Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday - O is for Outdoor Festival!

Class is in session! Time once again for Alphabe-Thursday, taught by Mrs. Matlock. If you haven't been to class yet, it's ok. Mrs. Matlock makes all of the "newbies" feel welcome.
This week our assignment is on the letter O.

Last weekend was our town's annual Red Poppy Festival. There is nothing more fun than enjoying a fun outdoor festival on a beautiful Texas spring day!

Georgetown claims the title the Red Poppy Capitol of Texas. When we first moved here, this little celebration was held on the first weekend in May and was called Mayfest. Several years ago, they moved it up to April and renamed it the Red Poppy Festival. What started out as a small community celebration of spring has turned into a 2 1/2 day festival filled with a parade, music, food, art and fun. This year we had over 30,000 visitors!

The best part of the festival this year? DH's band was asked to play on the main stage. They call themselves "Borrowed Time" because they are all a bit long in the tooth to be starting the whole rock star thing :) 4 of the 6 band members met each other because our kids were all in band together. They discovered that they all played instruments, and starting playing together for fun. A friend of a friend recommended that they be asked to play the Poppy Festival. They didn't earn any money, but they had a great time. And they went over so well that they were asked to play next year as an opener for the Friday night street dance - for pay!

Now stop by and read Mrs. Matlock's rules. Then get cracking helping her to read this week's essays!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Woo Hoo Wednesday!

Hey everyone, it's Woo Hoo! Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Marla at Always Nesting. Stop by and say hello to Marla, she is a doll. And she serves the best refreshments! If you're not familiar with this fun new party, it's a weekly celebration of things that made you say Woo Hoo! this week.

If you've been reading my blog recently, you know that DH and I have started our own business. This came in the mail the other day - the final piece to the puzzle:

WOO HOO! It's official! Web site is up, already have some jobs in the pipeline and best of all, a good friend of ours (who just happens to be a FABULOUS artist) is using us for all of his framing!

This is going to be a crazy ride. But if God leads you to it, he will lead you through it, right?
Hope you are all having plenty of Woo Hoo moments this week. And don't forget to stop by and visit Marla and see what everyone else is celebrating this week!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - N is for

It's Thursday, time for my favorite class of the week. Alphabe Thursday is hosted by Mrs. Matlock at Jenny Matlock - Off on my Tangent. This week's assignment is for the letter N. I have no idea why this letter was so hard for me. I think my brain may be toast. While watching American Idol, it came to me. N stands for NO! Don't get me wrong, I actually like Mary J Blige. But really, Stairway to Heaven?

I'm a child of the sixties and seventies. I KNOW Stairway to Heaven. And even if it has become a cliched anthem to that time and place, it is still a classic. And it should be a law that no one other than Robert Plant can sing it.

I agree with the sign in the music store in Wayne's World - the one that says "No Stairway to Heaven". Yes dear readers, I just admitted to watching Wayne's World. And no, I will not tell you how many times I've watched it. You can't make me.

And I just realized that I admitted that my brain is toast and that I was watching American Idol. Do you think the two are related?

No, that can't be it. Now offer to stay after class and help read this week's essays.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Woo Hoo Wednesday!

Marla at Always Nesting is hosting a fun new party on Wednesday. Woo Hoo Wednesday lets us post about all the things that make us say "WOO HOO!" It doesn't have to be anything momentous, just something that made your day. And if you haven't met Marla, you really need to do so. She is such a fun gal, with a great sense of humor.

After a really crappy start to the year, these came via Fed X the other day. This is definitely a WOO HOO moment in our house.

Click to enlarge this next one!

That's right, baby girl is graduating! Cum Laude no less! Cait came home from middle school one day and announced that she knew what she wanted to study in college. She aspired to study music, influenced by an incredible band director named Brennan Killingsworth. We thought that she might change direction and focus before she actually started college, but she never wavered in her dream.
Well, she has accomplished the first step! We are so proud of her! This girl worked her fanny off in college, completing a 135 hour degree program in 4 years. (Note to readers with high school students - push those AP classes and tests! They enabled Cait to start with 16 credits in the bank. And at $341.00 a credit hour, that is a substantial savings!) Cait is finishing up her final semester, student teaching middle and high school band students.

Thanks for letting me brag on my baby girl! Now make sure and swing by Marla's and see what has everyone saying Woo Hoo! about this week.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday - M is for Madness!

Yippee! It's Thursday, time for my favorite class, Alphabe-Thursday. Mrs. Matlock is the BEST teacher, and this week she has assigned the letter M. There is only one word that comes to mind right now and that is MADNESS!

I manage a small animal clinic and right now I'm short 3 staff members. Which means that in addition to my regular duties which include accts payable, receivable, inventory, human resources, payroll, customer complaints, employee complaints and scheduling I am also filling in as a receptionist and on occasion, technician. First off, these bones don't do rolling on the ground with 80 lb Rottweilers as easily as they used to. Secondly, there are not enough hours in the day to do all of this. I could probably manage this with a bit more humor if my husband and I hadn't decided to start our own business. In February, DH's boss called everyone together and announced that they were closing at the end of March. DH has worked for this family for 27 years. So what to do? Start our own custom picture framing and art business. We are hoping to eventually find some local artists to publish as well, but that is going on the back burner for now.

But meanwhile, I am doing the paperwork while DH drums up customers and business.
So you'll understand why I'm posting once a week - for Mrs. Matlock!

Meanwhile, let me share my schedule for the time being.

4:30 am - rise and shine. At work by 6. Open the doors at 7. Lunch (if I'm lucky) from 12 to 1. Office closes at 5:30, unless of course an emergency comes in late. In which case, who knows.

Dinner, clean up from dinner.

Oh yeah, I'm having to work Saturdays too until one of my gals comes back from maternity leave.

Work on new web site for business, sort molding samples, sort matboard samples. Decide on artwork to carry and publish. Arrange for printing DH's photography.

Schedule shows for July, Aug, Sept and November. Oh, and we may be doing the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin, which runs from 10 am to 11 pm for two weeks before Christmas.

In addition to the daily schedule, these are our weekends through the end of May:

April 24th. DH's band plays the Red Poppy Fest. Get groupies together and party!
May 1st. Wedding in Fort Worth
May 8th. Market Days (if we can get the booth together)
May 15th. CAIT GRADUATES!!!!!
May 22nd Caiit's graduation party
May 27th Cait's 22nd birthday.

I haven't even looked at the calender for June yet - I'm afraid, very afraid. So while all I want to do right now is this....

I'll more likely be doing this ...

Make sure to help Mrs. Matlock read all the essays. Class is getting really big, and it's alot of work.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday - L is for Love

I'm trying not to be late Mrs. Matlock, but this week has been crazy. Time for my favorite class, Alphabe-Thursday. The one class every week that I NEVER miss.

This week's essay is on the letter L. Of course, I have to write about love. And actually, in this case, I think pictures ARE worth a thousand words.

Make sure to help Mrs. Matlock read all of the essays this week. Our class is getting really big!