Back to business, and post-Thanksgiving

Went back to the high school’s after-school program today. Last week was a little weird – because we were coming up on Thanksgiving, the staff was pretty relaxed, and let the youth spend most of the time hanging out. Today, the lady in charge (there are very few staff members with this program, by the way), enforced the 3:30-4:30 “Homework Time”… or, more practically, speaking, the “Please sit down and try to do SOMETHING productive or at least mildly educational” time. Hence, most people either played board games or did stuff on the computer. I played Monopoly with 4 of the youth. It was a great chance to hang out and interact with them quite a bit. And more importantly, because we changed a few of the rules, I totally cleaned house! It’s all about priorities, you know?

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I got half-jumped today, coming home from the after-school program. It’s dark, so it’s harder to see the people around as you’re walking.

And it’s cold, so my hands.. even with gloves… are in my pockets. Cripes. You’d think I, of all people, would know better.

Halfway home, I look up and see this guy in a dark coat, looking down very intensely at his i-pod, coming towards me along the sidewalk. Look away briefly, then glance at him again as he’s just a few feet away… and get very confused.

“Holy crap why’s this guy staring at me what’s he want does he know me he looks scary his eyes are crazy HOLY CRAP HE’S JUMPING AT ME AND MY HANDS ARE IN MY POCKETS AND CAN’T DO A DARNED THING!!!”

Oh, never mind. It’s just one of my youth group kids coming home from a sports practice. Whew. Stopped and talked for a few minutes, as we hadn’t seen each other in about a week.

On the bright side, it’s encouraging to see when my youth feel comfortable enough with me to do stuff like that. Scary, but encouraging.

After talking, we went our separate ways, and I walked home. With my hands out of my pockets.

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And finally, follow-up to Thanksgiving. Had several good chances for photos. My cousin’s baby son visited, I got up early two mornings to watch the sunrise, and the full moon on Saturday night was pretty amazing as well. Lots of fun. So, some photos!

My wife made the centerpiece for our Thanksgiving dinner… she’s pretty talented, if I do say so myself.
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My cousin brought her baby over to visit, since we’ve hardly seen him. And of course, cute baby means cute baby pictures. Whoo! He really liked that plastic lid he was playing with…
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Saturday night, the sky was clear, and the moon was full and orange. My mom insisted I go take some shots, and I’m glad she did. I didn’t get there in time to get the full orange effect (except in this first one), but I still like these.
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And I got up early on Saturday and Sunday morning to watch the sunrise in from the woods behind our house. My brother got up with me on Sunday, which was fun. I always love being up at sunrise (note that I like BEING up, not GETTING up)… in addition to getting fun photos, it’s just a very calm and meditative time. Me gusta.

 

I managed to get several shots of birds…
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And, of course, lots of nature and landscape shots.
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~ by Peter on November 27, 2007.

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