monday morning update, october 6, 2008

the weekend that was: jeannie was up in pasadena visiting a friend for the weekend, so it was officially “daddy weekend.” that means – in the oestreicher family lexicon – a weekend of normally unapproved debauchery. extra quantities of screens (tv, movies, games, computer), horrible food choices, and stuff like that. so: liesl had lots on, so it was basically me and max. we got mario kart for wii, and played that a lot; we walked up to our town’s oktoberfest (“the largest 3-day oktoberfest west of the mississippi!”) both evenings for dinner; max made chicken nuggets for breakfast saturday, and we went to baskin robbins for lunch (yes, ice cream for lunch). along the way, i watched two sad football games where the only two teams i care about (university of michigan and the san diego chargers) lost, because they played so horribly. and i got a 60-minute massage saturday afternoon (jeannie gave me a 6-pack of one-hour certificates for xmas last year, and i cashed one in this weekend — the masseuse came to our house, and set up in the back house). sunday afternoon was honey-do list stuff, then home church in the evening. then, late last night, i took off on a 40 hour silent retreat.

where i am at the moment: i’m in non-blogging land, actually. this post was set to go live monday morning, because i’m not actually here to post it. i have known, for a few weeks, that i’m living on the edge, physically, emotionally, spiritually. and i started to realize that going into the sacramento nywc in this condition would be a really, really bad choice, and potentially harmful. i was worried about being so over-the-edge that i would either burn out, or — in my weariness — fall back to my default arrogant prick self. about a week ago i looked at my calendar for today, and realized it was totally empty. that’s when i decided to wedge in a short silent retreat. i considered a place i’ve gone in the desert, and a place i’ve gone near the coast, and landed on the coastal place. so, last night i drove up, and started a 40-ish hour time of silence, prayer, reading, thinking, and sleep. i’ll drive back down tuesday late morning, and just go to work. i’m hoping this time will recalibrate, rejuvenate, detoxify, and refresh me.

on my to-do list this week: uh, there’s this little thing called the national youth workers convention. we have three of ’em. the first one, in sacramento, is this week. starts friday (with additional programs beginning thursday). i’m flying up wednesday afternoon, and coming home monday afternoon. jeannie and the kids are coming up friday evening through monday afternoon. to complicate things a bit more, we have a brand new spanish youth workers convention this weekend also! we’ve been doing our convencion internacional lideres jovenes in argentina and guatemala for a number of years. but this year we added a third spanish event, in dallas. it was unfortunate that they ended up on the same weekend. saturday morning, i leave sacramento and fly to dallas. i’ll do a general session there saturday afternoon, and spend the evening there. sunday morning, i fly back to the sacramento nywc. whew!

procrastinating about: at the moment, i’m still procrastinating about my general session talk for the convention.

book i’m in the midst of: finished my lobotomy this weekend (will post about that soon), and am still in the middle of the almost moon. also plan on reading mark riddle’s new book (which comes out in january, or something like that), called inside the mind of youth pastors, today; and i brought along cathleen falsani’s sin boldly, and hope to get to it also.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: not normally a big hip-hop listener, two alt-hop (is that a term, or did i just make it up?) have caught my attention in the last couple weeks:
my friend bob sent me an itunes gift of “dear science” by the band, “tv on the radio.” really creative and complex stuff — unpredictable.
then i’ve also had the MIA album, Kala, on heavy rotation. the song “paper airplanes” has been on constant play on san diego alt rock stations, but the album is really, primarily a mash-up of alt/modern rock and hip-hop. very, very cool stuff.

next trip: i’m in north county san diego for a couple nights as i post this; but my next real trip is wednesday, for the national youth workers convention in sacramento.

how i’m feeling about this week: excited, stressed, hopeful, energized, weary, anticipatory, nervous, and probably 60 other emotions.

11 thoughts on “monday morning update, october 6, 2008”

  1. I went to the last Sacramento convention – my first one – all by myself and it was the most amazing experience ever. I wish I could be there!

  2. Marko,

    I’m adding you to my prayer list for the week…you do so much not only for YS and youth workers around the country/world – I’m glad you’re finding time to get away for some time before the convention – I hope you can make the convention what you need just as you and YS are asking us youth leaders to do….see you in Nashville!

  3. I’d love to share my latest song with you –

    I looked for your direct contact info and couldn’t find it. I’d love any feedback you had on this – I was called to ministry on 9/11 and had an epiphany 2 years later that my ministry would be through music.

  4. I love the slogan “the largest 3-day oktoberfest west of the mississippi!” Proof once again that if you make the pond small enough, anyone can be the big duck.

  5. this is the difference between working at as local youth pastor and being the president of YS. At YS: Your wife can go away for the weekend and you can hire a private massage in the “back house”, blog about it, and keep your job! Yeah.. sure. I’m gonna try that soon. :)

  6. From a guy who jaywalked with you in DC a few years ago, and who is Jody’s favorite volunteer, You’re being prayed for today and each day this week. When I traveled with One Time Blind we would HAVE to pray a prayer reciting Ephesians 6:10-18. Pray for the armor of God to protect you and your family: pray for the belt of truth, the shoes fitted with the readiness that comes from knowing the Gospel, for the shield of faith to be out front, for the helmet of salvation fitted gently on your head, for the sword of the spirit in your hand – which is the Scriptures, and for the breastplate of righteousness that helps you stand firm and macho, well macho enough to allow yourself to be prayed for by others.

    Rock on with your bad self Marko, and enjoy the sleep on the flights to and from Dallas. Also – eat some Dickey’s Barbecue in the Dallas airport, let me know how it is.


  7. Really looking forward to NYWC in Sacto this weekend!

    Your blog here was just what I needed to read and reflect on my prep for the weekend….but, as always, I KNOW it will be absolutely wonderful! So glad MercyMe & Shane Claiborne are there!

  8. I’ll be in prayer for the conventions! They are amazing and really are a super sized energy drink for me. I won’t be able to attend one this year :-( and I’m really going to miss it. I know it will be awesome. God Bless!!

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