I don't really have anything specific to share today, so this is going to be a random smattering of things. One thing I would like to know is why does my cat lick plastic bags?? She has done this for as long as I can remember and when I'm at the computer (which is on a desk because our apartment is allergic to wireless connectivity) there's a small trash can underneath it. No matter how many times Kit has been fussed at and shooed away, she always comes back to lay at my feet and try to get away with licking the plastic trash bag. I would just like to know why.
Life is beginning to settle into a bit of a routine and will move more that direction soon. I'm going to start helping out at the Gallery Church office which will serve a two-fold purpose. One, they need the help and two, I need something to do. It is very odd to live in a place and know without a doubt that wherever you go and whatever you do there is no way you're going to run into somebody you know. Being in a work environment will broaden my life a bit and that's never a bad thing.
Speaking of broadening my life, we discovered a gelato shop only a couple of blocks from our apartment this week. The people we've known through the years that have been to Italy and raved about this amazing concoction have all been right - it's awesome and addicting!! My favorite flavors so far are the strawberry and chocolate.
One of the things that Hamp and I are enjoying is getting to know Ellis and Ginger better and their two children. Lauren is 10 and Caleb is 6 and they bring much laughter and joy to our hearts when we get to spend time with them. Earlier this week, they came for dinner and spent the night and we had fun being "grandparents". Lauren made brownies for us and Hamp taught Caleb how to tie a fly so he and his dad could go fly-fishing sometime.
Things are going well for Hamp at work. There was a bit of a question for a while as to whether the company would keep the Baltimore plant open, but it appears they've made a commitment for now. Of course, in this economy that's good news, but sometimes I still long to go "home". Yet, I know God has us here for this season and while I don't know how long it will last, I know that we need to "be here now". If I'm being honest, it's much easier to type the words than to live them sometimes.
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