Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Singing & Retreat

Remember a few weeks ago I posted about a quandry about whether to rejoin the worship ministry and sing on the praise team? I had lunch last week with our worship minister and decided that yes, this is something that I need to be doing right now. I guess I was a bit aprehensive because I don't think my voice is that good. I have never sung in choir or had any confidence in my untrained voice. I can read music (because I played the piano a little growing up and was in orchestra), but if you play a note on the piano, I'd never be able to tell you what note you played. I can hear if something doesn't fit or is "wrong" but I have a hard time sometimes hearing how what is written is "right." But, I get a lot of compliments on my voice and was specifically targeted to rejoin the praise team - and after visiting a rehearsal and realizing how much I do miss singing regularly, I said yes. This Wednesday will be my first regular rehearsal and I'm excited.

On another note, this weekend is our ladies' retreat. I was asked to be one of 10 women from within our congregation that are sharing at the retreat. The theme of the retreat is "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Faith" - basically that we each have a faith story to tell of how others have impacted us, how things in our lives have shaped our faith and how we in turn have impacted others. And I found out today that I will be FIRST on the agenda to speak on Friday night. While this is somewhat comforting in that I will be able to fully enjoy the rest of the weekend without writhing in anticipation, it makes me somewhat nervous to be the first! The talk is written and I've read through it enough that I'm fairly confident I can make it through. But, I'm starting to get nervous now. So, any prayers that you would offer up this week would be greatly appreciated. And I'll post the text of my talk at the end of the weekend.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

RAIN!!!

Sometime in the night, it started raining here......and it is still raining!!! I awoke to the gentle sound of a steadily falling rain. The soaking kind. Which is so much what we need right now. I only hope it really helps.

I've got virtually no plans for today. I just woke up (after 12 hours of sleep) and am planning to lounge and watch movies and read for most of the day. Then tonight, I'm headed to Studio Movie Grill to eat and see Glory Road in celebration of a friend's birthday. Like my friend Allyson mentioned in her comment of yesterday - three movies, three nights in a row makes it sound like I have no life! This is more movies than I've seen in a really long time. But it's fun. I miss going to the movies.

I really like the quote in the box on my sidebar today -- I'm gonna post it here also for posterity: If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn

Happy Saturday blogfriends!!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday Rambling

I saw End of the Spear last night. It is amazing. I would highly recommend it.

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One of my coworkers brought some dominoes up to the office. Over the past couple of weeks during our lunch hour, I've been learning to play 42. My parents tried to teach me and my sister on our vacation a couple of years ago, but it just didn't stick. While it is a lot like spades, the bidding is different and I just couldn't get my mind around it. But, now, after playing almost every day for several weeks, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. It definitely provides a better diversion during lunch than reading the newspaper and has been a lot of fun.

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I finally saw Walk the Line today. I've been wanting to see it since it came out, but it just was never convenient. We tried to see it over Christmas in Tennessee, but it had already left the theater in my grandma's town. So, I saw a late matinee today (since I've been working so much, I took off a little early today). I really loved it. Great movie. I'm learning to love the music of Johnny Cash.

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I have a little bit of work to do this weekend, but not much. Thankfully, things are almost back to normal.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A Neighbor

I wrote the following shortly after moving to the big city about 6.5 years ago. Things are getting better at work, but are still crazy and probably will be until the audit starts and my new accountant gets started. So, for now, this is what you get.

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This evening I met one of my neighbors - his name was Bruce. How, you ask, did I meet him? Well, he answered my call for help.

"Help?!" you ask.

Yes, help. You see, I was locked out of my apartment - and I was on my balcony.

Yes, you read right, I was stranded on my balcony - on the second floor.

Both my key lock and deadbolt were secured on my front door and the security bar was down on my sliding glass balcony door.

STOP LAUGHING.

It really wasn't funny. Okay, maybe it became funny. But only after I realized that I wouldn't be yelling fruitlessly all night long.

Let me begin at the beginning.

I returned home about 5 pm from my weekend excursion to Abilene. As is my custom, after unloading my car, I locked the regular key lock and the deadbolt lock on my front door. Then I went about the business of unpacking, relaxing, etc. One of my purchases this last weekend was a tarp to protect my bicycle (which is parked on my balcony). I went out about 7:15 pm this evening to cover my bicycle. Little did I realize that my security bar would fall shut behind me after I closed the door.

So here I am, alone, barefoot, locked out of my apartment on my balcony.

What to do, I ask myself. After a moment of sheer panic, I yelled a bit.

Of course, in Dallas, no one answers to a yell for help. At least, people inside their apartments don't. After several yells - I admit they weren't ear-piercing - I was beginning to be in a total panic. Then I prayed - please God send someone to help me. That is when I saw a white Ford Explorer pulling into the parking lot that is at the west end of my building. I yelled and waved and a really nice guy came over. I explained my situation to Bruce and he went to his apartment and got his telephone. He then phoned the 24 hour on-call maintenance people. Then he went back to his apartment.

Bruce returned about 10 minutes later to check on me, but there had been no response from the maintenance people or the security patrol. After my assurances that I was okay, he returned to his apartment. Finally, one of the security guards showed up below my balcony and told me that the maintenance guy was on his way. He would have to kick in my door to get it open. The security guy asked me if both locks were locked, and when I told them they were, he left to get a key to unlock my door. Bruce returned again to check on me at this point, and seeing no one, assumed that there had been no response yet. I told him that there had been, gave him an update, and thanked him kindly for his help.

Of course, getting a key to unlock my door solved only half the problem. Remember, the deadbolt was locked too!

So, the maintenance guy finally shows up (he really didn't have to kick in my door), and he pried the door open with a crowbar and a hammer and replaced my deadbolt. All in all, it only took about an hour to get me back inside (the security guy said another lady was stuck for about 4 hours - in the middle of the night!) and the only damage is a cracked door jamb which the maintenance people will be back to fix tomorrow. Of course, from now on I will be much more careful when I go out onto my balcony. But hey, at least I found a creative way to meet one of my neighbors!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Weekend

Well, it has been a good, restful, yet rather productive weekend.

Friday night I came home from work - and worked some more, reviewing accounts payable vouchers. It's a pretty easy task - one that can be done while watching TV. Great feeling to check that off the list. Plus I made a pot of chicken noodle soup.

Saturday - for the first time in quite a while - I slept until I woke up, which was almost 11:00! It felt so good to wake up and be ready to face the day, rather than having to drag myself out of bed. I did some laundry, worked for a couple of hours, straightened a bit around the house, then went to my friend Kelly's house. She periodically invites people over for "soup and singing" - it was so much fun! We ate soup (my chicken noodle and her tortilla) - thankfully the weather cooperated and it was cool enough to want to eat soup! Then we sang for a couple of hours - the old songs that we don't sing so much any more.

Today it was RAINING!!!!! We haven't had rain in soooo long and it was soooo needed. We really need it to rain for a couple of weeks straight - which isn't going to happen - but the rain today was wonderful. After church I ran a couple of errands, then came home and ate lunch, read the paper and TOOK A NAP! I haven't had a Sunday nap in more weeks than I can remember. Got up about 5:30, worked on clearing off my desk - working on finances, shredding documents from 1999, moving all my 2005 records to the filing cabinet and generally getting myself reorganized. It feels so good to feel like I have a handle on my life again!

Work is still going to be busy and slightly crazy for the next few weeks, but I finally finished that icky project this weekend. We hired a girl on Friday to work for me and she starts on Feb 13. I'm looking forward to learning how to be a manager. I feel like I've worked for some pretty good ones, so I have good experiences to model, but I'm also a perfectionist, I'm gonna have to work on not letting that get in the way! Please say a prayer for me if you think about it! My new staff accountant is a Christian (no, I didn't ask her that -- she came into the interview talking boldly about her faith and how blessed she felt to be there!), so hopefully that will pave a somewhat easier road in our relationship by having a common foundation.

Anyway - I'm enjoying a low-key end to my weekend - hope you all had a good weekend too!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Work, work, work (revisited)

Well, I'm starting to get dug out from under the piles of year-end projects. Should hopefully get enough done tomorrow that I won't have to work {much} this weekend. My friends tease me because most of the year my work schedule is pretty light and very routine. This crazy year-end-close / audit time certainly makes up for it - I've probably worked at least 60-70 hours a week for the past couple of weeks.

I finished up my talk for our ladies' retreat coming up the first weekend of Feb. I may tweak it a bit here and there as I read it and practice over the next few weeks. I'll probably post it here, but since several of my church friends read this blog, I'll wait until after the retreat.

Well, I'm done working for the night -- off to bed!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Finished!

Yes, it is very late (after midnight) and yes, I am finally on my way to bed. After working on this yucky project for about 5 hours Friday night, about 5 hours Saturday evening, and about 9 hours today, it is finally complete! Spreadsheet balanced, entries posted, DONE.

Now, this was just 3 of the 7 months worth of data that needs to be analyzed and posted. BUT, this was the recreation of the analysis spreadsheet part of the project, so the other 4 months will go much, much quicker.

Off to bed for a little sleep before another busy week.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Work, work, work

Well, after a busy, busy week, it's now a busy weekend. I'm so looking forward to a weekend (hopefully soon?!?) where I can sleep in and just do nothing - or at least whatever I want to do rather than what I need to do for work.

Last night was our monthly Craft & Hobby night at church -- usually I pack up all my stuff and go be creative. Last night I packed up my laptop and papers from work and sat and worked until about midnight. I would have worked all evening anyway, so it was nice to be able to hang out with good friends and pass the time a little easier.

This morning I am up to go donate platelets at the annual donation marathon. Then back to sit and work the rest of the day. Yech. But, it needs to get done. And it will get done. And things will get better - and it will be soon. Thankfully.

Another item for the agenda this weekend is firming up my 'talk' for our ladies' retreat. The cochairs have asked several ladies from the church to speak - the theme this year is "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Faith" so it really is about sharing our faith story. I've got 15 minutes and need to get a script finalized by Wed. So, any thoughts or prayers you could send my way would be appreciated. This is the first time I've done anything like this, so I'm kinda nervous.

Gotta run -- happy weekend blog-friends!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Dilemma

So, I got an email from our worship minister Bret today......asking if I might be interested in joining the worship team.

A few years ago, when Murray was still our worship minister, I did sing. And I loved it.....for a while. Then I got burned out - a lot because I was in charge of a million things at the same time - and haven't sung on a mic for the past couple of years.

So, I'm wondering if I want to sing again. I kinda want to. I kinda don't. Not asking you to make the decision for me - just putting out there what I'm pondering today.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Saturday

Yes, I am feeling better - thank you all so much for asking. No, I'm still not back to 100%, but definitely much much better than earlier in the week.

Work is really ramping up right now -- trying to get all the little (and big) projects done and loose ends tied up to close 2005. A pretty normal day for me is 8:00-4:30. Because of one really big project (that yes, I procrastinated somewhat) I'm planning to work 7:00-6:00 every day until everything is done. Probably will be the whole month. I also need to train myself to not get distracted with email (and blogs!). I'm so ready to get this project done, that I brought it home this weekend and am about to plop myself on my couch, turn on the DVD player and work all day. Yuck - but I will feel sooooo much better when I can check it off my list.

On another note, I had dinner with my good friend Martha last night - after touring her new house! It is such a cute house, in a nice little neighborhood that I'd love to live in. BUT, it is really far out of my price range. She's doing some remodeling before she moves in, so it is rather chaotic, but I know it will turn out great! Which has got me thinking (again) about becoming a home owner. I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to do it -- it is the best financial decision and I know I'll be happy I did, once it is done. But, it will still be a few months before I can really focus on that.

So, now - off to the couch to work!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Quiet

I'm busy fighting off sickness, while trying to work more than usual to get all the year-end projects done. So, please forgive if things are quieter than usual in this corner of blogworld for a few days....

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Definitely my momma's daughter

I am my momma's daughter -- I've proven to myself again today that I can't sit still and watch TV or a movie. Must be doing something else at the same time....folding laundry, skimming magazines.....

But being my momma's daughter isn't really such a bad thing. She's a pretty good momma.... :-)

All cleaned up

Well, Christmas 2005 is finally all cleaned up and packed back away for another year. Finally. I love decorating for the holiday, but I hate the actually getting it all out and putting it all away. But, now it's done.

I need to finish putting the normal things back in their place, but for the most part that is done also.

Now, what to do for the rest of my little vacation??