Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Credo - Day 8

On the plane to White Plains - nearly home!

Credo - Day 8

Delta 5982, here's the plane waiting for me. I only had to transfer from gate B14 to B30 so am here with lot's of time to spare.

Credo - Day 8

On the ground in Atlanta- 15 minutes early!

Credo - Day 8

On the plane, really boring picture out the window. It's 2:48 local time so we should make our 3:00 departure time. I hope we do 'cos I've only got 45 minutes between flights in Atlanta and I don't know how far apart the gates will.

Credo - Day 8

Delta 1606, our plane just pulled up to the gate, so once they've had chance to give it a quick once-over we should be boarding.

Credo - Day 8

A portion of CLE8 grabs lunch at New Orleans airport before going their several ways.

Credo - Day 8

Back in cell range and heading for the airport.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Credo- Day 7

Well, it's 10:40, and our last "social hour" is just winding down.
Most everyone has headed off to pack, which is where I'm going now
too.

Just thought I'd post this pick of "The Kid's Table" as our small
group came to be known- Me, Jennifer, Diane and Paul. We've swapped
email addresses and other contact info so I hope we'll keep in touch.

And if you guys are looking at this- You Rock! Thanks for being awesome!

Credo- Day 7

While I walked round the lake this morning I took some more pictures
of the dragonflies- so here are a few of them. And no, my Credo Plan
is not to quit and become a nature photographer!

Credo- Day 7

Our service is over now- only 3 1/4 hours. We have a little free time
now, then dinner, a couple of evening sessions to basically wrap
everything up, and a last social hour. Then tomorrow it's breakfast, a
last check-in with our small groups, one last chapel service and off!
We're supposed to leave here at 10:15, and as my flight for Atlanta
doesn't leave New Orleans 'til 3 I guess I'll have some time at the
airport to get Crispy a souvenir and have a bite to eat.

This has been great, and I feel relaxed and recharged- but just typing
the details about leaving makes me want to get home and see Jake and
Crispy as soon as possible! Not long now!

Credo- Day 7

And a few from the campfire last night.

Credo- Day 7

So here are a few of the pics I took yesterday.

Credo- Day 7

Sunday morning and it's very weird not having anything to do! We had a
campfire last night after the silly games, but afterwards I went back
to my room and stayed up to finish my "Credo Plan" so I could have
this morning free. So after a leisurely breakfast I've just finished a
long Skype video chat with Jackie and will now post a few of the
pictures I took yesterday. And then I think I'll go print out my Credo
plan and then go for another stroll around the lake and perhaps sit in
a rocking chair for an hour or so before lunch.

Our "Credo Plan" is a group of 3 goals we have set ourselves to try
and achieve based on all we have learned about (including what we have
learned about ourselves) this week. I was not sure what I was going to
put down, but yesterday after chatting with Jake and finding out that
she was feeling better, the boy had been good at the fair, the dog was
home and hadn't pined too much in the kennels, I sat down to do them
and got kind of into the "zone". I turned off all the lights in my
room, turned up the ceiling fan, opened all the windows, and typed
away (they had given us digital versions of the forms so we could do
them on our laptops if we wanted), editing and refining and just really got into
it. I'm not going to talk about what I put down here- if it affects
you you'll find out more when I get back. We have a looong Eucharist
service after lunch today, and as part of that we get to stand up (if
we want to) and give a brief summary of what we've planned. We then
get our plan to take home and they make a sealed copy that they mail
to us in a year's time.

On a side note- I should get commission from Acer this week. Everyone
has fallen in love with my little Aspire One netbook 'cos they've seen
me updating my blog, skyping Jackie etc. and at least three people
have said they're going to get one for themselves.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Credo- Day 6

The younger of us (!) played Twister- I won!

Credo- Day 6

70's game night- the faculty went for it so I did too (they thought my
chest hair was a little gray, so they gave me a little Austin Powers).

Credo- Day 6

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing
called life. Electric word, life. It means forever and that's a mighty
long time. But I'm here to tell you there's something else - the
afterworld. A world of never-ending happiness. You can always see the
sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills,
you know the one, Dr. Everything'll-Be-All-Right, instead of asking
him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind,
baby. 'Cause in this life, things are much harder than in the
afterworld. This life you're on your own. And if de-elevator tries to
bring you down, go crazy - punch a higher floor."

Ask me what this means when I get back!

Credo- Day 6

Today is mostly going to be working on our "Credo Plan"- we look at
all that we have learned, both the information we have been given and
what we've learned about ourselves, and try and put together a plan to
take home that will allow us to act on it. Don't worry though- I'm not
going to come back as a different person, although I may be a slightly
wiser and more relaxed one.

Jackie and Crispy have the school fair back at home today and Jackie
has a lousy cold- I owe her a huge thank you for holding down the fort
while I've been away doing this, I'll have to try and find a way to
pay her back when I get home!

Credo- Day 6

Yesterday we had some free time to mull over all the information that
has been crammed into our heads over the last few days. People spread
out all over the center- some walked in the woods, some sat by the
lake with iPods, some stayed in their rooms- I went for a walk around
the lake with my camera (I brought my "B" camera and really wish now
I'd brought my Canon DSLR, but the little Canon has actually done
pretty well) and I spent about an hour taking pictures of the
dragonflies who live around here, amongst other things.

Credo- Day 6

Last night's evening prayer service was in fact a Taize service- not
usually my favorite but this was adapted from the NZ prayer book and
the chanting didn't go on for ever so it wasn't too bad, the altar in
the chapel looked pretty with all the candles too.

I snuck a look ahead in the worship book we're using and I was wrong
about there being no church on Sunday- where it says "sharing Credo
plans" on our schedule is actually a Eucharist with the Credo plans
part built in, and it's scheduled from 1:30pm-6:00pm- yikes!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Credo- Day 5

And here are a few nature pics from this morning's walk. We have a
little free time at the moment so I'm sitting writing this on the
porch of the main lodge overlooking the lake through the trees. Next
we have a 90 minute "Healing Eucharist", I told them I'm fine but I
think they're still going to expect me to go. And tonight we have
"Night Prayers" at 8:45- in fact the only day we don't have church is
Sunday!

Credo- Day 5

Here are a couple of pics I took last night of the sunset over Lake
Pontchartrain from the restaurant.

Credo- Day 5

So they let us out briefly last night and took us to a restaurant in
Mandeville on Lake Pontchartrain called "Rips on the Lake". Very nice
seafood and a nice view from the porch overlooking he lake with a nice
breeze blowing.

I feel kinda bad posting these pictures of me having fun when Jackie
is at home playing single Mom with a lousy cold- get well soon Baby, I
miss you and the boy a ton!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Credo- Day 4

And here are a few pics from my walk this morning.

Credo- Day 4

Last night we had to get in touch with our "inner children" and make a
collage out of felt and pipe cleaners and stuff. It was supposed to be
something that reminded us of those who are important to us- so I made
Trogdor!