As of tomorrow I am being released from my short lived calling as Relief Society Coordinator. It's a relief. That is one hard calling I tell ya! It never is done, never is organized, and really - you just don't want to know who isn't getting theirs done. Not to mention the excuses each month. I'm not a perfect visiting teacher by any means, but "I've been busy" doesn't fly with me. Judgmental enough Heidi? - yes. However, I have been juggling two callings, a job, kids, and family reunions almost the entire month of July and still managed to bake brownies for my peeps and take them a letter. Have I missed months before? - yes. But busy isn't my excuse. Just do it - call, write a letter, or actually set foot in their home and be a friend. Rant over. If I have offended anyone, well, that is why I made my blog private! :)
Anyway, in conjunction with this change, I decided to paint my office today. They really are unrelated, except that I had already planned to paint almost the entire month of August (read: no family reunions, visitors, or travel planned) and I figured since I can now shred seven months of visiting teaching reports, that will enable me to have a little more space in here. It's also been a dark red for five years and contributes to my anger management issues (see above paragraph). I'm actually quite sick of most of the colors in my house and since I am not going anywhere, I figure paint is the cheapest way to remodel (for the time being). I don't have it all done yet so I'm not going to post pictures, but it's pretty exciting stuff for me and I really love it so far. Next up: the entryway and big red wall - going away! After that, Clara's bedroom, playroom, and then I will finally tackle our bedroom.
Dave asked me to teach Gospel Doctrine tomorrow. It's not an advantage being married to a Sunday School President. He tried calling many subs and there was no answer. Dadgum caller ID. It's the same reason why no one answers the phone when I call them for visiting teaching reports! Anyway, it's on Nauvoo and fortunately I am a descendant of approximately 456 teachers. Plus I read The Work and the Glory series three times (now you can judge me). Mock all you want, but that series comes in handy memory-wise when your husband asks you to teach a lesson on Nauvoo. Don't worry - I will not use it as a source. Well, maybe I won't.
And finally, in the last month I have lost 23 pounds. It has been really hard and really wonderful. I finally feel a little bit of control, plus I don't have to do laundry as often since I can actually fit into the majority of clothing in my closet.