Friday, January 30, 2009

60 Years

Our first guest arrived 45 minutes early. He seemed like one of those older gentlemen that you are not quite sure how much he is aware of everything and one that I would like to adopt as my grandpa. I’m always trying to adopt grandparents for myself. Maybe I’m deprived of grandparently affection.

We asked if his wife was coming, and he told us that she had passed away three months ago. Mike asked if he was ok. He said no. We asked him how long they had been married. He said 60 years.

He said he was just beginning to know her.

I thought that was beautiful.

We are complex creations, and even if we spend a lifetime getting to know someone, we are barely even scratching the surface of the intricacy of human nature.

A Necessary Reminder

It was 4:00 and time to head to Long Beach and we couldn't find the keys to the box truck (which has everything necessary for our program except for ourselves). We were digging through backpacks and searching hotel rooms. We even start looking into emergency locksmiths. We half joke about doing the program with just Jeff and his Bible.

Then we found it.

It was a good reminder that, oh yeah . . . we really aren't in control of all this.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2 down . . . 14 to go

Today while the rest of my team went off to meet with donors . . . I got to go do my own thing and work whenever I chose to :-) My day began with breakfast at the Pearsey's, then I worked in Starbucks while Reb was in class, and then it was off to explore a little of Old Town San Diego. We had Mexican food for lunch and enjoyed a couple of art galleries. I wish I had had much more time.

But then it was off to Vision Dinner number 2 in Escondido. I think tonight went much better than yesterday. And I actually got to sit and eat this time . . . and they made me a vegetarian dinner. Lucky me! I suppose I can't call that luck since I coordinate that kind of thing. But still . . .

When Camp People Dress Up

Today I felt like part of the mafia or something . . . being the only girl, all dressed up, and surrounded by older men in suits.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've Always Said I wanted to Travel for Work

I leave bright and early tomorrow morning. For three out of the next four weeks I will be traveling for what we call Vision Dinners. We basically put on a nice dinner for our donors and people who love the ministry to share updates and our vision for the future. I coordinate all the details with the venues, handle all registrations, and basically do all the silly detail work. It's been a challenge, but a good one. I've never done event planning . . . and I've never even been to a Vision Dinner, so this is definitely a learning experience for me. And I'm not coordinating just 1 dinner . . . but 16 all at the same time.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

Well off to Escondido, San Diego, Santa Ana, and Long Beach this week. Should be interesting.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone."
-Robert Allen

"A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown."
-Denis Waitley

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sea Breeze

we found each other starin' at the waves
we started talkin'
couldn't break away
made plans to meet tonight
down by the pier
when midnight strikes
i'm gonna hold that dream near

Sea Breeze - Tyrone Wells

Monday, January 12, 2009

My New Coffee

Colombia - "Las Mujeres" from Old Soul Co. in Sacramento
Roasted on January 8th.

Buttery-sweet mouthfeel; collided notes of papaya and ripe melons.

I am super excited to try this one . . . too bad it's too late for coffee. Maybe tomorrow.

The Answer

That Girl

Today I was unwillingly put into a role that I have never wanted to play. I always thought "that girl" was a choice.