I had a wonderful mandolin lesson last night. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog lately, but I’ve been keeping up with it, and it’s great, and makes me really happy. Last night I told my instructor that I needed something new, and he whipped out a hornpipe that he had been saving for me, and we spent the thirty minutes slowly picking out the notes. I think figuring out how to piece a song together after hearing it may be one of the best feelings ever. He doesn’t write it down for me, so I just have to memorize it, which is tricky, but forces me to practice a whole lot. My instructor is so great- he offered to keep up with my lessons via Skype when I move to Baltimore, which might be a really good solution, since I’ll be so busy with school.
After my lesson I emerged to cast my shadow and go to trivia with my cousin Alex. We joined forces with the 20somethings MeetUp group, and even though we didn’t win (we were tied for first, but lost a lot of points on an Elvis question), it was nice to break out of the routine, and spend time with people my own age. My cousin is a lot of fun to hang out with too, and after trivia we went back to my house and ate chicken gumbo and planked around. He’s moving to Boston next week, to get trained to teach English as a foreign language, and then who knows where he’ll go? He’s thinking Korea, which would be amazingly cool, but it’ll be weird not having him around.
I always try to take Lent seriously. It doens’t always work out, because sometimes life just gets in the way, but I think it’s a great time to take stock of your situation, and makes changes that can bring you closer to God, and the kind of life you want to be living. I’ve gone the giving up sweets route, and it’s challenging, but not really about anything other than the urge to lose weight, so I don’t do that anymore. For the past few years I’ve given up skipping church though, which I think is better. I should be going anyway, but since I’ve been in Buffalo I’ve only gone a handful of times, so it will require some effort, especially when I go to Baltimore in March. I’m kicking a few other ideas around as well, but I’ve read that it’s better not to tell people when you set a goal, because it gives you a false sense of achievement before you’ve even done anything, so I’ll keep it to myself for now, and post later if I’m successful.
Are you observing Lent this year?