Wednesday, September 30, 2009
On October 16, Spirit of Athens and Art of the Square are jointly hosting a premiere party for the Southern Shorts Film Festival. The party will include food, beverages, and viewing of the film festival winning films. This good time is going to be held at the Boys and Girls Clubhouse on the square.
I am looking forward to this festival for so many reasons. It will be family friendly and held at McCandless Hall on the beautiful campus of Athens State University. There are so many things I love about our town, and ASU is definitely one of those. While it may not be a large university with a football team, it is one of the most charming campuses I have ever visited. Those who know me well know that I have visited a LOT of college campuses.
All of the pertinent information can be found here. A talented local writer, Kelly Kazek, wrote the article I have referenced. I think I should leave the writing to professionals. In fact, Kelly just had a book published. "Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom" can be purchased downtown at Pablo's or on Amazon.
For those of you interested in all things celluloid, I would highly recommend a visit to Athens in October!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Always wear clean under wear. This is a really good point.
A Coca-Cola bottle from the eighties is the best way to hang an angel food cake.
Things I've learned from my children:
Never try to climb a chest of drawers.
Never leave the house without a change of clothes.
Sharing is not an innate urge. It must be taught and learned.
Let sleeping babies be.
Even if you are just the bearer of bad news, you will get chewed out. The messenger will get shot. "Mr. X, you owe $43,000 on the federal return and $16,000 on the state return." "It's really not my fault that you made a bunch of money and didn't make any estimated payments; I tried to talk to you about this 9 months ago." "No, I cannot do voodoo on a tax return."
Keep hand sanitizer in plain view of the client.
If you go above and beyond the call of duty once, it will be expected of you from that point on.
Things I've learned from my husband:
Hunting is fun.
Having an air compressor is almost a necessity. Seriously, how did I take care of things before?
Tivo is definitely a necessity. I remember when Mr. Tivo first came to live with us. I was utterly confused why we needed it. I had a VCR; why did I need a digital recorder? The hubs told me how much I would grow to love it. I cannot imagine life without Tivo now! The hubs is brilliant!!
Things I've learned from TV:
When you meet your true love, Luther Van Dross will not actually be playing in the background while time stands still.
Do not ever say the words....It can't get worse....because it will.
Oprah has the power to make people talk about things they should have kept secret. She's like a skeleton key for the memories people try to lock out of mind.
Things I learned in Mexico:
Having clean water is something to be thankful for - every day. When you drive past a small pond and see children bathing in it, women getting drinking water from it, and dogs playing in it, that one pond will remind you how blessed you are to have clean, running water.
It is okay to be afraid of anything.
My three children are definitely happy campers. Of course, a case of the grumps will happen upon them from time to time, but for the most part, they are happy. Even the small things make them happy. A trip to McDonald's before for school for hash browns...an extra hug before bed time...the use of the "big tub" with the jets on...getting to sleep in one of my t-shirts.... Small things that don't strike me as important make them so happy. What is one thing you do with your child that causes elation?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here we are with the bride and groom...Rachel and Sandip. Jay and I went to high school with Sandip. In fact, we shared a limo to the senior prom. That's hot.
This is Layton with "Ugly Red" before we got called to the back.
After the uneventful trip to the "behind the scenes area" of the surgery center, Layton helped me get him suited up in a lovely disposable gown. The bed was fairly comfy and had a TV for the big man to watch while he waited...and while I prayed. Even though we've been through this same surgery for Ella, I was still a little anxious.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Notice how her knee is up under her armpit. Yes, that's a Disney Princess bicycle...circa 2003. Jay took her to get a new bike over the weekend.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The worn out face...
The happy face...
Oh, that Ben Franklin. He was such a clever fellow! I would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I have mostly survived the past week. A few more weeks to go, and then I'll be able to act nice again. HA!
Benjamin Franklin suggested that the only certainties are death and taxes. In my case, taxes will be the death of me.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
What river trip is complete without a picture of Ella and Layton squeezing each other unnecessarily tight on the pier?
Have I mentioned that Ella is a drama queen? The face speaks for itself. FYI: I take her to the orthodontist in the morning. The thumb sucking must come to an end, and he has a plan to make it happen.
When I was a child, Kreme Delite was a big treat for us. My parents would take us after every major event. Spring band concert, cheerleader tryouts, parades...it became a tradition of sorts. My dad was sneaky and went to Kreme Delite without the rest of us during work hours. It got to the point where the ladies knew his car and order. They started on his order before he even got to the window!
Friday, September 04, 2009
Every day, I take my three children to school. I drop them off at three different schools. Ella is the first to go. Next is Hadley. Last is Layton. I pick them up in the same order as well.
Hadley is always happy to get in the car and head home for the day.
Layton is usually sleepy. I pick him up right after nap time.
Ella wiggles and jiggles all over the car while we wait in the ridiculously long car line at Hadley's school.
This is the aforementioned car line. It has several curves and twists along the way. Sometimes, we actually wait on the highway just to get in the car line.
This is a pattern that repeats itself five days a week. The children know that I will be in the kitchen preparing lunch boxes and filling water bottles. There is no doubt that I will attempt to tame unruly hair. They know that I will usher them to school every day. They know that I will usher them home from school as well. They also know what I am going to say to them when we get home.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Another Wednesday will get you another strange list of things that "I don't."
I don't like banana flavored candy. Example: Banana Laffy Taffy. I don't know why; I just don't like it. I love real bananas though.
I don't have any sinus cavities under my face besides the two under my eyes which are very small and barely visible on an x-ray. The hubs says I am a genetic freak.
I don't wear sandals or flip flops unless my feet have recently had a pedicure. I have a foot thing, obsession, dislike, not really sure what to call it. I can't handle seeing people in flip flops with nasty, crusty feet. Ewww.
I don't like getting up early. I am a night owl. I would much rather work from 8:00PM to 8:00AM. Unfortunately, no one seems to want their tax return prepared at 3:00AM. Hmmm. Maybe it's time to reconsider my career. :)
I don't sleep barefoot. Believe me, I know this would drive some people nuts, but I prefer to sleep with socks on.
I don't think I have anything else to say at the moment. Wow, that's a first. I always have something to say. Tune in another day for more of my idiosyncrasies.