Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 1: From Ridiculous O'Clock to Best Friend Hugs with Pictures

First travel day is done. We have made it to Moncton. There have been many Best Friend hugs.

Her kids are wonderful. They waited for me at the end of the road. Super cute. Also, today, they argued of the possession of "The Liz." See for years Best Friend called me, "My Liz." The kids today "corrected" her by stating, "no, she is "our Liz." Best Friend won with the decisive, "I saw her first." I feel loved. Best Friend and I are giggling over the story as I write this.

During the drive Mom and I thought up a few more goals:

A Few More Goals:
31. Halls Harbour visit
32. See a lighthouse
34. Picture with a giant lobster
35. Chicken Curry Fries (again, I know there are other places that service this but its not the same)
36. Johnny's for a burger and/or poutine
37. Meal at Troys

And now the days highlights in photos:

Ridiculous O'clock Start
(car is five minutes fast)
The original plan was for us to wake at 4:00am to be on the road by 4:30am. However, we jokingly said that if we both were up earlier we would just go. After blogging last night I was in bed before 10:00pm. I proceeded to wake up at 11:40ish, 1:20ish, and 2:15ish. I was a bad as I am Christmas Eve. When I woke again at 3:00am I just decided to get up and stay up.

The double upside was 1) I was inspired to go through my CDs to change up the music in the car and found a CD I have been missing over a year ago. I am beyond happy to have found Sara Groves Add to the Beauty CD. And 2) it meant we didn't arrive at Best Friends super late.

Many hours later we made it to the New Brunswick boarder
 

We decided to have a spontaneous touristy activity.
 
I learned how to use the panoramic feature on my phone 

This might be my favourite picture of the day :)

And BEST FRIEND HUGS

See you tomorrow :)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nova Scotia Bound & Bucket List

The car is loaded!

We just finished. I should be going to sleep but I'm too wired. I am so excited. This time tomorrow I am going to be hugging Best Friend. In lieu of bed I am going to try writing. 

For those who don't know, mom and I are traveling east for the next two-ish weeks. We're leaving tomorrow at ridiculous o'clock and driving to Best Friends in Moncton. Saturday we will continue on to God's country (Nova Scotia) for a friends wedding in the City, where we're spending the night. Then on Sunday the plan is to be in the Valley.

In anticipation of our trip, Mom and I have been making lists and lists of all the people we want to seep, things we want to do, and foods we want to eat while in Nova Scotia. Probably more than is actually possible to cram into our time visiting but we are going to try. A few of these are going to also be on this year's Birthday Bucket List (which is completed I just haven't posted yet).

1. Hug all of my people (with the exception of friends who do not appreciate hugs)
2. Brunch with The Brunch Club
3. Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
4. Participate in a day of board games with Aurora
5. Go to the Valley Drive-In
6. Live music
7. Attend a party with spontaneous jam session
8. The Wolfville Farmer Market
9. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
10. Visit Crystal Falls (or another falls)
11. See the Blue Nose (is it out of dry docks yet?)
12. Drive Ridge Road (Greenwood to Wolfville)
13. Halifax Harbour/take a hopper tour
14. Visit Port George
15. Ghost Walk
16. Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
17. Go to the Look-Off
18. Find the cement houses
19. Go geocaching
20. Attend the worship service at Kings
 Food
21. Lobster
22. Muscles
23. Scott Skins
24. London Fog, yes they have them here but I miss my cafes
25. Eat at the Naked Crepe
26. Eat at the Pita Hut
27. Eat at the Korean place
28. All you can eat sushi
29. Have a donair with real donair sauce
30. Maybe a donair pizza but garlic fingers for sure

The list keeps growing but I need to call it a night; ridiculous o'clock is 6 less than hours away.

Any further additions will be included in the next post. Mom and I are going to chronicle our adventures over the next two weeks so stay tuned. Two questions:
  1. Is it too late in the season to go tubing? 
  2. Is there anything we should add to our list?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cupcakes

We made cupcakes! It was a lot of fun trying new to make pretty icing. Two years ago my friend Colette taught me how using a piping bag and I finally put the skills to use. The first set is from my mini-youth birthday celebration and the second two pictures were for a church potluck.




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Good-Bye Thirty-Five

I like birthday eves. It's often my time to reflect on the pervious twelve months and dream about the coming year.

Today was good but didn't follow my normal birthday eve traditions. There was limited time for the self reflection, journaling, or even blogging. On the upside, I'm finding time now and the rest of the day did include making poached eggs, icing cupcakes, and watching Doctor Who.

This has been a big year. I didn't meet all 35 challenges, but the new experiences and situations changed my focus and lead to new adventures. I am happy with the trade off. The highlights have been:
  • The last weeks with my NS friends
  • Mark East
  • The move home
  • More family time (cause I moved home)
  • Kingdom Bound (three day Christian music festival at an amusement park)
  • Visit to NS
  • Launching my new youth ministry
  • Christmas Eve
  • Welcoming a new pastor/boss in February
  • Organizing a dramatic presentation of the gospel of Mark earlier this month
The 35
If you haven't seen it before, on my birthday I set a number of goals for the year. This year it is "35 While 35;" the challenges are divided into seven areas, spiritual, relationships, adventure, hobbies, culture, health, and second chances.

This is the results of the year:
The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

Spiritual
1) Choose My One Word for 2017
My word is "with"
2) Read the New Testament
I missed five books.
3) Explore Contemplative Spirituality
4) A Day of Silence
5) Be Thankful
I never wrote a 1000 things, but I did work on being thankful.

Relationships
6) Time with My Dad
I enjoyed football
7) Friend Reunions
I got together with a friend from youth camp and I'm connecting with a few NS friends at the game con.
8) Attend a Family Reunion
9) Send Christmas Cards Happy New Year's Cards
Never happened :(
10) Go on a Date
I actually went on two...both were lovely and definitely ended platonically

Adventure
11) Take a Risk
12) Go on a Road Trip
13) Go Camping
14) Be Upside Down
15) Be Outside Canada

Hobbies
16) Try Something New
I've learned to crochet
17) Join a Club/Group
There are a few teens at my church who have suggested I start a table top games day.
18) Cosplay as a New/Different Character
I had a few plans...but the convention isn't it May. I thought it was earlier
19) Try Bullet Journalling
20) Create a 40 Before 40 Challenge List
It's started :)

Culture
21) Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
In NS :)
22) See a Musical
Saw two
23) Participate in a Reading Challenge 
My 2017 Reading Challenge...which I had forgotten about
24) Go to a Ballet
25) Attend a Convention
I went to one in Toronto and it was such a blast!

Health
26) Be a Vegan for 40 Days
27) Keep a Food Journal
28) Complete a Pull Up
Nope...not happening
29) Dance
I am being generous here. I dance but not like I had planned...there is always next year
30) Run Walk 5 km
Sister and I did a fun "run" in the fall. I walked all but the first tiny bit. Right now that is what I can manage and that I will count as a win.

Second-Chance
31) Finally Paint This Canvas
32) Finish Four Children Stories
33) Make a Video
34) Draw More
35) Grow Something to Eat

Conclusion
24 challenges completed!

And six where in some form of progress.

Not bad. I am content. Bring on 36!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Simple Woman Daybook 186


FOR TODAY: January 29, 2017
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... snow.

I am thinking... about the movie Hidden Figures and what makes a good movie.

I am thankful... for Pastor Gary who has been my mentor these past six months. It was his last Sunday at our church. I will miss him.

I am wearing... a purple knit dress.

I am creating... a crochet Yoda

I am reading...B. T. and Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists and The Books of the Bible, just in Mark now but that means nothing since the books are out of order.

I am watching... Blue Bloods and The Newsroom. I am on a trial run for CraveTV. Sister and I are also watching Agent Carter and Mom joins us to watch the Librarians. I've also started the second season of Voltron.

I am geeking out... on Disney. Sister and I watched a bunch this weekend and in between I looked up Disney stuff on Pinterest.

I played... Pandemic.
One of my favorite things... girl's movie outings

Verse of the week... Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Song of the Week:


In the Kitchen... It's been pretty average meals the past few weeks. Nothing exciting to share.


A few plans for the rest of the week:...I'm not sure of any at the moment. I had so exciting plans but they fell through.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Birthday Bucket List Check In

Three months left on this year's Birthday Bucket List  challenge.

If you haven't seen it before, on my birthday I set a number of goals for the year. This year it is "35 While 35;" the challenges are divided into seven areas, spiritual, relationships, adventure, hobbies, culture, health, and second chances.

The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

Spiritual
1) Choose My One Word for 2017
My word is "with"

2) Read the New Testament
I'm in Mark, which sounds like I'm not that far but since the Bible I'm using has a different order.

3) Explore Contemplative Spirituality
I've attending three conference type events, read two books, and participated in a six week small group discussion. It has not been exhaustive but it has been a good exploratory start.

4) A Day of Silence

5) Be Thankful
I've been sporadically writing the Thankful Thursdays which helped, the real change has been this year I have a 1000 Thankful Moments in my bullet journal.

Relationships
6) Time with My Dad

7) Friend Reunions
I got together with a friend from youth camp and I'm connecting with a few NS friends at the game con.

8) Attend a Family Reunion

9) Send Christmas Cards Happy New Year's Cards
Totally forgot...I think might try a "happy 2017" card

10) Go on a Date

Adventure
11) Take a Risk

12) Go on a Road Trip

13) Go Camping

14) Be Upside Down

15) Be Outside Canada

Hobbies
16) Try Something New
I've learned to crochet

17) Join a Club/Group
There are a few teens at my church who have suggested I start a table top games day.

18) Cosplay as a New/Different Character
I had a few plans...but the convention isn't it May. I thought it was earlier

19) Try Bullet Journalling

20) Create a 40 Before 40 Challenge List
It's started :)

Culture
21) Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

22) See a Musical

23) Participate in a Reading Challenge 
My 2017 Reading Challenge list can be found here.

24) Go to a Ballet

25) Attend a Convention
I've registered for a board game convention happening in March!!!

Health
26) Be a Vegan for 40 Days

27) Keep a Food Journal

28) Complete a Pull Up
I haven't tried one since September :(

29) Dance
I've started a whole like challenge that includes moving or exercise everyday for 10 minutes. I've been attempting to dance everyday, sadly I'm a week in and have danced twice.

30) Run Walk 5 km
Sister and I did a fun "run" in the fall. I walked all but the first tiny bit. Right now that is what I can manage and that I will count as a win.

Second-Chance
31) Finally Paint This Canvas

32) Finish Four Children Stories

33) Make a Video

34) Draw More

35) Grow Something to Eat

Conclusion
20 challenges completed!

11 more are in progress.

This might be the best challenge year yet. The biggest issue for me is remembering to remember what is on the list. I am happy with this year's results thus far. As I say almost every year and maybe even every update, the challenge has encouraged me to do more than I would have without it.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Choosing A Word

About four years ago a good friend introduced me to My One Word. The idea is that instead of making a list of resolutions that poorly attempt to change behaviour focus on a single word to help focus character transformation.

This year a I've been going through the process with a small group. Last night we were working on the task of choosing our word. Sadly the weather kept many home so this post is going to be an outline of what we discussed and went through. My guide was chapter three of My One Word. Their website also has help on how to pick your word.

1) The Big List of Possible Words
The first step is to make to brainstorm a list of possible words. You can do this by asking yourself questions:
  • Who do I want to emulate?
  • What do I want to be known for?
  • What qualities or characteristics do I want in my life?
  • What has God been doing in my life?
  • What has God created me to do?
From your answers make a list of words. There are no wrong words on this list. Write every idea, phrase, and word down that connects.

2) A List of Ten (Or Less)
Next narrow the big list down to ten words or less. For me I pick these ten two ways. First, as I look over my big list I often find patterns or repeated words. That is a sign to me that is an area I want to work on so I add them to the list. I also choose words that resonate with me or words that I just like.

One I have my smaller list of ten I begin to look at those words deeper. I look up their meanings in a dictionary and similar words in a thesaurus. And I look up each word on biblegateway.com. My first time choosing a word it was while looking up in the Bible a word on my list and discovered a synonym for the word "remain" that really stuck with me. So I added "abide" to my list and it ended up being my word. So if in the midst of your research and thinking a new word comes to you add it to your list.

3) Choose Your Word
After the process of researching and pondering it is time to select a word. There is no real "secret" it is a word that stands out to you. For me one just seems to click better than the rest. I have always had a word in mind when I start and it is never the final word I choose. The advice from the website says,

Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things that you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD. This will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as a way to determine whether or not change is actually happening. Understand that this process is hard, but staying focused on your word will help you to struggle in the right direction so that you can actually see God working in your life.
A Final Thought
Choosing a word can be useful for anyone to give focus for the upcoming year and not limited to just those of faith. However, my faith in Jesus is a big part of how and why I choose my word. I start and end each step with prayer. I ask for guidance and clarity as I think about possible words, I pray for wisdom as I look up Scripture, and ultimately I trusting that by asking God to give me a word He will.