Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Routine

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead... but first, let us eat a banana and 600 miligrams of ibuprofin. I am sitting here now, waiting for the ibuprofin to kick in so that I can go to the gym and get a few miles in. When I wake, it is hard to believe that I am even going to be able to walk today, let alone run, but then the ibuprofin kicks in and I am able to act like a fairly normal human being for most of the day. I am sure this tailbone injury WILL heal, but I have heard it takes a lot of time. Thank God we live in an age of wonderful anti-inflamatory medications.

I am now getting busy trying to get ready for Night Watch here on Saturday night. It will be great fun to have folks over and answer the phones for the area Central Office - but I volunteered my house BEFORE the snow eliminated all the parking from my street. I am hoping that the warm temperatures this week will melt some of the snow, I will shovel some of it, and we should have some street parking. My neighbor volunteered her driveway - that is 2 parking places. My driveway is 2. Oh Lord, I need help. And I don't even know what I am serving yet. It is a potluck, so everyone brings something, but I need to provide the spine, if you will, of the meal. Does anyone have any great food ideas for having a very casual dinner for anywhere from 10 to 40 people? I very seldom entertain because I get so freaked out about everything. I did Nighwatch for this group exactly 11 years ago, and I made such a big deal out of it, it was very unpleasant for me. Now I am probably taking it a little bit too lightly.

Once again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my life. Being sick, injured, and snowed-in in December really gave me time to reflect on my many blessings. (and I think I can go run now because I am feeling much better!)

"It is when we try to make our will conform with God's that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God's intention for us." -- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 40


Anonymous said...

Dedicate the night to your Higher Power, give thanks for being shown the next right thing to make the whole thing happen (remember Night Watch is service work and not about us) and it will work out. If we do our part it always falls into place.

As far as to what to serve I would trust Paula Deen and steer away from Rachael Ray (she is WAY too annoying). She has some great brunch recipes at this link.

Good luck. God bless. We had Night Watch over the Christmas holidays and we have it again at the end of this month.

Anonymous said...


Designer Girl said...

Suggestions on what to serve: Chili con Carne or a hearty soup like Tuscan Minestrone. You can make a lot, make it ahead, and keep it warm on the stove or in a crock pot. Then either let people take home what's left over that you don't want, or freeze it (get some of those Ziploc "disposable" not-quite-Tupperware containers).

And, totally what Scott W. says about the purpose and focus.

Brad said...

Soup's a good idea. Or brown a bunch of hamburger and make sloppy joes, or get some cocktail weiners and make them in the crockpot (I like to use chili sauce and grape jelly)...

Whatever you serve, the people will be grateful for your hospitality!

I serve on the local Intergroup Council and would like to know more about how your phone line works. We are starting to discuss getting rid of the paid phone service company and allowing real alcoholics to answer the phones. But this has never been done, so there's great resistance!

Good luck and Godspeed!
Brad :-)

Anonymous said...

I third what Scott said.
Peace, MC, and I hope you are healing,


O.K. here goes from someone who host a huge family every Christmas even though I have the smallest house.
Papergoods....seasonal....everything can be thrown out. Less cleaning.
Don't clean the house before hand just pick up. It's going to need the cleaning after.
I have a boat load of recipes but don't know exactly what you are looking for. Want to give me some ideas?
I did a big sauce on Christmas with meatballs and sausage...ordered the lasgna though but pasta works just as well. Frozen garlic bread. Easy easy easy and can be made ahead of time.
On another note doing this is awesome. My sponsor and some people from my home group volunteer at Central Services all the time. Some day I will get there.
I sincerely hope your tailbone injury heals soon. I know from past experience that it does take time though sweetie.
I just love you and this post.

Shannon said...

I think Scott gave a good reminder. I am like you too MC.. I get to freaked out about, what to eat, is my house clean enough blah blah blah.. LOL we alkys are ssooooo neurotic

and daave you freaking crack me up...

I was thinking something crock pot, like soup or stew... but those recipes everyone suggested sound really good

Good luck tonight with parking and relax and let HP take over

BigSkymAAck said...

Relax keep it simple enjoy the night. Fix up some Goulash not much of a spill factor and sits on a paper plate easy.

Carly said...

One word: Costco

Providing the house means you don't have to cook. Buy some lasagna, paper plates and plastic utensils. Turn down the lights, light some candles and don't worry about cleaning. It'll all work out just fine!

lash505 said...

I just watched top chef what a salmon tartar

Christine said...

I can't wait to see how God works out the details for the Night Watch

I never heard of Night Watch before, what a cool thing to do