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Thursday, May 21, 2015

little.things.thursday | sealed with a kiss ...

Though we gotta say goodbye, for the summer 
Baby I promise you this 
I'll send you all my love every day in a letter 
Sealed with a kiss 

Bobby Vinton | Sealed With A Kiss Lyrics 

I will be taking a brief break to celebrate our daughter's graduation and some family time.
It won't be for the summer (I just happen to like this song), but it will be less than daily for awhile.

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

black.white.wednesday | PROUD | celebrate ...


I know there were points along the way when Allyson questioned if this day was every going to get here.
Youthful impatience to reach the illustrious light at the end of the tunnel, bemoaning the exhaustive trek to the finish line; wanting it to just be over with already!
In spite of my steadfast reminder to her to slow down and enjoy every minute,
 it has, in fact, arrived and done so in the blink of an eye. 
Personally, my head is spinning at the notion of her no longer being in school.  The vast majority of her life has been in the school wash cycle.  To now retrieve her from the dryer, figuratively speaking, is mind boggling.   And just like that first school performance where I choked up not so much from her performance (which I'm sure was brilliant) but more from the realization my baby had grown up - I am fully prepared to take kleenexes to the commencement. 
THIS is a big deal.
Over the past year I have found myself expounding the value of higher education; pointing out to our son that despite the increased number of kids going to college, the end result of graduation is never to be taken for granted and should never be dismissed as 'no big deal'.
It is a HUGE deal.
In a changing world where the value of a college degree is diminished by the insurgence of fly-by-night "colleges", the opportunity to extend your education at a quality school is still a privilege and an honor.
A conversation I have never had to broach with Allyson.
At no point in her 22 years did I ever expect anything less, but neither did I assume it would simply happen.
My confidence in her never waned.

I celebrate her commitment and hard work.
I celebrate her determination to quash fear of the unknown and move away from home.
To study for not one but two degrees that often was greeted with cynicism and raised eyebrows,
and on more than one occasion provoked the question:  "well, what exactly are you going to do with that?"
I celebrate her achievement to not only graduate college,
but to graduate from Wellesley College,
the #4 ranked liberal arts college in the entire United States.
I celebrate this incredible milestone.

All the shortcomings life may throw my way,
when my children shine I am reminded how truly blessed I am.

and Proud
oh, so Proud
like busting at the seams PROUD


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My Memory Art

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

song*ography | shut up and dance ...

"Don't you dare look back. Just keep your eyes on me." I said, 
"You're holding back, " She said, "Shut up and dance with me!" 

I've lost count of how many and have assuredly ruined any chances of friendship with my lumbering ways of retrieving them from the pool area.  I know the parents find me annoying (except for the food and the water and the shelter) with my persistent threats to call Child Protective Services for their failure to jump and run every time the kittens meow.
(don't get me started about having to retrieve a stranded baby at the bottom of the pool steps at 2 am.)

(this was taken through the door window shades and screen door)

 "Shut Up And Dance" | Walk The Moon 


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | cell edition ...

Lately the vast majority of my photography has been with my cell phone so it only stands to reason that it would start to take over my blog posts.
Here are a few cellies from the weekend:

the GOOD ...

It is official: 
Allyson has accepted employment in Japan and has semi received her assignment: Tokyo. 
This became a lot more 'real' this weekend when we booked my travel to visit with her in October.

 the RANDOM ...

On the corner of I64 and Greenbrier Street stood this reception desk
- I wonder if it was intended as a message?
Admittedly the latest road construction on the interstate has compounded an already highly traveled road, often creating a pseudo parking lot; but as road rage goes, this definitely makes a statement.

 the FUN ...

I first noticed this sign outside the McDonald's well over a month ago and with each passing remarked to my husband that in a world consumed with political correctness, this is pretty harsh.
"I bet the cook doesn't appreciate being called a cow." (me: LOL!, him: rolled eyes) 
 The ad commercials started this weekend announcing sirloin steak burgers; 
 but come-on, the sign is pretty clear:  There . is . a . cow . in . the . kitchen.


 [click below to check-out other going on over at Random-osity] 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

little.things.thursday | APB on my creativity ...

last seen --- too long ago to remember.

I have tried to take inspiration from Instagram, blogs, and Tumbler, but to no avail.
Merely taking pictures from trips has ceased to satisfy my creative urge.
I find it ho-hum.
I suspect the culmination of stress, frustration, and shortage of time (or energy, or drive) has sucked the patience I need to explore my inner creativity.
The whim to venture out and capture something or somewhere or someone and turn it into art.
I miss it.  I feel the void.  I think its absence compounds the stress, frustration and lack of enthusiasm.
Based on the number of blogs that are vacantly floating or taking sabbaticals, I suspect I am not alone in this boat.  Perhaps some time adrift will succeed where forcing the issue has failed.
Perhaps a date night with my camera can rekindle the spark.
perhaps ...

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

black.white.wednesday | location location location ...

the big house

movin on up

out in the sticks


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My Memory Art

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

song*ography | oh what a beautiful mornin' ...

oh what a beautiful day 

 Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' | Rodgers and Hammerstein 


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