Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Work, work, work

When I started my job on August 1 as "the official" worship leader of The Gate, I had many people ask me "what are you going to be doing"? Before I started this job, I really didn't know. I mean, I had an idea, but not a real grasp on what I would be doing on a day to day basis. In fact, I was wondering if I'd have enough to do.

It turns out, I have more than enough to do. In fact, there are many nights where midnight finds me still at my computer working. True, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when I'm home (as opposed to Tuesday and Thursday when I'm working at the Poland office for the Mideast Baptist Conference), I have a flexibility that is probably envious to most. I can come and go as I please and schedule appointments for any time of the day. But I have had to discipline myself to not take that flexibility for granted because I have more than enough to keep me busy for eight or more hours a day.

I have one wise friend who knew how working for a church can be all-consuming. And I'm here to say that he was right. (Don't let it go to your head, Rob). Not only am I doing all the graphics for the church, but I'm also doing the music for the worship on Sundays. I'm trying to find people to play in the band, learning new music, practicing existing music with the new members, hosting a small group at my house once a week, meeting with Dave (the pastor of The Gate) to try to get all the details worked out for our launch coming up in a couple of weeks, etc.

We just moved into the Columbiana High School Auditorium. We had our first service there last week. There are some bugs that need worked out with the sound system, so I'll be back out there on Saturday trying to get it figured out. The stage there is huge, so I'll need to do something to bring it in and make it look more intimate. So much to do, so little time. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. But I'm liking it.

I have to go. I have work to do :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Luna, Luna

It's been a long time, folks, and I have so much to tell you, but it's getting late and I need to get into bed, so I'll make this quick. What's that you say? "Kim sure is blogging late?" Yes, yes I am. I finally got my very own internet connection in my very own house! I had to. Since I'm working from home now three days a week, I need to get connected. I didn't realize how much I use the net for my design work. I not only go to numerous stock photo and free font sites for specific design needs, but I use it a lot just to spark an idea.

Anyway, here's my other news...

Meet Luna. She's a stray I found on my street. I'm not a dog person; I like cats. But this dog has stolen my heart and she's here to stay. She's a tiny little long-haired chihuahua/terrier mix that weighs in at a mere six pounds! Both my cats are bigger than she is. Babs didn't come up from the basement for three days, but she's better now and not hissing quite as much. I think everything will work out.

I burned my arm on my lawn mower. Quite badly. Several layers of skin peeled off. I ran inside and quickly put it under cold water. Rinsing it under cold water was more than I could take and I got dizzy from the pain. I had to do it, though, because I had raw exposed flesh that needed to be cleaned off because I just rubbed it on my dirty lawn mower. Not one of my more brilliant moves, but stuff happens.