Dear Meh

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That’s pretty much how I feel today. Meh. Eh. Shrug. Whatever. Nothing is wrong. Nothing hurts. I slept fine so I’m not tired. But, I’m also not focused and refreshed and sparkly. I’m just – meh. One of those days for no logical reason at all when you would just sit there and watch tv or listen to the radio and not really react much to anything you see or hear. Not singing along to a song. Not reacting with outrage to anything on the news, not laughing particularly hard at anything funny. Its baseball opening day and I’ve been listening to the local sports radio station while I work and still not feeling amped up about going home to watch the game. Just zoned out and – blah.

Oddly enough, I think I need to go for a run! Haven’t been out since Saturday. Been busy getting my own stuff done & making sure 15 got his homework done so that we could take a night off from the routine last night. It was amazing how hard I had to work to pull that off! Maybe I’m having a rebound day from that? I don’t know. Don’t really feel like searching for a reason. Because, you know – meh!

Anyhow – here’s a rare treat. 15 willingly in a picture – and smiling!

We had a birthday bonfire for Renee last night at Fiesta Island after a bike time trial. Coach T needed 15 and I to help with keeping time so since we were all out there together we got pizzas and birthday bundt cake and  relaxed by a fire afterwards. It was a tad cold 🙂

Meh, me.

 

 

Old school family photos

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September 1982

Watch out folks! I’ve got this scanning thing down and my parents brought me some old photos. Wait, why am I telling you guys to watch out? It’s ME who is going to be mortified at the fashions and hair styles!! This one isn’t too bad actually. I’m 17 here. My mom is behind me, my dad to my left and his only brother, Jim is behind him. Yes, I know, it looks like Jim is my mom’s brother doesn’t it? Dad and Jim’s parents were total physical opposites just as my own parents are. As you’ll see below, my dad took after his dad. Jim took after their mother. Would have been interesting if my parents had more than one child to see if there had been a similar split with the genes again. I know that darker characteristics are supposed to be dominant, but, um…have you seen my boys???

June 83 Dad & Grandpa

Gotta love the cigarette between the fingers there. Grandpa was a character & a half. Smoked, drank and lived to close to the century mark. An old New Orleans judge. Can’t you just hear his gravelly voice?

June 83 Brooks clan

Ah, there’s the first shot of wtf? hair! You’ll notice that twenty years later I wised up and went back to the 1982 version of my hair – all one length thank gawd. That wavy frizzy mess in layers was a disaster and took forever just to get to look like that mess up there!! But, it was the 80s eh? Big hair. Check.

The occasion was my high school graduation hence the ultra dorky ribbon necklace. Grandpa and then wife Lea came out from Louisiana for the party. Dad and Jim’s mom passed away well before I was born so I never met her. Lea owned a very well known Pralines shop in the French Quarter  of New Orleans. Looking at this I just realized how short grandpa was! Where did Uncle Jim get that height eh? Must be from their mom’s side.

Yes, I am having issues with setting the photos in the scanner straight. So? Crooked ads character!

Let’s not even discuss the brick and wood on the walls OK? Or, if you look closely at the second one, the dark brown shag carpet. Oh, and the college dorm era white floor stand light! I really do have to wonder if there will ever be a fashion and decor era like the 70s and 80s that will look SO dated and SO ridiculous and be SO easy to pinpoint? I mean, will dramatically colored walls, wood/laminate floors & granite counter tops be considered SO turn of the century 2000’s in thirty years?

 

Touchdown catch

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Lining Up at Wide Receiver

Lining Up at Wide Receiver

Between plays
Between plays

I’m trying again with these photos from the 9/26/09 game when SportsBoy had his touchdown catch. There was a professional photog on the field that day which I just remembered about so I was thrilled to find these. Hopefully WordPress allows me to load them this time!!!

The Catch

The Catch

Hold on!

Hold on!

Gearing up to celebrate...

Gearing up to celebrate...

Yeaaah!! Primal Scream!

Yeaaah!! Primal Scream!

Jump in teammates arms!

Jump in teammates arms!

If you look closely he’s still screaming in that last one 🙂

And since it seems to have worked just now, I shall not push my luck with any further pictures or commentary. I’m just hitting Publish and crossing my fingers!

Summer project – surprise pictures

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This weekend a dear friend from DailyKos sent me an email letting me know he had enjoyed my post on the hike that SportsBoy and I took. Of course he enjoyed it – I took him on the same hike when he was out here to visit last year! More than that though, Eddie C loves pictures and happy stories. He’s been the most recent host of a long running series on the blog called Got a Happy Story? Started on Friday nights back in 2005 the hosting duties have changed hands over the years and it’s also switched to Monday nights but the theme is the same – let’s spread some cheer. Give that the blog is largely rather deeply political – and back in 2005 was mired in the depression of another 4 years of Bush – we needed a place to go to exchange stories of a brighter nature 🙂 Well, Eddie is (quite thankfully) inundated with work this summer and in need to guest hosts and he very sweetly asked me to host one week. So, before I could scare myself out of it, I said yes. Then I promptly freaked out to one of my other Kos friends since I’ve written a grand total of 3 diaries in 4 years there!! Aaaaaaacccckkkk!!!

Still, in the spirit of adventure that try to embrace during the summer weeks while the boy is gone, this is a fun assignment. So I wisely chose the Monday after the 4th of July weekend to give me time to come up with something good. Eddie had loved the photos from the hike and suggested something about the Torrey Pines trails and flaura and fauna and bird life. I’m still pondering the gist of the diary, though I think I will highlight a particular day on the trail that was rather spectacular. Of course, I have no pictures from that day, but, I decided to dig around to find a series of pictures showing SB on the trails. Growing up on them specifically. Looking for prior photos tonight, I remembered the stack of photo CD’s from the pre-digital camera days.

JACKPOT!

So I shall share with you some flashbacks. Just a sneak peak tonight as I just finished downloading the first 5 discs. There’s about 9 more and my whole body is stiff from last night’s work out so I want to lie down, but check out these cutie pies:

Music Man and Sports Boy Jan 2002

Music Man and Sports Boy Jan 2002

Sweet Prince and Sports Boy Feb 2004

Sweet Prince and Sports Boy Oct 2003

August Moms Baltimore - Oct 2003

August Moms Baltimore - Oct 2003

There’s your tease – back with more over the coming days!

July 4th pictures

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Just sharing a few here. For the complete album of beach scenes and houses and people and sunsets, go here.

From the deck of the house we had a perfect view to the north of Dana Point and the fireworks display just off shore. To the south we could see the fireworks from the San Clemente pier. The kabobs on the grill are from Henry’s – those of you in So Cal with access to them, I highly recommend them! Mmmmm… (I know, I already did the obligatory food post, but really, those were yummy!)