A Day in My Life – June 29th, 2009

Chris was off work due to a doctor’s appointment.  The kids were camping with my in-laws.  Not a typical day in my life.  A good reason to take photos of anything and everything all day though!

If felt a little strange to not have Neil wake me up with the usual “Mom, I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast?”.  I don’t see how he can wake up and eat so quickly.  I have to give myself some time to actually get motivated.

I should have checked this the night before, but I forgot to. I sometimes hate to use these "maps" because they aren't nearly as accurate as they pretend to be.

  

   

Stopped by the courthouse because Chris’ license expired back in April.  He’s never had time to go get a new one made.  Oops!  Did you know he even got pulled over for not wearing his seatbelt?  The officer took his license and used it to write down all his info for the ticket, but never even noticed that it was expired.  See we aren’t the only ones who don’t notice that type of stuff!

Had to make a extra trip 30 miles out of our way just to go by and pay our phone bill.  There isn’t anywhere in our town to pay it.  Which I think is a crock of cow manure.

    

  

Hunger started to hit us just in time for the lunch menu and close to the old reliable Minit Mart.  I used to work there for anyone interested.  It’s been a really long time though and I only lasted 6 months.  Then I quit to go wash cars.  We got our food stuffs and headed to the park.  Which I used to play at nearly everyday during the summer when I was a kid.  Then I quit to go do… other stuff…  

This has been true for years.  Gas has always been cheaper in Franklin.  I guess it’s their proximity to the Tennessee border or something.  When we were younger, we used to drive all the way to Franklin because over there the gas was only $0.79 a gallon.  Yea, that’s right.  Seventy nine cents.

  

Not the greatest picture of Nashville ever, but I love to just sing the Batman music while driving by.  I don’t know if it was the designers goal to make Nashville look like Gotham with, what we all call, “The Batman Building”, but that’s what he ended up with.  

  

We only got slightly misdirected on our way down.  A stop by a car dealership and a nice salesman and we were on the right path.  We even got a parking spot in the garage on the ground floor right next to the entrance, exit, and elevators. 

  

Arriving early apparently doesn’t help your chances of getting in to see your doctor any quicker.  We got there about a quarter to 1PM.  His appointment wasn’t until 2PM.  He was finally called back into a room at 2:45PM.  The nurse asked questions.  She then sent Chris for an X-ray.  Then the resident came in. asked questions, poked, prodded and said do this and do that.  And THEN the doctor came in, asked questions, poked, prodded, said do this and do that.  THEN he went to view the previous MRI.  THEN he came back and said, “I don’t see anything on that MRI.  I want you to do a contrast MRI here.  Not there.  Here.  I want you to start physical therapy and I am going to prescribe you a pain reliever that has an anti-inflammatory in it.”  Thank goodness there is a pharmacy in the hospital because by the time we got out of his office it was 4PM.  However, it was a waste of time because upon reading the warnings on the label and the paper, he will NOT be taking that medication.  Not only no, but HELL no.

  

By the time we finally got out of there, after grabbing a burger at the in house McDonalds, it was just the beginnings of rush hour traffic.  Luckily, it wasn’t that bad and we never really even stopped.  Just miles of driving about 15 MPH.  All went smoothly and we were out of that craziness.  I could not live in a city that large.  I would become a hermit.

   

  

After spending a very long day being stressed and busy, home never looked so good.

 The End

I kicked off my shoes, popped a top, and enjoyed a little breeze sittin’ on the front porch.  Ain’t life grand?

Now I want you to show me a day on your life!  Come on you know you want to!  It’s a great reason to pack your camera around with you all day and snap random photos…

This Day in My Life

Good Monday morning!  Today is Chris' doctor's appointment in Nashville.  No kids.  The weather is half way nice.  Low humidity. I'm glad I'm not an actor this week.  In addition to the 3 other celebrities that died last week, Billy Mays (that loud TV pitchman) died on Sunday!  Jeezel petes...what the frick is going on here?

Moving on...

I've decided that today I'm going to do "A Day in My Life".  Now I've done these before.  You can see them here, here, and here.  You see I used to use LiveJournal to blog.  It was my first foray into the blogging world.   Cam had me trying every blogging service in the world until we finally settled on Blogger.  While I was a card carrying member of LJ, I happened upon a "community" called, appropriately, "A Day in "My" Life (in pictures)".  I love this community.  People from all over the world, all ages, all sexes, all kinds, take pictures of a 24 hour period in their day.  This community has lots of rules though.  That was a downer.  The one single thing that I like better about LJ is the "LJ cut".  You can write a really long post and then "cut" it to only show a small portion and have a link to view the entire blog.  That's nice when you have a post with lots of photos.

So I started this morning taking pictures.  I'm going to post them all tomorrow so you guys can see what I did during my day.  Since tomorrow is supposed to be "Think About This..." day, I'd like for everyone to think about (and take photos!!!) of a day in their lives!  If you're a blogger, post it!  I know I was bagging on the LJ community for all their rules, but just try to remember time checks are important.  That way we know where you are in your day.  I hope to see a day in everyone's life soon!

Time

I can remember when I was younger both my Mom and my Dad telling me that the older you get the faster time goes by. At the time, of course, I was like, "Whate-v-e-r." Now that I am older and I have kids of my own I see that they were dead on right about that one.

I mean, what happened? It's like I went to bed one day and woke up 20 years later. I'm 30, my parents are in their 60's, and my oldest turns 10 this year. I look at the calendar today and it's nearly July already. I barely remember what happened in January and we are darn near half way through the year.

This is why I take pictures. If you find me without my camera, something is wrong. Photos are memories. I can look a photo and tell you where we were, what we were doing, and how funny or serious the entire situation was. Sometimes (most of the time) Chris gets irritated at me because I'm constantly snapping pictures. I can't help it. I watched my grandmother forget nearly everything. She called me by my mother's name and didn't even recognize my mom. I'm sure that fate awaits me as well and I hope that by capturing all these memories I can stave off the loss of my mind for a little while.

This is also part of the reason that I've been embracing Buddhism. Buddhism is about living for today. At least that's the way I see it. Live your life today to be the best person you can be for yourself and for others. By living this way, you ensure that your next life will be a better one. Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion. I have no problem with whatever religion you choose to place your faith in. As long as you have faith in something. I just find too many questions in this life to put all my belief in a book written by many different people. My feelings on this are that history books are written by the winner, not the defeated. Just because the winner was victorious doesn't mean they were right.

But enough about that... this post is about time. No matter how hard we try to stop it, time keeps going on. It doesn't stop for anyone. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, just live today. Live everyday like it's forever. One day at a time.

Fridays, Pools, Vacations, and Benadryl

I was about to write... Happy Friday everybody!  Then I remembered... it's not Friday!  See how desperately I want the weekend to be here.  I'm willing to just skip whole days to get there.

Yesterday, about 12:30PM, I discovered that from the left side of my forehead to just below my eye was a little swollen.  Not like, "Holy crap!  What's wrong with your face?" swollen, but just a little puffy swollen.  It never got any worse, but it hasn't gotten any better yet either.  I first thought that it may have been the awesome sunburn that I acquired on Monday, but that was on Monday and yesterday was Wednesday.  I think it would have swollen sooner.  I have no Benadryl, Cam, but I'm going to send Chris to town this afternoon to get me some 'cause he again left me without any moulah.  He offered to yesterday, but I said I'll just wait and see if it gets worse.  Not worse, but not better either.  I was laying in bed last night trying to go to sleep when it dawned on me that I had done a little head butting with the cat yesterday.  With that side of my head.  Now I've never been allergic to cats.  I've almost always had a cat around the house.  The only thing I can think of is that we just put some flea drops on all the pets a few days ago and that I'm having a bit of reaction to the residue that was on her fur.  That's my best guess.

Good news!  I finally found the drain plug for the pool!  We got it out of the garage yesterday afternoon.  Some time today I'm going to clean all the old grass and dirt and junk out of it in preparation for filling it in the next couple of days.  It's not really big enough for all of us, but it works to cool everyone off.  There doesn't seem to be a single level spot in our entire yard.  Except for right next to our back door.  Which is the door we primarily use.  For now we are just going to try to leave ourselves a small walk way and put it right there.  Next year we will concern ourselves with leveling out a place that we'd really like to have it in.  Our intention is to get a bigger pool.  Twelve feet by three feet just isn't working anymore.  It was fine when the kids were a bit smaller, but now...just not enough room!

The countdown has begun.  Ten days.  Ten more days until we leave for vacation in Georgia! 

Random Thoughts

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
—Oscar Wilde

I scheduled this quote to post... at least a month ago, but I find it an appropriate post for today because Cam's seester Ash is right now as we speak on her way to Georgia!  This really is a "dangerous" idea.  No, not really, but Ash is risking a lot to step out of her comfort zone and I'm proud of her.  Not that me being proud of her probably matters to her at all, but I'm proud anyway.  She's like my fake sister.  I don't have any sisters so I live sisterhood through Cam, Ash, and Kat

I think it will do Cam some good to have some family around and I know that it is the right choice for Ash at this point in her life.  So, thinking of you Ash on your new life journey!


A Day at the Park

 
7AM... Already tired.
  
Big, scary bridge over the Ohio River next to big, scary coal powered power plant.  Kaia had us all humming the theme song from "The Simpson's".
  
Big, scary bridge.
  
Rubi being scared by big, scary bridge.
  
Welcome to Indiana!
  
All the girls pose with Santa.
  
We break for sandwiches and photos.
  
It was so hot!  The girls would take any kind of water to play in....
  
I don't think they really wanted me to take their picture.  I think they just wanted to play in the water.
  
Peace out, man!

Father's Day

 
Happy Father's Day Dad!!! 
I love and miss you like crazy!

This Way or That Way?

This is where I'm at right now. Every year the factory that Chris works at shuts down for a least a week in July.  Usually the week around Independence Day.  Last year they shut down for two weeks.  This is a normal thing they do because Ford shuts down it's factory around this time as well and since they supply parts for Ford vehicles... well, you get the point.  It's not that bad of a situation.  The only thing I don't agree with is the forced usage of vacation time.  They force their employees to take at least 5 days of their hard earned vacation time during this shut down instead of allowing them to draw unemployment for those 5 days.  I suppose, in the long run, this is a good idea because if something bad (like an even worse economy) were to happen, these employees will have more unemployment to draw, but right now, I'm not liking the forced use. 

They finally got confirmation about the dates of shut down this year.  It's in 2 WEEKS! Chris will get off work on the 3rd and not go back until the 13th of July.  I miss my peeps.  Mi' familia.  My family.  Except for my Mom and a brother, all of my family lives in Florida.  We made plans of going to see them this summer.  The last time we visited them was in 2003.  That was 6 years ago!!  We've been talking about it for what feels like a very long time.  We've scrimped and saved, but guess what?  It's just not going to happen.  If we were to go, we'd have to just hang around their house because we'd not be able to afford to do much else.  The price of gas has again gone up.  It's 944 mi – about 15 hours from our door to theirs.  The fuel cost alone would kill us.  I had to break down and call my Dad yesterday to tell him the bad news.  He understands and not only does he say he understands, I know that he actually does.  I didn't get to grow up with my brothers and I want to take every opportunity I can to make up for that.  This just isn't an opportunity...  Dad is great though.  He told me he was disappointed, but that he's been there so he knows.  He said that he knew we had planned on making a brief stop by Cam's house in Georgia on our way home so why not just go visit her instead.  Visiting her would be half the distance and she's just like family to me.

After much deliberation, we're going to Georgia!!  I'm excited about going, but feeling a little guilty about it too.  It is about half the distance, 588 miles and only about 9 hours.  If we left at 7AM, we'd be there by 5 or 6 o'clock that evening.  Honestly, I can't wait!  I'm excited about seeing the LaBelle's!  I'm excited about going to Jekyll Island, St. Simon's Island, and Tybee Island.  I'm excited about going to Savannah, going to Bonaventure, seeing the sites.  Mostly, I'm excited to be giving my kids a vacation. 

However... I know that my Mom is going to be moving around this time.  I'm hoping we can get her moved BEFORE we take off for southern Georgia.  I don't want to leave her here without a way to move her belongings.  With that said, uh....Mom?  Do you think you could feed the animals while we are gone???

A Friendly Reminder

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I mention this only because I've been struggling with the whole private blog or not. Many of you responded and I'm so thankful for your input. I have decided to leave the blog public. I don't want to discourage any new readers from not reading. I barely have you few readers and I don't want to lose you guys either!! Not that what I have to say is all that important, but I know that I enjoy reading others views on their own lives as well as the world around them and I hope that's why you all visit me. This blog is barely two years old and I'm really just now coming into my own when it comes to what I'm saying on here. I've seen Rubi's struggles with plagiarism on her blog and I see how it bothers her. I don't want to feel that way. I shouldn't have to either for that matter. No one should, but there are individuals out there who only think of themselves or what they can get from other people in life. I'm trying to live for today, to live for what's right here, to enjoy this life while I live it.

So this is just a little reminder that I do get notification when or if things are copied from my page. I have taken notes. I would like to thank Cam, Rubi, Molly, Savannah's Mom, Michelle, and a few others for helping me make my decision.

As a side note, I've started using a new comment form and sometimes I may not respond as quickly, but please know that I love each and every comment you guys leave! Keep 'em coming!

Sunday Drive – Part 2

We could have just driven back home the way we had come and probably should have, but we decided to take a more scenic route.  By scenic route, I mean we took a road to nowhere.  Once we got away from the main highway, I don’t think I saw a home or anything that resembled a place where a home had been for several miles along the long gravel road.  It was pleasant though.  The kids didn’t argue or fight.  They just sat there with their hands out the windows looking.  Just looking.  It was a nice Sunday Drive.

There's a storm coming...Middle of nowhere   Water tower near Sand Hill Cemetery

I screamed out loud when I saw this as we were trying to find a place to turn around, “Ahhh!  It’s says Billy Bob loves Charlene!  In John Deere Green!”  Does anyone get that but me?  I had to do a little editing to obscure the profanity that apparently “Charlene’s” husband had written about “Billy Bob”.

Worn stoneA old friend...

This was the reason we took the scenic route home.  We ran into someone we hadn’t seen in years while having a bite to eat at the lake.  He asked if we’d heard about an old friend who had recently passed.  We said we had and that we’d attended the visitation.  He said he hadn’t been able to bring himself to attend either the visitation or the funeral, but he’d been out to the cemetery.  We didn’t have to take the long gravel road to get to Sand Hill Cemetery, but we both needed that time to prepare.  We hadn’t spoken to him in several years.  He was younger than we are and that’s hard enough to wrestle with, but knowing that our differences can never be overcome is even harder. 

It’s a secluded cemetery located on either side of a not very used road.  Many of the stones were from the 1800’s.  It was shaded, quiet, peaceful…Family plotOn our way home...

Sunday Drive – Part 1

I don’t want to overwhelm you guys with tons and tons of photos, but since I love taking pictures you guys just may have to endure the millions of photos I’m going to post on here.


Last Sunday, I had the bright idea to just do something with the kids. The kids were getting cabin fever. To be honest, I was too. It seems like it’s been raining since they got out of school or so soggy they couldn’t go outside to play. I recently looked up taking the kids to Kentucky Down Under. I thought it would be a nice way to spend a day with them. Holy crap… just the admission without taxes was going to be $50 for the two of them and myself. That plus the expense of gas and food… that was out. I was down about the whole thing, but when we all got up on Sunday, it was so beautiful outside. It was sunny and hot and humid… perfect day for a trip to the lake.Huntsville Store parking lot...in the rain.
Well, another wonderful idea…down the drain. Literally. We didn’t even make it out of town before the bottom dropped out of it. This picture does absolutely no justice to the amount of water that was falling. We had to eventually pull over at this country store to wait for it to pass. Once it looked to be slacking up, off we went again… only to have another round of showers completely soak us before we got 5 miles down the road. A trip that should have only taken us about 30 to 35 minutes took us at least an hour. I thought for sure that once we got there, everyone would have left and we’d have the majority of the tiny beach available to ourselves. I was completely wrong and I don’t think it had even rained a single stinkin’ drop there. We had contemplated hiking the trail and after seeing the gazillion and one people on the beach, hiking seemed like a great plan. Uh huh…. g-r-e-a-t plan.Beginning of Laurel Trail The beginning of the trail has a wonderful sign telling the name of the trail as “Laurel Trail” and the information that the trail in 1.5 miles to that point. One would just figure that the trail looped back around. Most trails loop back to their beginning or at least close to their beginnings… yea, not this one. And there wasn't a single sign saying so! This we did not discover until, well… 1.5 miles later. Along the way. Most of the trail ran close to the lake so the views were…. expecting me to say great weren’t you? No, not really. Mostly obscured by trees. The rock formations we came across were pretty awesome though.
Lake Malone

Neil & I Kaia & I

The kids and I took advantage when Chris ventured on a well worn (not exactly on the right trail) path. It was fairly close to the water so the kids and I just stayed up on the path.
Cute little duckies
Chris came back up to where we were and pointed out some cute ducklings that were in the cove. They started swimming away so I got as close to the edge of the water as I could to snap a picture.
Rocks...
Ooooo.... moss.
I had to capture this not so frequent occurrence. The kids actually getting along for the briefest of seconds. One of them discovered some moss on a rock and pointed it out to the other so they had to check it out.
Where's the troll?

A hobbits house??
By this point, we had discovered that this trail should have been named Tick-a-palooza Trail instead of Laurel Trail. I missed this “doorway” in the tree because we were practically running through the trail. Neil said Mom, Mom, look! It’s a hobbit's house! It really did look like a wooden door minus the doorknob.
Up or down?
It really bothers me when people carve their names in trees or otherwise vandalize public property. Why do people feel they need to write on everything? Anyway, this graffiti made me immediately think of the movie, “The Labyrinth”. I was halfway expecting to see tiny little people come out and turn the arrows the other way.
Falling rock zone
Turtle....turtle.... He doesn’t look well camouflaged in this photo, but he was so well hidden, right in the middle of the trail, that I almost stepped on him. He didn’t seem too startled or scared by us so we just walked around him and kept going.
Are you serious?!?!
Ok…first let me tell you that about a quarter of a way into this adventure, I suggested that we turn around and go back the way we had first come. Mainly because we didn’t really know where the trail lead or how far in (or out) we were and secondly, the ticks were really bad. Chris decided that it would take longer to go back the way we had come and continuing on would be the best thing to do. I did not agree with this, but I was out voted 3 to 1. Onward, we traveled. About 50 (seriously) ticks later (we had to make stops for tick checks), we arrived at this sign. Luckily, there was a nice little bench located in front of this sign. I really needed it too because the camping area that was a half mile from the sign was no where near where we had parked our car. I resisted saying I told you so.
Kids will be kids... They had these little excavators at the camp ground play ground. I’ve never seen these before, but Chris tested them. Kid tested…Chris approved. After taking a brief pit stop to slide, swing, and dig, we walked on to our car. We made sandwiches and sat at a picnic table under the canopy of some trees. We all cooled off, filled our stomachs, and homeward bound we were.
Everly Bros. chimneys...
These chimneys are all that is left of the Everly Brothers Lake Malone Inn. It was built in 1975, purchased by Don Everly in 1997. It burned down in July of ‘05 or ‘06, but they’ve never done anything with the property. I never got the chance to stay there, but I’ve heard it was a nice place with a wonderful restaurant.

We took a more scenic route home. Gravel roads, old cemeteries, even a water tower… more photos later. It didn’t start out to be the best Sunday drive, but it turned into a nice day spent together.