Tonight, while folding liturgical aids for our Mass of the Holy Spirit which will open our Chapter of Elections* which will be celebrated tomorrow night – sever sisters and I watched Dancing With The Stars.  What a hoot.  The other sisters had watched, apparently, last week because Jerry Rice is one of the celebrity dancers.  This is a 49rs convent, for sure.  (Though I don’t tell them and hope you won’t either, I’m not a big football fan and really wouldn’t we all enjoy watching paint dry so much better?)  (We’re also a big Jeff Gordon convent as he’s the step-nephew of one of the sisters.)  (While we’re at it, I can also tell you that Ken Garcia* is the real life nephew of one of the other sisters.)  (We’re all connected you know.)  Anywho!  So, we’re watching the dancing…. and it’s pretty interesting.  And I’m thinking, this is kind of surreal – folding mass programs, hanging with the sisters, rooting for a fabulous football player who’s dancing with a professional dancer and one of the sisters (Ken Garcia’s aunt, no less) actually dials in to vote for Jerry.

Speaking of relatives, Baby Jessa arrives in the USA and San Francisco on Saturday!  We, the California branch of the family, are just dying to meet her.  She’s our new niece/cousin/grandaughter I mentioned would be coming from China in this post.  I’m at an all day gathering of the sisters until the evening, so my other niece gets to pick them up and then be the one in the family to say "I loved her first." [note to self, not all readers are Angel fans.]  Dude.

In other Other news, please say a prayer, if you would, for our Chapter of Elections on Saturday at which we will select our leadership for the next three years.  The only candidates this time around are currently in office and who have been doing a very very very bangup job, so the race is not tight…. but, one never knows where and or how the Spirit blows. 

*Chapter is the term used for the regular gathering of the voting members of a religious community at which the community elects leadership, reviews its life together and makes "actions" which inform its ongoing life and ministry.
*Ken Garcia is a local writer and political columnist who used to write for the San Francisco Chronicle and now writes for the San Francisco Examiner.  He’s pretty darn good too.
*And yes, I have watched NASCAR races both with the sisters and on my own!  So there.  (Did you know that NASCAR is the sport with the MOST fans in the US? – again, fascinating).