Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The NPR calendar KACU gave me for helping with this spring's Pledge Drive hangs proudly on my bathroom wall...or...well, at least it has ever since the "Men of Texas Libraries" seemed just a little too naughty and had to come down (even though ALL of the male librarians are clothed and calendar sales raised money for a good cause!).
So, anyway, today the NPR calendar informed me that it's National Columnist's Day which got me to thinking...who's my favorite columnist? Is it a stretch to say Anne Lamott is a columnist even though she no longer writes her "Word by Word" column for Salon.com?
Oh, who cares? If anyone needs celebrating, it's Anne Lamott. She and Haven Kimmel make our lives better, plain and simple. But since Kimmel has never been a columnist (and since I've gushed about her on this blog before), feel free to sample for yourself Ms. Lamott's way with words. And it doesn't hurt that the link for this story is about one of humankind's most favorite subjects: DOGS.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
As for the play itself...well...it was good and we all liked it...but the production could have used the help of the Freeman Family Players. (The kids told me later that the best part of their evening was the tractor ride from the parking lot to the theater!)
Oh, and thank goodness for Eagle Eyes Houston, who found the car in the dark sea of cars after the play ended. It was scary and dark and that place was PACKED!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
After a great walk/run with May Bee, I went home and swapped dogs. (Listening to Misha cry from the backyard when I left the house with May Bee was just too heartbreaking.)
The FUN part: Sharing the joy with both of my babies and the puzzled looks of those who had complimented my black dog on the first lap.
The NOT-SO-FUN part: To avoid having to listen to Misha's crying and whining as we drive to the far side of the park, I've started parking at the closest lot to my house...the one near what I generously call "The Grove."
Well, The Grove is home to some of the meanest mockingbirds in Abilene, and while Kirsten and I laughed and laughed the other day watching a squirrel get dive-bombed, it wasn't so funny when they did it to May Bee & me!
EVEN WORSE, when they came after Misha (yes, I parked there again, but thought they would leave us alone if we didn't cut through the grass), one of them left a "calling card" on her back, if you know what I mean. ICK!
Next Saturday morning, I hope to walk and run the 5K in Albany! Maybe Molly, the runner in Karen's family, will join me...it's only $10 for kids!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The one about the uncle who made the playlist for his niece's wedding? Great list, sweet music...and even though it was a little modern for my taste and didn't have any Peter Maffey, you should check it out.
One of the classic songs on Mr. Thompson's playlist (you may want to get a tissue handy)
And here's one NOT included on his list that gave me *goosebumps* the other day:
"So Bist Du" by Peter Maffey on Hit Parade
Sunday, June 17, 2007
And Monday night church volleyball, and Tuesday Ladies' Bible Class, and Wednesday night prayer meeting, too. And if there's a Saturday church work party, bring your gloves and elbow grease and a big smile and that Fowler work ethic...the more, the merrier!
(We put the PARTY in Work Party.)
(Here he is on police detail, still guarding the house that was bombed in the middle of the night.)
("Girls, we're going to play a game. You know how you like collecting shells at the beach? Well, this is a game you play at the range. I like to call it Collecting USEFUL Shells!"
Love your children...and not just the two cute ones...but even the funny-looking one with flat feet and a lazy eye.
Camp Gander Brook and Camp Manatawny are good for body...and soul.
(Here's Dad's Boy Scout troop.)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
UPDATE: While we were at the park today, Kirsten reminded me that Jaeger and May Bee walked together once in November (back when I still walked both dogs on the "splitter" leash I gave up using on May Bee's first birthday). Here's a pic from that November walk.
And here's a snapshot of TODAY'S Red Bud Park excursion. Kirsten had the camera turned off when May Bee surprised us all by jumping into Prairie Dog Town. (Scamp!)
Thank goodness for the Gentle Leader! May Bee wasn't able to spindle or mutilate a single prarie dog. In fact, she was only over the wall for a few seconds, but it was long enough to teach me to grip the leash a little tighter. For the full story, head to Kirsten's blog.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The reason I was going to myway.com was to look at tonight's TV grid to see what time the Brian Regan special is coming on...he's one of our family's all-time favorite comedians...hope you catch his show tonight on Comedy Central!
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Bethany's decision to become a flight attendant has been a pretty exciting one. She's called her mama from the observation deck of the Sears Tower in Chicago and from the airport in Palm Beach and from seaside hotel rooms in Corpus Christi and Norfolk and lots of other unexpected locales at crazy times of day. (She says that I'm the only person she can safely call at 4:45 in the morning, and since our cell-to-cell calls are FREE, we can talk as much and as often as we like. What a luxury!!)
And this weekend, she got me two Buddy Passes so I could visit my parents! My mom was recently diagnosed with dermatomyositis (which although troublesome--especially when paired with her lung problems--isn't as fatal as the diagnosis she was given last summer!), and my dad is recovering from a horrible car wreck. Although they're both weaker than usual and moving a little slower than they're used to and Mom's left-side body swelling is kinda' weird and Dad's bruises are pretty SPECTACULAR, it was a real comfort to see them in such good spirits. They're happy and doing good work in the church in Schuyler and people care for them, really CARE about them, and it puts my mind at ease a little bit. (Karen and I feel so helpless and far away down here, and we just can't stand it sometimes!)
AISD's mandatory staff development ended on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., and about ten hours later (1:18 on Friday morning), my car left Abilene for DFW. Talk about a nice surprise--at 3:30 a.m., Falisha called and suggested that I park my car at her house instead of paying for parking at the airport! She assured me that she wasn't sleepy a bit and wouldn't fall asleep after dropping me off at the terminal so I agreed. What a treat! Even though I was sad that her own travel plans fell through (she was supposed to be on a June 1st Buddy Pass from Bethany, too, but her FedEx envelope never came), it was so lovely to get to see her and hug her and get TO THE DOOR service at the airport instead of riding the remote parking lot shuttle. What a lovely surprise.
And then the craziness started. Flying stand-by is a whole other travel adventure. You have no idea if you can get on the plane or not...talk about suspense! The thrill of travel is kicked up a notch, to be sure. When I was bumped from the 7:30 flight out of DFW, I was stranded there for nine hours (checked in at 4:50 a.m. and didn't leave until 2:45 p.m.). It's like schizophrenia. Or gambling. Just getting YOUR seat in A seat is a little victory!
And since Bethany works for a shuttle service instead of a major airline, you have to catch a lot of little flights instead of going somewhere directly...which means more places you can get hung up. Instead of taking two planes like I usually do when I fly from Texas to N.C., I flew on five planes and landed in airports I've never seen before, like Norfolk.
Also, you can only ride shuttles operated by that company so even though US Airways has other flights to your location WITH SEATS OPEN, you aren't eligible to ride them. The hard part is getting the gate agents NOT to put you on non-Republic flights. Over and over I had to remind them to only look for flight numbers operated by Bethany's shuttles. (One agent went ahead and, trying to be helpful, issued me US Airways tickets directly to Philly without asking me, and surprised me with them. I was just heartsick when I had to turn them down, reminding her that my daughter's Buddy Pass only works on Republic and Chautauqua flights. She was so cool about it, though, and laughed it off. She tore off the travel coupons and started over, even though there was chaos all around us...lines of harried passengers, angry people who had exceeded their checked baggage allowance, people who had missed their flights, a frozen computer that was giving two other check-in agents fits, people hugging and crying as they said their goodbyes...pure, unrestrained craziness. I don't know how the airline folks work under all that stress.)
And what a whirlwind of fun once I arrived...Russ, Amanda Faye, Taylor, and I did a whirlwind tour of Greensboro on Saturday--the Historical Museum where I used to work (and where I received a hug from the esteemed Betty K. Phipps, who was there for a special Saturday kids' program!) and my favorite consignment store (The Clothesline), and lunch at Jack's (tabouli and hummus and baba ghanouj and falafel and gyros--YUM!)!
Then it was off to Schuyler in Amanda Faye's car, graciously lent to me for the weekend. I stopped at a highway produce stand near Lynchburg for fresh fruit & veggies, picked strawberries at pick-your-own Seaman's Orchard in Roseland, and ordered take-out from our favorite Thai place, Thai Siam on Route 56 in Arrington. (Get the beef larb and ask for it "Thai hot," if you want to cry and sweat!)
Next was a lovely weekend with Mom and Dad and Dolly. (I'm going on eBay to find a leash that soft!) We just stayed at home and enjoyed each other's company and good food. Plus, they get an amazing NPR station with a blues program Saturday night that Dad and Dolly and I enjoyed while Mom ran down to the building to run off the church bulletin. Sunday was just a lovely Lord's Day--Schuyler Baptist Church homecoming! A thoughtful Sunday School class from a Christian paleontologist who doesn't believe that evolution and the Bible are at odds with each other, a wonderful sermon from a friend of Dad's, hymns that made Mom and me choke up, old-time gospel music from the Little Mountain Boys (I bought a CD!), and an abundance of delicious food afterwards. (Oh, and about ten minutes before church, I found out that I was on the program doing the Scripture reading! Yikes!) Sunday was so special and was topped off by a visit with my dear friend Margaret, and a ride back to Charlotte with Amanda Faye. (What a pistol!)
It was a wonderful weekend with LOTS of fun and NOT A LOT of sleep. With the exception of Bethany and Karen's family, I got to see and hug almost everyone I love best...Falisha, Taylor and her mom, Russ, Amanda Faye, Mom, and Dad!
Thank you to everybody who made this weekend possible! Summer School starts tomorrow, and I'm not crying because actually feel like I've been on my summer vacation already! :-)