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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.
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We were talking about clairvoyance and miracle powers in Buddhism class today and my partner talked about how she sometimes can foresee bad things happening to people and then she started talking about plane crashes and I was like, well fuck.

H is driving me to the airport and I'm sure I've forgotten something important. I can't find one of my aunts' Christmas present, so I'll have to go shopping in San Antonio. Joy.

Second-favorite Christmas song for all of you: I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas.
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Or, things I never thought I would hear myself say.

But here goes! For the first time in 10 years, I'm going to try and do Christmas cards. And if any of you would like one, you'll need to give me your address. Comment and get mail! Disclaimer: May take six to eight weeks for my sense of guilt to kick in and get me to actually send the things. I think you can screen a comment after posting? I should know these things but I do not. There's always the old trick of deleting a comment after posting it; it'll still get emailed to me.

Cards provided by Archelaus, who are also responsible for my utterance of the quote above.
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Yes, I'm doing this meme again this year. Yes, even though I already did a fandom wishlist. Because people keep asking me what I want for Christmas and I can't think of anything I want except the Pros DVDs and I bought them for myself. And then when I went to start this I still couldn't think of anything so I pretty much copied what I wrote last year.

How it works )

My Wishlist:

1) Peace, love, and understanding. ...Yeah, I'm holding my breath.

2) Nifty Overpriced Tech: this looks like it would be awesome.

3) My wishlist is here.

4) A interesting calendar for my wall. I asked for this last year and got no less than four.

5) Donations to good causes that I won't be donating to because I am poor. These include Friends Committee on National Legislation, American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, Right Sharing of World Resources, Leadership Initiatives which I said a few words about here, 1Well which is a cool SVC org at the Affinity Lab where I work, and more about them here, Heifer International, Christian Peacemaker Teams, any org working in or based in Chiapas, any Fair Trade group, and any environmentalist group. The ones that come immediately to mind are the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy. On the subject of environmentalism, I haven't researched carbon offsets enough to know which ones aren't bullshit, but if you happen to know, let me know please.

Two more places that I've worked at so they have special meaning to me, which are also in need of money but won't give you the same degree of "I'm helping solve big important issues and helping humanity in general" charitable-giving feeling, are William Penn House and Olney Friends School.

6) A higher-paying, enjoyable job that could utilize my education. Also a swift kick in the butt to get me to apply for said job.

7) Interesting socks. Especially kneesocks.

8) I want a subscription to The New York Review of Books but I always feel guilty when I receive this because I never read it the whole way through; I just haven't the time! Other mags I'd like are Cook's Illustrated and Discover.

9) Hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

10) To magically get into grad school without applying. Also, to magically speak German. The two are only vaguely related.

11) Okay, so this list is only supposed to have ten items. But I'm not good with boxes, and I'm not good at fitting Dharma into my life, so. I'd like a direct realization of emptiness. That's not much to ask for, is it? It's not like I'm asking for enlightenment...

12) Again, not so good with the number thing. Catie Curtis's CD Long Night Moon. Or My Shirt Looks Good on You or A Crash Course in Roses.

13) For my leather coat with the inexplicable stain to come back from the drycleaners good as new! Preeeetty please? I was not given much cause for hope by the drycleaner's staff. In fact, they looked at me like I was nuts. Perhaps because I could not explain a huge, white stain on the side of my leather coat. Perhaps also because I dared to ask how they could have a sign guaranteeing same-day service, then tell me it'll take them three weeks to clean the coat. And no promises that it won't come out two different colors. Woe. Glee! Good as new! Thank you, Christmas gremlins!

14) Kombucha mushrooms. A customer at the Coop was going to give me some but then I think she thought I was hitting on her and so she never did. I spend way too much money on kombucha. It leaves all you coffee freaks in the dust.

15) Fuck it. I want a pony!
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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!


Apr. 20th, 2008 12:09 am
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I didn't think I'd get have a Seder this year, what with one thing and another, but tonight us goy roomies cooked for A., and thus was Zana made happy. Yayness.
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I got my Mac back from the Apple store!! And my "l" key works!! And my "." key works!! Not that I appear to need it, as exclamation points is our friendz!!

Happy Easter. Egg prices went up again this week... One of these days I'll make all two of you who read my blog listen to my rant about the stupidity of ethanol and how it's making everything more expensive without actually saving the environment at all... but not today. Today I'm just happy to be able to type "ethanol."


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