Last week was a day trip to Selly Oak by train - and I was entertained by the unicorn-shaped hole made by the train manager during a ticket inspection. So much nicer than the scribble with a black pen that is so often the case.
Trains continue to be a theme this week and beyond...
Tomorrow it's a day trip to Ormskirk to meet the NAM I am mentoring for BUGB. Whilst I will sneak a quick lunch with a friend, it is basically work all day - my laptop will accompany me and my hope is to make good use of the journey.
Wednesday is 'quieter' only local Glasgow trains, but four meetings/appointments so quite a busy day.
Thursday and Friday it's destination Airbles (Motherwell) for the Baptist Assembly, where, this year, I have somehow agreed to staff the stand for Operation Agri during the 'breaks'. I am looking forward to catching up with folk, learning what the Union is up to, and celebrating God's goodness.
Then a weekend 'at home' before I head off to Bangor next Monday for a five day silent retreat in Wales. A retreat - not a holiday as some folk are wont to call it. For sure, I take annual leave to do it, but it's very intentional and 'churchy'. Inevitably there will be service prep to be done in the train, and I come back to a full on weekend of Bible study and services.
Were that not enough, the next week is a very long day-trip to Birmingham for the BMS Catalyst Live event - a glorious miscellany of theology, spirituality and sharing. I think given I will leave home a little after 3 a.m. that day, sleeping rather than working seems a good diea for the outbound journey.
Don't misunderstand, I love being part of wider Baptist life, and feel that, overall, it is good for my own folk that I do so. It's just a challenge sometimes, when everything seems to land at once, trying to fit everything in that I want - as well as need - to do. Hence, today is not fully 'off' as I've decided to spread the load a little.
Still, if I get more unicorn stamps on my tickets, I will be one happy bunny!!