Thursday, May 31, 2007

Where Did This Week Go?

Granted it was a short week, but it seems like I got so little done and it's Friday tomorrow! Instead of completing projects at work, more just got added. Oh well, job security, right?

Can't think of anything significant to add here. So on the trivial side, I recorded the new reality show, Pirate Master, and am watching it. Wonder what it will be like. Even though I watch a lot of tv and really enjoy it, I promise that it isn't really my life. Haha.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

It's Monday and I'm enjoying my day off. Lots of projects to do, but here I am updating my blog. Well, it was on my to-do list.

Last week at work we had lots of interviews. Trying to fill three vacant positions at work. Got several good applicants. Then came the news that someone in another area of the office plans to retire in October. Another key position to fill. It never ends. Being managment is a great thing, yes?

Sunday, I went over to Dad's and drove him to a funeral he wanted to attend. The lady who died was a neighbor and close friend of my step-brother. Dad had met her at her 90th birthday party. As I overheard her grandson-in-law say, "She had a good run." And at 97, I guess that is as appropriate a comment as any.

I think Dad felt compelled to go because he had fully intended to attend her 100th birthday party if they were both still around. She had extended an invitation at the 90th. I can only imagine the feeling of fraternity among those 89 and older. Even if they don't know each other well, they must have a feeling of kinship to have experienced that much history.

Today, I am spending the Monday off work procrastinating like crazy. But probably should finish this up soon. Starting to rain and that will create noise on the phone line which interrupts my dial-up connection and logs me off. I keep making calls for repairs but always clears up before they get to it. Maybe someday they'll find where that puddle is that creates the problem while there's still water in it.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Bride and Groom Were Cute As Little Buttons!

Kasey and Blake.

Kasey worked with me in my old job. One of the Buttons. And if you know Kasey, you know Blake. They've been together since high school. She finished college at breakneck speed to catch up with Blake so they could embark on their lives as husband and wife. She finished only one semester behind him.

Kasey and Blake got married May 19 in a very beautiful ceremony. What a gorgeous day! And the reception was quite an event, too. Kim was there to capture the joyous occasion on film. I am honored that I was able to attend. They are so totally devoted and very funny, and witty, and clever, and smart and they are destined to bring lots of joy to all around them!

Kasey being adorable.

Kim, Blake, me and Kasey.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Updating May 6 Entry and Catching Up

If I'd just make some regular posts I wouldn't have to do all this updating right? Looks like May 6 was my last big update and I have a few photos to add for that post. Oh yeah, I mentioned in that post that Eienstein brought in a squirrel. Since then he's brought in a snake and frog. Sheese! Here are some photos for the May 6 post:

Traveled a lot -

The fountain in lobby of conference hotel.

Visitors from New Mexico -

Seated by the fireplace for breakfast. Fine dining at the cafe.

Like I said, it rained a lot.

Martha hosted a party -

Some of Martha's teacups.

Some 2007 Relay for Life photos -

Initial team.

Additional team.

Blake, Kasey, Kevin, Caroline walking past our campsite.

Monica and Andrew re-enacting an actual relay.

Rain moved us into the mall. Our campsite at end of the night.

Crazy, huh?

A Friend Publishes a Book

We got our kitty, Eienstein, from Annie. I've known Annie for more than thirty years and of course have gotten to know her entire family during that time. Annie's brother, Gary, recently published a book. LINK. Here we are with my autographed copy and a shot of him in action at the accompanying lecture.

Go Gary!

Here's part of a review posted on the University of Oklahoma Press website.
In his compelling narrative, Zellar describes how African Creeks made a place for themselves in a tolerant Creek Nation in which they had access to land, resources, and political leverage—and how post–Civil War “reform” reduced them to the second-class citizenship of other African Americans. It is a stirring account that puts history in a new light as it adds to our understanding of the multi-ethnic nature of Indian societies.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Overheard This Weekend

Words that shouldn't come out of a twelve year old's mouth when standing in a purse section of a major department store with her friends, "Oooh! That one is only $250!"

Friday, May 11, 2007

Just Checked My Stats

Funny, since I made that post where I talked about how it seemed unfair that people were reading my blog and knowing all about me but I never heard anything from them, no emails, no calls, no etc. -- my stats went down. I guess they just decided to make it fair and not come visit anymore! Ooops! That really wasn't what I had in mind, you know?

Time to watch the season finale of Criminal Minds. TV is my friend. Hehe!

Dr. Kim Is In Town

Book Referenced in May 6 Post

Here's what I said in that post:

I'm reading a book about early women mountain climbers in America in late 1880-1890's, early 1900's. Charles gave it to me because he thought one of the women on the front looked like me. Maybe I'll post the picture and you can decide if you think it looks like me, too.

The book is The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies (Women of the West) and here is a picture of the cover. Do you see me? You can click on it for a closer look.


This post is for Jennifer.

Big-City Trendy-Restaurant Ribs

East Texas Country-Kitchen Ribs

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sunday UPdate

Got the phone lined repaired. The junction box or whatever it is was under water again. Just like always. For years. The phone repair man knows who I am when he calls to confirm the location of the house. "The first house back off the road? You're husband was the lawyer?" "Yep. That's the one." That reminds me, I need to turn the ringer off since I only need it for an internet connection.

The final three chapters of "Heroes" coming up! Yep, I admit that TV is more of my life than it should be. I did spend this afternoon listening to NPR. Does that count for anything? Okay, enough of confessions. Watched the finale of "Amazing Race" tonight. Sure wish Mirna and Shmirna had won, but not too disappointed in how it turned out. Been trying to watch the "Saturday Night Live" special but it's been fading in and out.

Finale of "Survivor" coming up. As a matter of fact, I've looked up the next two weeks of scheduling for the 2 little stations I get and mapped out all the finales of the shows I watch. Then there's the other few I watch online only since I don't get those stations. What will I do when they do away with analog tv? Same thing I do when the reception isn't good; watch it online I guess.

I have been really busy lately. We had work things that kept us on the road. Events in three cities. We made round trips three Thursdays in a row. Then a three-day conference that made for another trip. And Relay was mixed in there, too.

Had visitors from New Mexico. Beth and Dave were in Texas and included me in their itenerary. They had lots of people to see, places to go for a short trip. Was really good to visit with them although the visit seemed way too short. At least they got to enjoy East Texas at its rainy finest. Fine by me. Much cooler that way.

Yesterday, Martha had a tea for her mother-in-law's 86th birthday. It was really nice. Also got to spend some time with Dad while I was there which I always enjoy. JoanE called me while I was enroute. I hadn't talked to her in a while so that was a treat. I hope I get to see photos of Lilly sometime soon.

Spent this afternoon trying to do some cleaning in the kitchen. Tossing out-of-date spices, etc. Washed and got sparkling clean some little bric-a-brac that's been on the window sill before packing it away for a while. Hope to repaint the kitchen before too long so trying to streamline things now to make it easier then.

So did you hear about the recent launch of people's ashes into space last week? One of the more famous on the rocket was Scotty ("But cap'n, I don think she can take any more!") of Star Trek fame. I immediately thought of Gene. He always said that if he had a chance to go into space, he'd jump at it. The earth orbit is around $500. But the deep space launch which of course sounds like what he'd like is going for around $12,000. Soooooo. When the day comes to sprinkle his ashes, he'll probably end up with plain ol' terra firma. And he did have some lovely places picked out that he'd told me about where he wanted his ashes sprinkled someday. I wonder if he'd have opted for some to go into space if that had been an option back when he was telling me that.

Friday was his birthday, but he's forever 49. I was really pleased to hear from some folks who were also remembering his birthday. I like knowing that I'm not the only one remembering him. (By the way, I moved an entry from draft to published status for April 7 if you're interested in reading it.)

You know how you can have a running argument with your spouse in your head about some annoying incident or trait? Hehe. You still can even when they're gone. But for all the times I felt like pinching his head off, we sure did have lots of laughs.

I was cleaning out some stuff the other day and found some letters I'd never mailed. One of them was to Barrie almost a year after Gene had died. I was mentioning to her that I knew Gene was a strange bird and some people just didn't get him and he sure had his faults. But underneath all his bravado, you would be hard pressed to find a more gentle, kind soul.

If he'd been a different person, or I had been the pushy nagging wife, maybe he'd accomplished all sorts of things that people think one should accomplish. But in this letter, I had mentioned some of the negatives and struggles but went on to say it all balanced out. I had written -- "to me, he was that esquisite painting, that complelling novel, the sitrring dance, the poem that stops you in your tracks -- a total package that was an artist in motion with words, music, the way he could observe and 'see' the big picture of how the whole wide world fit together like a big puzzle."

He was a very talented artist. In addition to all the music and writing, did you know he even cartooned? They were pretty funny, too. And he was a big ol' softy, too. And yes, sometimes he just never quit talking. Guess he had a lot to say and a short time to do it, huh?

Oh yeah, last weekend I had the door open for some air circulation and Eienstein, being the proud cat, dragged in a huge, dead (thank goodness) squirrel! Ick! Then he did it again the next day -- twice! I think he's finally figured out that he is a fifteen pound bruiser that can take out small mammals. Should save on the food bills, I guess. He's brought in lizards and skinks and let them go before, but I figure it probably gives him something to do when he's stuck inside for various reasons. But I am drawing the line at mammals!

I've got some photos to add, but think I left my cord at work maybe and couldn't download them. I will add them later so check back.

I'm really dreading work tomorrow. Too much going on. But it's still coming whether I dread it or not so guess I'll go to bed and try to be rested for it. Might read for a while. I'm reading a book about early women mountain climbers in America in late 1880-1890's, early 1900's. Charles gave it to me because he thought one of the women on the front looked like me. Maybe I'll post the picture and you can decide if you think it looks like me, too.

Getting really late and tomorrow will be a long day. Goodnight!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Happy Birthday, Gene!

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