Sorry this is two days late. It has been a busy year, and the end is only busier!
So I left off on Friday the 20th, and now it's Sunday, the 29th. Since the list format has always worked best for me, I'll stick with that.
-drive 7 hours to L.A.
-sleep on floor
-Wake up and start driving to downtown
-See Walt Disney concert hall
-Drive along Sunset Blvd and pass the Hollywood Stars
-See Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood sign
-Drive to San Diego (4 hours with traffic)
-Last party at San Diego JV House
-Sleep on floor
-Sleep on Corondo Beach while casamates go swimming
-Drive to retreat camp, just outside of L.A. (2.5 hours)
-Start JVC retreat, Dis-orientation
-Drive 7 hours back to Sacramento
-Stop at Ghiradelli outlet store for ice cream
-Sleep in bed
-Talk with my neighbor Dave
-Drinks after work with Mom (the exucutive director's of L&F, Sister Libby, mom who volunteers at the park every Friday)
-Watch Olympic opening ceremonies with Casa Jane
-Hike to Angora Lake in Tahoe
-See Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe
And now I'm writing my blog!!
Some points need explaining, such as Dave, work, and Dis-o.
Dis-o: We were at a children's camp with low-lying bunk beds, not enough bathrooms, and cafeteria food. Other JVC retreats have had not the best accomdations, but this was just like summer camp! We even shared the camp, swimming pool, and dining room with an elementary Bible camp called "Beaver Believers!" (They were great and lead each meal with a song/prayer.) Other than the facilities, the retreat was emotional. (I don't cry, but others did.) It was filled with wrap-up meetings, evaluations, paperwork, reflections, and togetherness. It was preety good, but emotionally draining.
Dave: My 80 year old neighbor who is wise and talkative! We are going out Tuesday night to say goodbye. I will miss talking/listening to him. As much as I tried, he would not give me a Mustang. (He has 4, plus a garage full other cool cars.)
Work: You have heard a lot about work, so I don't have to describe just how chaotic it was. Work just seemed more hectic due to the fact that I was gone at peaceful place the last 4 days. Everything just seemed tougher. Remaining patient, calm, and friendly when people aroung me weren't, was harder than I remembered. It also is the end of the month, which accounts for a little more craziness.
Tonight we have dinner with my spiritual director and her community. This week is full of goodbye plans, and my last week of work. Emotional to say the least!