Proud of my husband, today! He started his new job this morning. And while he sure does miss the great folks he worked with at DENR he has uncomplainingly stepped into this new role. We are sure it will probably mean more hours, longer work days, fewer vacation days and less flexibility. But I am thankful he’s willing to make that sacrifice for our family. It also means a more formal dress code, too! Looks like a shopping spree might be on our horizon!
He’s got a nice view from his office, though, which is a nice upgrade to the cinder block walls and sparse windows of his old employment.
I know he already misses his old coworkers and job. He made some good friends there and they were all sad to see him leave; evidenced by the kind words they wrote him at his going away lunch. Brian, I just want you to know how thankful I am for the decisions you make for our family! I’m excited to see what plans God has in store for you in this new place and how you are going to be used to be a light to a whole new group of people. Thankful for you. Love you!
I really have the urge to write a new post. But there isn’t really anything all that interesting going on at the moment. I started a recipe post…but thought it might be weird to post about a recipe I made last night that was really really good, but not AHHHHMAZING, or anything. I thought about writing about how busy work has gotten. I even thought about lamenting the fact that something caused our overhead light and fan to stop working in the master bedroom. But then realized, these are such mundane topics why would anyone care to read about them?
But that’s life at the moment. So share away I will. If only to satisfy my desire to write.
First, the recipe. It’s called Spaghetti Rice and I found it on Plain Chicken‘s website. I stumbled across her website on Pinterest yesterday while looking through a friend’s boards. I liked several of her meal ideas and pinned a few to my Um, Yum board. Looking forward to making two others this week. I think what I like most about her recipes is that they’re fairly simple to prepare with everyday ingredients and typically have short prep and cooking times. Perfect for a mid-week meal. This is a direct correlation to the busyness of life/work. Or is it indirect?–the busier I am the less time/effort I want my meal to take to make…I digress. I made the recipe and it turned out great. It was hearty, tasty, and fairly healthy (I used brown rice). Brian even got three helpings of it so I know he enjoyed it. It is definitely a re-do in the Lowther casa and will be added to this sweet write-in-your-own-recipes book my twin gave me when I got married.
Second, busyness. Wow, life is about to jump into light-speed and not slow down for ohhhh about 2 months. It happens to be annual meeting season in the HOA industry. That means on top of my regularly scheduled Board meetings I get to add on neighborhood-wide meetings! Joy! Out of the 23 working days in October I get exactly 7 days without some kind of meeting, be it morning, noon or evening. In November, out of the 20 work days (Thankful for Thanksgiving!) so far I have 7 scheduled meetings (6 of them annual meetings). This is where I tell Brian, good luck making dinner for yourself. Ha! No, seriously, he’s actually pretty creative and has no lack of ingenuity in the kitchen. I’m already looking forward to December when things will hopefully settle down for a month before picking back up again in January. Breathe, just breathe!
Finally, the house renovation. It’s coming along. I’ll be sure to post a couple of pictures of the two-tone color scheme we’ve got going on at the moment before we move on to paint. It’s really eye-opening how much damage we had that needed replacement when you see half the side of the house covered in yellow hardi-plank where blue siding used to reside! I’m just thankful we’re getting it taken care of. Unfortunately, when we got home from work yesterday our master bedroom light and fan wouldn’t work. We’re not sure why it’s not working but can only assume it has something to do with the siding that was replaced on the front of the house right where our bedroom is. We notified the contractor and he assured us we’d get it figured out. I think Brian’s dad is going to help us troubleshoot the cause of the malfunction and hopefully it ends up being an easy fix. I guess like with all things, they rarely go as smoothly as planned.
Speaking of smooth plans…Africa Team 3 is preparing to head out in about 2 weeks! Wow! It sure has come up quickly. Thankful for the four that are headed out and the work they will get to do while visiting our adopted people group. Excited about what God is going to do among the people and through our team. Be praying for them and all the logistical and ministry details they’ll be dealing with!
This was quite a wordy post. Thanks for getting through my scatterbrained comments!