Wednesday, December 14, 2005


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Here are Jeff and Sam wearing funny hats. Ocassionly, we just have crazy hat days and we try on each others hats. Really most of the hats are provided by me since I kinda have a colelction going. These two hats belong to Sam

Friday, December 09, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

Here is a picture of Pam and I at UTSA making our Binky Blankets that were later donate to the children's shelter. This was last Wednesday at the DT campus. Anyway, we spent a lot of time chatting and it was a nice break from "work" even thought we were technically on the clock.

This last Friday was my birthday but I did not celebrate with the family until Sunday. It was great Shavonne and Steve sent me a Union Jack purse full of British candy. It rocked!

Mom and Dad got me a West London hoodie to wear. (West London is where the Theatre District is...West End!) It was so nice that everyone thought of me while they were away on the London Thanksgiving trip and I was here at home on crutches. I really do have a great family and I love them very much. More pictures below:

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Well, I took Wed. off to hang out with Sam and got sick, throwing up sick that lasted until 4:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. So about 6:00pm, Sam and I headed over to Grandma's. By now I had kept Gatorade and chicken noodle soup down. The good news was Grandma, Aunt Neat, Neal, Uncle Robert and Aunt Debbie had not eaten yet. So I got to eat a feast after two days of barfing! I was glad to be with Grandma and crew. Gradama has a really bad ass balcony with reflection pool and we sat outside after dinner. I was also excited to see Uncle Robert. He had the same surgery I might have, so he out my fears to rest. He injured himself on his honeymoon, so you know that probably sucked. I also got to know Debbie more and I really like her. She was great. I am glad, in the end, I got to spend Thanksgving with family even if it was not the immediate family.

By Friday, I was tired so I skipped the British movie marathon for another time. Maybe around Chrsitmas.

Monday, November 21, 2005

This is my friend Sue's new baby. Alexander. Soo tiny and sweet.
Well, I went to the doctor today and it turns out I might also have a fracture in my knee. So I need a bone scan to figure that out to see if it suddenly happened or is it just indicative of my JRA. If I do have a fracture then I will need a stronger cast, physical therapy, and a super long time on crutches. Fixing the fracture could heal the tear, possibly. Depending if it is a fracture or what is up with the fracture then I may or may not have to get the surgery They did not have a copy of the MRI so they are working on getting that. None of this will even get going until after Thanksgiving. Of course I need permission from my Primary Care Physician to get the bone scan. The orthopedist will have to send the notation to them, which he has someone type up because he talks into tape recorders. None of this will happen before Thanksgiving since they close early.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

So I just finished watching It Happened One Night with Clark Gable. It was on Turner Classic movies and they always have some announcer guy sharing interesting facts about the movie. Well, in this movie there is a scene where Clark gets undressed and he is talking about how a man undresses. Well first he takes off his hat, then his coat, then his suspenders, then his dress shirt and he is just bare chested underneath the dress shirt. Now, usually, men would have on undershirts under their dress shirts, but Clark is chattering constantly in this scene and he found it hard to do his lines, while taking off an undershirt. The director decided he could leave the undershirt out of the scene. Well, after this movie men just stopped wearing undershirts all together. This movie revolutionized fashion! In fact the men's underwear industry took such a hit financially, from men not buying undershirts, that they tried to sue Colombia Pictures! Evidently, things were bad for men's underwear for a long time until Marlon Brando revitalized the undershirt in Streetcar Named Desire. Then the men' s undershirt industry was back on top again~

Classic. I love little movie tidbits like that!

So I went to bed early last night, since I had a headache and pretty much slept through the night only to wake up once. So this morning I was up early; read Newsweek and then Sam and Jeff came home with a giant HDTV. I watched The Others on it; you know just to make sure it worked. Then we went over to the Slocum's for Thanksgiving. They are having it this weekend because Joe has the kids this weekend. Well Sam told his mom that he had the game at 5:00pm, so if they could make Thanksgiving early. Well she forgot, so we arrived early and just had dinner with the parents. The rest of the family and friends showed up after we left. It was still nice just to chat with his parents. The cool picture of the praying mantis was taken on the Slocum's front door. Nature RULES! After that we went back to our house and Sam's friends came over. We played Munkin Bites! and Illumanti. Both are card type games that make fun of role playing games. We played until about 10:00pm. Then everyone left, except for Clayton. Sam, Clayton and I played a video game until about 1:00am. It is called Call of Cathulu after the Lovecraft stories. You are a detective figuring out clues. It is from your perspective, so you run into scary thing and it kinda creeps you out because the video game is kinda real feeling. The controller even shakes when you get "nervous." Sam bought an X Box and some games with the money that he was going to use on the NYC trip. Hooray for used stuff on EBay. I will just put my London money away in savings, so I can use it for the NYC trip in March. Hopefully, I will go to NYC if I can find someone to go with my students on their spring break trip. Well all in all it was a good day.

Oh excitement~! The living room is clean now and looks great. Both cognac chairs are downstairs now. The house is shaping up.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Well is turns out I have a major tear in my knee. The ligaments and cartlidge are jacked up. I need surgery, but the arthoscopic out patient kind. I have an appointment with the orthopedic on Monday. So then he will schedule the surgery. The good news is that it is repairable. The bad news is I can't go to London with the family. So I am stuck here at home. Sam canceled his NYC trip to stay with me in case they do the surgery. So at least Sam and I are together for Thanksgiving. Grandma is out of the hospital now. She has high blood pressure and something is going on with her heart vale but nothing major. So they will just watch it. So I can spend Thanksgiving with grandma, Aunt Neat and Neal. So at least I am with family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

WTF! Well it turns out I am on crutches. Evidently, I twisted the ligaments in my knee, according to the ER. So for a while I could not get up the stairs now; I can. Been on these 'ole crutches a week and a half. Yesterday did an MRI. Still waiting on an orthopedic guy to read it. HMOs take their sweet ass time in helping you.

Turns out I will be spend Thanksgiving in London in a wheel chair. This way I can get around without the crutches since they tire me out quickly. So I was kinda sad and depressed about the crutches thing and loosing the independence of being able to drive but then.....

Sam gave me a sweet teddy bear to cheer me up and all was well

Friday, November 04, 2005

Another cute link:

Check out this link:

It is interesting....and very distracting. It kinda says something about what we value as a society. For example:

love has 384 counts
hate has 3107 counts

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Halloween! I carved this pumpkin myself!

On Thursday, we helped Sam's friend, Sean, built a haunted house in his yard. It was made of cardboard boxes and was a maze that you crawl through. You meet things along the way like, fake spiders and webs and remote controlled rat. After you crawl through and arrive at the porch, a head (mask) with glowing eyes jumps out of a trash can. People scream everytime. After all that, you get candy. So basically you have to be tricked before the treat! Kat, Sean's wife, made finger cookies and eyeball punch. Anyway, it was fun!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

So the other day Pam and I went to this new restaurant right near my house. It was all organic food. It was called Algre Organic Kitchen. Pam had a shake that pretty much rocked the house. They have only been open 5 weeks. I hope they make it because I am excited to see an organic restaurant.

Here is a cool website: They just started selling these products in our bookstore!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

This cutie is Savannah. Misty's daughter. We went to the beach the first weekend in October to relax and hang out. It was me, Michelle M., Michelle L., Misty, and Savannah. We went to North Padre Island. It was fun. I took lots of pictures of Savannah and she is not even my kid, so I really don't know what that means. It probably just means my biological clock is ticking with a deafening loud tone.

I switched from Flickr to Shutterfly mainly because they will let you upload all the pictures in the world and then you just send them to whoever and people can buy them, too. Of course, you can blog and share on flicker and not so much on shutterfly. I guess I should be more discriminate with my flicker pictures because I just reached my limit for the month and I did not even upload all the pictures from the beach.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Well, last Thursday I went to my first ever scrapbook class and it ruled! They gave us a notebook to keep track of our assignments and we can use all their tools for free! I bought a bag that came with supplies inside it. It had all the beginning stuff to start scrappin', which is what I like to call it. They showed this example of one of the staff members and how they found a letter written by a great grandmother. The letter was to future generations and her advice on what the important things in life were. It ruled! This is the kind of stuff I hope that scrapbooking with mom and I will accomplish. I want to get things organized and ready for future generations. I remember the few things I found from Dad's side of the family and they really are brilliant. That is what I hope to bring to mom's side.

On Fridays they have "scrap" nights and you bring your supplies and photos and just start scrappin' You get your own 6 foot table to work on. Free drinks, use of supplies and discounts on everything in the store! ROCK! Hopefully, Mom and I can do that some time.

Here is the place:

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ok so the sibs are kicking my ass on posts. So here goes the long post.....

So I have been volunteering out at KellyUSA. Entertaining kids in an after school day care program. Kelly USA is where they house all the hurricane evacuatees. The cool thing is one of my favorite pair of sisters left on Tuesday for good. Their mom had found an apartment. That is good because I know its old living in a warehouse with your cot 8 inches from a total stranger. The kids were real aggressive, but I probably would be too if my home was destroyed and I had to move to a whole new state with strangers all around me. Mostly you just have to remember these are kids that still just want to be kids so just color, play Dodge ball, jenga, help with home work, basically just play and hang out with them.

The other cool thing is last night Kat and I drove to San Marcos. Maya Angelou was speaking at Texas State. We met up with kat's little brother and then headed off to the student union. It was outside. There were still 100s of people of all race, gender, etc. out in the 105 degree heat to see Maya speak. She basically rocked the house. She is 78 and is still rocking big time and has had such a large life already. She was serious and funny and just down right inspiring. She talked about courage. She started out singing about the rain not coming anymore and how we are all rainbows in the clouds. Then she went into poetry/prose about the rains coming and thinking they were wrathful Gods and taking home and cities and lives, but in the end there were rainbows in the clouds. Then of course all the people in the audience went nuts and cheered and clapped. It probably hit a little too close to home for some. Naturally, I almost cried and it was only the first poem. Anyway, I am sooo glad I finally got to see her.

Well off to get t-shirts for our road clean up at work tomorrow.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Here is a picture of Sam & me. Right now I am at Mom & Dad's and we are ordering wedding pictures. Mom and Dad are deciding on their final selections. Mom and Dad were going to go to the symphony tonight, but now they have decided to go out to eat with Sam and I and go see a movie. We are thinking about going to see Lord of War.

Earlier today Sam and I went to test drive a Mini Cooper. It basically completely rocked! The lady was so nice and no one pulled the high pressure sales techniques you sometimes see. In fact, it was a completely pleasant car buying experience. I was surprised. Well, Sam filled out all the paperwork and his Mini should be here by Nov. So he is pretty excited about that.

Here are the wedding photos for folks that are interested.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Hey, guys testing out the picture feature. Maybe when I grow up I can have a ranch with Alpacas! Look at this cute guy~ So, anyway, nothing going on. Sam is home sick, but is still dragging himself out of bed to play poker with the Moores. Hey, priorities.

The new La Cantera mall opens today. Some of my students have already gone out there. Of course insane traffic and pure madness. But awesome free things. One store is just giving away camis. Like nice ones. Evidently, its an outdoor mall so to get between the stores you have walk outside. Of course right now it is a particular level of gross hot. Ewww. So, anyway, deciding if I should go out to the mall madness or not, while Sam is away playing poker.