Thursday, April 21, 2011
Just in case you haven't heard from my other blog posts, message board posts, or status updates, today is my 4th Sparkiversary! Somehow this year it seems particularly significant.
Maybe that's because it's been a particularly rough year and I managed to survive it. Thank you Lord for being faithful even when I've stumbled along trying to do things my way.
Maybe it's because I've realized more than ever that the Spark plan works and that the community is the bestest.
Maybe it's because I have the week off and needed something to celebrate to keep from getting bored!
Anyway, thanks Spark friends for being here and for celebrating with me today! Here on SP, I sent goodies to some of my Class Team members, am in the process of earning 100 points to meet the One Day Challenge, hung some new wallpaper on my Spark page and updated my bio. Onward to year 5!
In real life (whatever that is!) I had lunch with a friend at the Chinese buffet here in town - and behaved myself admirably, thank you very much. This afternoon I washed Louise (my car) because she really needed it, was covered with spring pollen, and I'm taking some friends to church tomorrow and didn't want to be embarassed. Then this evening, I went for a nice, long Nordic walk in the woods near my home. Yep, it's spring and I'm glad!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A new friend of mine (thanks, Sabrina) who I met at the conference in Prague took these pictures in the Metro. Thought you might enjoy seeing them: They must have struck me as being funny because I'm working on a course in Intercultural Communication. You know the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Somehow, the people who put up these signs must have been thinking - "a picture AND a thousand words (in Czech) is even better."
Yep...and summer's coming!
Oh! I see a word with "respekt" in it. I know that word!
On the train here in Germany, I know I've had the same expression as the girl in the pic. Often. Too often.
This one could have been referring to me with my big suitcase, backpack and handbag. At least I didn't have the guitar with me this trip.
Tomorrow's my 4th Sparkiversary. I'm home all week, so will be updating my page and stuff in honor of the day, maybe take a nice long hike somewhere after (healthy) lunch with a friend. Now where was that Spark article about how to manage at buffets!?
By the way, my black eyes healed up just fine. One was gone within a day or two. By Friday when the picture-taking started getting into full swing at the conference, it was just a shadow. The mark where the cyst was removed is still healing, but my glasses pretty much covered it in the photos.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Yes, I'm going to Prague for a missions conference, leaving Thursday and returning on Sunday. I've been there once before - a beautiful city! My last trip was just after the iron curtain came down and there were lots of renovations going on. I imagine it will be even busier and more beautiful than it was back then. We won't have a lot of time between meetings and services, but it looks like our hotel is downtown and close to the sites. Certainly there'll be time to stroll the bridge and visit the city square. And I'm looking forward to good times of worship and fellowship at the conference itself.
I'll be taking the train directly from the town where I live and connecting to an express bus from Nuremberg. The price of the trip is about 1/4 of what it would cost to fly. It ends up being about the same amount of travel time, too, because I don't have to get to the airport which is an hour away. Still I expect the 4-hour bus trip from Nuremberg to be an adventure. I haven't been a big fan of bus travel since my days touring around with the opera when I first came to Germany 26 years ago.
The man who sold me my ticket suggested I think of it this way - I'm being paid 50 euros (about $65) an hour for sitting on the bus instead of the plane!
On the weight loss front - I haven't. I seem to start out the week pretty well, but my all-day Thursday course day seems to throw me off. I'll miss this week's class and the last week of the course is the 14th, so I won't have that excuse any more :)
There's an emotional reason behind the not-so-mindful eating, too. Mom's 84th birthday would have been this coming Monday. She was really into celebrating birthdays and holidays, so it's hard to have them go by without her. However, I got inspired this morning by another Sparker, KARLYNCANDOIT. She just recently lost her husband and decided to plant a garden in his honor. Here's a link to her blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
So I thought I would spruce up my balcony with a few blooms in honor of Mom who loved flowers and gardening. Petunias were a favorite of hers, but it's a little too early for them. Will see what I can find at the market today. It's going to be warm and sunny again tomorrow so that will be a fun way to spend some time tomorrow afternoon before my LSD run.
P.S. Actually, most of my runs are LSD, especially the "S" part!
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