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Monday, January 29, 2007
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    posted at 9:48 PM

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Again, I Say Yahoo
All work is graded...and I got an 89.53%.  Ah, but alas those .47 percentage points away from an "A"...
Pretty good for some who was ridiculously behind!


    posted at 2:25 PM

Friday, January 26, 2007
The "T" Meme
I haven't done an meme in a while, so here's a fun one! You answer the questions with words starting with the first letter of your first name.

1. Famous Athlete: Tony Stewart
2. 4-letter word: task

3. Street name: Tree Hill (ha! and I've never even watched that show!)
4. Color: Taupe

5. Gifts/present: Tea
6. Vehicle: Tahoe
7. Tropical Location: Tahiti
8. College Major: Tourism
9. Dairy Product: Tapioca pudding

10. Things in a Souvenir Shop: T-shirts
11. Boy Name: Thomas
12. Girl Name: Tina
13. Movie Title: Thank You for Smoking (it's on my netflix queue!)

14. Alcohol: Tequila
15. Occupation: Teacher
16. Flower: tulip
17. Celebrity: Thandie Newton
18. Magazine: Town & Country (which I am now subscribed to by default. I subscribed to Weekend magazine after it's launch...and apparently subsequent cancellation. So I get Town & Country as my consolation "prize")
19. U.S. City: Tampa
20. Pro Sports Team: Tennessee Titans
21. Something Found in a kitchen: toast

22. Reason for Being Late: traffic
23. Something You Throw Away: tofu (yuck!)
24. Things You Shout: Thank you!
25. Cartoon Character: Tweety Bird

That was easy. Grab the list and have fun on your blog and let me know so I can come read yours.


    posted at 1:41 PM

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I was able to log back on this evening and complete the final exam and the last materials. I still need to be graded on my book review and my ministry participation verification...but right now, with the other tests, units, etc. I have an 87%

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and patience with me while I completed this. I can't believe I got it finished! Now back to my Beth Moore study and my 90-day Bible reading plan.
: )


    posted at 10:13 PM

Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Oh no!!!
I finished my reading in the wee hours last night and worked on my book review during my lunch break today. After home group tonight, I came home and finished it and submitted it. It's not as long as they'd like but I think it covers what it needed to.

Anyway, I decided to throw caution to the wind and take the final exam tonight. I was cruising along to question 16 of 50 when suddenly, I got an error message. I hit refresh and it bounced me back to the main page. When I tried to access the exam again, it said there were no assessment questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it. I emailed my instructor and also posted a frantic help message on our discussion board.

I'm going to bed.


    posted at 10:45 PM

Monday, January 22, 2007
Getting There
Another evening spent working on the course. I've finished all the units, now I just need to write a paper (need to finish the book I'm reading to write about it, however) and take the final exam. I'm getting there!!

Thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement. I will get this done - I really will - and maybe even before the end of the month!


    posted at 9:56 PM

Sunday, January 21, 2007
4 Units to Go...
I have been a studying fool all day. I got through another 4 units and took two tests today. I wish I could keep going but I need some sustenance...and to get some laundry done!


    posted at 7:14 PM

Saturday, January 20, 2007
I am tired.

I had a training I had to go to this morning, then to look at a potential office space for the church, then to the mall (can't miss a really good sale!), then home briefly, then to a demonstration of one of my favorite things - Tastefully Simple! Then to the pet store and grocery store. Once I finally got home, put dinner in the oven and checked email, it was time to get working on my course...which I am SO behind in, I cannot even tell you. I emailed the instructor before I left for Arizona, asking if I could take an incomplete and retake it later. She wrote back that this was not an option and did I think I could finish. Well, I'm on unit 4, there are 12 units and I have to have it done by the 31st.



But I am trying. I'm in unit 5 now, but have some reading to do.

But I'd really rather go to bed!!

    posted at 8:46 PM

Friday, January 19, 2007
They Don't Call it the Red Eye for Nothing!

Part of my whirlwind wildness last week was that I learned last Monday I was traveling to Phoenix for several days this week for a program and a conference. I flew home on the red eye last night...and probably had my worst travel experience of all time. The flight was supposed to go at 12:15 AM. I got to the airport really early, simply because I no longer had a room at the hotel and had nothing to do. But the flight was delayed arriving and we didn't take off until after 1 AM. I did not sleep a wink on the flight, which arrived an hour late. Luckily, I had requested car service, knowing that I would be too exhausted to drive home. The one thing I didn't count on, however, was the we had been hit with our first winter "storm" and there were accidents EVERYWHERE due to snow and ice. What shoudl have been a 45 minute trip from the airport took almost three and a half hours!!!! It was absolute madness.

I came home, called out of work and slept for a few hours. I had wanted to only sleep a bit and then stay up and go to be early tonight but my exhaustion got the better of me and I went back to sleep for a few hours. Now I am up, catching up on email and church work, and listening to a wicked wind blow outside.

    posted at 7:47 PM

Sunday, January 14, 2007
The meeting went well. The policy manuals weren't three-hole punched or bound but I brought the punch and people could do it themselves if they wanted. If not, they were still in a nice folder that would hold everything with no problem.

This meeting is always amazing to me. Three years ago, our team was tiny and was pretty much one ministry. We have grown to about 25 people and into a ministry with multiple components and leaders. I have to admit, too, that I am so thankful to God for raising up the leadership of this group. The vision he gave me for this ministry can only come to fruition through them and their teams. They are such a dedicated group - who care deeply for the children and youth and for our church overall.

It has been a hectic week, which turned into a very hectic weekend. Unfortunately, for several reasons, it doesn't look like there is any end in sight in that regard. I think I am soon going to need a retreat weekend away!


    posted at 5:16 PM

Saturday, January 13, 2007
I have been working on a new manual for everyone who works with children and youth at our church. I finally got it together and approved by the Pastor and set out today to make the copies. Problem is...the book is probably 50-60 pages and the church copier has no feeder. So each page gets put on the glass and copied 30 times...and if you want double sides...well, then.

But it is finally copied. I have literally been copying for FOUR hours. Now it needs collated, three-hole punched and bound. For a meeting tomorrow afternoon. And I have my office holiday party in an hour.

Yikes!! Wish me luck!


    posted at 5:05 PM

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I can't even begin to describe the whirlwind and absolute madness of this week. I'm trying desperately to go with the flow but I am so NOT a go with the flow kind of gal.

So I am tired, I am stressed, I am juggling about 25 balls in the air and praying they don't come crashing down and conk me on the head.

I may be out of touch for a bit but don't worry - I'm still hear, checking in, reading Bloglines to keep up with everyone. And I'll be back soon!!

    posted at 9:57 PM

Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Another Day
Back to work, back to routine.

It was hard getting going today...and keeping going. I so badly want to finish up the office/spare room clean out, mainly because I feel like there is now stuff everywhere. But this will probably have to wait until Saturday - I can do a bit here and there before that but the major sorting needs to be finished when I have more time to dedicate.

Tonight I came home from work, made a Dream Dinner (lemon chicken piccata - yum!), sorted a few things, ate dinner and went to home group. I called the Y on the way to group and asked how late they were open and I decided then and there that even though it was "late", I was going after group. I stayed around and talked longer than I planned and it was 45 minutes before closing when I turned down the street. BUT I DID IT. I went in and did almost the full workout the trainer had worked out for me. It's not much, because my frail body can't handle much, but I did it! I was very proud of myself - and now I know that I can fit it in to my schedule, even if it is after everything else in the routine is finished for the night. I'm kind of worried it might keep me up, exercising so late, but I'm feeling tired now so hopefully it won't!

I got home and sorted a bit more and paid bills that I was ridiculously behind on. It's amazing what I let slip over the holidays. And crazy, too! But that's organized and caught up on at least and that makes me happy. Now I have a couple other things to do and then it is off to bed for the workout queen!

    posted at 10:52 PM

Monday, January 01, 2007
The Dawning of a New Year

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
2006 was quite a year. Many things didn't happen or turn out as I had planned, but when I think of that, I think of a quote that says something to the effect of "man plans and God laughs". So true.
I posted some of the stressors of the year in the post "It's Official" about canceling my annual New Year's Day party, so now I'll focus on the high points of 2006 instead:
Changing jobs...twice. I started out the year on January 3 at a new place of employment after being at my previous job for six and a half years. I was excited for the change and a new perspective. But in the early fall, another, better opportunity opened up for me and I started at the end of September. It has been all that I hoped for and more. I'm so glad for the work and for the new friends I'm making there.
A first birthday party. When my friend's baby came early last October and he spent time in the NICU, it was frightening and heartbreaking. They had a difficult year and were basically in quarantine for the majority of the winter and spring months due to the risk of RSV on his underdeveloped lungs. This October, we rejoiced at his first birthday party and are so happy to see how strong, healthy and happy this little guy is.
Another workcamp. Although my role was different this year and I didn't get to spend nearly enough time as I would have liked with my youth (I love you guys!), I really enjoyed my role as camp photographer. It was wonderful to spend my days driving around the West Virginia countryside, meeting the residents of the homes we were working on and seeing how the youth were really touching their lives. I am going to two this year - one as a staff member (by myself) and one with my youth group as a camper. I simply cannot wait. Although its MONTHS away, I'm already gearing up.
Our women's retreat. How can you go wrong with a retreat revolving around chocolate? But really, it was a great time to get to know some of the women at church better and to strengthen our relationships. I'm looking forward to our next retreat in the fall already - have the dates and rooms booked, if you can believe it! The camp where we stay is wonderful and very accomodating and we've already been in touch several times.
My women's Bible study. I've had the opportunity to meet other women from all different backgrounds and ages at the Bible study I've been attending weekly at another church. My heart longs for this at my own church but right now, it doesn't seem like it's a possibility. And so I am thankful for the women I've met at this new church and their kindness and sweet spirits. I'm also thankful for the study itself which is making me look at things so differently.
Friends and family. This year, I was blessed to draw closer to some friends I hadn't been able to spend much time with lately and that truly made my heart happy. I've made some new friends, which was also answered prayer this year during a particularly lonely period. I truly believe that God sends people into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime and I am thankful for all of them.
Surprises. This year, I suprised my dad on Father's Day with a lobster and seafood dinner at their house. It was a nice day and I know he was happy. We surprised Michelle (kinda) with her 40th birthday party...but the biggest surprise was having her brother there. That was wonderful! And on Christmas, I surprised my dad with tickets to the Pennsylvania 500 this summer. Yahoo! It is so important to me to make people happy and also, in times of gift giving, to find the "perfect" gift. I think I did pretty well with this one!
And so a new year begins. A friend and I used to share our resolutions with one another each year and try to spur one another on to achieving them. I think the same ones ended up on my list each year! There are so many areas where I lack self-discipline so completely (like right now, when I am supposed to be clearing out the office space but am blogging instead!!) but I know I need to become more focused and work harder. But instead of resolving to achieve this or that, I'm going to focus on my hopes for 2007:
I keep wanting to say to find balance but I truly believe that the idea of balance is a fallacy. I don't know anyone who isn't seeking it and I know no one who has found it...life is simply to unpredictable. So I'll leave it off the list!
I wish you all a happy New Year's Day and wonderful blessings in the year to come!

    posted at 12:44 PM