Highlight of the week: As the title implies, I’m taking a vacation to Ireland! My friend Kelly and I are flying out of Chicago on December 31, celebrating New Years over the Atlantic, landing in Dublin on the 1st, and then spending the next week traveling around southern Ireland. Naturally, I am SUPER excited about it. I’ve always had a fascination with Ireland and it’s been at the top of my “must see” list since I can remember. And now it’s reality (we leave in 22 days, but who’s counting?). Right know I’m trying to connect with any Irish bloggers, and/or Twitterers, and/or Christians… if you know any, please leave a comment or e-mail me. Also, please comment or contact me if you’ve been there and know of places that we absolutely can’t miss.
Book(s) I’m reading: Once we had the flights booked, I ordered three books: Rick Steve’s Ireland 2009 travel guide, In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English, and St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography by Phillip Freeman, my college Greek professor. I’m about 50 pages into In Search of Ancient Ireland, and hope to have that book and St. Patrick of Ireland read in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully reading them will make the trip both more interesting and more educational.
Music I’m digging: At the suggestion of Scott Lenger, I downloaded The Start of It EP by Meese (link opens in iTunes) and it’s fantastic. If you like The Fray, you’ll like Meese. The fact that the EP only has 4 songs just makes me want whatever they put out next even more. I also downloaded Mermaids by Slow Runner. I heard the song “Make You Love Me” a while back, and have wanted to download Mermaids since… I finally got around to it. Everyone who reads this blog should emulate Scott and suggest good music to me. Kthx.
Something(s) that blew my mind: Today I installed the Pano app (link opens in iTunes) on my iPhone, which, as the website says, “lets you take beautiful, seamless panoramic photos straight from your phone, no other software necessary.” It is sweet. On my first try, I took a sweet panoramic picture at Qdoba. I’ll definitely be using Pano in Ireland.
Ministry update: We’re busy preparing for a bunch of things: a Service of Remembrance on Thursday (for anybody who has lost loved ones), the Eikon Christmas Party, a spontaneous Parent’s Night Out on the 19th (it wasn’t on the calendar until last week), and Christmas Eve. Lots on my plate before Christmas! Oh, and here’s the promo video I mentioned last week:
Seminary/ordination update: I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with my Senior Pastor about the best way to move forward. Stay tuned (but don’t hold your breath).
Looking forward to: I would say Ireland, but that’s not coming up this week, so I’ll say I’m looking forward to ringing a bell for the Salvation Army this coming Saturday night. I just hope it isn’t freezing.