Tuesday, January 31, 2006

An Equation



w=hours of work
c=hours of class
s=hours of being sick
F=hours of being sick with a fever

figure it out yet?

I'll give you another minute.....

Okay, time's up.

x=me just wanting time to shave my legs!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Great Day!

Note: I actually wrote and attempted to publish this post yesterday, only to learn that all-of-a-sudden I can't use Safari to publish posts in blogger. I can't believe that Blogger is a Google product and they're supporting Windows more than Macs!

So, I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. My donor letter. Today was the day. I was going to get a shower and head straight to Green Hills to write it. So, that's what I did. Only, when I got there, I ran into a friend whom I haven't seen in two years. Of course, we had to catch up. After half an hour of chatting and exchanging phone numbers, we decided that we both had work to do, so I moved to the end of the table where we were sitting. That's when I saw him. The most beautiful man alive today. He was walking in the front door. I looked back over at my friend and starting mumbling "ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh......look who just walked in!" Of course, she had no idea who I was talking about so I whispered very loudly, KEITH URBAN!!!! She still didn't know who he was, so I turned around to point him out when I saw HER. I couldn't believe who was with him! Of course I knew they were dating, but what is the odds of running into the two of them here in Nashville? So, I turned back around to her and shrieked, NICOLE KIDMAN is with him! That's when she said very calmly, "Yup, that's Nicole." By this time I had the attention of several people in the back room, so they're all looking at me going, "Who? Where!?" Most of them just let their jaws drop, but I ever-so-proudly picked my jaw up off of the floor and went over and asked for their autographs. Okay, so maybe more tentatively and very shyly than proudly, but I did get their autographs. That is the first time in my life I've ever asked someone for their autographs, much less two people as HUGE as Keith Urban and his monstrously famous girlfriend. Keith was even nice enough to talk to me for a few minutes. And, yes, ladies, he is just as hot in person as he is on TV. And she is very, very tall. She's gotta be pushing 6 feet (hummm...or maybe she had heels on....didn't think about that....)

I expected them to grab some coffee and leave, but they didn't. They came right into the back room and sat down very, very close to me. I knew that my day was blown. There was no way I was going to be able to write something as serious as my donor letter when Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were sitting directly across from me. I tried not to stare at them for 5 or 10 minutes when I decided that I was not going to be writing any letter today, so I packed up my stuff and headed to work. I still don't think that anyone else in the back room realized who they were sharing space with.....except for my friend and the other people that were sitting at the table with us, but, unlike me, they decided to not act like a shmuck in front of two celebrities.

But I've got something they don't have: autographs!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Back in the Swing of Things

I'm still trying to recoup from all of the time off from the holidays. It's been much more difficult than I had imagined.

Last week was actually my first full week since before Christmas, but even then it wasn't a "full week." I had a dentist appointment on Monday. I need to learn that having a transplant means a lot more than just being sick all of the time. I have to be much more careful about my teeth and gums. My teeth are great (never had a cavity....yet!), and my gums have always been great, but I had problems this time. I had a bacterial infection in portions of my gums. It is just the normal bacteria that everyone has in their mouth, but I have to remember that my body can't fight it to keep it at a minimum as everyone else's bodies can do. I didn't go back to work after my appointment. The procedure wasn't too terrible, but I still have a bruise on my left cheek where the hygenist got a little overly-excited and apparantly thought that my cheek could stretch out to three times it's normal size. Well, it can't. And I'm still bruised. I have to go back next month and have a check up to make sure that the infection is gone, but I don't imagine any more problems.

Tuesday was another short day because of my Tuesday group. We're still trying to get our numbers back up from after the holidays. Hopefully today will be back to normal.

Thursday I got very sick and didn't work at all. I don't know what happened, but it sucked. I was fine on Friday.

So, all of that means that I had to work both Saturday and Sunday to try to make up my time. And that still didn't make up all of my time. I have been working almost 10 hour days trying to get everything back in order. Now, I am within 2 hours of having all of my time made up, but it's only Tuesday. I could get sick again and then I'll be back in the hole. I really need to keep more than a 0 balance of sick hours......

I am teaching a lecture at Lipscomb next Friday on Luke/Acts. I really need to work on what I'm going to talk about.....

There really isn't much going on in my life right now. Classes have started and I'm trying to adjust to my new schedule, but other than that I've just been really, really busy. Hopefully things will slow down again soon and I can have more time to think about meaningful things to write about on this blog. I know it sucks to read it right now. :o)

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Oh, What a Weekend

It's definately been a weekend of mountains and valleys.

Our missions committee from church had a retreat this weekend with all of the major mission teams that we support either monetarily, through volunteers, or both. After spending many hours in prayer over this teams on Friday night (a very, very emotional time for me, especially when praying over the Meeks from GoodSoil Ministries. Saturday we got up very early after a very, very late night to vision with these missionaries and figure out what we can do in 2006 to be a better support to them. Sunday, again, was a great day. We went to church and had a potluck afterward with all of these families. Wonderful and exciting times. I spent some time this weekend planning a ministry weekend in Jellico with GoodSoil. I'm very excited about this coming spring/summer.

Then, on Sunday, I spent a lot of my time talking with Rick about a Somalian family (refugees) that some of our friends are heavily involved with helping. Rick and some of our friends spent Saturday cleaning their apartment, which was apparantly a huge disaster. My heart is heavy not only for this family, but for a couple that is so heavily involved with this family. We love them dearly and have really struggled with how to help them help this man and his children. It's a situation that I don't want to get into much detail about here, but our friends are wonderful and give so much of themselves to this family. I really think they're Saints. It's been a struggle this weekend trying to figure out how to help without putting ourselves at risk. We made a small decision last night and put it into action, but it may not be enough. Just pray for us and our couple-friends and this family. It's a very difficult situation with all kinds of cultural and many other "issues." Pray that God will give us peace about what we are to do.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Happy New Year!

I know, I'm a little late.

I've been telling myself for days now that I need to post. But I've been procrastinating.

Our New Years Eve was fun. We had made plans to hang out with our life group and play games (we love to play games, we just don't have too many friends that also really like to do this, so we were very, very excited). Until I got sick. I don't know exactly what got a hold of me. It could have been a migraine, but I don't think so. I felt too bad. Feverish, vomitting, the works. So, instead, I ended up sleeping the night away (although I did get up for a couple of hours, just long enough to watch the New Year in). But Rick wouldn't kiss me when the ball dropped. Isn't that depressing? I woke up Sunday feeling fine, which was great considering I was supposed to cook this huge New Year's Day meal for a couple of friends. It was my first "big" meal, and even though we had to miss church so that I could get everything done, it turned out okay.

My depression seems to be getting better, slowly, but getting better nonetheless. Rick is still waiting for an instantaneous "I'm better now!" and he still gets very frustrated with me at times. I have to constantly remind myself not to get so mad at him, but just keep him focused on the fact that he can see improvements and that it will still take time.

Other than the New Year's Eve mishap, our new year is really off to a great start. I'm not one that is big on resolutions. Rick and I, instead, set goals. We've done this ever since we were engaged, and we even still have our list of goals from when before we were married. At the end/beginning of every year, we sit down together, go over the previous year's goals, mark off what we have accomplished, and then set new goals for the next year. It's exciting that we completed almost every financial goal that we set for ourselves last year. There are some other personal goals that we set that we succeeded ni completing, and others that we didn't even come close to doing, but that's the whole point of goals. But even more exciting than last year's goals are this years goals. Not even one month in to the New Year, and we have completed nearly HALF of our financial goals for 2006. At this rate, we are going to blow through all of our financial goals in just a few months, and we will have to sit down and make new ones.

Also, another big goal of mine was to go on an international mission trip this year. I wasn't so sure that it was going to happen because money is still tight, and I still need to work so that I can get paid to pay all of our bills. And I haven't been on an international trip since a month or so before Rick and I got married. There has been a hole in my life for the last two and a half years that needs desperately to be filled. Even more than that, I have been dreaming about Rick being able to go with me on an international missions trip. He has never really been out of the country (other than our cruise to Mexico last summer), but even that doesn't count too much. The places we went were so Americanized that he didn't get to experience any of the culture. This is such a huge part of me and a huge part of what I want to be that I want desperately to share that with him. I know that he may hate every second of it, but deep down I pray that I can drag him along on one trip and he'll fall in love with it. So, my sister let me know that there was a church near my home town (where she goes) that is in desperate need of people to go with them on a trip to Honduras this June. The big catch is that they have raised almost all of the money. We only have to come up with $200 per person, and our church has already committed to paying that for us. Rick has decided that he will go (although he is scared and worried about me traveling so far out of the US with no American doctors). Now all we have to do is get up-to-date on our vaccines and take care of passports. That'll still cost us a little over $200, but we should be able to handle that. YAY!!!

Whew. That's a lot to happen in just a couple of weeks, but it seems to me that when God starts to move, you often see it all at once. I am absolutely exhausted and haven't gotten back into a normal sleep pattern yet, but hopefully that will happen over the next week or so. Counselling starts back again on Tuesday, and my classes start on Wednesday, so I'm sure I will have plenty to talk about next week.

Have a great weekend!