Friday, May 01, 2009
Thankfully I am not posting that title as an SOS call. Just wanting to post some updates . . .
I'm not making any progress on weight/fitness to speak of. I've been going out running on Saturdays, but work & other things have been keeping me up too late on weeknights to get up in time for morning exercise. And my eating has been more maintenance mode than weight-loss mode. Gotta change that.
The issues at church were resolved last night in a good conversation with our pastor & an elder. It turned out that the problems were all rooted in the elder's mistakes, delays & forgetfulness, not in church policy. Apologies were offered & received, & we all understand each other better now. I'm thankful.
Our current step in controlling our finances is refinancing our home to get a good fixed interest rate. It's a big relief to have gotten the appraisal, which places our condo just where it needs to be, & a great interest rate of 4.875%. I'm not sure yet when closing will be, but all the basic work is done.
My husband sent out a work proposal yesterday for the kind of project he enjoys! We're not holding our breath, but it is good for him to have a bid out there.
My poetry reading on April 26 went pretty well--the best part about it was the chance to reconnect with several old friends who came out to hear us. I have sent in my application for a week at the writing workshop I enjoyed last summer; admission isn't competitive, so I'm sure I'm in. It will require me to do some focused work to get ready in the coming weeks, since I hope to be in a poetry MANUSCRIPT (book) class with a poet I greatly admire. I have a pretty substantial series of poems about Colombia that I hope to get published as a book.
The first case of H1N1 flu in Illinois was in an elementary school just a few blocks from my home! We're taking extra care with cleanliness these days; I even wear a respirator mask on public transportation. It's mainly for my husband's peace of mind. It's amusing to see that people are generally avoiding sitting by me when I wear it, as if the mask marked me as an actual flu patient! Fortunately I'm feeling just fine.