I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
OK, I know Ian will gripe if I don’t clarify: We’ve been sleeping on normal mattresses on a Harvard frame, so it’s not as if we’d been making do with sleeping bags on the floor since we bought the house. However, this is exciting because it’s the first time in our entire 7 years of marriage we’ve had a real bedroom set like this. Yay! The quality is fabulous…but then, we previously had particleboard with wood veneer, so I guess anything’s better than that.
Now, on to the real news. I’m going to be in Spokane from tomorrow through next Saturday. I do have a laptop, so updates may come forth, but maybe not. Eileen Hyatt, the gal I’m staying with, is a Bicycle Alliance board member who lives in Spokane and she has quite the full week planned for me. Monday through Friday (I think) I’ll be learning and/or co-teaching from/with her to learn about how the Safe Routes to School teaching-the-teachers works. I’m excited to learn from her about teaching teachers, bike education for elementary students, how the curriculum works with younger kids and what teachers take from our training and actually use in the classroom.
In addition to learning the Eileen Hyatt Gold Standard of Bike Ed for Kids, I’m going to do what looks like a couple intense tabling events this Saturday and Sunday; do some kind of presentation to a bike club there; accompany Eileen on a Bike Buddies ride; and who knows what else. I expect to be completely bushed — and tired of driving — by the time I drag myself back home. Too bad the week after that looks nearly as nonstop…
I have to admit, I’m looking forward to September 27, when everything will be done.