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Monday, August 3, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | DC style ...

Allyson departed for Japan out of Washington, DC where she underwent a day of orientation and schmoozing with the Japanese Ambassador. While she was off having fun with that, the husband and I walked around DC for some 10 hours. According to my iWatch, we hoofed a little over 12 miles 
- seems like more; 
still, an enjoyable 10 hours on a beautiful day. 


 the GOOD ...


The last time we visited (the kids have since been to DC with their 8th grade classes) - but the last time 'we' visited, Allyson was 15 months old. She especially like the Washington Monument because she could run - probably the last point in her life where she actually enjoyed running.
This is a girl who firmly believes that running late should qualify as exercise. 
#notafan #whatsthehurry 


 the RANDOM ...


No trip is complete without a visit to a Cheesecake Factory. The meals were delicious (as always), and my dessert was as well despite the meringue being nothing more than melted marshmallow, emphasis on the melted. My mom and grandmothers could teach the Cheesecake Factory a thing or two about 'real' meringue - #1: it does not melt off the side. 
 #stillgood 


 the FUN ...


After dropping Allyson off at Dulles, we headed back to Tyson's Corner to stay another day before returning home. What better way to distract you from shipping your kid to the netherlands of the earth than some retail therapy. Tyson's is the old stomping grounds for my brother and me from the '80s when the mall had one level and The Hecht Company was the 'go-to' department store. I barely recognize the place now - but still, great fun.
 We stayed at the Hyatt which is attached to the mall; 
- I HIGHLY recommend it. 
#sorrynotsorry Allyson!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

song*ography | leaving on a jet plane ...

So kiss me and smile for me 
Tell me that you'll wait for me 
Hold me like you'll never let me go 


Allyson is days away from her departure for Tokyo, Japan.
The process is bittersweet - I am super excited for her while at the same time wishing she were closer.
But what an adventure.
Oh, to be young again.


But, I'm leavin' on a jet plane 
Don't know when I'll be back again 
Oh babe, I hate to go

Leaving on a Jet Plane | John Denver 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | especially ...

the GOOD ...


Ike's new 'thing' is to curl up beside me in the recliner and watch TV/ piddle on the computer/ read/ or snooze. The new 'thing' Ike isn't so fond of - the washer/dryer. Surprisingly being able to see the spin cycle isn't as much fun as one might think, consequently when he goes through the laundry room 
he gives it a wide birth traversing his way to the other side.


 the RANDOM ...


Random might be an understatement when describing the "animal" cakes at Walmart. 
 This one we titled "melted pig". 
 The picture doesn't do it justice. 



 the FUN ...


Haddad Riverfront Park - Charleston's transformation of a blasé boat dock to a performance stage and further down, "Magic Island" with playground equipment for kids. Due to a tractor-trailer fiasco on the Interstate the other evening, we had to go a different route home which in turn gave me a different view of this park.   
The circular design of the stage cover is to mimic a sternwheel 
- the site of many sternwheel regattas. 


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

black.white.wednesday | steeple ...

Here's the church, and here's the steeple 
Open the door and see all the people
~


Greenbrier Wedding Chapel

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

song.ography | give PEACE a chance ...


Two, one two three four 
Everrybody's talking about 
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism 
This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m. 

 All we are saying is give peace a chance 
All we are saying is give peace a chance



Give Peace A Chance | John Lennon 

~
Peace Pole Project
Peace Poles carry a message:  "May Peace Prevail on Earth".
It is estimated more than 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated worldwide in nearly every country on earth.
These were created in the USA and hope to inspire a world united in peace.

Now wouldn't that be truly amazing.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | all aboard ...

the GOOD ...


We had lunch with family this weekend to start the farewell tour of Allyson before she embarks for Japan to begin her post-college life.  Appropriate for the occasion are fiberglass trains 
artfully decorated and situated throughout downtown Huntington.



the RANDOM ...


While the designs might be random, they are all supporting a unified cause - The Hoops Family Children's Hospital, 
a specialized division of a local hospital, providing care for the tri-state's children.




the FUN ...



Some of the designs are rather whimsical and fun. 


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All Aboard! Artisans Express is a collaborative public art initiative between the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, the City of Huntington and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary with the support of many organizations and businesses throughout the community. In keeping with Chicago’s Cows on Parade and Lexington’s Horse Mania, artists from throughout the Tri-State will apply their creativity to 42 fiberglass train engine models that will be displayed throughout the city next year. Artists will submit their ideas and those selected will take several months to create their model. The trains will be installed and on display in Huntington’s downtown from May 9, 2015 through October 31, 2015. At the close of the project, a special event, All Aboard! Rendezvous at the Rails, will be held to auction the trains off as a fundraiser for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. Follow the project on Twitter at @ArtisansExpress or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tristateartisansexpress. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

black.white.wednesday | splitting hairs ...


I am in communications with a group that will come out and help collect the cats and kittens and have them spayed/neutered and released - possibly adopted. Problem is
that unless there is "something unique" or "catchy" about the cat,
they risk being taken to the pound and put down because there is a limit on how many cats the hospital will spay/neuter.  
I am guessing the cut off is under 10 and we are closer to 20.

 "will any let you touch them?" - No. 
 Oh how I wish they would - my life would be infinitely easier/harder if they would.
Easier to care for them and prospectively get them adopted.
Harder to let go, especially if to the tombs.


"are any unique?" - Define "unique". 
Every kitten, like every child, is unique and beautiful and adorable.

Don't get me wrong, I am so SO appreciative of any help I can get to put a stop for the kitty farm, 
I  just can't be the one that sends them off to be euthanized.


I am breaking the rules of black/white, 
just like I will probably have to break a few rules to salvage these cats. 

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