Saturday, January 30, 2010

There's No Escape

Honestly, I think the snow is following us. If you remember, I told you about the blizzard that occurred when I was in NYC in December, resulting in a cancelled flight and a 20-hour drive through the blizzard. Well, now we are in DC for work, and this is happening.

Since it's too cold (I've heard single digits with the wind-chill) to be out and about, we decided to do something indoors and walked over to the Smithsonian. We heard we were only getting a couple of inches of snow, but I have my doubts about that number. I mean, you can barely even see the Washington Monument!

And by the time we left the Smithsonian and retraced our steps, it was snowing so hard the monument was totally obscured--you wouldn't have even known it was there! So now we are hoping that another one of our flights won't be cancelled. I'll be staying until Thursday, but JC is supposed to go back tomorrow. His first day at his new job is Monday, so missing his first day or having to drive back a long way is not a good way to start the week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Word of the Year

I really am not the biggest fan of new year's resolutions; I think it sets you up for failure. People are always making these crazy "I'm going to lose 70 pounds in 3 days" type of resolutions, and then they are so disappointed and down on themselves for not doing it. Then it's almost like they are shot for the rest of the year. I know; I've done it.

Over the past couple of years, I've tried to make much more realistic "resolutions"; and they weren't really because of New Years, but because they were things I wanted to do anyway. This year, they were: stick to a budget and follow the Abs Diet more closely. I really like the Abs Diet because it promotes healthy eating (with a cheat meal once a week). No calorie counting, no eating super-processed stuff that is "low-fat"; just eating in a healthy manner. (Note: I am also a huge fan of Weight Watchers, which did help me lose 40 lbs in high school, but only if it's followed in conjunction with eating healthy; if all you are eating is 23 1-Point desserts all day, you may lose weight, but you're obviously not healthy.)

But I kept reading other people who wrote about their "word for the year". I thought that was a pretty good idea because it was fairly simple but could be pretty tough. Simple in that you only focused on that one thing for a whole year, but tough because if you're doing it right, it's something that you probably find difficult to do. I wanted to pick something that had to do with my spiritual life and things I struggle with. I threw around a lot of words--kindness, compassion, mercy (all things I have a hard time with) and deliberate. I want to be very deliberate about each thing I say and do. I want each thing to have purpose and have meaning. As I said, I struggle with having kindness and compassion toward certain people. Not most, but a few. Doesn't everyone? But I think those are qualities that God calls us to develop in order to be more like Christ.

However, JC and I were talking today, and I was telling him about it. He immediately said, "Service." And I thought, what a great word! It encompasses all of the ones I was thinking of. When you are trying to serve others as Christ would, you are obviously kind, compassionate, and merciful toward them. You are deliberate in everything you say, trying to edify others and help them in any way possible. In addition, it requires you to have humility, which is another one I struggle with. Not trying to drop all of my faults on you at once... just trying to keep it real here. (By the way, don't you just love it when you start to think, "Man, I'm getting pretty humble." Here's a hint: if you ever get to the point where you think you are humble, you probably aren't. :-) )

So that is going to be my word of the year. I am going to try to be a servant to others--to be kind and compassionate, to forgive even when I don't want to, to be deliberate in all my speech and actions, and not to expect anything in return. Will I fail? Absolutely. Probably a thousand times. But I know our life in Christ is a journey and I'll never be perfect.

What's your word of the year?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Update on NYC

I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to deliver the promised posting on our NYC trip. I would love to say that it was because I haven't had time. I have been really busy--don't get me wrong--but that is definitely not the reason. It's just because uploading pictures onto my computer just really seems to be one of those tasks that I hate. Kind of like folding the laundry... it's not really that difficult, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to do it, but I just really don't like it.

Anywho, we were in NYC for training for my job, and it was Christmas time. I need not tell you guys how wonderful NYC is at Christmas--or maybe I do. That place is absolutely fab in December! We were there for a week, so we had plenty of time to entertain ourselves.

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree.

The beautiful fountain in Bryant Park. It's right next to the NY Public Library; if you look closely, you can see that there are icicles on the fountain.

JC also planned a really sweet date for us while we were there. I came back to the room on Tuesday after training, and I found a precious little note with some roses on the bed; it said that he had planned a surprise date for me. Our first stop was...

Yaye! JC told me I could pick out whatever I wanted (okay, to clarify, we are talking "silver floor" here, not "out-of-control-expensive diamond floor"). I picked a beautiful open-heart silver necklace (I haven't taken a picture yet, but maybe at some point...). Then we went on a carriage ride tour through Central Park on our way to Tavern on the Green. How sad is it that this place is closing down after 75 years? (And don't get me started on why... the stupid city of New York thinks it can manage the place better and make more money. Isn't it always that way--the government thinking it can be more efficient than private citizens? Ugh.)

Tavern on the Green is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I would have taken a picture of the outside, because you can see it nearly from across the park. The outside is lit up with all kinds of white lights, and the inside looks like this...


Anyway, I must now proceed to tell you about the best part of our trip. Let's just say there was a canceled flight, an attempt by Delta to reschedule it for Christmas day (not happening), and a blizzard. Then there was a rental car driving through the blizzard for 20 hours, and finally arriving in KY where there was just minimal snow.

Aren't those some great views? I really wish we got snow in the ATL. *sigh* Anyway, now you know what went down in NYC (and during the ensuing 20-hour drive to return home). It was still a great trip. :-)