Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2 hours and counting......

#1 Dishes out of the sink.... check
#2 Coffee table cleaned off...... check
#3 Filing on top of file cabinet finished..... yeah, whatever
#4 Mail stacked neatly on the back of the sofa.... check
#5 Fridge cleaned out..... check
#6 Knitting put away in basket.... check
#7 Remote put back on the arm of HIS chair.... check
#8 Trash sitting by the door for him to take out..... check.

OK - I'm ready for him to come home!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

When left to my own devices.....

Things I do when Jay is gone:

#1 I read until 11 o'clock at night
#2 I leave dishes in the sink. Heck - who am I kidding. I do that anyway.
#3 I watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 endlessly
#4 I watch Trading Spaces
#5 I let the remote sit on the arm of MY chair
#6 I wear socks to bed
#7 I find something to do on a Saturday morning that involves Starbucks and a book
#8 I fall asleep in my chair in the evening. Again - who am I kidding.....
#9 I think seriously about doing the filing on top of the cabinet.
#10 I make a list of things I need to get done the day before he comes home.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A scarey moment

The elevator in my building is somewhat suspect in that its reliability is questionable. From time to time it just doesn't work. The repairman comes, shakes his head, flips a few switches and "viola" it works again. Fortunately, this is not a tall building or I probably wouldn't ever get in it. I remember getting into the elevator at the Sears Tower in Chicago and being a little apprehensive - but I digress.

Anyway - this morning I got into the elevator to go up to the copier. The doors closed and nothing happened. I just stood there for awhile - thinking that the elevator thought processes would kick in and I'd be on the move shortly. But no. I stood there for about a minute, weighing my options. There weren't many. There is a little phone inside the elevator but I knew I'd feel like a real dork calling whoever is on the other end and telling them I was stuck in the elevator. Good thing I didn't.

Apparently you have to push the button of the floor you want to go to. Who knew?

I'm just glad I figured that out before I made the phone call. It's not even Monday.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sarah and Hillary



What can you say about Tina Fey.... she is so good! :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McCain Palin Rally

Today was a HUGE McCain rally here in Fairfax and it turned out to be the biggest rally for him to date - there were over 10,000 people there. The rally was held at a park which had limited parking, so they had a shuttle service from a nearby strip mall. My friend Donna and I arrived at the mall around 7:15 am. We were loaded onto buses and shuttled to the park. There and 9,998 of our closest friends made our way into the park and through security hoops (good thing I cleaned out my purse) and then down to the area where the speeches would take place. We arrived there around 8 o'clock. The speeches weren't supposed to start until 10 - so we stood for 2 hours just waiting. Patiently. I had originally thought I would take my book and/or my knitting along to occupy my time. Good thing I thought twice about that because #1 there was nowhere to sit and #2 my knitting needles would have never made it through security! They weren't even letting people take little flags through security!



On the way through the line was a group of Obama supporters shouting all sorts of things - it was kinda fun but made me uncomfortable seeing as how I am very much a non-confrontational type of person. Here in the picture, you see a lady who "jumped the fence". She is showing off her t-shirt which says "Democrats for McCain". It caused quite the uproar!



This is a picture of the long line of people waiting to go through security. You can see that I am pretty close to the head of the line. Not sure how that happened - but you gotta love it!



There were secret service agents everywhere. Here is a picture of one of them. There is just something about a secret service man that makes me smile. It makes me feel secure (as well it should) and I love how they all "look alike". Know what I mean?




When Sarah Palin took the stage and began to speak, the crowd went wild! She was absolutely awesome! A lot of people I talked to (plus interviews I saw on TV tonite) said that the only reason they came to the rally was because of her!



It was just cool to see John McCain in person. I loved both of the speeches - it was equally cool to be in the crowd and feel the energy. It was a very fun morning! Drill baby, Drill!

Convoy of Hope



Last Saturday was supposed to be Convoy of Hope. But, there seemed to be a small issue of a hurricaine going through - we got almost 8" of rain that day - with wind- so it was postponed until Sunday. Well - Sunday was a beautiful day to say the least. Hand-picked by God!




The event was held at RFK stadium and around 10,000 people came through the gates to receive things ranging from a haircut, to help writing a resume, healthcare, a job interview and free groceries. Not the least of these things that was available to them was prayer - and a connection to a church.



As the people exited the area, they were met by greeters who asked them if there was anything that they needed prayer for. It was a perfect time to meet people - and for some people, nobody had ever asked them that before. This is a picture of the prayer team getting ready for the day.



Jay worked with security in the Kid Zone. My friend Carol and I worked in data entry. If people wanted prayer and a connection with a church, they filled out a card and then we entered the information into a computer so that they could be matched up at a later date.



This is a picture of some of the bags of groceries. There were two semi-loads of food given away that day.

It was wonderful to be a very small part of God's plan that day.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bob Newhart



Last night we went with our friends Steve and Donna to see Bob Newhart at the Warner Theatre in downtown DC. I was really looking forward to seeing him as he has been a favorite of mine for such a long time. I love his humor - and even the old jokes he tells. I always loved the Bob Newhart show on TV - and this was just a fun walk down memory lane.

You can only imagine what the crowd was like. There were few people younger than us and the majority were older. I think everybody was just ready for a nice evening of laughter - and we certainly got that and more. It was Bob's 79th birthday so when he came on stage, everyone broke into Happy Birthday - without any prompting from anybody. He was truly touched.

Except for the fact that his voice was a little weaker than I remember it, he was the same and I enjoyed listening to him.



I had not been to the Warner Theatre before - it was an absolutely beautiful place. It was very close to the Metro so it was quite convenient.



A very enjoyable evening with lots of laughter. Nice way to end the week!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Occoquan



We decided to take a short road trip this afternoon. We had heard of this little "town" called Occoquan and it ended up being about 15 miles from us. It always seems odd to me that there are these little towns that are not too far away. How they get tucked away in the middle of the city is more than I can figure out - I just know that I like it!



So here is this little town called Occoquan and it was just a precious little brick lined artsy-quilty-craftsy-winetasting-delicious little place. There were some other visitors there - but it certainly was not crowded for a labor day. It was very relaxing!



There was a walking bridge over the Occoquan River that was very nice and not the least bit scarey!




We had a nice little lunch there and walked up and down the streets, going in and out of the little stores. We came home with a nice bottle of wine and a print from a local painter.

It was nice once again to find a little place that took us out of the city - a place to get away and relax! Hope your weekend was equally as relaxing!

Pictures of Lighthouses