You know the kind at the theme parks, sweet, yet definitely camp fire.

Good Stuff Eatery Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Visiting Molly

December 19, 2009

Since I’ve been in a picture-y kind of mood, I thought I share my photos from my trip to see Molly in DC about a month ago.

Oh lovely... It looks like I have a comb-over. Rainy and cold. And this was the better picture.

DC landmarks made of organic materials at the Botanical Gardens.

Scary eyes, scary hair

Did you know that everything in this picture is a prehistoric plant? Well except Molly... and the sign.

Mobile Cupcakes. Just before he caught us taking the picture and ran over to talk to us. No cupcakes today thanks. My feet hurt and I ate a Disney smoke milkshake two hours ago.

Washington Monument and Joe Biden's House

Where are you Darth Vader?

More on my DC photo album.

Jacksonville Adventure

October 11, 2009

Today I’m at work, and it’s been very quiet (a fact that we will pay for tomorrow), but last weekend I went on a road trip to Jacksonville.  I had been planning to renew my lay speaking certification by taking the required 10 hour class that was offered in Crawfordville about a month ago, but it conflicted with my work schedule.  Most of the classes are offered on two consecutive Saturdays, which does not work with the way my work works :).  So they were offering one more class this year in Jacksonville on Friday night and Saturday all day.  I could go to that and only have to take a few hours off from work instead of a whole day.  They had a spot left in the advanced “You Can Lead Worship Class.”

I left work at 3 on Friday to get there in time for the 6:30 start time.  And I was able to spent my down time that day planning what I could do with my extra time while I was there.   I even considered getting the hotel room for 2 nights so that I could visit the young adult ministry at one of the Big Churches and go to the Fort Caroline National Memorial, but my cheapness won out and I decided that would have to wait until next time.

But here’s what I did get to do.

1.  I went to the class.  It was mediocre to bad, I am sad to say.  And I guess that’s mainly because I did not learn very much.  The content level was only slightly higher than confirmation class.  And the tone was so pessimistic, whining about how no one wants to got to worship service and no one ever listens to what the pastor says.  And things like spending at least a half hour talking about acrostics that have to do with prayer (PUSH= Pray until something happens…groan.)  On the positive side I am encouraged by the number of people seeking leadership development, and how course there are the people in general who are just the best part of the operation: the leaders and the participants, kind and generous and with great stories and testimonies.

2. I decided to skip the provided lunch so that I could go to “Cozy Tea.”  Which was a bit pricey and caused me to be late back to class, but was totally worth it. Best Scone EVER!!!

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3. After class I went to the bank, because they have Compasses in Jacksonville so I was able to make a night deposit. Then I went to the Cupcakery. Read the rest of this entry »