I so enjoyed our time on the porch on Thursday night that we had dinner on the porch again last night. I wanted to capture the monastic chapel kind of vibe we've created.
Yes, I am aware of the irony of trying to capture a monastic vibe as we ate hamburgers.
I had the kind of administrator day that exhausts me: doing the last prep work of getting ready for a site visit by accreditors. It's not the big visit; it's scheduled for 2 hours on Monday, and then the same person will be doing a site visit for the Ft. Lauderdale campus (there's an advantage to having the same executive director for each). Still, a site visit requires assembling many files and moving them to the conference room. But we are ready!
I emerged blinking into the late afternoon sunset after a day of squinting at folders and getting small cuts from file tabs. My back ached in a strange way; after all, I hadn't spent the day slumping in my desk chair, but had been going back and forth from office to copy machine.
It was a relief to sit on the porch and watch the light change. The family across the street was having a birthday party for the toddler, and guests arrived. It felt strange to feel excluded from a party I didn't want to attend.
Eventually, we moved inside. We were oddly chilly, so we decided to have a fire in the fireplace that we only use once or twice a year. That cheered me up.
When I drove home, I expected to crash into sleep before 7, but I'm happy to report that I stayed awake until 9.
I explored the camera to try to get it back to a setting that allows me to take pictures more quickly. I succeeded! Before I took a picture and the picture froze on the picture for what felt like 10 minutes. Now I can click, click, click.
Here's an interesting effect, and I have no idea which setting allowed it:
Today we may go to a real monastery. I've been wanting to go to the Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach, and they seem to be open; in the past, when we've thought of going, they were closed for a special event.