One of my two favorite plantation homes in Louisiana seems to be sitting right in the path of the eye of the storm. Houmas House is located in Houma, Louisiana. It is fantastic, and hopefully it was built to survive the worst of a hurricane like Gustav.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
That's the update from Kara at 7:49 PM
Tech won last night 49-24, but I'm not sure if there is a Tech fan out there that was happy with the performance. Hopefully this will be the kick in the butt that the boys need to get their acts together for the rest of the season!
That's the update from Kara at 12:21 PM
As someone who visited NOLA just a few short months after Katrina, I say let's pray the levees hold this time and save NOLA and the surrounding parishes from the devastation of 3 years ago. After seeing it in person, it is something that is hard to forget and hard to imagine that they might be facing it again.
That's the update from Kara at 12:15 PM
I just finished "The Beach House" by Jane Green. Green's latest books are VERY different from earlier works, but I really enjoyed it. It is the story of several different people and at first it is a little difficult to keep everyone straight and to figure out what they have to do with each other, but then it all comes together and is a nice story. It makes me want to go for a trip to Nantucket! I recommend it.
That's the update from Kara at 12:11 PM
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Just a few closing thoughts on the Summer Olympics... I don't know who has been tinkering with the Olympics, but I wish they would stop. Some of the tinkering has been in the name of technology, but I just don't like it. For example, the swimmers. These are the guys that are the most enjoyable athletes to behold; however, they are now covered up in crazy space looking suits. The women beach volleyball players run around in their little bikinis as eye-candy for every man in the world to enjoy (probably even in the Arab nations where they would slap a burka on them if they were on their soil). Did you see the men's beach volleyball? What were they wearing you might ask? Shorts and T-shirts! They don't even run around shirtless like they do on the beaches here in America! I can tell that men are running the IOC, and I can also tell that it is time for a woman to get her opinions in there!
I'm just saying....
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
That's right... Football season is swiftly approaching. One week and counting! Next Saturday Texas Tech Red Raiders will be playing their first game of the 2008 season. Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington at 6:00 p.m. in Lubbock. Wreck 'em Tech!
That's the update from Kara at 11:54 AM
Friday, August 22, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
I received a phone call from my department chair at the college today wanting to know if I would be willing to teach another class (a 4th). Full time faculty teach 5 if you need that measuring stick to compare 4 classes to. I said no, which I believe is a good sign that while I may have already partially lost my mind when agreeing to teach 3 classes, it isn't completely check-me-into-an-institution gone!
That's the update from Kara at 6:52 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Yeah, yeah. I know I've already announced with excitement that S&TC is being released on September 23rd, but check out THIS DVD cover... 2 disk special edition with an extended cut! When I think of September 23rd, I think "oh happy day". Don't anyone even think of getting this for me for my birthday. If you think I'm going to wait a whole month for it, then you are just CRAZY.
However, if you are searching for Christmas ideas, here is one...
That's the update from Kara at 7:00 PM
A new semester is upon me. After teaching two classes last spring at the college and one this summer, I agreed to teach three this Fall. If you talk to me in a couple of weeks and I wonder when exactly it was that I lost my mind, please just remind me that it was probably when I agreed to teach 3 classes on top of my full time lawyering job!
I was teaching a summer class that only met half as often, but ran the full length of both summer sessions, so this is my "week off" without school, as classes begin on Monday, August 25th. Of course, the college scheduled a faculty meeting that I had to attend last night, so there goes the week off. It was quite the beating (lasted over 3 hours), but very interesting too. They have rearranged some of the departments and the department chairs (due to the rapid growth, they do this quite often). Now, instead of having a department chair over History, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology and Government, Government is now grouped with Humanities, Philosophy and Speech!
It isn't really anything I had ever thought about before, but Speech/Philosophy people don't mix really well with the Government people. It was really hysterical to watch. It is a little hard to describe, but imagine that the Government people were the T-birds and the Pink Ladies from Grease and the Speech folks were part of the glee club. It was like they were scared of us, and we were ready to issue a beat down on them. Maybe you just had to be there, but it was really funny to see how intimidated they were by us, and how irritated we were at them!
Finally, our gracious dean came in and let us break apart from them and we were able to handle our business in 10 minutes...the speech/philosophy people were still there discussing their issues when we left at 8:15!
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Friday, August 15, 2008
That's the update from Kara at 8:17 PM
After hoping to watch some exciting events from the Olympics earlier today on TV, and getting stuck watching Kayaking, I decided to look up all of the "sports" that were part of the Summer Olympics. You may deduce from my tone that I do not believe each event is actually a sport, and you would be correct.
Here are some that I question the legitimacy of: Badminton, Canoe/Kayak (2 different kinds), Trampoline(!!!), Synchronized Swimming, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Table Tennis.
Trampoline? Seriously?! How old are those contestants, six maybe seven, because I don't know any self respecting adult who is going to be competing in a trampoline contest. Why not tether ball, seems like that one was overlooked by the people who thought dancing around with pretty streamers was an event?
You may find it interesting as I did, that the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will not include Baseball or Softball. Seems they were done on a trial basis and not picked up for the longterm. Fear not, all of the "have you on the edge of your seat" events listed above will still be hanging around for Jolly Old England!
That's the update from Kara at 6:27 PM
So I just went into my extra bedroom to go through my gift chest (where I store gifts that I purchase for people over the year) to wrap my friend Suzanna's birthday gift. Her birthday is coming up in early September and being the early bird that I am, I wanted to get it all wrapped and ready to give (you know, in case something crazy happens and renders me unable to giftwrap? who knows why i do things so early!).
In the extra bedroom, sitting really kind of hidden away in the corner had been a birthday present that my friend Abby brought to me (she was also being a really early bird). I had done so good fighting the urge to open it early, and really had kind of hidden it away in there so that I would forget about it until late October. Anyway, I go in there and discover that my birthday present has been opened!
Immediately, I say "Lola, you bad girl! Look what you have done! You opened MY birthday present!". Lola just looks back blankly. Then it kind of dawns on me "How could Lola have done that?". I stand there perplexed for a minute or so. I look back at Lola and she appears to be perplexed also, only I suspect she is thinking "Now, just how do you think I could have done that!" Then I have the aha moment when the light bulb clicks on and I realize that Gracie, my little house guest from Tuesday, also known around these parts as Hurricane Gracie, must have unwrapped MY birthday present! That little stinker!!!
In case you are curious, the present was a Texas Tech garden gnome, and he came out of the early unveiling unscathed. Abby says that gnome's are suppose to bring you good luck. I hope they do, but I also am now hoping that since I will have my little gnome out for the entire season, he will bring my Red Raiders lots of luck too!
P.S. I may have to start a name the gnome game. I'm trying to figure out what to name him...some thoughts have been after some of favorite Red Raiders past and present including "Sonny", "Graham", "Wes", "Rylan", or maybe even "Ruffin" after our defensive coordinator who I am confident has changed life as we know it and will deliver us a defense to match our offense this year! Right now, I think Ruffin has the lead!
That's the update from Kara at 5:27 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
For one thing, it isn't a truly opaque bright yellow, so you cannot actually tell for certain that it is toenail polish (as opposed to just yellow toenails). Considering that they make medication to correct the problem of yellow fungus toenails and that they advertise it heavily, I'm surprised that someone would think it is a good idea to (1) manufacture yellow polish, (2) choose it as a color, or (3) continue to wear it after seeing it painted on your toes.
That's the update from Kara at 3:54 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I played the role of babysitter today for 3 kids, ages 4, 5, and 9. A friend of a Mito and Lisa's died and I offered to babysit if the family needed a sitter (the lady that died had young children). Turns out there wasn't a sitter needed for the family of the deceased, but another friend of Mito's really needed a sitter in this area because they live in Fort Worth and were going east for vacation (they wanted to leave from here instead of having to go back to FW to get the kids after the funeral). Anyway, that long explanation leads you to how I ended up keeping the three kids.
Upon arrival, I was warned to watch Gracie, the 4 year old. Apparently she like to cut things (like hair), draw on walls and furniture, etc. To quote the Mom "If you think it is hidden from her, you better hide it again because she will find it!"
My adventures in babysitting included the following: Gracie playing doggy and carrying Lola's toys, bones, rawhides, etc. in her mouth as she crawled around on the floor; Gracie drinking out of Lola's water bowl; not finding Gracie right away but locating her a few seconds later in Lola's kennel; Gracie letting Lola out of the extra bedroom at least 8 different times (where frankly I had hidden Lola for her own safety); Gracie climbing the shelves of the pantry looking for candy; Gracie climbing in the refrigerator looking for watermelon; finding poop in the toilet multiple times (two of the three don't flush); and Gracie dumping the potpourri out on the coffee table because she thought it was real fruit in there. Those are just some of the adventures to name a few.
So if you have kids remember that while I will agree to babysit for free, I cannot guarantee that your kid won't drink from my dog's water bowl!
That's the update from Kara at 5:38 PM
Monday, August 11, 2008
Finally, we have received some rain this afternoon! After watching rain fall on the neighboring counties without a drop falling at my house, we finally got some measurable rain here in McK! My yard and flowers are so happy (Lola not so much)!
That's the update from Kara at 7:46 PM
Saturday, August 9, 2008
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Friday, August 8, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Many of you who may be reading this know that I read a lot, and many of you may be my book-swapping buddies, so I thought I would have posts about what I'm reading and maybe what I am watching on TV.
I have just finished the last two books in the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series. I read the first one years ago, the second one a few months ago, and decided to finish the series because it appears that the new movie that is just out actually isn't just the 2nd summer, but encompasses stories from the 3rd and 4th summers as well.
I am now reading a new book called "How to Be Single". Before you get ready to call for a straight jacket for me and think that I'm reading some crazy self help book about being single...stop... it is a novel. The author is Liz Tuccillo who was one of the writers on the Sex and the City writing staff. I'm about 200 pages in and it is a fun read. I think I will definitely be recommending it. I have found a favorite quote in this book that I have jokingly (maybe not so jokingly) said will be my mantra: "Whatever happened to the godd****ed idea that there was a lid for every pot!" Exactly I say!
As far as what I'm watching right now (well besides the usual summer stuff like "The Closer", "Project Runway", "Weeds", etc.)....
I have netflixed the HBO miniseries "John Adams". It is a 9 part series starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as Abigail Adams and I am 4 part into it. It is based on the book by David McCullough and I would highly recommend it. I may end up making my students watch some of the episodes...maybe episode two which shows the founding brothers hashing out the declaration of independence. I will say that episode one had a disturbing moment for me...someone getting tarred and feathered. Used the saying all my life, but never really thought about how that would be practically applied to someone...that is until I saw it on DVD!
P.S. the photo of Lola has nothing to do with this blog entry... completely gratuitous, but I figured I needed a photo of her in here since her name is on the title (and I can't take one right now because we are shaggy shaggy dog and have a grooming appointment tomorrow).
So from time to time, I run across funny things in my work. I thought I would use this format to share them with friends.
We had a divorce client and needed to e-mail the soon-to-be ex some documents. When Jennifer got the e-mail from the ex, the e-mail address went something like this...
this just really cracked us up! can you imagine changing your e-mail address to this? wonder why this one won out? why not, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org?
Warning to Readers: The are not real website (at least I hope they aren't)... just figments of my imagination. Please don't click on them and try to send an e-mail!
That's the update from Kara at 7:15 PM
So it seems all my friends either have blogs, myspace, facebook etc. pages. I started thinking, why not me? Sure I don't have kids that everyone wants to see updates on, and sure I rarely do anything exciting, but I realized that I have more than my fare share of shenanigans on just about a daily basis, so why the heck not! Of course, I always want to keep everyone updated with the latest Lola happenings too, so here we are... blogging for the first time.