Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Meg settled into her apartment with two of her three roomates on Friday. It took some time, as we moved in
box after box. The bride and one of the other moms scrubbed doors, walls and baseboards. We hung pictures, put things together, and stepped back from time to time to say things like, "This is really starting to come together."
Saturday we met at Dale's and Julie's for Liz's first birthday party. Meg came and told everyone about her new place. She smiled but I could tell something was wrong. She later told me that it had been a rough night. Meg's always been a home-body, so living away from home will be an adjustment for her.
We went back to Meg's aparment after the party to take a few more things, stuff that we'd either forgotten to bring the day before or realized she needed after we got there. Both sets of grandparents visited. And three of us left for home again.
Mom and Dad spent the night with us on Saturday. We ate and talked and spent time watching football and the Olympics. Sunday morning we had breakfast and later watched them head back to East Tennessee. I came back inside and closed the front door.
And it hit me. Things have changed. Yeah, I was the strong one on Friday night, saying things like "this is natural" or "this is a good thing" while comforting the bride and Sara. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, all these emotions came to the surface. I went into the bathroom to get ready for church. I looked at the bride and said, "I don't know where this is coming from." She smiled and hugged me and said something like, "See what I was talking about?"
So things have changed. But they're good changes, natural changes. And I couldn't be happier for Meg. Classes start this morning. She's ready for this new phase of her life. And even though the three of us in Franklin may be shedding a tear or two, we're ready for it too.....
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
We’ll move Meg into her apartment this Friday at MTSU. She’s excited and ready to start school and semi-independence.
I ran across this the other day. It’s a list called the Beloit College Mindset List that looks at “the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college.” Here’s a condensed version…..
Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
Electronic filing of tax returns has always been an option.
Universal Studios has always offered an alternative to Mickey in Orlando.
WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
Films have never been X rated, only NC-17.
Schools have always been concerned about multiculturalism.
IBM has never made typewriters.
They have never been able to color a tree using a raw umber Crayola.
The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.
Authorities have always been building a wall across the Mexican border.
Macaulay Culkin has always been Home Alone.
Caller ID has always been available on phones.
The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback.
They never heard an attendant ask “Want me to check under the hood?”
Soft drink refills have always been free.
They have never known life without Seinfeld references from a show about “nothing.”
Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
98.6 F or otherwise has always been confirmed in the ear.
Off-shore oil drilling in the United States has always been prohibited.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Out of the 500 pictures I've taken over the past 10 days, some of them have turned out pretty decent. It's amazing how a shot will look good in the camera's LCD screen, then once you see it on the computer screen it's blurry. I'm still trying to figure out the 9-point autofocus system. And lighting. And all the features unique to the Xsi. But I'm having fun with it, even if it can be frustrating at times. I'm just looking at the bad shots as learning experiences.
I'd like to point out that one of the reasons I bought this camera was to take pictures of my family. However, I live with three women. If camera avoidance was an Olympic sport, all of them would medal.
Here's a few of the ones I've liked so far.....
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Synchronized Diving - They're taking baseball away from the Olympics but this sport will remain? Please. It's not even a sport. True, the divers are sometimes remarkable individually. But don't do it together. It just looks dumb. And gay.
Women's Gymnastics - If the Chinese team has any 16-year-olds on it, I'm 24. And Shawn Johnson is this year's Mary Lou Retton.
Michael Phelps - The guy's amazing, dedicated, successful, and an eating machine. They talked about his normal breakfast the other night during the telecast, and it was more than I'd eat in a week. Of course, he does swim 5 hours a day. Bryan Mullen, reporter for the Tennessean, said if he was built like Phelps, he'd go Christmas shopping in that swimsuit.
Men's Basketball - No reason we shouldn't bring home the gold. No reason whatsoever.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
I learned yesterday that I come by this "illness" naturally. Dad has some cousins whose father gave them a baseball signed by the 1956 Baltimore Orioles. A kid by the name of Brooks Robinson, who some say was the greatest third basemen ever, played on that team. They played with the ball until the signatures wore off.
A reporter for the Kingsport Times-News wrote an article on the Orioles ball. Hayden Brian, one of Dad's cousins, told the reporter about my Globetrotter basketball and he wrote an article on that last Friday. I'm waiting to get a copy of the article.
You can just imagine my pride.....