Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Neuroses Number One

My better half was looking over my shoulder and asked, "why Pen and Ink?" I gave him the look one masters after decades of marriage.

The reason is because I am somewhat obsessed with pens. I either love them or hate them, but there is no intermediate ground. Ball point? Hate. Medium point? Oh yeah, really hate. Erasable ink? Perish the thought. I'm like this whether I'm writing a letter, filling out a form or just signing my name on a check.

Give me a real ink pen, with a needle point. I'd love a fountain pen. Perhaps one day when I can afford the kind I really like.

Until then, I'm the neurotic person searching through the drawer of pens, desperately seeking the "right" one because otherwise what I write will be meaningless. Forgetable.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Counting Down

I've set up this blog so I can journal about our upcoming trip to Israel, Turkey and Italy. How effective I'll actually be is still to be determined...

I'm also in the midst of leaving my job/ministry of 14 years. This transition has it's schizophrenic tendencies. One day I'm elated at the prospect of having absolutely no idea what I'll be doing after June 13th, the next day I can barely function from the anxiety. I'm doing my best at being hopeful, confident and faithful... just doing my best....

So there are boxes to be filled in my office and a suitcase that needs to be packed at home. A month long vacation requires a different way of thinking when it comes to packing a carry on. That's gotta be easier than cramming 14 years of life into 6 cardboard rectangles. Right?