29 August 2008

The Fab Four

The Fab Four!
Back = Kirsten, Charla
Front = Amy, Lisa

The FAB FOUR was formed several years ago when we all worked together at Coder Elementary in Aledo, TX. The FAB FOUR is a support team, an idea network, a comedy club, a sounding board, a therapy group, and most of all...good friends! Each of us has our own traits and characteristics, our own strengths and weaknesses, and our own life experiences that we bring to the friendship, and we all benefit from these unique and personal gifts.

Some of the qualities I see in each of the FAB FOUR:

CHARLA is...
cheerful, kind, dependable, concerned about others

AMY is...
considerate, thoughtful, loving, aware of how others feel

LISA is...
generous, compassionate, hospitable, organized

dependable, energetic, supportive, helpful

We recently got together for a "girls night" at Lisa's beautiful new home down in Corsicana and although we are all in different places, doing different things, we picked up (as usual) right where we left off the last time we were all together. The result was a fun night filled with lots of yummy food (Lisa is an amazing chef!), lots of laughs, and a relaxing time that we all needed.




Heading to the lake, and...




Dancing chickens, and...

more laughing!

I love these friends of mine and I am so grateful that I have been blessed to have them walk into my life and leave their footprints on my heart!

10 August 2008

A problem

I have a problem. Well, I have lots of problems (no commentary on that from any members of the peanut gallery) but this is a problem that distracts me from family, friends, and life when it takes over. The problem I have? Books.

How can books be a problem? Well, for me the problem is that when I have a good book waiting to be read, I have to finish it. No closing it up for the night and coming back to it tomorrow. No bookmarks to keep my place. Nope, if it's good and I like it, I have to get to the end right away. It's a problem! But not necessarily a bad problem, right (no comment, Brian!).

The problem recently surfaced with a newly published book called Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. It's the most recent book in the Twilight saga, which is about true love and oh yeah, vampires (you should read it, mom!).

In all honesty, it took me awhile to get into the whole vampire saga that enflamed the literary world with the publication of Twilight, but once I cracked the spine I too became hypnotized and found myself unable to do anything but read until it was over. Since then I have "devoured" each book in the series as it has been published. (Obviously this post calls for "vampire" related terminology!).

This book has been sitting on my table waiting and waiting for me to open it up so that I could be swept back into the world of Bella, Edward, and Jake. My literary friends, who have found themselves "sinking" into the pages of this book, have been waiting for me to get it read.

However, being the responsible grown-up that I am (or at least that I'm supposed to be), I actually ignored the book for days because I had so many things that had to be done. Reality check: being responsible was "draining" because all I wanted to do was curl up and read.

So last night, that's what I did. I opened the book at 5:30 pm (have you ever noticed that a new book smells good when you open it!) and that was it, Breaking Dawn had a hold of my literary "jugular!" I moved from room to room, from one spot to another around the house until finally, I closed it at 3:30 am with a tremendous sense of satisfaction that it was all good!

What a marvelous way to spend a Friday night (or any night when there are no other distractions or responsibilities). But now you can see that books really can be a problem - at least for me! Thank goodness Brian loves me despite my problem!

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