Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You would have cried, too.

Thanks to the Youngs for inviting all the members of TEAM FALISHA to her graduation...and special thanks to Mr. Young for packing tissues for Gladys and me! (Oh, and thanks to Andrea for bringing the AWESOME camera and mad photo skills.)

Congratulations, Falisha! Your hard work has paid off...and good luck in grad school.

P.S. Team Falisha, meet you again in 2 years when she receives her master's degree hood!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Actual conversations.

Overheard recently at my house...

Him: "I think you're the biggest girl I've ever dated."

Her: "That's fantastic news. Can't tell you how excited I am to hear that."

Him: "No, not FAT! I don't mean FAT! Just BIG! You're just BIG-BONED. Your legs are like twice the size of mine."

Her: "You're not making it better."


...and...


Him: "Hey, I've been meaning to ask you something. You know that last Nantucket Cranberry Pie you made?"

Her: "Umm...yeah?"

Him: "Those pecans weren't from my tree, were they?"

Her (after a pause): "Oh. Umm...no, they weren't. Those were from Larry & Belva's trees in the Hill Country. How could you possibly KNOW that?"

Him: "I know my own pecans."

Her: "That's CRAZY! Are you some kind of connoisseur? Some kind of PECAN-oisseur? Pecanoisseur!!! Bwah-haaa-haa!!" (spluttering and laughter and snorting)

Him: (silence)


And here are TWO early Christmas gift for History nerds like me: Enjoy the comedy stylings at Historic LOLs, a site with old-timey photos captioned for your entertainment, at:

and the first cinematic Alice in Wonderland:
 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Open your home...and your heart.



P.S. My birthday yesterday was fun-filled and fabulous--except for when May Bee sprayed the veterinarian like a skunk with her anal glands (!)...and then two hours later, when I was at the doctor myself, wishing humans had the same option.

P.P.S. The vet laughed out loud when he brought May Bee back to the little exam room after her shots and I gasped, "What is that horrible smell? Is it...umm...FEAR?" He explained that sometimes dogs who are afraid will express their anal glands. (I had no idea. None. When Karen called last night to wish me a happy birthday, I asked if she ever heard of dogs doing that, and she proposed that only dogs whose hearts are black and evil could pull off such a diabolical stunt.)

Oh, wait...don't let those two revolting postscripts keep you from adopting a pet.

May Bee makes my day, every  single day! (What's a little fanny spray among friends, anyway?) People with pets live longer, happier lives...so share your home with a companion asap! Make a holiday wish come true for a homeless dog or cat...ADOPT!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The last person on Earth to know.

Bethany and Falisha failed to tell me about Har Mar, Superstar. (I rely on my girls to keep me informed about important trends and items of popular interest.) You really dropped the ball on this one, my dears!


Favorite line: "How long is this song? Girl, this can not be healthy!"

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sunday morning...

...while her mama typed up this week's puzzle segment (Weekend Edition Sunday always features a puzzler with Will Shortz), May Bee snoozed away in the sunshine. It was a three-cups-of-coffee, linger-in-your-flannel-pajamas sort of morning--complete with beautiful music, courtesy of Sunday Baroque



Oh, and that's one more reason to visit my church, HOPE Church of Christ...we meet at FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON. Just sayin'.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

A week ago today...

...Philip took me to the Compton Family Thanksgiving. We had so much fun! (Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome.)








And two days before that, on Thanksgiving Day, Philip and I actually cooked together! Two of our favorite recipes of the day below.

"Everything Stuffing" 
(adapted from Taste of Home's recipe at
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/-Everything--Stuffing/Print )

You might want to use Bette Votral's original recipe at the link above. I used the low-sodium broth, omitted the shitake mushrooms, and left out the added sage since I used sage sausage. (I also added a little hot sausage to spice the recipe up a little!)

The great thing about this recipe, besides being yummy, is that you make it in the crock pot...which leaves your oven free to bake other things. Pretty handy, huh?

1 lb. sage sausage
1/2 lb. hot sausage
4 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
1 1/2 cups crushed corn bread stuffing
3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans (some chopped, some quartered for aesthetic appeal)
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. pepper


2 C. sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth

Directions

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer
pink; drain. Place in a large bowl. Stir in the stuffing cubes, corn
bread stuffing, pecans, parsley, salt and pepper.

In the same skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion, apple and celery in
butter until tender. Stir into stuffing mixture. Add enough broth to
reach desired moistness. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cover and
cook on low for 3 hours, stirring once. Yield: 9 servings.


Nantucket Cranberry Pie 
See the Pioneer Woman demonstrate every step at:


Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.
Ours sure was!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Fun and games CANCELLED.

Well, the fun and games I predicted on Monday did NOT happen. Not only did my cold get worse and worse during the day (HONK! sniffle, sniffle! COUGH! sniffle! HONK!), but the morning started with an unpleasant jolt.

"Oh, no! Someone dropped their Blistex as they left the library!"
"GAH! Wait!! That's NOT Blistex! Ugh...I have to go boil myself now!!!"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fun and games

Today, as Kirsten plays "Tante Kirsten" to her new-born niece and nephew in Arizona, we'll be decorating the library for Christmas! (Three classes of speech students are on the schedule, but the rest of the day will be fun and games!)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yeah.

I climbed that. (It was NOT my idea.)
We sat on top of the grain bin and ate wheat right out of the trap door on the top.
And then my favorite Blood Donor and I watched the sun set.
(Oh, and there may have been a smooch or two...)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Conan TOMORROW!

Can't wait! Can't WAIT! While I'm *not* looking forward to the 11 p.m. drive home from Philip's house afterward (since I can't make myself break down and pay for cable), the thought that we're gonna' be watching Conan TOMORROW makes me so happy!


Okay, so while I was in Fentress with Bethany last weekend, Philip sent a camera phone pic he snapped of the Conan blimp...right over ABILENE, of all places. Last night, though, we found out that Philip's son, Brandon, got to see the blimp touch down at the Eastland airport and refuel (who knew Eastland had an airport?)  just a few hours before Philip snapped it! Check out the photos he managed to get...


Thanks for the new desktop wallpaper, Brandon!

And in related Conan news...

Click HERE for today's NPR story about Conan's return to late night.

Or HERE for Yarn Blimp!



P.S. Feel free to call me at 9 p.m. tomorrow. Or even 11. (10 p.m. is NOT an option.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Monday, Mom!

I'm not sure my mom has ever entirely forgiven my grandfather ("Bobo," a half-Swedish/half-Texan Borden milkman and elder in the Church of Christ) for denying her the chance to see The King when he came to Corpus Christi. And while my generation probably doesn't appreciate Elvis as much as we should, I really liked this one..and the reaction of the two ladies at 2:25 gives me a little peek into the adoration!



P.S. Thanks to Karen's Porch blog for this one!!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Whew! What a weekend!!!

Got SO much done...so much. And the weather? AMAZING!

After mowing and edging and poisoning three beds of fire ants, I stuck my gloves onto holly bush branches to air out while I did dishes and laundry and some other indoor chores. HOURS later (after I forgot they were out there), I opened the door to head outside and stopped dead in my tracks. It looked like a disembodied set of hands was coming around the corner of the house at me! SPOOKY!

One of the MANY things accomplished this weekend was sending out the NPR puzzle from Weekend Edition Sunday with Will Shortz. Want it? See below...but I am NOT responsible for formatting errors. Typing it in email and posting it online makes it go wonky. 

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Synopsis of
NPR Weekend Edition puzzle
Rebecca Roberts (for Liane Hansen) & Will Shortz
2010-10-03



CURRENT CHALLENGE (given 20100926):
From Elizabeth Gorski: Take the phrase "patron saint," remove a letter,
then rearrange the letters to create a new, familiar two-word phrase
that names something important in life.
Hint: The first word has three letters, the second word has seven.


The answer was NPR STATION, an answer which Will noted could not be
solved by computers who didn't recognize NPR as a word. Will also
accepted RAP STATION.


Rebecca reported 597 entries, "which is low for us."


The randomly-selected, on-air player today was James Steffen of
Germantown, Tennessee. James works at a digital printing company where
he manages new product design and automation, and his fiancée is the one
who hooked him on NPR puzzles about a year and a half ago. He also
participates in what Rebecca described as "insanely competitive extreme
sports"; James confirmed that "I do a lot of running and triathlons,"
and he completed an Ironman Competition in August. He is a member and
listener of WKNO.


Today's on-air puzzle: Will gave Rebecca and James sentences, each with
two blanks. The word that went in the first blank ended in the letter D
as in DOG. When they dropped the D, they had (phonetically) the answer
that went in the second blank. Examples given were FIELD to FEEL and
BEARD to BEER.


CLUES (HINTS directly below clues; ANSWERS at the end of synopsis):


1. In Napa Valley, this road will BLANK fifteen miles through BLANK
Country.


2. Even though I have a phobia about yellow foods, I added BLANK to my
hot dog with all the strength I could BLANK.


3. That lazy bum is such a BLANK, he'll never practice batting skills
enough to become a BLANK.


4. In Colonial New Hampshire, before the European immigrants could
settle in BLANK, they first had to BLANK the Indians.


5. During Seniors Week on the TV game show, one old BLANK just couldn't
push his BLANK fast enough to get any answers.


6. To improve city hygiene, BLANK, Alaska has installed a new BLANK
system.


7. In return for her long-time service to the Food Network chef, Sarah
personally received an BLANK broach from BLANK himself.


8. With the increase of money into the English royal treasury, King
BLANK was considerably BLANK.


HINTS:

7. From Will: "Think of the U.S. Secretary of State who helped the U.S.
purchase Alaska."

8. From Rebecca: "Kick it up a notch there, James!" (At first, James
thought he was being reprimanded for taking so long to solve this one,
but then Rebecca exclaimed, "That was a hint!")



Author Ammon Shea, (described by Rebecca as a "Word Nerd") and author of
_The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But
No One Reads_ , read James the list of prizes he'd won for being
selected to play the puzzle on the air.


NEXT WEEK'S CHALLENGE:

The listener challenge for next week, copied from the NPR puzzle page:
"Name a famous person whose first name has six letters and last name has
eight. In this person's first name, the first two letters are the same
as the last two letters. And, these two letters also start the last
name. The first two letters of the last name are pronounced differently
from how they're pronounced in the first name. Who is this person?"


The listener challenge for next week, as Will gave it on the air: "Name
a famous person--6 letters in the first name, 8 letters in the last. In
this person's first name, the first 2 letters are the same as the last 2
letters, and these 2 letters also start the last name. And even more
oddly, the first 2 letters of the last name are pronounced differently
from how they're pronounced in the first name. Who is this person? So
again...a famous person--6/8. In this person's first name, the first 2
letters are the same as the last 2 letters, and these 2 letters also
start the last name--and the first 2 letters of the last name are
pronounced differently from how they're pronounced in the first name.
Who is this famous person?"


Answers must be received by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on THURSDAY.  One
entry per person. NPR will no longer receive entries by email.  Be sure
to include a telephone number where you can be reached if you are
selected as the winner.
Entries may be made at the web page:
http://www.npr.org/templates/contact/index.php?columnId=4473090
You can also get to this page by simply visiting:
npr.org/puzzle


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Editor's notes:
Puzzles, and contents of the _Weekend Edition Sunday_ puzzle segment are
copyrighted 2010, by Will Shortz and NPR. Reprinted here with
permission.


Today's serendipitous links:

How appropriate that today's on-air player lives in Germantown,
Tennessee! Today, Germany celebrates the Day of German Unity (auf
Deutsch: "Tag der Deutschen Einheit") to mark the 20th anniversary of
East and West German reunification. The party is ON in Berlin, btw; the
live web cam at Brandenburg Gate can be seen (at least until dark) at
http://bit.ly/alMH4h .


The much-publicized Commonwealth Games open today!
http://bit.ly/bbSW45



Here's our regular monthly puzzle transcription schedule:
1st       Kristy
2nd      Richard
3rd       Joe
4th       Jerry
5th       Richard

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Richard Renner igc.org>
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Links of interest:
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament:
http://www.crosswordtournament.com/

Merl Reagle's article on constructing crossword puzzles, available at:
http://www.crosswordtournament.com/articles/inq031697.htm

World Puzzle Federation:
http://www.worldpuzzle.org

For U.S. Puzzle Championship info:
http://wpc.puzzles.com/uspc11/

More of Ed Pegg Jr.'s puzzles are available at:
http://www.mathpuzzle.com

Next year's National Puzzlers' League convention will meet in
Providence, Rhode Island. For information, visit:
http://www.puzzlers.org

Joe Wander suggests linguaphiles check out:
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad

You can join Kathie Schneider's email list for accessible word and logic
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For the results of April's 5th Annual World Sudoku Puzzle Championship,
see:
http://wpc.puzzles.com/wsc2010/

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<mad4cowbell@gmail.com>

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CLUES & ANSWERS:

1. In Napa Valley, this road will BLANK fifteen miles through BLANK
Country.
(WIND to WINE)




2. Even though I have a phobia about yellow foods, I added BLANK to my
hot dog with all the strength I could BLANK.
(MUSTARD to MUSTER)




3. That lazy bum is such a BLANK, he'll never practice batting skills
enough to become a BLANK.
(SLUGGARD to SLUGGER)




4. In Colonial New Hampshire, before the European immigrants could
settle in BLANK, they first had to BLANK the Indians.
(CONCORD to CONQUER)




5. During Seniors Week on the TV game show, one old BLANK just couldn't
push his BLANK fast enough to get any answers.
(BUZZARD to BUZZER)




6. To improve city hygiene, BLANK, Alaska has installed a new BLANK
system.
(SEWARD to SEWER)




7. In return for her long-time service to the Food Network chef, Sarah
personally received an BLANK broach from BLANK himself.
(EMERALD to EMERIL)




8. With the increase of money into the English royal treasury, King
BLANK was considerably BLANK.
(RICHARD to RICHER)


End of NPR Puzzle Synopsis.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Love dogs? Love New Hampshire?

If you answered "Yes" to one of those questions, you'll be fine. If you answered "Yes" to BOTH of those questions, then prepare for Operation Throat Lump.

Monday, September 20, 2010

San Angelo Saturday.





San Angelo was GREAT! One of the best District 1 fall meetings EVER, a delicious lunch at Sealy Flats,  a shopping blitz down Concho Street, and finally, Lily Fest 2010 at San Angelo's International Water Lily Gardens.

Oh, and then when we took Sarah & Jane back to their car, there was a WEDDING happening at the gorgeous San Angelo Visitors Center! What a lovely day...and then...

...when Terry pulls up to the curb in front of my house after the long drive home, she says, "Is your dog SUPPOSED to be in the front yard?"

Apparently, May Bee crashed through the gate in the morning and spent the whole day outside, growling at anyone who came near. (Thank God May Bee is a homebody...as Karen said, "This could have been tragic.")

Grateful that Man's Best Friend (and my best friend!) is safe and sound,
May Bee's Happy Mama

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Roach? Mouse? (gasp!) RAT?


Ugh. Can you see the two little poops deposited on the toilet paper rolls in my cabinet? I'm pretty sure that toilet tissue did not come pre-pooped when I stuck the rolls in there last Saturday. My fingers are crossed that it's just the cousin of that "water bug" (a.k.a., ROACH!) that landed ON MY BODY during a shower once.

My worst fears would be vermin. I am terrified of mice and rats...and would have to burn this house down. So I guess it's time to call Pest Patrol and have them do a CSI-style investigation of the poop evidence and then treat the premises accordingly.

Oh, and speaking of All Things Scatological...

TO THE MAN WHO POOPED IN HIS PANTS WHEN MY DOG TRIED TO KILL YOU THIS MORNING:

Hey, here's an idea. When a lady is running IN THE DARK, don't step out of the abandoned playground toward her and her dog. (May Bee didn't bark at anyone else this morning because they were all running or walking. Plus, they were all wearing athletic gear and sneakers--not dress shirts, pants, and boots.)

I would offer to buy you new "running slacks," but I was a little too busy trying to keep you from being ripped to shreds to get your name...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I'm with Lisa from "Green Acres."

To all the Farmer Types out there trying to make us all jealous with your canning and bread-baking and kefir-brewing(?) and home-schooling stories...it's City Girl's turn!

This morning, after visiting HEB, the world's best grocery store that is 4 MINUTES from my house, it was time to hit La Popular for the Yum Fuel I would need to mow the lawn with an old-fashioned reel mower. (Oh, and the HEB "Combo Loco" deals were especially LOCO this morning. Anyone buying four Lean Cuisine frozen dinners could score free Nestle or Wonka candy. That's right...if you buy low-calorie, low-fat meals, HEB will reward you with free CANDY.)

Next I'm off to the post office (a full 3-minute drive), the mall (where I get a nice employee discount on the cutest clothes at Christopher & Banks!), and then Sonic for a half-price Happy Hour tea (UNsweet, as God intended). City Life has its PERKS. :-)



"Abilene is where I'd rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a sunset view.
Dah-ling I love you, but give me Sayles Avenue!"

 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Man...

...I wish I could DANCE!


Thanks to dooce for the heads-up on this one!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Miss the puzzle on Sunday?

Not to worry, my precious.

Aunt Kristy took care of it. Enjoy the synopsis I sent out to the NPR Puzzle Google Group this weekend.


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Synopsis of
NPR Weekend Edition puzzle
Liane Hansen & Will Shortz
2010-09-05
CURRENT CHALLENGE (given 20100829):
From the NPR puzzle page: Take the word "bookman." Change one letter and rearrange the result to name a famous person who wrote books. Who is it?

The answer was NABOKOV, as in Vladimir Nabokov, author of _Lolita_,  _Bend Sinister_, and many other works.
Liane reported more than a thousand entries.
The randomly-selected, on-air player today was Kevin Callahan, a math teacher at Madison Middle School, from Eugene, Oregon. He is a member of KLCC.

Today's on-air puzzle: You are given a five-letter word and a seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters of one of the words to get a synonym of the other word. For example, given ALLOY and DEVOTED, the answer would be LOYAL. (LOYAL is an anagram of ALLOY and a synonym of DEVOTED.)

CLUES (HINTS directly below clues; ANSWERS at the end of synopsis):

1.  THING & EVENING

2. STATE & CLEARED

3. MARCH & DELIGHT

4. TIMER & DESERVE

5. IRATE & GRENADE

6. NADIR & DEPLETE

7. ONSET & BOULDER

8. AWFUL & INHOUSE

9. GIRTH & CORRECT

10. AGREE & ITCHING

HINTS:

1. Rearrange the first word,THING, to make a synonym for EVENING. Will reminded listeners that *either* of the words can be the one that is to be anagrammed.

6. Liane shared a tip Will had given her once: when working with anagrams, it is sometimes helpful to put the letters in "bowling pin formation" it helps your head get out of "the linear way of thinking."
8. "It's usually used to describe a villain..."
10. "As in, you are 'itching' to do something."

Brandon Flowers, member of the Las Vegas band The Killers, read Kevin the booty he scored for playing the puzzle on the air. Kevin will receive an NPR lapel pin and many other coveted puzzle-related items.

NEXT WEEK'S CHALLENGE:
The listener challenge for next week, as copied from the NPR puzzle page: From Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minn.: What is the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?
The listener challenge for next week, as Will gave it on the air: "Well, this week's challenge comes from listener Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minnesota, and it's a simple question: 'What is the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?' I have my answer; we'll compare notes next week. So again, 'What is the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?' "

Answers must be received by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on THURSDAY.  One
entry per person. NPR will no longer receive entries by email.  Be sure
to include a telephone number where you can be reached if you are
selected as the winner.  Entries may be made at the web page:
http://www.npr.org/templates/contact/index.php?columnId=4473090
You might also get to this page by going to:
npr.org/puzzle
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Editor's notes:
Puzzles, and contents of the _Weekend Edition Sunday_ puzzle segment are
copyrighted 2010, by Will Shortz and NPR. Reprinted here with
permission.


Liane opened the segment asking Will if his life at the moment was "more puzzles than ping pong...or vice versa?" Will discussed the table tennis club he plans to open in his hometown, which he believes will be "the largest table tennis club in the Northeast." (At 11,000 square feet of playing space, there will be enough room for eighteen tables.)


Today's serendipitous links:
Today's on-air player teaches math at a Madison Middle School in Oregon--and today's puzzle transcriber is the librarian at a Madison Middle School in Texas! Perhaps today, 12 days before Constitution Day, is a good day to reflect on our tiniest President (approximately 5' 4" & 96 pounds) and the "Father of the Constitution."

Fans of the book _The Phantom Tollbooth_ can celebrate the reunion of author Norton Juster and artist Jules Feiffer, 50 years later, by reading their latest collaboration, _The Odious Ogre_.
http://n.pr/92UrqN


Happy Labor Day!
http://bit.ly/9bfMyc



Here's our regular monthly puzzle transcription schedule:
1st       Kristy
2nd      Richard
3rd       Joe
4th       Jerry
5th       Richard


Email us at:
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Richard Renner <rrenner@igc.org>
Jerry Miller <millergm@muohio.edu>
Joe Wander <jdwandersr@gmail.com>

So email for next week's synopsis goes to Richard:
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http://www.worldpuzzle.org
For U.S. Puzzle Championship info:
http://wpc.puzzles.com/uspc11/
More of Ed Pegg Jr.'s puzzles are available at:
http://www.mathpuzzle.com
Next year's National Puzzlers' League convention will meet in
Providence, Rhode Island. For information, visit:
http://www.puzzlers.org
Joe Wander suggests linguaphiles check out:
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad
You can join Kathie Schneider's email list for accessible word and logic
puzzles. To subscribe, send a blank email to:
blind-puzzlers-subscribe@googlegroups.com
For the results of April's 5th Annual World Sudoku Puzzle Championship,
see:
http://wpc.puzzles.com/wsc2010/
Kristy Fowler, guest editing today for Richard Renner:
<mad4cowbell@gmail.com>

* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
CLUES & ANSWERS:

1.  THING & EVENING: NIGHT
2. STATE & CLEARED: DECLARE
3. MARCH & DELIGHT: CHARM
4. TIMER & DESERVE: MERIT
5. IRATE & GRENADE: ENRAGED or ANGERED
6. NADIR & DEPLETE: DRAIN
7. ONSET & BOULDER: STONE
8. AWFUL & INHOUSE: HEINOUS
9. GIRTH & CORRECT: RIGHT
10. AGREE & ITCHING: EAGER

End of NPR Puzzle Synopsis.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Doggie Splash Day, 2010!

 BEST DAY OF THE YEAR! 

Last year, May Bee and I were forced to skip The Best Day of the Year because of that stupid, awful, horrible operation (that I only survived because of my wonderful family & friends!!), but this year we were out in Full Pale Force (well, I was pale--May Bee, not so much). Dan, Kirsten, Jaeger, and Rhowdie were there...and CHRIS & FALISHA, TOO! They drove all the way from the Metroplex to get in on the fun!

Oh, and we made TWO of Abilene's three 10 o'clock newscasts as we went off the diving board together AND a color pic in the Sunday paper. (Page 12A! Not too shabby, Miss May Bee!) Must have been a slow news day...

Check out the cool page Kirsten, a Creative Memories consultant, made with her CM Storybook!


And then, to end a perfect day, we enjoyed a cookout and concert at HOPE Church of Christ. Here's the last photo I snapped before Chris & Falisha had to head for home. (You can see Thus Far taking the stage behind them!)


The documentary, which aired after the sun went down, was beautiful and touching and wiped me out. It still does. (Thanks to Jessalyn Massingill for her amazing movie and to Thus Far for their beautiful music. I've watched the movie twice...and cried both times.) 

If you ever want to worship your Creator in a place where you will be accepted no matter what, come visit us at HOPE.

Networks from jessalyn massingill on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Balloon ahoy!

Look what May Bee and I saw while on our walk this morning at Red Bud Park! 



Later (after the Balloon Chase Team had peeled out of the park to track their partner in the sky), while May Bee and I were plodding along in the August heat, my preacher's wife went jogging by, effortlessly running without breaking a sweat--and putting us to shame.


Balloon aloft! (Just a few seconds after asking his passenger, "Are you afraid of heights? No? Good!")

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Owl Babies, All the Way!

I don't know if this will work or not, but if this embed code works, you may be able to see owl babies. OWL BABIES! FOR REAL!

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Double Rainbow, all the way.

GREAT weekend at Bethany & Catrin's new house on The River, but since I only had my cell phone camera and have to email myself all of those photos as phone messages, it will be a while...

In the meantime, turns out that, as usual, I'm a month late and a dollar short. When the guy on Marketplace Money was talking about the Double Rainbow Joy guy, I didn't have a clue.

Here's the scoop, for you other old-timers like me who missed the Rainbow Exuberance...and I'm NOT making fun of him, either! If more people were moved to tears by double rainbows, this world would be a lovelier place!


UPDATE: River weekend pics are up! Click HERE to see 'em! All taken with my cell phone...and turned out surprisingly okay.

Oh, and Russ just sent me the N.C. lottery's parody of Mr. Double Rainbow, All the Way...and it turned out surprisingly funny!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I write like...


I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I've never used the words "sweet" and "spider" together before...

...but this video is actually sweet and scary and spider-related all at the same time. (What a sweet couple!)



This one, otoh, is just sick.