So I dropped about 28 kilograms (almost 62lb for the Americans amongst us) since last December.
It hasn’t been the easiest thing on earth, but at the same time it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. The big question is where I go to from here? I’m expecting that maintenance might actually be trickier than loss, because you don’t have the victory to record every week as you go along. Can you keep as focussed when victory just means remaining stagnant?
We’ll have to see….
There are some little things that I know aren’t important, but they still drive me nuts.
I walk up two flights of stairs to get to my 1st floor room at the centre I’m staying at. Why, why do they have to have a different number of stairs in each flight?
To make matters worse, the split is 7 stairs, then 9! It’s like they split it up unevenly just to drive stair-counters like me crazy!
But that’s not the worst of it.
The final straw is that the staircase at the other end of the hall has a whole extra step! 8 steps, then 9! Are the stairs different heights? Is this floor on a slight tilt?
I know that posting this is only going to make me look odd, but its been driving me nuts. Am I the only one who gets others by things like this?
One of the prerequisites of working in this diocese is having to go on retreat once a year.
I don’t like being away from the wife & kids for four nights in arrow, but I have to say, I do like the opportunity to have a week without a big agenda (apart from doing church 4!times a day…).
Time to think deeply about important things. Time to read books. I’d say that there is time to chat to your peers, but it’s a silent retreat, so there isn’t even dinner time conversation (incidentally, despite the expectation of many, I really enjoy silent retreats. Reading Stuart Coulton’s “Hitting thenHoly Road has been fitting, as he speaks of monasticism, and I feel like I’ve taken a vow of silence).
I’ve allowed myself just a little time to mention why I’ll be a bit quiet this week, then I might even have some time away from the Internet!
As they get older, I want to open my kids to a broader range of music.
Also, as I get older, I find myself enjoying the reminiscence that comes with pulling out those CDs I bought when I was half the age I am now.
But I’m a different guy.
I still love old school rap, and it’s not all foul mouthed…. but a fair bit of it is. I don’t love the music because of the words, but that doesn’t change the fact that a fair few of them are dodgy.
Would I be happy for my kids to hear everything I own? Would I be happy if I heard them singing along to some of the stuff? If I decide that I’m going to throw out the music that is particularly rude (there goes Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the name…) does this mean I also have to revisit my DVDs? I really like Pulp Fiction!
Or is it important to acknowledge that these elements that we don’t like are still part of the world that we live in, and that part of becoming a discerning individual is learning what to focus on, and what to ignore with our ears?
It looks like PE can step out of the cross hairs for the moment. No rash judgements…. but no promises either.
Another little triptych from the weekend (thanks to my wonderful wife for the photos). They’re just getting to the age where they’re a little more robust!