Monday, August 31, 2009

Mama's boy

Who would have thought that my '7-footer' would be such a mama's boy!?! He spent the past weekend at home with us. He made it two weeks at college! And he's coming home for Labor Day weekend since the dorms are closed.

It just makes me giggle. This is the same kid that so desperately wanted to attend a school in Tennessee. He wouldn't have made it...

And I loved having him home again...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another senior..

We have to order Mellisa's cap and gown and announcements this week. Wow, didn't we just do this???

Last night was the Senior kickoff. It was all of the counselors and a panel of college admission counselors. I think all this event did was scare Mellisa.

Mellisa does not have a plan. All of her friends have a plan. Most of them have either been accepted or know exactly where they are going to college. Most even think they know what they want to do.

Mellisa doesn't know if she is even going to play basketball this year. So who knows if a scholarship is possible or not. She has no idea where she wants to go - nothing really even excites her right now. And we won't even talk about a field of study.

I still think she should try meteorology. Her favorite movie has always been Twister and she has wanted to be a tornado chaser ever since. And the other night, we sat and watched the Weather Channel. How many kids her age watch weather patterns and enjoy it?

So - we are no closer to making any decisions than we were five years ago. Oh well - lots can change in a few months...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Could be worse...

Chris had a meeting, along with a zillion other contractors, concerning the new S. F. request. I guess times are tight at the 'Farm' and they have requested that all contractors reduce their overall bill rates by 20%. Well, this means that Chris is now taking a 9% pay cut - with no benefits, no bonuses and no raises.


The alternative - quit.

Bright side - at least we still have a job. And our benefits are thru my employer...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kiel is all moved in...

My children think they are poor. Well, compared to the more affluent town that we live in - we are sitting at a nice middle class. I think Kiel is going to have an eye opening experience at college. His roommate had a radio. Kiel moved in his TV, his new laptop and new printer, his game systems, fan, lights, rug, matching bed stuff, etc. Yea, he is going to learn a lesson about being without...

I thought I would be all boo-hoo on Sunday - but I left feeling more apprehensive than anything else. The roommate was sound asleep when we got there (it was 10am) and did not offer to help or even acknowledge our presence and left. We moved everything in - got all situated - then a few ball players showed up. One of them, Chris, was nice as pie - firm handshake - introduced the rest of the guys (including the roommate) and was just very polite. Never did get a conversation from the roomie.

We take Kiel to lunch and some shopping - come back - and roommate is there with 3 hoochey mamas already.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What a week

Registration is this week. This is our Booster's club big recruiting week. Our high school has 2 sessions of registration every day. I work all of the evening shifts. I run straight from work to the high school and get home about 8:30 every night.

I am beat.

Last night, I got home, ate a piece of birthday cake and crawled into bed. Riley came in - "Mom, I didn't even get to see you today..."

It's only one week - and it's my last year....

thank goodness...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Small world

In my job, I am on the phone - a lot. I talk to agents all over the country. I have a few that I am very fond of - and quite a few, not so much. Anyway - I bonded over one of the agents from Elizabeth, IL.

I helped him open his new office which turns out to be across the street from a little wedding chapel that Chris and I were married in. His office was a horrible install - anything that could go wrong - did. Not really anything that had to do with me - but his electrician was basically an idiot - which affected me. Anyhow, we must have talked every day for about a month. He was always trying to talk me into visiting Elizabeth again and bringing my hubby and we would all double date... And of course, I share everything with Chris - so he knew all about Bob.

Saturday was rough. It was 110 degrees and that was the day that Boosters was cleaning the football field and surrounding grounds. I was dirty, sweaty and downright nasty. Chris comes walking over with some guy - and yells, Lisa, I think you know this guy. Never seen him before in my life. The guy gives me a big hug - turns out, it is my old buddy Bob! What a small world!

Bob was at the baseball field with his step son for a baseball recruiting showcase event. Bob likes to talk. He saw Chris painting paw prints on the sidewalk - and just thought he would chit chat. One thing led to another - and they both figured out that they had a connection...

That made my day almost worth all of that horrible hard labor!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Clarification on the last posting...

So - I guess I completely foggy when explaining the accent problem during the Shakespeare play.

The Director took some liberties with the play - and set this one in the Louisiana bayou possibly? One of the characters sounded like he just got off a shrimp boat. Anyway, I have noticed that when actors attempt a Southern accent they can either do it very well or just butcher it. Most of the actors that night did very well - they were very accurate with the drawl and inflection. Now, this one particular actor - who had a minor part - started out southern-ish, then became a little french quarter, then a bit German sounding? At the end, I could have sworn she had a Hispanic flair.

Regardless, the play was awesome and we loved it!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Mellisa, Chris and I attended a wonderful play last night - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Our community is lucky enough to have a beautiful outdoor stage (, a community with plenty of money to donate to support Shakespeare's works, and wonderful actors that spend countless hours to work. The production was just fantastic. The weather was perfect - the actors were flawless (except for one minor character that had trouble with her southern accent). It was funny and entertaining and a great twist on the play - and Mellisa loved it. I am not sure why - but she loves Shakespeare and has asked to go to a play for awhile.

Monday, August 3, 2009


We made to church Sunday with Grandpa. His discussion on his photography work was actually quite a learning experience. I have been to several of his gallery showings and of course, have seen the pictures hanging at his house and ours. But - I have never heard the 'behind the scenes' stories about the photos. For example, one of my favorites is this giant rock in the center of a crater - black and white of course. The detail is amazing in the rock. Anyhow, I had never heard about the rattler that was right behind him and how he refused to leave before he had the perfect shot!

Mark and his new wife were there. I thought I understood Mark - but now I realize, I never will. And part of me, sad to say, is not sure I want to. He exhausts me. Such a pitiful situation...

The best part of the day was the girlfriends. Grandpa (82) is all about eHarmony. He has met several women. His first main girlfriend also went to his church. They dated for maybe a year or so - and she ended it. I liked her - she seemed very nice. So - he searched again. This girlfriend is feisty - I like that. She came to church with us also. Girlfriend #1 (80) was in charge of the refreshments for the service. Girlfriend #2 (78) sat with us. Grandpa held her hand thru most of the service - it was very sweet. Girlfriend #1 kept glancing over - and I am sure that's one of the reasons why Grandpa did it! After the service, Girlfriend #2 whispers to me, I am going to go tell Girlfriend #1 how much I loved her brownies. So now, both of Grandpa's women are in the kitchen. Wow - this was an interesting church service! After a few minutes, Girlfriend #2 comes back with the recipe and giggling. I really like her... I told her that it is funny that no matter how old we get, women are all the same!!