May 2010 - Posts
I'm on vacation this week, but popping in from time to time. I finally got "Wi-Fi-Boonies" to work, so I better keep this short before the wind blows.
We got to play with some horses yesterday.
I arrived at work this morning to find this scene at my cubicle. I suppose I should preface that since I'm anchored to the cube located in the center of my department, my desk is often the gathering place for food, conversation, and mindless entertainment.
Exhibit A: Bagels, iPads, and Party Place.
If you're a forum member who regularly checks the Pilgrimage section, this is old news. But if you don't, allow me to fill you in.
This year's Pilgrimage, to be held in Hope, Arkansas June 11th and 12th, promises to be a great time with tours, speaker auditions, and live music. But for the icing on the cake (mmm, cake), we will be holding an auction at the plant on Saturday at noon. On the block are items such as the ones seen here.
For some reason, the saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure" comes to mind. Hmm.
Get the details here. And here.
Dug up an old favorite today. Sometimes, you can't just post something once.
I'll be happy to oblige. Completely at my own expense, too. I'm feeling generous today.
Here I am in 1981 with my very first camera: the Polaroid One Step. This was taken at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary (which I am happy to report is still in operation) in St. Petersburg, Florida. We dropped by here when visiting my grandparents once or twice a year, back in the days when I still wanted to be a veterinarian. I insisted on it.
Now, about the clothing... I'm pretty sure grandma, the thrifty lady she was, bought this lovely floral ensemble at a consignment store, and dad probably forced me to wear it against my will and be happy about it, dammit. I honestly don't remember ever wearing it again, but I'm glad the photo survived. My grandma was awesome, and I can finally appreciate (and understand) her penny-pinching ways. I smile now when I think about her, and the goofy clothes she bought me for a dollar.
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On a much more serious note, I found this on the sanctuary's website:
SANCTUARY NEEDS DONATIONS for a possible impact on Florida's beaches from the Gulf Oil Spill: The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and Avian Hospital's trained staff is on stand-by to assist with the Gulf Oil Spill Crisis, with over 400 volunteers on call if needed. We are asking for more volunteers to be on emergency call and donations to the avian hospital at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida. Volunteers would need to receive hazardous materials training, NOW AVAILABLE - PINELLAS CO. (please email MIchelle Simoneau: email@example.com).
I honestly wish I lived down there right now. Help if you can!
Insomnia is the devil. It has plagued me off and on since high school, and although it was handy in college when I actually had things to do at night, it's not really working for me anymore. There is one good thing about it, though (that's me...Miss Sunny Side of Things) ... I've found that I can get so much done that I wouldn't ordinarily have time for. Such as family history digging. I hope to eventually make a book to give to my relatives, but in the meantime, the discovery process has been fun. For instance, I found out that my great grandfather, who was mayor of a small city in Florida, held a patent on an irrigation appliance in 1941. An avid golfer, he also (according to news articles of the day) created one of the first driving ranges in the US.
It's so great to think that I'm a descendant of someone who came up with one of the most colossal wastes of time and space of his generation. Sweet.
The Klipsch Headquarters backyard is home to some lovely flora (and sometimes fauna), my favorite of which are these poof-ball flowering bushes. I think they are hydrangea, but I prefer Dr Seuss Shrub.
For you gardening sticklers out there, YES, it is too early in the season for hydrangeas to bloom, and YES, I totally cheated and took this picture out of my archives from last June. So there.
Random photo of the day, taken in the Klipsch Café. Props to Chef J.J. for the lovely facing job. That's stocking items neatly with the labels out for all you non-retail types.
This cow became a mother on mother's day, having given birth just four hours before I took this picture. Unfortunately, you can't see the calf from this perspective, but I wasn't about to climb over the fence for a better look. Nosiree. She looked fine and dandy sitting there smelling the flowers, just like one of my all time favorite literary characters from childhood. Except for that whole bull thing.
Hope all mommies had a wonderful mommies day!
For your drooling pleasure:
So I had this post all ready to go, when someone in product
development told me I can't leak this stuff yet. If you are as outraged
by this injustice as I am, post a comment here!
Some of you may remember the kindergarten debacle from last summer, which ended with me enrolling Steven in a local Montessori school. Because he's quickly approaching his last couple weeks in the program, I think it's a good time to wrap up my thoughts on the experience.
Exhibit A: Recreation of the Icarus by Henri Matisse, who I'd never even heard of until this year. Steven can now tell you not only his most famous works, but a little bit about the man himself. This drawing was done by his class with some assistance, and includes their signatures in the border.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this has been the right choice.
While snapping todays seasonal building shot, I was not-so-warmly greeted by this family of Canadian geese who have decided to make our little pond out front their home.
Although I don't care much for the mom and dad, I can't resist those fluffy little babies. But they should feel free to move on in 2-3 months. Really.
And yes, we actually do get this pronunciation from time to time. I think we need to get together with this company.