Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Get Around

Well, at least HE gets around...

I happen to find Barney Frank particularly disgusting for a variety of reasons; but for him to be as infantile and immature as in this interview, is really behavior beneath one Massachusetts elected to represent them in the Congress. Why isn't anyone outraged by this statement? Where is the demand for an apology?

Thursday, March 12, 2009


You say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too, yeah.

Today's not my birthday; it was the 11th.

I think it may go down as one of the best ever. I used to tease my mom and Aunt Rhonda when they would say that life gets better after 35 or 40 or so. I would tell them that they were just jealous that they weren't young anymore. I have to officially retract that sentiment. I turned 40 a couple of years ago and, had I known it was going to be so great, I might have done it sooner.

My birthday always begins with my mostly annual trip to my grandparents' house. Usually it's at their lake house, but a couple of times it's been in San Antonio. The important thing is being there. I've made this trip almost every year of my life that I can remember. There have only been a couple I've missed because we were living in El Paso or Albuquerque at the time and couldn't get there.

This birthday weekend at my grandparents' is not just for me. My mom, my Aunt Jan, cousin Rachael, formerly great "Aunt" Onnie, and now brother-in-law Travis all share a March birthday. It's such a wonderful excuse to get the family together. Although, not much of an excuse is ever really needed. My friends here at home often wonder why I go to San Antonio so much. I guess it's unusual for most people to get together with their families and really enjoy it.

We never actually do much. The kids play (at one time I was a kid who played), we have a huge dinner, eat cake, discuss politics and change the world from the kitchen table (if only Washington would take heed).

We've had as many as 30 there for the weekend, and as few as 10, but it's still a standing appointment on my calendar. I think it will always be.

Here are a few pictures. The battery on my camera was dying, so I only got a couple.

Jake and Owen.

Jake was my road trip partner for this trip. Zac wanted to stay home so he wouldn't miss any baseball practices. Jake and Mitchell played together all weekend. It was fantastic! I'm so grateful for how much they love each other and are so well suited to each other. One thing, though. Jake realizes now that he must eat salad or some type of fruit or vegetable at least once a day. He was sicker than a dog on Saturday night from too much junk! He's a believer in fiber, at least for now.

The birthday girls.

Our combined ages this year are 173. I won't tell you how old everyone else is, but I'm 42. I'm actually okay with that. Like I said, it really does get better.

Here are some pictures of some of the things I got for my birthday.

Flowers from my very good friend, Tammy.

A cool glass pitcher from my very good mom.

Some candies and neat candles from my very good friend, Susanne.

One of the reasons this birthday has been one of the best ever, is because those last 3 photos were taken with the camera on the gift my sweet husband George got me.

I seriously need an intervention. The iPhone is spectacular.

Again. One of the best birthdays ever.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mardi Gras Mambo

Internet, the last several days have been very busy. I think I'll approach this post in bullet form:

*Feb. 21-Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. **Side Bar**Jake was feeling better from the flu; in fact, I should've sent him to school on Friday.**Close Side Bar**
Naturally, I forgot my camera. Suffice it to say that the boys and I had a great time. The theme for the parade this year was Bayou Bailout. For a parade that has no regard for political correctness, the theme was rich. Check out these photos for some insight to the Spanish Town parade. Please look at a bunch of the photos.

*Feb. 22-Slept in instead of going to church. At this time, I can't remember what we did! I do know that we waited with baited breath for the arrival of George after his trip to Aspen with Bruce.

*Feb. 23-Kids out of school for the Mardi Gras Holiday. Isn't south Louisiana the best? We didn't do much. George had to work, so the kids and I hung out at home. I think I cooked dinner...

*Feb. 24-Kids out of school and George off work. We went to Clark Creek National Park in Pond, MS for a hike (toward the end it may have been known as a forced march). It was a really great day. I wouldn't tell the kids what we were doing for the several days leading up to this fun family day because I didn't want to hear all of the complaining about going hiking. It was a really good day. We saw some beautiful waterfalls and enjoyed the outdoors.

We ate a late lunch at Sammy's in Zachary and called it a day. When we asked the kids if they had fun, they said it was great and they're looking forward to doing it again. By the way, the hike (forced march) was about 3 miles of steep up and down hills.

*Feb. 25-Kids back at school. The usual stuff.

*Feb. 26-SOS, but I went to Pokeno at the neighbor's house. That's a really strange bunch...maybe I'll tell you about it sometime!

*Feb. 27-George and I did the responsible thing and got a medical physical for life insurance. That's hot. Oh, yeah, baseball try-outs started Friday night.

*Feb. 28-More baseball try-outs. George is head coaching his 7-8 y.o. team, coordinating that league and assistant coaching for Zac's 11-12 y.o. team. What that means for me??? The next several nights alone at my favorite place: HOME. That's what I'm doing tonight. It's the first practice for both teams. Am I using my time wisely? Doing laundry? Washing dishes? Cleaning bathrooms? No...I'm updating my blog. whatever.

*Mar. 1-Church.

*Mar. 2-TODAY!!
It's been a good day. I got a lot done at work. Not so much at home, but I'm here alone, doing whatever I want.

Life is good.