Tuesday, July 31, 2012

library board meeting

After what will be a very long day at work, I have a library board meeting tonight. My mission at that meeting is to avoid being named an officer. The main purpose of the meeting is to accept the monetary donations that have come in over the last several months. The bulk of the money, as usual, is from the Friends.

But, the director will have her presentation and will spend quite a bit of time going through all that information.

Going to be a long day.

Monday, July 30, 2012

summer is over

Although the calendar doesn't reflect that summer is over, it is in our house. This final week of vacation before classes begin will be filled with finishing summer work, buying school supplies and getting ready to start the new school year.

The middle kid goes to register tomorrow. I've already pulled out her proof of residency. The youngest will tour the brand new middle school on Saturday. The oldest is finishing up her packing for college.

I need a do-over.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I love the Olympics and it was so fun to see the updates from the women's soccer match yesterday. I couldn't watch it 'live' as I was at work, but did catch a replay of it after I got home.

The love that the Games are in London. I visited London years ago. I'm not going to calculate just how many years ago it was, it will just make me sad that I've never managed to get back over there. But, plans are underway to visit again for my 50th birthday. Or, at least, that is my goal.

So, happy Olympics to everyone! Lots of great stories, characters and plots to watch!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I woke up feeling restless this morning. I'm working on the cover for the Foundation's annual report and a solution popped into my head at 4:30 this morning. I did manage to doze until hubby's alarm chimed a half hour later.

Sitting still might be a challenge today. Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

a wide variety of randomness

My dining room holds a steadily growing collection of items for the oldest's dorm room. As she said the other day, "This is really happening." Yes, yes it is.

The picture of the Colorado shooter is on the front page of my newspaper this morning and is more than a bit freaky.  Why is no one explaining how the guy got into the theater in the first place? Was he let in by someone who opened that back theater door? Was it propped open earlier?

Hats off to Anne Rice. Her publisher has shaken the dust off her erotic trilogy and they are now for sale in Target. Take that 50 Shades!

Speaking of Target, why is it so fun to shop there?

Are people really going to boycott Chick-Fil-A due to their CEO's comments about gay rights, marriage equality etc? No more chicken biscuits? Hmmmm.

Penn State loses some football glory, some money, and a statue is moved. Big deal. Some young boys lost 'things' that can never be replaced.

I am now officially hooked on yet another TV program. I got suckered into watching Political Animals and now have an official 'girl-crush' on Sigourney Weaver yet again. Of course, Ripley was one of my all time favorite kick-ass heroines. Now she is playing a Hilary type character and is kicking ass in Washington. You go girl.

And that is all the randomness I can bring forth for now. Enjoy Tuesday.

Monday, July 23, 2012

a missing week

I needed to visit the library on Friday after work. The director and I had been exchanging emails all afternoon and it was time for a sit down in order to make sure we were all set for the CLC program to start. The funny thing was that when I walked into her office, she looked up and laughed. She was just sending me another email to suggest I stop by for a visit.  Great minds.

We got everything ready and the books will be available starting today.  I also heard from one of my 'senior' friends and she is on board with being on the panel for the WWII round-table next month. Yeah.

Seems like many of the pieces have fallen into place and I have some breathing room now before the one program I am in charge of begins.

I also picked up a couple of new books from Melissa de la Cruz. This is an adult series about a family of witches. The first one is pretty good.

We also noticed yesterday that somehow the hubby, the oldest and I misplaced a week. This upcoming Friday is the alumni soccer match. It is also the date for a business colleague's open house and it is the day that the oldest was invited with a bunch of her friends to join in on a trip to a local lake resort. As of right now, the open house invite has been declined and the oldest is not playing in the soccer match and is going to the lake. We thought we had a week before all of that happened, but we don't. It is this Friday not next. Ugh.

Happy Monday.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

right now

Right now the middle kid is getting ready for her soccer bonding trip. She is very excited to be spending a long weekend away with her best buddies. Those girls are so supportive and encouraging to each other - that doesn't always happen. But in this group, they all truly like and care for one another. It is a wonderful thing to see.

Right now hubby is getting ready to read the paper. He never finished yesterday's paper, although he tried to do so, twice.

Right now, I need to be getting ready for work, but the liquid energy in my coffee cup hasn't kicked in just yet.

Right now I am wondering how the Literacy Council meeting went last night. I didn't go. It was the first one I missed. I had too many other things to do and frankly, I needed the break.

Right now I sort of wish it was Saturday morning!

Enjoy Thursday...we only get one this week!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

deja vu

Yesterday I took the  middle kid for her senior pictures. Although we got off to a slow start, our 4:30 appointment didn't get underway until 5:15, the session went well. We will be heading back over there tonight to look at the proofs and select the pictures for the yearbook.

The kids usually choose an outdoor/environmental photo for their main yearbook picture, but formal cap and gown photos are also taken and must be selected for the big composite picture the school keeps and for the top 20 scholars from the class.

Last year, for our personal collection, we selected the classic drape and pearls photo for the oldest. I will want the same pose of the middle kid. Timeless.

School will start in just a few weeks and within "days" graduation will be upon us yet again. It all happens much too quickly it seems.

But, we still have some summer left to enjoy. We do have a few days to not think about homework, soccer matches and those first weeks of college.

I'm going to push away those deja vu feelings and focus on what is going on right NOW.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

you are released

Such sweet words to hear yesterday afternoon. I was placed in the 7th pool of jurors they called and assigned to a criminal court to be considered for jury duty on an aggravated robbery case. They took half our pool, 20 people, and placed them in the jury box. After the lawyers did their work, 6 were dismissed and the rest of us were also released. The judge thanked us and told us we were off the hook for the next 10 years.

It was a very long and tiring day. Uncomfortable rooms, uncomfortable chairs and lots of waiting around. I was glad to be out of there at 3:30 and on my way home.

I got home and the oldest and I went to early voting. This was her first time. In line behind us was the former high school principal - one of the scholarships she won was named in his honor. That was fun! A lot of other friends and neighbors in line as well. I've never had to wait that long before and I bet the turnout is incredible with the local school issues on the ballot.

Happy Tuesday, off to work I go, a much better destination than the criminal court building.

Monday, July 16, 2012

two words

Jury. Duty.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

summer reading

I miss my summer reading routine and the sheer number of books I could plow through during June and July. Often when I get home from work, I'm too busy and experiencing too much eye fatigue to even want to open a book.

Last night, I had a literacy council meeting and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on that project. I agreed to steward the one program at the library and to provide the library with some promotional materials. Beyond that, once the poster is completed, I am pretty much finished. I may have some social media stuff to do, but that is about it.

Tonight we have Meet the Player night for the high school soccer team. It is really all about the checkbook. We need to pay fees for the season. Cha-ching. I hope we get to hear from the new coach and get a sense of who he is. The middle kid has been pretty quiet on that front. In many ways, I don't think it matters one bit to her as this is her final season. She is more concerned with having a great time with her friends and I can't say that I blame her.

But, back to my lack of reading. I did get through the latest Laurell K. Hamilton novel featuring Anita Blake. "Kiss the Dead" was okay. Anita is so much more interesting to me when she is working a case instead of working out her relationships with her many, many boyfriends.

I am trying to read the second Glen Duncan werewolf novel, "Talulla Rising."  He writes what is basically literary horror fiction. I find myself grimacing a lot as I read his books, but I keep reading them.

Off I go into Thursday. I have a big project at work to do...and it is on Blogger! Yeah! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

are you sure?

The oldest got the email with her move in date. Not a Friday as I'd hoped, but a Thursday. Okay. Fine. Are you sure?

I hope this is the final adjustment to the move in schedule. We have canceled one reservation and made another one, this time at a hotel right next to campus. So in one way, the change was a benefit for us as we now won't have an hour drive the morning of the move in.

The kid is going to meet with her roomie and begin to nail down their packing lists.

Are you sure this is happening? Yep. I think we are sure. Ready or not, here she comes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

glitch in the matrix

Okay, so I thought we had the rest of the summer figured out in regards to timing, schedules, days off etc. Of course, sorority rush is now putting a big glitch in our matrix.

Due to overwhelming numbers of young women participating, they've moved the start of rush back one day. So it will now begin on Friday night instead of Saturday night. Which also means, according to their letter, that move in dates will be reconfigured.

My guess is she will move in on Friday morning now. Which means we need to be down that way Thursday night. I will need to take another day off work. Great.

It also means that the youngest will need to spend the night somewhere so he gets off to school on Friday as he should. The middle kid has a ton of soccer stuff that week, so she will be out of pocket and I don't want to add more to her plate.

Guess I need to look at my vacation day spread sheet yet again. I think I need to channel my inner Neo. Mr. Anderson is now a major SEC university.

Monday, July 9, 2012

school supplies

The Target sale flyer in Sunday's paper contained the first school supply sales I've seen so far this summer. Ugh.  The whole 'get ready for school' push is coming. Fast.

And to hammer the point home that summer is basically over, soccer tryouts are today. This year, unlike the previous two years, only one soccer girl is heading off to the field to show them her stuff.

We did the biannual closet, dresser, shoe rack purge yesterday. Both girls hacked through their things with a fair amount of ruthlessness and filled several bags with items that are too small, too worn out, or out of style.

Yes, my girls do wear things out, just one of the hazards of soccer. Some stains don't come out and after a while the tee shirts that have a good amount of grime and grunge need to be pitched. Never fear though, they have enough tee shirts to pretty much go a month without repeating. I swear tournament shirts multiply like rabbits when the dresser drawer is closed.

In other shopping news, we have a list of items to procure over the next month for the oldest and her upcoming adventures in dorm living.

Plus, the boy is going to need some serious back to school clothes shopping. He had grown more than a couple inches since school dismissed for the summer. None of his jeans fit. Thank goodness he can start school in shorts.

Yep. Welcome to July.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Taking the next few days off from blogging. May spend some more time over at Pinterest.  Happy Independence Day!

Monday, July 2, 2012


Hot. Hotter. Hottest.

Those brief few hours we had on the gulf shore were wonderful. I'd give a lot to be able to step out some sliding doors onto a balcony and watch the morning break over the gulf.

Instead, I'm stepping out the front door into the mid-south heat and humidity in order to walk the dog. Then it is a day full of errands, including taking our van to the shop for a check-up. Thankfully the funny noise started at the town limits and not in another state.

It is Monday.