Archive for November, 2006

This n That

November 29, 2006

I have about a bazillion things to share with you, none of which you’re likely going to care much about – but some of it is good gossip nonetheless.

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An issue on my plate

November 14, 2006

There’s a fine line between having a close group of friends and a clique.  When you work with many (say, 35 or so) people, there will inevitably be groups of friendships that begin to form as people begin to learn about each other and find commonalitites.  This is completely healthy, normal and expected, especially in a church.

But when a close group of 6-8 friends start closing their circle off to others, walls are created and gossip tends to begin.

This is what I’m dealing with right now inside my own ministry area of the church.  The children’s ministry department is so big, so strong, and so healthy right now – except for one open wound that exists among a very opinionated group of girls.  It’s hurting me inside, and I wonder if it’s hurting because a group of people are missing out on so much by not being open to ways and suggestions of others, or because I’m among the “out” crowd.

I did catch myself feeling as though I’m trying to be “popular” again – and then I appropriately shunned myself and prayed and remembered that my job is to empower and support the team.   I have absolutely no desire to paint a picture of myself that is ridden with gossip or malice.

It’s hard to sit back while gossip lingers.  I believe that God is testing my ability to be a Christian leader.  I catch myself stooping to their level as I’ve voiced my concern to everybody that’s close to me, and then here on this blog.  But, I’m going to take this lesson in stride and do what I think is right – which is to “kill them with kindness.”  I’m going to quit thinking about it and just do my job.  I’ll quit talking about it and focus instead on the good in the ministry, which is the 30 or so other friends within the ministry at this point.

I just wish it was as easy done as said, sometimes.

Thursday Thirteen

November 10, 2006

One of the reasons that I moved this blog from the old one is so that I would have more anonymity and would feel more free to post more HONEST posts.  Today is brought to you by my bad mood, and thus you get 13 things that are really annoying me RIGHT NOW:

  1. Potty training a toddler with a migraine.
  2. Feeding a toddler lunch and then convincing her to sleep for naptime with a migraine.
  3. Becoming dehydrated due to excessive pain-induced crying and a bit of vomiting due to a migraine.
  4. Being responsible for 2 jobs (both might as well be Full Time) and a toddler while dealing with a migraine.
  5. Complaining about having a migraine.
  6. Reading all the wonderful posts about how wonderful you all are since you have voted – and here I am in loser-ville because I forgot to register to vote when we moved out here (I thought I was registered when I got my new license… but apparently not!).
  7. Being very opinionated about politics and not voting is extremely annoying.
  8. 20 four-year-olds who are ALREADY sick of the one Christmas song they are going to perform on December 8th.
  9. The determination to get those 20 four-year-olds to suck it up and practice the song anyway is even annoying.
  10. Having a messy office.
  11. Not having enough organizing tools (paper shelves, little drawer units, file stackers) to organize the office is annoying.
  12.  Saturday morning meetings (the one this Saturday starts at 8am.  Saturday is my ONLY day to sleep in!)
  13. Family members who act like they don’t care are annoying too (I wonder if my mom ever found my blog?  Hi mom!)

A letter

November 7, 2006

Dear Huggies,

I’m writing this letter to regretfully resign my position as the consistent diaper-buyer for Julia. I know that this will probably hurt your company, but it will help us financially. Julia no longer needs you as much – but don’t worry. We are not cutting all ties immdiately. Your product will still help us out at night and during rotavirus and flu season when fluids flow from the booty uncontrollably. You can look forward to supporting us at those times.

If you can get over the huge financial burden I am placing on you at this time, perhaps you can find it in your heart to congratulate Julia personally. She has done very well since my husband and I have told her that she’s going to be done with you. I have learned that the art of potty training is not only waiting until the toddler is ready – but also seeing to it that the parents are ready as well. My husband and I are on board – and Julia has not needed you during daylight hours since early Friday morning. (It is now Sunday evening and I realize we’ve probably ALREADY saved a few dollars there!)

Thank you for being such a great support for us while Julia was still a baby. Please remember that we are trying for another child – and we would like to use your product again. Until that time … GOOD RIDDANCE!

Sincerely,

A fabulous weekend

November 2, 2006

I guess it’s about time that I tell you all about our weekend trip to St. Louis! We left on Friday afternoon – about 2ish and arrived in St. Louis around 6pm, just an hour before the big game started. (Sidenote: Rich definitely knew his way there, as he was dispatched out to work in St. Louis the Weds before … so he had just driven out there on Weds, came back home on Thursday, and then we drove out together on Friday … it’s not a bad stretch of highway, but not exactly a fun four hour trip, either!) We were sans Julia and had every intention of living it up for the weekend as this was our vacation away from home.

We checked into our hotel. (Whoo-lah-lah) … the same hotel chain that we stayed in for our 5 year anniversary … only this time it was guaranteed to be much better since we were not sicker than dogs this time ’round. It was like an anniversary re-do – and without the kiddo this time! After we checked in, we went walkin around town to find some good grubs.

We found this nice little brewery called the Morgan Street Brewery.

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The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was amazing as Cardinals fans started piling in to watch the game. We took off right after the National Anthem, thinking we’d walk the streets a little more and find some other fun places to go. We snickered at the waiter who commented, “Leaving? Right when the game is starting? That’s just not right!” …little did we know..We walked around a bit and didn’t find much else to do so we headed back to the hotel and made our way to the lobby with a bottle of wine. After a few minutes, we started talking about how great the little bar was and how fun it probably is there – with all those Cardinal’s fans. … So, we went back. We stayed for the whole game and it was a blast!

We made our way back to the hotel and passed out… happy to sleep without a baby (sorry, Julia) and excited about the prospects of sleeping in with no place to go in a hurry the next morning.

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Rich was so great when planning this trip – he had tickets to go to the top of the St. Louis arch at 10:30 on Saturday morning. That gave us enough time to lollygag around in the morning and eat our “free” (included in the price) hotel breakfast, with cook-to-order omelets, pancakes, sausage, bacon, you get the idea. We walked to the arch – and the walk itself was worth the trip to St. Louis.img_3054.JPGarch.jpg

If you haven’t been to the top of the arch, you might be surprised (like I was!) to find out that you travel to the top in little 5-person capsules that are attached to each other like a train. It’s kind of a spooky ride, but well worth the trip. The little doors to the tiny capsules are intimidating – and we’re very thankful that both times (the way up and the way down) we only had four people… because, although there are five seats in a capsule, there’s hardly enough room for four and a half people. We had another person in the capsule with us take a picture of us while we were sitting in it – but you can’t tell how squished we are in the picture.

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We took many pictures while at the top of the arch. I didn’t want to come back down. It was stunning. It was gorgeous. I want to go back at night, sometime. I recommend that everybody get a chance to go to the top of the arch in St. Louis – It’s incredible architecture and a really enjoyable experience. Did I mention that I loved the top of the arch? Cuz I did!

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After the arch experience, we started walking towards the City Museum – a place we were told to go to by some good people from church. On the way there, we found Kitchen K – a great little place to stop and have lunch. The service was a little slow but the Cardinal-Enthusiasm of the server we had was fun to poke fun at. Plus, they gave us really great directions to the City Museum.

Now – the City Museum was another absolutely fabulous experience. Take a moment to poke around the website and have a peek. Not right now – do it later … you’re reading MY blog – pay attention here. 🙂 Now, the City Museum might be part of the reason it’s taken me this long to blog about our weekend. There are so many things to say about it and so much to type and try to describe that it’s overwhelming. I could never do the place justice by typing an post on this blog. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN THERE.

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It’s a really great place where grown-ups can be kids. I faced a fear of heights there that I didn’t even know I had. The outdoor playground was – seriously at a loss for words here other than SO VERY COOL! Rich was so patient and sweet – encouraging me up and through and around and under these huge metal structures that ultimately lead to something so very awesome like an old airplane or fire engine or a huge scary-even-for-adults slides. And on the inside of this building were these caves where you can roam around for hours and explore and find slides and places to crawl or climb. It was so bleeping COOL!

OK so after I just about dropped dead of exhaustion at the City Museum, we headed over to Busch Stadium so that we can say we were there and to check out the souvenirs. It was so uber crowded with people wearing red… but a great experience nonetheless. So, then we went to this silly little wax museum that is hardly worth a mention here (if you want pictures of a wax Snow White that’s missing fingers and covered in dust, e-mail me and I’ll send em to ya … yeah, it was that bad – but comical!)

After that, we headed back to the hotel to enjoy free drinks (um, HELLO! nobody ever told me that Amoretto and Sprite was so very delicious! and that Margaritas are so very toxic)! It was totally fun. Then, we did something very naughty … we took a dip in the hotel hot tub (get your mind out of the gutter! alcohol plus hot tub = naughty … not what you’re thinking!) We went back to the room and passed out to a very heavy slumber and awoke the next morning to another scrumptious breakfast.

Sunday we checked out of the hotel after our free scrumptious breakfast (oh yeah, I already said that – just rubbing it in there) and decided to head out to Union Station for ..what we thought was going to be.. some more sight-seeing. Turns out that Union Station is just a big mall. We were kind of disappointed, but then we realized we needed to get gifts for the awesome peeps we left at home (namely, the babysitters – LOL) and that was definitely a great place to do that.

We then ate at the Hard Rock Cafe – where we had mediocre food and crappy service. But, hey – we got another souvenir for SIL there, so it wasn’t all bad… and we can say we ate there. 🙂 After lunch, we decided to head home. Good thing, too, because that’s when we learned of the big Cardinals Parade that was going to start in about an hour from then. Yeah – had we waited any longer, I don’t think we ever would have got back on the highway before Monday due to traffic.

So – that was our fabulous, wonderful weekend. We got home right when we predicted we would and I was so uber excited to see Julia. Know what she did when we got to grandma’s house to pick her up? She took one luck at us, then headed back down the stairs for more Elmo. She didn’t give a crap that we were there! LOL – I had to chase her down for a hug.

I’m sad that the trip had to end – but it’s one of those things that you know can never last … it was just THAT good. (And, yes, we missed Julia.)

Sidenote: So get this … Rich had to drive to St. Louis on Weds for work. He drove home from St. Louis on Thursday. He drove back out to St. Louis with me on Friday and he drove home from St. Louis with me on Sunday. On Monday, he got dispatched back OUT to St. Louis AGAIN! The poor guy. He had to stay overnight and was halfway home on Tuesday when they called him and told him to go back a.g.a.i.n. Well, he got home at around 9pm… and I refuse to let them take him again.

Thanks for reading my long story about my fabulous weekend!