Thursday, May 20, 2010

I must remember this...

You won't realize the distance you've walked until you take a look around and realize how far you've been. ~Unknown

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Is it in the air? the water? or both?

This has been a rough year. There has been a lot of down days with the changes in the economy and such. But another thing that has been concerning me is the frequency with which people I know have been getting sick...people who were seemingly healthy beforehand. In March I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg, yet up until that point I'd been healthy. Now, within the past two weeks two of my friends have become gravely ill. It's just odd to me that this seems like a pattern.

I've never been the type to send flowers when someone is ill. Flowers die and/or you have to cart them home from the hospital. So instead I make small packages for friends with little tokens that might make them smile. My mom always bought us a new coloring book and crayons when we got sick so that is always the essential part of my get well kit, no matter what your age! I also like to add in a word search book and new pen along with a box or two of candy like Mike & Ike's or Boston Baked Beans. It just makes folks smile.

One of my friends locally has had to go into the hospital and his dog, Lucy, has had to go stay with relatives far away. I know that he misses his dear Lucy so much so I made this little scrapbook to help him be closer to her. It was simple and only took about 2 hours. Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Puttin' the Creep in the Creeper Trail...

Two weeks ago my group of friends decided to ride the Virginia Creeper trail. This is a 17 mile bikeride downhill almost all of the way. There are no sections where you are going uphill but a couple where you are riding nearly flat. Below is my group of friends. From left to right: Miles, Victoria, Me, Mike, Paul, and Jackie.

The ride was great! We laughed and joked the whole way. Once I even fell off my bike while trying to get ON my bike. I was laughing so hard I couldn't even stand up. The trail is supposed to take about 3 1/2 hours to ride but we took nearly 5 1/2 hours because of all of our antics.

That's me....ridin' the trail....wheeee!!!!
We're going to go back in October when the leaves are changing colors...can't wait!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Guilt Cake...

One of my students wrote to the head professor for the course the other day because he didn't feel a quiz was fair. The quiz asked 2 questions...."who was your favorite TA?" and "did you like this class?" We thought it would be an easy 100% on the quiz. He felt it was not fair. Um....okay. So we removed the quiz and the grades the students had been awarded (all 100% by the way). Later the young man felt guilty for having written to the head professor and sent me an email that he owed me a guilt cake. I joked back with him and said "mmmm...chocolate." The next day I came into my office to find the following note and a cake (most of which the TA's had eaten by the time I took the picture).

Frank, it was delicious!! Apology accepted!!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I *heart* Kathy Griffin!!

Mike and I went to see Kathy Griffin last night at the Tennessee Theater in downtown Knoxville. Oh my goodness does this lady deliver a show!! I am hopelessly addicted to her "My Life on the D-List" show on Bravo and had been watching her website waiting for her to come to Knoxville. We heard the show was being taped for Bravo TV...and it was confirmed when we saw this....

So the show on Bravo is going to air on June 8th. Mike and I were sitting in the 8th row in the center of the theater and Mike said he saw the cameras trained in our general direction most of the night. I think I'm going to have a small party here at the house on June 8th to celebrate and see if we're on TV.

We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show, but you know that didn't *really* stop me. I didn't take pictures during the show but at the end when she came back on stage for a second bow I had to snap a picture. I'm short, those in front of me are tall, but I still got a pretty good picture of her.

I just love her. I only wish I'd had the opportunity to meet her. Mike and I stalked the back of the theater for about 30 minutes hoping to catch a glimpse of her, maybe get a photo taken, etc. Alas, it was not to be. Kathy, thanks for coming to Knoxville and giving a superb show at the corner of "Church and Gay!" Love, love you girl!!