Friday, August 6, 2010

7 Quick Take For Friday

1. Well I'm finally back on my computer. My and my hubby's laptops both kicked the bucket about the same time. I didn't know computer withdraws would be so bad! :) Thankfully it turned out there was only a problem with my power cord. My hubby's computer wasn't so lucky

2. As if that wasn't enough the alternator in my car when out too. When it rains it pours I guess. Thankfully we have a friend who works on cars. He was able to fix it quickly without costing us two arms and a leg. :)

3. On a positive note, while my car and computer was broken I was able to get a lot of work done around the house. We've lived here for almost 2 years and we still haven't completely unpacked. I made a big dent in the pile of boxes still waiting to be unpacked. 

4. It's hotter than heck. It rained the last two weeks. In retrospect, I would gladly take rain over heat any old day! I think I am going to move to Alaska and be a reverse snow bird. I WISH! :)

5. School is in the air. This summer has flown by. I can't believe the kids go back the 22. I am starting to think this old adage is true-"The older you get-the faster time seems to fly."

6. I am excited to be going back to work. I will be starting the school year as a long term substitute teacher in a special education sever and profound class. Teaching the kids is not what concerns me. They will be fine. It's the aids I will be over that concerns me. I've never been boss over anyone and I'm more than a little nervous. Any advice on dealing with others? Particularly when you in charge over them? 

7. Tomorrow will be the first woman's retreat that we are having at our church. I'm super excited about it. The theme of the retreat is "Recipe for Life." We will be cooking and learning what the Biblical Recipe for life is. 

What's going on with you? I hope everyone has a great day and a fabulous weekend! 


Monday, August 2, 2010

Lost Oaks

Lost Oaks

Last week I went on a day cation with some friends to Galveston. My friend Ev was eager to show me something she had discovered there but she wouldn't tell me what it was. Well we ended up on East Beach in front of a fantastic sculpture made entirely out of a tree. 

The Tin Man  is one of the Lost Oaks of Galveston. You may recall that Hurricane Ike scored a direct hit on Galveston on September 13, 2008. Although Hurricane Ike caused widespread financial catastrophe, the only lasting physical effects of Ike were the loss of thousands of oak trees. Before the storm, huge oaks lined the streets of the East End Historical District, making a great canopy to shade the residents as they dodged the Texas sun. Ike changed that. In typical Galveston fashion, the residents of the neighborhood turned lemons into lemonade by turning dead trees into art. Most of the sculptures are on private property but the owners don't mind if you look at them. They are very proud of their yard art.
 If you ever get a chance to go to Galveston Island I recommend you check out the Lost Oaks! They rock!

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