Wednesday, January 28, 2009

minus one

We went to see the Wolfpack take on Miami last night. After leading for 3/4 of the game, the Pack blew their lead and the game went into overtime. A last second 3 made it 84-81 and won the game. I think this was the first basketball game I've been to where State won.

Goodness I miss football.

Speaking of missing things...we all missed Lt. John last night. We didn't even have the heart to throw an angry cup without him...


Monday, January 26, 2009

merrie melodies

Fred took us to the symphony yesterday.

Why are you looking at me like that? I'm telling the truth! He took Shirley and Jimmy and I to hear the NC Symphony play a lot of Rossini, Strauss, and Wagner.

There just happened to be Looney Tunes on the screen in the background.

"Bugs Bunny on Broadway" was incredible! They play the cartoons, and the symphony provides the classical soundtracks live. We got to see "The Rabbit of Seville", "Long Haired Hare," "What's Opera, Doc?," and "Baton Bunny" (among others).

It was also hilarious to be in a room of 2,000 people (mostly adults) who, upon hearing "The Ride of the Valkyries," will all sing "Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Waaaaabbit!" in perfect unison.

What a great afternoon!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


So Saturday was cow day. It's days like that that we miss Lt. John the most.

Rachael, Mike, Martha, and Jimmy showed up to help with the round up. The cows got by us once...then they decided to cooperate and head towards the cow palace. Soon, everyone had been fed and the guys were ready to get to work.

The men started sorting out the cows, sending the mamas out of the fence, and keeping the babies inside. Martha was convinced that this cow had it in for her:

It was a cold morning...don't we all look fetching in our perfectly matching winter attire and runny noses?

So we get to work. I was in charge of loading the ear tags, and Rachael was in charge of loading the bander.

They march a cow through the chute, and Dwight catches it in the head gate.

Fred holds the bull, while Mike "installs" the heavy duty rubber band (it goes EXACTLY where you think it does...)

Dwight adds the earring (yellow tags for heifers, silver tags for the bulls - well - steers), then opens the gate and releases the calf back to its mother.

Shirley hangs around for moral support:

At last we're finished. We had 36 calves. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that banding was WAY easier than clamping. After all that work, there was nothing left to do but go get that's just what we did:

A huge THANK YOU to all of you...especially to Mike, who had the hardest job. Here's hoping that the bands hold...

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

fruit salad

I'm eating fruit salad for lunch.

I've had fruit salad for lunch for the last 3 days.

Don't get me's delicious. And colorful. And healthy.

This is the 3rd batch Shirley's made in the last 3 weeks. She bought a box of tangelos from some high school kid, and now she's trying to use them up before they go bad.

I'm just glad she didn't order a giant box of cherries...


Friday, January 09, 2009


It has been brought to my attention (cough-JESSICA-cough) that I haven't updated my blog in a while. I'll get you caught up from Christmas soon. All those pics are on my new camera...and that will require some time at home to post.'s something to hold you over:

The chalkboard in our office. This is just confirmation that I have serious OCD. Ginny (my office mate) and I picked a different song each day before Christmas and counted how many times we heard it on the radio that day. Although White Christmas technically won with 10 plays, we have to keep in mind that that was over an 8 hour day. Rudolph, with 9 plays, was over 3 hours one afternoon. I hate Rudolph.

And now for something completely random...yesterday I was late for work. My reason? There was a turkey blocking the intersection. He was strutting around the intersection, walking in the exact lane people need to drive in. No one believed me. This morning, he was there again:

So...that's it for today. I promise to get Christmas up over the weekend. Really. I do.