Phew! What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. Actually the last eight months has been hectic. Mom, Dad and Great Gran arrive tomorrow for three weeks holiday. K turns three next week with a butterfly party and the whole family. D turned five last month with an Octonauts party and Amy celebrated the last of her thirties. Kevin hit the early mid thirties. E has started smiling and laughing and also to sleep for more than three hours at a time. D has learned to use a computer mouse and to find LEGO video clips online.
There is a new climbing frame in the garden and the apple trees are over loaded with a bountiful crop this year. The garden shed needs a new roof and there is much to be done in side as well – new dishwasher, new tv, new coffee table, some painting, new carpet and much furniture shuffling to accommodate new bits and pieces.
Work is exciting with new work being done using open-source GIS application and developing the web GIS further. Just need to get over the tiredness and sleep more…
Well, here we are at the end of January 2013 already, and on the eve of our departure to South Africa for a month in the sun, and I haven’t had a chance to post anything about the New Year. So here’s a picture of us all on the West Sands at St Andrews on New Year’s Eve:
I have been trying to think of a name for our new canoe as all water craft have to have a name of sorts. I have had several sources of inspiration: “Surface Detail” by Iain M. Banks, “The Sentry” by Robert Crais, and “Finding God” by Larry Crabb. In Surface Detail, a story set in the far distant future of the galaxy, the Culture spaceships have complete control over their own name and often choose something that expresses their character, attitude or aim in “life”, and it is worth reading at least one of Banks’ books to have a quiet chuckle as they blaze their way through hyperspace.
Robert Crais’ character, Joe Pike, has two large red (red like my canoe) arrows tattooed into his deltoids. They point forward, reminding him to keep pressing onwards, that there is no going back. Pike is always looking out for the little guy and ain’t nobody gonna stop him. He doesn’t say much but he has mission commitment in heaps that keeps him focussed on the goal of saving the girl or solving the case or watching his partner’s back or keeping his red Jeep clean (usually all of the above).
Larry Crabb has mission commitment too but he is not an ex-assassin-turned-detective with tattoos. He is a professor at Colorado Christian University and his mission is, to put it simply, to find God, know God, love God. In his book “Finding God” there is a take-away summary point that has got me thinking: