*Edit: Did you know that today is Michael Jackson's 50th birthday???
Last weekend, my fam went to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. This is a self portrait of me in our luxurious hotel room. The kids and Jorge went to the park. I stayed back and blogged a little, and then I sat beside the pool and read. We ate out, which completely undid my progress on the Alternate Day Diet. But I'm not giving up, because PJ at Bits and Pieces has lost 12 lbs. on this diet, people. (She always was a show-off, right??) Anyway, we had fun. And just to prove it, here are my girls having fun hurting each other. Les petite filles are brutes.
"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever" is the title of this shot because I love my French manicured toes. Today was Support Staff retreat, which means all of the secretaries, I mean, ministry assistants, have a day of pampering. We met at someone's home where we listened to a counselor talk about avoiding job and life burn-out. Then we each had half-hour massages, and our choice of pedicure, manicure or facial.
Then we had Panera catered in, which was not all that helpful to me in my endeavor to follow the Alternate Day Diet. Some of us swam in the beautiful pool. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the staff were forced to fend for themselves and put their own postage on their letters.
Bet you can't guess what's under this chocolate.
Every Tuesday, I'm in a meeting with the representatives of all of our departments, from nursery to adult ed and all between. There are about 12 of us, 13 if you count the empty chair we leave for Jesus. No joke. It helps us be holy as we discuss why our ideas are better than everyone else's, and to be kind to one another as we explain why their idea will never work as well as the one we just presented before someone else cut us off and started down a whole 'nother path.
But sometimes it doesn't work and we fight over who gets to sit by Jesus. Thus, you can see that we are indeed true disciples aptly named, "The Discipleship Team."
Anyway, two weeks ago, somebody brought up the subject of chocolate-covered bacon, and one thing led to another, until we decided to make this Tuesday "Chocolate Day" because that would definitely help us be more creative and smarter and work together better.
So we each brought in some chocolate of choice. I took my friend's gourmet chocolate bark in espresso and peppermint. Yum. We had the fountain, the fruit, the Puppy Chow, etc., the whole shebang. And one staff member actually fried bacon and coated it in chocolate! So we all tasted that and even took some home for our kids to taste.
And of course, that didn't help my Alternate Day Diet efforts. FYI, the bacon was not that bad. It combined savory with sweet, like chocolate-covered pretzels, sort of, only with grease and fat. And that sure doesn't help anyone on the Alternate Day Diet.
So I'm not doing so well on my diet. But I have been having a lot of fun lately.