Wednesday, May 23, 2007


One of the nice things about working in the Campbell Building is that I get to work with some really nice folks. My friend, Karen Lee, is our self proclaimed librarian and literacy promoter in the building. She is an extraordinary teacher, mentor and volunteers everywhere. She is consistently pleasant to everyone and genuinely cares about folks. She loves printed books, audio books and kiddie lit and she shares her collection generously with all. She turned me onto some of her audio books years ago and my commutes haven't been the same since. Not only is she passionate about literature but she also owns and loves all kinds of animals -goats, horses, dogs, guinea pigs and I'm not sure what else but her house sounds like a zoo when she describes it. Unfortunately for me, but joyously for her, she plans to retire next year. I am happy for her but already dreading not having her here everyday. I am looking forward to what her retirement adventures will bring though. She plans to write and blog and spend more time riding her horse. She has recently started a blog about a type of equestrian training that she is working on. You should visit her blog and leave a comment because we all know how much we look forward to comments.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Weekend Fun

Last Tampa weekend and the trip got off to a shaky start. Just a mile or so from home my cell phone took a header right into my coffee cooler. I knew better than to put it on the console. Really I did. It was a careless, thoughtless act. This was not the first object to take this path. I've fished out lipstick and pens and a flash drive from other beverages sitting in that cup holder. I stopped at the school where Carl was installing a PA and confiscated his phone. This means that the new guys (who are doing a wonderful job at the store but still need to talk with him frequently for clarification) will not be able to reach him while he is finishing up the PA installation tomorrow. Carl has been very supportive of me doing this training at USF but I could tell the cell phone issue irked him. I am sorry CC. Thank you sweet Fuzzy husband. Maybe my phone will dry out overnight. It didn't look too good though. The display looked a little like a murky aquarium. What is it with our cell phones lately. Cara lost her Razor phone in the foam zone at Disney's Grad Night a few weeks ago. She has been using my old phone ( Nokia circa 1998) which is all the more uncool because she and Katie had plastered a jeweled guitar sticker on the back of it. They thought that it was hilarious that they had pimped Mom's phone. Cara, it is good that you are confident enough about your coolness that you don't feel threatened to be seen with that phone. You rock.

Must share a funny Katie story- she had me laughing and wheezing uncontrollably as she told it. She had worked her PR magic today to arrange an event around a blood drive that was a memorial tribute for a teacher who had passed away at their school. The camera crew from the local station showed up and all went as planned. They said it would be on the 5:00 news. She sent an email to all their people, she does fund raising too, so this was a big list of folks, to tell them to be sure to watch the news at 5:00. Unfortunately their story got preempted by a story about a liter of legless chihuahuas that was born in New Jersey. OK legless chihuahuas aren't funny but being preempted by them is, right? It really stings that these weren't even local legless chihuahuas. Bless her peapiepunkin heart. I am proud of your good sense of humor. We love you Katie. B'dawg this is one we need to record. Congratulations on your news btw. We are very proud of you and love you a lot.

Aerial Tribe's new CD is finished. I have new groovy tunes to enjoy. It is indeed a party for my ears. I was rocking out actually when my phone committed suicide. Every time I listen to it I feel such pride that our son, our baby boy, can create such beautiful music. I tried listening to the radio and some podcasts on the trip but I kept going back to the tribe. Look for Aerialistic - coming to cdbaby and itunes soon.

I need to go do some work. Goodnight Leaa and Livi and Jesse. Good night Carl. Goodnight Cara. Goodnight Katie and Barrett. Goodnight John Boy.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Rain dancers needed

Back in Tampa. One more trip after this weekend and that should be it for awhile. It was fun initially but uncle. Between a sinus infection, extra hours at the store, Cara's year end activities, fire worries and normal life stuff it's too much. My new mantra is woe is me.

I was looking for a site earlier in the week that had updated evacuation information that I could share on the district's web site. I ran across this eye opener. Looks like we should all head for the hills. Needless to say I didn't share it on the web site. I think it would cause mass panic. God bless our firefighters.

On Thursday at 3:00am I was awakened by an unfamiliar sound and as I realized what I was hearing my heart sank. There were hundreds of birds in our neighborhood, evidently resting on their evacuation route, and they were all sounding the alarm. It was a haunting sound. I thought about all the immature animals that didn’t escape and imagined that I was hearing a chorus of mourning. Pray for rain.

Monday, May 07, 2007


So there's a fire about 20 miles north of us heading this way. Lots of helicopters in the sky. I think of all the things that are between us and this fire and it doesn't seem possible that it could be a threat. Just to be safe I am gathering up baby pictures. Another reason for digital backups.
livi's fiesta

click on Livi's picture to see the album. You can tell she doesn't feel great from her expressions. Poor baby. But Mom and Dad sure threw her a wonderful first birthday party.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

I'm back

Livi had her first cold on her birthday last weekend. Bless her wittle heart. She was a trooper and partied on but the germ warfare spread. I went to the doc in the box yesterday and after a day of antibiotics I am already feeling human again. I had a fever for three days and it completely zapped my desire to live. I've been zombified. Poor Livi. Poor Cara. They've had it too but evidently fought it off better than I did. I am just glad to be back among the living. I left my camera at Jesse and Leaa's after the party so haven't been able to share any pictures yet.