This last week, Matthew and I have rediscovered incense. I kept seeing our little vase of incense and a wooden stand awaiting our enjoyment. I also wanted to pick up some new scents for a pomander I bought at L'Occitane
Needless to say, L'Occitane
sold out of and discontinued its incense squares. Undaunted and not wanting to be thwarted by that revelation, we went to Whole Foods to try and devise a new means of using the pomander. I found a new incense burner for little cones, which sits nicely in my bathroom.
Burning incense is so calming and the energy in the house has changed slightly for the better. The low-level negative energy came from 1) losing my wallet recently, 2) dealing with law enforcement, and 3) calling the credit card companies. I've also started minor meditation again.
Today, I should be wearing my Zen Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
I like the sentiment and it pretty much encapsulates my recent need to center myself again (btw, I do replace "The Mouse" with "self".).
There's definitely a sense of renewal in my spirit that intensifies in the spring, of course. New life and freshness are evidenced everywhere, much like the blue bonnets in Texas posted by erstexman
or the myriad of blossoms at Kew Gardens posted by changeling72
. The flowers this year seem so much cleaner and crisper (might just be the quality of the cameras, but I like to think it's the flowers doing it all).
I'm loving it.
The primary difference this year from last year in the spring is that we're not hosting Easter dinner this year for Matt's family. That made us both pretty sad when the rest of the family decided they wanted to go to a country club - again - for Easter lunch/dinner. Matt and I did SUCH a good job last year with the planning, the food, the decorations, the hosting, the leftovers (yes - everyone got a to-go bag!), the Easter baskets for the kids, the traditions from Matt's mother - down to the bunny cake! Everyone loved us hosting Easter and appreciated the effort we put into it. I know we're good hosts, dammit!! Alas, Easter dinner will lack tradition, be plastic, and short-lived.
Having a Spring/Easter dinner party to plan and prepare really inspired us last year. This year, Matt and I are finding new ways to be inspired and discovering other things to do. This Friday night, for instance, we're getting together with friends to dye eggs and tie-dye t-shirts!! That'll be lots of fun.
Then, of course, Matt and I are meeting - WOW - squirreltot
, and super_sean
for the first time ever along with another Texan friend of theirs, and allsmilesbear
(who - nudge nudge - hasn't posted in like forEVER - 3 years, actually), while they're in NYC on vacation. We're also meeting jimwnyc
for the first time in person, even though they're just down the road from us; our schedules and determination to meet up finally synchronized! I think I've known some of these guys for 5-6 years at least online.
On Thursday night, whilst Matt is teaching, I meeting up with devil_cub52
(wishing that malorso
would make it up here sometime with him!!), gstorm17
, and perkbear
for dinner. This is going to be one LJ-filled week!!
I'm very excited.