My "few hours" project of photographing seniors ended up taking almost 12 hours over 3 days - on the days that I worked 'long' (8 hours) at Arrow... so this is me saying that I've been busy.
I'm helping with a bridal shower tomorrow afternoon, and now, at midnight, I'm cutting up fruit because Costco was sold out of fruit trays. My mom is coming over in the morning to help me arrange flowers into vases and sometime between the fruit and the flowers I need to think up then write out and print off twenty creative "How Well Do You Know the Bride?" questions for a game.
So this is me saying that I'm busy.
Last night at 1 am (which is 9 am in England) I started phoning Car for Hire businesses to get to the bottom of my 'Rent an Automatic Transmissioned Van for One Week' project. James offered to help earlier in the week because it's not a long distance call for him. I tried doing it online but kept hitting road blocks. Like - I arrive at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon and all car rental places, (everywhere in the world apparently) CLOSE AT NOON ON SATURDAY. Then, there's the issue of needing a van. Very few places have vehicles with a capacity of more than 5. Very few. And then there's the issue of needing an automatic. SERIOUSLY. Seriously. Automatic vehicles are as rare as thin thighs on a Mennonite woman.
After a week of backnforth with James, he concluded:
"Do you really need to rent a vehicle? I'm sure you won't have a problem learning to drive my van."
Honestly? Just when I was experiencing deep peace about the whole situation - we're back to this?
So I started making some calls with my google maps page open beside me. And by 3 am I secured a vehicle at a small independent car-for-hire located at a tiny municipal airport in a one-sheriff town half an hour away from the house we're staying at. She will personally find an automatic for me AND SHE WILL MEET ME AFTERHOURS in order to compete the transaction. (She gave me her cell phone number so I can give her a call when I'm ready to pick it up.) THAT was totally worth losing sleep over.
So this is me, saying that I've been busy.
Three things I'm thankful for (illustrated by the beautiful people I photographed this week):
1. In spite of all the busyness, I did get to see The Sorcerer's Apprentice on Friday night and as the movie was ending I realized I was smiling, so it must of been OK. I'd probably give it 5.5 bags of popcorn out of 10. So. A passing grade.
2. For the first time in, oh, about 7 months, all 3 boys were at home, spontaneously, at the same time, in the same room for 2 hours. They watched The Simpsons and Family Guy and totally didn't talk or go outside into the BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SUNSHINE.
It was just like the olden days.
3. At the spur of the moment, when I did have a moment, I got Clint to help me clear out, then wash down the cupboards in the upstairs bathroom. They look as good as my bathroom. SO glad we got that done. Best part? He did it cheerfully. And then, seeing he was on a roll, cleaned up his own room.
4. I'm learning alot from Nehemiah. There's a reason it's a part of the Bible. Leadership. Pretty inspiring, actually.
5. Love this message.
The Law of the Pendulum? Brilliant. This will stick with me for a long time. Which is a good thing. (Go ahead, give it a listen. It's one of his shorter sermons; only 24 minutes.) Let me know what you think.