Monday, October 27, 2008


I'm about a week later than I thought I would be to post this, but...such is life. Anyway, I had an odd experience last week. I attended my synod's fall theological conference, something I generally do every year--not only because it's expected, but I generally like conferences. This year, I met someone whose blog I read occasionally, a blog I found via RevGals. His blog is not anonymous at all. In fact, when I read it, I remember thinking, "Oh...I could potentially meet him." But I didn't really expect to. So, at fall conference, we end up sitting at a table for a meal and having to make conversation. I felt so weird, asking questions I normally would when I first meet someone, but some for which I knew the answer. I felt like I was lying. I debated internally, but didn't know how to say, "Yeah, I've read your blog..." without saying, "I have a blog." I wouldn't care if he knew I had a blog or even if some of the people who were also at the table knew, but I didn't want all of them to know--especially as my blog is anonymous. But I still feel I should have let him know that I've read his blog.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Five: Business Travel Edition

1. Does your job ever call for travel? Is this a joy or a burden?
Not really. Once a year we have a Fall Conference and once a year Synod Assembly. But these are always within a few hours and don't so much feel like travel. They usually include one overnight and I'm often able to stay with family or friends.

2. How about that of your spouse or partner?
No business travel for him.

3. What was the best business trip you ever took?
I was privileged to be a voting member of our Churchwide Assembly in 2007. It was exhausting, but an incredible experience.

4. ...and the worst, of course?
Can't think of a worst.

5. What would make your next business trip perfect?
Well--my next 'business' trip is to our Fall Conference in a few weeks. It's about an hour and half away from home, two overnights and two busy days--coming home to an evening of meetings. And Baby Girl is joining me. So--for it to be perfect will include a happy baby during travel and sessions and good sleeping by her during the nights. I'm afraid I'm getting my hopes up and will be fried by the time I have to lead the meetings upon my return.