Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I got up at 3:15 this morning to do a press check on our annual report for work. Harold (PowerSouth printer extraordinaire) picked me up in Montgomery at 4:45, and we were done printing around 10 or 10:30. I barely slept a wink last night afraid I'd miss the alarm clock, so I was actually awake when the first alarm sounded at 3:10 a.m. I'm a morning person, so I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the entire print run, but I really started feeling it on the way home around 1:00. Going to the printer at 5 a.m. might not sound like much fun, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Wish I could go more often. The process fascinates me. I can't wait to see the finished product, cut and bound. I'll link to it as soon as we get it on the company Web site.
One thing I did not thoroughly enjoy is the breakfast situation at 4:30 in the morning. A beloved, longtime friend let me down today. I expected a hot Egg McMuffin when I saw the 24-hour McDonald's drive-thru down the street from my hotel, but I was disappointed to learn that "24-hour" drive-thru does not necessarily mean food is available 24 hours a day. Apparently, it takes quite a while for a McDonald's computer system to switch from supper to breakfast, and I came at a bad time. So chocolate milk and peanut butter crackers (or, "squarecakes," as the Bailey side of my family calls them) held me over until about 8:30, when we made a Hardee's biscuit run. The diet coke was the best part, and Hardee's still holds no candle to McDonald's.
Sunday was our last Sunday at Northern Heights. These people are so nice, they make it hard for us to leave. Tomorrow night is our last Wednesday night with the youth. Gunter is packing up his office.
The low country boil was a lot of fun. Gunter did a great job on the food, as was evident in how much we ate.
I'm taking a photography class on Saturday, so hopefully, I'll learn something and maybe even have a photo or two to show off... If nothing else, the instructor has some good-looking stuff. He even took my bridal portraits. Here's his site: http://www.kennedyinternational.com/
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The lesson went okay. The girls were very attentive, but I think I attempted to pack too much into one lesson, instead of hitting on just a few practical points. Of course, I'm usually my own worst critic.
In the woods somewhere across town, the boys' sleepover was a great success. Gunter had a good crowd of boys and men to show up, and the night was complete with wrestling in the creek, fishing, chasing snakes and flour-bomb capture-the-flag.
So this week, we're planning a youth and parents' party at our house, a low-country boil, no less. Sort of like our last hoo-rah before we leave for Bethany B.C. We want them to know they're always welcome at our house, no matter where we're going to church. I really do want my home to be open and welcoming, but it takes some getting used to.
(Can't believe I'm ending this post on a preposition.)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
More good news is that it's close enough that I can keep my job and stay where we've been living for now because we like it and because it's only a 12-minute drive for me to work. Eventually, maybe we'll look into moving closer to Enterprise, so we can be more a part of the area.
In an interesting turn of events, the pastor of Bethany Baptist is none other than my favorite preacher, Tony Dye. At first, we wouldn't even consider going to Bethany because we didn't know if it would be a good idea to serve in the same church as Mom and Dad, but as a result of a patient search committee and lots of prayer and tears, we decided this was what God wanted us to do. Learning to serve together will be quite an experience, I'm sure.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Saturday was a perfect beach day! It was plenty warm with a cool, gentle breeze blowing. I spent most of the day reading under the beach umbrella, and we had lunch at Thomas Donuts. What could be better?
From the beach, we also saw dolphins, several schools of sting rays and a grand total of one seagull.
This photo was taken on deck of The Lady Anderson. We went on the dinner cruise and met some people from Vermont and Canada.
And now back to normal life, which is pretty fun, too, if you're not watching zombie people attack Will Smith.