Wedding Weekend Wonders

This past weekend I went upstate with some friends – the Catskills to be exact – to celebrate the wedding of Ben and Meghan. I’ve known Ben since I started making friends at New Life and Meghan, I met more or less through Ben, for the last two years, so I was very happy to be a celebrant in their union.

The wedding took place at Full Moon Resort, a place that seemed to specialize in weddings, so we spent the entire weekend there! We arrived close to 8pm due to traffic and got busy eating barbeque in the tent – I’m going to pause here and say, I’ve never had ribs that melted off the bone and into my mouth like I did that night, either I had the best ribs and pulled pork in my life, or I was really hungry; I’m leaning towards the former. After a delicious dinner we went to the event space across the road for some Open Mic night fun!

Open Mic is such a “Ben&Meghan” thing, Ben on his guitar and Meghan with her poetry, both very talented, both very good. Friends and family performed for the two, but the best part was probably the closing act – the guys with the ribbons stole the show. Afterwards, we had some s’mores around a bonfire and Meghan burnt a lot of to-dos and planning notes … all under the light of the moon.

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2012 Check-in and Adjustment

Can you believe it’s September already!? It felt like January was only yesterday! Well, it’s time to look into the  list of things to do in 2012, and adjust my expectations accordingly. 

Learning another language:
+ Enough to read a French storybook
+ Enough to learn a French song

Still not on track here, though, going to Paris in August did help me brush up on the language, it was enough to get by, however, we didn’t have to use it much since everyone spoke to us in English. I do have Le Petite Prince and managed to read the first few pages – with some assistance.

Lose some weight!
+ running, or some sort of exercise (2 to 3 times a week)
+ walk more
+ drink less espresso drinks
+ eat more veggies and fruits

So, I got a bike! I bike at least 4 miles a day when I bike to the train station, almost every day. I walk more and I eat more veggies and fruits. That’s about the most exercise I’d probably be doing. I do stand and walk a lot – I love walking – and last weekend I danced up a storm to Big Band music and 70s fun music! I am thinking of getting a rebounder, but not really sure how that will work out.

Memorize more (poems or psalm):
+ I have several poetry books that I’ve never finished, read at least one poem a week
+ learn 6 sonnets (or psalms)

Jabberwocky, Sonnet 103, the first part of Hallow Men (which is a super long poem) and most of Sonnet 18 down. I got very distracted with work, so I might just learn one more and the rest of Hallow Men for the rest of the year.

Read 70 books this year:
+ read more non-fantasy fiction
+ read 6 (or 12) non-fiction theology books
+ read 6 non-fiction marketing books

To date I’ve read 60 books! I’m on track, and they are a very eclectic bunch, though, nothing marketing related there and only two theology books. I’ll have to get on that, BEA reading has overtaken my life!

Blog more!
+ On my personal blog

+ On my book blog
+ On my writing blog … that is currently hidden.

I started the writing blog, I keep up my book blog and I recently completed BEDA for August … I think I got this squared away.

Journal more
+ In cursive

Still unmotivated, but I am  bursting. I sat and though, “who can I talk to?” there is just so much going through my head, my heart, and it’s difficult to find someone who is free to listen, so I think this will motivate me to write more. I really do need to, I’m just about to explode!