Saturday, August 30, 2008

A piece of advice...

Hard surfaces and knees do not mix. Of course, neither do slippery surfaces and cute boots. It was overcast and a little rainy all day today. Coming into work this evening, I made it all the way to the elevators, across almost all the tile, before my feet decided to betray me. I almost twisted my right ankle and overcompensated, heading too far left. Needless to say, I ended up on the ground and in some weird way, managed to bruise my left leg on the outside below my knee. No broken bones, I'll just be stiff for a bit and have a nice bruise to show for my gracelessness. :) At least there were no witnesses to the actual incident, just the aftermath. So the moral of our story? Slick tile floors and wet shoes don't mix. That is all. Update: So I may not have twisted my ankle, but I did tweak it a little bit at least. And the bruise is turning a nice shade of purple too. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Update, August 28, 2008

Greetings everyone! And thank you to everyone who passed along birthday wishes. My 23rd birthday, while filled with work, was very restful. I was able to celebrate last week with my family while I was home which was a blessing.
So this is what 12-hour, overnight shifts lead to...actually remembering that I have a list of people I need to e-mail an update to. :) And yes, you read that correctly. This next week of work is going to be crazy. I'm working every single overnight until Labor Day except for one and several of those are 12 hour shifts. I could certainly use your prayers (and lots of caffeine) to make it through them.
While I'm on the topic of work, the last 2 of my 3 articles were published to our website earlier this month. You can reach them by following the URLs below.
Hurricane Alicia <-- This story went through 3 rounds of editing and the title was changed at the last minute when it was published. I guess I made it sound too much like a hurricane drought was a bad thing and a land-falling hurricane was a good thing. :)
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs <--The Going Green section of our website has other tips for saving energy as well.
I recently had the opportunity to travel back to Colorado Springs for the Focus on the Family Institute Reunion. For the two years after we graduate, we will have a yearly reunion. After that, there is a reunion every 5 years for everyone who has ever attended the Institute. My roommate Bethany met me in Denver and we traveled to the Springs for the 4 days of the reunion. The trip was amazing and I had a wonderful time getting to see old friends and meeting people from other classes. If you would like to see pictures from my trip, you can find them here.
My next trip will be a little more local as I travel to DC September 12-14 for the Values Voters Summit, sponsored by FRC Action and Focus Action. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to hear some of the speakers that will be there to address the issues that are affecting us today. I'm also really excited to attend the Saturday evening gala event where Chuck Colson will be honored. If you're interested in learning more about the summit, you can visit their website here.
Otherwise, life has been continuing as usual. Things have been quiet around the townhouse as my roommate and I are on almost completely opposite schedules. I'm actually thinking of getting a fish but probably not until I get back from the Values Voters Summit in September. I'm kind of excited to have a pet of my own and personalize my space even more.
I hope everything has been going well for you. For those who have gone back to school or have kids in school, I hope your transition was smooth and safe. Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Meghan Orr

Overdue update from June 1st

Sorry about being delayed in getting this up. :) This update was originally sent out on June 1st. Enjoy!
So it's been awhile since my last update again...I think I need to leave reminders for myself to do these. :) Maybe then they'll actually be more frequent.
Work has been going well. I'm slowly adapting to the shift rotations. Starting this weekend, I will be working the 4th and final shift rotation (Th-Su, 1pm-Mid) before going back to the graveyard shift in July. My first article as an official meteorologist was published on the WeatherBug website which was a very exciting moment for me. You can find it here. My bio was also added to our website which you can find here. I have a few other articles in the works and will make sure to pass those along as well when they're published out.
Otherwise, life has taken a fairly sedate pace. I have found a church where I can get plugged in and get to know some of the people. So far I've mostly only met those in my Sunday School, but I've only been there for a short time and with crazy hours I can't always make other events at the church. Hopefully in the weeks to come God will open up opportunities to meet other members of the church. I've also been able to do a lot of pleasure reading, which I love. I'm almost through the entire Chronicles of Narnia currently and plan on finishing The Screwtape Letters next.
On a technical note: I will not be as available online as I usually am. I returned to Germantown after spending Memorial Day weekend at home to find the AC adapter for my laptop had inexplicably failed and my laptop had run on battery for as long as it could. Since it may be awhile before I get it replaced, I will only be accessing the internet at work and at the library so my reponse times may be longer. I apologize for any inconvenience. If you need to reach me, my work IM is MegWxBug or feel free to call on the cell.
I hope you have all had a lovely Sabbath and a good weekend.
Soli Deo Gloria!