Today is Ash Wednesday and Valentine Day. It is a tough day because some Catholics give up Chocolate for Lent and today marks the beginning of Lent. I went to church with my supervisor at 12:00pm. We walked to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland. They were going to have a full mass and ashes. I was glad to have someone to go with. At church, I thanked God for my gifts, my talents, abilities, and opportunities. I have so much to be grateful for. I thought about things I want to change within myself.
In the gospel today, the phrase about never letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing came up. I swear no matter how I try I don’t understand that phrase. I don’t talk to my hands, and I doubt the other knows what the other is doing. I know it is symbolic and not meant to be taken literally, but some things never change from when you are a child. You always read into things, and I guess I just never stopped taking things literally.
After church, we walked back to Posvar. Outside of the church, students had a cardboard cut out that said, “Take a Picture with your Ashes for AshTag Wednesday.” I wanted to do it, but Phyllis didn’t seem too receptive to it, so I didn’t. I think it’s cool that young people are trying to find ways to get involved and make the faith something fun and something they can believe in.
When I arrived back to Posvar, I was able to do a few requests, then I had to head to my OMET training in the Alumni Hall at 2pm. I was all over the place this week. The OMETs are going to be opted out differently this year. We have to use a new tool to do it, and the administrators who have a lot of classes like Biology are not liking this new tool, but it works for me in Sociology and in STATs. The spreadsheet model worked as well because we only have a few classes that do not get surveyed. I thought I could just have the hand out e-mailed to me and I would be good, but that is not how it works.
When I got back to my office, I did a few more requests before my meeting with Melanie. When Melanie came into my office, we talked about applicants and how this is the calm before the storm. I really was enjoying it, but I know it wasn’t going to last. I had to draft up a reject letter or find one on the Z drive, and send it to her for confirmation. All the things I could do. In the back of my mind, I was wondering where in the world are my flowers! Drew has been so good with sending me flowers on Valentine’s Day. Every job I have ever had (I realize how bad that sounds) he has always sent me flowers.
Well, my flowers came at exactly 4:45pm.