Friday, August 5, 2011
A Little Rain
I woke up earlier than usual this morning because the dogs needed to go out. We weren't able to take them to the backyard at all yesterday due to the ant mounds that formed after we watered the grass. Typically that doesn't happen, but during drought conditions, the ants, like us, need a water supply. We've been quite respectful of the water restrictions, so I guess the newly fallen water on the grass, was like heaven to those ants! Oh what we wouldn't do for a little bit of rain. Anyway, I was happy to know that at 6 am, the temperatures were down to a cool 85 degrees. If I wasn't in pain in areas that bounce when running, I certainly would have hit the pavement this morning! I sure do miss that.
I've currently been trying to work on some brochures for a portion of our new business that we can get up and running without a store front, but I'm having a hard time getting the information into the brochures without plagiarizing. Do you remember doing research papers? You had to have certain information in your papers, otherwise it would be useless. That's how these brochures are because I'm taking a program I'm certified to use on the "road" so to speak. I have to put certain information out there so schools will know why they "need" this for their students. I know I could cite my sources, but is that proper for a brochure? I'm such a firm believer in this particular program, that if I can just get the words right, I know I can sell it. I've used it in my classrooms for years.
Anyway, enough of that for now! Can I just tell you how very excited I am to be going to Alabama? We're going for business, but we'll squeeze some fun in there too. I love the Deep South. When I'm there, I feel like I'm home. There is nothing like driving through Birmingham, Alabama, or my favorite college town, Auburn. The trip itself will take us through Louisiana, Mississippi... I love it! I know this sounds odd, considering the difficult time I've had adjusting to the small town I live in now, but here's the difference... the people you come across in the south are genuinely friendly. They aren't trying to be something they're not. Oh I'm sure they exist, but not in such large numbers, and like I said, I feel like I'm home there.
My hope for this small road trip is that the phone call I'm supposed to receive is nothing but good news. With the kids in the car not knowing a thing, and the wife in the car wanting to hear the news right away... I want to be able to say I have a clean bill of health.
Tomorrow, the mother-in-law is coming to town and we're going to the wife's cousin's baby shower. I really don't like baby showers or wedding showers. I don't like the games you have to play. Lets just have cake and open presents! After the shower, we're going gambling. This after the fit I threw in Oklahoma due to a night of losing. "I just wanted to go to Bricktown! I am not going gambling again.. hmphh!" Yeah well, I cave to the temptation each and every time. We will also be gambling in Alabama. Our hotel just happens to have a casino in it. Woohoo! You know... maybe I'll just win something there.
Okay... it's time for me to get moving. We have some school supply shopping to do, and a baby shower present to buy.
Before I go, I'll leave you with a Lucinda Williams song. It isn't the greatest version, but this is a song I played often when road-tripping through the south. Her song Righteously is another song I love. I'll put that in another post. :) Have a great Friday!