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From my bedroom window

23 Apr

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After what has seemed like a long 3 1/2 months, the tax filing deadline has come and gone!  Feeling a tremendous need to be in a difference environment and kind of “reset” ourselves, Hubbie and I took an overnight trip to Louisville this week.  It was such a treat.  We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, went shopping — two hours in a super scrapbooking store for me,  the sporting goods store for him.  Lots of walking and talking about summer plans, about the kids, etc., etc., etc.,  Finally having a conversation without a phone interruption (which isn’t happening here today). 

One place I got to visit was a camera shop – these just don’t exist in smaller towns.  I have been wanting a 18/200 lens for my Nikon and had the money saved.  But, the price at the camera shop was TOO much.  So, she sold me a Tamron.  It is Nikon compatible, (much better price) it is an 18/270 (more zoom, still with the wide angle feature) and I took the picture above from inside my bedroom, looking out the window.  This picture has only a very slight amount of cropping – the detail is very good with this lens.  So, I have a new toy to experiment with.

We looked for a bicycle shop the hub remembered from a previous trip but couldn’t find it.  That will have to be another excursion. 

Today, it is Thursday.  I am back at the office, but I have to admit that I feel a bit more focused and ready to get moving on to summer.  If you see me running around with my camera, please be nice and say cheese! 

 

 

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Salt Lake City

17 Nov

This past week has been a hectic one and this week looks about the same and then Thanksgiving and then……

I think you get the picture.  Time is moving on pretty fast.  We have been back for a week and I am just now getting to look at the photos.  The above is just a sampling of the pictures from our trip to the Xango convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The day (night) we arrived, there was 6 inches of new snow and the taxi driver was playing Christmas music.  It felt like we stepped into a storybook. 

The next day we did the corporate tour thing and I got some really gorgeous pictures of the mountains surrounding SLC.  These are just a few of the ones I took.  It warmed up pretty quickly and all the snow disappeared and the storybook setting was gone.  Oh well…….

Xango is an international company and there were people from all over the world.  We sat behind the section for the Norwegians (hence the flags).  We have had the chance to meet and make some super friends through this business.  We were able to meet up with another couple out there from Mass. and had a nice dinner with them.  We also met a very nice couple from British Columbia – its so cool to talk to people from different places.

One of the things we enjoyed was watching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse  (open to the public) on Thursday evening.  They were AWESOME.

Finally, the week was over and we were on the plane headed back home.  I managed to get a picture from the air of the Great Salt Lake.  (I think it looks kinda yucky-not the kind of lake I’m used to seeing)

We arrived home about 12:30 am on Monday morning.  It’s now Sunday night.  Kids have come home and gone back to school.  Church service tonight – special time -prayed for shoebox gifts that will go only God knows where.  Finally taking a moment to catch up on blog reading.  Now, getting ready to start another week!

What’s next?

30 Oct

I am cold this morning! 

After church last night, we came home and there was a great big power cable across the road – next we noticed that there were NO lights anywhere in our neighborhood.  I guess this power line decided he didn’t want to be hanging there any more.  That’s the only explanation anyone could come up with.  There weren’t any high winds yesterday and no obvious reason for it to be down.  But,  there we were!  We lit a few candles, packed up some stuff and headed for Mom’s.  Thank God for Mom!  Today, we have power, but a very cold house.  I am not getting out of MY clothes yet to get in that shower, so I’m blogging.

Next to report:  My son #2 called yesterday and I could hear the bubble in his voice (a huge difference from Sunday).  He had taken his Western Civ test! The professor had made a review session available for them and he decided to go (I was so proud he made that decision).  He said almost everything they reviewed was on the test!  Good move Nick!  He said he felt really good about it and I felt really good hearing the joy return to his voice.  Whew!  Life was a lot easier when all I had to do was kiss a boo boo, or find a hot wheels car – get a bottle – rock to sleep – …………. oh me I’m gonna start getting sappy here if I don’t quit.

On a different note, it’s almost time for An Autumn Gathering – our ladies brunch – on Saturday.  The guest speaker is such an amazing and powerful woman of God and I am looking forward to hearing her.  Anyone who doesn’t get to come, is really missing a treat! 

Next week is going to be another killer week.  Sunday, hubbie is leading worship.  Kids wills be home through Tuesday this week.  It will be their first time to vote and they can since they are both old enough now.  Then Wednesday, we take off on another trip – hopefully the last for this year.  We are going to Salt Lake City for yet another convention.  We are flying out a day early and hopefully will get to visit one of the ski resorts nearby – not that I am planning on sliding down the moutain, but I would love to see it. 

Well, the house is beginning to feel warm enough for me to attempt the shower – gotta get to work.

 

Last week’s review

27 Oct

Orlando, Florida – 2008 National Convention

Up bright and early Monday morning to catch our flight and spend 5, very fast days in Orlando, Florida –  Hubbie, me and 3 office leaders.  By the time Friday night, back home, came – I was dragging my you know what.  It was fun, it was tiring, we had one major scare and I am glad it is over.  Here is a condensed version of the week:

Monday: arrival and bus to Coronado Springs resort 

Monday night:  Disney gala – danced with hubbie 

Tuesday:  Recognition of Top 100 – yes one of them was ME!!! Presentations by the big guys, one particularly good one included “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.  You can find it on U Tube.

Entertainment of the morning, jugglers – they were really good 

Tuesday night:  Mickey’s Not so Scarey Halloween Party (I am too old for that stuff – it was fun, but I was exhausted) 

Wednesday:  Boring stuff – tax stuff, blah, blah, blah  CRISIS – Then:  Trouble at WKU, lockdown, couldn’t reach kids, Bro. Ray calls, heard from Andrew, finally heard from Nick, everyone okay, whew, relief!   Back to boring tax stuff.

Wednesday night:  Took a boat to the Disney Boardwalk. Then Downtown Disney – loved the Swan and Dolphin resort. 

Thursday:  more tax stuff, break sessions, more tax stuff, more blah, blah, blah 

Thursday night:  Banquet at SEAWORLD!! Took tons of pictures, too many to post.  I can’t even imagine what HR paid for this!!! We had shrimp cocktails and crab claws, chicken, fish, pork, desserts like you wouldn’t believe and a special show from Shamu! 

Friday: Great presentation by Disney and then a presentation from the criminal investigation division of IRS (boy you would have loved THIS one) 

Finally:  conclusion and annoucement of next year’s location. Can’t actually say, but we will be hoping to take our boys to see some COWBOYS!!! 

Hard to believe, but life can go by quickly and change just as quickly. We are very thankful to all be home and well. Thank you Jesus!

  

Deadlines

15 Oct

This week has been totally full of deadlines. 

 Some expected and planned for, but others have been pushed up from the 30th. I have 3 out of 4 of those deadlines met and hope to complete the final task tomorrow. Computing

 Weekend retreat for hubbie – got to get his stuff ready, or at least make sure it’s clean for him to get ready.  Gosh, if my boys don’t come home this weekend, that means no hubbie and no kids……..I don’t know how to do that. Ummm

 Tent revival this week-not happening for me Dismay– not this time. 

 Home church revival – hoping to make at least once. Prayer

Saturday night – go hold a candle.Candle 

 Sunday morning – worship and Sunday School. Place Of Worship

 Sunday night pack for trip.  Up early Monday morning, heading out to catch a plane and a week in Orlando, Pilotmeetings, seminars, catching up with business friends, hopefully some sun and fun, coming home Friday and starting all over again.

BTW – got a surprise to share when I get back!!! 

SPACE CENTER

8 Sep

Labor Day weekend trip to the Huntsville Space center.  We went to visit my brother and sil, my other brother, nephew, nephew’s fiance, mom, our crew and little niece were all there.  We actually were able to gain admittance to the center for FREE!!  I don’t know what kind of deal hubbie and brother cut with the ticket clerk, but we got in for free.  (Maybe because it was late in the day and my brother was in the air force???)  Anyway, it was fun and interesting and my guys enjoyed it.  Hope you enjoy the pix.

Roadtrip 2008

1 Aug

……..okay, so I’m having a little fantasy here, but….

I am packing my bags and getting ready to head out in the morning to Louisville for the LPL conference.  My three guys will be home alone, I can’t wait.  I love to hear Beth Moore as she delivers whatever message God has put on her heart for us.  I love the praise and worship that Travis will bring. I am particularly looking forward to traveling with the two lovely, “dangerous” women that I am getting to ride with/eat with/ sleep with/ worship with and maybe even cry with.  I wish we had a great big, gynormous vehicle that traveled at light speed so everyone could go and still meet all the obligations that are keeping them from being there.  All you who want to, but can’t -Those of us going will soak in whatever God pours down on us and bring it back to share with you.  Pray for us for safe travel.  Love to you all.

C