Hiatus

Well, dear readers, I wondered if this day would come.  And alas, it has.

Life it just so busy these days that the blog has to take a back burner to the rest of life.  Between photo shoots, editing, a committment to my church that starts today, and, oh yeah, that pesky job of raising my kids and keeping up my  house, it’s all become a bit much for my one self to handle.  At least as a daily committment.

I’m not gone, just on a long “vacation” of sorts.  I might pop back in every once in a while, and after the craziness dies down, I hope to be back.

Oh, and if you haven’t yet, go “Like” my Facebook page, I’ll let you know when I do come back.

And if you miss me so much you can’t stand it, I do post on my photography blog every once in a while.  It’s probably not as entertaining as this one, but it’s still me if you’re needing a fix.

Don’t miss me too much.

Love,

Me

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Miscellaneous Monday: New TV, Editing

After taking the weekends off I am too lazy find it hard to remember to get a post ready for Monday.  So I’m going to try out Miscellaneous Monday.  Just random thoughts or happenings from me.  If you’re like me you probably can’t handle much more than that on Mondays anyway, right?

Miscellaneous #1:

Did you watch any season premiers last week?  I did.  I’m probably the happiest about Grey’s Anatomy starting.  I still love that show.  Modern Family was of course awesome too.  And How I Met Your Mother was lengen….wait for it!…..dary.  Ha, couldn’t resist.  Oh, and the Sing Off.  I’m so amazed by what those people can do with their voices.

Miscellaneous #2:

I’m up to my ears in editing this week. And laundry.  Editing and laundry.  Ugh.  Well, ugh for the laundry, not the editing.  I like editing.  Anyway, point is, if my posts are short, or late, or maybe even non-existant, that’s why.  I’ll try hard to get something out like usual, but please be patient with me if I don’t.  Thanks!  You’re the best.

Catch ya on the flip side.

Miscellaneous Monday: The Emmy’s, premier week, and a new book

After taking the weekends off I am too lazy find it hard to remember to get a post ready for Monday.  So I’m going to try out Miscellaneous Monday.  Just random thoughts or happenings from me.  If you’re like me you probably can’t handle much more than that on Mondays anyway, right?

Miscellaneous #1:

I watched the Emmy’s last night.  It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a whole awards show.  I admit it was better than the past few times I’ve watched.  Jane Lynch did a great job as host, and there were quite a few funny sketches and songs.  I was happy to see Modern Family clean up.  I love that show, I don’t think they’ve ever made a bad episode. It premiers this week, I can’t wait!

Miscellaneous #2:

Speaking of premiers, it’s premier week!!!!  I admit, I’m a TV addict.  I have a whole slew of shows I cannot miss and I get really bummed when they’re not new.  Last week Parenthood premiered, this week we get How I Met Your Mother, Harry’s Law, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Desperate Housewives (final season, boo!), and I’m sure I missed a few in there.

Picture courtesy of imdb.com.

I love Grey’s.  I even love watching old episodes on Lifetime when I can.  Such a good show.

There’s a few new ones I might try to catch too, if I can remember to DVR them.

Because who watches live TV these days?

Miscellaneous #3:

I’m reading a new book right now.  I realized I just don’t feel right when I don’t have a book I’m in the middle of reading.  It gives me something to look forward to — a little downtime during the day or as a way to relax before bed at night.  I feel a bit empty and lost when I don’t have a book to read.  Or a new TV show to watch (see Misc. #2 above).

Anyway, this one is Fan. Tastic.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  It’s about….wait for it…witches.  I know, you wouldn’t have guessed that, would you?  And vampires and daemons and whatnot.  I’m in the middle of it and I had a hard time putting it down to type this post.  So you should really feel lucky that I chose you over the book. That’s how much I love you all.

Okay, now back to the book.

Picture courtesy of amazon.com.

Peace out, homies.

Miscellaneous Monday: Good Sunday, State Farm makes me cry, and homemade tortillas

After taking the weekends off I am too lazy find it hard to remember to get a post ready for Monday.  So I’m going to try out Miscellaneous Monday.  Just random thoughts or happenings from me.  If you’re like me you probably can’t handle much more than that on Mondays anyway, right?

Miscellaneous #1:

Sunday was a great day — church, taking pictures of my girls by a newly-erupted sunflower field by our house, playing and riding bikes with the neighbor kids, a good long afternoon nap (for the kids), chili for dinner, and of course football on TV!  The only downside was that someone rear-ended Chad, and of course the driver didn’t have insurance.  Chad did call the police though, and our insurance has always been easy to work with, so we’re not too worried about it.

Miscellaneous #2:

I cried a lot this weekend.  I watched too many of the 9/11 shows and recaps.  Good grief, even the State Farm commercial made me cry! (The one where the kids are walking through the streets of NYC singing Empire State of Mind and they show up at the fire station and they sing to the fire fighters — ah! It gets me every time!)  But it was worth it to remember and bring back the emotions felt during that terrible yet heroic time in our nation’s history.

Miscellaneous #3:

I’m attempting to make homemade tortillas today to use in our Black Bean Enchiladas for tonight’s dinner.  I’m a bit nervous about making them, but excited too.  Wish me luck!

That’s all my randomness for today.  Over and out, y’all.

Where were you when 9/11 happened?

As a kid I remember hearing adults speaking to each other around the time of the anniversary of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy

“Where were you when you heard that JFK was shot?”

As a kid I didn’t yet understand how something like that could make such an impact to so many people, and I was fascinated that all these adults could pinpoint exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.

Then 10 years ago the event we all know as 9/11 created the same remembrance in a new generation of Americans.

Photo courtesy of 911digitalarchive.org.

I will never forget being at work, sitting at my desk working on who-knows-what, when I got a phone call from my (now) husband (although we were just dating at the time) asking me if I’d heard about the plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City.  I had not, but immediately saw the images as I headed out to a news webpage.

Then in what seemed like minutes later, a second crash.

Then the news that this was no accident, but a terrorist attack on the U.S.

I will never forget spending hours trying to get onto websites to find more information (most of which were running incredibly slow due to the high traffic), watching the news on TVs in the hallway of our building as the story unfolded, and chatting with coworkers about who we knew in New York City and wondering if those we knew were safe.  We were all told to go home early that day since no one was getting any work done.  Heck, no one in the country was getting any work done, so it didn’t really matter.

I will never forget sitting on the sofa in my apartment with Chad, just glued to the TV to find out more information.

I will never forget being completely out of gas in my car, and having to fill up for over $4 per gallon (gas at the time was like $2 per gallon or less) because the gas companies were price gouging due to the uncertainty.  I only put like 5 gallons in my tank because I couldn’t imagine spending $50 to fill up my tank.  Ha, little did I know it would cost that much anyway 10 years later.

I will never forget being so moved to hear about all the firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and average Joes and Janes going in to help rescue as many people as they could.  Which, sadly, we all know now wasn’t very many.

Today as I watch the footage from that day and the days following it pulls at my heartstrings and brings me to tears.

We will never forget those who lost their lives in New York and Washington DC.

We will never forget those who helped rescue the victims.

We will never forget the heroism of those who brought down Flight 93.

We will never forget where we were when we heard the news.

“Where were you when 9/11 happened?”

Photo courtesy of september11news.com.