RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: the Random edition….

RevKarla over at RevGals offers this Friday Five:

I don’t know about you, but my life seems to have a lot of random surprises lately. Just little things, like the doggy who was rescued by a Good Samaritan from running into traffic, who then brought him to the police, who brought him to my neighbor’s house. I took the doggy, now named Scout, to the vet on Monday, and the woman behind the desk said, “This dog looks so familiar. Were you here last week?” I told her no, that this particular dog is a stray, and she looked at me, and said (use your best Boston accent here), “Oh my GAWD! I rescued that dog on Satuhday! I took him to the police!” and then she proceeded to tell me the story. She was Scout’s angel.

Random, right?

So, for our Friday Five, I invite you share five random things about you, or five random thoughts, or five random surprises in your life.

Just be random…

1. Lately I enjoy drinking the Yogi brand teas. I am fond of their “Relaxed Mind” – which is a lavender and sage blend and their “Stress Relief” – which is a curious blend of herbs that are calming and their “Revitalize” which is a mint and black tea blend. I also enjoy a cup of mixed mint tea (chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint…) from an herbalist in Nova Scotia.

2. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My ancestors were pioneers who travelled by wagon train to help settle the area. I moved away from SLC when I was nine and have visited occasionally in the years since. It is one of the most beautiful places to live.

3. My current home in Dearborn, Michigan is delightful. We really enjoy being here. The people are interesting, creative, intelligent, kind, invested in the world around them. There is plenty of culture and lots to do. Plus I can walk or ride my bike almost any where.

4. I have had several “careers” – I was a dance major in college and worked as a lighting designer for dance in the 1980’s. I worked for a small non-profit theater in Chicago, but travelled once in awhile to NYC and Minneapolis. It was a tough time to work in the arts – regardless of what people think of President Regan, now – his economic decisions were not kind to the arts. Tired of long hours and little pay I left that position and went to work for an interior design firm. Our clients were some of the wealthiest in Chicago. That experience, in contrast to my work with the artists, put my values in perspective. After four years I left that job to became a stay-at-home mom. After our son was born (four years later) I became a massage therapist with a small private practice and a volunteer ministry in a local hospital offering massages to parents of sick children. That led me to discern a call to ministry. I never really imagined I would become a parish priest…but it is the best vocation for me! As a parish priest I am able to combine, in some capacity, all of my life work and experience into one…

5. For the first time, ever, I am knitting a sweater. As I do this I recognize how knitting socks has taught me a lot – and that learning how to knit this sweater is not so difficult! Of course I am only on the yoke – which is a very cute pattern of increases and decreases creating a puckered effect. We’ll see how I feel about it when it’s time to knit the arms….lol…I already have the local knitting experts on stand-by for frantic calls of help.

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About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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6 Responses to RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: the Random edition….

  1. Purple says:

    Love your randonmess…in life, in vocation, and in the way to tell it.

  2. First of all, Wow the picture on your blog is amazing!Though I'm glad it's your pic and not mine…I haven't been around for awhile being mired in my own mishegoss (yiddesh sp?). Second. I love the wagon train history, wow again. My ancestors were still crushing grapes with their feet, I think.And as you know, we have similarities in parts of our other histories.

  3. "frantic calls for help"… hee heeknit one. pearl two. right? momma tried to teach us how to knit… i was sooo not interested. i wanted to paint and draw.. so i did!stay warm up there!

  4. altar ego says:

    Wow, your life weaves such an interesting tapestry! I have never knit socks. When I learned to knit the woman who taught me suggested picking an interesting pattern to maintain my interest. It was a fisherman knit with all those cables (I was in Scotland at the time, so this made some sense). I've done lots of sweaters and scarves, but not much else. I'm thinking of knitting covers for the side-view mirrors on my car to prevent frost. It's not that easy to scrape those windows!Dearborn sounds great. Wish my community was as diverse in as many ways.

  5. Jan says:

    This was so interesting! I liked hearing about your ancestors coming to Salt Lake City. I am impressed that you are knitting a sweater! That reminds me of my mother loving to knit, which is nice because I always think of her at Christmas time. Hope your headache is gone now.

  6. revkjarla says:

    a sweater!!!!! I can't wait to see a picture of it! I have been watching the show on TLC about Muslims in America–it is set in Dearborn. And the tea…..Whole Foods, here I come!Thanks for playing!

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