Monday, August 08, 2005

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Mommy Kitty
I decided on a proper vacation this year and went to see Marylynn and Charles. It was great to get away and visit with old friends. I'd have been happy to hang around and watch HGTV all day and play with the cats while they were at work. But as it turned out, ML got a couple days off.

Thursday, ML and I went to the Clinton Library and general looking around Little Rock. I was very moved when looking at the collections at the library. I'm glad I got a chance to go. I liked the way the U.S. was looking then much better than today. Things seem to be handled fast and loose with this adminstration. Your rights as a citizen be damned if there's a buck to be made.

I was looking forward to seeing "the trailer" and I guess I can see why they'd say that, but the building looked more industrial than trailer to me. I really enjoyed seeing the displays and was especially interested since we will be in our new building soon at work and will need displays. Picked up a few ideas that I think will translate into our small space.

Clinton Library
I look forward to returning some day. I'd like to see how the landscaping turns out. The way the trees were planted was so different and grid-like. Long straight rows of the same tree intersected at wierd angles by long straight rows of different trees. I think it'll look so interesting when they mature and they will really compliment the lines of the building.

So now I've seen two Presidential Libraries. I really did enjoy my visit to the LBJ Library. I enjoyed that as a rememberance of my youth. The visit to the Clinton one left me feeling frustrated that so many good plans for our country have been tossed aside and smashed under the toe of a boot like a bug. Sigh.

Me Browsing
It started raining big ol' fat drops right as we were leaving the library and we had to run to the car. It reminded us both of that middle of the night when we stopped at a rest stop outside Tucumcari NM. It was a really busy rest stop and everyone was running. Running to the restrooms or running to their cars. It all looked so silly. Then we stepped out of the car and quickly learned that it was piercingly cold, and yes, we started running, too, laughing the whole way.

That was the same Montana-Texas trip that we stopped in Winslow AZ and went into a chicken place and placed our order. We'd been on the road so long that when I went over to the booth and sat down to wait for our food, I automatically reached for the seat belt. I just about lost it. Phhhhttt! I know ML was wondering what I was cackling about. I'm sure the local citizens were, too.

ML Makes One More Stop
So, anyway, back to this vacation. We left the Clinton Library and made it back to the car without getting too wet. We were going to drive to the gift shop which is in another location. That is too wierd to me. It was raining. There was no close parking. We were hungry. We blew it off.

We got a snack and drove around in quaint neighborhoods looking at houses and yards. How much more fun can you have? We loved it! Then we hit the stores. ML and Charles have been doing some remodeling and we were on a mission to get some organizers and accoutrements. It got late and we were so hungry. We found an fabulous Indian resturant and had a scrumptious meal and drove back home that night.

After a Great Meal -- Tie Required
On Friday, ML's sister and her husband arrived. I haven't seen them in forever! Her daughter and her beau came, too. It was a big happy houseful of family (I am an honorary member). Lots of good food and visiting. I came across some wrapping paper that looked like necktie fabric. Got the trusty scissors out and cut out a tie for everyone, including a bowtie and a bolo. Even "spilled" a blotch of catsup on one. Everyone humored me and as you can see in this accompanying photo, they are all sporting ties with their t-shirts. Mine was a big fat tie.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with everyone. Sunday morning rolled around and I couldn't wait. I had to jump in the car and start back soonest. After a day full of driving, it was so nice to be home and I had another day to rest up before going back to work. So that my friends, is how I spent my summer vacation!


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