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Want news? real your email or watch the TV. I have been horrendous at keeping on top of news items. Fortunately, other members of the group have not been as reticent. I'll recap what I know about them later but for now....

The Graduate!

Susan Graduates!

The weather was perfect. She sang in the ceremony as part of a quartet. Lovely. Too short. I looked at that sea of youthful, bored faces and thought of how they were a decade ago. Many of the kids I knew as friends of Susan or as part of the church youth group I had been involved in. It amazed me. The miracle of growth and learning is as regular as spectacular sunrises and sunsets... and we tend to forget just how impressive it all is.

Susan Goes to College

She chose Communications as her major so she has classes in radio... wow! And such a perfect choice for her <g>. As part of her Communications class this term she interviewed her favorite teacher, Mrs. Bleifernich. Susan wondered if she had caught her on a bad day or whether her teacher of 8 years previous had possibly "aged" somewhat. Hmmm... maybe... either way!

A handsome dude...

Phil Does Football

The game pix are rather like a "Where's Waldo" without the necessary magnifying lens. He does well in more than just football, too. Check out the new do! The first school report came home and he is managing to hold his own ON his own. Very pleased we are, yes!

I asked him if he had anything to add to this. He said no.  <g>
Dinner in Florida

Frantic Florida... with Fun

Stephen and I made it to Florida on a work-sponsored (his) weekend and took advantage of it to join mother for dinner. Great food! Learned a new game of dominoes called Mexican Train and really enjoyed ourselves hugely! Getting there was a nightmare (weather, plane delays, delivery timing problems... YUCH!), but once there, we had a blast! Perfect weather. Dinner and breakfasts served on the beach, tourist stuff like Busch Gardens (although that was a VERY long day!), along with a treasure-trove of piers to enjoy views and artisians displays...

Other News - mini updates in no particular order

  • Kali -- I have a new computer and a new computer desk. They are wunderful... or will be once I get them all configured correctly and loaded with my "stuff"... what fun!
  • Stephen-- His latest addiction is one of the MUD (Multiple User Domain) interactive web games. It's called "Land of Legendz" and he has died 47 times, killed 6,000 "mobile objects" and generally been obsessed with it when he hasn't been helping me with my setup, or recouperating from the flu.
  • Lori -- The official invitation is out for Thanksgiving '99 at "Chez Lori." Our annual Thanksgiving dinner embodies the very best of the holiday with family and friends both new and old, some in person, some in spirit. We'll be there!
  • Viv -- Just got the news today (oh boy!) that Viv has traded in her high-hassle job for a newer one closer to home. Before starting the new job, however, she will jet out to Nevada on a "real" vacation... Wow!
  • Mother -- Her eye surgery went well, and she can arrange to send you videos of the procedure done on someone elses eyes if you are interested. She says the difference in her vision is amazing. The loss had been so gradual that she hadn't been aware of just how severe it was. Other than that, she continues to have a blast as a retiree.
  • Bruce -- He works whazoo hours preparing for the Millenium meltdown. I appreciate how he manages to call once or twice a year and send emails when he gets a chance. "This too shall pass."... but I wish it'd hurry up! He's got a plane to fly!
  • Ron -- He managed a real vacation this year. God got him for taking his cellphone along by making the said device inoperable in the vacation location <g>...He mentioned attending a prune festival which had 4 music stages and offered prune salsa... ummm.. ???
  • Roxie -- She moved to Chico, CA (Ron visited on his vacation) last spring and has loved the town and her new home! Renovations are almost complete and new pix can be found at her website.
  • Jess -- She assistant-teaches 5th graders this year. We enjoyed having her here over the summer and DeLo REALLY enjoyed having her Sheltie, Jake, as a live-in playmate!

Kali's Views

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I have all these lists I make. These lists are very organized and help me sustain the illusion that I am, also. Creating and maintaining the lists also creates the illusion that the items on the list are nearly done. After all, they are now concrete by virtue of being written down.

But they are not, alas,done. < sigh>



I loved this recent post...

I, and many women I know, live this!

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed." She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes into the dryer, put a load of clothes into the wash, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the newspapers strewn on the floor, picked up the game pieces left on the table and put the telephone book back into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a textbook out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse.

Mom then creamed her face, put on moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and trimmed her nails.

Hubby called, " I thought you were going to bed. "

" I'm on my way, " she said.

She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks in the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm, laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her list of things to do for tomorrow.

About that time, the hubby turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular " I'm going to bed," and he did.

.. You'll note that at this point, mom STILL hasn't quite made it to bed...

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