Tag: family

Meeting Lexie and Lenny

My brother Chris is a fellow animal lover and rescue volunteer, recently joining forces with Our Pal’s Place here in Marietta (I use the phrase “joining forces” advisedly because my brother is a force to be reckoned with!). Among the many tasks he takes on for them is being K9 coach, trainer, and friend of …

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Protected: Over the Weekend

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Where did the holiday go?

I had good intentions for this five-day weekend, I truly did. Like so many of my good intentions, they didn’t get completely fulfilled. I was going to: catch up on the massive grading backlog. Well, I at least sorted out the papers and graded a little bit. A very little bit. get a bunch of …

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I Don’t Do It Alone, Part I

Friday’s post might have sounded like I try to do everything with Art of the Firebird all by myself. Well, I don’t — there are two people on whom I rely! My husband, Gary, tends to stay behind the scenes most of the time, but he’s vital to my success. Any time there’s a problem …

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Synchronicity

In the “it’s a small world” category, DH got an email yesterday from his daughter.? She’d posted some of the pictures from our wedding on her MySpace page, and had gotten a message from one of her friends:? “Hey, I think I know your stepmother.” Yep.? My stepdaughter’s friend B is a long-time co-worker at …

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Another unusual romantic gift!

Once again DH comes through with an idiosyncratically perfect romantic gift for Valentine’s Day: Seriously — it is! ? Over Christmas break the techno-idiots in our IT department at school managed to totally mung up my computer, meaning it took most of two days to fix it back to where it needed to be.? This …

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It’s Christmas Eve — where is Christmas?

It’s been so hard this year to find any real holiday spirit.? The most I’ve had was the night we put up and decorated the tree; since then I’ve mostly just had the feeling of “please just let it be over and done with!”? A big aspect of my humbug is that the overblown crass …

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The show, and Aunt Mary

DH’s Aunt Mary passed away today.? She’d been failing rapidly the past few days, so it was not surprising.? There will be a memorial service, probably next weekend, and she’s donated her body to Emory University (which I totally appreciate and approve of).? She wasn’t in any pain (thanks to a morphine drip), and evidently …

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Flashback

Most Sundays we go over to the east side of town to see DH’s Aunt Mary.? She was the first of his family to whom I was introduced, and I absolutely enjoy visiting her.? She is a delightful person who always manages to be positive and upbeat even when she’s feeling bad, and being able …

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