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This morning I woke up in a king sized bed, staring up at a ceiling fan, and across to a spacious bathroom.

Now I didn’t have a towel or clean clothes available but I was safe and here.

On Friday our movers stuffed our truck to the gills.  Unfortunately they couldn’t stuff everything into it.  We were a few key items short: stone coffee table, dining room table, elliptical, bookshelves (3), desk, desk chair, yard tools, and ladders (2).  Turns out 17 feet of truck just wasn’t enough.  Damn.

Saturday our friends, neighbors and church showed their true, beautiful colors.  While Steve and I drove to SC, our 60 year-old neighbors, a woman who is six-months pregnant and her husband, our pastor and his wife (who were also moving that day), and two other friends spent 2 hours moving our stuff into various houses.  I’m humbled.

I was also humbled when Steve and I saw the smoke pouring out of the wheel-well 6.3 miles from our destination.  Rather than driving on failed brakes we waited in a KFC until the mechanic showed up 90 minutes later.  We missed our movers.  That left us with a lot of heavy furniture between us and the towels, pots and pans, and sheets.  Thankfully, in the end, the brakes held up enough to get us here and the movers came back today.

I’m incredibly thankful for the C’s.  Their laughter and hard work have helped practically and emotionally.

We’re really here.  More updates to come.

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July 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Posted in At the House, Travel

Awesome Googleness

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I’ve been preparing for my new job as professor by reading a chapter a day from Advice for New Faculty Members.  One suggestion is to publicly chart your progress toward your goals so that your peers can encourage you.  I’ve struggled with how to do this practically but think I have finally found a good solution.

Google Docs lets you create spreadsheets, charts, and gadgets and publish them on the web.  The chart then updates in realtime as you change the spreadsheet itself.

Here’s the one I created today to track my progress reading this book.

What’s cool is that it will update over time.  On Tuesday, when I start reading the “Service” section a blue line will appear and start shooting up towards 100%.

Cool huh?

* Here’s a screenshot of the picture from the day I originally posted it.  Check back in a week and you’ll see the change.

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July 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

Upsides of Moving

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One upside about moving is that has forced us to touch every last item we own and decide if we really need/want to keep it through two moves in the next year.

For the most part I’ve been surprised at how little we have.

One area where this did not apply was my sock drawer.  Total pair count?  45.   We narrowed it down and got rid about 20 pairs. It’s much less crowded now.

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July 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Posted in Laughter

Questions from the Farewell Party

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A week from today we’ll be sitting in our new house in Greenville, SC.  Our house is mostly bare walls and cardboard boxes at this point.  Last week was a long string of last visits to friends houses.

Yesterday the church threw us a goodbye party, complete with Cosmic burritos with as the brunch fare.  The floor was covered in brown paper with questions for people to check off.

  1. I own something one of the P’s made.
  2. I’ve dropped in on the P’s.
  3. I’ve eaten Cosmic burritos with the P’s.
  4. I’ve played a sport with the P’s.
  5. I’ve tried a new food/drink/restaurant with the P’s.
  6. I’ve resolved to be more like the P’s.
  7. I’ve shared a holiday with the P’s.
  8. I have something I need to return to the P’s.
  9. I’ve borrowed the P’s vehicle.
  10. I own something that once belonged to the P’s.
  11. I’ve prayed with/for a P.
  12. I’ve talked finance with a P.
  13. I’ve cried with a P.
  14. I’ve been momentarily stuck in the P’s bathroom.
  15. The P’s have kicked me out so they can sleep.
  16. I intend to visit the P’s in Greenville.

Thankfully #11 narrowly won out over #14.  Twas a fun and sweet way celebrate/document our time here.

Church will be hard tonight.

This is definitely happening.

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July 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

Posted in Church

Commitment to Weight Loss Is . . .

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Donating all pants that are now two inches to big.  Gulp.  That’s putting money on what goes in my mouth in the future.

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July 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

Posted in General

Me and Mom

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During our recent trip to Nebraska several people inquired after my mother’s health.  I’m grateful to report that her cancer has been gone six and a half years and she’s doing well.  She’s even starting to drop some weight recently.  🙂

Staying with her and Dad in Maine last week reminded me about how grateful I am for her.  She verily sparkled with joy about the wind, the water, and the waves out our front door.  Everyday she soaked them in as she listened to her mystery novels and worked on her crosswords and solitaire.

I’ve realized recently that much of my wisdom comes through the long years of conversation I’ve carried on with Mom.  Wisdom has been a hot topic for our church recently as we’ve journeyed through Proverbs.

There seem to be places and times where her wisdom really comes out.  As a teenager I sat at the counter and talked with her as she worked on dinner.  But the real place to catch her is the same spot it’s always been, at the end of the day sitting on the foot of their bed.  She tells great stories, she asks great questions, and she has a lot of perceptive observations about life.  It can take a certain spot to get her talking but when she does it’s a treasure worth staying up for.

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July 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Posted in Reflections, Travel

Great Day!

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It was a long eight hours in the car (to Asheville and back) but totally worth it.  Twas a beautiful wedding.  Great food, great table of folks from different times of life Ian and I have lived together, and great to witness the vows.

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July 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

Posted in Pictures