Sunday, April 29, 2012
I've set myself a May 7 deadline for completion of my master's project. It's going to be a stretch but I can do it. I'll probably take a vacation day or two to chain myself to the desk. One thing I've learned through my studies is that it's hard for me to finish things because of perfectionist tendencies. I need to find the balance between doing my best and doing things "perfectly."
This is especially hard on things like this teaching project - it won't be finished until I've actually taught the class in Albania this fall. The project is the PREPARATION for the class and not teaching the class itself, although I'm doing a couple of teaching units beforehand as rehearsals (one was a workshop on Friday, the second a home group study on Thursday).
Even after I've taught the course this fall, it won't be finished because I'll find things that I want to do differently the next time I teach it. I'll need to adapt it to the next group to take the course in the next setting. Setting the boundaries for the project has been one of the biggest challenges for someone who needs a lot of time to make decisions!
Even though I'll be busy, I'll be Sparking -- although I may not be very chatty. More than ever during times of pressure, I need exercise as a release and energizer, and good food as fuel! All prayers appreciated!
The weather here went from winter to summer within about three days. Yesterday was AMAZING and the perfect day for a 12 km walk (about 7 miles). This was an organized thing here in the wooded hills around our little town. It takes place each year. Businesses pledge funds for each kilometer that is run or walked and the proceeds go to an organization that's building a school in Ethiopia.
I sweat so much that my skin was sandy with little grains of salt! Good thing that they had a water station. I had drunk a couple of glasses before the race and took a bottle with me, but my supply was gone about half way through the hike! Forgot to mention - I didn't run, I pole-walked along with my usual Saturday-afternoon pole-walking buddies. Fun day!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sometimes it's just not a good idea to click on the 10-day forecast button on the weather website. They're predicting rain and cold weather for the next week and a half! I take that back - the sun is going to shine on Tuesday - or maybe Wednesday. But that's it.
I'm taking consolation in the fact that the weather here in Germany in April is extremely unpredictable - they even have a saying "April, April, der macht was er will!" = "April, April, does whatever it wants." So maybe it will want to be a little warmer and sunnier?
Not complaining, really, just saying. It's also not bad running temperature weather, as long as the rain stays in the clouds and doesn't pour down constantly.
Time for the "Annie" song!
Have a good tomorrow and rest of the week, everyone! And if you're going to be in southern Germany, don't forget your umbrellas!
P.S. You looked!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Just one more week of March and it looks like I will survive! My schedule at the language school eased up a bit due to some cancellations. Having the 5% Challenge as a focus has also helped - my team, the Firecrackers, are great encouragers. We had our first weigh-in yesterday and I'm happy to report that I lost the kilo that I gained shortly before the challenge started. Now to attack those kilos that are more settled in!
I haven't made as much progress as I wanted to on my master's project. But I have a vacation day on Tuesday and plan to dedicate that time to writing. I write best when I have a bigger block of time for it. I may even take the day off from the internet that day --- with the exception of posting my air miles, of course!
The photos shows what I've been doing in my "spare" time - when I probably should have been doing other things --- but I find it very relaxing to doodle a little with paint, and these are the results. Most will be gifts but I think I may sell a few. "Buy an Egg - Send Michelle to Albania!?" What do you think?
As for travel plans, I've decided not to go to the States this spring and will likely wait till summer when I can combine a visit to ddad with my denomination's biannual conference. I told Dad today and he sounded a little disappointed. I am, too, but with time and financial commitments the way they are, it's just not feasible to visit twice in one year.
So I'm a little sad, but also relieved to have that issue resolved. I reread a good quote today (thanks CAROLYN107!): "You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time." (Pat Schroeder) I'm afraid I'd been "wringing my hands" over the decision and it's been making it hard to make progress in other areas.
Good new week!
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