Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Taken the other day at the market in downtown Stuttgart. Many have an array of berries, but I like how this particular fruit-seller gets creative. Bought some raspberries - yum!
In other news, my dad (86) was in and out of the hospital over the weekend. He called 911 on himself because of an attack of vertigo. We're thankful that it wasn't a stroke, but they still haven't found out what is causing the vertigo. He's actually had some balance and dizziness issues on and off for quite a while. He's now on Plavix and has an appointment with his cardiologist.
This whole event, of course, raises the question of his living alone and what steps need to be taken when he is no longer able to drive or otherwise care for himself. Bringing up these subjects always seems to end either in an argument or some vague promise on his part to take action, so I've pretty much stopped trying to address these issues. Prayers needed for wisdom.
Here in Germany, we're having a little heat wave which I am thoroughly enjoying after all the cool, rainy weather we've had so ar this summer. The heat is nothing like what the US experienced earlier this month, and it's supposed to cool off again over the weekend so I'm enjoying it while I can. Celebrating with a daily fruit smoothie!
I finished and turned in the work for both of my July compact courses and have already got one term paper grade back: yay, an A-minus! Now I have to figure out what to do for my final project and begin studying for the exams that loom on the November horizon.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
I'm finishing up the second of three term papers to send off this evening. The other is due next Saturday, but since it's a rework of the present one, I don't expect it to be so time-consuming. After the coursework is turned in, I need to get my final project going, then exams in November and I'm done.
I've been getting kind of nostalgic about finishing my studies. I've been working on this degree, walking up and down the hill to that school for almost 9 years!
Walking up and down that hill to work in the library - that's been most of my cardio the past week. No running, no gym. Still, I lost another pound, making it five since the Summer 5% Challenge started. It helps that I'm usually carrying a ton of books on those walks and that there are fewer distractions (the kitchen, for example!) in the library and that I planned my food ahead for the most part, including plenty of snacks.
Three more pounds to go in five weeks. I can do that. Then I'll be just one kilo away from goal range and 3 kilos from goal.
I think October 3 would be a nice goal date: It was in 2008 that I first got down to goal with the help of SP and y'all. And it's the German national holiday.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
...but I lost three pounds this past week. That means I have just 5 more pound to lose in the remaining 7 weeks of the 5% summer challenge.
How did I do it, you may ask? Tracking, exercising, accountability...you know, the "usual" Spark program. It works! But don't get too excited because these are the same three pounds that I gained during my two summer intensive courses with the birthday celebration (ice cream!) in the middle. So now I have to get down to business and lose the pounds that have been firmly entrenched for, well, for almost 2 YEARS.
This won't be easy because I have to write three term papers in the next two weeks, and when I'm hard at work studying, there's always the urge to snack. Maybe I'll skip meals and just snack on healthy things!!!
One paper is almost finished - it's a personal philosophy of teaching. Actually, it never will be "finished" because new ideas and experiences continue to influence my thoughts on a daily basis. I have five pages and they just need to be fine-tuned. The other two papers for the two different profs are basically the same assignment but I'll need to put the second one in a different format. I'm designing a preparation course for short-term missionaries. In a sense, another project that won't ever be finished...till Jesus returns!
I wanted to take a nap on this fine Sunday afternoon, and then go for a run. However, the annual festival parade is going on in our little town right now, and, although I'm not particularly close to the parade route, the sound of the marching bands may keep me awake. The valley we live in functions like an echo chamber! We're a small town, though, so the parade won't last long...nap ahoy!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I just finished course #2. Yes, I decided to take it and it was definitely the right decision. Thank you for the prayer support. I know God is always speaking to us - but we need help with the hearing sometimes!
It was a course on the Principles of Teaching but it was far more than just a foundations course. The class was small, the instructor not just an expert and experienced, but amazingly transparent and accessible. I learned so much about teaching and learning. I know it will really impact my work and ministry - still so much to process after a week of intensive study. And I still have to write my final projects for BOTH courses, so I'm going to leave up the books background on my Spark page for awhile.
The other "coincidence" took place on my birthday on the 5th. I knew I wouldn't be able to do much celebrating. (The BIG celebration will take place when I finally get my diploma - if all goes well, in December!) But the staff at the school where I'm studying had already planned a little ice cream party for that day. After the full day of classes, we all built our own sundaies, then gathered in the garden for fellowship and a short devotion from the school director. He announced that it was my birthday, too, so I got lots of well wishes. Isn't it cool how God plans these "coincidences" to let us know he's thinking of us?
We're the apples of his eye!
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