Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ice Day

Well, let's see. First news first, I'm at home on a "freebie" b/c of the weather. The arctic cold front projected to freeze us in overnight did just that - froze us in. Roads were coated in about 1/4 in. of ice this morning. I got the call about 615am that our office would be closed today. So yippee for a free day at home! I'm, of course, making good use of it - crafting away on some projects in the queue. Nevermind I should be using this opportunity to cross some things off the around-the-house to-do list (hello closets crammed to the brim with junk!), but what fun would that be?! *wink*

In other news, the weekend flew by in usual fashion. I caught up with a few friends on Friday & Saturday, did some house cleaning (is there anything more disgusting than the bathroom?!), and loafed around catching up on some shows on the DVR. It was nice. Derek had a successful business trip to sunny Florida. He came home with bonus check in hand, his quota for 2009, and a cold. Which he's now shared with me. Gee. Thanks.

And now you're all caught up.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ever Feel Marked?

Man, I sure do. Once again, sweet Ezmerelda is in the shop. *sigh*

On my way to church on Wednesday, I almost got run over by an eighteen-wheeler. I was in my lane and he had just passed me on the right, so he knew I was over there. You see, there was a slow car in the right lane, which is why I hadn't gotten over when Mr. Eighteen-Wheeler-Man was riding my tail wanting me to go faster. I was just putting along - if you call 65mph putting along - knowing that I was going to pass that slow car in a jiffy. Well, Mr. Eighteen-Wheeler just couldn't wait & got over in the right lane anyway, passed me, came up on the slow car, and whipped himself over right in my lane! Knowing full well that I was over there! In the process of not getting run over, the stupid Mr. Eighteen-Wheeler hit something in the road that flew up & hit my Ezmerelda right in the nose. I have no idea what it was. I simply saw it come flying up from underneath the truck & had no time whatsoever to do anything other than say "oh crap," hear a big *thud* and hope that the damage was minor enough to allow me to get to my intended destination.

I did get to church fine. I took a quick peak at the front of my car & didn't notice anything at first. I gathered my stuff & started to go inside. I took one last quick glance back & thought "that's weird." I came back to the front of my car & figured out that the fog light on the passenger side was missing. Terrific. As it was duskish & hard to see, I knew I wouldn't be able to tell much beyond that until I got home & could shine some light on the car. Which I did forthwith, let me tell you. Upon closer & more detailed inspection, I couldn't see any damage aside from the fog light. Which is not too bad when one considers that whatever that thing was could have blown out my tire or come through my windshield or who knows what else.

So I took her in to the dealership this morning. My rep was so great at making me feel better. "You got it good, huh?" Gee. Thanks. But he did agree that it appeared that only the fog light is affected. The shop is going to inspect the whole car just to be sure there isn't more serious damage to the undercarriage, etc.

I swear, I feel marked in this car. And not one incident has been my fault. Seriously.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words & well-wishes over the weekend. They really meant a lot to Derek. Monday's graveside service was nice.

Observation: why is it difficult to gather family except in instances of death? I know, I know. We all know the answer to this question - or answers, as the case may be. We grow up, we move away, we get jobs, we get married, we have kids (or critters). All of which culminate into the perfect storm of excuses - very valid excuses, don't get me wrong. I mean, I had my reasons for not to going to my own family reunion over the weekend - the most obvious of which is that I had to attend a funeral. Still. You look up & realize that it's been years since you've seen some of your closest relatives. Years! And attending a funeral only reminds you that family is SO important & we shouldn't allow a single moment to be stolen by time or space or distance. And yet. ... And yet it's still so easy. *sigh*

Alrighty then. Moving on.

I was excited to spend part of the weekend in the craft room catching up on my scrapbooking. Gracious. It's been quite a while since I've done anything other than make cards. Not that I mind making cards. But I have oodles - and I do mean oodles - of trips to scrap, not to mention holidays. I mean, I haven't even scrapped my Austria trip from 2002, for the love of pete! Ugh. But I will not think about the fact that I'm behind. I'll just be glad everytime I get something done. Like this weekend. I was definitely "in the zone." And every crafter knows that it's nice to be in the zone b/c your layouts rock! I'm looking forward to some more time in the craft room this weekend. Derek will be gone to the national sales meeting so I'll have the house to myself & my own undivided attention.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Harold Lloyd Fox

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry—
I am not there.
I did not die.

Rest in peace, sweet Papaw.
We will always love you

Visitation - 6-8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 18 at BozeMitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie
Graveside - 11 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 19 at Waxahachie City Cemetery

Harold Lloyd Fox, age 87, passed away Friday, January 16, 2009 in Mansfield. He was born January 10, 1922 in Waxahachie to Henry Claude and Louise Fox. He married Monnie Lea McLemore on December 10, 1946 in Dallas. Harold had been a paint contractor for most of his life and had painted most of the gingerbread houses in the county.

Survivors include his three children, Derrell Fox and his wife Mickey of Cedar Hill, Jerry Fox and his wife Marsha of Waxahachie and Debi Yarborough and her husband Roger of Palm Coast, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd Fox in 1992 and his wife of 60 years, Monnie Fox in 2007.

Monday, January 12, 2009

In a Whoosh

Was it just me or did the weekend seem to fly by? And the sad thing is that we didn't really do that much. I did get the Christmas decorations taken down & put away. Which ultimately led to me rearranging the attic to maximize storage space. And then we did a little light cleaning - there was glitter & pine needles everywhere - so the house was presentable for company on Sunday. Chrissy, Ross, and Zoe came over for dinner. It was so great to see them. We realized that we'd been playing phone tag since we had them over on Memorial Day. The busy lives we lead! Zoe's just as cute as a button & is growing like a weed. We watched Toy Story and pet the dog. Oh and Zoe LOVES to dance. You should have seen all of us dancing with her. We had a good time making fun of ourselves! Hilarious! Then we played a little Rock Band. Miss Zoe was a great Pip. LOL

Otherwise, well, that just about sums up all of the weekend excitement. Like I said, the weekend went by in a whoosh with little to show for it. Oh the exciting lives we lead! *wink*

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Important Legislative Update

I learned something new this weekend. A new Texas law went into effect on January 1st that says you will automatically be towed if you cannot present valid car insurance upon ANY traffic stop. So ... go check the insurance card you have in your wallet or in your glove box. Is it current? If not, do something about it right now. You don't want to find out the hard way - like on a basic traffic stop!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

How's Your Hearing?

A co-worker shared a fun link with me today. Ever wondered how good (or bad) your hearing is? Well, test it out by clicking here. I do recommend that you turn your speakers all the way up to be absolutely certain that you can hear everything that is audible to your ear. Seriously, I know it sounds silly, but having the sound all the way up makes all the difference in getting an accurate assessment. The tones are audible up to 16 kHz for me and 17 hurts my ears but I cannot actually discern/hear a tone sounding, if that makes any sense. What about you? I'd love to know so leave me a comment.

Stunning Sunset!

Last night, we had the most beautiful sunset I can remember seeing in a really long time.
Unfortunately, I was driving while I was enjoying it so I wasn't able to take photos b/c I didn't have a good camera and, let's face it, taking photos while driving isn't the safest practice. *grin* BUT thankfully, a very talented fellow blogger was able to capture the gorgeous January sky and has given me permission to share a photo with you. If you would like to see all of her photos of yesterday's sunset, which I highly recommend you do!, hop on over to her blog.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Prayer Request

Derek's grandfather is not doing well. He took a spill last week, which resulted in cuts & bruises and a broken hip that is not reparable. Since then, he's really taken a turn and as of yesterday has been placed on hospice care. While it's possible he'll make a recovery, things don't look good right now. Please pray for the family.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Way to Go!

Congrats to Derek OFFICIALLY made his number for 2008!!!


Back to Work

Now that we're all done celebrating the holidays, it's time to get back to work & a more normal schedule. For me, the new year brings several changes. For one, I have a new boss. One of my bosses retired. So the end of 2008 was bittersweet as I marked the end of my time on his staff and looked forward to working in new chambers in 2009. My boss' retirement also means we have a new judge on the court. Aside from experience, he brings a peppiness the likes of which the court has not seen in many years. Good? Bad? Don't know. Guess it depends on whether or not you like to be greeted by a spry, chirping chipmunk early in the morning. (I jest about the chipmunk part, of course. But I think you get the mental picture I was going for.)

The new year also brings with it a few changes at the paid church gig. I believe I've mentioned that I have taken on a more prominent role there. I have agreed to be the Assistant Children's Music Director after a six-week trial run during Advent. I've worked with the kids off and on over the two years I've been at the church but only on an as-needed basis, which was usually during the spring when the kids put on their musical. My trial run during Advent had me teaching the kids (pre-K through 5th grade) music for several large programs, including the department-wide evening concert and Christmas Eve services. Those of you who know me know that OPKs rank right up there with a root canal in my book. But for whatever reason, these kids like me & seem to respond to my teaching style (do I even have one of those?). At least if you ask the Minister of Music. And since she's the boss, her opinion counts. *wink* So, for me, the new year begins a new assignment for the kids: teach them their spring musical. And, of course, it also means a raise. So score one for the music dept. b/c they get just about all of my salary back.

Personally, I haven't really thought about goals or resolutions for the new year. I'm great at making lists, but I never seem to follow through on the lists I make at the first of the year. Maybe b/c they're real challenges as opposed to the usual to-do lists. But perhaps if I were to go back & look at lists from previous years, I would see that I really do make progress. And perhaps that's what the lists are really for. Maybe I'll make that list after all.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

I'm Drawing a Blank

Okay. Clearly I'm not recovered from the revelry of Wednesday night b/c I cannot think of a catchy post title. Or maybe I'm just all out of ideas in general. Huh. Whatever.

Wednesday night was anti-climactic. Did you guys feel that way about New Years Eve this year? We had the annual hurrah with the neighbors. This year we decided to make this a black tie event - or the girls did anyway. {photos later when I can borrow them off Dan's camera} All but four us punked out before midnight. How lame. But the four of us left standing enjoyed a glass of champagne on the nice, toasty patio - complements of the patio heaters, of course - at the stroke of midnight. And then we all promptly went to bed. *sigh* I guess we're gettin' too old to enjoy the new year festivities anymore.

Thursday was, naturally, rest & recovery day. I mean, we were up past (way past) the usual bedtime, after all.

We had a patio christening last night. I planned for about 25 people. There were 8 of us. Whatever. So now we have leftovers. To add to the leftovers we're still eating. But who's counting other than my pants? Who say I need to give up the leftovers already for the love of gawd. But I digress. We had a nice time. The boys & Kelli watched football. I guess there was a championship game on? LOL! Daon & I enjoyed the patio. It was a patio christening party after all. It was a late night by the time it was all said & done. Derek & I sat on the patio with Kelli after everyone else left & chatted until the wee hours. Whoops - I think we need to put a clock out there! Needless to say, I'm not moving all that fast today.

Aside from that. There are no exciting weekend plans. We're all excitemented out.

Thursday, January 01, 2009