|Ironed and Folded Napkins|
Today, I called the office in the morning and spoke with my supervisor to give her a quick status update of my work projects. I am almost at the end of my current assignment and I let her know so she'd know to assign me another project. She emailed me in the afternoon to inform me of my next project, but she won't have the work files to send to me until sometime next week. I also requested two days off next week - the Thursday and Friday before the almsgiving.
I did one more almsgiving preparation task today. I re-ironed and folded the napkins I had bleached and washed, yesterday (I had ironed them once, yesterday, when they were still damp and hung them up overnight to fully dry). There are five with the red and red stripes, two with the blue stripes, and eight with the green stripes. They have been put away in the linen cupboard until needed. I guess I could have just folded them without re-ironing them, but I like them to look crisp and nice when I go to use them.
I am not trying for perfection, and very often I am quite happy to settle for good enough, but sometimes, I do like to make the extra effort, for my own satisfaction. The satisfaction of knowing I gave it my best. It really is the thought that counts, especially when it comes to the almsgiving. The abbot at the temple explained it this way: Every time one thinks of the almsgiving and preparations for it, the mind is focused on something that is intended to be positive, benevolent, and not harmful; there is no room for other, more negative thoughts, such as anger, hatred, etc., when one is concentrating on doing something positive. The thoughts about the almsgiving preparations are beneficial thoughts and, as such, each is a meritorious deed, or "karma", which literally means "deed" or "act" in Sanskrit.
Anyway, that's my explanation of why I do what I do. In case anyone is wondering what's wrong with me that I go to such extents to prepare for this event and why I carry on so much about it! *smile*
Today, I also tidied the family room, cleaned both bathrooms, and cleaned the kitchen. I was only going to wash the dishes and wipe down the counters, but then, I noticed some drips and splatters down the fronts of some of the lower kitchen cabinets, so I washed all the lower cabinet fronts, too, and shined the sink, of course.
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Office work/time sheets - DONE
- Fold/put away laundry - DONE
- Clean bathrooms - DONE
- Bring in trash cans - DONE
-Water the houseplants - DONE
- Do dishes - DONE
- Clean kitchen - DONE
- Tidy family room - DONE (Moved up from Wednesday)
- Decorate for Thanksgiving - (Moved to Wednesday)
Wednesday's To Do List:
- Office work
- Tidy/dust/vacuum bedrooms
- Change bedding
- Launder sheets
- Decorate for Thanksgiving
- Buy sympathy cards and birthday card
- Grocery shop to buy half and half for daughter, cat food, maybe bread.
- Pick up daughter from airport
Today, I am grateful for:
- My colleagues and supervisor at the office and how accommodating they are
- Being able to work from home during this time
- A sunny and warm day
- A productive day
- Video chatting with my daughter
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for Wednesday?