8am – Becky’s House
After the stress of our journey here and an exhausting day at Hadrian’s wall, yesterday was exactly what we needed. It was a slow, quiet, low-key kind of day.
In the morning, we got to have devotions with Katie’s corworkers at her office in Carlisle. The international director led them, using Ephesians 2:10 as the key verse and focusing on how each of us is God’s work of art. It was uplifting.
Then, we got a tour of the offices. OM has some nice facilities here and some truly dedicated, kind people. We also got to meet Bryce, an Australian who is in charge of OM’s video ministry, OMNIvision. He gave us a ride (or a lift, as I’m learning to call it) to the OMNIvision offices where he gave us the grand tour of their studios and their editing suites. Another impressive facility. Andy enjoyed being able to talk cameras and lights and sound too.
Then, Bryce drove us back into town and we stopped at the grocery store to buy stuff for sandwiches. Andy hadn’t slept well the previous night, and he was exhausted. So we made a quick, easy lunch, and he took a nap while Katie and I went out, found an adorable little café in a Carlisle courtyard, and chatted about everything for four hours.
I don’t think I’ve talked that much out loud since she left. It was really, really nice. If you’ve never had a friend who doubles as the other side of your brain, I’m not sure you can understand how wonderful it is to be reunited with them after a long separation. Yes, there were some tears. And lots of hugging and hand holding. And we ate chocolate cake-ish stuff (I believe the technical term is traybake) with cherries and raisins in it. Perfect day.
Once we realized how late it was (and that Andy had probably woken up afraid we’d gotten lost or something), we headed back to the Mallon’s house and stopped at the store to pick up some things for dinner. Katie invited a good friend of hers over to eat with us as well. His name is Kendall, and he’s from Iowa. Nice guy! Good hand shake. Good sense of humor. Firefly fan. And he loves to cook. That’s about all I need to know to like somebody. 😉
Katie had a frozen pizza with cheese on it, so we bought some sausages and salad and ice cream. Katie and I worked in the kitchen together to make dinner while Andy and Kendall talked about video games (boys). So we had pizza, salad, and ice cream, and we watched an episode of Stargate: Atlantis.
Andy and I headed back to Becky’s house at “only” 8:30 because we knew we needed to pack and straighten the house up. We were both pretty tired, but once we got back here and got things situated, neither of us could sleep. So I made some herbal tea, and we both sat up in the living room reading (Andy’s reading some boring nonfiction book about bombs or something, and I’m reading Wheel of Time #4) until our eyes were finally starting to droop. Then we went to bed.
Our train leaves for London at 10:45 this morning, and we’re going over to the Mallon’s house at 9am. The Mallons should have gotten back last night, so we are eager to meet them in person. I’ve gotten to Skype with them once or twice, but that’s nothing like talking to someone face to face.
The train ride should take about three hours, and I expect that we’ll do a lot of our London adventure planning on the way down. I’ve got subway (tube) maps and city maps on my Kindle, and we have a list of places we want to go. It’s unlikely we’ll be able to do all of it, and at this point we have no idea how long the oystercards we bought will last before we need to reload them. But we’ll figure that out a step at a time.
We are staying at a place called Manna House that belongs to OM, which they use as a guest house. It’s really inexpensive, and we’re both so thankful to have it as an option.