“I’m ok … you’re so so…”

Current Mood: hopeful

Current Music:David Bowie – Up the Hill Backwards
such fabulous lyrics, Mr. Bowie!

Hey – look at me – I’m BLoGGGgggginG!!!!!!!
as I sit here flipping and pushing pics for everyone’s amusement, I recall that no one’s up to date on things cause, well, I’ve been a poor blogger. Can I put that down as an occupation? Hobby? Therapy?

So we hung with Carrie and Nate last night (Saturday) – had dinner out at Ginza, Japanese Steak House in Cary, with Carrie’s cousin Allison and our new friends Rachel and Michael – all quite fabulous! Retired to Allison’s very nice family room, and listened to competitive playlists, shared good times and found out about the developer and the neighbors. Shocked, I tell you – shocked!!!

Friday night we hung out at the Pizza Palace with Mel, listened to the pneruotics – they’re pretty damn good live. Work’s been busy, so we didn’t stay late – I ended up doing a little work saturday morning, while chilling with Zach! yay!

Have I started enough – where to begin, really? Recovered from the beginning of the month, survived the heat, took too many pics. Seems the Wallace Women enjoyed the visiting – know everyone could have done with a bit less heat.

Saw the Incredible Hulk movie this past week – I recommend it – fun, and had a nice throw back to the show from the 70’s!

In the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed marvelous nibbles – with Viv we had a sunday brunch at Briggs in RTP. I recall enjoying Nosh with Brendan, and earlier today while watching the EuroBowl Football final game, a beer tasting guided by Tim. Tim shared with us that there are only 6 Trappist beers in the world, and had three on hand to share with us. Wow.

Friday was a bit tough, with Mom’s news of going from “we’ll see you in September” to “we’ll see you in Albany”, and Boo’s fast action force made my office time a bit more dramatic than I felt necessary – but it did remind me of how lucky I am to have such good friends – thank you both, Mel and Morgan! And Boo!

While Mom’s news was part of Friday, another part of my drama filled workday was this:
just something to ponder – the story ends with good news, a good home, and a stressful Saturday morning where it seems, at 10:45, that I’d be the kind soul to take in the puppy; at 1:45 Noelle rang me to say a happy home was found. All I wanted to do was make sure all would end well, with a ‘hey – before the pound, give me a call’ – of course, had I not emailed the entire list-serve, no one but Noelle would have known. I still have to email our realtor to let her know that, no, we did not adopt a new puppy. Weeeeeeee….

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Ok – here’s a bit of cool software if you like to have you wallpaper change from time to time – I’ve used it for a few months, like it a lot!

Blood, as always, has great links she shares often. She sent me to a TED talk, and I was stunned. I’m so glad she visits and takes stuff away from the site – it’s worth everyone’s time to visit!!!!

Ok. not quite the right time on this post, but I started Sunday pm, and now it’s kinda finished.

ciao,
:+s+:

dona nobis pacem
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

//The Price of Oil 4:47 Billy Bragg//

75 degrees … 25% less!

Current Mood: thankful
Current Music:Ingrid Michaelson – Giving Up
100 degrees equals 33% more! (thanks dano!)

Friday the 13th. Hope we all survived. I’ve done well today, only a few moments of akward conversation (how do you relate to a 21 year old Catholic Republican who’s also a bit naive?) – thankfully Anita took care of crashing through doors in a profound manner!

My day planner is more of a journal – I look at it and write down what’s happened, as opposed to using it to plan my future. Between that small fact and the one that I’m using has reused the pictures from the 2007 planner … but that’s a different riff. Today, the 13th of June, marks the passing of my grandfather, from my Mom’s side of the tree of Wallace. Walter Parry. I didn’t call ma today – wanted to, almost did at 9, but didn’t. What do you say? Still miss him? hell, I miss him – I’m sure ma felt melancholy at best.

But here’s the thing. He had a great life. I’ve read his journal entries. I recall the stories he shared with me when I paid attention (never enough …) – our family is tied up in one word remarks – “later, when I get back” – that take us to a time and place and event. Solid memories, definitive knowledge (he adored his grand children), impressions of the person.

//The Saddest Song 6 of 10 4:55 The Postal Service Give Up//

The connections, or interconnections, make me smile a bit. I think of Walt, and I recall my first motorcycle. and my stereo from high school. A yellow Chevy Monza which was the first car I drove on my own (though not legally). Riding in the back of the hatchback with the lawn mower sticking out. Bunker street. Him recovering from surgery over at 1 trinity. Birthday cake. His wigwam up on Hayes rd. Him telling me of all his jobs, we were sitting on the steps of 1 trinity. Milkman. I know he worked on the railroad – my model trains somehow connected to that. His circus wagons. His jaunty cap.

He was of the generation that saw amazing things – both amazingly good and amazingly bad. He attributed the fall of the berlin wall and the downfall of the Soviet Union to yours truly – we all laughed. I still bemusingly share that belief with others today.

//Just What I Needed 4 of 4 5:38 Toshi Reagon Music For Your Life //

The above mentioned youngin’ was an example of someone who’s life is saved to file – not as completely as ‘baby wrinkles’ whom Catie showed pics of on Facebook – that youngster will definitely never be able to escape from the file of her life. But Kristen – she spoke of deleting a picture of her doing a keg stand from her Facebook page … “it’s deleted” she said with a confidence that made me laugh. Sure it’s gone.

Gone, however, is a bit more of Walt. Every year my recollections fade ever so much – like John Parker, walt was a character, and I’ll never forget. But the details merge, become fuzzy. Thankfully we have his journals – where I can see he made notes of my mom having twins, some what unexpectedly.

Do we need to hold onto the concrete examples, or do the memories work just fine? Should I memorialize my grandfather, or just remember him? The power of the intertubes compels me… but really, for what end?

//Have To Explode 3:19 The Mountain Goats A Heartbreaking Disc of Staggering Genius//

So, Walt, thank you. For your love. Your confidence. Your never ending patience. Your wonderful daughter. May you have found your rewards. Also, where you parked the car in downtown…

ciao,
:+s+:
dona nobis pacem

“Keep Calm and Carry On”

// Both Hands (with NY Symphony) 4:52 Ani DiFranco//

75 degrees …

Current Mood: thankful
Current Music:Francis Dunnery – Good Life
but the trip to and from the airport was HEAVENLY!!!! Oh so nice to roll with the windows down.
Blood’s at the airport, heading off soon enough … ugh – got her there early cause apparently it’s a 20 minute drive, not 30. Sorry sis…

Had a fab time out in Wilmington – congrats Dani!!! Wendy and Mike managed the brood nicely, Bon Appétit has ridiculous breakfasts, everyone loves Tyler’s at American Tobacco Campus, and Blood likes my friends (I suspect they dig her too!)

Tuesday morning. gonna be hot. We’re all gonna be fine, I’m sure. It’s a good life. Family & Friends … and cool drinks!

more soon – pics galore, of course. Some even great photos!

ciao,
:+s+:
dona nobis pacem

“Keep Calm and Carry On”

so good having family…

Current Mood: thankful
Current Music:Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved
even better when they can deal with a slightly warm day in the south!

91 degrees as I type this… weeeeeee….

Blood’s enjoyed the heat, some pizza at the Palace (thanks Mel for the G&T!), some BBQ at the Shack, and we’re off to find some music.

Shari, David and Justin are off to hang with Wendy (Boo and Blood and I go in the AM) … they got to have a meal at Tyler’s at American Tobacco Campus – they kinda dug it! Also made it from Upstate to D’Town in 13 hours, including rolling through the beltway in DC and 2 food stops of some length! I’m such a slacker!

Ok.
Off to chill … ha ha ha ha ha ha …

ciao,
:+s+:
dona nobis pacem

“Keep Calm and Carry On”

Early in the morning, I remember…

Current Mood: thankful

Current Music:John Mellencamp – Pink Houses (Live Farm Aid)
driving up from Redondo with Blue in the seat next to me – zonked!!! she was cute and small.
5 years on, we’re so lucky to have such a good pup – thanks blue. Happy your day!!!

ciao,
:+s+:

dona nobis pacem
“Keep Calm and Carry On”

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cute! 🙂