Another week grinds to a conclusion, and as usual, it's a good thing I had my seatbelt fastened - a couples times during the week, I might have got thrown out!
Double-duty at church again today, no surprise there. You do what you gotta do, you know? Yanni gave me something to think about today... we were in the upper room this morning, doing our video taping thing as usual, and he referenced something I said in a blog post earlier in the year, saying I made it seem like doing the video room thing was a drudgery and hard and a duty, etc. etc. He mentioned this to me as I sat there in my chair, playing word search puzzles on my DSlite, feet up on the desk, as he and Laythe handled the duties for me. After the initial sting of the realization wore off, I pondered it. I have a response, but I'm not all that proud of it.
I don't really care anymore.
I used to take a lot of pride in what went on upstairs, and cared much more about the end result than I do now. As with just about everything church-related, I've lost that spark, that motivator, that compelled me to take things seriously there, and give 100%. I guess I'm just in neutral, when it comes to the church. I'm not saying that's a positive - it's more a confession than anything. Not sure what to do about it, really. But I suppose I should amend my comments about the upper room activities. It certainly isn't "hard". It's more like a clubhouse than anything now. There's a lot of chatting and goofing around and candy-eating going on up there, and not much paying attention to what's going on downstairs.
I may need to change that. Funny the power of a little guilt, eh?
At this morning's service, we had a large group of visitors from a "sister church" in the Philipines, and among them was a gentleman who played "How Great Thou Art" on a saxophone, and (if you'll pardon the pun), it blew me away, it was so good. I couldn't get the video footage of it (I had to stop recording so I could save an hour on the master DVD for the sermon), but I was able to get an audio file of it. I'm editing it together with music as we speak, and I will upload it here as soon as it's done.
EDIT: Here it is. Give it a listen, eh. You don't have to watch the pics, just let it play in the background...
I am a multi-tasking machine today. Check out this picture:
Yes, I have all four of my computers on my desk at this moment, and yes, I am doing something on all of them at the same time. I minimized everything so that the wallpapers would show for the picture. In fact, I caught myself last night using two machines at once, literally, a mouse in each hand, head pivoting back and forth... that... is pathetic...
I promised I'd post a pic of my Eldest Daughter's fish tank a few days ago, so here it finally is, for what it's worth...
Had an adventure with her crab today, which we should rename Houdini (current name: Jim). First, we woke up in the morning to find one of her guppies wedged into her plastic coliseum ruins there in the pic. Wifey freed it but it died shortly thereafter. Must have been stuck all night. Anyway, it got flushed. Then Eldest Daughter noticed her crab was missing. We looked around and under everything in the tank, unable to believe it could get out of the tank itself. Couldn't find it, went to church, came back, looked some more. Long story short, we found it in the afternoon, walking in the hallway. It's not supposed to be out of the water, but it had been for several hours. We plopped it back in, it stayed motionless for so long we thought it was dead. It was probably just really tired from the ordeal. It seems to be recovering ok. Still have no clue how it managed to get out of the tank.
Gee, the excitement never ends, eh? I bet that is an example of the types of hard-hitting, riveting stories that you tune in to this blog to read about, yes?
I didn't make anywhere near as much progress on my pressing work-related items this weekend that I had wished. I have a full day tomorrow, including my long-awaited doctor's appointment, and a trip into the rug shop to take care of some financial bidness... Both of those will eat up hours I could be using for other "Need It Done Today" projects that are screaming for me, but it can't be helped. It's all important.
Todayve In History: May 4
- May 4, 1494: Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica. (We know how he celebrated, don't we, mon?)
- May 4, 1904: Construction begins by the US on the Panama Canal. (A man, a plan, a case of malaria, a... I forget how the rest goes...)
- May 4, 1953: Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer for The Old Man and the Sea. (Unfortunately, the sequel was 'The Old Man and the Shotgun.')
Laythe loaned me a book by an author named Terry Brooks called First King of Shannara. I have it lined up to read next, once I finish with this round of The Black Company.
Gonna head off for now. Lots of stuff in the works. I'm doing my best to keep y'all entertained.
Until tomorrow, remember, when in doubt, blame Laythe...