28 March 2012
27 March 2012
Which was terrific!
They took me to Ocean Beach and then to La Jolla, and we ate great Mexican food, and since they are photogs, we took pictures.
And we laughed and talked and stayed up altogether too late, which is exactly what friends should do, right?
Thanks Michelle and Tina!
I can hardly wait to come back!
23 March 2012
21 March 2012
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
Psalm 65:5-8 (ESV)
20 March 2012
rescued sea turtles. We still made it to the beach, and the really hearty even went in the water. We left just as the skies brightened and the college kids came out. Good providence, say I!
19 March 2012
So imagine my surprise, and disappointment, when I realized, well into Thursday evening, my brackets didn't make it into the challenge! I am not sure what happened. It is very possible that I didn't save and actually enter them. It is also possible that another family member (who shall remain nameless...) ACCIDENTALLY (no accusations here!!) logged onto my account, and changed my settings to his/her own and lost mine. No matter- no entry for me this year.
The good news? Would you believe I have picked every single game right?! We'll never know... My picks are less than scientific, so not even I really remember...
But meanwhile, over at Holliday Fam and Friends, here's a 1st and 2nd round shout out to the leader board- my friend Anne who is looking strong going into next weekend; buddy Tim who is enjoying the top while it lasts since his predicted winner already lost; and son James and sister Kim who are tied for third. Best bracket name this year- definitely goes to daughter Ashley, true truth in advertising- "Pretty Logos."
And from me, just like my Lobos, I'm thinking "next year..."
(photo credit: Don Ryan, AP)
17 March 2012
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10 March 2012
"People aren’t like numbers. They’re more like letters and these letters want to become stories. Dad says that stories need to be shared.”
-Oskar Schell, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Sad and sweet and full of loss and searching and courage and even forgiveness and hope.
I read that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has received a ton of negative reviews, but I fall on the side of the Academy Awards. I walked away glad I had the experience of watching the film, and that hasn't happened often lately. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close told a story that I would recommend to all.
09 March 2012
that made me laugh out loud (both from 22Words):
Crazy Library Lady - the best part, not a sound to disturb the library peace!
Guy Pranks a Friend- wait for the ending!
that I just plain enjoyed:
Keep Calm and Carry On- the story behind the British WWII poster (from Challies.com)
Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures: and the photos! added to my reading list (from Design*Sponge)
that made me cry and my stomach hurt (both from Challies.com):
The New Scar on My Soul- on selective reduction from a dad's perspective
Tornadoes- basically, I will never get over living in Nebraska and knowing what tornadoes can do
so much good stuff out there...
(photo credit: Wartime Posters- there's more than just Keep Calm)
08 March 2012
05 March 2012
I blog corrected!
04 March 2012
03 March 2012
What a delight- to be by the ocean and to see Navy ships and to be in the sunshine and mostly, to be treated to sweet hospitality and fellowship!
(photo taken at the famous Hotel del Coronado, on Coronado Island, CA near San Diego)
02 March 2012
Oh March of my dreams, how I have missed you!!
For all those years while living in the frigid icebox of winter known as the Midwest, I would think, "March! MARCH!! Spring! Blooms! Buds! Warmth!"
And alas. Every, single, year I would be faced with a disappointment so deep it would ache in my bones. (or maybe that was because of the outside temperatures and my refusal to wear a turtleneck or heavy sweater one, more, day...)
March was the longest, loneliest month in my calendar, I believe. If I had a say in the change of seasons, March, April, and May would be Spring. (check back with me here in May, when south Texas begins to take on the feel of a blast furnace...) Come March in the northern states, the grass is yet prickly and gray green. And the trees remains skeletal and bare. The remaining snow lays in lonely piles, shrinking yet grimy and polluted. March in the north, it brings no satisfaction.
What a difference 1152 miles can make! Today down here at the very tip of Texas, I wore shorts and flip flops. My grass is more green than I've seen it in 10 months (though I dare not go barefoot- too many stickers for that!). I drove with the windows down, and reluctantly turned on the air conditioning in my house. Even in this place of perpetual green, I can discern a difference, brighter and newer shades, fresh and vivid, on the trees. Driving through town, I see trees in bloom, and bushes flowering. This, THIS is spring!
Yes, I know that it's a give and take. In just a couple short months (then I look at the forecast- tomorrow?), the air will be hot and the sun yet again intense, and I'll long for a trip up north, to sit under a real shade tree and run my toes through soft grass and wait for the first lightning bugs of summer to appear. But today, I rejoice! Hurrah for March 1st!