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    • chocolate and whiskey

      6 years ago

      mama

      tonight is a marathon of Burn Notice then four days off work after a long run of 10-12 hour days and lots of weekend OT

      right now I feel a bit like something Hurricane Isaac threw up on the beach so I'm indulging myself - hence the chocolate and whiskey

      tomorrow starts the clean up after the big storm (lots of small limbs and leaves) and housecleaning

      Monday I'm going to the beach

    • it's been a while

      6 years ago

      mama

      since I offered you any verse, so here you go

      and this is especially for Bean

      Roadside Attractions with the Dogs of America
      by Ada Limón

      It's a day when all the dogs of all
      the borrowed houses are angel footing
      down the hard hardwood of middle-America's
      newly loaned-up renovated kitchen floors,
      and the world's nicest pie I know
      is somewhere waiting for the right
      time to offer itself to the wayward
      and the word-weary. How come the road
      goes coast to coast and never just
      dumps us in the water, clean and
      come clean, like a fish slipped out
      of the national net of "longing for joy."
      How come it doesn't? Once, on a road trip
      through the country, a waitress walked
      in the train's diner car and swished
      her non-aproned end and said,
      "Hot stuff and food too." My family
      still says it, when the food is hot,
      and the mood is good inside the open windows.
      I'd like to wear an apron for you
      and come over with non-church sanctioned
      knee-highs and the prettiest pie of birds
      and ocean water and grief. I'd like
      to be younger when I do this, like the country
      before Mr. Meriwether rowed the river
      and then let the country fill him up
      till it killed him hard by his own hand.
      I'd like to be that dog they took with them,
      large and dark and silent and un-blamable.
      Or I'd like to be Emily Dickinson's dog, Carlo,
      and go on loving the rare un-loveable puzzle
      of woman and human and mind. But, I bet I'm more
      the house beagle and the howl and the obedient
      eyes of everyone wanting to make their own kind
      of America, but still be America, too. The road
      is long and all the dogs don't care too much about
      roadside concrete history and postcards of state
      treasures, they just want their head out the window,
      and the speeding air to make them feel faster
      and younger, and newer than all the dogs
      that went before them, they want to be your only dog,
      your best-loved dog, for this good dog of today
      to be the only beast that matters.

    • Isaac worries

      6 years ago

      mama

      Praying for folks in south Florida and worried about all of us here on the northern Gulf Coast as we prepare for Isaac. Although they are saying Category 2 right now, the Gulf waters are pretty warm so there is a lot of potential for strengthening as it makes it way here. We can't find batteries in Mobile anymore. Crazy right? Have to work today but am going to run by the store on my way in to work to check again and buy a few more hurricane essentials. I have a generator in any case. Will buy more candles as well. Family and friends will help board up windows if that is necessary. My friend Irene and her daughter Gabrielle will hunker down at my house during the storm. Maybe we can put up my new backsplash during the storm smiley0.gif

      Have never prepared for and weathered a hurricane without Larry. Another first. This sucks.

    • My life

      6 years ago

      mama

      Its 5:17 am Sat morning and I'm getting ready to go to work. I'm already +10 hours in OT for the week before I clock in this morning. And I get to work tomorrow too. Soo tired. Too old to do this.

    • Bird herder

      7 years ago

      mama

      Just spent an hour chasing a bird out of my house. Cute bird, but if she can't pay rent she can't stay - plus there's the whole poopy thing.

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      mama
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      mama
    • Update on Mama

      7 years ago

      mama

      So I went to Austin and spent some time with Geoff, Griffon and Millie - had dinner with Martha, Geoff and Griffon, spent some time with my nephew Christopher - attended RTX on Saturday (seriously, you folks are a bit insane).

      Millie and I came back to Mobile on Sunday and spent a week playing, We went to the farm and fed the animals, picked vegetables from the garden, gathered eggs, rode around the pond in the paddle boat (got stuck in the middle and went around in circles for a while), went to the Exploreum (science musem) and played with all of the exhibits for several hours, went to the woods and fished in my friend's pond - caught five big catfish, went to the beach and stayed in a friend's condo for two days where we played in the pool in the mornings and in the gulf in the afternoons, also rode the ferris wheel and did the bungie jump.

      Saturday we came home and did laundry and waited "patiently" for Geoff and Griffon to get here. Then everyone left on Sunday morning and I laid on the sofa and listened to the quiet house and cried all day.

      I returned to work on Monday to chaos and lots of overtime. I am working all day tomorrow (Saturday) after already working 50 hours this week.

      Have I made anyone else as tired as I feel?

      The vacation was worth it all though. I'd do it again tomorrow!

    • Jet plane

      7 years ago

      mama

      I'm leaving on a...

      Yippee!

    • Summer vacation!

      7 years ago

      mama

      Remember how it felt to get out of school on that last day of the school year? That's the way I feel. Don't have to go back to work until the 16th. It's not the entire summer, but a week and a half feels pretty good right now. Leave for Austin tomorrow.

  • Comments (826)

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      4 years ago

      Haven't seen you around in a long time. I hope you are doing well!

    • Cassner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hail Hydra

      6 years ago

      Hope you're doing well, and see that you're looking forward to RTX.
      Take Care smiley0.gifsmiley13.gif

    • Riley FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Riledotcom

      6 years ago

      Just wanted to wish you a very happy Mother's Day! smiley0.gif

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Thanks!

    • Mesk

      6 years ago

      Hey mama!! I miss you! It's been too long! What's new with you? Let me know! I want to catch up! :)
      Beijos!

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Nothing new here. Work- home - reading lots of books - still working on my house. Staying pretty quiet. Glad to see you enjoyed your visit to the States.

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      6 years ago

      Hey mama! Long time!

      • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

        6 years ago

        Thanks. Lots of things happening all at once: New baby, new job, and moving back home. Why space things out when you can stack all the stress in one month? :)

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Nice to hear from you. The family looks wonderful. Congratulations on the new baby!

    • Fosseneuve

      6 years ago

      I thought you might like this.
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      • Fosseneuve

        6 years ago

        Thanks for asking. Snow's melting; I expect one or two more snowfalls but spring is definitely coming soon. I have very busy recently with school and other dramatic projects in the works. As for Faith Baptist Church, we're currently located at a school gym as our building is being repaired. We should be back there by the summer. I also began taking Karate classes, and that has been a lot of fun. I may be going on a missions trip this late spring, but we'll see.

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Love it. How are things way up north? Is your church rebuilding?

    • Albin0_Rhino

      6 years ago

      I had a wonderfully fun evening with your family and Gavin tonight. You've got a good bunch there. I hope you're doing well.

      • Albin0_Rhino

        6 years ago

        I did quite a bit of cleaning out recently. I took six loads of stuff I wasn't using to goodwill or to the dumpster. I feel like I'm starting over and there's a lot of stuff I've been hauling around for almost 20 years that I just don't need, it's strange, but completely cathartic. I hope to be back here in Austin again permanently in a few months, El Paso really doesn't have the resources I need, and I hope to see you sooner rather than later for a visit. smiley0.gif

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        So glad to read it went well today. I hope things continue to move on this smooth course. Keep me updated.

        I'm hibernating. Other than work I mostly stay home and read a lot. Have also cleaned out several closets and am slowly but persistently getting some remodeling done. Have ordered new countertops and will be painting cabinets after they are installed. Trying to stay busy here at home.

      • Albin0_Rhino

        6 years ago

        Thank you, the appointment today is with my endocrinologist, I've asked him for help before but he's been hesitant to help, so I'm a little concerned.

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        They're great people. Very proud of my family. Doing ok here. Just getting through the days as they come. Good luck with the doc.

    • CMS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      Heard some nastiness came through Mobile today. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a tornado scare, huh? Hope everything is well and you're having a great holiday despite a rather grumpy mother nature.

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        The area that was hit was very close to where I work but no one was hurt. Lots of property damage for Christmas. I always thought Santa left lumps of coal for the naughty kids. Looks like he's getting hardcore.

        Hope your Christmas was merry and damage free.

    • phoenix229

      6 years ago

      I know I haven't been on the site in a while, but I wanted to make sure to tell you you've been in my thoughts, and I'm praying that you're safe during Isaac's tantrums. Love you mama!

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Thanks. Looks like Isaac is going to spend what fury he has on New Orleans, again. The east side of a hurricane is always the worst but even though this one is huge it's only a Category 1. I think we'll be fine.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Happy Mother's Day. smiley12.gif

      • Albin0_Rhino

        7 years ago

        I hope it's more up than down. smiley0.gif

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        Thanks! It's been an up and down kind of day.

    • Mesk

      7 years ago

      Whilst I like this new layout, I find it a lot harder to follow what people are writing on their journals. Having a similar problem?
      Anyway, it's been quite some time! How have you been?

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        I'm doing fine. Good days far outnumber the bad. My job is challenging my patience and that's a good thing because I need all the challenges and mental stimulus I can get! You seem to be doing great.

    • Fosseneuve

      7 years ago

      Chipmunk cheeks? I now have another way to embarrass myself with.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I almost called you yesterday. I heard about all the storms across the south and wanted to make sure you were okay.

      • Albin0_Rhino

        7 years ago

        I'm glad you were okay. One of my friend's hometown got wiped out in Indiana. I just worry when I hear about storms in the the South.

      • mama FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago


        Had hardly any bad weather here yesterday - it just threatened to be stormy all day. Lots of angry clouds and wind. All the storms were up north.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I need help getting them out. It's pretty much impossible to see the side of my head to grab onto them.

    • Fosseneuve

      7 years ago

      Hey, don't buy another dress with side zippers.
      There's your reminder, teehee.

    • ozean717

      7 years ago

      The next time I'm in Alabama...although that might not be for awhile...but when I am I'll let you know :)

    • ozean717

      7 years ago

      Well maybe I could teach you sometime :)

    • ozean717

      7 years ago

      Do you know how to play bridge?

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I hope you had a safe trip home. Mine was riddled with issues, but I am back in Austin now, thankfully.

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      7 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! smiley12.gif

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      That would be great. I don't leave until about 5pm on Christmas eve. And I know what you mean about Christmas miracles. Mine would be much different if I could have mine come true.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      When will you be in town?

    • Mesk

      7 years ago

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. I need the internet just to send you all happy wishes on the days themselves smiley1.gif

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the photo compliment. smiley0.gif

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      You aren't a fogey in my eyes. When I was in college, I remember gas being .89, and that was awesome because my car only had a 12 gallon tank. So right around 10 bucks filled a tank. I miss those times.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Unfortunately the programs I am looking at doing need math. Algebra and trigonometry. I've never been good with numbers.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      My problem is that I am a good student when it is something that I enjoy. My GPA for my major in school was 3.5 but my overall was 2.2. I've heard that being an older student is better. Actually my problem is that I hate going to school. Always did. Hopefully I will stay motivated and do this.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      On this Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say thank you for being you. smiley12.gif

    • Rweethareyet

      7 years ago

      Just wanted to say hello and I hope you are doing well.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I shall have to look into that!

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I think I'm gonna wus out on the blue hair dye. I read up on what was involved and I just don't think I want to inflict that much damage on my hair.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      .. Of course, winter garden in Washington means something slightly... different. I might be able to get away with lettuce and radishes outdoors for the time being, but doubt they'd get too far. It's indoors one way or another for winter, and until I get a proper greenhouse, that means taking over my dining room (again) and hoping to get enough sun.

      I *almost* wish I lived in a climate to have a proper outdoor winter garden, but that would mean dealing with the summers, too, and I just can't do that. I'll stick where I am. smiley8.gif

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Not offer anything important to anyone? Ha, that kid doesn't really know much about anything then. You should have come back with something to the effect of the site may not exist without you, since you gave birth to one of the founding members. smiley0.gif I know part of growing up is the "know it all" teenager stage... but the older I get, the happier I am about the fact that I was a teenager before all this technology existed. It also makes me want to hug my parents and tell them thank you for not kicking my butt to the curb.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Just some frustration lately about people not doing what they promised or not being where we agreed. A lot of letdown. I hope you had a safe trip home. Sorry we didn't get to have our drink. Next time I'm sure.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I hope that you are having a fantastic trip with your family.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      Well, I have to be downtown at work from 8 until 10:30pm on Saturday night. I certainly don't want to take any Millie time away from you (like that could even happen smiley0.gif ). I may have to just meet you at the airport and wave as you run by to catch your plane. Though that is certainly not ideal.

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Just wanted to stop by and say was thinkin' about you today. greenpinkhugz.gif

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I have room to spare if you ever want to come visit. smiley0.gif

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Wichita?

      My geography is pretty bad.

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I'm in. Move up North and we'll do a thelma and louise kinda thing. Only without the suicide.

      smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • Rweethareyet

      7 years ago

      Been thinking about you... smiley12.gif

    • Mesk

      7 years ago

      Thank you very much for the kind words. They really meant a lot to me and helped cheer up my day.

    • Albin0_Rhino

      7 years ago

      I know mothers have an inexplicable connection to their children. But she guessed almost exactly what's been wrong... and to me, that guess wouldn't be in the top five for most people.

    • Mesk

      8 years ago

      Tell that to my parents! I'm 20 years old, have my license but still need to ask to borrow the car! hahaha

    • RIRvB

      8 years ago

      Thanks for adding me Mama. Does your awesomeness know no bounds?

    • RIRvB

      8 years ago

      Thanks for adding me Mama. Does your awesomeness know no bounds?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Sounds fabulous. yeah, painting is one of my least favorite overhaul tasks as well... the colors sound good, though. Which color are you putting in the master bedroom?

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      I did warn you... smiley3.gif

    • MissZahrah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      awww (((hugs)))

      So do we get pics of the new digs?

    • Fosseneuve

      8 years ago

      Hey, Geoff's mom, you left this comment on my profile:

      "It's hard to get more humid than the Gulf Coast where we are. Fortunately we've started getting frequent thunderstorms here which cool things down a bit, although we are still about 20 inches shy of where we should be for annual rainfall at this point. Texas and Oklahoma are really suffering though. 105 plus for weeks on end with NO rain in sight."

      And I accidentally modded + 1 Cool instead of + 1 Ditto, I apologize.

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