The newest character in Midnite Moving can be sent to sleep for a couple of hours by saying gay schlafen, which is go to sleep in Yiddish. Which is the kind of thing that happens when two people who are alien mad scientists who shouldn’t be having or raising children decide “I’ma risk it”. And don’t you wish you had THAT app.
Awoke far too early this morning. (boring SG1 reference) Amanda Tapping tweeted about her Bouvier, George, who’s 120 lbs of lapdog, and whose gas rivals that of Christopher Judge. These are the kinds of things I find teddibly amusing, which is as much as you need to know about the compos of my mentis these days.
I am arguing with myself this morning as to whether I really want to go to an all day church event about growth. I think it’s a waste of money, but I am curious about how this expensive Unitarian boffin – who just so happens to be the establishing minister for the church – is going to fire us up. I don’t want to go, as I am afraid I will ‘air my views’ in a ‘less than respectful or helpful way’. Maybe I should. Teach the controversy and all.
The waste of money part comes from the notion that growth comes from being an attractive church. Our Religious Education program, which is the magnet which draws young adults with children to the church, is fanTAStic in terms of curriculum and staff . no srsly . but badly housed. I mean, really badly housed. The space we’re renting doesn’t suit and most parents come in and see it and recoil in horror. We have tried to get this ameliorated but we DON’T OWN THE BUILDING, and of course unless every elder in the congregation drops dead and leaves his or her entire estate to the church, we never will own a building either. On the basis of my conversations with other churches this not having a building ain’t a bad thing. Church buildings get older than human beings eventually and there’s nothing like remediating asbestos tiles and leaky roofs and recalcitrant dragon-furnaces to put a damper on Sunday worship and cast a pall of gloom over the Board.
As it is, we can do church anywhere, with despatch and aplomb. We’d hate to move again, but we will if we have to, and church will continue no matter what.
Looks like Katie’s buying a restaurant. She’s seen it done right and done wrong, and I’m sure she’ll be fine. We do NOT have big plans. We have small ones. I am going to be the silent partner and biscotti baker, which I am very happy about, since I will finally have a space close to my house which is exactly what I want for baking biscotti, and the way the law works anything that’s baked there must be sold there in at least some quantity so it’s not a factory. I’ll be making a deposit on Monday (she’s at work even though it’s a stat) and Katie and I already have an immense list of things to work through. I want her energy and intelligence to be rewarded. Keith expressed reservations, interestingly, but I think he may be experiencing jealousy. Which reminds me, now I really DO have to change my will, so Keith and Katie get a more equitable share, and so Paul is no longer the executor.
We’re not planning on making any money for most of the first year, start up date April Fools (and you should have seen Katie’s face as we set the date). The easiest thing for me to do is to think about the money as being lost. Out of the gate. Something about this feels right though, there’s a weird ‘this will be okay’ vibe.
The Treasurer problem I had has been resolved. I crashed the chart of accounts somehow in Simply Accounting and reasoned my way out of the problem with a few adjustments. Now it’s time to MAKE RECEIPTS FOR ALL THE DONORS. It is a finite problem with a deadline, and it’s all good.