Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Right Now: April 2017

I'm listening:   to Thing 1 trying to engage me in conversation.   There are some things this kid never outgrew and one is the sense of timing when wanting to chat right as I take a phone call or in this case, dust off the blog and try to recap this month's adventures.  

Oh well, I really shouldn't complain, as he tends to spend a lot of his free time in his own quiet pursuits.    I was excited when this past month he agreed to go see a movie with me... Beauty and the Beast...at the local theater.   This theater underwent a major renovation about a year ago, and now features the assigned seating, food service and the ever so comfortable recliners.   I enjoyed watching his eyes open wide with excitement as he shook his head "I really should get out more often".  Yes son, yes you should...

I'm loving:   looking at the pictures taken this month...

You know it's going to be a crazy good month when this is the first picture you take of the month
One of the neighbor ladies turned 50 and at her party, they had a photo booth..
proving that one is never too old to ham it up for a picture (or two, or twelve...)

You see, crammed into this month was Easter, 
With all the usual treats, and some bittersweet good-byes...Vannie is moving to CA to pursue her career in sound engineering.  

A girl's get away to Vegas
While it is said what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, 
we all know I can't stay quiet on anything...I'll spill a few of our secrets..
We scored free drinks on the outbound flight...
...to shut us up or applaud our shenanigans...hard to say...
We told alternative facts in order to score more free drinks and desserts
 Noticing a theme, yeah me too.. Bonus Score:  Wearing a fabulous hat...

We snapped pictures of an aging celebrity  even when told no pictures...
*aka Shirley from Laverne and Shirley
Questionable fashion choices were made...
and accessories were misplaced..
and later found...
J. you are forever a member of our tribe for helping locate A's misplaced shades..
I Risked it all to win big...
 (if by all you mean $5...)

I shall plead the fifth on driving-dining -and near naked men...




We met Elvis...
not once..
but twice...
and in the end..I am reminded of the quote that 
we need old friends to help us grow old
and new friends to  help us stay young...


And a family wedding...
While the ladies all returned to Colorado (or in J's case, TX) 
I took a slight detour to AZ,
where I was fortunate enough to watch my  cousin A. walk down the aisle and get married.

This woman has had so much loss in the past few years, her sister, her mom and now in February her dad, it was so nice to spend time celebrating a happy event!





 
I'm needing:  nothing...really, how often can we say that?    But seriously, I sit here, pondering this past month and think is there anything I need to be doing that I didn't do?  
 Can't really think of anything:   I've added a little more exercise to my routine (water walking has helped with my stiff joints), I've played in the craft room, 
I've read a bit, and clearly I've spent time in the company of friends and family.   I even snuck in a couple job interviews and hopefully will have a full time job come next school  year.   April indeed has been a very good month for 

I'm feeling:   balanced...which is a very good feeling indeed!  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Right Now: Winter 2016

I'm Listening:   Not really so much listening  as watching the movie War Horse.   I figured it would be a good movie to watch while I sift through photos from 2016, hoping to get a handle on the annual photo book I create through Shutterfly.    

After the huge task of crafting an album with all of our UK-Ireland pictures this fall, it's taken me awhile to get over my digital scrapbooking burn out.    Now that it's Spring Break and we are almost  a quarter of the way through 2017, I figured I'd best get going.  It's not going to get any easier to do the more time that passes. 

As I work on this project, I've found that last year's monthly blog  recaps are a huge help.   So while I've not really felt the blog-fever of late, I realize now that it does help me remember the stories  and create some order to the chaos of the pictures I take throughout the year.   That little inner voice is saying "Just do it" and I'm finally listening to said inner voice.     

I'm loving:    that when company comes to visit, we get a chance to be tourists in our own back yard. This past week Hubby's friends, J &K W.were in town visiting their daughter who is attending grad school in Denver.
The weather cooperated for 2 days of day-trip fun where we were able to show our friends the beauty that is our state.  
A trip to Loveland Pass, with lunch in Georgetown,
 For our 2nd day trip, we'd head south...
4 Army veterans check out how the Air Force Academy does things...
 *Photo credit goes to Hubby, with the good eye and the good camera!
*and as luck would have it, we visited this historic chapel before it's closed for major renovations, expected to last upwards of 4 years!  
Time to eat! 
 at The Edelweiss restaurant in the Springs...
Good German food with a trip down memory lane for the Ws and Dom
 as not only did these 3 go to college together, but they were all stationed in Germany around the same time!  
Sadly, that was i. the "pre-me" stage...

One last stop at the "Garden"...

 before heading back to the House of Chang...
where J and Dom geeked out ...
and I of course had the camera phone handy to capture the magic!  
 
I'm needing:   to recall what else has happened since I last updated the blog. Oh yes, Mr. EHS was last month.   How could I possibly forget THAT evening?   
What is Mr. EHS you ask?   It is part of the local high school's winter spirit week, this event is  a combination of a beauty/talent/comedy show featuring a few brave young men, willing to put themselves out there for the amusement of their 2500+ classmates.   
And yep, Thing 2 raised his hand and "auditioned".    We're still not sure how he found the courage to do so, but I must admit, there is a certain amount of pride that comes with being a "dance mom".     
 
 Thing 2 had no shortage of "groupies" eager to cheer him on. 
And he even managed to  include his two pals to help him with his talent portion...
 A special thanks to our Ms. Bose who coordinates the entire event ...
I"m feeling:  Better.    
Thanks, Tim L for the photo!
Not only does it feel good to get the blog updated (and the photos sorted), but the days are lighter, the weather a little warmer and Spring is surely on its' way.   
 Since late January, I've been working only part time.   After 7+ years as a full timer, the part time life is proving  to be a pretty good fit.    
Instead of spending the weekends "catching up" with household chores, I spend the time catching up with friends
 Hanging with my husband
 
 and taking our RV out for some fresh mountain air
where we even had some special breakfast visitors


 Happiness is indeed much like the mountain summit, sometimes it may be hidden by the clouds but we know it is still there!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A get away with a purpose

Last Saturday,  my cousin called to update me on my uncle's health.  The news was not good.  On a whim, I checked to see what airfare would be to make an impromptu trip out to AZ.   "Too good to be true", "less than a tank of gas", however you choose to describe it, I took it all as a sign that I should indeed take off for another snow-bird in training adventure.  

It was a  week filled with a variety of views...
From the serious...

To the silly...

Taking in the Sunrise 
(OK, who am I kidding, I'm a snow-bird in training, no need to get up as early as the sun...this will have to do...)
And I paused to enjoy the various sunsets...
 From the view from my dad's condo...
To the full moon outside my cousin's neighborhood...

 And of course, the infamous pink-purple magic of a desert sunset...

While the primary purpose was to check in on my uncle, and support my cousin as he transitioned into Hospice care, I took advantage of this trip to spend some time with my dad...who has been a snow birder for the past 18 years (give or take a couple seasons)
My dad's "just right" condo in Sun City...
Be it running into a friend outside his favorite  thrift shop 
or checking his email...
Sipping a cocktail with Man's Best Friend 
(in this case, Jack, my uncle's dog who was lonely for his master)
to taking in a post-dinner snooze...
My dad indeed has perfected the lifestyle of a snowbird...

So while it's a few more years until I can embrace this lifestyle full time
  *the down side of being a late bloomer on the parenting adventure
 I sure did enjoy this snow-bird in training adventure...