Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 287: My Seat at the Power Table

Today I attended my first Parish Committee (ParCom) meeting as a member and an officer — we had a day-long retreat, which I approached with some trepidation. But it was actually pretty fun. We spent the morning crafting components of a Vision Statement: what we would like to be able to declare in 10 years. I worked on the education component, and our education vision included the word "kickass." It was cool.

We had a delicious lunch, and while we ate Reverend Marta asked us each to tell the story of one person who'd been instrumental in our spiritual development. I love hearing other people's stories. I love telling my own. This is a nice group of people.

In the afternoon, we did a post-it exercise to figure out our top three priorities as a committee for next year (meaning: September–June), and two of my picks (communication, and fellowship/fun) made the cut. We will likely form three working groups, and I will happily work on either one. (The third priority, capital campaign, I will not touch with a 10-foot pole. I know it's a necessary evil, but I have no more money to give — and I also think that if we build a bigger church, we'll just fill that one up too. I really hate talking about the capital campaign!)

And then I dashed off to Dress Barn, where we bought Mimosa the most beautiful party dress! She is going to be stunning tomorrow. And then the girls and moms all went to Panera for a snack, and gabbed and gossiped and giggled together for an hour. It was great fun.

But now I'm exhausted. A long day of being productive, plus it's raining, which I guess is sapping my energy, plus — it's just been a long week. I am one tired kitten.

So: no exercise today, though I didn't eat a ton either. What I would love more than anything is to just go to bed right now, at 6:10 p.m. Well, we'll see.

Off to lie down and whimper a little!

—Lady C

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