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So where to start...

I guess I'll start with my trip out here. We left Illinois about 8 am and made it to Oklahoma City around 10 pm where we stopped to stay. My dad got us lost once, managing to get off of the interstate somewhere in Tulsa. It was a long drive, quite boring but I kept myself entertained by reading Harry Potter. I'm at the end of book 4 after starting two weeks ago with 1. Not bad I guess... especially with moving and whatnot.

We arrived in Albuquerque around 3:30 pm on Thursday, I got checked into the hotel, met my boss, checked out the church and ate dinner. Then I was done for the day.

Friday my dad left so I went into the church, tried to figure out stuff to do, but didn't really stay all that long. I instead got a driving tour of the city for the most part followed by a potluck to welcome me. I got to meet the board, and spend some time with them. That was quite the experience but I did get a gift of chocolate out of it and oh man apple snicker salad. That stuff was amazing.

I did realize on Friday that the altitude was getting to me, as well as the time change. And I do sort of miss some green, but currently there are some places that have some green so that's good.

Saturday I had on my own, and the only eventful aspects of that were walking to walmart, buying the new Jason Mraz cd, walking to Sonic for dinner and walking back and falling hardcore right as I got to the hotel, spilling my drink all over me, as well as tearing up my hand. That wasn't cool but oh well, tis but a flesh wound.

Sunday I got introduced to the church, had a mishap where I got left at the church because there was some miscommunication with a volunteer but luckily I got dropped off by the business administrator. The rest of the day was pretty ho hum, there isn't much to do in a hotel but take naps, watch tv and read.

Monday began the crazy moving. I learned about the program for 3 hours in the morning, and am already impressed at what has been done in such a short time. My boss is great, she really knows her stuff and has a lot of experience. I am continually impressed by the people around me. I had an issue with the bank and cashing my check, but it should be taken care of when I make a decision about where to bank which will be soon. Then we moved stuff in. This is where it got interesting. I was unpacking things last night and went to plug in a lamp. Turned the lamp on, it shorted out all of my lights. Well great. Found my circuit box, it didn't do anything. Called emergency maintenance... no answer. Called Christina... like that's gonna help me from Illinois. But she calmed me down from freaking out (best friends tend to do that) and got me to call my boss. So I called her, got the machine, but she picked up right at the end. We had a plan worked out to save my food I had just gotten, but it was crazy. I did learn where my resources are in the neighborhood and got even more this afternoon. It helps to figure out that you have some neighbors that go to the church. Right after I got off the phone, the maintenance guys had called me. I explained what happened and he came over after about a half an hour. After 10 minutes he told me to turn my breakers on and it worked. Yay! But that lamp is no longer anywhere near me.

So I got up this morning.... to have a cold shower. Apparently the gas company thought we wanted to cancel service and not start it. yeah that works for me... no. I went into work and we got that fixed up then it was back to moving some and got back just after staff meeting. Went out to lunch which looks like that will be a normal thing that I need to budget for. Then we went to this training at the local community college to see if we want to have someone come to our site for service learning. That is a program that people can volunteer at our site and earn class credit (ie get out of a big paper) for doing 25 hours of work. I'm hoping that is something we do, and that will be one of the things that I will be in charge of if that happens. Yay for responsibility! :-)

So I need to be thinking about the things that I would like to do at my job as well as a job title so when people outside of the sphere of the church ask what I do it is easy to explain. I'll mainly be doing work trying to involve the community, both the church community and the outer community. Of course I'll do other things as well. I know that right now I need to learn to be mindful of manners, as that is something we attempt to teach, as well as other things that we don't generally think about. I also have to learn to be firm.... yet friendly. I think I'm learning that from my boss though. She's pretty good at it. :-)

So that's where I am right now. I have internet finally, so this will be updated on a very regular basis. It is as much for me and my memories as for others to know what is going on in my life, so here is hoping I stick to it. Pictures coming up in a few!!
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