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2. Sunday. I'm so glad when we are able to attend the earliest Sunday Mass that is most practicable for us to attend. It just plainly sets the good tone for the day and for the week! Still, I have this terrible tendency to catch up on household work on Sundays and use that as justification to go to Sunday Mass in the evening. Then come 8 o'clock in the evening or the last Mass for the day, I am so guilt ridden that it is difficult to focus on the Mass. It's a bad cycle that is best avoided.
3. Monday. This hit me in a nice Monday way:
While all that borrows life from Thee
Is ever in Thy care,
And everywhere that man can be,
You, God, are present there.
~ Ellacombe C.M.D. (1784) and Isaac Watts (1715)
(From the hymn of today's Lauds)
4. Tuesday. Diced carrots and potatoes cooked in chicken stock and then blended. That's healthy soup for you. My children paired theirs with leftover pizza, while I paired mine with chicken empanada. Some days, I hit it right in the kitchen. This is one of those days.
5. Wednesday. I washed our cleaning rags today, and I felt a bit guilty about not treating them better. Is that a thing? I mean there they were still thick and thirsty and ready for the next cleaning job, but their edges have unraveled and are begging to be resewn. If mending clothes can be considered a priority, why not repairing rags, right? After all, they render households mean service... and pretty cleaning rags adds cheer to the otherwise tedious task of cleaning the house. Okay, let's see if I can make progress here.
6. Thursday. I was invited by a friend today to an informal group chat on nutrition. Her nutritionist colleague advocated the usual low-sugar, low-fat, good carbo, and you-know-the-rest diet. I may have heard the content before, but it was the delivery that engaged me. It was the underlying optimism, the love for life, and the desire to be healthy for our loved ones. I had all that in my younger years. I remembered how it was easy to slow-cook and prepare healthy meals, upbeat amidst the heat of the kitchen because I was cooking for family. I lost a lot of that along the way and blamed the complacency to the unreasonable (or so I had thought) demands of life in general. Some thinks are going to have to change around here.
7. Friday. After a long overdue haircut to survive the dry season, my sister and I visited the outlet of a bookstore that I've always thought charged too much. There were less then 10 shoppers in the huge place, the airconditioner was mercifully cool, and there were no salespersons combing the aisles and being overly suspicious about shoplifters. And the prices were reasonable this time. It's an outlet store, right? I will be back.
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