This year's reflections include... (in no specific order.)
- I was smart not to cook too much for Pascha dinner. I served leg of lamb, spanakopita, oven potatoes and a salad. For dessert we had a pound cake and baklava. It was delicious and not overbearing. I think next year I'll serve Greek style green beans in tomato sauce instead of the spanakopita. (In case you were wondering, I had considered adding pastichio, Greek green beans, croissants with honey butter, tzantziki, and dolmathes.)
- I should have practiced the hymns more. I made a ton of mistakes because I waited too long to review the music.
- My sister had a great idea of a Pascha Fleece for her daughter next year. Knowing her daughter wasn't going to make it through the evening's services, she brought along a fleece blanket... with a Christmas décor! An Easter quilt or pastel fleece is on her list of crafts before next year. I imagine it will have an appliqued red egg in a corner. (With the cold front that came through the North, I imagine this could be very popular up there.)
- I bought too much candy. Our bodies had adjusted so well to the vegan diet, the sugar and chocolate really made my recovery harder than necessary.
- I need Lent. I need the time to break away and see where and how I have gone off track, lazy in my spiritual life. I had forgotten that I actually love church services and prayer. I actually love our faith... I don't mean to do it because I have to. I actually WANT to. It's just a shame that I forget these things. Thank God we have Lent twice a year (before Pascha and before Christmas) to keep me on track.
- I am so tired of cutting onions. :) Having saved a large amount of onion skins for the natural egg dye, I have had my fill of onions.
- Rice and potatoes are way better than pasta.
- Coconut oil is a good substitute for cream in coffee.
- I have officially eaten enough meat to make up for any deficiency caused by fasting. :)