I'm back!

As promised, I think photos frequently tell a better tale than do words. Um, that is when you have a great photographer. Heh. This tale may have been better left unsaid. Or better told by someone else. Perhaps I should have sent you to another blogger's site? I could have done a little searching and found one perhaps! :)

You can see the ones I took and chose to put out on my web account here.

Check back over the next couple of days. I may add more as I look through them. I'll be busy truffling tomorrow and Sunday, however. Apples anyone?

In my head: Walking in Rhythm from The Blackbyrds


She's ALIVE!

Okay. I've awakened from my stupor and as I enter the eve of my DC journey for the Celebration on the Hill, I am really beginning to get excited. I mean really! I wish I was taking you all with me. Or at least that I was taking a sweet little notebook with me so I could be blogging every step of the way. But alas, I do not have that ability. You'll have to wait for my updates when I return. Unless I find some incredible internet cafe with available computers or something. HA!

I'll have my camera along, so expect more of a photo journal as I find those more entertaining to the masses anyway. Go here if you want to find a live video stream of the event. How cool is that? I've been watching them build the Wall of Hope on the Mall each night (and observing how crappy the weather looks) at this page. That's been fun.

Today my folks' and I went over to visit Kel and deliver the new microwave they bought for her place. The one she had over there finally died after it gave about 15 years of great service to me and my loved ones. The past several years you could only open the door by sticking various things into the holes at the lower corner of the machine because the push-button had broken and finally the thing that actually poked in when you pushed things into those holes had broken. Go figure. You could still open the door which the girls had ingeniously figured out by tying a piece of yarn to the latch inside the door and draping it up over the top of the door and out, but it wouldn't run regardless. I guess that pokey thing did more than open the door. There must have been some sort of safety switch or something on it. Meh. They have a replacement now.

We all went out to dinner at a great Italian place on Grand... d'Amico and Sons. It was delicious. And filling. And now I still have packing to do.

Sara? Michael? Missy? Take care of my baby this week. :( I will miss her. Smooches luv. Huge hugs. At least we are not missing dance class, eh? We'll dance our toes off next week. Keep practicing the time steps and break so you can remind me how they go. Blast my memory. Or lack thereof.

You can find tons of Relay For Life blogs here. I just discovered them tonight myself. I'll bet there will be lots-o-updates about the COH as we go along on that site. All I know is, it will rock. Emotionally. Physically. Mentally. Good times will be had by all.

In my head: lists of things to pack


That's my boy...

He may have retired from racing, but my boy Lance has big plans on his horizon... He's still climbing mountains. I'm actually hoping to bump into him as I venture off to parts east in my near future. After all, he's dealing with the big fish in this article... I'm going to be visiting the big fish myself. Perhaps we'll be swiming in the same pond! heh.

In my head: Mambo Italiano from Dean Martin...

One More Day...

I spent time truffling today and in the background had the Living DVD playing. Because of this, and the warm fuzzies I got hearing David Bailey perform his song One More Day on the video, reminding me of the several times I've heard and seen him do this live, I just wanted to share the lyrics with you (with his permission, granted via email a while back). But if you really want the full effect, you need to hear them.

I suggest you order a dvd (reasonably priced on cdbaby) or grab the song which is now available for download in all the usual places online. Better yet, buy the DVD from cdbaby. It's really inexpensive and then you can get the whole experience of seeing him perform some of his music and get a picture of one of my true heroes in this cancer fight.

Or go check his website for the concert schedule. He'll be in PA and MI soon. OK, too. He's well worth the usual small donation at the door to attend. Okay. On with the lyrics posted for a friend with adventuresome journeys and travels in the future...

One More Day (1999 Kerrville Finalist)
These lyrics are copyright (c) 2006 by david m. bailey. All rights reserved.

Don't let the grass grow beneath your busy feet
Don't let the grass grow above you when you rest
You've got one more day to get to where you're going
One more day to give your very best

Don't let the clouds forever block your sunshine
Don't let the sunshine blind you on your way
You might have years of tears put behind you
But right now you've got one more day

One more day when you can hold your children
One more day you can hold your wife
One more day when you can watch the grass grow
One more day when you can live your life

Don't let the cynics tell you they know better
better yet, don't let them talk to you at all
You've got one more day to prove that they know nothing
One more day to find your private call

Don't let your loved ones ever doubt your passion
Don't let your passion ever start to fade
I know how it feels to be so frightened
But right now, you've got one more day

One more day, when you can hold your children.....

In my head: Tucson by David M. Bailey


That list that's going 'round...

Life's to do list - Completed items are bolded

There are several things on here that I haven't done, but then again, several of them would never have made it onto my to do list. I might have to create one of these that is more realistic for me. I mean, pet a cockroach? Why the heck would I want to do that? Or hold a tarantula? Please. Ridiculous. Here's what I've completed so far of the list as it stands....

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Vacationed at a castle in Italy
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Made champagne flavored truffles
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bought a winning lottery ticket
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen an eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Played disk golf
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving (does it count if I did this in our swimming pool at home?)
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch (and yes, they were edible. Shut. Up.)
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake Dead River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been on an Alaskan cruise
86. Recorded music
87. Published a book
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on an archeological dig
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror
96. Raised child(ren)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback (I wrote about someone having a flashback today. ROFL)
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth (Fed some baby bunnies with an eye dropper. Not even close, I know.)
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet (well, I let Keli keep a snake as a pet for a day or so)
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited the Divas where they live
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Been canoe camping
126. Seen kangaroo in the wild
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Cockroaches? Yeah. Stayed with them in Florida once. Long story.
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (what is with all these eating of the meat stuff? I'm changing them all slowly but surely)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (skipped 'em all but one so far...)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head (Helped shave my kid's head... does that count?)
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life (bolded 'cuz CM told me to for all the Relay work I've done. Thanks CM)

Play along if you like.


In a quiet frame of mind.

I dunno why I've been so absent. I guess I've just had a lot on my mind and haven't felt much like sharing. I'm still not much in the mood for being "out there" right now, so posting may be sporadic. Especially with my upcoming journey to DC.

But I wanted those of you who've written sweet emails (and comments) to know that I'm fine. I'm just feeling quiet.

Kel has started school so things are pretty quiet around here, too. I brought her back to town tonight for dance class. That was a lot of fun. I'm heading out in just a minute to drive her back to her apartment. She's spending a few minutes with her boy right now. Maybe I'll drop a picture or two in of her in her new place when I get back. Or maybe not.

Isn't she beautiful?

I'll be around.


In my head: the smell of chocolate from making truffles