Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Harry Potter Finale

Just so you know, I FINALLY finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last night, so my HP fan friends, let's talk!!!!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Back in Texas

Well, it's official. My "sabbatical" is definitely over. Dad and I drove from Georgia to Texas in a Budget truck on Wednesday and Thursday, moved all of my furniture and belongings into my new apartment on Friday, and worked really hard over the weekend to get my apartment set up. Everything looks great so far, though right now I am decorating with cardboard boxes because I simply haven't had time to unpack them all. Guess what I'll be doing every evening after work for a while...

I was very excited to get back to Wedgwood yesterday. It was great fun to see all sorts of people that I have missed so much over the last 6 months. I didn't get to see nearly everyone, but I'm sure I'll catch up with everyone else soon. We have an adult choir kickoff on Wednesday, so that will be a great time for reunions.

And if all that wasn't enough to tell me life was getting back to normal, I had to go to work this morning! I have been here for an hour, checking email, voicemail, and trying to remember all that I do in this office. It will be an interesting few days at work till I get back in the swing of things, I'm sure.

Anyway, I will post pictures of my new apartment once I change my decorating scheme from cardboard boxes to something a little more appealing. And hopefully I'll have some new adventures to share soon.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Harry Potter

My family and I went to Savannah this weekend for a Special Olympics bowling tournament. While Dad and Ben went with the rest of the group from Fayette county to a baseball game on Friday evening, Mom and I headed to Barnes & Noble for the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final HP book. I was so excited to get the new book, and had never been to a midnight opening before, so I had to go for the last book. We got there around 11 pm and stood in line to get our wristbands guaranteeing us a copy of the book. Then we milled around the store until about 12:30 am, looking at the customers dressed up in HP costumes, reading Karen Kingsbury books off the shelf, and drinking a Starbucks frappucino until it was our turn to get in line. We finally got our books (I bought mine, Mom bought one for one of the other Special Olympics leaders) and left the store around 1:10 am. It was actually earlier than I had anticipated when I saw the line! Here are a few pics from the opening. I won't tell you the book ending, because I'm only halfway through. So don't tell me what happens!!!

Check out these glasses! They gave away the plastic HP glasses and Gryffindor tassle keychains with a 7-21-07 (the release date) charm. Pretty nice!

Finally, after 2 hours of waiting, I got my copy of the book. Unlike some people, though, I didn't immediately start reading. It was 3:00 the next day before I cracked the cover!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Good friends

On Tuesday I drove down to Macon to meet up with Tina, my dear friend from TX who has now moved to GA. We met at a mall, had lunch, and shopped (one of our favorite past-times). It was so great to see her and to catch up on all that has gone on in our lives for the last six months. We took our laptops into Starbucks and shared pictures and just had a great time. It was also so much fun to see her daughter, Cale, again. It's so hard to believe she's 15 months old now! It really seemed like she remembered me, which was exciting. I am going to miss them in TX. Who am I going to watch Alabama football with?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Summertime

Yes, it is summertime, and I'm finally in a place that I can experience and enjoy the heat. I know, in a couple of weeks I'll be wishing for the cool Scottish weather, but for now I am taking full advantage of the sunshine. I have thoroughly enjoyed hanging out at my parents' pool, laying out and reading in the sun, and soaking up the rays that seemed to never come out in Scotland. The other day my cousins Adam and Alex came over and joined us in the pool.
The water is so inviting that you just can't resist. Harley had a great time playing with the boys, and when he got thirsty, even he had to get some water. Isn't he funny!?!?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Blog

Welcome to my new blog! I don't expect this blog to be nearly as exciting as Barb in Scotland (www.barbinscotland.blogspot.com), since most of my time for the next couple of years will be spent in research. But I have enjoyed blogging so much while I was in Aberdeen, so I wanted to continue. And perhaps this blog will encourage me to do more than simply work and research. I'm sure I will have some fun stories and photos to share.

I hope to have some pictures from my time at home with my family to post in the next day or so. See you soon!