Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"V" is for VACATION

I am on vacation!!! Whoo hoo!
Monday morning the kid and I flew to Denver then to Tennessee. We came to visit my family, who I haven't seen in two years. We will spend ten days here, then fly to Utah, spend a night there, then drive to Idaho for a few days before we go home.

Yesterday was fun. We went to Dave & Busters for dinner, then we went to the Grand Ole Opry. We saw Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, Charlie Daniels, and Opry regulars, Jimmy Dickens and Bill Anderson. All the performers were great, but the best was when Charlie Daniels sang "How Great Thou Art" for his last song.
Today we woke up early to go hit some golf balls. I have never even held a golf club, but my older brother and my oldest niece are totally into golf so the kid and I decided to go with them. It was fun, but I have to say that golf is not my "thang". Other golfers were actually laughing at me. I can't say that I blame them.

The last couple of days have been fun, and I'm looking forward to the next few. Today my little brother, his girlfriend and their daughter are coming over to see us, and my mom is making my favorite dinner....spaghetti. Tomorrow we are going to "Dollywood". Can't wait.

Hope you are all having a great week so far! :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Meet Rex

Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce the newest member of my household. Meet Rex. Rex is a two week old albino corn snake. We aren't sure yet if Rex is a male or a female, but we don't really care. We have been looking forward to bringing Rex home since he (we're going with male for now.) was hatched. We had to wait until he had eaten to make sure he was healthy, and apparently he is because he is already eating pinkies (baby mice).

I know snakes aren't every body's thing, but I love them and have wanted one since I was a kid. My dad is deathly afraid of them so it never happened. Well, except for once when I was in junior high school I found a snake and brought it home. I hid it in my closet for awhile, but then it disappeared and I have no idea what ever happened to it. I wasn't sure if the kid would want one, but he is totally into it. I even made him watch a snake eating mice just to make sure he could handle it, he thought it was very cool! Yeah! I'm so excited. I will be updating now and then so you can all see him grow, for those of you who care. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Pipe Dream

Websters dictionary defines pipe dream as follows:
Main Entry: pipe dream
Function: noun
Etymology: from the fantasies brought about by the smoking of opium
Date: 1896
: an illusory or fantastic plan, hope, or story

Oh, yes, pipe dreams. We all have them. There are the standard run of the mill ones that start out as pipe dreams, you know the things that "would be nice" but we aren't really expecting them to happen. Like winning the lottery, we think about it, we plan out what we would do with all that money, but most of us don't really expect to win.
But then there are things in our life that don't start out as pipe dreams, they start out as beautiful, palpable plans or ideas for our future. These things only turn into pipe dreams after we wake up day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and they are never realized. Sadly, these are the dreams that are hard to walk away from. You want to hold on just a little while longer because you believe in your heart of hearts that it will happen, but every time you feel like you may be close another piece of the puzzle is revealed to you, and you realize you still have so far to go. And then you start asking yourself "how long is too long?" We can't always control every situation in our life, all we can do is control how we handle the situation. Sometimes there are no easy answers, you just have to do what feels right at the time and then never look back. No regret.
Reality sucks, but sometimes it is necessary.