To do list update

Probably boring, but it’s keeping me to task.

1. Get the floors refinished. (DONE. Made a blog post.)

2. Install ceiling fans in the two smaller bedrooms, as they are stuffy. (DONE. Ceiling fans make a gigantic difference. It took about three hours, but, like, whoa.)

3. Buy some hanging plants for the porch. (Cheapo ones. Also have weird non-theft contraptions on them.)

4. Get to the container gardening for the back deck. (not yet. getting cold. have too much other stuff to do.)

5. Shampoo the stinky area rug to put in the master bedroom. (IN PROGRESS. Man, that thing is stinky. We bought a hose to wash it with.)

6. GARAGE SALE (DONE. ALL THAT JUNK IS GONE. We also met our neighbors.)

7. Chimney caps (not yet, but it’s getting cold, so soon.)

8. Fireplace doors (see above chimney item)

9. Paint the inside (this will take several months)

10. Paint the outside (this will take more than several months)

That’s four out of 10. Not too bad.

I have added the following, though:

1. Halloween decorating. (Way more involved than Christmas decorating. As in, I don’t actually decorate for Christmas much, aside from lining up cards on the living room mantle.)

2. Reupholstering the free chair.

3. Making more curtains in preparation for chilly weather.

4. Replacing the broken pipe in the yard (NOTE: this will likely trump all other list items.)

Wasn’t that a blast? I know! So much fun to read!

Well, anyway, I’ve got two free pizzas and plan on doing none of the above this evening.

So. In a more interesting turn of events, I went to the Atlanta Hindu Temple on Sunday (did not tell anybody at church, for it is None of Their Business).  It was both exactly and not at all what I expected. Allow me to elaborate.

The temple has a parking lot, full of American cars (I expected this.) Inside, there are families in nice clothes (also expected, as was the fact that the nice clothes are saris and salwar suits). There was foot washing (expected), at a thing that looks like a truncated bathtub, mostly because of the faucets (not expected). Then you go inside and shake hands (expected, but sort of weirdly familiar), and somebody explains the inside of the temple to you, and then you’re on your own. And there’s a priest at the main murti (Visnu in this case) who leads things (expected), and after you’ve received blessing there you pray at all the others (unexpected! I am not used to this self-guided thing!). But mostly still surprisingly familiar, because there are statues of holy things, and flowers, and priests, and blessings, and music, and incense, only in different configurations than I’m used to. One of the differences I liked the best was the numbers of children running and laughing and playing. The temple was solemn, but there was a definite sense that joy and life was as much a part of the whole thing as quiet reflection. I like the movement.

That’s a basic summing up. In reality, it was that we didn’t know what to do, and so got one explanation from a young man in front (I think he might have been a priest; his tilak was very fancy, and he seemed to know a whole lot about the “proper Indian way” to do things). So anyway. Moral: ask questions. He asked a family to show us upstairs, where we were introduced to another priest, and older gentleman who did his best to explain each murti, and what to do during the Visnu pooja (I did things correctly), and then he said “It’s nice to have you here – you can go to the other temple if you want,” and we were on our own.

Wait. Other temple?

Sure enough, there was another temple, much more grandiose than the first, with small marble temples (pratiks?) housing the murti. The one we were in first was the Balaji temple (I think), and the other one is the Siva temple, where they were performing a Ramalingeswara abhishekam. I didn’t know if it was appropriate to participate in two poojas in one day (you don’t receive Communion twice in one day, so my cultural reference was basically useless), so I stood off to the side until a priest motioned me over, and there you go (for reference I was holding a banana, the prasad from the first pooja).

And I sort of felt like I was doing things right, but sort of not. I’m not sure what to do with myself without a priest leading things. I’m getting better at understanding this.

Anyway. There is a dining hall in the complex that sells vegetarian food, and so the husband and I got some tamarind rice and idlis, and talked for quite a while with a nice man sitting at the table we sat at, who offered to be our guide if we ever decide to come back.

I probably will. Only this time I won’t walk through the “no shoes”  area outside at the end, because I will know it’s a “no shoes” area.

So in conclusion: To do lists are good, don’t be afraid to try new things, the Hindu Temple of Atlanta is very nice, never be afraid to ask lots of questions, and be sure to read signage.

If you never remember any advice in life, remember that. Well, also maybe take lots of vitamin c so that you don’t get scurvy (have you done a google search for scurvy? Eeeeeeew.)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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8 Responses to To do list update

  1. Ela says:

    Your to do list made me laugh. I am surprised that you had to wash ur feet before entering a temple .In India we dont. Dont be scared to ask questions and doing something wrong. Hinduism is a very unconventional religion and you will be corrected. And yes you can perform as many pujas as you want in a day.

    • HappyGoth says:

      🙂 Thanks for the kind comment! I’m finding Hinduism very refreshing – it’s much less restrictive than what I’m used to, and that’s a nice relief.

      I am research girl, so I did some research before I went, and apparently the foot washing is a common thing for temples in the U.S., or so the internet tells me (and as we all know, the internet is totally, completely and faultlessly infallible.)

      (I’ll remember your advice; I’m never afraid to ask lots of questions! The only foolish thing to do is not to ask…)

  2. Mouse says:

    Oooh.. I’ve always wanted to go there! Thanks for the run down of what to expect.. it’s very helpful if I ever go there again. I’d like to go to the ‘local’ (not to me.. but to you actually) Hari Krishna temple as well at some point.. that always seemed like an interesting place to visit.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Would you be interested in going as a pair? It’s much better when you don’t have to go alone…

      The CG has been to the ISKON temple, and she’s promised that she’ll go back there with me at some point.

  3. Bob says:

    sounds like an amazingly surreal experience! I love those adventures that take us beyond the normal scope of what we are used to experiencing and open our eyes to an unseen world

    • HappyGoth says:

      🙂 It was amazing; not nearly as surreal as I expected, though. I don’t know if I’m disappointed at that, but I’d have to say no.

      It was definitely worth it. (And I just realized which Bob you are.)

  4. Jaclyn says:

    I would like to start out by saying~ “have you ever done a google search for scurvy? eww.” Snick! I can just see horrified faces now!

    I am glad you had a great experience at the Hindu temple! Have you been to a Buddhist temple yet? They are amazing! I went to one with my husband when we went “home” for Christmas and it was fantastic. Also my oldest son, Alexander, was fascinated. Hooray for the temple being right near my in-laws house!

    • HappyGoth says:

      I haven’t been to a Buddhist temple, but our Buddhist neighbors had a wedding at their house when I was in high school, and they invited our whole family. It was wonderful.

      A Buddhist temple (not sure which sort) and a gurudwara are places I plan on experiencing at some point. I kind of wish I’d done this sooner, although I think I have a better appreciation at this point in my life.

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