Wednesday, May 25, 2016

little rock...........

 I actually really enjoyed (in lieu of the cancelled trip) being home last week and off work and able to relax and do nothing if and when I wanted.  I began my summer fitness plan which means up at the crack of dawn for some exercise. on M,W, and F there is a spinning class at 6:15 to 7 and then after that I can swim 10 laps, and then on T and Th I'll be doing yoga at 5:30 am to 6:15 and then swim 10 laps. afterwards I go home to piddle in the yard or have a nice breakfast etc. great mornings!! and I'm sleeping soundly lights out by 9:30 whoosh! summer. loving it.  I have this week and next week off work then I'll return to campus to teach a summer class on T and Th during June and July.  I'm also going to teach an online Mythology class, it's about $1800 for each class divided up into bi weekly payments.  my goal every summer is to save the lump sum of paychecks we get before summer and try to live off the summer class paychecks. it's a plan.......
went to Little Rock, AR last weekend. had a pretty fun time, was nice just getting away and out of town. I had a garden club meeting on Friday night all about summer garden tours, the trip to Wichita, and fundraisers etc etc.. Saturday morning I was going to head straight up to AR, but instead went to the Garden Festival at Will Roger's Park and bought some plants, then afterwards headed out of town around 10;30 or so and showed up at the bakery where my friend works around 2 or so. we hun gout some. and then while she went to a shower, I walked down to the downtown area and walked over to a former college roommate's house to visit him and his wife and kid briefly.  when I got back, my friend T and I went to a graduation party for the couple I'm good friends with from college , their son graduated high school I got him a nice TOPO backpack for his birthday this Spring and for graduation I plan to get him a TOPO travel bag. I"m pretty excited that he's going to his parents' and my alma matar there in town. great great kid. anyway after that by around 8pm T and I went downtown to meet my best bud J for drinks. he met us there and we hung out for a bit over an hour, then back to T's place to crash. I was using a borrowed air mattress that kept deflating. I woke up at 12am and turned on the attached pump, then again at 1am, and then i was like, just move to the couch. ha
We got up Sunday morning had a nice breakfast and got packed up and out the door by about 10 or so, drove all the way to Little Rock talking the whole time, T is a real talker. then we got into Little ROck and I couldn't' help but stop by a nursery we passed by.  We went to the parents' house of our college friend K who was visiting from Portland. she had surgery a while back on her intestines, complication of when she was treated for cervical cancer a year ago, anyway, she was taking it easy and we caught up and re acquainted ourselves with her parents. her dad is an anesthesiologist and her mom a retired teacher.  her sis and brother and his wife and their kids all came over eventually and we all sat out back on the porch and visited most of the evening. they are a super welcoming close family. was lots of fun, I'd met the parents a few time after college when visiting Little Rock and K, but this was like me as an adult and a life story to share etc. ha
We crashed at K's sister's house, couch again ugh, then hung out a bit in the morning back at the folks' place and talking and such.  her dad recommended two books which I'm going to order on amazon.  "Prime" by Kulreet Chaudhary  and "food revolution" by Andreas Ennfeldt . not for any weight loss reason, but just we were talking about healthy eating and healthy living in general.  we left kara there to nap and rest up for the rest of the day with her family, and went to a coffee shop MyLo. while there, T and I talked and gabbed and located ourselves on social network, and before you know it, a college bud was sitting right down at out table.  I was cracking up at first like, who is this stranger sitting down with us with a big grin, then I realized, oh it's W!!! ha ha, a college buddy I haven't seen since college ,although I keep up with his wife on social network.  He has a studio very near there and they both are teachers and have kids etc etc, we got all caught up on everything them and little rock.  we got out of town after stopping at a few more nurseries but 4pm.
I was so beat from the drive, I overnighted at T's place, this time on an air mattress I'd borrowed from my folks and had in my truck. it was great. I came home Tuesday morning. dropped by Sams club on the way home to pick up some flowers . (I'm doing flowers for my niece's (2nd) wedding reception this weekend.
this week has been lazy! I did make it back to gym this morning but I'm not doing afternoon workouts. I decided this week to take off the workouts and then hit the gym twice a day next week morning and afternoons.  I am pretty busy getting stuff done around the house today, and then tomorrow I'll be going for a load of sand, maybe gravel. getting two walkway projects going outside. tonight I'll see my little sister and my folks' place, quick in town out of town for her.  Friday will be all about getting ready for the Saturday reception. oh yeah wish there was someone I could go to the Hockney documentary film on Thursday night. at the art museum, I'm planning to go alone if I have to, ha ;P. enjoy beginning of summer all!

freedom is the open window........................


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

crambone...........


this is what country music sounds like to a lot of people.. .ha ha