Friday, May 17, 2013

frustrating morning

I went out for my run/walk this morning.  To my surprise, I ran all the way to the end of our lane.  That's almost a half mile with a steep uphill at the end.  Somewhere just past that, there is a dead skunk.  I think the skunk picked a nice final resting place because later, on the way back, I smelled something like honeysuckle just before the skunk took over.

A fox and I almost had a close encounter.  I turned the corner and there he was.  We both checked up momentarily, then he continued his run into to the woods and I kept to the road.  Somewhere at the bottom of the hill, I realized that my phone app hadn't called out the mile.  I first suspected that it was still on silent from the night before (Em's Top 20 Banquet.)  I looked and saw that somehow I had paused it almost immediately after I started.  I was not pleased.  I had never run that entire length of our lane before.  I turned it back on and kept on.

I try to run facing any oncoming traffic.  That way cars don't sneak up behind me on my side of the road.  At one point I heard a car behind me and could see one ahead of me.  I kept waiting for the one behind me to pass, but it didn't.  I looked back and it turned into a driveway.  But there was one just behind it.  It never passed either.  The oncoming car was still in front of me and I don't know what the guy behind was doing.  I ended up getting over into the ditch because it didn't look like the car in front of me wanted to drive too close.

About  then is when I picked up a satellite.  Something that buzzed started to orbit me.  I don't know if it was a bee or a deer fly, but I didn't want to be stung or bitten by either.  At times like that you understand the wisdom of breathe in through the nose.  I didn't want to consume the buzzing moon.  I figured it would have a harder time being inhaled than swallowed.

Today's run/walk was recorded as .8 mile shorter than Wednesday's, but it was exactly the same distance.  The map looks like I jumped over two houses.  But I just walked/ran while the app wasn't looking.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's definitely been a while since I've been here.  Em is graduating next week so this week is full.  Last night was class night.  She was received the trigonometry award, the Spanish II award, another one that I couldn't hear, and the overall math Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame award meant that when it was over (at 9 p.m.), she still had to stay for HoF pictures. . . and then pick up her cap and gown.  Neither of us had eaten before because she had to be there at 6 and by 9:30 she was starving.  I don't think we got home until 10.

Tomorrow is the Top 20 Banquet.  Em is #3, Class Historian.  I remember going with Andra 6 years ago.  It's always a competition among the students to see who can invite the favorite teacher before someone else takes him/her.  Em's teacher of choice just found out that he has a recognition ceremony for his own child that night and had to decline at the last minute.  She found a replacement in a hurry.

This will be a big year for Em.  Later this summer she is going to Romania on a mission trip. Then she'll be headed to Mississippi State.  Things are changing.

I'm trying to change a bit myself.  Instead of walking in the mornings, I'm trying to speed it up and run a bit, too.  I went 3 miles in 48:10.  The pace got progressively slower, which doesn't surprise me a bit. I started out at a 14:14/mile, the next was at 15:48 and the last was 16:17.  However, I was still moving when I got home, so I guess it's
 all good.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Time To Create

January is a tough month for me.  As a bookkeeper-type, January is one of my busiest times.  There is end-of-month as well as end-of-year stuff that just has to be done. Financial statements and contribution statements. And then there is the scariest part of all:  year-end payroll processing with W-2 forms and 1099 forms.  That impacts people in a big way.  It's got to be done correctly and in a way that the IRS will accept.  And all of these things have specific deadlines that have to be observed and fit in to the regular day-to-day schedule.  I always feel as if I run through January at top speed and just manage to cover all that needs to be covered.

The worst part of all that rushing is that I don't have time to sit down and learn something new.

Today, I think I've finally caught up to where I need to be. *Sigh*

And I'm going to learn something new!

I've downloaded Audacity and I'm going to learn how to create some customized song clips for our Children's Large Group Sunday School.

Creativity takes time.  There are ideas to hatch, processes to learn, visions to catch.

I think I'm ready ......... at last ........ it's time to create.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How Much Is Too Little

Over the years, I've received several gifts from church members.  Some were for Christmas and some were ... well ... just because.  Last month I received a book from a couple in our church.  The title is "Breakfast with Jesus" by Greg Laurie.  It is filled with short devotionals, each based on one or two verses from the gospels.  The chapters are short, designed to do just what the title suggests: get your day started with the Savior.

Today I read what Mr. Laurie had to say about Luke 9:16-17. It's the story of Jesus asking His disciples to feed over 5000 hungry people. So often we focus on the boy and his lunch with this story. This time the focus was on the disciples.  Luke's account doesn't mention the boy at all.  When His twelve asked Jesus to send the crowd away to eat, Jesus replied, "You give them something to eat." (v. 13)

Somewhere along the way, the guys had missed an important point.  They had seen Jesus give life back to a dead girl and give sight to a blind man.  They had even seen Him give good wine to a wedding party (so they knew that not all His miracles had to do with people and their health!)  Jesus had a history of being able to do exactly what needed to be done, and yet they didn't ask Him to do anything other than send the people away.

Then Jesus did what He is still doing:  He asked His guys to give Him "what they had, regardless of how little it seemed." (BwJ, pg.37) I've never looked at this story quite from that point of view before.  Jesus doesn't want something from me that I don't have.  He just wants what I do have... right now, on hand... and He'll make something miraculous from that.