December’s Midpoint

Hello readers, no I have not fallen off the face of the Earth (we believe it’s flat again, right?) It has been a busy couple of months. My friends Rick and his husband, Charles, along with another friend, John, all came out to visit the weekend before my birthday in November. Then for my birthday, Shawn and I went to one of the wine dinners hosted by the Wigwam Resort – excellent wine and meal. Thanksgiving it was quiet, only the four of us here at home. Then Rachael was done with her semester a couple weeks later and to celebrate another straight A semester, she got her wisdom teeth pulled the first day of winter break. As of today that was one week ago, and yesterday we drove over to pick Gretchen up from school. In the car, I turned to tell Rachael something and almost screamed. Her jaw had a big yellow bruise and it startled me because I couldn’t think who would have beaten her. Then I remembered she had her wisdom teeth pulled; it’s funny how I did not notice the bruising in the light of the house. It was the first time Rachael has ventured out since the procedure.

At the end of October, Rachael was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Gretchen has completed another class at EMCC through the ACE program and still has a week to go before the semester finishes at high school. Meanwhile we’ve been getting ready for Christmas. Last weekend Shawn, his mom and I went out to the German Christmas market at Frontier Town, Cave Creek. The three of us had a fun time. And yesterday I spent some time wrapping presents. Yippee my favorite chore.

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December outing
Festive family fun
Christmas lights shine bright

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Happy Anniversary

Since both girls were on fall break, my in-laws flew down to visit over the long holiday weekend, and I think we had a fun-filled time. Friday October 6 was opening night for The Monster Menagerie at Alwun house. We went and saw Shawn’s artwork. Then Saturday afternoon everyone went out to eat over at PF Chang’s. You know you frequent a place too often when the waitress walks over to your table, smiles and says, Oh it’s my friends one Bloody Mary and Virgin Bloody Mary. Sunday afternoon we had lunch at Denny’s and then spent some time at Barnes and Noble. Monday morning we got up bright and early to drive up to Sedona and spent the day there walking around and shopping. Tuesday it was off to the movies and then dinner at Oregano’s in Tempe for Mimi and Poppo’s last night in Phoenix. Wednesday they shuffled off to Buffalo and Rachael headed back to school. Gretchen has the rest of the week off until her college class Saturday morning. Last Saturday her professor was impressed with her essay and I posted it on Facebook. The evil twin replied, Umm… it’s Saturday. Is it really?! Yes, the poor child has school 6 days a week.

Today Shawn and I have been married for twenty-one years. For our big 20th anniversary we spent the day enjoying The Ales on Rails train ride at the Verde Valley Railway. It happened to fall a couple days before our anniversary due to when Rachael had fall break and the train schedule. When I posted the photo of our trip on Tuesday, I realized I was short one limerick for year 21. At Oregano’s I noticed they had Italian wedding soup and I ordered a bowl. Well Shawn seems to enjoy taking and sharing the most unflattering photos. I told him he has no one but himself to blame for this limerick.

Foolish husband holds up camera and peers
through its lens until his wife sneers
he snaps a quick shot
and being a twat
shares it on Facebook to haunt her for years

And no, I am not posting the photo here so unless you are friends with me on Facebook, you will just have to imagine how unflattering my facial expression is. 😛

Monsoon Storm – Response poem

 

A summer day
Sweltering, hot and sticky
The season
Ending soon
The sun shining
After weekend storm
Trees tumbled over
Walls crumbled down
Cleanup has begun
Poet responds
Wishing for fall
And a chill wind

 

On Friday August 11, I was sitting in my bedroom reading a book – The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr. On vacation in Germany, I went into the bookstore at Dachau and bought a book. It’s about a young Russian girl hiding from German soldiers with Przewalski horses. As I was reading, I heard a crack. Look out the window and even though it is dark, it appears as if the tree is touching the driveway. I go out and investigate. It is touching the driveway. Rachael comes out and we both hear more cracking. So yes, I call my husband in a panic because I don’t want the tree damaging the house. He came home and did some trimming at 11pm Friday night.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning we all awoke to wind and rain. Our neighborhood was right under a microburst. August 12 was the fall kickoff for the ACE program at EMCC. As we were driving to the college, we saw toppled trees and even walls. We were fortunate that the palo verde in the front yard did not suffer any more damage. I was thankful Shawn did some trimming before the storm. Though he is skeptical it is what kept our tree standing. Across the street one family had a tree fall into their bedroom. I think it could have been us too.

Yesterday I read Benita’s Reply poem and thought of the response of summer vs. spring. And because my wedding anniversary and birthday happen in the fall, it is my favorite season. Not to mention between the rain and thunderstorms delaying my flight back home at the beginning of the month and now the cleanup we have to do with the latest round of storms, I’m done with summer.

Lost in Translation

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Hotel Door

Drucken
push door
lost in translation
too much beer imbibed
Drunken

Yes, I think I am having too much fun with the elfchen, elevenie, poem form. And yes, I took a picture of one of the hotel doors because my daughter took German and failed to inform her mother one needs to be drunk in order to use doors in Germany. Actually when I sent her the photo she told me, I don’t remember mom, but it’s either push or pull. Apparently her German taught her useful terms. Drucken is push and was also on doors at the rest areas we stopped at, but they also had push in English. Until I saw a door without the English translation, I didn’t pay much attention to the German. This was not the first time we were lost in German translation.

Germany Adventure

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Dinner in Munich

Family
vacations together
highlights of Germany
nonstop for twelve days
Exhausted

I’m back home in Phoenix. After all the plane time I logged in, the flight from Buffalo to Phoenix was the worst. It was delayed over 6 hours because of all the thunderstorms on the east coast Thursday August 3rd. I finally got into Phoenix 2:30am on August 4th only to find my husband stranded me at the airport. He didn’t realize Southwest uses the same flight number for their nonstop trips. He checked the flight time for my number and read it was on time 8:00pm, but since it was after midnight he was reading the flight status for the August 4th plane which hadn’t even taken off since it was 1am AZ time and not due to leave Buffalo until 6:30pm Eastern time. He should have clicked check yesterday’s flight. When I was on the plane I sent him a text, on the plane should be in Phoenix at 2:30am Phoenix time. Wheels hit Phoenix at 2:22, I take my phone off airplane mode and get a text, says your flight won’t get in til 8, call me when you land. Needless to say I was a little pissed. I told him 2:30am and I couldn’t communicate with him while my phone was on airplane mode. Meanwhile I was up for 24 hours by this point and then he was getting short with me. He wasn’t the one stuck in an airport for over 6 hours wondering if his flight was going to take off only to find he was stranded at the airport once he finally did get home. On top of that, while I was communicating with him when I was stuck in the Buffalo airport he said, ha-ha looks like you’ll be sleeping at sky harbor and I’ll pick you up later. Another thing that pissed me off, you don’t joke about not picking someone up when they’re dealing with flight delays and cancellations.

So exhausted definitely is the right word right now. Also I’m still a little angry since I don’t see how Shawn was getting mad at me. He was given a pretty accurate time by me for the plane’s arrival and unless he heard different from me should have trusted my last communication. I mean if we were somehow further delayed, I’d most likely be able to communicate it to him. I was keeping him up to date on the flight status throughout the day. Next time I’m seriously thinking of taking a taxi. There was a nice line of them ready and waiting outside the airport.

Well school is starting this week and so far I haven’t even completely unpacked from my trip, let alone go over all the school paperwork. I missed the high school registration this year being in Germany, but apparently not all the paperwork. The reason a parent goes with them is to update paperwork. While Gretchen gets her schedule, id card and bus info, I fill out paperwork. Apparently Shawn had no idea how to fill it out, so it was brought home completely blank. UGH!