Tuesday, November 30, 2010

quite the man

my father's birthday was on the 19thand i'm late to posting
about such a great man in my lifealthough the favorite may have gotten
a few extra points in getting married firsti still am the first born
and think i still have a twinkle in his eyei successfully learned how to
change my car's oil and flat tires
from himstrangely enjoy yard work
and pulling weeds
(he's a plant boy)he's put up with 3 woman
for his married/children life
and in his early years with 2 sisters as well

my mom loves him
his daughters love him
he's been a spiritual leader in our home
supported his daughters in our endeavors

given us dudley squinty eyes
gone along with our girly ideas
from yoga shots
to trying fondue...

he's driven snowy roads
so that i could be home in time for Christmas

along with used to be strangers

he's been an example of patience
hard work
devotion to the gospel
service to others continually
and has been a support
of love and encouragement
through the years
he came from humble beginnings
was the first to graduate and go to college
as i've matured through the years
i've realized how
lucky i am to have
my father
that always provided for his family
he served God, his family,
and his fellow man
as best he could
and still does

p.s. i wish i had his fire fighting picture
to post...

Monday, November 15, 2010

NYC meets Bagby

so a little crew was up to show steve,
jenn's good friend from nyc,
some unique places of oregon
(don't worry that's rain
not snow)
let's just say...
we waited for a while
jill and i got the tree tub
that we couldn't turn off
the hot water coming in
and without a stopper
luckily a nice man
clogged the tub so it'd fill
we had to get cold water by the buckets rub a dub dub
corina, steve, russ, kate, jenn
ickes even came to play!
jessie and kirstin
and we made it back by 9ish...
a lot better than 1-2 am last time!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


a green bean casserole can't cook quick enough...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

rainy tuesday

some days look like this:
saving winchester from the rain and cold he didn't bite me!
it was the first time
i've picked him up
by myself...
because i've been scared
it was like we were best friends
isn't he cute!
then working hard on the computer
wearing my leopard print snuggie
thank you spencer again
for a great present last year
it was cold today
... 46 degrees!
i also tried out a new zumba class tonight
i decided i like the other instructor better
sorry lady at 5:30
it's me...
not you!

Monday, November 8, 2010

catch-up: greek festival

beautiful greek orthodox church...
with my favorite kind of christian art
delicious greek food...
check youth dancing...
i loved the closeness of the teens
that danced together
i wish every youth had a group
to be close and connected to
whatever their interest/passion
may be

off church grounds yo!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

president obama visits portland

i was there...
waiting in line...
to see the president of the united states
so it was almost 2 weeks ago
but i'm trying to catch up! we all said the pledge together
the gal from the band
pink martini
sang the national anthem
and we all were singing along
by the end
the d's
showed off their peeps
kitz is now our new governor
after a tight race
then we got to hear from
our president
i have to admit...
my tears were a little misty
when he came out
he spoke about
the right things take time
and they're worth the time
and sacrifice
like women's and civil rights
i told myself i can stay
in social work longer
emily and i enjoyed ourselves!
our first political rally
sporting our blue
i rode my bike to the convention center
then back home
i felt like a portlander
and the night skyline
continues to enchant me here

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

some days

are like this... well snake
(my plant i got from juli
when she moved back
to Arkansas in 2004)
are in need of a new transplant
to a bigger and better pot/life/etc.
he got pushed over in the wind
i'm getting pushed to open my mind
accept changes daily
including things i don't want to do
like moving half of my stuff from salem...
a tree fell down on the garage of my old neighbor
and i'll having to move the end of january... again
that's basically 4 small moves in 6 months.
all my choice none the less
my friend/hometeacher will be gaining
his sainthood moving merit badge.
there's days that coordinating things
take up some days
which drives me crazy
when it's not related to a job

as my kind mother reminded me today...
at least i'm not moving in a shopping cart.
i'm grateful i'm not in that circumstance...
and have empathy for those that do.

the sun is still shinning
and it's warm for oregon in november
i even have gone to a zumba dance class
twice in the last week
to cheer me up and dance my worries/other peoples' worries
that i'm worried about away
i'm glad i don't know anyone there

a new pot to grow in
i guess we're both ready
the end. :)

carnie halloween

BK's theme this year was excellent cotton candy
a fortune teller
i didn't dress up like anyone else this year = success
i was a snake charmer...
(yes it was my mother's idea)i hope to always be a good one

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


you would think
i might be swayed to vote a certain way
because of a particular name tempting with name association
but... i didn't vote for him.
hard voting decisions today...
another reason to love oregon
getting your ballot in the mail
and just dropping it off
no lines
quick & easy

i hope you voted today.