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Confession is Good for the Soul

Okay - I started this Catechism program with a promise to myself that I would not miss a class. I didn't. Yesterday was iffy. Yesterday was a hard day at work - it's the day before classes start which is the traditional day for everyone to decide they want to enroll for classes. I ended up working an hour and a half late. Called my husband to have him relay a message to Toaster that I was on my way (because I apparently am unable to call anyone) and he told me there was an accident on my normal route so I needed to find another way home. I wasn't sure how long the alternative route would take, but chanced it. On the way it started to rain. And my stomach suddenly decided it wasn't happy. I was tired, I was frustrated, I was sick, I was nervous, but I kept going! I made it to class exactly on time. Go me!

I was totally useless in class. My brain was skipping around. I was taking notes on the back of a Christmas card. I spent as much time passing notes to Toaster regarding the handwriting analysis of our instructor as I did taking notes about the content of what was on the board. I cried through the video they showed because the message was quite a touching one about how we are all responsible for each other and should take care of each other, but the whole time I kept thinking "wow, that is awful acting" and "no way would I want my seven year old child taking a stranger into our house." Then I would tear up some more. Plus, I was HYPER. Busy days at work turn me into Madame Spaztastica. You know Hammy from Over the Hedge? I'm him on a cookie/energy drink buzz to the tenth power. So I was picking up my books, putting them down, picking them up and moving things around on my desk to set it up then moving it all around again (not while they were talking - I did manage to restrain myself). I was babbling at supersonic speed during breaks. I was also prone to giggling.

In my defense, I think everyone was off last night. It was the first Tuesday after two weeks off for Christmas and New Years. At least half, if not more, of the class apparently forgot to show up. Of the ones that did, at least three people forgot to turn off their cell phones and all of them actually *talked* to the person who called instead of shutting it off right away. In my ADD state that totally threw me out of focus. There were a few other odd moments last night, too.

But everyone was really cheerful. I love our instructors (they tag team the classes). Four of them were there last night, and when I walked through the door they chorused out my name with huge smiles on their faces. Really makes you feel welcomed, loved, and encouraged.

Yeah, so I don't really know how to reflect on last night's class. First of all, it's so busy right now that I don't really have time to reflect. Secondly, I'm still in hyper mode, so I can't calm my mind to reflect. And thirdly, I don't remember what we talked about!! I think our topic was supposed to be "confirmation." When I calm down, I'm going to have to just read about it our book. LOL!

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disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Heheh! That's so funny!!
I was right there with ya... I couldn't concentrate either. You're right, I think everyone was off last night. Pat's phone call was REALLY irritating. That's the 2nd time he's done that! The last time was a really long conversation, at least this one was much shorter. And I hate those darn beep-beep phones!!! Someone needs to talk to him about that.

We need to get together to watch that 'Faces of God' video sometime soon. And I really want to get that video series from that priest dude. He's awesome!

disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Oh, and I *love* Madame Spaztastica.
That's a great super hero name!
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
What do you think of these?

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I'm just messing around really. I have this weird sense of unease.
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
That's cute!! =o)

Unease you say? That sounds like a job for... dun-dun-dun!!!
Your guardian angel!
Use him! (Or her.) Ask him/her to help you get rid of that uneasy feeling and then trust him/her to do it.

Then go to bed! It's late!
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Yes! Good idea! I'm going to pass my workyworkworries on to him (her) for a little while.
And I am going to go to bed. :)

and maybe tomorrow i'll make a while away the hours icon from Midsummer Night, because for some reason that line is running through my head a lot lately.

(The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve:
Lovers, to bed; ’tis almost fairy time.
I fear we shall out-sleep the coming morn
As much as we this night have overwatch’d.
This palpable-gross play hath well beguiled
The heavy gait of night. Sweet friends, to bed.
A fortnight hold we this solemnity,
In nightly revels and new jollity. (5. 1. 322-329)
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
My angel came through for me. :)
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Look! I made a sick icon for days I feel sick. (Which apparently is this entire week).

YES! I can't wait to watch that!! I wonder if the gang would be interested? It's art related as much as it is religion related and most of the gang is interested in learning new things. (I mean, I watch shows on all sorts of other religions, so it's not like we'd be trying to convert anyone.)

Hmmm - I may be weighing in this Saturday. If not (or on another Saturday) would you like to get together before mass and watch it? Or would you like to come back over after class on Tuesday? If we left immediately after class instead of hanging out like we do, we would have until 10:15 before Monkeys would start making mumbles about bedtime - I think that's two hours. I think that's enough time, but if not we could do it in two sessions. We could pick up dinner on the way home even.
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I like the after class idea. I'd like to watch it with the group, but I also want to really 'watch' it, ya know? Sometimes when there's lots of people around I get easily distracted/irritated by background noises cuz I can't concentrate. (Remember the clock/ice night?... I think I need meds!)

What was that priest's name again? I want to search Amazon for his video series.
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Priest - Rev Michael Himes
OMG I didn't quite remember his name, I first searched for Rev Michael Hines instead of Himes and there happens to be a Rev Michael Hines who passed away in a plane crash on a mission. I was freaked out. Then I saw it mentioned his wife and thought - wait, that *can't* be him. So I went back through my old catechism posts and discovered it was HIMES. How odd there happened to be a HINES, too! I am sorry Mr. Hines passed away, but I must admit to being relieved it wasn't the one I was thinking of.

Here's a link.

http://catalog.americancatholic.org/product.aspx?prodid=V1103
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: Priest - Rev Michael Himes
Arggh! They have the 10 video series on videocassette for 250$.
Sheesh!
But it also looks like they have it all on a 3 CD set for 19.95 so I went ahead and got that. I figured we could listen to it while driving or something.

=o) You know what this means? ROAD TRIP!
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Priest - Rev Michael Himes
ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP!!

I bet the CD's will be just fine. WHen he's on the screen he's actually a bit distracting for me! He sometimes flails his hands! LOL!

Also, I think when he's not they are usually just showing pictures of what he's talking about (like a book cover or painting) or the text of what he's quoting, which is nice but not vitally necessary.
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Re: Priest - Rev Michael Himes
Yeah, it makes me sad to watch his hands shaking. It reminds me of his mortality and I don't want to think about losing someone who is so great and seems like such a nice guy. I think I've grown rather attatched to him.


madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Priest - Rev Michael Himes
I know! When I had the wrong person and saw the "fatal crash" comment my heart skipped a beat! I felt bad about being so relieved it wasn't him because people still lost a husband and a friend, but I was relieved nonetheless.
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Watching the Faces of God video
Cool, so next Tuesday we are on!!
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Watching the Faces of God video
Woot! Sounds like a plan!
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Re: Watching the Faces of God video
Is it wrong of me to be relieved that I didn't just miss a LJ chat? I checked LJ not that long ago and saw you post but no comments. (Although I did think about posting how freakin' rude it was to talk on the phone while in class) Then when I hoped on here and saw so many posts I thought "Damn it! How'd I miss it??"

But it's just the two of you. Hurray for me.
madladyred
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
crazy chat sessons
I *MISS* those chats! We haven't had one in a while. It was just random - to catch everyone on at the same time. I know Raven is super busy now with class and Mcamason is sporadic about being on here, so I understand why they haven't happened recently, but they are SO MUCH FUN. It's just like having every one over. I actually feel like I got to hug everyone.

Wonder if maybe we can schedule one somehow. I'd be game for it!!
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: crazy chat sessons
That would be so geeky of us.. to schedule a random event. :D
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