I had a whole lot of trouble waking up this morning. I just didn't want to roll out of bed. I slept soundly right up until my alarm went off and then it scared the pants off of me! I managed to drag myself to the shower and that seemed to wake me up nicely.
I got my hair cut on Friday and it's quite a bit shorter. I absolutely LOVE the way that it looks and the fact that it now takes me half as long to wash it. It also doesn't get caught in my coat zipper anymore...that was painful and annoying. THankfully, it also looks good when I let it air dry and don't style it. Of course, it does look better when I do.
It seems to be a big hit with everyone who's seen it so far too. Jboy said that it makes me look younger! Not that I really need to look younger but it does suit me really well! It seems to enhance my facial features quite nicely.
I'm so excited about the stuff that Jboy and I have planned for the next few weeks! The first event is actually this weekend!! So close!
I had a fabulous weekend with Jboy. A good portion of it consisted of much laziness and relaxation, which was awesome. Included in the lazier activities was the watching of History of Violence and a whole lot of Project Runway re-runs. I wasn't that crazy about the History of Violence. It just seemed too much like so many other stories I've read/seen. I didn't find any of it really that innovative. The acting was pretty good though.
Friday after work I went to get my hair cut, as I mentioned already and then met up with KT at her place. We took her doggie, Pearl (who is a spunky little pomeranian), for a walk before heading out to dinner. When we got back inside, Pearl decided that I was okay and let me pet her. KT was really surprised by this since Pearl doesn't let anyone pet her! It was pretty funny too because she actually jumped up on the back of my legs when I was getting my coat on to head back outside! It made me feel really special to be accepted by Pearl since she usually doesn't accept strangers like that.
KT and I headed to Zelda's on Church Street, one of my favourite places to hang out and grab a bite to eat, and met up with Jboy. We chatted and laughed and just had a really nice, stress free dinner. I felt so comfortable and relaxed. It was so nice to be able to hang out with friends and just enjoy each other's company.
Saturday was pretty low-key. We went out for breakfast at our favourite little spot, Jboy did some cleaning around the house and then we went to get groceries and snacks. I ate way too many snacks but darn were they ever good!!
On Sunday we'd been planning on heading to a Zen Temple for their morning meditation but we both ended up feeling more like staying all cozy in bed. Maybe next weekend we can try again! hehe We ended up heading out to the Carrot Common and Ten Thousand Villages. I picked up a Tibetan singing bowl which sounds incredible. I played with it for most of the evening while we watched TV. We also picked up a bunch of incense, I bought some stones and we got some yummy fair trade chocolate! Jboy also picked up a book on Spinoza and a magazine on design for inspiration. Some of the stuff in the magazine is just incredible and I really do hope that it does inspire him. He's such a gifted artist/designer.
The day seems to be going by really quickly here at work today, which is great! It's kind of busy but nothing outrageous. I also have class tonight so I'm glad that the day is going by quickly and not feeling like it's dragging. We still haven't gotten our essays back (or if we did it was last week when I wasn't there) so I'm hoping I get it back today since we get the next assignment next week and I need to know if the way I structured this last one is better than the first two. I'm so glad that I only have the one essay left!
Class tonight was pretty much a write-off. I actually read a book on Buddhism through the whole thing since I didn't care to hear the prof regurgitate the information from a book that I've already read and will not be writing on. I got a good chunk of my book read though and I'm finding it really interesting. It's called "Finding Faith" and it's about a black woman who goes to Thailand and spends some time as a nun there. It's inspiring me to do nun-like things, though shaving my head will not be one of them (for a change). I also go my essay back which was great since we handed them in over a month ago. I wrote on Jung, who I rather like, and structured the essay a little bit differently than I usually do, so I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, it looks like my gamble paid off as I managed to pull my mark up by 6% on this one. I'm pretty thrilled with it because I find that it was easier for me to write this way and now I know for the last one that's coming up.
After class we had tutorial, which I usually find a complete waste of time, but tonight I actually found it to be useful and interesting. I was able to participate more and we had some good discussions going. At one point I even made a parallel to something from earlier in the course and the TA said that maybe I should write my paper on that. I'm definitely going to give it some thought but I'm not sure that I could do it justice in the amount of time I have.
As I alluded to already, I'm becoming more and more intrigued with Buddhism and the monastic lifestyle. I definitely don't want to joing a monastery but I'm contemplating living my life a little bit closer to that of a monk or nun, complete with meditation practices and a stricter eating schedule. In fact, it's mainly the schedule that I'm considering adopting but I'm not sure how realistic it is. Largely, the fact that I can't meditate all day could cause some problems. I have a job and school and I don't want to do anything that would cause me to have trouble functioning in either of those areas. So, I'm going to give it some more thought and see what comes of it.