Monday, March 19, 2007

Taking A Sabbath Day

This morning I decided to take a whole day of Sabbath, where I would actually do no work at all.

It's 5:40 pm now and I am doing pretty well at it.

I did do some dishes but I have refrained from putting away the laundry or cleaning up my desk or answering any church e-mail.

I have been reading, and lazing, and sleeping. I have been staring out the window and thinking. I have been petting the cat. And reading some more.

I have been breathing deeply and not having any adrenalin rushes, except for seeing one e-mail subject line that referenced "gossip" which made me think that someone was gossiping about me and that I'd have to go into upset/defense mode. But that wasn't it, so I was able to relax.

I am reading Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love and although I enjoyed the section on Italy and really enjoy her very much as a writer, I am not sure that I like her as a person. The book seems to assume that I will, in fact, fall in love with the narrator, but so far I'm not there. This may impede my ability to read the rest of the book.

I am also reading something called How To Write a Book Proposal but it made my heart race with a sense that I should Get Right On It, so I put it away.

I am also reading Praying For Sheetrock, and the latest issue of Food & Wine magazine, which to tell you the truth, is the best sort of thing to read on a sabbath day.

It's very cold outside so I'm not going out there. I am not washing my hair or putting on make-up or arranging my face into anything but an expression of quiet and repose. I don't need to have anything to say, or anything to suggest. Just for 15 hours or so.

I am not even going to put a new ink cartridge into the printer. That would be work.


Blogger boyinthebands said...

OMG! I have a copy of How To Write a Book Proposal, which I got for my last Day Job, when I was working the other side of the book proposal game.

Blogger Juanuchis said...

Hee! Love it.

It's past 9pm. I'm sure Gleason will paw me to say, "Time for bed, Mama!'

Blogger Sparkle Farmer said...

Keep reading Eat, Pray, Love. I listened to it as an audiobook last year. I didn't like her either, but I think you will find the Pray and Love sections worthwhile. I'm still not sure I like her much, but I found her journey interesting.


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