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Sunday Matters: I’m Back!

Sunday Matters

I actually came back earlier this week but you know how it is. You come home to laundry, no groceries in the fridge, and piles of mail to go through. And yes, my family was home.

My group and I had a fabulous week though. I spent a lot of hours outdoors and it was so good to just sit outside and be. This was an early morning shot of the lake. It was so peaceful in the morning.

Hume Lake
Hume Lake
Hume Lake
Another shot of Hume Lake.

A few highlights:

  • I didn’t die (always a plus but lots of people were injured during activities)
  • Somehow my average of 3.0 hours of sleep per night did not affect me at ALL. I had lots of pep.
  • The girls taught me how to play Mafia and it was super fun.
  • Although I didn’t get the gluten free meal plan, I had plenty to eat and didn’t have any reactions. Huge win.
  • So many wonderful conversations in the cabin.
  • Even when our bus broke down and something ran across my foot, I could see the humor in it.
  • There is nothing quite like bonding in a cabin with 10 other people.
  • Sink time or mirror time is like a Hunger Game’s battle when there are 10 other ladies in the cabin. What would it take to hang another mirror up??

Right Now:

We are about to head out to church. In the summer, our church does At The Movies and it’s so much fun. They show a clip of a movie and then tie it to the teaching. They make popcorn too! Last week we saw The Sandlot. Not sure what today’s movie is but our pastor said to bring tissues.

This Week:

Praise Jesus because my daughter’s one summer class is almost done. Just ten more days. She still has the other class to deal with but it will be easier for her when she only has the one class. It’s been a challenge to cram a semester into 5 weeks.

Also, she was cast as one of the Doo Wop girls in Little Shop (Ronette), She got a callback for Audrey, huge accomplishment but it would have been a lot with her two classes. She is very happy with Ronette.

Reading:

I finished Pachinko for book club. I will get the review up soon. I just started (for real this time) The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. I just love her books.

I didn’t get much reading done at the lake. When I had time I spent it just gazing out at the water or sneaking a shake in. They have the best shakes there.

Watching:

I keep watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt because one day we want to live by a body of water. Could be Oregon. Could be somewhere else.

But, the new season of Stranger Things is just around the corner! I cannot wait! My entire family plans to watch the entire season over July 4th weekend. That is when it comes out, right?

Fear the Walking Dead started up again and as usual, the story is all over the place. Pick a direction for these characters and go with it!

New Things I’ve Tried:

At my club meeting this past week, we were served a Korean meal to go along with Pachinko, and part of that meal was this delicious Korean drink. It’s kind like flavored vodka but made of rice. It’s potent and so yummy.

Grateful for:

I am so grateful for our awesome camp experience. I was so worried about my health when I left but all was good in that department and I seem to be good right now although still sore. All that hill climbing to the cabin and back! Wow. My legs hate me right now. Still.

So what did I miss? A week without internet or my phone and nothing much seems to have happened. Fill me in.

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Sunday Matters: Preparation

Sunday Matters

This past week was pretty good. Still stressing over end-of-the-year stuff but the overall vibe of the week was better especially as Friday approached.

Right Now:

Guys, I am completely psyching myself out. This time next week, I will be on a bus full of high schoolers going to summer camp. I’ve done it before, but you may recall that I had a back injury the last time. An injury that happened as I was putting my heavy suitcase on the bus! A slipped disc, metal bunk beds and no drugs in sight made for a very long week. Amazing things happened that week, but me surviving was one of them.

Hume Lake

I do not want a repeat of that experience but as you know, my health has been dicey these past few months and I am worried about my ability to keep up. It’s so physical and I am not competitive at all. Amazing Race type activities do not agree with my body.

Please think good thoughts for me. Pray for me, if you do that. I would appreciate it. I am a little overwhelmed by all that needs to be done before I leave too.

This Week:

I will be preparing for the trip but my daughter is also starting her online summer classes while school is still in session.  I have to take this week to  make sure she can access what she needs before I am gone for a week with no signal and no Wi-Fi.

I am not a good packer, which is why my suitcase weighed so much the last time. But we have to bring stuff to decorate the cabin, costumes and the like. I mean, I need a lot of stuff for a trip like this and I have yet to purchase any of it.

Reading:

I finished No Exit by Taylor Adams. The review will be up later this week but man, was it a page-turner!

Now, I am reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee for a discussion group later this month. It’s been out for quite some time, but it’s really very good. Pulled me in right away.

Watching:

After watching All in the Family / The Jeffersons Live last week, we’ve been binge watching The Jeffersons non-stop. I had forgotten how great that show was.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I don’t have brands to share yet because I am in a try-me phase, but I’ve started to use facial oils with retinol. It’s weird to put OIL on my face since I’ve always battled oily skin but it seems like a lot of these retinol treatments are in oil and for some reason, my skin is loving them.  At this age, my skin feels dead. Not a good feeling so I am hoping the retinol jump-starts cell growth.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for another opportunity to do camp but also pretty terrified. Plus, my daughter won’t be with me this time (with all the stuff she has going this summer) and it feels weird.

Did you ever go to summer camp as a teen?