I realize that my entries to this blog have been disappointingly sparse lately – allow me to explain (as much for the sake of me organizing my own thoughts and priorities as for the sake of allowing you all to understand what I’ve been up to). My plate is full these days. February has been an exceptionally busy month. It started with a weekend trip to Portland to visit family, followed by a trip to California one week later to catch up with old friends. Both getaways were much needed and well worth my time, but I find that I’m still kind of playing catch-up, since weekends are usually my chance to check things off my to-do list. My days in Seattle since have been filled with studying for my next licensing exam (the mechanical, electrical and plumbing portion – *yawn*); planning our quickly-approaching trip to Europe; attempting to relearn the French language in preparation for said trip (shame on me for all that I’ve forgotten in the past five years!); trying to finish the book for my upcoming book club meeting this Saturday; training for the 10k race that we’re scheduled to run in March; squeezing in an occasional sketch or artistic exercise here and there; pulling together items for an on-line shop I’d like to get going; and struggling to maintain a clean house and a well-stocked fridge (at this, I have failed miserably). On top of this, my regular weekly commitments are a big priority, like our Tuesday night get-togethers with friends from church (thank God for this mid-week chance to relax with these people who have become our Seattle family); art class on Thursday nights; and teaching Sunday school on Sunday mornings. Work has been fairly busy the past couple of weeks as well, which means occasionally staying late and skipping my lunch-time study sessions. And so, here I am: Whew! Feeling overwhelmed, but grateful that at least my to-do list is filled with things that I genuinely enjoy doing (minus the studying) – I love spending a Saturday afternoon reading or doodling in my sketchbook. If only I had more Saturday afternoons! So bear with me, as this blog takes a bit of a hit while I get all my ducks in a row.
p.s. Major thanks to Shane for doing whatever he can to lighten my load. The dishes you wash, the trips you make to pick me up from the gym, and the constant encouragement you offer does not go unnoticed.