Speaking of the dark side...you have NO IDEA how excited I am about Alan and I getting tickets to the Nascar race this Sunday. Yes, I have an inner redneck and I LOVE IT!! Alan is not nearly as excited as I am about this...but hell, I go to one TCU lilly pad jumping contest a year...he can come with me and see a bunch of really freaking loud cars make an ass load of left turns! Alan's aunt hooked us up with the tickets...they are even in a suite! Rednecks in the lap of luxury...that can get dangerous!
Well, I have had a hellish couple of weeks...but I have just 8 more weeks of school! Then 4 weeks of summer school...I see the light! I just realized that we only have 6 months until our wedding...dude! Going from a point in my life when my sister would only consider buying houses that had garage apartments for me to live out my old spinster life...to being 6 months until my freaking wedding...it pretty cool!
I took Alan out for his birthday last night...nothing special, but he got to have a good ol' fashion Texas Steak...something we dont often find at the restaurants we go to together. Then we bought his birthday present! I know it may not sound all too exciting, but he is thrilled! I bought him a small table and 2 chairs to go on his porch. We are just going to use it as our new dining room! We sat out there last night and enjoyed a bottle of wine, then this morning we enjoyed our breakfast and coffee while admiring last weeks gardening handiwork. It is a very relaxing experience!
Well...boring ol' emaroo doesnt have much more to say...too tired to think these days!
In related news, I finally got the new burner up and running, so I made a mix CD of some of my favorite tunes (this particular disc is half covers, half original tracks). Featured artists include Ben Folds, Siouxsie, Eisley, Social D, Air, and a very fine new track by Magnet. If you want a copy, just hit me up with a comment and I'll send one your way.
Emaroo and I left the D-FW area last Wednesday morning after a brief meeting with the church's wedding coordinator, and headed down 281 through the hamlets of Glen Rose, Hico, Hamilton, Lampasas, Fredericksburg and others en route to our final destination of Mo-Ranch (see last blog entry). We arrived to find we were the only people in the entire campground, which actually turned out to be kind of nice. Wednesday night, we set up camp and cooked dinner (a delicious stew, slaved over at home by Emaroo several days before) and then crashed.
Thursday was beautiful - a hearty breakfast, hiking, wading in the rapid, clear waters of the Guadalupe and a trip to Kerrville that included a stopover at the James Avery compound and visits to several cool little shops (Emaroo even got a Kinky for Governor sticker).
Sometime around 1am Friday morning, it began raining. Hard. By 7am, it was still raining, there was a little bit of water coming in the tent (though not much, thankfully) and everything outside was soaked. So, we hauled everything into the small building containing the bathrooms and proceeded to cook breakfast in the ladies' room while everything dried out under the industrial gas heater in the mens' room. We finally got everything (mostly) dry, loaded the car and headed south on the twisting, turning Highway 16 through Bandera to San Antonio (I highly recommend this drive rather than boring old I-10). Friday night was spent on the Riverwalk at Cafe Ole and a somewhat-cheesy piano bar; Saturday was spent at El Mercado and a brief tour through the Rivercenter Mall, and then we headed north to New Braunfels, or more specifically, Gruene, for a nice meal at the Grist Mill with Jamie and Susan. After a night's stay at an EXTREMELY crappy hotel (I won't do them the honor of a link), we headed home for some rest and recovery before returning to work.
Pictures of the trip (a whole Memory Stick and four-and-a-half film rolls' worth!) should be posted next week.
I also spent some of the weekend sorting through my past, as I went through several large boxes of stuff in my garage, throwing away most of the stuff and saving the items that still mean the most to me (primarily project and radio show tapes and pictures). It feels like a rite of passage, sorting through all the remnants of my life that I (as a former packrat) kept over the years. It was weird (and tough) at times, but I realize it's a necessary thing as I close out one phase of my life and move on to the next.
We leave Wednesday to head southward for several days of camping and R&R, including dinner with the Oxleys in New Braunfels. Should be a blast - Em and I both need a getaway, and the forecast (so far) says we're in for beautiful weather.
Em has some tests today at the doc, so keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Thursday I literally CHUCKED in the middle of my class! Kids were all around! OMG! At one point, I believe a kid just about stuck his head in the trash can with me to ask, "Miss, are you ok?" My reply was, "Not really, hon...can you please go away?" I came home only to get the worse case of the aches and chills I have ever had...had over a 100* fever after 3 Tylenol. Life sucked last night...
This morning my migraines came back...I still feel like ass, but as least I can sit up straight.
Thats all...I am just pitiful...oh well, at least I am now on SPRING BREAK! I just want to spend it well! Alan and I have a great Hill Country trip planned for this week...