the weekend that was: a mixed bag - a bit of work on Saturday morning after a lovely day off on Friday. My cleaner started on Thursday so I had limited chores to do, which was bliss! M and I spent the day pottering about, went food shopping and blackberry picking and she napped while I baked...heavenly smelling house on every level!
Friday night we were out having dinner with 'the Pastors'. Saturday, I accompanied Andy to do his last mentoring training session of the week and hosted him in the Chelmsford venue for Equipping. It went down well I think?! We took M with us as we'd all spent a lot of time apart over the week and she had been under the weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a pub lunch together on the way home and then she and Andy spent the afternoon doing baking for the kids going on a sailing trip from school this week - she was more of a hindrance than a help in the kitchen but she was very proud of herself!!
Saturday night our friend Lewis came over to chill and stay over - we caught up (well, I caught up and the boys talked and drank wine!) with Strictly Come Dancing which I'd missed the night before.
Sunday included the usual church commitments - Andy on PA and me doing M watch! During the afternoon the Cherish Uganda Cycle Team went out on a 50 mile practice run for their sponsored ride on Saturday in Brighton - and they took M so I had some time to myself which was lovely. Sunday night I was observing someone in their youthwork practice while Andy and Lewis led GIraffe at our house.
procrastinating about: a few loose ends going on at present - sorting some design work for various projects which is time consuming and also keeping track of supervisions and support stuff with full/part time youth workers. I did manage to get the Falcon Afloat Team hoodies ordered last week, which has taken me ages! I'm also leading the Family Harvest service at church on Sunday so need to fine tune some of that and make sure everyone knows what's happening.
Anything else going on of mention?? We had a great chat last night with Jack and Emily in Tennessee, our friends we visited last summer. It's often a challenge to all chat together, with the time differences and Jack being a pastor and Emily studying. Last time we rang it was only Emily in so me and her had a good catch up! This time, the boys talked more in depth about some of the stuff going down for us right now, and I caught up with Emily at the end, but never enough! We filled them in on the latest in our lives, which I can't talk about too much here, but which is pretty mind mashing!! It's great to have the perspective of someone totally out of the context of what we're doing and without any bias, apart from loving us. At the moment, we're really grateful for the understanding of a lot of our friends who are standing with us and keeping us sane! You know who you are!
book i’m in the midst of: Put down the Russian Concubine - not that good. Continuing with Someone Elses' Kids which is excellent. Also had some recommednations today of some theology/political books which I'm going to try. Feel the need for more depth after a few mindless historical romps!!
music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: nothing too new, but loving the Genius playlist application in Itunes which just makes me the best mixes, especially when I have an office day!!
next trip: Getting booked in for Youthwork the Conference this week with a bunch of guys from The Hub. I'd love to be at Youth Specialties NYWC in LA this week tho!!
stuff I'm into on TV/films right now: apart from Strictly Come Dancing, what else is there??!! ItTakesTwo is one of the best half hours of my day!!
Youth work done/upcoming: I enjoyed being at St Saviour's Westcliff on Sunday night, being part of their session and observing Louise for her Equipping Certificate.
What did you eat this weekend?? Ginger cake that Andy made, Great spag bol, lovely curry on Sunday and some simpler quick meals this week to come.