Monday, June 11, 2007

Chaos

It's been a while since I last posted! Partially because I've been bizay (it's pronounced phonetically and means "crazy kind of busy") and partially because I haven't had anything to say. I wouldn't want to post just to post. How boring would that be?

(All of the following to be said in that voicemail lady's voice...by the way, where did they find her?) "This morning I got up and had some yogurt. Then I went to work. It was nice. Then I went home and had a salad for dinner. Then I went to rehearsal. It was fun. Then I went to bed."

Oh yeah, that's exciting stuff! Now I wish I would have posted! Doesn't that make you want to check out my blog every day...no, every hour...to see what other thrilling thought I've decided to share?

Anyhoo, things are a bit nutty right now. As I overheard Jeff saying on the phone "she always has something going on." Too true. But right now, I have several somethings going on. Here's a list:

  • Relay for Life - Wow, there is a lot more to this thing than raising some dough and showing up to walk. Each team plans activities, on site fundraisers, decorates their campsite, donates to the silent auction, decorates luminarias...and more. Frankly, I'm not sure I knew what I was getting myself into. BUT, it feels great to do something productive for the greater cancer community. And the event sure sounds like it's going to be fun. (Fun in the cry-your-eyes-out-in-between-activities kind of way.)
  • YAGMCB (aka You're A Good Man Charlie Brown) - Less than 2 weeks until the show opens! I'm out of town next week so this is the last week for me to help with any dance stuff. The show is REALLY cute. And I'm not just saying that cause I'm a part of it. The cast is incredibly talented and the script is very funny. I'm usually a "smiler" at shows. You know, the type of person who just smiles (and maybe does the little breathy "ha" through the nose) when something is funny. But this show is making me laugh out loud. Seriously, you should get tickets.
  • Remodel - After a year and a half, we are finally moving forward with remodeling the kitchen and master bath. This isn't any cosmetic remodel, we're gutting it and building new. And my wonderful hubby gets to play the role of GC/framer/drywaller/flooring installer/etc. We're about done getting bids from subs and then we're getting out the sledgehammer and bidding a fond farewell to the 80's!
  • New Car - Jeff has a vendetta against Dodge for reasons I won't go into right now. He doesn't think my Durango is running well and insists that we get rid of it before it costs us any major cash. I suppose he's right considering the stupid "check engine" light has been coming on and off at will over the last year despite the fact that the dealership can't find anything wrong with it. And hey, who am I to argue about driving a new car?

Is that it? Oh yeah, there's this work thing. Shout out to my work peeps! And trying to work out. I tell ya, I HATE WORKING OUT. I've often said the following regarding exercise: I only run if someone is chasing me; I'm not prejudice, I hate all exercise equally; No one gets injured sitting on the couch watching tv. Yet I drag my lazy keister down to that dumb treadmill a few times a week grumbling the whole way.

Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, lots going on. Pastor John said something in his sermon this weekend that really hit home. Of course, it wasn't the main point of the sermon but what can I say? When it hits home, it hits home. Genesis 1 tells us that God stepped into the darkness and formless void and spoke life into it. That he breathed order into the chaos. I realize that God does that for little old me too. Despite the chaos that surrounds me..or more accurately...the chaos that I inflict upon myself, God breathes order into my life. There's a song that says "sometime He calms the storm and other times He calms His child." I'm so thankful that the Creator of all things takes the time to breathe order into my chaos. Sometimes by surrounding me with peace and other times with giving me peace from within. So despite all this kookiness, I'm doing okay. I feel productive and peaceful and perpendicular (it's the only other "p" word I could come up with.) Have you felt the calming breath of God lately?

4 comments:

Cheryl June 11, 2007 at 11:56 AM  

Lori,

This part of the sermon really hit home with me as well. It caught my attention. "Chaotic" is how life often feels to me--good and bad--it becomes a balancing act. (How many balls can I keep in the air without dropping any?) I'm so thankful for His presence--His power--in my life that brings purpose, order, strength,energy, and peace.

Katie Newsom June 11, 2007 at 7:32 PM  

HI there,

I love hearing about your breakfast and lunch...write anytime, you always make life seem beautiful. We are remodeling too, it is a nice distraction in all this chaos and fear...thank you by the way for your posts on Grady's site, I always look forward to hearing from you.
Lori, you are such an amazing woman, you make me feel like anything is posible! Good luck in all you have going and thank you for taking the time to reach out to our family. Keep breathing!!
Love to you!

LCM June 11, 2007 at 7:41 PM  

I have felt it. It's told me to slow down and just drink Fiona in.
We are doing a bit of remodeling ourselves. It is a nice distraction and nice surroundings make for a happier house.
And always post just to post, it's like being part of your life, as much as we can.
I have been a cancer survivor for 22 years and I have never been in a relay for life, how lame is that?
One of these times, I will walk with Fiona.
Don't get me started on Dodges. We had a Stratus for 9 years, it cracked 2! head gaskets in that time. Ugh, we got rid of it last year for $400....get out while you still can.

Kim G. June 16, 2007 at 3:59 PM  

Wow! You do have a bit on your plate lady! It's all good stuff though. Looking forward to seeing the show - caught a bit of it the other night when I took pictures and it looked great!

We did a big remodel a few years ago. (Added 700 sf to our little house.) I was the GC for the project so give us a call if you have any questions! It's quite the roller-coaster but all worth it in the end!

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