Lists and a Thank you

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So, here’t goes. Just got back from my going away party. It was a sweet time with a bunch of friends from the church on cooper road. Nimma was such a dear in making a point of rallying the troops for a little get together, and so I begin my final week in Columbus. Having shared this URL with a few people the thought that a few people might actually read what I post is exciting. It is an honor for me that you would be interested in and take the time to check in and read what I’ve written.

At the same time I’m writing I am thinking about what needs done in the next 48 to 96 hours (2-4 days)…

I’ve got some bills to pay and figure out how to automate their being paid while I’m gone.
I need to plot out my evenings and lunches to make sure I’ve got enough margin to breathe.
I need to put together some paper work for an councilor at school to help me with some credits details.
Call Ben Preamer (about hanging out)
Call Shelly Fischer (about the group she’s starting and making sure she has the tools she needs)
Call Luke Hurtert (about constant contact / joshua house web stuff)
touch base with Nimma (She acted like she might like to come down for lunch on Thursday when Jeff does)
Get a gift certificate for Bekah and Nate’s wedding (friends from home getting married the 3rd of September)
Reply to Jackie Wyse (she’s a friend from my extended church family back home who live in Amsterdam)
do Joshua House Constant Contact Graphics (Oh man getting to help with JH stuff is sweet, but taxing)
do Joshua House Information Architecture (they’ve got some forms they want me to redesign)
touch base with / love on Greg Varner (I’m camping out in his basement, but haven’t had much time to hang)
email one more time on housing help from church friends in Amsterdam
update my address with osu, nextel, opers, huntington
find some support for my copy of Flash (the software has been buggy)
get my macromedia disk back from luke (he borrowed it)
check with John to make sure we know how to get to the marion worship/christian center (we’re going Friday)
put a few of my CDs on my computer (I’ll need some music over there)
email Phil (my cousin in Italy) about hanging out.
email other design folks about hanging out while in Europe
get electrical adapters for euro outlet
check on whether or not I can borrow a video camera from school for the trip
try to find a time to hang with Ryan from small group

I’d wanted to enter some work in a local design contest, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
I eventually need to put up a portfolio at and spruce up this blog.
I really want to do some connecting in terms of finding a firm to do my senior thesis with.
Think about going to brazil for spring break

once home (in Wauseon, OH) I need to:
Change oil
replace brake pads
grandma, Mom, Dad, Mark, Tim, little ones (local Andre cousins), Trish&Nate, and extended Andre’s time
pack for Amsterdam
plan for touring Europe
Solidify a budget

My week as it stand at the moment:
7:45 Kevon Gray (take him to U-haul)
8:30 work (Big Red Rooster – they’re sweet check them out online)
Find somebody to have lunch with (I’ve been chasing after having intentional lunches)
6:30 help clean out 108 Olentangy St. (our old apartment, we need to check out with our land lord at some point)
after that stop by Stephen William’s Graduation party
after that come home and do anything that must be done (JH design stuff probably)
8:30 work
12:00 lunch with Ebin & Oatley
6:30 maybe find Shelly Fischer
after that find Luke to talk JH web stuff
after that come home and do anything that must be done (at some point I need to buy gifts for Amsterdam folks and my friends’ wedding)
9:00 be at church to do volunteer stuff
10:00 find chris traut (we’re going to chill a bit)
12:00 lunch with the big man Bill Christensen (I need to find Edmon at some point to talk Tanzania)
1:00 we put together the first ever ‘in house’ issue for Joshua House (I hope you like it)
5:00 sit still for one minute
6:30ish hang with ben preamer
8:30ish hang with nate montgomery
spend the evening at cup-o-joe do whatever I can in the cracks (some evening I plan to try to call Karen Botkin)
8:30 work
12:00 lunch with Jeff and maybe Nimma
6:30 small group
load the car to leave town somewhere in there
8:30 work
12:00 lunch with lovelies from work
6:30 head to marion with John
after that… go home (to Wauseon 3+ hours away)

So there it is. In the past I’ve put it on paper with pencil. Putting it all down makes it manageable for me, it seems smaller, and stuff gets weeded out. I realize this isn’t the most riveting stuff you’ve ever read, but I will try to categorize it so more interesting reports are separate from this stuff. Who knows maybe this crazy display will give some of you an example of what it looks like to be organized. I realize that I often error to the too organized, but I know there are a lot of people out there who are the opposite.

Anyway, I feel a whole heck of a lot better having pieced things out, and I think it ‘s about time for bed. Sleep tight – bless you.

checking in

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So, then I decided to write again. I’m pretty tired. I spent the day working on the Matthews International site. There is more to do, but I need to wait until tomorrow to do it. Kinship was good this evening, and I got to have some sweet conversation with folks at work today. It was the kind of thing that give one hope.

I prayed for some more people this evening. It was good. Now to sleep.

a day in the life of

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I’m trying to get in the habit of blogging so here’s today. I woke at 4 a.m. or so to a house with all the lights on and the front door unlocked with the screen door propped open. Brett had decided to move out yesterday, a few days earlier than expected, and later when I asked him about it he said he must have been very tired by the time he’d finished after the other two of us had gone to bed.

He did apologize, but that’s how it’s been at our house. I later, at 7 a.m. or so rolled out of bed and spent a good amount of time somewhere between prayer, sleep, and continuousness. I reread the last bit of 2 Kings before officially deciding to read Mark next. 2 Kings end with the king of Babylon overtaking Jerusalem and Judah. For a six month or so a subordinate government is established, but then the puppet governor is murdered and what Israelites were left in the region flee to Egypt.

The cool part about reading Mark next is that is has 15 chapters and I have 15 days left before I leave for Amsterdam. It should serve to foster my reading everyday, and I believe those sorts of coincidences are providential. I’d received a word Monday evening from Tom Trantow to the effect that he believed the Lord is going to make me a more well rounded person though my time in Amsterdam and that a major part of that would come through my staying in the Word.

Back to this morning, I sat there so long that I ran out of time for breakfast. What’s a guy to do? So I rolled to church where I have been volunteering once a week, usually Wednesdays. There was more construction going on in front of the church where they’re building the new community center. I arived about the same time Sarah Namin did and Heather Heart was there to great her. I don’t know that they saw me.

I walked in with John Williams and Jen Petes. Upon arriving on my floor, Kandy, the person I was supposed to have been helping first thing, was walking out. I’d jockeyed the day I came in some in the last few week, and Kandy had gotten confused as to when I was supposed to come in even though it was posted. I felt bad and condemnation set in for jockeying things around. There had been somebody else in the office voice a concern that they thought it was important that I make sure to keep the initial schedule. I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but there voice rang in my memory.

So, I did data entry for the gal I was supposed to have helps the second half of the morning. It wasn’t terrible. It was nice not to have to be always figuring things out in the flow of what I was doing, but I did get a bit numb over the course of the morning. I managed to check my email once and make two or three phone calls. I got a phone bill for thirty dollars more that my bass rate a few days ago so I have been sensitive to make so many calls.

Over the course of the morning it occurred to me that I could spend the afternoon elsewhere working on joshua house web/constant contact stuff. (Constant Contact is a web based mass emailing service that joshua house has been moving toward using to reach the masses.) I checked with Mary Catherine who had scheduled the time for me to work on the JH stuff. She was cool. So I rocked at noon.

Upon arriving home I got into some dish washer unloading, quasi packing, and lunch making. OH, the legitimate reason I’d gone home was that our land lord wanted to walk through the house at 12:30. I’d hoped we would be able to extract an necessary action items for us to ensure getting our deposit back. The representative was a new hire who didn’t know what was required. She was there just so she could better describe the house to people who called about leasing it. That was pretty frustrating.

I finished lunch, did some more packing, and sent some email before heading to Starbucks on Lane Avenue. That’s where I am now. I tried to reinstall Flash because my copy hasn’t opened properly… no good. It still doesn’t work. This was after I found that the wireless internet connection here isn’t free, also frustrating.

I’d done some reading, and by the time I was actually getting around to doing constant contact stuff it was occurring to me how much down time I haven’t taken lately. I felt the edges of just relaxing and realize that it was what I have been so sort on. It has seemed there are a million things to do and never a reason to do much more that as much as I can as soon as I can in getting ready for Amsterdam. It has become increasingly apparent that attack has come in the form of insomnia/trying to do too much.

I finished what I could do for constant contact and then reevaluated my to-do list. I’m meeting a peer counselor in fifteen minutes and then going to another coffee shop to meet Rhonda Collins about her time in Europe and to catchup. Now for more trip planning / list making. Pray I am able to unwind. Really it’s a matter of my letting go of all the things I think I need to do.

Thanks for reading. I have a hard time imagining doing this every day much less really wanting to read this kind of stuff.