We come early but already the church is pretty full. Too full for our group of 8 to sit together. The girls and their guest sit in the middle of a row in the middle of the church. My parents and I are two rows ahead of them, next to the pastor and his wife. My sister and her husband are several rows ahead and to the right. Continue reading “A Christmas Eve moment”
Time zones and daylight savings, then Thanksgiving and the official start to Christmas shopping season. Seasonal decor to render things festive.
Leaf raking and the introduction of a sharp back pain that is all new. Oh Lord, have mercy.
And then the return to my early hours commute. The early rise not as much of a shock as I expect, though the drive feels longer today (heated seats a blessing for my still-sore back).
But the rain won’t come for hours and the temps will be above freezing then, and a lack of ice and snow is a bonus and a boon.
Fluorescent lighting in the office is sharp and stinging – especially juxtaposed against the dark of the morning – but the office is quiet and calm in these early hours, and my eyes have time to adjust to the unfamiliar brightness.
Things to do, a blessing for me and a way to bless my clients – even those that irk.
It’s official: I’m back.
It’s now – IRL – weeks after my return. The first few days I wake up unsure of where I am, where I’m supposed to be, what time I have to leave my bag outside or meet my tour. Continue reading “Missing”
… is really not so bad, all things considered. 🇺🇸
And though I’ve seen all 50 States, I’m only 21 countries in…
And even here in the US, I’ve only been to 18 of 59 National Parks.
I have a long way yet to go!
I wake early but fully rested, and – oh thank you Lord – the headache is finally gone. In fact, I feel better in every category. Continue reading “Day 2: Rockland to Bar Harbor”
Technically I’ve been to all 50 states, but my visit to Maine, fuzzy at best in my memory because I was a child at the time, was a bit more “technical” than the rest.
So here I am, making this visit more official. Continue reading “Maine Day 1: Portland to Rockland”
I took a couple of days off last week, because two of my very best friends came down for the first time in a little over a year. And it was wonderful to have them here. I just wish they could have stayed a bit longer (and hopefully we can schedule some time again soon)!
(Incidentally their visit came just a few days after I was able to have a brief lunch-in-transit with my best friend from college, so it really was like a reunion week.)
Anyway, they arrived Wednesday evening. We chillaxed and watched a movie and had popcorn and sipped a smidge of wine for the first night.
I am already on the road when it occurs to me that it’s much darker this morning. No soft rise of color, no pale sliver of moon. Darkness, seemingly out of place at this time of year.
The distant cloud backlit by lightning is a clue, but at the moment I only think of the beauty, not the warning. Continue reading “Not Fun”
I am looking forward… Continue reading “Looking forward”
I recently added Greek to my Duolingo learning modules.