We've continued enjoying (most of the time) juggling the variety of demanding opportunities we have in front of us right now. We're getting things ready for our trips next year with Travel the Text. This involves overall maintenance, communicating with groups, and confirming (and re-confirming) that all the logistics are in order, specifically for the two back-to-back trips we're leading in March. The most time-consuming part of this project is putting together what we will use as our "field notes" or textbook equivalent for group reference on-site each day as we navigate the land. Maps, site summaries, references, you name it; all in a concise easy to use (and carry) book. That's the goal. It's the sort of project that has no end, and can always be better; in other words we could work on it for years - and will - but this version is due by the end of January. Wooohoo!
In the midst of this we are also still working for the project that involves the organization of massive amounts of media from the land of the Bible as our primary "work" that gives us some income. We're also excited that our "new" residence, known affectionately as the Farmhouse, is closer to liveable now that the water is turned on and we've been able to start on some necessary projects. Looking forward to living there - for at least a month. Still figuring out the "what's next" and trying to stay afloat one day at a time for now.
You have to understand, this is the first movie we've seen in theaters since The Hobbit last year. It had been a while before The Hobbit since we'd been either - and being in and out of the country has surprisingly little to do with this record. We just aren't into most of the entertainment culture, and the prices would otherwise keep us away. Did I mention it was cold outside, that I'm always cold, and they wanted to go see something called FROZEN? This to say, I was quite shocked that we were all heading out the door to watch a cartoon I'd barely heard of. They almost left without me. I almost let them.
I'm very glad I didn't. Frozen is a surprisingly good movie with a great underlying message that's hard to beat - perfect love drives out fear. Oh, and they aren't talking about true loves first kiss, but a kind of selfless, sacrificial love that will give up even their own life to save another. That's good stuff.
The opposite of love is not hate, but fear, and I loved how this movie told of the struggle to conquer her fear by concealing or denying herself - when all along LOVE was the only true antidote. That'll preach.
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