Monday, December 31, 2007

End of year

Trying to unwind today from a year of a lot of stress.
Anna's taken Medical Leave in May, and will be looking for a new church next time around.
I have let it be known that I am willing to move to aid in the process of finding the best appointment situations for both Anna and I. This makes for some interesting days ahead, and some great adventures too.
This means that with some moving days done, we also have a houseful or two of "stuff"-kitchen stuff, linens, media (tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs) and especially furniture to try and sort through.
I think we have enough tea, coffee and cocoa to have one cup of one or the other for every meal, morning tea, afternoon tea and a cup before bed and still not use it all by the end of the year without bursting our bladders.
In many ways even though we were married with a household and a half, since Anna was coming straight from School to marriage, we were in two locations for much of our appointments since with a house in San Bernardino and one in Ontario. We both settled in and accumulated stuff to fill the spaces, house visiting family and friends, and maintain daily life with cooking, etc.
I have definitely taken it harder than Anna has with an increasing desire to scrap it all and start over from scratch. I have never had trouble accumulating and finding everything from kitchen stuff to furniture and linens from folks who were generous or willing to part with things cheaply, and so I think that definitely plays into the equation.
I have also had to start over with my computer. When it died in November I lost all of my sermon notes, planning for 2008, countless other links and data, let alone the stuff I backed up but do not have the right tools to open just yet with the new computer. This makes for some very frustrating days trying to scavenge emails and other backup locations to gather whatever I can of my "former life". This doesn't count the three screw ups the folks who I bought my computer from made in trying to get it ready for me. However, they were always kind, helpful and were patient with me as I lost my first hard drive and motherboard. They also did some care and maintenance for another computer or two just out the of the goodness of their hearts.
There is still some work yet to do at Del Rosa UMC, as we try to find chairpersons for committees that have been quiet for some time, and others where we went forward with nominations without a chair at Charge Conference, which was okay, but leaves a void I would like to have filled.

May you leave 2007 with work unfinished that you may move greatly into 2008 with momentum and drive.



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