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This lent I’ll be…

Remembering not to post seemingly cunning suggestions on my blog. I have successfully made it to compline… Ok, I’m yet to make it to compline. It would have made so much more sense not to write my decisions until I’d started them. I’ll know better for next year.

When I’m rich and famous I’m going to buy a new battery for my lap top. One that lasts more than half an hour would be nice. It’s most annoying to get into something then for the stupid machine to shut down again. It’ll take a while until I’m rich and I’d rather not be famous really.

W*rk still seems to be going well, and I’ve applied for a job at the local Museum and Art Gallery. It might not be a good thing tho so I’ll see what happens. The last thing I want end up out of work again. I might lose my desk on Monday cos the person who’s desk it is *should* be returning from sick leave. I understand it would be quite interesting if he does and they aren’t really expecting it.

I spent today in the house, and was on duty twice. In between I read – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, far more explicit than the film – and saw my mentor sister. It’s reflexology tomorrow. I’ve referred myself for counselling now, and got a call about it today but wasn’t there to answer. Left a message and am waiting for them to call back again. I’m still thinking of something the spiritual director asked me to think about. I’m supposed to be thinking about what my ideas/images of God are. I don’t really know. I’m finding this one quite hard to think about.

I’m hoping to go and talk to someone about prayer and herbal medicine tomorrow if i can get in touch with them.

I’ve had a nice evening making cards. I’m always self conscious about such things as I have no confidence in them so I hope they are appreciated. I could always give up again and BUY cards again. It’s a busy month for birthdays and things.

Right, after a short break to reconnect to the electricity I’m back to continue in my random burblings.

I was very dedicated and went swimming last night. I REALLY didn’t want to go swimming but I went eventually, after wandering around town for an hour and a half procrastinating. 26 lengths. Not bad. Definately need a new swimming costume tho. Having fun in the water did remind me of lots of fun I had on Sidmouth beach during the folk festival last year with a penguin and a cuddly toy.

There was lots of snow again today. Last time it snowed, it snowed cotton wool balls but today I just woke up and it was there. I *DO* wake up occasionally.

I’m still trying to write my essays. I feel like I’ve been trying to do them forever. I’ve set myself a deadline tho. I’ve been advised from various folks to give up the course but if I complete the year I’ll get a qualification, at last. Last week I said if I didn’t do some work (an average of 1 hour per night) then I’d seriously consider giving up. I think I did about 20 hours this week, so that’s more than an hour per night. The goal for next week is that I need to have submitted an essay. ARGH. That, too, seems a rash promise. It’s not a big essay but I haven’t finished reading for it yet, so I’d better hurry up.

I’m going to a conference in Derbyshire next weekend which should be interesting. I’m also going to be a group leader which could be even more interesting. I must remember to be on my best behaviour for the weekend. It’s going to be a shame leaving the convent for a few days tho. Last time I did that it took a while to settle into again. Oh well.

I’m being taught to budget while I’m here, it’s something I’m terrible at, but I’m supposed to share the figures to check I’m doing it right. It certainly will be an interesting experience!!! Hopefully it will get me better at doing such things and we’ll see what happens. It can’t be a bad thing, can it?

Anyway, I have 9.00 duty again tomorrow so I’d better get some sleep, and I still have to read some of the Journal Keeping book, the bible and pray. Maybe I was being too optimistic, but I’ve started now so I may as well finish. *Yawn*

Night night.

Strange Folks

Since arriving here, things haven’t exactly gone as I’d imagined. Despite knowing the sisters before I arrived they are far less old fashioned than I’d expected. This still continues to surprise me. I suppose not in all cases tho. One of the sisters said that she just can’t adapt to trousers, never has, never will. Oh well, but I suppose she isn’t exactly that young.

Another thing that’s really surprised me since being here is the sheer number of people I’m seeing to help sort me out. I know this is a good thing, but I now have a:
Spiritual Director – stange things. I didn’t even hear of them til about 6 months ago
Medical Herbalist – it works, ya-know. Also something I hadn’t come across
Reflexologist – very strange experience. Think anyone who goes near *my* feet is mad
Priest – erm, sort of. Well, there’s a different one most days but there’s the normal church one
Mentor Sister – to explain what the life is like and just to be there when I need her
and I should be getting a counsellor too!! All though the community and contacts they have. While some of these people could be expected I don’t think that the reflexologist and medical herbalist are commonly found through convent links, but saying that I only know the one community!!

It’s been a good day. A day off is treated as a day off, although I still did lots of community things. I appreciated the lie in tho. I’m frantically trying to get my essays done. At lunch we were talking about what we’re going to do for lent, and I thought if I write it on here it might remind me what I have planned. One of the other folks was saying I should take up doing my essays for lent. It’s a good plan but I want something achievable. 😉 Seriously I’m feeling quite inspired to do the work and if I can only get them done I might finally get a qualification!

For lent I’m planning on giving up desserts, taking up a cycle of private prayer (cos I’m most disorganised at this) and read some of the bible each day. I’m also planning to go to Compline every day (even on day off) except when I’m away and take part in the corporate reading group. It sounds a lot (for someone who doesn’t normally mark Lent) and I really hope I can do it. It’s not *that* long and it might be a good thing.

I went to see the spiritual director for the first proper session today. It was very interesting and I think it will be a good thing. We’ll have to see. I even had an impromptu review session with the Mother Superior! (Today) things are going really well, and I hope they will continue.

Speaking of which, I’d better get ready for w*rk tomorrow – more printing and filing, and do some more reading for uni.

Note to self: I must use my mobile to connect my laptop to the internet less. It’s too expensive!