After this past week/weekend, I think I need a vacation! School was especially taxing this past week and the next two weeks are going to be rough too. Fortunately, they’re giving us July 5-9 off from school, so I may regain sanity then.
This weekend was great, but it was as if everyone converged on Greenville at once. I had a Nutrition test on Friday, followed by a long conversation with Bryan about me expecting too much of myself and putting undue stresses on myself. It was a good talk and I felt better afterwards.
I actually slept in on Saturday and then went for an early lunch date with Bryan to Atlanta Bread (and visited the Saturday morning market downtown). Then we went to our friends’ baby shower at the park, followed by seeing my sister and her boys briefly so she could drop off some green tomatoes (which I fried on Sunday). Then we took a break and watched Toy Story 3 with some friends, followed by dinner. I did some laundry and a quick house clean before my brother arrived on Saturday night. My friend Carissa from Colorado is in town briefly too. She originally had plans, but they fell through, so she sent me a text at 10 and said, “is it too late to come over?”, to which I replied, “of course not. come on!” She came over for some decaf coffee and we caught up till about midnight, then crashed. (Speaking of my friend Carissa, look for an upcoming post from her. She will be my first guest author, celebrating hitting 4,000 hits on the blog! Should be good!)
My sister-in-law and her family were in town and we rarely get to see them. So, they came over for Sunday lunch and stayed till about 4p.m. We had ribs and ribeye and mashed potato bar, and I fried green tomatoes and eggplant (had to give them a good Southern meal, since they’re from Abu Dhabi). We took a quick nap and then headed back to church. Father’s Day services were wonderful, by the way. Pastor spoke on Luke 15. The morning was about the Parable of the Father’s Love. And the evening was the Parable of the Prodigal Son and his brother. Really good lesson. And it made me so thankful for my dad, who’s been an excellent picture of God’s unconditional love for me throughout my life.
After church, Carissa and our friends Rachel and Dave came over. Rachel and Dave brought sandwich fixings and we had leftover watermelon from lunch. We talked about Colorado and church planting and just had a good time. Then my brother got back from seeing some friends. We chatted for a little bit and he headed back north. It was good to have him, even if it was brief.
Needless to say, I got to work this morning and felt like I needed a vacation. I talked to Bryan for about 15 minutes over lunch and felt much better afterwards. Funny how he always makes me think through things and feel better. I think we’ve decided that I’m going to try to do the self-study thing this fall semester instead of returning to Greenville Tech. We’ll see how it goes: kind of a trial period. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to take 2 classes and keep my full-time job, but it’s a bit more than I expected. I’m also trying to cut back my hours a little bit at work. Now the big decision is which certification organization to get certified through. I’ll let you know what I decide. Meanwhile, I’m putting feelers out about Personal Trainer Certification groups with personal trainers I know.