Throughout the past 2 weeks I've experienced what it's like to work in an office, to go to work Monday-Friday 8-4pm. I've experienced what it feels to sit at a desk for the majority of the day, answering phones, making calls, checking emails etc. It's boring. The office work is really boring. But its the other stuff that makes it all worth while. The opportunity to connect with individuals whom are coming to visit, sharing stories, taking a moment to connect with an elder stopping to pick something up. It's be great. Then there are the 'co-workers'. The staff at the church which makes things interesting, whom are supportive and source of information, but also turn into friends and colleagues. We work alongside one another, helping to reach a common goal; with sides of laughter and stories.
I started off wondering how I was going to survive, and now the two weeks are up and gone. Susan and I were talking at the church today, discussing how natural it felt to be there. How we created a groove and it worked. Like all the pieces of the puzzle just somehow fit. Tomorrow, I'm talking my piece of the puzzle and flying across the country to Vancouver to create a new picture. It may take some time, but I am sure, the puzzle pieces too will come together. The picture may be a little different, the shapes and sizes of the pieces will change, but a new picture will come together creating beauty, friendships, goals and dreams.
Tomorrow will be a long day. Over 13 hours of travelling and then a couple hours of trying to keep myself awake before I can go to bed. I arrive in Vancouver at 3:45pm, which will really feel like 8:30pm! It's not the day I'm most looking forward to, but I'm praying for safe flights, no pain, and a little bit of rest on the travels. I am fortunate enough that for my longest flight from T.O. to Vancouver I have an exit seat- more leg room for me! :)
Well before I do my final packing, here are some Friday nuggets:
:: I have this sleep app on my phone, and I must admit it has changed my life. It tracks your sleep throughout the night and in the morning wakes you up when you are in the lightest stages of your sleep. The theory is, if you wake up when you're in a deep sleep, you'll feel more tired then if your woken in a lighter stage of sleep, even if its 15 minutes before you wanted to wake. This was the tracking for a night last week. I think it's fair to say I was TIRED!
:: One thing I miss about the summer's spent at home are getting a pedicure. I love having my toes painted. It's one thing that really makes me feel good. Looking down and seeing sparkly shiny toes. The other day I sat outside in the cool winds and gave myself a pedi.
:: A little treasure found hidden in the tall grasses.
:: I loved this red colour so much, I painted my nails. Its not often that I paint my nails, but this red is a fire smoking, red hot RED! It's sophisticated, sexy and classy all in one.
:: The weather here in St. John's is the opposite of what it's like a home. Its sunny outside, however there is a very cool windchill. I'm trying to pretend it's spring outside by enjoying the flowers in my office and drinking some water with lemon. So refreshing!
:: When I was sitting in Ettie's living room the other day, I couldn't help but notice the circle of friends she had on her shelf. I thought it would be a great centre piece for the worship table at GO, seeing as our theme is all on Bodies. The Body of the Church. The Body of Christ. The Body of our World. When I asked if we could borrow it, she proceed to show me this other circle, however this one with a space. I LOVE it! This image that the circle is never really complete. There is always space for more. What a great concept.
:: Last nights dinner was a success! Susan and Betty joined Ettie and I for dinner and I made homemade lasagna with salad and garlic sticks. It was so delicious. I must admit I was a bit hesitant about making it, seeing as I haven't made lasagna in a very long time, but it turned out great.
And with that I'm off. I'm diving into my second book of the summer- goal is to finish 5!
May you all have an amazing weekend.
Next stop: Vancouver