So, we survived Thanksgiving. Thank god that’s over. A day devoted to gratitude is a fabulous idea, and I’m all for it, but really, it’s pretty hard to avoid the feeling that its a day set aside, not for giving thanks, but for gluttony. And now the whole Black Friday thing has become even bigger than Thanksgiving itself, and what is Black Friday but just more gluttony. It all grosses me out, really.
An acquaintance of mine cuts hair at a salon in a nearby mall and she told me they had decided to open the mall at 6pm on Thanksgiving itself this year (not wait until Friday morning as is typical). She showed me a vid she made of the Unlocking of the Doors at 6pm and the flood of people rushing in to shop. The people poured in, it went on and on, and everyone was in such a hurry, this mad dash to BUY. I thought, it’s the same old mall that was there the day before, what’s the rush? But these sales do a good job of creating a perceived scarcity/need that gets that brain-chemical-combo going, the one that makes it all seem so urgent and necessary. It has the same gross feeling of watching people do ten minute shopping sprees where they just start grabbing shit and stuffing their cart, or when money gets dumped out of a window (only happens in movies) and people start shoving and scrambling for dollar bills. Where’s the dignity people? Where’s the generosity?
For Thanksgiving itself, we went to see my frail and nearly-gone Grandma, which was sweet and sad. Too much driving, a nice meal with people I love, some crying. I kind of hate it, it’s awful even though it is also good. What can I say, life is confusing. Then we had a second stay-at-home Thanksgiving the next day, with a big bowl of stuffing and all of us on the couch watching Winter Soldier and talking Marvel-Mythology theories. Nothing like a nice geek-out over a bowl of carbs for family bonding.
I DID buy a present for SuperCoolHubby on sale on amazon on Black Friday. So there, I guess I did my Duty as an American. I hope he likes it.
Meanwhile, I have rewritten (again) the ending of my current novel and it is out (again) to my beta readers. Who are awesome. AWESOME.
Not much yoga this week, no fist bump for me. I forgot about the whole holiday thing when I said I would practice lots. One full primary and a primary-to-navasana and that was it. LAME. I’ll do better this week or DIE TRYING.
How was your yoga week? I’d love to hear.