a friend mentioned that blogging in a community is like spending time with friends in an outdoor cafe… (i’m paraphrasing here) … people interact and become acquainted… just hanging out… it’s very nice, i agree :)
the interesting thing is, although i have a lot of catching up and ‘becoming acquainted’ to do in this new culture… i feel like i’m a day behind. we’re on different time tables… literally. i’m still wrapping up today, and at this very moment some of you are starting an early tomorrow… well, it’s your today, but my tomorrow right now.
how do i put a link w/ origional text? i’ve noticed some of you say “here” and it’s really a link… or you write someone’s name and it links to their blog… just curious. i bet it mentions how to do it on the Q & A page, eh? probably…perhaps i should do more exploring. …but for now, it’s all about assembling the table! I can do it! Yae.
hello out there! i’m from the other side of the big atlantic puddle… and am very happy to be here. things are going well for me at this very moment… it took a few days to decide on my ‘username’ for the wibsite address… finally chose “rain” for a variety of reasons, and then today – viola! this rain background was availible… it just seems right…almost like i’m home :)
today is sunday, and i went to church today… i’ve been going to this particular church on/off for the past three years (long story)… it’s a place i keep coming back to…been trying a variety of other churches… i’m finally listening to myself, and just sent today’s church an email message inquiring about the new membership class – need to jump in with both feet and go for it. i’ll find out more about them/their philosophy and belief systems… see if it works for me, and i’ll also meet some people in the process… taking a step forward. i’ve been taking a lot of steps recently… it can be exhausting! but the end result… pushing forward, moving forward, building forward – always a blessing. and a learning experience…
not sure exactly what this blog will morph into, but i know i need to be part of a community… need to reach out to others… need to be heard…need to listen… i’ve been taking lots of steps – expanding my social network (for a time it’s been quite small – on purpose), getting truly involved in a church community (e.g., seeking membership – to really be part of it), taking some acquaintences to the next level (hey, wanna go grab a bite to eat?), and focusing on the other steps… hopefully i can gain some understanding and insight through this process… that’s the point of a blog, right? for a long time i had an image of ‘someone who blogs’ in my head, and now that i found that i, personally, needed to be part of an online community, my ideas have changed. see, i just bought a new house, am in the process of selling my old one… have been spending too much time looking for a special someone… just started the new school year (i work with young children)…just finished taking 9 graduate credits this past summer, worked part time, and moved in a period of 8 weeks… i need other people right now…
i’m also exhausted – it’s time for a vacation…one of my dear friends (hello friend!) and i talked about the differences between America and the UK regarding personal time vs. work… the differences in value judgments… vacation days…and i decided to push myself so hard this summer so that I could take myself off the ‘hot stove’ after the summer was over… I’m just glad the school year started – so at least it’s all accomplished and i can take a break… now it’s time for my normal life :)
thanks for reading to the end. i’ll get the hang of this blog-thing… some experimentation is in the immediate future… that’s how we learn, right? I hope you have a good day… tomorrow is a national holiday, so i’m looking forward to having a day to myself… hopefully it will be both productive and restful :)