Back to Reality

Derek Ouellette —  November 15, 2011

So, as you probably know, October 20 I went in for my first operation ever… a hernia. The procedure was supposed to be easy, laparoscopic, in-out, ten to fourteen days off and then back to work. Well, it turns out that it wasn’t done laparoscopic, but quite invasive actually with a four-inch incision. And rather than ten+ days off I have been off for almost a month. Sigh. You’d think I would appreciate the time off, but truth be told, I was going crazy.

Today I started my first day back to work (I also drove again for the first time in over three weeks). Here’s some of what I’ve been up to while off on recovery…

During my time off – aside from the times I was drugged up and passed out on the couch – I kept myself busy with a  few projects. First I redesigned my boss’s website which, I discovered today, doesn’t look so good on some computers. Now I have to try and fix the problem.

Since my title at work is “Marketing Manager” I was still able to work between twenty to thirty-five hours a week. This is, after all, our busiest time of the year and we have some big sales coming up. They don’t happen without me.

On a personal note I also designed my own website, a concept I call “Launch Pad“. The web address is simply my name ( The way I see the internet going I believe that it is going to become more and more common for people to have their own domain names based on their names. But Launch Pad is unique from what I see around the web. Most people who are currently using their own name as their domain name have it attached to their blog. But I didn’t do that. I don’t want my online identity to be summed up in my blog. My blog is a part of it, but not all of it. I suppose I could have simply linked to my other online meanderings through my blog, but again, that suggests that my blog is my home base.

Rather I wanted a clean site that functions more or less as a launch pad stretching into all of my official online stations. I invite you to check it out and consider starting your own Launch Pad.

I’ve also launched into not one, but two ebook projects that I hope to be available in the new year. I invite you to check out that site also. Keep in mind that these ebooks are still a work-in-progress. The content might change, the titles might change, the cover design’s might slightly change, the release dates may change and the prices may change. The one book is titled “The Quotable Wright” and the other is titled “The Justification of Tom Wright“. The write-up’s for each are on the site.

I’ve also started a youth group at my church. Last Saturday night was our first meeting. In many ways I am filled with trepidation towards this ministry. For starters, and I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m out of touch with the youth of today. Not in the broader sense of the American culture and the popular trends, but in the narrower sense of our local context. Secondly, I don’t know how to teach at their level. (We’re not a sports all group.) I can engage in culture and in academic stuff and par that stuff down for Sunday morning services. But when I start talking about “our culture” and “current trends” with these youth, I get blank stares. Finally, I’m concerned that I won’t have the time or energy to come up with a fresh lesson each week. And I should mention – as another foreseeable problem that has already showed signs of emerging – I’m not quite as theologically conservative as the church I attend. I’m a guy between worlds, conservative Christians on the one hand and progressive Christians on the other. Any how, pray for this group of young teens and pray that I would have wisdom and strength to know what approach to take and how best to get the job done.

Thanks friends, for your interest!

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Derek Ouellette

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a husband, new dad, speaker, writer, christian. see my profile here.