The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. -Proverbs 1:7

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.-Proverbs 4:7

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dirty Girl

The Saturday morning after my first week back at work.  5:30.  Rain forecasted all day.  It was my idea, but I was wondering why when I dragged out of bed before light.
 Someone who has done this before told us you have to tape your shoes on or they will get sucked into a mud pit along the route.
 It wasn't exactly raining at the VERY beginning.  I think it had drizzled and then stopped.  We had already been there for two hours before the first wave of runners and I do know there was a brief period of "not raining".
 What you should know about this picture:  We volunteered for a 5 hour stint checking gear prior to running.  There was a period of time where we stood in a deluge of rain.  For 30 minutes.  The temp was hovering around 60.  Not my favorite part of the day, by a longshot.  For at least six hours, we were wet to the bone.  And cold.  What you should also know is that if you (Well, maybe not you.) stand next to someone who probably doesn't break 105 clothed and soaking wet, it will be readily apparent you haven't seen 105 in awhile.  Like 25 years, lol.

 Checking gear. 
 Lots of costumes today.  The run fundraised for breast and ovarian cancer.  I did not see a single ovary themed costume.  Just sayin'.

 Alicia and her friends before the race.
 Lining up.
 Go.  This is probably where I should come clean and just say I pretty much walked the course.  That's as far as I took it.  I was already wet and cold.  Someone needed to take pictures. (That's my typical excuse, lol.) And,  School starts Monday.  I have those herniated discs in my back which pretty much always cause pain.  I was nervous about aggravating them further since they frown on teachers not showing up for work.  This was half run, half obstacle course.  I didn't know what to expect.  After witnessing the event, I realize I could have done it and probably been fine.  Totally getting a team together for next year.  Who's in?

 He was in charge of SnapChat, I believe.
Sometimes, I let people take pictures of me.  So there will be proof I am a real, live person and not just some awesome character someone dreamed up.  :-)  Ryan was nice and brought us towels when we called him.  They made nice blankets until they were wet.  This is me.  8 hours in.  Ready to go home.  Still, it was an awesome day.  Will do it again.  Rain or shine.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Calvert Cliffs

This place has been on my list of places to go for a long time.  I'm not sure why we've never been over there until today.  Maybe, because I thought I would have to drive over the Bay Bridge to get to it?  (I'm scared a long bridges like that.)  If you haven't been, you should go.  It's an easy hike (3.6 miles total) on a maintained and mostly flat path.  Scenery includes forest, swamp (Marsh?  I don't know the difference between the two.) and eventually a beach on the Chesapeake.  Most people go there to hunt fossils and shark teeth.  We did a little of that, but didn't have much luck finding any.
 The youngest of us is going to be the tallest.
Anyone know what kind of bug does this to trees?

Some little kid trying to be funny.  The hike from parking lot to beach is 1.8 miles.  They wrote this little message 5 minutes before the forest ended and the beach started.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Maryland's First State Park

Washington Monument State Park

 Jac looks like he has been playing video games for too long.  Because, he has been.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Slow Going

I used to be much faster at these sorts of things.  Not so much anymore.  Totally out of practice.  I found this little collection of fabrics (in my pitiful collection) when I was cleaning my sewing room the other day.  In theory, I'm making two jackets, a dress and a blouse.  We'll see what happens in reality.  Just getting the pieces cut is taking me forever.  Even with the cat's help.  ;-)

I do have a cutting table, but I've always been partial to the floor.  :-)
 The first of the cold weather knitting.  In progress.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Black Hills Regional Park

Occasionally I wake up with some need to spend the day outside.  Today.  They (I am blaming it on them.) were slow moving, so it wasn't the whole day.  Mostly, we suck at rowing.  Probably, because we do it so infrequently.  We should do it more.  We might.


 One of those things about me is I am terrified of water.   My mom says I was born scared of it. Maybe everyone thought I'd outgrow it.  I didn't.  That said, I'm fairly conscious about letting fear control my life.  This would be a shot of my wonderful family (most of them) leaning from one side and then to the other trying to make me think the boat would tip over.  They are so nice to me sometimes.

 Obligatory picture of me.  I look kind of annoyed, but whatever.  The kids are growing concerned when I die there will not be a visual record of me.  Like I never existed.  I'm humoring them.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tribute to Princess D

If you asked me when we became friends, I wouldn't have an answer for you.  Because, I don't know.  I can't remember how it happened. 
How strange is that?  I don't forget anything.  Really.
What do I remember?  Looking across the aisle at church and seeing this lady I had absolutely nothing in common with.  She was glittery and princess-y.  Me?  I'm not.  I don't really like any of that stuff. 
On the surface, the odds of friendship were not in our favor. 
Something happened.  Crinkly plastic.  Front row.  Camp where we listened to music all night long every night for a week while we pretended to sleep on bunks built for children.  "Turn left at the pineapple."  Giant tissue paper flowers. It wasn't a question for the game at her party, but the answer is passion fruit tea.  Venti.  With a Splenda.  Duct tape roses.  Wedding pictures.  She sang to me on my 40th birthday. Journals. Sliced mango with salt and pepper.  Dinner at Ledo's.  Lazy, Sunday breakfast at the Mt. Airy Inn.  It happened in there somewhere...we became friends. 
The kind where I feel like I've always known her.  Maybe that's why I can't remember when it happened?
The kind I'd never give up for anything in the world.
Princess D, I hope you had the best birthday.  I hope it was everything you imagined it would be.  Love you.