Whenever I feel like I just don’t have either the energy or the cohesive thought for a fully fleshed out post, I reach for the easy: the “random” post. You know, the one where I just tell you a bunch of things that don’t necessarily relate to each other, but are a more of “here’s what’s going on/what I’m thinking about/some stuff”.
- Things are starting to get into more of a regular rhythm/schedule around here. The guys have almost two weeks of school under their belts. They seem to be doing okay in their classes (although Matt declares that geometry is “poo”). Zach is doing a couple of classes as independent, online study (pre-cal, and Washington state history; evidently all that Nebraska history from fourth grade isn’t going to cut it), and is catching up pretty well in physics. Matt is one of four trombone players in the band: one is a senior, and the other two are freshman who just started playing. So he is probably gonna be second chair. :) Or maybe first. Who knows? :)
- Matt’s also been playing more piano lately. Which makes me smile. And also makes me want to dig out some of my own piano music. Which also makes me acutely aware of the fact that this piano has not been tuned for a few years. Those lower register notes–not. good.
- Which reminds me–one of the difficult things about moving is finding your new “people”. Not just as in friends (which is a major need, of course, and takes a bit of time and patience), but as in, who you call/go to for x. Who is the plumber you want to use? Who is a good piano tuner? What dentist isn’t scary? (I have leftover dental fear from my childhood.) What orthodontist will only charge an arm, as opposed to an arm AND a leg? And most importantly (at least for me, right now): where can I go for a good haircut?!? (Seriously. I am starting to look like a llasa apso.)
- Speaking of finding “people”–we have not yet settled on a church, where presumably, we will find our “people” (in addition to finding people amongst our neighbors, co-workers, schoolmates, etc.). We have been “church shopping” (ick–I hate that term, because of all that it implies: a consumer mentality, “what’s in it for me?”, what do I like/not like about this worship service/pastor/building/people/music, how does it serve ME, instead of how does it honor and serve God) for a few weeks. I think there is one more that we are going to visit on Sunday, and then we’ll make a decision about where to go, and give whatever place that is, time and commitment, to let God show us whether it is where he wants us to be.
- On visiting new churches: I really don’t like the whole process–being the new person coming in is reasonably scary. Those who have not had to go through this anytime recently (or ever!) would do well to consider what it’s like, and how they would want to be greeted and interacted with, and then seek to be welcoming in that way to newcomers. ( And I don’t mean that ”I wouldn’t want anyone to talk to me, so I will just leave visitors alone” is a valid response. You can interact with introverts in a welcoming, gentle manner. Likewise, don’t be so super-extroverted and overwhelming that you bowl someone over with your gushiness, which can come off as insincere. Speaking as an introvert, that is.)
- Zach’s birthday celebration was low-key, with just the four of us. But there was a dinner out, and gifts, and I even remembered to buy candles for the cake–which was devil’s food, white frosting. Of course. :) And our harmonizing on “Happy Birthday” even went okay.
- Some of you have been asking for pictures of the house with all of our stuff in it, as opposed to the photos earlier, with previous owner’s stuff. I took some photos yesterday, when it was sunny, of a couple of rooms. I may dispense them bit by bit, since some rooms were not as, say, photogenic as others (beds unmade, etc….Sorry, I really am trying to do better on this, Mom. Because you are right–it feels more clean, and better, when the bed’s made. Even though it’s just going to get all rumpled up again soon. :))
- I’m starting to get used to the new grocery store. It was pretty easy to get used to the fact that they sack your groceries (and help you out with them, if you want); but takes a bit of time to figure out what is a good price on what, and could I get it cheaper at Target or Costco, and if so, would it be worth the extra distance/gas/time to do so? (Target and Costco are about 25 miles away; grocery store is about 11 miles). Still working some of that out. As my oldest son would say, MATH! A bit different from Super Saver being about a minute from my house. (There is a little quickie-mart type place pretty nearby, but you can imagine the prices. Not for your regular shopping type trips.)
- Old house in Lincoln hasn’t sold yet. So keep praying about that. I am. :)
Random thoughts done.