OMG, these banners are a gift sent to me by fab friend, Julie Baxley. Julie was the first person I met when I got to Silver Bella in Omaha in 2007. I'd just driven from Maryland with my mom, walked into the Hilton bleary-eyed, and there's a strange (in that I did not know her...stranger...not strange) woman running toward me saying, "Stephanie George!". She recognized me from the photos we'd all posted on Flickr before the workshop. I still wasn't sure what state I was in but she popped me right into reality. The perfect person to be the first to meet, as she turned out from that minute on. We were at SB in 2008 too and stay friends through Facebook, emails, etc. Anywayyyyyyyy, she just sent me these Texas A&M banners, the one from 1924, the other looks around that time too. Way before my daddy went there but anything Aggie/Texas/Bryan College Station is golden to me-new, used, ancient, and in between. I have them up in my special room above and below one of my daddy's A&M diplomas. How awesome is that? It should give you a small idea of how awesome Julie Baxley is. Be still my heart, thank you Julie, Stephanie
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
All my friends in Texas are going crazy 'cause it's snowing where it never snows when it never snows. Here's a photo of The Aggies' Kyle field at Texas A&M in College Station, TX. I call it home and say that's where I was breast-fed (my mom did breastfeed me and I was very young when my parents first took me to a game but I don't think they were at the same time!). We are still working on trying to get Justin here but it's either snowing here or there so we are still waiting. Hey, y'all enjoy!
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Friday, February 12, 2010
Justin was supposed to fly in weekend before last but the flight got cancelled due to our snowmeggedon. So, unless you've been under a rock, we've been stuck inside most of the time. He could have been stranded here all this time.
On the other hand, I could have gone there (Texas) and gotten stuck during the time when they were fishing and frollicing in the sun. But nooooooooo, I didn't think of that.
Okay, maybe I did for a moment but I know he wants to see us but he's also homesick for here and his buddies. It wouldn't have worked out all that well since he wouldn't have been able to see and hang out with his buds and he'd a been inside with US for how-knows-how-long.
Here's the snow blowing through the screen into the windows. It was like The Birds only we named it The Snow. It was trying to get at us-scary.In the end something really good came out of it. I spent most of every day perusing my old photo albums and yearbooks finding the greatest photos. I scanned and cropped them all then downloaded them onto Facebook, tagged them, then let the others in on the fun. I loved every minute of every part of it. Since then I've gotten over 100 comments and emails from people so surprised and happy. "Where did you find this?" , "When was that taken?", and a lot of, "Thanks so much for doing all this, it's great fun.". Above is the photo of my first grade class. I was so blessed to grow up in a great place, Bryan, Texas. Most of us went to school first through 12th grade. As they say, kids spend more awake time at school than they do with their families, so we literally grew up together. And after almost 35 years we are still like brothers and sisters to each other. I was one of those who ran away from home as soon as possible and stayed away for most of these 35 years, so reconnecting with everyone has been fabulous. It only took 34 years but I believe, if they took a vote now, I'd be the most popular girl in school!
Posted by Doojies at 7:11 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
I know I complain a lot that I'm not living in Texas and that the folks here don't make eye contact unless you know them, but then something like today happens and, karma, my negativity is proven wrong. My 91 year old father-in-law, in a confused state, called 911 at 2 this morning. At 3 a.m., while Paul was, by that time, with his dad, the doorbell rang. When I answered it was a Howard County police officer and he had walked down our long street and several blocks before that in hip-deep in snow. Since I'm in charge of the neighborhood watch, I was inundated with emails regarding when the hell we were going to get our three culs-de-sac plowed. I mentioned that the police had walked in to check on my father-in-law and the neighbors were so concerned that they all got out today and shovelled out OUR ENTIRE STREET. Of course it benefits all of us but the initial motivation had been my father-in-law's well-being. I still can't think about it without tearing up. We have a pretty close neighborhood as far as the adults are concerned, and we do look out for each other, but this was a clear-cut example of the kindness of human nature.
Here's Matt, Alana, and Ohmad after they had made their contribution to the shovelling outside. They're playing Uno,..
Posted by Doojies at 10:35 PM
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Okay, so I finished my two weeks of
starving my cleaning diet. The timing was a little poor because at the end I was changing meds (weening off one to NONE then onto a new one right away). I did loose 10 pounds. I know what you're thinking, water weight, a big sneeze, but it was the phychology of it, just getting that jump start and I do feel better. Turns out the new meds are killing my appetite. Anyway, the new meds put me on a complete roller coaster ride nearing breakdown. By breakdown I mean crying when a woman can't find the toilet paper in Target. It was bad. In the meantime, hubby was so worried that he called in the big guns. He surprised me by making a plane ticket for my middle son, Justin, to come for a visit this weekend. Can you just imagine how long that crying jag lasted?
Posted by Doojies at 1:28 PM