to pay. She asked, "Do you use other libraries?" I said, "Yes, but this is the only library where I return things."
She said there's an option called "claims returned," and we could use that option so I wouldn't have to pay. "You wouldn't want to have a lot of 'claims returned,' but one is fine." This nice worker saved us thirty bucks.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
I'm just about on track with my word count for National Novel Writing Month. I'm at 6,487 words tonight, just short of the 6,668 that would be perfect. Losing my ability to formulate sentences.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
I met the woman who runs the readings and a man who came up to me and introduced himself. It was very social but okay.
The reading was held at the Unitarian Universalist church, and we got lost trying to find the place. Then we couldn't find the reading, once we got to the grounds. But it was a beautiful night to be lost, and eventually Erik led us in the right direction. We were twenty minutes late, but the poet was still being introduced, so it was actually good we were late.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Erik: "When will you wash the dishes?"
me: "Whenafter you organize them for me."
consciousness raising groups