Showing posts from June, 2018

Saturday Sixteen Freewrite

I am letting my finger tap along the keys, unhindered. I woke up at 4:17, but I fell asleep at 8:15. So that is plenty of sleep for me. I still feel a bit of time difference, but I don't mind getting up so early, and I should be good to go by Sunday. I have sort of taken a break from cardio this week, but I will be back to it by Sunday. I am teaching a class at 4 pm, but I will go and do elliptical beforehand.

It is a lovely quiet summer morning, and I love it. It is going to be an 81 degree day so I think that our family (or at least George and me) is going to go on a little hike. I also might bike to the Farmer's Market with George for our weekly date. I am just seeing light on the horizon this morning with rising at 5:30 am. I love summer.

Today, I hope to finish a book and prepare for my last Renovare Book Club discussion with Andrea and Betty. I like those two women. I am always longing for greater depth. I so wish I could do the Spiritual Exercises Companionship Program wi…

Friday Freewrite Fifteen

I think I said in a freewrite earlier in the week that I would freewrite every single day this week, but this is only my second. Oh well. It is a FREEwrite. So I am free to do anything I want.

I did the thing I feared by starting to teach a class at the local health club. It is not like the people at OSU. They are mostly young, and they have to come, so I can see improvement every week if they commit themselves to the program. This group at the health club are an older population, and it is popping in and out. So, it will be interesting to see how it all goes. It is scary to come into a class that has been established with another teacher. It is not classical Pilates. So when I attended the class there was only one exercise that I saw even resembled classical Pilates. So, it will be quite a change for the people who have been going for a long time. We will see how it goes. It is so different from when I took this class so many years ago (12). I go again today, and I am sort of nervous.…

22. Pocket Paris by Rick Steves

This book is not as detailed as the regular Paris guide, but I love the full color pictures so I bought it for a book that I can look at when I came back and enjoy the memories! And that is exactly what I have been doing since I returned six days ago.

21. What Do You Really Want by Manney

I have forgotten to enter this gem in my reading log! It is a good basic introduction to Ignatian discernment, and it was very helpful for me in discerning a decision I made it early June. It is an easy read. It made me want to learn more about Ignatian discernment, and I hope to do that when I do the School of Spiritual Direction through the Schools of Sustainable Faith!

20. Living Wisely with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall

I read this for the Renovare Book Club. It is the last in a series written by this great author. He is an expert in the church fathers, and his series is quite readable. I love the way he deals with contemporary issues in this book. It is very well-written and thorough. Despite its readability, it is still quite academic and will not be everyone's cup of tea. 

On a personal note, I have enjoyed two weeks of the Renovare Institute with Chris, and he is a man of upstanding character who walks his talk. This always makes books easier for me to read because I imagine them talking to me as I read.

Monday Fifteen Minute Freewrite: Five Reasons Why It is Not Good To Schedule An Activity on Your First Day

I am going to try to freewrite for fifteen for the next five days. 

I spent a good part of the morning (which started at 3 am yesterday because I am on French time) doing a prayer of examen from June 10-24, looking at our trip. It was healthy for me. 

I had this goal of having no meltdowns with George, and we laugh because that did not happen, and I got it out of the way on the first day. Note to self: Do not plan a scheduled thing on the first day because . . . 
1) You don't know how tired you will be after 17 hours in transit over the top of the earth.
2) You do not know what the weather will be like.
3) You are not yet familiar with the bus/Metro system yet.
4) You cannot be flexible and spontaneous.
5) Your Data plan may not work as well in this new city as it did in London. So you might not know where you are because it is your first day there.

We had thought we might tour the Opera Garnier (20 minute walk from our hotel) before it closed on our first day there. We took a little nap …

Fourteen Days of Examen Prayer While in France

I wrote this all when I got home from France and never posted it. I did verbal exam prayer with George daily, but it was fun to review the whole trip when I got home, but this is not very "neat and tidy" as I just did a "France Freewrite! Vulnerable too. Sorry if too frank in France.  I am expressing GRATITUDE for fourteen days since June 10:

Flight attendants giving us seats with more leg room on the way there and back even though Icelandair made a mistake on both 7 1/2 hour legs of the trip.
Really good flight attendants even though Icelandair customer service and seat assignments were bad
NOT being stressed about it on the leg back and even forgetting about it as we waited
Paris in the rain and sun.
Being in "France with Ricky Steves"!
VIP treatment at Normandy Cemetery
Only 1 1/2 meltdowns in Paris and none in the countryside
Recovering wonderfully from both meltdowns - realizing that my phone not working was not going to ruin our time
Forgiving and understanding h…

19. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey To Self-Discovery

I had never really understood the Enneagram, even after reading a book about it a few years ago. I thought this book was much more helpful and quite funny. I listened to the audiobook read by the author, and he did a great job.

13. The Transforming Friendship by Weatherhead

This is a book that has been mentioned by one of my lecturers, Trevor Hudson, on two occasions. So, I thought I would find it and order it. This is the one of the first books he read as a new believer, and it is a very sweet book about Jesus and ourselves! It is very simple, but I think some people do not think of Jesus as their friend, and this book does a wonderful job of showing us all the ways he is just that! It has some very thought-provoking questions at the end of the book that would be very nice to do in a group. 

(It is short, but I lost it for a while and just recently found it so this review is long overdue!)

18. Rick Steves Paris 2018

I love history, culture, and travel. Rick and his team do such a great job of teaching me about all three. I have so much fun reading about different places and then looking it up on the web and Google maps. Such a great book! 

Addition: We took our trip to Paris, and this book was invaluable. What is so funny is that we saw, on average, about four people each day with the Paris or France book in had throughout France. LOL!