I've been trying to keep a regular rhythm of blogging on Saturdays, but I was away this past weekend at a church conference. It ran from Wednesday evening to Friday night, but Saturday morning I met some friends from Florida at their hotel for breakfast before we said our goodbyes and they drove off to the airport. That would have normally been my blog-writing time. Back home now after a very eventful 5 days.
Reading the title from last week's blog, I got a bit of a shock! Was that prophetic? Because I had a REAL crash on Wednesday night. Thank God no one was hurt except for my car, a rain gutter and a trash can. Parking on hills is not something I do often and I apparently neglected to fully engage the parking brake. The car rolled backwards and, picking up momentum, managed to do a good deal of damage. It's all external, though, and my insurance should pay for the gutter and the trash can. I'll probably have to take care of out of pocket. Bummer. But it is what it is.
I've joked before about how the German's protect their trash cans, often keeping them under lock and key. This one had a protective wall around it which my car demolished. It also kept the car from rolling into the street and possibly doing more damage. So I guess I won't make those jokes anymore!
The conference itself was very uplifting! Leaders of our denomination from all over Europe came to discuss issues that will be brought before the international assembly next summer, including the topic of women in ministerial leadership, a matter dear to my heart. There were also two Bible teachers during the daytime sessions who brought excellent messages. Great music from our own Bible school worship team.
This all took place at the Bible school where I teach. I stayed on over the weekend to attend the first faculty meeting of the new semester (I commute one day a week when school is in session). There were lots of things to clarify as we're switching to a modular system this semester. Going forward most courses will be taught in 2-week blocks. Music and English not, so I'll continue to go up on Mondays for those courses, and my two week-blocks will be in October and November. Then I had lunch with the colleagues, and we all met the new students in one of the afternoon orientation sessions.
Back to the language school this afternoon! Still need to finish unpacking and put in load of wash, so it's time to get at it!
Oops - forgot to mention that my weight stayed the same this week. This morning I measured and there wasn't much change there either over the last month except I FINALLY saw my waistline go down an inch, and a little less backfat indicated by a lower chest measurement --- woohoo to that.
Here's an article with some exercises similar to the ones I've been doing a couple of times a week: Bye-Bye, Back Fat: 11 Exercises to Improve Your Rear View:
Onward with the Champions in the Kitchen during the interim between 5% challenges. Fall challenge starts soon, though. I should reach goal during that one!