Thursday, October 30, 2014

Granite club

Today Kim dropped off her birds to be babysat as she and Zully are going to New York to a conference in the UN building.

Tomorrow evening I'll be at the Granite club in Toronto at a Parent Event. It is not something that I would generally fit into. I won't wear makeup or heels as I just don't. I'm sure it probably is the expectation, but it just won't happen. At the briefing today I got the overview of how the evening was going to go. I am clearly an unknown quantity to the advancement people as they were asking me if Lynann had briefed me on how to answer questions. And I was all like, dudes, I know all the answers to the questions. There aren't many things that I don't know about how the program works. I'll have a good time even if I'm out of my element!

We'll spend more time on the bus than at the event but it will give me lots of time to do my marking. Right now I'm juggling an overfull time job and a part time job.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Where your support lies

My acquaintance Alison from my high school years had a brother running for mayor in St. C. He was a year or so ahead of us in school. He even garnered the support of the ice dogs. He did not win even with the support of a hockey team. Alison's facebook has become quiet. But win or not she can still be proud that he tried. And it looks like he had a lot of fun on the way.

Kingston was a bit of a different story. I don't know who the hockey team supported. This is the first election where I actually liked a lot of the candidates. Normally in elections I vote for the one I dislike the least. But this election offered up a number of good experienced candidates. Around the time Bryan Paterson announced he was running for mayor, God specifically told me to pray for him. And I figured if I was praying for him, I should vote for him as well. But as Rick and Dorothy had been on the political landscape much longer I actually thought he was a long shot. Then a couple of weeks ago one of those telephone polls was done and it showed Bryan with a slim lead over Rick and Dorothy. I wasn't quite sure if being shown to be in the lead was advantageous because if you are a front runner you are a target. And a target he was. There was so much vitriol written that it turned my stomach to read it. And I thought to myself that with all that anger out there being directed at him that he wouldn't make it. But despite all the negativity, he won! I was by the campaign headquarters earlier in the day and despite everyone was formally dressed, the atmosphere was LOVE. It was a sweet, sweet feeling and I am so happy for him and for our city.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ottawa


In an odd un-canadian sort of way we experienced a terrorist attack.
For a shooter or two on the ground, they scrambled fighter jets from Trenton which may have been a bit of an overkill. But better to have a big response and be safe than not respond enough.
And the Americans sympathized with us, it is normally the other way around.
Stephen Harper tried to take over Survivor which was not cool. Luckily only the Canadian news feeds of it were overridden and I could see Survivor on an american station.
Tomorrow is a long day as we have a late training session but I'm hoping that Friday will be quieter!
Thursday next week I'm going to Toronto for an event for work.

muffins



Yesterday I worked a bit late, got home and made dinner (nice steaks from John's). Watched the Canadian Bach. I've really liked the show so far. I like Tim. My pick for him would be April. But Sachelle and Trish also seem like good choices. He let the one that cried every episode go in order to keep the one that was out messing around in bars during the show. I expect she might not stay much longer.

Then I baked muffins for lunches. James helped with scooping the batter and he tried to get all the chocolate chips into one muffin cup. So there is one almost chocolate blob and a number of almost plain muffins. Guess which one he is getting for lunch today?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

So tall

As we were walking in today James and I were talking about how tall he was going to grow.
Me: You will be so tall Oma will get a crick in her neck from looking up to talk to you
James: She can look at my abs.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hoco

This week is homecoming at Queen's. I realized yesterday that it would be my 20th anniversary. But I haven't left. So I don't need homecoming. I hope the strategy of setting up an alternate sanctioned street party to Aberdeen helps things otherwise Homecoming may be cancelled again.

This week was super busy with midterms.

James also had minor surgery.

He's recovered well now!
But it was a busy week.

It seems Ebola landing on American soil has not been handled at all well. First in not diagnosing Duncan properly. The nurses that treated him are now having issues and really the protection techniques that they thought would work, don't. The nurses should really also have been quarantined. Now hundreds may have been exposed. Their ability to control it will certainly be tested now.

In another weird story, I was walking home on Friday and it was dark out. Suddenly in front of me a large dog appeared. He didn't seem like a friendly dog and he was standing his ground. So I decided that I would walk back to the corner and walk around him a block. That went fine in terms of the dog. So I go around a few corners and I was walking on Durham and I saw a car off to the side (on the other side that I was walking on) and just from where it was located I thought it might have to do with drugs but it was just a passing thought and didn't concern me too much. So after I walk by the house a bit I see a car pull out rather quickly from farther down the street. It looks like their high beams are on. So I'm staring at the car trying to figure out if they just have really bright lights or if they accidentally had their high beams on. As it gets a bit closer they turn down their high beams and I see it is a police car. Maybe they thought that I (or someone) was leaving the drug deal. But I guess I checked out because they sped by me and drove to where the car had just pulled out from. So I guess there was something indeed going on.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

plenty

In the morning, I found I could actually put some weight on my foot. This was good as there were a lot of things to do with potatoes.
I cooked a lot and they turned out a little thinner that I planned (will use less milk next time) but they tasted very good.
We had plenty of food at Rustle. It was good!

After Rustle I had many dishes to wash and I spent a lot of time working on making project groups. They are almost done, just need to find some time to do some tweaking.

Tomorrow I'm working on preparing the midterm details. Tuesday to Friday will be especially busy with midterms running.


This is more or less the text I read at Rustle today:



What has God asked of the Church?
Feed my lambs
Take care of my sheep
Feed my sheep
Rustle is a house where sheep can be fed, nurtured and protected. Sometimes the sheep can be hard to handle. But God has created Rustle to be a place of restoration and refreshing. An oasis for sheep to drink from. A lighthouse to lead the sheep out of the dark on safe paths.


Rustle is God’s servant, His chosen one in whom He delights. He has put His spirit on Rustle and Rustle will bring justice to the nations.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.
He will not falter or be discouraged.
I, the Lord have called you in righteousness.
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.
To open the eyes that are blind.
To free captives from prison.
To release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

The story of John and sleep
John needs rest for peace in his life. We need rest for peace in our lives. But John wasn’t getting rest like he needed.
John knew there was a better way so he pushed forward for it. He had uncomfortable tests and trials but all the time moving toward a better way. A way of rest.
And if it means he has to use a CPAP machine to give him rest he will do it.
We too need to push forward to reach toward rest. We need to do what it takes. And it may not be easy. But it will be restorative. And it will be worth it.

Whatever you are doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there is peace.
I AM holding on to you. I AM.

Shine
I see Rustle as a light in the neighbourhood. Giving peace and rest to souls in turmoil. Feeding hungry bellies. Singing in to the night. That the darkness is being pushed back. Step by step. Sometimes only tiny steps. Sometimes bigger steps. That Jesus walks in the neighbourhood. That we are Jesus hands and feet in the neighbourhood. Loving as Jesus loves. Caring as Jesus cares. That we will continue to make an impact as we have been doing. As every step counts.
Be aware of what God is doing. Be listening for what God is saying to you.

How wolves change rivers
We are all interconnected. We all matter.
Rustle’s presence in the neighbourhood is for healing, transformation and restoration.
It isn’t something that you might notice by looking at it but the change is taking place in our habitat. In the background things are happening as we press forward.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shopping done

I took a 7am trip to Loblaws and a 9am trip to Giant Tiger. Both weren't too busy.

The cut on my foot seems to have closed but because of where it is located I am walking very tenderly to make sure it doesn't re-open.

I have turkey in the slow cooker now. I'm trying to decide if I should make the mashed potatoes for Rustle today. To be well prepared and also can eat some with my turkey. Or to make the Rustle potatoes tomorrow so they don't need to go in the fridge. I guess the first thing to check would be if they fit in my fridge. That would be the deciding factor I guess.

One of the students in the online course that I work on came to see me on Friday. In the course we have videos posted of both Boris and I. So when he came to see me, he's like you look just like your video and I was all like yes, people in videos are real people too! I haven't watched the video myself though.