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Buzzing.

Just spent the night speaking to teens about Daniel.  Great bunch, great dynamics, great drama, great God.  Loved it, loved it, loved it!  I got the chance to sing a couple of my songs and hear them beg for my myspace details (they’re only young – they don’t know any better, bless em!).  They totally LOVED acting out the stories, did it really well and seemed to grasp the actual application of it all.  I thought that working with students would have put me off teens, but nope!

Another whiff of recording opportunities…  Watch this (my) space!

I LOVE the blogosphere.  Its geeky, naval-gazingish (or nombrilleux pour ceux qui parlent francais) and downright time-consuming, but I LOVE it.  Tonight (when I should be wrapping and packing and sleeping), I read posts that made me laugh, cry and hope all over again.

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182 – Half way through!

Flip, can’t believe it – I started this gig 6 months ago.  Can that be right?!  OKay I’ve another half post to go to be half of 365, and technically because of the leap year, tomorrow will actually be the half way mark, but… yeah.

I’ve been glad for the outlet that this little ritual provides.  I’ve also enjoyed the journeys of the others who’ve joined me (is it bad that I can no longer remember if that’s the correct spelling of the plural of journey?!?).  It reminds me that I’m not alone and that grace is about more than just me.

Incidentally, a moment I particularly enjoyed today was watching the craft of “Get Cape.  Wear Cape.  Fly.” (if you haven’t heard of them, you soon will!) from the vantage point of standing one metre from the stage.  Also – watching the VERY loud, VERY heavy, VERY not-my-scene support band made me chuckle at my pretending to be interested and ‘with-it’ a la middle aged mother…

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Today was much more chilled out than I thought it would be.

An unexpected meeting with 2 Small Group Leaders who are so eager to lead their group well became not just a good study, but also a good chance to get to know them better.  Its such a privilege to do this kind of thing as a ‘job’.

Being part of a supporters’ event was harder than just attending one, but it went well (eventually – turns out I waffle for at least 3 minutes before getting over myself and starting to make sense.  Apparently it was a ‘good representation’ of what I’m like in general.  Thanks ‘smoothie’ 😉 !!!). It was great to meet a bunch of people who meet regularly in Omagh to pray for student ministry – I’m hopefully gonna get a wee jaunt down to see them all!  Also, I love to introduce ‘my’ people to each other and see them interact (a new dynamic to this is when they sheepishly admit ‘i read your blog sometimes…’!).  Good night gone well methinks.

 A got ANOTHER photo published – in a novel!  It has my name in the credits listings inside where all the publisher details and all are!!!! How COOL is THAT?!?  One day I might even profit from all these published photos…

A wee chat with my bestest friend.  I love her.

A wee chat with my bestest housemate.  I love her too.

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111 (all the ones…)

(The intrepid ‘explorer’ returns – heralding feverish blogging to catch up…!)

Sunday.  Bit of a hectic one this week with preparation and packing for the conference.  But it was still good…

Led praise in church this morning which was fun and it all went well – its great when you have musicians who can just follow your lead without any practice!  Not ideal, but handy nonetheless!

A late evening coffee with my housemate in a still-clean house!

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98

The return to my desk!

Yeeeeooooo!  I love it!  What a geek.  But seriously, the whole make a To Do list, do the things on the To Do list – its great!  Very productive, satisfying kind of day.  The kind you can get into bed and fall asleep happy after.  That is if you’re not addicted to a random online community of daily blogger-freaks…

😉

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90

Hurrah for new people joining blogland!

Today I met the delightful grandchildren of a couple from church.  Four of them: three boys and a girl, aged between 14 and 22.  Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen siblings get along like they did.  No beastly banter, no picking on the baby girl of the family, no rude ungratefulness to the grandparents…  Only good chat and pleasantness.  It was great to meet them.  And discuss worship-leading with the oldest (who loves his CU – yessss!).

The warmth of a real fire.

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All the 8’s – 88

A homecoming to my home from home.  I’m so thankful to be able to say I have two places I’m comfortable in to call home (and home home).

Today I felt so privileged at the insight the whole 365 thing gives me into the lives and loves of others.  I loved, loved, loved reading about the thankfulness which people felt this Christmas.  Particularly that some were tinged with the bittersweetness of people missed.  Again, not because I’m a sadist but rather that this whole thing really does help us see the small things we’d usually overlook, or at least never name.   Plus, the pain somehow validates the record of the pleasure – rather than it just being a trite ‘I loved today’.

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83

I’ve had one of those days where up until the waning moments of the day you think you’ll have trouble doing a 365.  But tonight I am so grateful for friends who allow me to practice community with them even with the imminent arrival of the artist currently known as ‘Bump’.  Grateful for company on a ‘all-my-housemates-have-disappeared-for-Christmas-and-I’m-sick-of-being-alone-in-the-house’ kinda day.  Grateful for comfortable silences between stimulating conversation on all levels of the depth spectrum.  Grateful to have somewhere to voice endless ridiculous nit-picky questions without them feeling they have to have all the answers.

I’m thankful for 365s that give historicity and scope to otherwise insignificant daily occurences.  Thankful for the beauty of writing and creativity and freedom of expression.

Thankful that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I get to go home home.

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61

I enjoyed another wee jaunt round the shops with mum – it’d been a while since I’d hung out with her.  So that was good.  And now the evening in, catching up on blogging with Maud’s Pooh Bear chilling in the freezer…

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57

Think I might do some research and see if other 365ers have begun to struggle around this point?  I’m defo losing my blogaddiction.  I’m kinda glad though.  My eyes really were going square…

Ok.  Tuesday… hmmm… I made it home from Derry in record time.  That’s always nice – less traffic than usual.

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