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Published on October 31 2006

And Happy Birthday to my "Pumpkin"..... please take the advice on the bottom of this sign when you are out celebrating TWENTY-ONE!!! omg....how can I have a 21-year-old daughter????
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Published on October 30 2006

...he finally got hungry, and came out from his hiding place. Apparently he spent all day hiding (sleeping) in my knitting basket, which has airholes large enough for a hamster to squeeze into, since I spotted him as he was squeezing out. He is now safely back in his cage, Shannon is smiling again at the safe return of her pet, and I'm speculating on the amounts of hamster poop on my mittens-in-progress. And I only got bit once. All is well in this household.

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Published on October 30 2006

Yes, you read that right. Satan. The hamster. Got up early this morning (damn that Daylight Savings Time thing!) and was walking 'round, making my bed, picking up stray pillows off the floor, heading to the kitchen for the morning caffeine fix--and spotted a movement out of the corner of my eye. I stood there in complete disbelief as a mottled white creature strolled through the door and skittered under the bed. After I picked my jaw up off the floor and realized that no, it wasn't a MOUSE; I crawled around trying to catch the little monster, simultaneously fearing the bite I knew I would get. You see, we have two hamsters. Hoss, who is named for his size, is brown with glowing red eyes and looks like the meanest little SOB who ever ate hamster chow, but is a complete baby who seems to enjoy being handled and petted. The second, a beautiful mottled white and gray, is named Satan for his habit of standing up, fangs out and tiny claws extended, screaming (at least as much as it is possible for a rodent to scream) at the approach of a hand. How does one capture a wild hamster? Even Tiger won't go near this mean little critter. I'm hoping we can catch him before he goes ten toes up. Or is that 20?

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Published on October 28 2006

 

shsh.jpg No, our daughters were not supposed to have had birthdays three days apart. We did not plan it that way; but #2 child had other ideas about being a Christmas baby. meshannon.jpg As a result, I am lucky enough to have my two girls with birthdays near mine.

And here are our birthday pics for the year... nothing like a group of October girls on the loose shopping and doing the "ladies who lunch" thing at a Mexican restaurant!!!

And yes, my still-underage-for-three-more-days child drank Pepsi, not Margaritas. (At least, not while she was with her mom.)

Look out, Mastercard!

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Published on October 15 2006

...was sent by buddy Barb. I wonder if it's a coincidence that her new Pomeranian puppy is named "Snowball"? snowball.bmp

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Published on October 1 2006

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    2003 Harley DynaGlide-- $12,000.00 Hal's of Milwaukee Zip Hoodie with flames on the sleeves-- $18.00 2 pairs of very cool sunglasses-- $23.00
Scaring the daylights out of the you-never-know-could-be-someday-maybe-possible-future-son-in-law with his very first ride on a motorcycle. Priceless.
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And I never got past third gear!

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Published on October 1 2006

Well, the last one for a couple of years, anyway. Shawn's diploma finally came in the mail last week, so we thought we'd both show off just a little bit. Yes, that's right--I actually had my diploma in my hot little hands before she got hers!! Nyah, nyah, nyah.....
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Published on September 4 2006

Just a couple of the pics from the get-together to celerate this. About thirty of us congregated at the Pinetree for dinner and drinks, Fifties music, and a good time! More pics to come on my Flickr page. S4011353-1 Mom and Dad, me, and my two "baby brothers"--I've looked up to them since about the time they hit 18. I love to hang out with them, because I love feeling short in heels! (Not to mention, they are great guys.) S4011351-1 Mom and Dad, with four of their five grandchildren--we missed you, Marc. Buying a house in San Antonio....well, you're forgiven this time, but we really want to see you and Brooke at the next reunion! S4011371-1 Me and my little girlies S4011376-1 I still can't believe she did "rabbit ears" behind my head...... sigh.

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Published on September 2 2006

Well, actually it was fifty years ago last week, but Labor Day weekend is a good time to get the whole gang together to celebrate my parents' golden wedding anniversary. We don't all get together often, but an occasion like this one doesn't happen often either. Fifty years. Isn't that incredible?
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Published on August 13 2006

There is bright news in the world, even though I posted something like this the other day. There is hope for all of us, even self-described "curmudgeons" like my best friend from High School.

 

Bill
I remember Bill well from HS--he was one of the great characters from my two years in high school in London. He was a *doll* back then, with wavy brown hair and the biggest grin on campus. A year ahead of me in school, he was VP of the senior class, editor of the yearbook two years running (and I always give him hell because I had one, count 'em, ONE measly picture in the '77 yearbook!!!), football player extraordinaire, and one of the leads in the big musical production of the year for our Drama Department "Annie Get Your Gun" -- which is where I got to know him.

 

Annie
We didn't run in the same crowd back then for the most part, but our paths crossed often in Drama and Theater classes. I couldn't tell you what he thought of me then, or if I ever even caught his eye; but I do remember him as a friendly, popular-for-a-good-reason type of guy. He was the one you just knew was going to go on to great and wonderful things one day.

 

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Well, he did. Although he'll tell you "he's an average guy doing an average job", I happen to disagree. A Naval Aviator, for one, zooming around in F-14 jets. How many people get to do something as cool as that?!?!

 

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And the job he'd probably say was most important, single father to two beautiful young women. I got to know Bill again a few years back, through our mutual interest in the London Central High alumni groups. It's a pretty loosely organized bunch of people, but we've managed to have several reunions over the years, amazing since we were all American kids living in a foreign country and have spread out around the world since high school. I spent hours scanning one of Bill's yearbooks for the school alumni website, and we spent quite a bit of email time catching up on our lives since England. We found we could talk about anything and everything over the years, and my admiration and respect for him grew. He's my great supportive, non-judgemental friend and I hope I can say that for many more years. And of course as the link down on the blogroll says, he's the one who got me hooked on blogs and interested in their design and programming.

 

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We finally got to meet up again at a reunion in 2004, and this (I think) is the only picture of BOTH of us--we always seemed to wind up on opposite sides of the lens. Oh wait, first, ONE more Navy pic:

 

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Yeah. :-D Still a doll, isn't he? Sorry, but I had to get a pic of the whites in there. Richard Gere and Tom Cruise, eat your hearts out! You don't *begin* to wear that uniform right! Anyway, back to Bill. I mentioned he was a single dad, working and raising his kids for the last ten years alone. I admired his determination to do things right with them, but I also knew how hard he worked at it, and how little time it left him for a life of his own. Well, my best buddy has some wonderful news. I am so happy for him--there's not a trace of his so-called "curmudgeonly self" in that photograph. Go read and wish him a Happy Birthday while you're there!!

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