I submit the following photo for your viewing pleasure. Mom brought back these shirts from her trip to Disney World last year (without us, I might add), and we finally got around to taking a picture of us in them this Christmas while Matthew was home from Cali for the holidays. Enjoy!
Dad and Larry landed safely in Charlotte yesterday afternoon, and I got to talk to him as they were pulling away from the airport – Larry was on his way to the hospital, and I haven’t heard back yet about what the final verdict is about his leg – I’d forgotten that he’s had two hip replacements, so they’re worried it could be a problem with one of the artificial hips. But I’m sure he’s glad to be back home so he can get the best medical attention possible. And we’re all glad Dad is back safe and sound as well!
In other news, the brother is doing some cool things out in LA, sorting through and archiving costumes and props from movies like Gladiator and Disturbia and Transformers, and sitting on the discarded sets of The Brady Bunch. Crazy. He’s got some leads on jobs, possibly on some cool TV shows – the up-in-the-air nature of Hollywood jobs would kill me, but he seems to be taking it all in stride.
I’ve got some interesting possibilities for the holiday weekend coming up – some concerts and cookouts, and book club as well. Looking forward to a long weekend, even if I have to be in lab during parts of it!
I’ve got Killing Me Softly stuck in my head – I think we talked about it Wednesday night at Ishi (is that right?), and it’s been solidly lodged there ever since. Maybe I can spread the joy. hehe.
Turns out Dad can’t access the internet easily right now, but I’ve not given up hope that he might eventually be able to while he’s over there – so…
Tuesday night was the series finale of Gilmore Girls, and the fabulous finale party at Kari’s, including Gilmore-esque snack foods (danishes!!!), favorite scene viewing and a trivia game (which was won by yours truly ). The finale was really great, not trying to do too much in terms of wrapping up every single loose end while still giving us hope for a happy future for our favorite Stars Hollow residents.
(Unfortunately, the CW also canned Veronica Mars, which means my Tuesday nights are officially free now. Boooo.)
Wednesday night’s church-wide picnic was cancelled (due to torrential rains that started right at 5:30 and lasted about 30 minutes and soaked everything), so my small group went to Ishi instead and then hung out and played some Wii – good times. Picnic will be next Wednesday instead, hopefully with better weather.
Yesterday was a slow-ish day – I did get to take a nice long walk around Ardmore while one of my experiments was progressing veeeerrrry slowly. And The Office’s season finale was awesome! Really, it was one of my favorite episodes, at least from this season if not the whole show. So great! (Sorry there’s so much tv in this update – it’s just because everything is wrapping up at the same time.)
Tonight I’m going to a concert at a coffee house outside Greensboro with a friend from the lab – I haven’t been to a concert in quite a while, so that should be fun – plus this friend and I have rarely hung out outside of lab, so it will be nice to get to know her better. This weekend will be spent mainly cleaning house, doing laundry, working in the lab and hopefully making it to the Greek Festival in town at some point.
Oh, and I’ve decided, unless something major pops up in lab, that I’m going to the Musical Heirs reunion the first weekend of June – Frances and Alexa will be there, among many others, so it should be a good time to catch up with old friends and see how my favorite children’s choir is doing these days.
I’ve been really slack about keeping y’all up-to-date with what’s going on, mostly due to laziness is actually writing about anything. Here are some bullet points to get things going:
~ Matthew is now officially in California. and So happy and excited for him, but really sad that he’s that far away – I do think we’re closer emotionally than we have been in a long time, so hopefully that will compensate some for the distance. He’ll be staying with some friends of ours out there, and he’s actually already got at least a short-term job already in the works, at Dreamworks (I think), thanks to his friend Adam who’s already out there. Keep up with his journey here.
~ Dad is heading to Africa for his third trip to the orphanage outside of Dubai, Kenya. Since he’ll be gone for a while and Matthew was leaving, we celebrated Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Matthew’s going-away all at the same time last weekend. Good times! Many thanks to Alisa for taking some great pictures of Matthew and me that we framed for Mom and Dad as gifts – I think they were a hit. He’ll be helping out with carpentry and maintenence projects, like he has on past trips. You can keep up with Dad’s trip through the links at the right – one for his page, and one for the orphanage.
~ Mom and I are going to be having a girl’s weekend next weekend, spending the night at a bed & breakfast, going back to my alma mater Mars Hill. It’s actually graduation weekend there, but I’m sure we’ll be able to find fun stuff to do while we’re there. It’ll be great to be back up there, and see the town from a different perspective, and spend some good girl time while the boys are gone.
~ I’ve finished a few more books recently, which you can read about here. I’ve just started Life of Pi (Yann Martel) for a book club, and I think I might break my rule and read two books at the same time, because I’ve got a non-fiction book that I don’t think I’ll be able to just read all the way through – Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life was featured on NPR a couple weeks ago, and as I’ve decided that I need to learn more about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I’m excited about this one – but I think it’ll be easier if I read it along with whatever other book I’m reading so I don’t get bogged down too much. And I’m going to have to start my re-read of the Harry Potter books, in preparation for the new movie and the last book, all happening this summer!
~ Things I’m currently enjoying: Iron Chef America (well, almost anything on Food Network right now), Gilmore Girls (two more episodes til the SERIES FINALE! ), Nintendo Wii (the only game system I’ve ever wanted to own – soooo fun!), my nursery babies (so cute), and lots of phone time with the brother (enjoying that while I can).
~ I’m getting a haircut this week (finally), and while I considered doing something more dramatic (shorter, maybe), I think I might let it grow and donate to Locks of Love, since it’s already pretty close to that long anyway – but it might frustrate me enough between now and then to just cut it off… we’ll see…
OK, that’s enough for now.
I added a link (to the right, under Family) to the Kajiado Children’s Home in Kenya. This coming May my dad will be going on his third mission trip there, spending almost a month helping out with various contruction and maintenance projects. He always comes back with such incredible stories about the kids there, and his pictures are pretty amazing. The website has photos of the campus and lots of the kids, plus a way to contribute to the home – if you’d like, I can put you in contact with my dad about getting some support information from him – I’m sure he’d love to have as many prayer and financial supporters as possible! Just a short plug for my dad