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A good Buddhist would not complain about her relatives. A good Buddhist would say, "I am blessed with this opportunity to practice Dharma and practice love and compassion toward these people who annoy the hell out of me." I am not a good Buddhist.

But things have not been bad. In fact, they've gone much smoother than I expected, so far. Knock on wood; I'm in the middle of the traditional "Zana makes stollen for all the neighbors and relatives" project. Only five loaves this year instead of ten; I'm no longer baking for my grandparents' friends and neighbors as well.

We cut down a juniper bush over at the Dean's place and hauled it home, and it's set up in the living room awaiting my brother for the, again traditional, "D spends three hours untangling and replacing Christmas lights."

We went over to my grandparents' house but I couldn't bring myself to go inside. It's been on the market a year now. I prefer to remember it full of their stuff... Sarah and Becky joke about the miles and miles of plastic medical tubing they now have for projects. It's a blessing that I didn't have to help sort through all their things; I don't think I would have handled that well.

My parents decided to put in a rainwater collection system when they built the house (yes, in Southern Texas), and they've gotten a grand total of 5 inches of rain this year, so I have been told every morning to make my shower shorter. Today I almost asked if they'd prefer me not to shower at all, but I didn't because I have a feeling they might have said yes. Also the UV purification system isn't working these days, so we have to boil all our drinking water. *sigh* My parents the manic environmentalists.

I finally got Christmas cards done! Yeah, the last time I wrote Christmas cards was when I was sixteen. So I feel accomplished.

Happy Holidays to all of you, and blessings. I hope your Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Day Off From Work rocks.
zana16: The Beatles with text "All you need is love" (Default)
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I am currently at work, giving my brother instructions over the phone on how to roast the turkey. But soon I will be home roasting the damn thing myself, and life will be good. Unless it isn't, in which case we will be going out for Thanksgiving dinner.

I am thankful for my home and my brother and my crazy crazy family. I am thankful for my job even if it makes me work on Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful for my friends who will celebrate Thanksgiving with me when my family decides to take off to parts unknown (I think maybe my parents are in Honduras? I keep losing track). I'm thankful for my sangha and for my roommates, and for this life I am blessed with. I am thankful for the two houseplants that have not died on me yet. I am thankful for my material stuff even though I know it shouldn't matter, and I'm thankful I don't have to make the gravy for the dinner tonight. I am thankful that my pies have so far turned out okay--just one more to go. I am thankful for pineapple and coworkers that crack me up. I'm thankful for all of you!
zana16: The Beatles with text "All you need is love" (Default)
Good news! Heather okay'd the dress and all my roomies liked it. And since Heather is awesome she brought out her jewelry collection and now I have accessories! And even lipstick, although I am such a non-girl that she had to show me how to apply it. Just need shoes (the dress would look gorgeous with my knee-high boots, but I'm already skirting too Goth for a Spickard family wedding) and to shorten the straps a bit so that they won't keep slipping down. I hope to hell it's not chilly in LA.


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