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

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