Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday's Thru the Lense

A few years ago I was able to go to DC on vacation. I got to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and a whole bunch of other monuments and museums. But there were two I wanted to see: Arlington National Cemetery and the Battle of Iwo Jima Monument. This year, on one of my work trips, I finally got to see one of them:

*I did see a small portion of Arlington, but not enough to do it justice by camera.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Beginning a new week

I was in Iowa last week for work, and since I have no pictures (worth anything) on my work laptop, I skipped my weekly "Thursday's Thru The Lense". And since I've not uploaded anything new in a while, I'm not going to catch you up like I usually would. You'll just have to wait a few days. :)'s not that I don't like you. You're very pretty (during the right time of year...aka, NOT snow-white winter). It's that you're so desolate! On the two hour drive between Des Moines and Iowa City, you really don't offer a whole lot. I'd love to say it's not you, it's me....but that just wouldn't be true. It's you. I do, however, appreciate that your cities/towns are receptive to what I offer through work (education) and I had a VERY productive week last week. But that's just not quite enough to redeem you. Sorry.

Scentsy...why must you smell so good and offer such great stuff!!! I went to my first Scentsy party on Saturday and spent...well, more than I should have. Thankfully one of my purchases was a burner (as this was my first time) so I shouldn't have need of one anytime soon. (HA! as there's another one I want before I even left with the first) But I must restrain myself for 4 more months. I'm trying to save for a wedding here, folks!! Luna, Black Raspberry Vanilla, and White Tea and Cactus are the scents that will be filling my apartment for the next 4 months (BRV now...oh so good!!!) After that, I have no idea...they all, mostly, smell so good!! And now I know what to do for Christmas presents for those that already have burners (and those that don''s only fair I share my new addiction). HOORAY!!

Speaking of weddings...we paid our first half on Friday for the venue!! WOOHOO!! Now I have to call them and see if they'll send me the contact information for the florist, dj, bakery, and chef so I can contact and start making tasting appointments and such. The place we got is all-inclusive, but if you go beyond what is covered by the contact there will be extra fees. I'm thinking the only place that will be an issue is with the florist since the contract only covers certain pieces and I need more and different designs. I'm not sure if I'll encounter extra fees with the bakery...I guess it just depends on what I'm looking at doing: cupcakes!!! (Love this idea!)

Well...that's about all I've got for the weekend happenings. Hoping to get back in the swing of regularity this week. HA!! :)

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday's Through The Lense day late.

Just as I was getting ready to post this I found out that my parents are having to put down my cat. He's gotten old and can't walk that well and is in too much pain and suffering to continue. I found Safari the summer of 1999 when he was just about 4-5 weeks old (he still had his blue eyes). We washed him, got his shots, and I took on weaning him.

I moved out three months after finding him to go to Bible School. And I never really moved back in. Sure I was there for weekends and such, but he's been my parents cat more than mine since I moved. While it's hard for me, it's even harder for them.

All his kitten pictures were taken with film and are at my parents, but I've got a few of him as an adult.

In honor of Mr. Safari:

(sleeping on my turtle...which soon became his)

(playing...see that look in his eye...he's out for blood)

(Going after his ribbon)

(He never really did master drinking from a regular dish)

(He LOVED "hiding" under the tree")

RIP Mr. were the best we'd had. You were Dad's oddball cat with personality, Mom's Baby Kitty, and my Mr. Safari. You were greatly loved and you will be greatly missed.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday's Fill In

I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought I'd have a little fun today (when I'm supposed to be working).

1. Blue skies _better stick around this weekend_.

2. _I love taking trips down_ memory lane _but not with my mom...those are usually embarrassing!!_

3. Kids _say some of the greatest things_.

4. _No making phone calls_, _no alarm clock_, _no deadlines_; these are some of the best things about vacation.

5. Love is _the best thing ever when shared with the right person (Mr. S)_.

6. _How does one watch_ submarine races.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _finishing reading my book and starting another_, tomorrow my plans include _laundry and a little cleaning_ and Sunday, I want to _go to church, take a nap, and read a book_!