And two more days of self-giving after this...
Feb. 25th: TGIF, right? I gave myself a day of music from Mumford & Sons & The Beatles, two bands which tend to lighten my mood no matter what. I also brought down an lamp for my work desk to add even more light to my office. Granted, I have a window seat, but the more the better when I'm recovering from a bout of winter depression. I have a list of "leadership duties" that have upcoming duties, but on Friday I gave myself a break from those. With permission to pursued those nice "tedious" tasks that don't take much creativity, but are so satisfying at the end of the day. After work, my husband and I met my little sister and her new boy for dinner and a pilgrimage to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. At dinner I got to have a super tasty lambic framboise, the only beer I like, and the at the museum we delved into the amazing sculpture, painting and other visual worship of Vishnu and the story of Hindu home altars. It was so beautiful.
Feb. 26th was Brigid's Day Off, an annual event, where my husband conveniently disappears for amusement of his own devising and I plan a whole day or evening to spend with the women of my community. From picking up refreshing supplies from the Farmer's Market and Trader Joe's to participating in the Walk for Choice, my morning was even more enriched by the fabulous ice creamand Girl Scout Cookie indulgence with local feminists-humanists-egalitarians of all genders, races, shapes, colours, and flavours.
I played in the sunshine outside the Parthenon, while waiting on the ten women who would join for further adventures. After we visited our grey-eyed lady, Athena, we headed back to my apartment for an afternoon of crafting, talking, snacks and tea.
Feb. 27th: I had sleep. Ah, glorious sleep. And then exercise. It's so good to let one's body move. In the afternoon, I Gave to a good friend whose baby(ies?) is/are due in a few of weeks. Between me, one of her sisters, and a circlemate, we threw a baby shower for 25 people. Luckily, I was a coordinator, so when the crowd got too much, I simply hid in the kitchen to do dishes and entertain 2 small children. I have rarely been so exhausted by the time I got home, though. I took a teeny nap while David readied himself to go out to eat. And then we just watched t.v. and I got to knit on my 2nd sock so more. It was such a nice quiet time. Good stuff.