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February 21st, 2013


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11:10 am - Real Life update
Good news: mrizh and I have a place to stay rent-free until our place is ready to move back into. :) I'm thanking God every day for that--it's a condo owned by his workplace, and it's pretty nice (although not as nice as our own home).

The one downside: it's in Calabasas, which is rather far away from my work and from the nerve centers of L.A.--Hollywood, downtown, etc. My commute is an hour each way, which is fine, but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how much margin I need to give myself to compensate for the rush-hour freeway traffic... and thus, how early I need to get up, and how early I need to go to sleep so that I can actually make myself get up.

The past two days were a little unusual, though: Wednesday morning, I got out to my car and realized that the rain of the night before had frozen the doors shut. The was ice all over my car, and it took both me and my husband to get the doors open. I was late that day. :)

This morning, no rain, but a thick layer of frost. It's quite a novelty after living in L.A. for so long. Partly it's just the weather system currently moving through here, but I think Calabasas also has sharper temperature plunges. It's warmer in Burbank.

So: it's an adventure. Prayers are appreciated, that we may cope with grace.

(it could have been so much worse.)

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From:persephone_kore
Date:February 21st, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
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...Good heavens. I'm sorry, I completely missed your earlier post.

I'm very glad you're okay, that everyone lived (although I'm sorry to hear about the cat and parrots), and that you have a place to stay and didn't lose very much.

And good luck figuring out the commute issue!
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 21st, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I think pretty much all of LJ missed my earlier post. :)

I was not exactly thinking straight enough to wrangle it for best viewing--or even to signal, "RL IMPORTANT THING HERE."

Thank you for your kind words. We're doing okay so far, but it was kind of a shock.
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From:feliciakw
Date:February 21st, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Yay for a place to live!

Glad you and Mr. Izh are both okay, and that damage appears to be minimal. And adventure indeed.

*hugs*
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 21st, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. *hugs*
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From:scionofgrace
Date:February 21st, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I missed your last post too. (I've spent the last day or so reinstalling everything on my computer.)

Wow. ::offers tea:: Glad to hear about the temporary digs, though that doesn't change the whole temporary-move-life-upset thing. Try to take it moment by moment, and not in your own strength! And give yourself time to go, "Phew!"

Praying for you.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 21st, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
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*sips tea*

Moment by moment is the only way I'm managing this, definitely.

"Not in my own strength" has odd resonances for me right now; I'm realizing that I've been very self-sufficient for a very long time, but I'm not sure how my relationship with God fits into that. I've always tried to trust him and rely on him, but I'm discovering that there may be actual strength available there, not just the church words people speak as if they were magical incantations, without reality behind them. But... well, there.

This clearly needs more thinking before I make words out of it. *g*
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From:scionofgrace
Date:February 21st, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
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There *is* strength. I just don't know how to put it into words either! One thing this "dark night of the soul" has led to is understanding that a) I am a very strong person, but b) no human strength is enough. There's a passive side that I never noticed before, a passivity that isn't doing nothing, but allowing someone else to do everything - some of which is done through me.

If you find words for it, please share them! I feel like I'm groping.

(In choir, we're singing a modern piece called "Dark Night of the Soul," based on the medieval poem by St. John of the Cross. It sounds like this.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 21st, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
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There's a passive side that I never noticed before, a passivity that isn't doing nothing, but allowing someone else to do everything - some of which is done through me.

Ooh. That strikes a chord, too. Which is weird, because I'm trying not to be passive anymore (it's my default setting in groups), and yet it describes... huh.

May I shoot you a message or e-mail later this weekend? If you'd be interested in hearing ramblings on this topic not yet suited for public consumption. :)
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From:scionofgrace
Date:February 21st, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely!

It's like, we have a definition of "passive" which is not right, which is letting everyone walk all over you. And then there's passive to the Spirit, which may or may not be very proactive toward others.
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From:nun_sense
Date:February 22nd, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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Oh my! I, too, missed your entry about the fire. Thank the Lord you are OK and that no tenants were harmed.

How wonderful that you have a nice place to stay while the work is being done, even if it is further from work and, probably, the rest of where you live your life.

The discussion about being "passive"..... perhaps "receptively passive" .... "open to being embraced by the Beloved"..... "resting in the arms of God"..... "trusting".....

But in the end, it is all about allowing God to be God in our lives, isn't it?

Enjoy (is that the right word?) your time in the guest digs. You are probably feeling a bit displaced right now, and that would be natural. This might be one of those "resting in the arms of God" times.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as I picture you being held by Love.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 22nd, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think I had a weird date/time stamp on the earlier post, and it didn't show up on people's friendslists.

We're very grateful, although you're right about the new digs being far away from where we live our lives. :)

Thank you for your contribution to the "passive" discussion--I like that. "Receptively passive."

My thoughts and prayers are with you as I picture you being held by Love.

Oh, yes.
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:February 22nd, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Gosh. I completely missed the previous post - I'm so sorry. I'm glad you have a rent-free place, even if the commute's a pig, but what a horrid thing to have happen. Will keep you in my prayers.
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From:izhilzha
Date:February 22nd, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry, I think I had a too-early date stamp on the post, that's why nobody saw it.

Yeah, it is fairly horrid. We had another tenant's meeting last night with the recovery company, and it's going to cost a lot to get our stuff cleaned. :( Hopefully we can afford it, and don't end up throwing out beautiful stuff we got for the wedding just because it'll be cheaper to replace them with IKEA furniture. But we shall see.

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
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From:tree_and_leaf
Date:February 22nd, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
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:( Even if on one level you know it's just stuff, it's still very upsetting, especially if things were gifts. I hope you can manage to salvage them.

But Julian is always good.

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