Because I (Jenni) am not an official staff member with a specific hourly commitment, my work and preparation for our first project trip is more random, and a whole lot easier to explain. Kevin already gave you an overview of his typical day. I will try to do the same.
My primary responsibility is still to the kids, so I try to be up early enough to get my Bible study and prayer in before making breakfast. We dive into school work by 9:00, but everyone is fairly independent by now so in between monitoring and helping I am able to work on the planning for next school year and sorting out all of Colorado's requirements (a task that might make me gray before July).
At least once a week we go to nearby Garden of the Gods or Ute Valley Park for a post-lunch hike or just to sit on a rock and do some nature journaling and drawing. Unless of course, it has been raining for about three weeks straight, and then we go do things like check out a Dutch bakery or buy cat litter just to get OUT OF THE HOUSE.
In the larger chunks of afternoon free time or in the evenings I try to work on things like getting more comfortable with video editing software and my sound equipment. I need these things to be as close to second-nature as possible so I am more free to think creatively when we get to Kenya. At least that was the plan when I originally drafted this post. Since that time I have relaxed the tutorial cramming mode, knowing that I can't learn everything I want to know in such a short space, so that time would be more wisely invested in reading with the kids and enjoying each others' company (climbing gym, anyone? Archery? A hike in the 40 degrees F and hail?)
If the weather is good I try to get out a few times each week, just in the backyard here, and practice various shooting techniques. Not that the weather has been good. No. But no matter. Tomorrow morning a few of us from the office are headed to Manitou Springs for a little photography practice.
Currently, I am also working with several other EMI staff to develop a strong body of photographic and video work that will be used for marketing and publications. At the moment that means some brainstorming, strategizing, and learning. None of us are highly experienced with video work and I've taken on the responsibility to do the research and get us rolling. In other words, I get on Vimeo and hunt for the best channels to stalk, blogs to learn from, and shooting techniques to employ.
On the more practical side, I have made lists of things my parents can go do with the kids while we are gone and gathered important info they might need in our absence. I made a whole information binder, which is an Organizing Nerd party, if ever there was one. Today we are working to stock the freezer with pre-prepped slow cooker meals for an easy dinner. I'm browsing for video music to download before we go so I don't have to use up the bandwidth and data of the ministry when we are in country. We bought international electrical adapters and a new suitcase that is currently having random items tossed into it in the name of packing early. "Camera - check. Maxi skirts fresh from the dryer, pack those. Flip-flops? Just in case. Instant coffee....yes, probably a good idea."
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