Monday, April 13, 2009

so busy...

Here's a list of what's going on this week

  • Yesterday was our Palm Sunday, and we feasted on fish all day.  
  • We made a procession with our palms.
  • Brandon found a great recipe for tuna steaks grilled with tapenade.   It was delicious, especially with some grilled asparagus.  
  • We're now officially out of Lent, and it's Holy Week.  (No the fasting is not over!) It's difficult, but completely worth it!
  • Last night was the first of the three nights of the Bridegroom Orthros, and we will venerate the icon below during this service.  Claire posted about the service last night and talked about this beautiful hymn.  It's one of my favorite (although most of the hymns from this week can be called my favorites.)  I have the unique privilege of singing many of the beautiful and rich hymns for this week many many times since I'm in the choir.  They have so much more meaning now!
"Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching, again unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore oh my soul do not be weighed down with sleep! Lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom! But rouse yourself, crying, "Holy! Holy! Holy! art Thou, oh our God! Through the prayers of the Theotokos have mercy on us."
    Other, items, not necessarily Holy Week related:
    • I just met with an old friend who will be designing a logo for The Ruffled Apron. {eek!}  Thanks Ben! 
    • I just had an Oatburger.  I hadn't eaten one since Square Foods closed.  I discovered that the same person who was making it for square foods now creates them for Otherlands.  I discovered it from an Edible Memphis article called "Edgy Burger" pretty fantastic.  (Have we talked about how much I love Edible Memphis Magazine?) 
    • I have some great shoes in the mail.... They should be here very soon.  They're Simple Shoes, and they'll be my awesome shoes for the marathon of services that is Holy Week.  They were $120 shoes that I bought for $29.99!!!  (I got a black pair as well.)
    • Brandon gave me an early Pascha gift, an Icon Shrine, for my soon to be garden. 
    • I'm giddy about my very first garden!  I think it will be called the St. Herman garden, I can't wait to show you the pictures of the produce.  

    • I gave Brandon a Zoo membership (as an early Pascha present, we aren't patient enough to wait for Pascha.)  I am in love with the Zoo these days, (when it isn't raining) and love to watch the polar bears, they're so incredibly graceful. 
      I have very busy week ahead.  Talk to you soon.


      Anonymous said...

      ok, don't be mad, but i'm copying brandon's Pascha gift and getting an icon shrine for my sweet husband. we'll think of it as sharing the inspiration via the caitlyncosm. Such a great gift!

      Corinne said...

      After having been to Spruce Island a number of years ago where St Herman icons are plentiful, I got an icon shrine of St Herman and put it in my front yard in a flower bed. The ferns in that bed grow I saw them on Spruce Island in his place and it is a great place to put left over carnations and palm branches each year when we replace them. I have my own little connection with St Herman and Spruce Island in my Memphis, TN flowerbed.