Let's catch up: It's Monday and I'm pooped. After the Swap Party on Saturday, and a particularly emotive morning at church on Sunday, I decided it would be an excellent idea to have my nieces over on Sunday afternoon for a "Crafternoon"* play date. I love them, but how do you mothers do it? We made 12-days-of-Christmas calendars, played in the park, climbed a Jacaranda tree... phew! I thought it would then be a winning notion to clean the entire house, top to bottom like Mary Poppins. As I was chucking out the dirty water, I looked up to the night sky and saw all the diamonds winking at me and did think, 'Hello, why are you doing silly house work when you could revel in a starry display like this?'. Anyway, feeling flatter than a Gallic rugby player today. Proves to me again why a Sabbath is so important. Need coffee.
This week's agenda: Write thank-you cards; drop by Frock Paper Scissors headquarters to start sub-editing this year's magazine; complete administrative tasks from last two weeks' Too Hard Basket; form an opinion on the new-look News.com.au and its paywall; write some (hopefully not inane) things; catch up with other blogs; pick up husband from airport (wheeee!).
The Word for the Week: "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" (Mark 8:36)
Quote of the Week: "You have to keep getting up and keep getting up and when things come at you, you have to keep getting up and believing in the mate beside you and trusting him to do his job and making sure you do yours." - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw speaking after leading his team to a World Cup victory over France.
Dictionary.com Word of the Week: anomie \AN-uh-mee\, noun:
A sense of loneliness and anxiety; a state or condition characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
"To me, porn appears to be but one way people escape a gnawing sense of anomie – its power is seen in the ultimately corrosive creation of its own self-validating community."
Reading: 'Narcissism: Integrating Faith and Psychiatry' by Dr Allan Josephson @ Q Ideas
The Breakfast Club: This is one of those days when breakfast lingers on and on and on, past brunch time and into lunch with lots of carbohydrate and coffee. The ideal fare? Trotski & Ash's "sleepy-eyed" Bircher muesli.
*Terminology accredited to Liz Burke.
Girl With a Satchel