The house we built (in progress, just barely visible) hiding behind the "shack" that was the current dwelling.
Harry Potter and other stuff
A movie I could have gone to see was Thunderbirds, but from the clips that have been shown on TV this looks like a marginal proposition at best relative to the original puppet series from the 60s which, oh by the way, was massively influential in my future career path. I guess I'll have to see it eventually, but turning it into a live action Spy Kids type movie is probably gonna suck.
Mission Trip Redux 1
The first week was the run up to our six day summer camp. Just being at work getting ready to be away for a week takes energy and time that I couldn't devote to posting. Then there was the being away part. Terrific camp. This was my 7th out of the last 9 years that I've staffed, so yay me! No, really, the staff and the youth are incredible and I had such a great time. The highlight was maybe the traveling Eucharist we had on the last night. It included a prayer candle station that was nothing more than tealights on picnic benches and yet was incedibly moving for many people.
Anyway, after that, two weeks (including July 4th weekend in the middle) to get ready for another week away in Mexico building a house for a (literally) dirt poor family. For the first time in just about ever I actually kept a daily journal and have even kept going since then. Of course it's one of those old fashioned analog journals with the pages and the writing stick.
Amazingly I read about 6 books on the trip as well as the hammering, nailing, screwing, painting and mudding. Three of them were the Degrees of Guilt trilogy - a christian teen trilogy about the death of a high school senior. Another two were a diametric opposite - two Chuck Palahniuk books. Wow, what a twisted mind.
Anyway, house built, returned home, friends wedding, play music in church, back to work, then fly to LA for a conference. Who says life can't be fun? Room service pizza imminent. g2g