One of those quirky things about church work is that Sunday is a workday, and so you choose a weekday to be your day off. Nearly everyone in the office takes Mondays off, but it's better for me (at least at this stage in the game) to take Fridays off. This means that Mondays are quiet around here. Seriously quiet. Crickets-chirping quiet. Eventually, Mondays are going to turn into days where I can be productive, without much in the way of interruptions. But seeing as I'm still new around here, and seeing as it's summer, and seeing as VBS just ended last week, today is not only quiet, but empty. I have very little in the way of explicit tasks to accomplish. So I've been doing some initial musings on the texts for Sunday, in preparation for writing my sermon, and I've done some reading. But I have also stared wistfully out my window at the sun and the blue sky, and wished that I had an excuse to get out of the office for a while, despite knowing that the heat and humidity would drive me back indoors (my office or otherwise) within a matter of minutes.
The slow pace of today also means that my mind has been wandering all over the place:
I'm in the market for a bike, and have done some investigating as far as brands and models go. Three things have come out of this process: first, that I have high hopes for riding my bike everywhere all the time once I get one; second, that I know next to nothing about bikes, but think that I could do well with the Kona Smoke, the Specialized Ariel or Crosstrail, or the Trek 7100 WSD; third, that even the low end of nice bikes exceeds my price range, which is a severe bummer.
In my summer-induced desire to become outdoorsy and adventurous, I want to go camping. Even though I've never been camping and have no idea what I'm doing. I also want to bike and run and take evening walks and go swimming. Lots.
It's been far too long since I've had time to really cook something for dinner; something real and tasty and nutritious. I'm sad that I have an evening meeting tonight, which means that I can't cook. Perhaps tomorrow. In the same vein, I would really love to throw a dinner party sometime in the near future. Something formal enough to feel like a real event, but 100% casual. (If that makes any sense).
I have a brand new library card that is burning a hole in my wallet. I can't believe I've had it for a week and haven't gotten around to using it!
I'm still figuring out how to deal with odd-houred workdays and how to take advantage of my inconsistent, strange, and even inconvenient blocks of free time.
So...anyone out there have any advice as far as navigating the world of inconsistent hours? Or as far as buying a bike? Or even as far as a good dinner-party menu, should I ever get around to throwing one?