To the Nations

Over the past three weeks I have opened the heavy doors in the back of my mind and dusted off my web design boots. I haven’t worked on web sites since, oh, probably 2005 and boy am I rusty!  Anyway, back then I was totally an elitist and only designed sites in HTML and CSS. I am so humbled now that I have a hard time remembering things that used to come second nature to me. So I’m using the WYSIWYG site builder that comes with our web package.

That said, as part of my internship with the Missions director at my church, I have pieced together little by little a missions section for our church website. Every week I add new pages and new links to it and I’m actually becoming rather pleased with it. The first week was a struggle but now when I work on it every couple days I keep getting inspired and adding new things.

The main page is found here at Gateway Missions. We have a team going to Haiti (that I was on at one point until I realized I couldn’t realistically miss that much school) so I made a team HQ page here. Today I made this unimpressive little number–not so exciting on its own but I am enjoying adding more and more layers to this growing section of the site.

That, and I get to put some knowledge from my International Studies classes to work! Yay for real-life application of school idas!

Settling In

As I laid on Angela’s bed for the first time since before this summer’s many adventures even started, I sighed and said, “I just want to stay in one place for more than three days.” Although this is kind of an exaggeration [before the Colorado trip I was in CA for a full week before the family road trip commenced], I really feel ready to rest my bones for a while. This coming weekend there will be day trips to LA and such but no real travel plans until December (okay, that’s a lie; something’s in the works but I don’t want to talk about in case it falls through).

Also, are day trips interesting enough to put here? I think they are; what do you think? I find that several day trips to a nearby place can actually tell you more than even going on vacation there. Example: if someone goes on vacation to LA, they see Hollywood, they see the beaches, but do they see where people actually live? Do they see the garment district? Do they drive through sketchy neighborhoods?

That said, since this is more or less (hopefully more) of a travel-themed blog obviously my posts are going to be more sparse than they were this summer and I don’t like this prospect! I hope you guys can help me out with travel-y things to write about while I’m not actully going anywhere. Maybe enough ideas to the tune of one or two posts a week? Ideas? Please put them here! I have a few things I’m planning on writing about but they are quickly running out.

Edit: some more road trip pictures are now up here.