Had the sister and her hubby down to Athens MLK weekend. While the weather did not cooperate we still enjoyed having them in town and spending time. Darryl had never been to Athens and unfortunately this was not the greatest weekend for his first visit but we made the best of it. They have some big transitions coming to them soon with a move to Winston-Salem. While it has not been the easiest last month or so for them, good things happen to good people and they are a prime example.
Love the holidays, no question. We had a great trip back to The Dash and spent quality time with family and a few friends. There is never enough time to do everything you want. I suppose there are times where I wish I could go back to Winston for a week with nothing else to do and all of the old friends would still be around. Not realistic, but hopefully next time I can visit with more friends.
I miss music. More importantly, I miss playing and writing. I was rambling to a friend the other day on facebook how I have not written a true song in a long time. I have plenty of inspiration; it is just the matter to putting pen to paper with a clear head. Or maybe I just need to sit on my front porch with a beer and get to work. There is hope, although faint, we could put together a small show in April.
Realizing the thought of me holding a shotgun is half comical, half frightening is clear. Regardless, I did just that about three weeks ago when several of us from work joined a donor for a quail hunting trip. This was my first experience hunting, and to say the nerves were flowing is an understatement. Yes, handgun triggers have been pulled before but never a shotgun. Fortunately they gave us 20 gauge guns which don't pack quite the punch as some smaller gauges do. Despite the first day being my most nerve wracking I shot much better that day than I did the second. All in all it was a great first experience as the plantation was beautiful, the weather cooperated and the banter between a bunch of guys with guns was hilarious. Yes, I would go again. Not sure if I am ready to off bambi, but the murdering of little birds did not seem to bother me one bit.
Performed a slight remodel to the upstairs guest "suite." New paint, new mirror and a couple of other small details. We've lived in our house for almost two years and there are days where I feel like it needs to be more "homey." Slight changes like this I can handle and enjoy. At some point we would like to redo countertops in bathrooms, new paint colors in other rooms and molding in spare bedrooms but for now that little project hit the spot. Taking down the builders mirror was have the fun as we had zero idea how to make it work. Good thing for that Dyson vacuum is it picked up all of the little broken pieces. We do still have some other things we would like to do ... a brand new backyard and a finished basement ... but hopefully those will come with time. If we had the ability to do both of those, I think I would fall in love with this house. It certainly was not my favorite of all the ones we looked at in March/April of '08, but it has grown on me.
So the 2008 jaylowe.com awards never took place. I am sure some of you remember the writers’ strike of fall 2008. Well yeah, I am using that is an excuse for never having written them up. So the 2009 version will be up soon. This writer is back and has lots of fun things to pick apart in a review of the year that was. Stay tuned!