Cleverly disguised as a weekend, an entire 7-day-week slipped into my life over the last few days that aged me at least 20 years-- and all that without a De Lorean, 1.21 jigawatts, or a flux capacitor.
It's unfortunate that I don't get paid overtime, because, depending on how you slice it, Chris & I worked 49 1/2 hours between Friday and Sunday. Yikes.
Rather than a blow-by-blow replay (which would take far, far too long), I'll give you little snippets, some highlights & lowlights:
- Uganda Fund Raiser: We woke up at 5am, met some students at Krispy Kreme, where we purchased 50 dozen donuts (yes, you read that correctly!) at a deeply discounted price, and set up shop downtown, selling them to business men & women as they rushed off to work.
- End of the Year Party: We put on a big celebration for all our students at a nearby coffee house. Good times were had by all-- it was a smashing success =)
- Lowlight: One of our students got her purse stolen during the fund raiser. She had an ipod, a digital camera, a brand new cell phone and $100 cash in there. Somehow, the $500 we made from the donuts didn't quite seem to make up for her losses =(
- Interns: Our team of interns for next year spent the day with us, and we toured them around town, talked about our ministry, and planned for the future. It was a great day (extremely tiring, but really great), and we couldn't be more excited about our team
- Highlight: Seeing the three of them connect as if they had been friends their whole life
- Tour De Cure: Woke up at 4am and drove up to Napa for a fund raiser bike ride with one of our major donors on our Bay Area Development Council. Since Chris & I are going to be the new directors, this was a great chance to get to know June, one of the head haunchos who makes our ministry possible (and wanted support for the 100 mile bike ride). I was the support vehicle, meeting them along the way to cheer them on & take unwanted gear, while Chris was the champ who rode with her and helped her along.
- Development Council Meeting: After rushing home from the race, we made it 1 1/2 hours late to the Development Counsel Meeting (which was at June's house, so we were forgiven), and shmoosed with the big wigs over dinner.
- Lowlight: Our new new neighbors upstairs had a party Saturday night that lasted until 3am. I think they were clogging or doing the River Dance by the way they were stomping on the hardwood floors (i.e. our bedroom ceiling). Waking up at 4am was extremely painful.
- Lowlight: I think my body is starting to rebel against the schedule/stress I've been putting it through lately. Sunday afternoon, all the muscles in my neck & shoulders cramped up into a massive headache, and I suddenly got heartburn that almost brought tears to my eyes. Luckily, that only lasted about an hour, and I was functional the rest of the day.
- Highlight: Discovering Napa was one of the biggest highlights of my weekend. Following the bike course, I drove through some of the most beautiful landscapes: vineyards resting in sleepy fog, a canopy of green, green tress overhanging the road, rolling hills, quaint towns... I'm in love. I've decided to take up cycling, too (and to ride that same course, eventually!).
- The Ultimate Highlight: When we arrived at the Development Council Meeting, a platter of incredible cheese, fruit and unbelievable wine welcomed me with open arms. Then, a prime rib dinner (and more unbelievable wine) soothed me, stroking my hair and whispering, "There, there. Everything is going to be alright." A giant slice of chocolate cake smiled and told me "You made it!", and lulled me to sleep. There's nothing like a big prime rib band aid to patch up the cuts & bruises of a painful weekend.
Yes, I looked like a Mac truck hit me this morning (I literally laughed out loud when I looked in the mirror), but I know that the worst is over, and that tomorrow will be glorious & gluttonous.
Might I add that I'm really proud of my hubby for riding that 100 miles on about 3 hours of sleep, while winning over one of our fabulous (and very sweet) donors.
ps. Great pics on Chris' blog from the weekend