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Is there not a more luxurious yet simple thing in this world than a warm, aromatic bath?
Today at the Wedge after work, I bought a wonderful product called Dr. Singha's "Soothing Purifying Relaxing" Mustard Bath....ahhh....it contains Powdered Mustard Seed, Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Thyme and Gum Benzoin in a base of Sodium Carbonate. Though the label suggested pouring a quarter of the container into the bath, I settled for a tablespoon or two. My skin felt so silky soft after stepping out of the bath.
Whilst soaking in the tub, I listened to part of The Complete U2, part of my iTunes/iPod purchase, specifically the Passengers album. Still listening to it now. In some strange way, I think this experimental album parallels a Pink Floyd type of phase in their respective 70s prime. Hard to explain....just listen and see what you think.
U2 is amazing. The new album. Amazing. Bono is one of the only male musicians I've really embraced in recent years...usually I'm embracing Tori Amos and the sacred feminine she embodies, but Bono balances it all out with such a powerful male/yang energy that all at once leaves me angry at men and their wandering eyes, yet comforted by their strength, vision, and passion. Just listen...
When I woke up this morning to work I drank some instant coffee from that Gano company. Back in the fall, I signed up to become a distributor with wholesale access to their products. It was one of those spur of the moment purchases for 25 bucks, along with some coffee, tea, etc. I haven't done enough research into the company to know if this is a line of products worth aggressively marketing to others. And I'm in no rush to make a decision either way.
Later in the day, a hard-boiled omega-3-rich egg and some ShaSha spelt ginger snaps. At the wedge I drank a wonderful smoothie with kefir, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and I don't remember the last ingredient. Something BTD-friendly of course.
Later on, I celebrated(?) Palm Sunday at the Basilica. It was a really beautiful Mass with a youth ensemble (a couple of kids on brass, three vocalists, and a pianist, at least). The music was somber, and the male vocalist had so much depth and heart in his interpretation of the responsorial psalm "My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?" Throughout Mass, I was on the verge of tears because the Mass enabled such an immediate access to the pain we all feel as human beings trying to get through the day in a confusing world and the faith we must cultivate as indiviuals, families and soceties in order to make the world a better place. The Passion of the Christ (according to Matthew) was recited by the priest and two other youth group members.
Another highlight/low emotional threshold occurred when the youth vocal trio performed Psalm 77. Whoa. Don't cry, Erika, don't cry, you're in the middle of church! It's been one of those weeks.
Well, there is something so comforting in the Psalms. They are so universal in the beauty and suffering of mankind. Gosh, I'm glad I went to church! Almost wrote "damn" instead of "gosh" but that sentence just wouldn't be quite right given the context. Hmmmm...
After Mass ended, I checked out the beautiful artwork downstairs. They always have the coolest worldy artwork on display. I love that place. Cool bookshop/giftshop, too. I swear this place is the center of the universe sometimes, haha. It rocks.
Came home. Made another Erika Klus grilled Goat cheese creation: two Fat Flush Tortillas by French Meadow Bakery with goat brie. It was greasy and messy but feels so much better than eating it with processed Kraft American cheese and Wonderbread, heehee. Apricot applesauce preceded this and fresh pineapple followed a about one half hour later.
And after a long, full day, here I am, ready for bed. Ready for the other "half" of the week (an accidental nine day work marathon was scheduled but it's been OK thus far....).
May peace be with you throughout Holy Week no matter who or what you believe in this universe.