I’m up at 4:30 grading papers. I didn’t have time to do it yesterday, and I have to turn them back this morning, so I had no choice.

I’m not sure about the new Tuesday class. I’ve been going for the past seven years to Tuesday night class with Partygirl. That Tuesday class was a deep, thought-provoking, sometimes consternation-inducing study of the Bible. I often found myself at odds with the readings, the lecture, or the group, and it was quite stimulating. Much of the value of it was the discussion Partygirl and I had in the car on the way home.

We’ve now read and wrestled with the whole Bible, except the book of Revelation. I don’t know why they don’t do that, but they don’t. They just start over again.

Having finished that, I thought I might take the Tuesday night class at my church. One of our questions last night was “Why are you taking this class?” For me, it’s probably because without it I wouldn’t get around to reading the Bible because I always have papers to grade. For others, it tended to be because otherwise they’d just read their favorite parts.An excellent point. You turn to Proverbs and Psalms, don’t you, and skip Malachi, if you just read what you’re in the mood for?

The woman sitting next to me has been in business for herself for fifteen years. She has five employees. Monday night she was up until midnight dealing with the details of a couple of new hires. She got teary-eyed at one point, saying she always has to worry about the business failing. She worked at a salaried job alongside running the business for the first half of those fifteen years, and this is the first year that she has taken enough time for herself that she’s able to attend an evening class. She’s hoping to get to know people better.

She doesn’t have to grade papers, though. And she does need a website.

I got a walk in yesterday, updated three websites, and did some further planning for the new website The Firm is doing. #1 daughter has been contacting people who at one time expressed an interest in doing websites, but hasn’t gotten any nibbles there, so I’m hoping that we can get our new website going  by the end of the month.

The other thing we’re supposed to do on the HGP this week is to buy the materials for our handmade gifts. We should put the tools, materials, and instructions for each into a plastic bag so we can grab it conveniently and get started rather than having to search around. This will speed up our gift-making and increase the likelihood of our actually getting it done.