For me, anyway. We went to the early service at our church this morning, once again blessed by being able to assist with the serving of Communion to our community there. We go back tonight for our favourite service, a contemporary one with guitar, sometimes viola, sometimes trombone, sometimes piano; depends who’s available to play. Great voices too. And to top it off, some of the best preaching we’ve heard ever. Our leader, Brad, is so genuine, so down-to-earth, so committed to his faith. We love him and learn from him every week.
Between services, I have to write this, read some other blogs, play Scrabble with Doug, figure out how we spent so much with American Express this month, all the while relishing in the Air Miles we collected. When I look back at the various things we spend our money on, I rarely find items I regret, and that’s a good thing. After I wasted all the time I can doing other things, I had to face the reality of those two exams that I graded yesterday. I re-marked them today to try to squeeze as much out of them as I could. Not much more to squeeze, I’m afraid. Bumped each of them up a bit. One has already said thank you in a super-nice way. That episode will be over after I deliver the paperwork to the office tomorrow. Then it’s all done; Michael gets to deal with the last (and actually the hardest) as we board our ship in Fort Lauderdale.
Now we turn our attention more completely to trip prep. Except for doctor’s appointments, dentist’s appointments, and a host of other things that are already on the calendar. Tomorrow, after I do the official thing at school, we go to see our travel agent and pick up our travel documents – real tickets for Robert Q and planes and ship and hotel confirmations and all the stuff that makes the trip real. After the cleaning elves on Tuesday, the suitcases will come up, Doug will try on his new tux, I will try on a bunch of new stuff, and the packing, unpacking, repacking, etc. will begin.
My dizzies have largely subsided for the time being, to be replaced by a nearly constant pain in my neck and left shoulder. The old pinched nerve thing acting up. I try to watch my posture, to do my strengthening exercises (I can do those any time; they don’t require that I get all sweaty like the bike which I promise to start on Monday), and to follow all the advice from my physical therapist about managing the pain. Not too much luck lately. One of the docs I still have to see is my pain guy. Hopefully he will schedule another series of cortisone injections in my neck. They seem to control the pain, mostly, for quite some time. I haven’t had one in over a year so I should be able to convince him.
And now it’s off to do other stuff. Take care of one another. Give someone a hug; you never know when that could make that person’s day!