Playing a bit of catch up today...
- It is just completely wrong to have a stomach virus when you're visiting, but so far Hanna and I have both had it. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Thankfully it's a rather short one, but it still threw me for a loop.
- I think what's really annoying me about the virus is that it's kept me from working out for the past two days. I gave myself about a week to recover from the vertigo from the train and picked up the 30 Day Shred DVD last week. I'm not usually a huge fan of exercise DVD's, but this one is really working me out and keeping me engaged. I'm planning to use it daily for as long as I'm here, and will probably work it into my walking and gym schedule when I get home.
- I'm a little obsessed with Picnik right now. I'm hoping to have at least my train trip photos edited and printed before I leave for home in a few weeks, and my parents don't have my usual editing software (any version of Photoshop I can get my hands on). I'm finding it so easy to use that I might just stick with it. The only action I'm really missing is my favorite (Define and Sharpen), but I have a feeling if I work with it a little longer I can figure out a way to replace it.
- Why am I so obsessed with the idea of getting my pictures ready to go? I siged up for Kelley Purkey's Sketchbook 2 class starting August 2nd. I'm finding that I really like working with sketches, and I've already got a list of 20 layouts I want to from our trip so far...not to mention all of the other photos I've got at home. It's also giving me something to look forward to when I head back to Florida.
- This week is about to get extra busy - we're throwing a shower for my soon-to-be sister in law, Sarah, this weekend and there is so much I need to get done here at Mom and Dad's before then. I've also sort of become the wedding planner, and I'm realizing it's much more work planning someone else's wedding than your own! It does make me thankful, though, for all of those obsessive traits I have - the lists, the details, the ability to see to the nth degree.
- I've been up a bit at night pondering some church-type things, and am planning on starting a new course of serious study when the kids get back to school in August. I'm really feeling like my learning and growth has been at a stand-still for so long...something has to change. Actually, I'm feeling like there are a lot of changes that need to be made when we get home, and I'm hoping to sort them out a bit more over these last two weeks of our visit.
- Husband dear is Journeying again, this time with 6 high school seniors and a friend who happens to be a rather incredible worship leader. In over 15 years of youth ministry, I truly believe this is the most important trip/event type thing he has ever done. It is intense, one on one discipleship, and the lives of these young people will be changed in ways they can't even begin to imagine during one of the greatest times of transition they will ever know. Here is Tom's post about Why Journey?, to understand a bit better why he does this crazy trip. As always, I am so proud of him and his grasp of God's call on his life.