Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Seriously? Someone donated these today. An empty egg carton and two empty creamer bottles. I'm really hoping that we got them by mistake, although the creamer bottles had been rinsed out. I'm just saying....

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thanks for the Memories...

As 2009 comes to a close I find myself trying to do a year in review...the fact that I find it difficult to remember does not speak well of the current state of tiredness. Well here goes...

January 2009
  • I joined the world of blogging, I never would've dreamed that I could have kept up with this for a year. More to come, I hope.
  • I started or restarted scrapbooking with new friends

February 2009

  • Celebrated our 2oth Wedding Anniversary
  • Celebrated the life of Doctor Knight
  • A great Small Group start
  • Facebook and Twitter

March 2009

  • Disney World through the eyes of a first-timer. We got to take go to Walt Disney World and take Jenna's friend
  • A new van...not a planned event, but nice all the same
  • Loss of an Uncle

April 2009

  • The blessing of another birthday--better than the alternative.
  • The beginning of the forever being promised office remodel.
  • Too many Musicals.

May 2009

  • The end of 6th grade for Jenna.
  • Beginning of summer break.
  • Some great new friendships made.

June 2009

  • Great vacation to Orange Beach, AL with the Bales. The Caribe Resort Rocks.
  • Death of Michael Jackson

July 2009

  • Cooking classes for Jenna--one of the best things ever.
  • Feelings of needing a new job opportunity

August 2009

  • Bethany Girls Breakaway 2009-- A great weekend with daughters and moms
  • The start of HMM
  • Jim starts Photo of the Day blog
  • The remodel was finally complete.
  • The start of 7th grade.

September 2009

  • Guiding Light comes to and end after 70+ years
  • Jenna turned 12
  • The Homecoming car accident--glad everyone was safe.

October 2009

  • Trip to WDW with my best friend. Food and Wine Festival--no responsibilities--splitting meals. ALL GOOD.
  • The Nehemiah Series--sermons to change your life.
  • A new JOB!!
  • 1ooth anniversary of BFC--Jenna joins the church.

November 2009

  • A new job-- like none I've ever taken.
  • Tragic death of a friend
  • Death of an Uncle
  • Great Thanksgiving trip to Ohio. Spent with great family that I wished didn't live so far away.

December 2009

  • Another great Christmas card designed and executed by Jim
  • A real snow storm in Oklahoma
  • Debt free
  • The end to a great year of change, some losses and some great blessings in our lives.

I hope as you do a review of the past year that you find most of yours full of great memories and wonderful events. Even in the tragic happenings I hope that we all are able to find ourselves more grateful for the blessings we have and that we not take them or one another for granted in the coming year. God's grace and peace to you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What the heck is this?

It really amazes more and more everyday what comes through the store in the donations. Some I'm sure weren't really meant for the donation pile and some just leave us wondering...

What the heck are these???

They have no relationship to one another...just both equally puzzling.

Any thoughts??
Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

HMM 12

It's a little summer dress full of hidden mickeys. See how many you can find?
Have A Magical Hidden Mickey Day!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

....And To All A Good Night!

I can't believe as I sit here this evening that Christmas is Friday. How can that be? I remember one Christmas when Jim and I were first married and I was working retail we had every gift purchased, wrapped and under the tree before Thanksgiving. Now that I can look back over the last 6-8 weeks I probably should have adopted that practice this year before I started my new job. The time has flown by and it completely caught me unprepared for Christmas.

Jim has introduced me to some churches, pastors, laymen (okay, I don't really know who all movement includes) that are trying to get us (Americans) to rethink Christmas. What if we really embraced a spirit of giving of ourselves and not so much the giving of only material things? I can't imagine a Christmas where my daughter isn't excited by some great toy or gadget, but I will have to tell you that she couldn't even really make me a list this year. What does that say about me as a parent? Does she really have a life of no wants? What can I give her that will really mean something?

As I go through the the next year surrounded by a community of people who really have needs, I'm hoping to discover a better way to celebrate Christmas next year. These people are trying to better themselves but fall back into old traps. Women trying to go back to school but can't make rent because they can't work if they accept monetary assistance to go to school. Men who have criminal records and can't find a place to live because no one wants to take a chance on former criminal. People who walk everywhere they go, not because they are supporting green lifestyle, but because that is their only choice. People who crave a kind word. People who come in everyday just because it's a safe place to be for a little while.

I don't have a plan, but I have a desire. I don't know what the solution is, but I see the problem everyday. I hope the Lord lays a really good vision on me so next year when I am only six days from Christmas I know that I have done my best to make it meaningful for those whom I love and for those who don't really know love.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finally...a Christmas fun moment.

Today was last day I turned in work with my former employer. I have been trying to do two jobs for the past 6-8 weeks. It was good money and my former job needed stuff done until they decided what they were going to do about my old job. But I am so glad to be finished.

Jenna and I actually got to spend the evening making Christmas crafts, which we traditionally do way before now. So this might be the only one we do --but if I do say so myself--it turned out pretty darn cute. It did help my Christmas spirit just a little. We're supposed to see a live version of "White Christmas" this weekend so I have high hopes of finally finding some of the joyous season happiness.
By the way --just so you don't think that all the sudden I've become some great photographer --Jim took this photo of the craft we created.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Can we stop the hustle and the bustle?

and I don't mean these...thank God somebody already stopped these!

What I mean is how crazy busy everything is between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Could we not have a few parties between New Year's and St. Patrick's Day? Could we decide to ask for donations all throughout the year and not just for these 4 weeks? Could we have Groundhog Day Musical Presentations? Just a few thoughts! Have a non-crazed (that the best I can hope for) Day!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Just when you think.....

Well...I've been at this job about 6 weeks now and most of the time I'm so tired that every part of my body hurts. My hands now look like I do hard construction work for a living. I broke down and spent way too much on a pair of shoes that look like they came from some old "B" Sci-fi movie, but feel heavenly. I find myself irritated with the other merchants in my strip when they don't break down their boxes before they put them in the dumpster. (how sad am I?)

I spend most of my day bent over sorting through all the wonderful items that the public drops by on an almost hourly basis. Which can include some really great stuff but also the occasional grossness. And then there's the bag that seems as if someone just walked through the house picking up all the things that seemed out of place and brought them to me, which included an empty BudLight can. Really?? Com'on people!!

But then after hours of sorting and my sciatica trying to jump out of my back I come across something that makes it all worth it...something that makes me squeal with delight...something like this...
A Mickey Mouse Sweatshirt with my favorite saying on it, in my size, with no tears or stains. It may all be worth it.

I know you were hoping for some great story of redemption or some story of how we are helping so many people,,,,yada yada, yada. But you know it's really all about ME! LOL! I have some great human interest stories to tell too, and I will spend some quality time writing them down as soon as I can stand up straight again and not feel like climbing into bed the moments I walk in the door in the evening. Grace and Peace to you.

Monday, November 30, 2009

HMM 11

I found this one as I was walking out of the backroom of the store. There it was to greet me. Someone was just decorating and trying to show off the merchandise and created this wonderful little surprise just for me.
Have a Magical Hidden Mickey Day!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fun with Cousins

Fun with cousins at Thanksgiving. How much icing can we actually get on the gingerbread house and train? I think they did a great job decorating and they got to spend some really fun time together. They also got to roast marshmallows in the back yard on my cousin's porch in the fire pit. Great memories are being made.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Something Frivolous...

I follow some great blogs and one of those is a woman that Jim met through facebook and then discovered that my sister-in-law knows her too. Supposedly, we go to the same church but we have yet to meet. I started following because Jim follows-- but man, she has some really great content for us gen-xer's. All of that to say---she's having a contest. She had people send her old Halloween pictures back in October and we're voting on the favorite do something frivolous today and go here to vote for me.

Remember when you are voting that my friend and I worked tirelessly a on these costumes when were was 15, that my friend and I spent hours on these very original, creative, outstanding Campbell's Soup Cans. Remember that we did not win the costume contest at the church party, we lost to some "elderly" couple--not that I'm bitter. So please vote with my fragile ego in mind.

Have a great day! Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In a New York Minute

It seemed like a regular Saturday. Even more regular than the last couple because I didn't have to work. We got up and started thinking about the day. Jim and I were fussing about what to do about a Christmas tree. I was griping because I slept (or didn't sleep) wrong and my neck was hurting. I was watching reruns of Gilmore Girls and Jenna was just crawling out of bed.

The phone rings----the caller ID reads someone from our Sunday School class---I'm sure it's just a reminder about the Chili Cook-Off that we were not planning to attend---then I hear from Jim "Oh No!!" and everything changes.....

A friend of ours has fallen from his roof and has a head injury, they have taken him to the head trauma hospital....

Moments like these always bring the lyrics of Don Henley's New York Minute to mind. I know... not too spiritual uh? But it always reminds me how quickly things can change.

Since that phone call I have witnessed the body of Christ to what it should do. They have rallied beyond what is normal. I have witnessed the wonder of technology in how facebook has brought this tragic news to people all over the country in a matter of moments. I have witnessed a Sunday School class without direction but with determination to pray and lift up a family and take a love offering when no one knew what else to do. I have witnessed a school community (a public school at that) arrange a prayer vigil in a moment''s notice to pray for this teacher/coach and his family. I've watched my husband remembering all the time he spent with this man while they were in grad school. Then I saw him volunteer to finish out the man's teaching session at SNU without compensation. The call of God's people is never as evident as when there is a need in a tragic situation.

The situation for this family is dire and we are reminding ourselves that we serve a God of miracles...but know that we live in a world of cruel reality. Please say a prayer for this family as you think of it, the road ahead of them is one of uncertainty no matter what the outcome.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What the heck is this?

I realize that these are the laziest posts known to blogger world, but I will have to say that this is all I've got for the moment. Until I get a little more used to working so many more hours this is all the energy I can manage. Besides my co-workers thinks it's funny and look at me like I'm speaking Latin when I talk about taking photos to post on my blog. So without further crap ado....

What the heck is this??

It's about 3ft long and maybe 6in wide--lined with velvet.

Monday, November 9, 2009

HMM 10 --I 've had a conversion!

I've had a conversion! Not the two point kind like you find it football. Not the kind that people experience when someone finds the Lord and becomes a Christian. Not the kind where they take a van chassis and add an extra "lid" to it. I had the kind where normal everyday people who have been exposed to my craziness for Disney have been so overexposed that they are now finding Hidden Mickeys for me and bringing them to me so that I can see them for myself. I love it!! My friends John, Stephanie, Katie and Lizzie have now come to the happy side of life, and I'll bet this won't be the last Hidden Mickey they discover. Here is a photo of their find. I bet you have one in your house too. Have a Magical Hidden Mickey day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The dreams gone by...

Why didn't I have the confidence for Musical theatre when I still had the youth for it? My daughter is getting ready to audition for the all school musical which just happens to be "The Sound of Music" (insert big sigh of enjoyment here). This is my all time favorite. As a young girl I wanted to be Maria or Julie Andrews whichever, they were interchangeable to me. As a singer, this music is in the perfect range for me, at the time I thought I wanted to be a teacher, so the kids were an added bonus, dancing around singing was my favorite activity and who doesn't want to fall in love with the rich, handsome and some what aloof Captain?

So, now when I could possibly muster up the actual confidence to try out for a musical, alas my youth has passed me by. My voice still might be able to sing these favorites of my youth but I'm sure the wrinkles, creaky knees, arthritic fingers, and added 30 pounds will prevent me from ever capturing this particular dream. So I'm hoping to get to realise it through my daughter. I don't usually force my dreams on her but you may spot me in the back of the audition in my best stage mother voice reminiscent of Rosalind Russell in Gypsy "Sing out, it for Momma!"

And now pardon me as I warm up my voice and get my hairbrush out to sing my best version of "My Favorite Things"

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.........

P.S. If you are following "What the heck is this?" we went with a knife holder as the use for this particular item. Watch for more "What the heck is this?" int he coming days.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What the heck is this??

Welcome to my new reoccurring segment. It seems only appropriate that a new job will bring along new segments and interesting human interest stories. I'm sure the great stories will come when I actually have two seconds to spend on the sales floor.

On a daily basis we will receive at least one pick up truck load of donations. These donations are full of all kinds of merchandise, to use the term lightly. There is always something in the boxes that has a questionable use. So today I bring the first installation of:

What the heck is this???

It is made by Sterilite, so we're guessing some kind of kitchen/office utility unit. Any of your thoughts would be welcome.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Come on Over

While working Thursday I looked up and saw an old soccer mom friend...really...our girls used to play soccer together. Now the girls go to Middle School together and she and I are facebook friends. She and a friend were shopping at the ROC Resale Shop for the first time. I was so excited to see new people. So come on over for a visit, to shop, or to donate, we'd love to see you. Just look around until you find me, I'll the one looking sort of like this:

ROC Resale Shop
1518 NW Rockwell Ave.
OKC, OK 73127
M-F 9-5
Sat. 9-3

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Starting Day Four

I'm getting ready to go to my fourth official day on my new job. It has been really good so far. I will have to tell you that going from basically sitting all day at my former desk job to basically standing all day and physical labor most of the day makes me fall into bed dead every night. I've also discovered that when I do physical work all day the need I always have felt to go run/walk in the evening has significantly if not completely disappeared.

Some interesting facts about the store that you don't notice when you only volunteer a couple days a week but now are there 40 hours a week:
  • People will donate anything, and expect you to be grateful to get it, and of course we will be.
  • My hands are so dry that they feel like sandpaper
  • Some customers come by everyday.
  • The need to snack during the day is directly related to what box you have been digging through.
  • I work in a Hoarders Haven.
  • At this time of year we could rename the store North Pole City--so much Christmas stuff!!!
  • A significant amount of the people I see daily live a completely different life than I do and I should be more grateful.
  • The people that work there are amazing and have embraced me unconditionally--at least to my face.

So Far. So Good!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Stretching!

Our church celebrated it's 100th anniversary/birthday Sunday. It was an incredible service. It was filled to the brim with people, which I love. We normally have two services, neither of which are full and sometimes I find that frustrating (a story for another day). The full sanctuary often means a totally spirit-filled service. This was a great mixture of looking back on our amazing roots and a commission to be part of the future.

As I embark on a totally different "career" challenge this week I feel the like God has been tapping me on the shoulder for months and finally I felt it, or at least I acknowledged it was Him. I am really excited to see what He has in store for this time in my life. I'm sure that He will be expanding my capacity to give and love to lengths that I can't even imagine. I hope you are blessed this week (or soon) with some opportunities to try to out give God. I heard someone quip this tonight on TV and it seems appropriate for me this week, "The Purpose of Life is to live a Life of Purpose."

The pastor left us with a great quote today to try to get us out of our comfortable church mode and be about the Kingdom business.
Some wish to live within the sound of church or a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." -- C.T. Studd

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All Dogs go to Heaven...right??

This article was on one of our local news station's website on Saturday. The headline captured my attention, whose attention wouldn't it catch?

Pay an Atheist for Post-Rapture Pet Care

ALSTEAD, N.H. -- Christians who believe they'll vanish from Earth in the rapture can now hire an atheist to care for their pets.

For $110, Eternal Earth-Bound Pets offers a 10-year contract guaranteeing that an atheist will adopt the pet that's left behind by its raptured owner. Additional pets can be covered for $15.
The company's owner, Bart Centre, said his pet rescuers definitely won't be raptured because they've all blasphemed the Holy Spirit in writing, committing what they believe Jesus called the unforgivable sin.

His Web site said the rescuers are animal lovers who "are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus."

Centre said he doesn't believe in God or the rapture, but is offering a service for those who do.

The service is available in 22 states, including Oklahoma.

Now, I know it's going to hard but put aside all your beliefs, doctrines, religious upbringing, theology classes you had in college, faith in the human spirit, and basic morality and be honest, aren't you thinking "Dog Gone It (pun totally intended) I wish I had thought of that!!"

P.S. My daughter is sure our dog is a Christian since she has prayed with him, so in our case we're covered.

Friday, October 23, 2009

As Halloween approaches...

My daughter and husband are so clever and creative. Jim brought home the pumpkins and had the vision. Jenna drew the Mickey face and Jim attached the "ears" with wooden skewers. They really can find Mickey anywhere. We still call it Halloween at our house and embrace it without going overboard on the scary stuff. Hope you are having fun getting ready for Halloween or whatever you might celebrate.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Great Escape

It's nice to know that in my world of craziness and chaos somethings are still easy, like a vacation with your best friend. When my friend Tonya's husband Tim and my husband Jim thought that it would be a great idea for the two of us to get away for a long weekend we took them up on it. I will say I'm always a hesitant at first but then I always seem to warm up to the idea with my whole heart. I know some (okay most) people thought we were crazy when we chose Walt Disney World (WDW) as our destination. We love Walt Disney World so it makes perfect sense to us, but let me help the sceptics.

  • We really prefer the familiar --especially if we're traveling without the husbands.

  • Southwest Airlines was offering a Friends Fly Free deal--choices? WDW or Las Vegas. Really no choice for a girls only trip(especially since we've not been to Las Vegas)

  • If you stay on sight at WDW they will get you from the airport to the resort on a Magical Express bus. No rental car needed.

  • WDW has a great Resort transportation system to get wherever you want to go on property.

  • Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

  • Great Service and Clean Surroundings

  • Total escape from reality

Sure, we might have gotten some of the those things or may be all of them at another destination but we knew we would have them at WDW and we love WDW so for us it was really no contest.

We did not count on the heat however. It was summer hot. It was the talk of the whole resort. But I will have to say that it did make us slow down a little and not try to push so hard. We get to WDW and feel like we have to see all the things we love and push ourselves to exhaustion. It's what we do--but we don't do it so well in 90+ temperatures with 100+ heat indexes. I think God was smiling on me on Saturday (I don't why he wasn't smiling on Tonya, but I guess that's between them) but I got to spend the whole day--10:30am-4:30pm at the pool. Tonya spent the day with me but it's not the same piece of paradise for her. She is learning to appreciate the escape of it, but for me it is still my true bliss. So even though she thoroughly and completely beat me to the ground at an ongoing game of 7/11, it was the best day of relaxation between two days of great theme park visits. And now the proverbial vacation slides.

Transportation from the airport

This is where we spent all day Saturday
Some of the sights on the Pop Century resort

the props at Hollywood Studios and us
Epcot's Food and Wine Festival
We attended a culinary demonstration by Keegan Gerhard the Food Network Food Challenge Host and owner of the D-Bar Desserts in Denver. So completely over our heads but still fun to attend.

This the apple dessert they served, totally delish...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Taking the Big Plunge!

I have worked at the same place for 15 years. When I took this job I really thought I might be there five years at the most but as it turned out I really liked it (most of the time) and it really accommodated my life.

Since I have worked there I have:

  • had a dear friend get married (Happy 15th Anniversary--Oct 2009)

  • lost two grandparents

  • felt the shock wave of the Murrow Building Bombing

  • turned 30

  • tried to get pregnant

  • had a baby

  • moved a few times

  • became WDW fan(atics)

  • watched the unfathomable, as the Twin Towers fell

  • discovered the Internet and can't seem to live without it.

  • changed churches more than once.

  • more celebrities than I can mention have died

  • turned 40

  • reality TV somehow became acceptable entertainment

  • Jim got me hooked on Lost (help me God?)

  • lost my dad

  • became part of a "small group" at church

  • started a blog

  • found my holy discontent (thank you Pastor Busic)

  • gave notice on my job

Yes, I gave notice on my job. This is the last week I will get to enjoy the new door on my new wonderful office. I will have to give up my amazing co-workers. I will have to give up my ability to come and go if the need be. I will be adjusting to a whole new life with a new job. I think I might actually be hyperventilating while I am typing this....(paper bag....please....hurry...)

I really believe that God has been preparing me for this change for a while (it's easy to blame God for our choices, but I really think He has had a hand in this one). I am a going to manage the ROC Resale Shop. This is one of the ministries of Reaching Our City, Inc. and it helps to financially support many of the other ministries of the organization. I have been volunteering there for about three years in a very small capacity but have always felt a draw to the store's ministry. I have a degree and some experience in retail management and a real heart for this store, I am praying that this will be a successful pairing.

So please keep me in you thoughts this week while I end a great run at my current job and jump out the "proverbial" plane without a parachute into this new endeavor. I'm praying God will give the strength and insight of Nehemiah in the coming days.

Monday, October 19, 2009


I made it my mission to bring back some Hidden Mickeys from the magical world of Walt Disney World. I know, I know, I'm such the giver --and I just want to share with all of you so you can also share the magic.

Carpet at my home away from home someday--
Bay Lake Towers.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back to reality!

It's amazing how a little reality break can give you a bump to get on with your real life, well at least until the next escape. We had a great little get away to Walt Disney World. I'll be back with a trip report later in the week. Right now I have got to get caught up at work.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Now that you're over your sickness...what's next?

We're going to stay here.

Going to try to ride this.

Going to sprain my wrist trying to out score Tonya on this.

Gonna definitely ride this and scream like a girl!

Going to enjoy Wishes, as always!

We're also going to enjoy all kinds of food at the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. The only problem I foresee with this trip is that it will be too short. I will have plenty of things to report when we return. I'm sure that I can find a plethora of Hidden Mickeys to share. Have a magical weekend I know that we will.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A lot to think about...

Our pastor finished his sermon Sunday with this thought for our week:

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” ---Phillip Brooks

Yeah--no pressure there???!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Back Amongst the Living

I think I am finally on the mend. This flu/cold/cough/crap really got the best of me. I am trying to catch up today after three days off work last week. I leave Thursday for my girls weekend to Disney World so I suspect these three days will be a little crazy.

My wonderful daughter baked me a "get better" cake on Thursday. She baked at her Grandma's after school, she really is becoming a baker, which is great, because I don't mind cooking, but I don't bake. We should be able to provide some great meals with our well-rounded interest.As you can tell, we dug right in to enjoy before I thought of taking a picture.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Under the Weather

Although the weather here has been really nice I'm feeling really yuck! I'm sure I'll be back up and at'em any time now.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Don't sweat the small stuff, there's plenty of real crap to keep you busy!

It's Friday, I worked my half a day at my regular job then I worked a couple of hours at my volunteer job and I was on my way home to get ready for Jenna to have a friend over for the night when I get a panicked phone call from my mom. "where are you you?" I answer "what's wrong?" she yells "WHERE ARE YOU?" I say "home "(I'm not really home but that was easier than explaining exactly at what intersection I was). She finally says my niece and nephew have been in accident and Josh is hurt.

I hang up and call who Jim who is closest to the scene to send him there until we can find my sister-in-law. I arrive there just after my mom and Jim was already there. It's pretty bad. Katie's car is totaled and I don't see Josh anywhere. I get directed to Josh who is a bloody mess in the ambulance and Katie is frantically, and in the fashion a true Morgan woman, worried about all the Homecoming decorations and preparations that are in her car for the festivities tonight, insisting that we have to get them out before they tow the car away.

Katie sticks her head in the ambulance to check on Josh and the EMT immediately says that she needs to be checked out too, she has a mean contusion on her forehead. Next thing I know they are sure they need to transport both of them. I send Jim to try to track down my sister-in-law so she doesn't just come upon the wreck on her way home. She arrives and gets to see that the kids are talking and breathing even though Josh looks pretty bad it seems like things are under control. We head to the emergency room.

My brother meets us at the hospital and they start to examine the kids. They decided to do CT scans on both mostly just precautionary. They start to unwrap Josh's head and we're talking gaping wound. The EMT's hadn't really seen it because the firemen had it wrapped before they arrived, let's just say they understated the yuckiness and size (we could see skull). He had fourteen staples put in. If Halloween was a little closer he could definitely pull off a Frankenstein costume. They finished up with them and sent them home to be awakened every two hours through the night by their loving parents, mom of whom is saying that they really won't be driving without her any time soon.

We are counting our blessings tonight and reminding ourselves of what is most important in life.

One of the great EMT on the scene

Josh upon arrival to the hospital

They haven't shared a room for years, until today

Katie waiting for her CT.

and can you believe Jenna found a Hidden Mickey

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's been 70 years??

Last night Jenna and I went to see The Wizard of Oz (the movie). In celebration of it's 70th Anniversary it was re-released in HD digitally remastered quality on the big screen for one night only. It was so fun. I was surprised at the crowd--more people than I thought would pay $10 for a 70 year old movie they can see on TV for free quite often. But it was a totally different experience than watching at home.

Just being in the theatre made it a more enjoyable experience for me because I wasn't tempted to try to accomplish six other things while it was on. The other thing that surprised me, never having seen it in a crowd, was the audience reaction. They loved the Cowardly Lion. They laughed out loud in places that a small crowd in your living room just wouldn't have. They responded with "ahs" when one little girl distraughtly let out a sob when Mrs. Gooch took Toto away, and were as equally delighted when Toto got away from her. They cheered when the Wicked Witch (whom I had difficult time not thinking of as Elphaba) melted. I will have to say I could have done without the lady beside me (who reeked of cigarette smoke) thinking it was okay to speak every line of every character in an audible voice. But what are you gonna do? All-in-all a very enjoyable evening spent with my wonderful daughter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kind of HMM 8

This HMM combines some of my favorite things, rain drops on roses, whiskers on kittens, Coke and Disney. I pulled into the parking lot of work one morning and was greeted by this truck totally parked the wrong way. And I'm thinking, "it's not my birthday, who would send me a whole truck of Cokes? God Bless them whoever they are."
But in the lower right hand corner I noticed this little emblem. No ears but still a Hidden Mickey of sorts. Anyway... it brought a smile to my face.