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06 September 2014 @ 09:02 pm
Lately I feel like posting to LiveJournal more often...  
Mostly because I have a other places to write that I've set up for professional stuff, and I'm doing that properly, and so I feel like I don't have much place to write personal or silly stuff.

Today I spent a lot of time with the kids. Three+ hours at the local park. A Hindi lesson for Calli. Then home to bake chocolate chip cookies and attempt to turn them into ice cream sandwiches.

The cookies came out great, partly because I used the good chocolate chips and a lot of them. The ice cream sandwiches came out overly squishy, despite using slightly-melty ice cream and saran wrap and putting them in the freezer. That's what you're supposed to do. It's possible that longer in the freezer would have helped, but I think mostly the ice cream was too melty.

I still remember a little from Hindi class last time. But now we have to memorize a fish nursery rhyme for next week, so we'll see how that goes. This class is clearly at a much faster pace than last time. That's probably a good thing. I do still remember the Gayatri Mantra from last time around, so that's nice.
The Onion Girltshuma on September 7th, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Where is the Hindi class happening? And why Hindi? (I feel like I might know some of these answers, but I'm curious.)
Noahangelbob on September 7th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
We have that Hindu temple on the corner. Turns out that every few months they teach a Hindi language class. And hey, it's just a five-minute walk away!

It's kind of neat seeing the whole church thing from a completely different culture. They have the school-or-church-style posters about what you're supposed to do, but from a completely different set of sensibilities.

Like, they say that jewelry brings out the divine in a woman. You should wear green and red glass bangles, and earrings but not with more than one piercing per ear, and a necklace (mangalsutra) down to the center of your chest (your anahat-chakra.)

And you're supposed to pray a specific prayer for between one and six hours daily, because these days we don't do that enough and so people have a variety of afflictions caused by the souls of our ancestors not being sufficiently cleared out -- apparently that can cause a lot of problems, and they list a few.

Also, eat only good food, sort of like Kosher but with slightly different ideas of "good food" -- a strong emphasis on fresh meat, grains and ghee, if I remember right. And fill your stomach half with food and a quarter with water, leaving the other quarter-full for air.