Back to Work!

Well, after that long weekend and an amazing time of inaugural bliss, it was time to get my you-know-what back to work.  The last week or so has been spent in a whirlwind of court, visits, court, meetings, court, visits, and when lucky, extracurriculars:)
Of course, I couldn't come back from a week's hiatus without at least a small bit of yarn porn.  This is Paton's stretch socks yarn and it's actually quite pretty and not bad to work with.  I'm doing a pair of toe-up large and stretchy socks for yours truly with the varying width ankles. I have four balls - two colorways each - of this yarn and plan on two pairs of socks while I'm also working on the following:
Lace Ribbon Scarf for Donna
Aqua Today's Sweater for moi
Grey heather Spring Forward Cardigan for moi
Spring T for someone else.
Well, hey, at least I've got a little variety going - and I'm incorporating projects already begun so as not to feel guilty!
Well, things around the Law Firm have been interesting - in a Chinese curse kind of way.  I don't like to talk about what happens at work for good reason: it's confidential and private and all sorts of other stuff.  I usually say that I love my job (and I do) and leave it at that.  We are going through all sorts of things because of the economy and other things I am not free to discuss.  I even thought I might be laid off today  (paranoia springeth eternal) and was determined to just keep on keeping on no matter what.  But that didn't happen - at least not to me.  It did happen to someone else, though and that's all I'm going to say about it.  The Powers that Be had their reasons.  I was unashamedly glad to still be employed, though.  So much so, that upon leaving the city office, I treated a couple of homeless guys to a little breakfast from the fast-food place nearby.  Perhaps that's silly, but I felt I had to give something to someone as a way of saying thanks and they were perfectly nice gentlemen who appeared to have fallen on hard times and it was broad daylight and people were around and......

Even having a job today, there are no guarrantees in life.  About anything.  I am just a little more grateful than usual today.  And I'll keep the other employee in my prayers (which sounds so vainglorious and hypocritical but I don't know what else to do right now).

The one thing I am determined to do is even if I have to leave this job, I will leave it in pristine condition.  I want to have done the best job I could have done and leave, I hope, with the knowledge that I may have done someone some good.  Good Lord willing, I won't have to, but I'm just saying....

Church life is a little tough right now and again, I'm uncomfortable putting into words what is happening because it's unfair to the people involved.  Suffice it to say that we are trying to pull together to really help each other out and be a community.  Stephen Ministry training has been a lot of learning and although it may be daunting, I am looking forward to helping someone (I hope I help, LOL!).  The people I've met - both at my church and the others involved - have been wonderful to know.  

Of course the music at St. John's is one of the biggest blessings of my life.  I often think about what brought me here.  It was one of the best decisions "I" ever made - and I've never regretted it.  Nancy has become my dearest friend in the world and there are so many others I've been so happy to meet and get to know. In fact, the music ministry is its own sort of "mini-community" here - one that has embraced me with open arms.  How can I not respond in kind?

Perhaps it is exactly these cold dark months of winter that provide us with a certain solitude - even if one works amidst crowds of people as I often do.  And those times of solitude give me a greater appreciation for the good things  - and especially the good people - in my life.  Cold dark winter nights cause us to yearn for the warmth and sunshine of spring, but they also grant us a form of intimacy with our deepest selves.  And if we're lucky, with the Eternal.

Until next time, dear 3.5 readers, God be with you 'til we meet again.
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