Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Religion at Work

It's amazing working for a company that is very religious. It's not just that each and almost every employee is an active member of some sort of religious sect, but they integrate it into each and every part of their job.
We are starting a new construction project. So they wanted to consecrate the property and bless it to have the Spirit of the Lord there. I do not believe that they truly have the priesthood power to do so - but the act, the thought, the desire and the belief behind it was all so strong and wonderful.
Religion comes into conversation alot. And I don't always have things to contribute - actually I usually have nothing to contribute - but I very much am glad for the conversation. It makes me think and it gives me the desire to learn more of what I believe. I have yet to TRULY act on this desire, but as long as I hear these discussions and conversations, I will one day follow through.

It's wonderful that we pray before every meal, pray before meetings, pray if someone has a special need, and have co-workers/colleagues that believe the same similar thing as yourself. I also enjoy that if I have something going on, I can go to my superior or just a fellow co-worker and talk to them about it. They would understand and more than likely give some wonderful advice.

I've just realized that it's not very often that a company, a corporation, has that kind of relationship or desire to help or improve their employees.

I also learned that it's a very possible situation coming into play within the next year. Our President,Steve, is a very amazing man. He works hard and is always coming up with new adventures and ideas to help improve the company and expand it. They seem to work well and those that don't, he has no problem letting go of to improve the situation for everyone. Now - Steve has had the opportunity (many, actually) to go on 'mission trips.' I don't know exactly what that entails except maybe a trip to serve other people. Well apparently Steve wants all of his employees to enjoy such a trip as well. Rumor (heard from my direct boss) is that Steve is going to give anyone who wants to do a mission trip, a week off and $1,000 to do so. Now that would be amazing! I've always wanted to do such a thing. Perhaps I could work it out somehow that I would be able to do so this year. I've just got to hurry and get my passport back as I would definitely take this trip out of the country!!

See - religion at work is fabulous! When everyone is accepting of others religious views and they share and help each other, then what more can you ask for? That's fantastic!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


So - here I am sitting in Panera Bread (for a few hours since the internet isn't working at home) and people have been coming and going. Entertaining, that's for sure.

Recently a younger girl and a middle-aged lady sat down in a booth beside me. They were discussing different things and by the way the girl was talking, I figured out she was a Senior in high school. From the sounds of the conversation, the parents are divorced, the girl lives with her dad, and this is just a little get together with mom. They discussed vacation plans and her car. Money issues and boys. They didn't seem like they really knew each other. Like they don't talk very often. They seemed to be catching up on a lot of stories that have happened to her. Okay - they might have been recent, but it seems like if a girl talked to her mom everyday, then the lady would've already known everything the girl just told her. Sad really . . . they just seemed like they were catching up. The mom wrote a check for something the girl was doing . . . . It just seemed as though they weren't super close. Which I guess that happens, but it's sad. They were cousins meeting up after months, they were friends re-uniting. They didn't seem to be mother and daughter spending an afternoon together. But that's what it was . . . odd.

It made me feel a bit sad. Like everyone should have closer relationships with their immediate families, regardless of location in the world or age difference or education or gender. I guess I should be the one to start changing that.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


There is Spring - when everything starts to grow after hibernation and everyone is anticipating warmer weather, Summer - when there are lots of kids running around naked from peeling off the wet swimming suits and hot dogs on the grill, Fall - leaves all around and all sorts of good smells along with kids going back to school, Winter - when everything hides away and the world is covered with white fluff that is cold yet when freshly fallen it doesn't seem to be quite freezing outside.

Yesterday - after I finally decided to drag myself out of bed from the late nite with the singles and take a shower - I decided it would be a good idea to take the new dog for a walk. His name, as I've now deemed him, is Lancelot for he is my knight in shining armor and will always be there when I need him and is so glad when I come home. (Let's just forget that I'm also the only one that feeds him.)

I hooked Lancelot up to his much despised leash and went outside in a sweatshirt, yoga pants, and wet hair and we proceeded to walk. There was a breeze in the air that gave me a slight chill. I was almost bummed, but then I realized that it was the 1st of January, I wasn't bundled up in a parka freezing to a popsicle when holding still, and there was nothing white on the ground. Wait a second - white stuff on the ground? What is that?

I recalled somewhere in a vague memory from years past that during the supposed winter months, there was to be cold, white, wet stuff all over the outside. Aw - SNOW! Of course!! Whatever happened to Snow??

This is not a complaint. I have absolutely NOTHING against warm weather. But there are times when a nice, freshly fallen snow would be nice to have. Especially if I don't have anywhere to go and can just curl up with my dog, a book, and a cup of hot cocoa.

I'm sure my small chihuahua appreciates not walking in snow as well.

Winter doesn't seem to exist in the southeast regions very much. Yes, there are bitter cold months. And it does get QUITE cold actually. But snow doesn't tend to fall so it just doesn't quite feel like winter - it's more like an icebox.

Just a thought I had while walking my dog on the nice New Year's Day without freezing the both of us into statues.

time has escaped me

it is now the beginning of January. where did December go??

Time has very much escaped me. I just somehow never get anything accomplished. Not enough hours in a day? Or do I really just let myself get distracted that easily??

So - I have many of pictures to post of vacations in November, random fun in December, the Christmas with family, my new dog, and of course New Year's Eve.

I will post them up soon and I will also attempt to blog more. Sorry I haven't done better, Alice. But as previously stated, time escapes me . . .

It's like trying to hold water. No matter how tightly sealed my fingers seem to be, the water still gets outs somehow and I'm left with nothing. Although that analogy can be applied to many parts of my life, not just the time disappearing.

Don't hold your breath, but I am going to try and be more diligent in this blogging thing. Besides - it's like an open journal. Easy way to open up and let others get to know me. Either that or a cop out... eh - either way I enjoy it.