My Christmas/Annual Newsletter--1992
by Brenda Kern
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December 1, 1992
What, exactly, does that "Other" mean? Non-human, perhaps? None of you are non-human, are you? Anyway...
An impersonal form letter from Brenda Kern? Nooooo--it can't be! But it is.
No kids to report on. No husband/man to report on. No books published, no amazing scientific discoveries, no world tours. I'm still not a millionaire--what's the deal with that? I thought for sure by the time I was THIS old I'd have done something of note with my life.
So, what have I done with my zillions of minutes this year?
In January I "celebrated" my five-year anniversary of working at Focus on the Family. No big deal, but it does mean that I get 3 weeks of vacation each year and qualify for a different level of pension fund matching. (Break out the bubbly, what an achievement!!!)
In March I took one of those weeks of vacation, and didn't go anywhere at all!! (To not travel on vacation is astounding and rare for me). I did household things, did my taxes (big refund, aren't you jealous?!), and laid around. Loved it.
In April, as you may already know from a previous impersonal form letter, I had my gall bladder out. Surgery, what an experience, even though this one was laparoscopy, a greatly improved form of surgery (so I heard, repeatedly). No bad results or side effects, a quick and relatively easy recovery. Thanks for your prayers.
In July I took another of those weeks of vacation to fully enjoy the week with my mom and sister (Faith and Tina). They drove across the country, Tina from Boston to Maryland, then the 2 of them together to Colorado Springs. We did some typical tourist stuff (there's a lot of that available here), and some lazing around, and some SHOPPING (my true calling, tied with sleeping).
On the work front, I received a long-awaited promotion in mid-October to Systems Coordinator. (full title: Operations Administration Systems Coordinator!) One of the really great things about the promotion was that I just continued in my current duties, and got a pay raise, MORE POWER, and a better title. (I am beginning to think I could really like power...)
Another interesting event that came up in my work was the need to find a way to handle some large volumes of mail that were coming in to Focus this fall. After a brainstorming session that I attended, I actually had one (a brainstorm), and suggested using our ex-employees from Southern California to do what they had previously done for the ministry. Upon pursuing the idea, we discovered that we still had an empty building (through a long lease), very receptive former employees, and poof! the office was reopened. I was sent back to re-train the Data Entry personnel, and to get them back up to speed after their year of "absence." I really enjoyed that week a whole lot, though it stirred up some homesickness feelings that I had not really had, or dealt with, previously.
Then, the week before Thanksgiving I drove (fast!) back to Topeka and Kansas City for a whirlwind weekend, to attend the wedding of a college friend (congratulations, Sandy!!!). Again, funny feelings arose in me: where is home? where do I really belong?
Such introspection from a biffhead like me!!!
Now, I anticipate a return to another form of "home" (where my mom lives, Maryland) for a Christmas/New Year's visit.
I've mostly furnished my home now--only one room left to go!--and feel so very blessed to reside in the home where I do.
I made my last car payment in October--paid off, finally!! (Any of you who are reading this aloud for any reason, please keep your voice down. I don't want my car to overhear you, and believe a major breakdown is due because the payments are finished. I say near or in my car things like "So, only 12 more payments left to go...")
I'm still blond. In between paragraphs I've been working on my new project: alphabetizing this 1 lb. bag of M & M's.
Have a great Holiday Season, honoring the One whose birthday we celebrate.
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