Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Beyond My Deserts

I'm simply humbled by the generosity of so many around me; I don't feel like I deserve it, and I often have nothing to give in return, save for my gratitude. From the small things (birthday cards and phone calls, the anonymous person who cleaned the kitchen for me while I was out late tonight) to the big things (an unmerited place to stay while I searched for apartments, tickets to the San Francisco Ballet), I have been simply overwhelmed this year.

So (and no ordering scheme is at work here) to my parents, to Father Keyes, to Alice's parents, to Barbara, to the whole marvelous Price family, to my office mates, to Alice, to Kelsey, to Ida, to Katie, to Christoph, to everyone: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I only pray that I may give of myself so freely.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Keeping Myself Busy

Really.

Last Thursday: Gorgias Discussion at the Shrine of St. Francis. Deirdre invited me to this discussion group, for which I'm really grateful- arguing about justice and rhetoric and Socrates just gets me going. Reminded me of late night discussions in the Shoreland.

Tuesday: Math Music Night. Not coincidentally, three people chose to perform piano pieces by Bach. John showed us why he was considering a career in music (before a catastrophic broken finger diverted him to math).

Wednesday: House Night Out at Dona Thomas, whose carnitas lives up to its billing. Kudos to Erik K., food critic and St. Margaret Mary's parishioner, for the recommendation.

Thursday: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Be there.

Friday Afternoon: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- Deirdre and her family have organized a group of nearly 50 people seeing it en masse. I'm planning on dressing up as the wardrobe...

Friday Night: Birthday-ish Thing with Bianca and Cole. It's Cole's actual birthday and four days before mine, so the man is being generous and calling it a double party. Should be fun, though his main party idea gives me the jibblies.

Saturday Morning: Tridentine Mass of Confirmation- apparently the first in decades around these parts. Should be amazing.

Saturday Evening: Math Grad Student Potluck. This time, I mean business. And by business, I mean meatloaf. Oh, and there's a Secret Santa thing with the first-year grad students. I'm trying my best.

Sunday: Mass, and then Day of Rest. You better believe it.