Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
All of that is kind of a preface to say that Easter reminds me of another death that impacted me profoundly. This time of year always reminds me of my grandmother, who died in April of 2005. While we visited Cory's parents last weekend, she was heavy on my mind as we walked Clive through the streets of Ft. Stockton. I often think of her in association with Easter: dyed eggs and springtime, crosses with ribbons, and Jesus rising from the dead all remind me of her.
Because of her death, she barely missed my wedding- didn't quite make it to the pedicure party she was planning for me. We tied her rings to my boquet, and I slipped them on and off my finger as I walked down the aisle on the most important (and happiest) day of my life.
I missed her then, and I miss her now, but little things remind me of her: small towns, sprinklers, Caress soap, Doublemint gum, Velveeta cheese, tall sprawling trees, and mops. Now even playgrounds remind me of her because they are dedicating one to her in her hometown. I think that's appropriate because she gave her life to children- to the children in the elementary school and the church nursery where she worked, and to her children and grandchildren that she called the "light of her life."
Today I miss her, but I'm so thankful for the springtime, for Easter, and the warm memories of my grandmother.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The next two days we spent wandering the edges and entrails of the Grand Canyon. What really caught us off guard was that a lot of the trail was frozen, and we had to be super careful going down. We even had to slide on our bottoms for part of the way. Cory took so many awesome pictures of the Grand Canyon, that I'll have to post them later when I find my favorites. For now, I'll scroll through and pick a few at random.
Andrea and I narrowly escaped being attacked by a rather aggressive squirrel. Really, I'm not exaggerating. I'm pretty sure he would have jumped into Andrea's hands if she would have let him. Plus, he chased us a good way up the trail. There are more pictures of this that I'll have to post later, but here's a little teaser pic to tide you over till then...
Finally, after much hiking, surviving the wildlife and the complex bus system, we feel we have conquered the Grand Canyon...
(Notice that I had the pack as were were hiking. Cory kept calling me "donkey" and assuring me that it was a term of endearment in Arizona. Riiight.)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The best part is that the classics are free! Several of the newer books are available for sale, (usually for cheaper than you could buy them) but who even needs newer books when you can have all the classics you want? I'm currently having The Adventures of Tom Sawyer sent to my inbox daily because it's a fun one to read when I need a break from work.
Ok, I'm done. Hopefully there's someone else out there who's heart leaps at the thought of brilliant (and free!) literature.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
This is the "before" shot. He was pretty excited. It took a good hour and a half to get the band the right size to put around his calf, and the artist kept saying things like, "Damn! Your calves are huge. I think I'm going to have to charge you more based on the enormity of your leg."Ouch! This is the work in progress.
I didn't get a shot of the finished product. They wrapped it up and Bryan ran out before I got a chance. Who can blame him, though? He was on the table for over an hour. He was happy with the finished product... and I think he's convinced me to get one as well. We'll see how that turns out...
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I'm feeling unusually caught up in the political extravaganza at the moment (as is the rest of the country, presumably) and Cory and I actually went to our precinct's caucus last night. We were feeling pretty proud of ourselves for being so involved. Then, after an hour of waiting around wondering if they'd acutally let us vote or take one look at us and expose us for the posers that we are, we decided we'd spent enough time in a school library looking sheepish and confused. We went to hang out with the Lathams instead.
Despite my failure as a caucus attendent, I've put a lot of hours into this so far. I watched the entire Texas debate, I've been on websites, taken "Who's your candidate" quizzes, and refreshed the CNN webpage about 50 times last night as they were counting votes. I feel like the more time I put into it, the more likely my candidate is to win. So...going with that logic...I think I've got more Slate to read and more CNN to watch! (Now if I could only put this kind of dedication to cleaning my house or working out...)