Sunday, December 24, 2006
Tonight, we plan to kick back and just enjoy. We will have a dinner of salad followed by red beans and rice with sausage. We have two movies to watch and much beer to consume. All the Christmas lights will be on and we will be warm by the fire. We are so lucky to have what we have.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Our friends sent us their Christmas newsletter. It was 2 full pages, front and back. Bearing in mind that they do have 6 children (and one on the way), I still think that their letter is too long. I especially think it was too long when she started listing out the top ten things that they support. When I got to "marriage is between one man and one woman" I had to stop reading.
I personally do not think it is necessary to put my political and religious views in out Christmas letter. If I did, it would read something like this:
1. Marriage is between any two people who love one another
2. All women should have the right to choose to have an abortion
3. There should be a flat income tax - the rich should have to bear the bulk of the burden
4. The war in Iraq is ridiculous
5. I support the troops who have been made to fight in this war, but not the people who put them there.
6. We have more important battles in our own country and other less fortunate places in the world.
Anyway, you get the point. Now, as a liberal, I believe that everyone has a right to free speech. So, I guess I can't fault our friends for sharing their beliefs. I just think the manner in which they did it was a bit strange. I also think that I have the freedom to stop reading their letters and to disagree at will.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I am so glad we did it. Sure, it was nerve racking, expensive, and a pain to clean up, but it was worth it all. I had the best time entertaining our friends and getting to know everyone a little better. We may not be able to wait until next Christmas to throw another party.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
As for presents, I have been shopping for over a month for Bill. Every time I think I am done, I buy more. Really - I think it is some sort of sickness. I guess it's just like the party, I keep fearing that I will not have enough, so I keep getting more. I am afraid he will not like what he gets, so the more options I have the better. Really - I never seem to know when to stop. I think that is tied in to the need to have everything to be perfect. If I have too little food for the party, then I will be a failure. My self esteem can't take that sort of hit. I have so little of it anyway. I guess that's why I go overboard - so people will like me. Wow, a little psychology lesson in this blog entry. Not what I was expecting when I started writing.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
On the bright side, our new wine cooler/refrigerator arrived yesterday. Bill hooked it all up and it looks great. It was a fantastic idea of his to buy it and it will come in handy for Saturday night.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Gift exchange for work party
Gift exchange (2) for car club party
Gift for work Adopt-A-Family
Food donation at the local grocery store
Gift donation for The Junior League Community Basket
Toys for Tots Car Rally donation
I have enough and I know I am truly blessed. I don't mind giving, but there is so much!! It is just hard to get to the stores to buy all this stuff. The most wonderful time of the year indeed!!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday followed with the second official party of the season. We had our Piedmont Chevy Classic Car Club dinner. Everyone brought food to the party. We have some great cooks in our club - so good in fact that we brought up the idea of making a club cookbook. One of our members, Larry Deal and his son, caught fresh fish for the dinner. They cut it in small pieces and delicately fried it. It was fantastic - no bones at all! There was a blackberry wine cake to die for as well. We also did a gift exchange. While I got exactly what I wanted, Bill was stuck with a salt and pepper shaker. The salt was a cigar, and the pepper was an ashtray. It was horrible (Bill said it looked like a turd in a toilet bowl). It went right in the trash.
So, next party - The JLDOC Holiday party on Wednesday. More food, drink, and pounds...
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
It is 76 degrees outside - is a really Christamastime?!?!?!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
On Friday, we got up early to have breakfast with Bill's parents before they left. We pretty much stayed around the house all day waiting for the new stove to arrive. Fine day for a new oven, huh? One day after Thanksgiving!! Of course, they did not show up until about 7:15pm, so we stayed home for really no reason. Of course, it is still better than being in the mall. I love to shop, but the day after Thanksgiving is just too much for me! Now, the day after Christmas is a whole other story...
Saturday and Sunday were for decorating the house. All of our multitude of holiday decorations are now in place. I wanted the house to be ready for my book club meeting on Monday night. It was, after a bit of sweat and tears, and a little cursing. Everyone complimented the house, so it was worth it.
From one stress to another - we have to get ready for our Holiday Open House now!! Countdown to December 16 starts now!!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The food is coming along as well. We have all the fixings, I just need to get that pumpkin pie baked! Hopefully tomorrow night after we do all of our last minute running around to get the packet for The Turkey Trot. Still, it's the second best holiday of the year, so it's worth it.
Monday, November 20, 2006
In addition to homebrewing, I love to drink beer out. This past weekend, we went to The Flying Saucer (http://www.beerknurd.com) with our fellow beer lovers, Michelle and Jon. "The Sauce" as we affectionately call it offers 200 beers on tap and in the bottle for those of us who love the drink. There is no better way to spend a Saturday night than to tailgate, watch the Carolina Hurricanes win hockey, and drink beer with friends. Of course, I should have stopped before that last Blue Moon...
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Of course, there have been those times when I lost the product in the last seconds and wanted to throw my computer across the room in a bit of rage. I stayed up one night until midnight to see my "winning" bid on a pair of bookends. As I refreshed the page to the last seconds, I saw my bid lose with about 2 seconds remaining. As hard as I tried, I could not get another bid in before time expired. I couldn't sleep - I was so mad that I have not put in a higher bid to cover myself. I wound up painting and embellishing a pair of bookends I already owned, but it's just not the same as the one that got away...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
UGA's Football Season
Beating South Carolina for the first SEC match-up -good
Losing to Vanderbilt - Devastating
Losing to Florida - Expected
Losing to Kentucky - the nail in the coffin
Kicking the crap out of Auburn by 22 points andruining their chances at a title bid - PRICELESS
Have a good day!!!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, we got up bright and early. Bill headed to a car show at the fairgrounds, and I headed to the mall (are you really surprised?) I needed to buy clothes for my sweetie for his new job. I have a great morning. I met up with Bill in the afternoon to work the booth for our car club. After that, we were pretty much exhausted and spent the evening at home.
Sunday was a day for reorganizing and catching up. We went to the Carlos Mencia show in the evening. I love the fact that the man is not politically correct and doesn't care. It is so refreshing to hear. The show was great. We tried out The Borough afterward for dinner, then went for a drink at The Flying Saucer. The perfect way to wrap a weekend - beer.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
#1 - Yeah to all of the people who got out to vote yesterday. I was up last night watching returns and was thrilled to see the Dems take over the House. I went to sleep thinking that the Senate race was over, but was pleased to see that this morning Virginia and Montana are still in play. I'm sure that the final election will take weeks to tally, but I should say the next 2 years will be interesting.
#2 - Britney and Kevin split - seriously, is anyone surprised? We all knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when. Looks like Kevin's ride on the money train is over. Thanks for the picture, MSN.com.
If these 2 entries do not show my divergent tastes, I don't know what does!!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
“We live in a free society and our government is only as good as the willingness of our people to participate," Bush said, his wife, Laura, at his side and an "I voted" sticker on the lapel of his brown suede jacket.
"Therefore, no matter what your party affiliation or if you don't have a party affiliation, do your duty, cast your ballot and let your voice be heard." (courtesy of cnn.com)
In this day and age, it seems even more important to cast a vote. With all that is happening in this world, our elected officials take on more and more decision making power. It is important that you have the right people representing your interests.
I am so thankful to live in this great country and to enjoy this right. I voted this morning before heading to work even with the rain. I hope that my fellow voters feel the same way and will exercise their rights today!
Monday, November 06, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Better luck on November 18!!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Friday - Dad came to town. The three of us went to City Beverage (a great local restaurant) and enjoyed dinner. We went back to our place and chatted for a bit. It was so good to see Dad and to be able to catch up with him.
Saturday - Bill took me to a surprise dinner at Second Empire in Raleigh. He had me convinced we were going to a different restaurant. I was completely surprised. The restaurant made a menu that had "Happy Birthday, Susan" written across the top with the date. The chef even signed it for me. I had a fantastic meal and a wonderful bottle of wine. Bill really enjoyed his food, too. For dessert, they brought out a plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate. It was fabulous.
Sunday - Bill, Sammy, and I took off for the NC mountains. We enjoyed the beautiful leaves changing on our drive up. We stopped in Black Mountain for lunch in our favorite little pizza place, then shopped downtown. The weather was so nice - sunny and about 70 degrees in October! We got some beer and headed to our hotel. The Madison Inn is a kitschy place in Black Mountain. Each room has a different theme. We were in Cedar's Retreat -a 2 room, 1 and 1/2 bath suite with a 2 person shower made on stone. It was so cute. We chilled Sunday night and watched TV. It was so relaxing!!
Monday - I finally got to open my presents. I am very good at not opening them until my b-day, but then all bets are off! I got some great gifts and even a surprise. My aunt got a federal tax refund check from my mom's estate. That was a nice chunk of change I was not expecting! We went in to Asheville for the day stopping in Biltmore Village and then downtown. It was another beautiful day to walk around and just enjoy the day. We had dinner at the inn - really great seafood in the mountains, no less!
Tuesday - We had breakfast at the inn - a full, freshly made breakfast is complementary. It includes fruit, eggs, meat, toast, potatoes, and pancakes. Not healthy, but it sure was good!! We left to head home, but quickly changed course. We wound up going to Linville Falls and seeing the water. We were so close to Blowing Rock, we decided to go there as well. We wandered the town and had a relaxing afternoon. We even got back home in time for 6 trick-or-treaters.
I had a fantastic, fabulous birthday. I have to thank my wonderful husband, my cute dog, my friends, and family for making it so wonderful. Love you!!!
Friday, October 27, 2006
Next Target - the faux exercisers. Why are you at the gym if you are not really going to work out? I was on the elliptical machine the other day and there was a woman next to me. She was talking to her guy friend on the machine on the other side. For half an hour, she talked non-stop. She was moving so slowly that the machine kept shutting off. I really don't understand why she was event there. I mean, call you guy if you have to talk to him, but not on his cell phone while he is at the gym!!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I'm not sure which disturbs me more - her holding a knife to her husband's throat or that she told (in detail) this story to two virtual strangers. I barely know this woman - why is she telling me about her cheating husband? It was a little scary. I just hope to stay on her good side...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
After BS, Bill and I had 2 parties to attend. We went to Bill's former bosses place for an open house. It was a nice little party. Bill was even able to meet a man who has worked at Bill's new company for over 34 years. It was nice to speak to someone who has had a long and prosperous career with the new company. After that party, we went to our favorite Thai place to wind down and made a little pit stop at the mall (you knew I had to get that in!) before heading to a party thrown by one of my colleagues. It was a great day overall.
Sunday was a day for rest. We relaxed and watched 2 movies. We were surprised by the movies - both were pretty good - Click and American Dreamz.
Then, Monday came. The day seemed OK for a Monday. Bill was working out of the house, so I was able to go home and have lunch with him. At about 4, our CEO invited us all to a company meeting. I was not surprised, he has these fairly often to keep us all informed. What I was not expecting was to hear that we lost a major client. We will also be parting with another client at year end. Needless to say, it was a shocking turn of events. Also needless to say, I will be working on my resume on Saturday. At least Bill got a good job.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Bill designed, welded, and painted this business card holder for me. He came up with the idea all by himself and fabricated it in his welding class. He found a special paint to make it look like hammered silver. I love my new business card holder. It proudly sits on my desk now.
Friday, October 20, 2006
It seems right after Bargain Sale, I start finding more and more things I could give up. If only there was more time and I had more energy.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
My talented husband is taking welding classes at the local community college. He made me this dragonfly out of ball bearings, washers, a marble, nails, and knige blades. The project looks great and it balances on its own. It looks great and I love that he made it for me. He is working on a new project for me now, and I will post the results when he finishes.
I am taking a class in decorative painting. My first project was the plaque about. It doesn't really look like the sample picture, but I like the way it turned out.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Bill had applied for a job at a company that works in the heavy equipment and trucking industry. He had an interview about a year ago, and really liked the place. They seemed to really like him as well. We were certain he would get an offer, but nothing happened. Literally, nothing happened. No one called to say they had filled the position, and people were not returning Bill's e-mails. Bill went on with life, but always kept that company in the back of his mind. He would write an occasional e-mail to remind him that he was out there and still interested in a job. Lo and behold, they called him back. He interviewed for a totally different position this time. The day after the second interview, he had an offer.
Bill starts his new job on October 31. The company has been around for 50+ years and still has lofty sales goals (like a billion dollars by 2020). I am so proud of they way he works and the devotion he showed to going after this job. I am a lucky woman.
Monday, October 16, 2006
It started out on Friday when we broke open our home brew. Bill had made a batch of IPA in his Mr. Brew beer kit. It turned out to be wonderful. We drank 3 of the eight bottles already. Not to fear, we have a batch of Cherry Wheat brewing right now.
On Saturday, we kind of did our own things. I got ready for the big Junior League sale this coming weekend and Bill prepped pieces for his welding class. I even managed to squeeze in an hour or so at the mall.
Yesterday, we took the Camaro out for brunch in Carrboro. It was a beautiful fall day - the perfect day for driving a classic muscle car. We had a fantastic meal at Elmo's Diner and later got coffee at our favorite place - Bean Traders. We went for a run later in the day and took Sammy for a short walk. I even got the house decorated for Halloween. We cooked up a steak for dinner. It was a wonderful way to spend a day. It makes me wish all days were like it.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Last night, Bill and I were at the opening night of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey season. There was a great celebration for winning The Stanley Cup last year. Banners for all 3 wins in 2005-06 were raised - Southeastern Division Champions, Eastern Conference Champions, and the biggee, Stanley Cup Champions. We saw footage of the great wins and relived the dream. Now, it is time to focus on this season and what happens now. The Canes retain the majority of their key players, but a few new faces appeared last night. I was particularly impressed by new defenseman Tim Gleason. I look forward to watching him over the next few months. I mourned the loss of Matt Cullen. He was the star shooter for Carolina in shoot out situations. He was missed last night as The Canes could not get a shot past Ryan Miller in sudden death. It's a long season - 1 games down out of 82. Let's hope tomorrow night's game has a better ending.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
So, now that I have come to rely on the classes and enjoy them so much, the powers that be at B&N have decided to do away with the courses. They are going to an all book club format. I will miss the exchanges I have had with all of the interesting people I have met in my studies. I will miss the information and the structure the classes had. I will so miss BNU!!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday - First painting class
Wednesday - League Meeting
Thursday - Cosmopolitan Book Club Meeting
Friday - My dad is in town to visit and stay the night
Saturday - Tai Chi class in the morning, the whole Morrison family at our house in the afternoon
Sunday - Finish reading the 661 page book I chose for my other book club - I have to lead the discussion on Monday night and bring a dessert
Don't get me wrong, I do like all these things I do. I just need a nap.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Here is a phrase that really touched me
"Don't look at the faults of others, Just look at your own deeds, Done and undone" - The Buddha
I have also enjoyed the writings of Dr. Brenda Shoshanna in her book "Zen Miracles." She has been a great instructor for our class and I find her word to be very wise. She says,
"We can only take care of the world we are living in - our own actions and deeds. As we stop focusing upon the mess of others and keep our own worlds in order, things all around fall into place. And our irritation ceases."
Check her out - she is an amazing teacher and woman.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
As news reports came in, things began to become clearer. I remember our director bursting out of his office to say a plane had hit The Pentagon. I remember the frantic scramble to make sure that our own planes made it to the ground safely. I remember watching the towers fall on TV.
I remember being so happy to hear my friend Devi's voice. She was an international flight attendant for United working from NYC. She had been asleep during the attacks and only awakened when her father called her. I reached her on the first try at about noon. I remember thanking my lucky stars that both Devi's dad and I were able to get through. Too many people could not get through to their loved ones.
I remember watching TV all night watching the recaps of the day, the names of the dead scrolling the bottom of the screen, and the debris where 2 buildings had stood 24 hours earlier. I will remember 9/11/01 always.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
I just need to figure out how to have every weekend be a 3 day weekend!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
If you love Impressionist Art, then there is no place in the US like The Art Institute of Chicago. We spent a great deal of time looking at the masterpieces in this museum. There were Reniors, Monets, Rodins, and Degas - just to name a few. We also viewed Grant Wood's American Gothic and Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. Look em up.
Bill and I went to Chicago to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful trip. We stayed Downtown at a hotel just off the Magnificent Mile, a section of Michigan Avenue famous for its great shopping. You know I loved that. We were not too far from The Chicago River either.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
I am neither colorless nor pallid. I am pure white. I am the color of the billows that stand out against the azure sky. I am the softness of an unpolluted snow. I am unmarked, unsullied, and unspoiled. My starkness is a contrast to warmness. I am free; the absence of any other hue. I represent the goodness in the world in the peace of a dove. I am a bride walking down the aisle to the man she loves and a new existence waiting to commence. I am a fresh leaf of paper or a blank screen where an author embarks on a new tale. I am the soft fleece of a lamb or a boll of cotton. I am the one who wraps the newborn babe in comfort. I am purity everlasting and the beginning of all things. I am white.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
August 21, 2006
Pat knew for a long time that a clairvoyant gift was a blessing. She first found out about her abilities when she was 8 years old. Pat and her mother were walking in Manhattan when Pat saw a young man in a business suit striding quickly toward them. Pat looked at her mother and said, “Mommy, you had better give that man your handkerchief.”
Pat’s mother said,” Whatever for, Patricia, dear.”
“Because of his bloody nose, Mommy.” Pat responded.
Sure enough, the man tripped on the sidewalk and landed face first on the ground. Pat’s mother handed him the cloth to stem the flow of blood from his nose.
Ever since that day, Pat had the uncanny sense of knowing what would happen. She was not surprised to make the cheerleading squad in high school. She knew that she would attend Columbia University as soon as her application was in the mailbox. When she spotted David sitting on a bench in the park, she felt that he would be the man she married. Today, when she walked through the doors of Park & Hurst, she knew she would get the job. She smiled brightly at Mr. Greene through the hour long interview, answering one inane question after another. After all, Pat would have his job in a month after he was fired for embezzlement.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
We are going to Chicago soon. I don't even want to get on a plane. I am not afraid of terrorism, I am afraid of the TSA. Between my Chapstick and my nail file, I am a real threat to the flying public. Where is the train schedule?
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Overall, I think it was a good idea. My workout is out of the way. I had so much time this morning to eat breakfast, read the paper, and fix lunch. I was also pretty awake by the time I got to work (although that is not necessarily a good thing!). I don't know, I think I may have to keep up with the routine. It just might work out.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for 90, 100 years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself, and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the goal, the true meaning of life. - The Dalai Lama
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
Thanks to Jon for taking such wonderful pictures!!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
You split me and tore my heart open and filled me with love. You poured your spirit into mine. I knew you as I know myself. My eyes are radiant with your light. My ears delight in your music. My nostrils are filled with your fragrance. My face is covered with your dew. You have made all things new. You have made me see all things shining. You have granted me perfect ease. I have become like paradise. - Egyptian papyrus, author unknown
Dough - tough at first, but warms as you work with it
Pesto Sauce - slightly nutty
Mozzarella Cheese - classic and traditional
Chipolte Marinated Chicken - spicy
Red Onion - sharp on the tongue
Yellow Peppers - sweet on top
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The clothes, shoes, and bags were absolutely amazing as well. I could watch the movie again just for the costumes. Would I make a deal with The Devil for Prada? Probably...
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I can write a glowing message to Maggie saying she can accomplish all of her dreams. I tell her rejection and/or criticism is just a tool to make her story stronger. I can believe in a faceless woman named Maggie. Why is it so hard to believe in Susan?
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I am truly saddened to hear that Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro are splitting. It is so sad that marriages don't last anymore. Dave and Carmen seemed to have it all. They lead the rock star life - they even had a TV show about their courtship. I thought this marriage would last forever. Dave decided to have their engagement picture taken by having them lay naked on embalming tables, toe tags visible, and just barely holding hands. She went along with it! A match made in heaven is now over - what will the normal folks do?
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
All I ask is why is it so cold?!?!?!?!?!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
To top it off, there is this guy in my class who writes the strangest things. He just critiqued this poor girl and blasted her over a typo!! He spent several sentences stating how much better "owned" would be rather than "wonded". I mean really, like your stupid sentence made no sense whatsoever. I think he just thinks he is a big intellectual. Well, bring it on!!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
The bride, the store & her car keys
Submitted by: Susan
“Where is the hairspray?” I hear someone shout at the top of her lungs. As I look up from my register at the grocery store, I see a red faced blond in a huge white dress with yards of embroidered satin trailing after her scream at Jimmy. “Did you hear me, where is the hairspray!” she screams again. Poor Jimmy, he has never been good at dealing with upset customers. He finally stammers “Aisle 5” as she has already turned on her 3 inch white heels to walk away. Her friend, wearing a long pale blue strapless gown with a matching gauzy shawl, tries to apologize before she runs after the bride. “Melissa” she calls “we’ll get the hairspray and have you looking beautiful in plenty of time for the wedding.” Melissa stares down her friend and screams “Jenna, if you hadn’t forgotten the hairspray, we wouldn’t be in this disgusting store right now, would we?” I realize that I will be the next target of Melissa’s wrath as she bears down on my register. “Hurry up, will you?” she asks me condescendingly. I hustle her through the line as Jenna gives me a look of apology. I try to give her a small smile as they leave the store in a cloud of white fury. I look down and my smile grows bigger. I spy sweet Melissa’s car keys still sitting on the conveyor belt.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
I finished my advanced interior design class yesterday. Here is a look at my final project - the transformation of our master bedroom. I really enjoyed this project. It was fun to visit home stores to look for new fabrics and bedding. I would love to make it a reality - maybe some day.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Just got back from a weekend trip to West Virginia. We went up there with a group of friends for a weekend of white water and camping. I used to hate the idea of camping - sleeping in a tent, miles away from the nearest facilities. This camping is great. We are in a campground about 50 feet from hot showers and running toilets. Nothing to do but sit around a camp fire, drink some beer, and eat everything in sight.
Since there has been so much rain in the Eastern US recently, we got a special treat. We were able to run the lower Gauley River - a river not usually open until the fall when Summerville Dam is opened and fills the river. It was great to be on a different river (been down the New four times). As much fun as it was, it was a tough day for me. I think I got drenched everytime we got a wave. I fell out of the boat twice. The first time was in a rapid called Mash. A wave just threw me out of the raft, but I grabbed the strap on the side of the boat. I was able to float with it until Bill could pull me back in. The second time, I was ejected from the boat when we beached on a rock in the middle of a rapid. I landed on my back on top of the rock (thank goodness it was a big one). I am still pretty sore, but overall, a good trip. I can honestly say that I have never had an adventure quite like this past weekend!
Friday, June 30, 2006
Our new countertops finally arrived yesterday after a 2 month wait. The guy called and said that it would take about 3 hours to install, so about 7 1/2 hours later they were done. I have never been so glad to have people leave my house. They do look wonderful, though. They are Silestone Amarillo Palmira (look it up) and they make the cabinets look so warm and nice. I was working on cleaning the kitchen and putting things back in the proper cabinets until about 11:15 last night. Sometimes the organization freak thing can be bad.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
I am torn. I feel like since this is my blog and my thoughts that I should be totally honest. At the same time, I think that if I would not reveal my true feelings to a person's face (as I am a chicken in real life) is it fair for me to publish these feelings on the web? I would not right intentionally mean things about a specific person. I would discuss how his or her actions made me feel. Again, if I would not discuss those feelings of anger or disappointment with them, can I or should I write them down? In a way, this blog would be boring if I only related the things that happen to me on a day to day basis without discussing the emotions behind the events. So, what should I do? Let me know what you think. Time will tell if honesty is the best policy.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Well, of course I am a daughter! I would have to be one given that I am a female.
I am the daughter of Ralph, the step daughter of Bunny, and the step sister of Jamie with me to the left. Dad got re-married on December 31 of 2005 in Pittsburgh. I am happy for him. Bunny truly seems to love him and they match up well in terms of personalities. Dad just moved from our hometown to Boston. I am sad to see him go, but it was inevitable.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Time to update my blog on this rainy Monday. Well, I guess the best place to start is to ask - who am I? Well, I am a 30 something married female with a full time job. Sound exciting? There's more. I have a wonderful husband named Bill, and a fantastic dog named Samantha. See above for their beautiful faces. They are the most important people/creatures in my life. They will (I'm sure) be the subject of many blog posts, so I might as well introduce them now. Aren't they adorable? Well, I love them with all my heart.