Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Getting in touch with our Scottish roots

One of the great local favorites is the Highlander Festival held every October. It starts with a parade and then all of RU campus turns into a Scottish Wonderland. They have a big roped off area for sheep herding races, hammer and caber tosses, and all sorts of Scottish athletic events.
The balloon sword fights always end in tears, but oh the joy for the first 6 minutes.
Of course, the booths of Scottish garb, food, jewelry, and more always attract us. We have yet to see the McKinley clan show a presence, but you know "those" McKinleys. It's a great event put on jointly by the city and the university. Every year we say we are going to get kilts, but never do...maybe next year. Another reason we love Radford.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I am not sure what to call this move

Dangerous, mostly (on many levels).
But they think it is hysterical everytime they trot around the house this way. Boys.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Jaime

Interestingly enough, Jaime's age today is a palindrome. When I informed her she said "Big deal, it's only a two-digit number".

I remember when I first met Jaime at the tender age of 17. I thought that she was attractive, but alas she was a teenager and I didn't give it much thought beyond that. I do find it funny how my first impression was that I bet she liked the Cure and the Smiths. Funny the standards we impose sometimes. BTW I was right and she still likes the Cure and the Smiths.

Jaime, I love you with all my heart. You are funnier than I am (sometimes). Smarter than I am (most times). And more sharp, collected, level-headed, patient, logical, etc. than me (all the time). I love you for being such an amazing lover and friend. I am my happiest when I am alone with you. No offense boys, but mom comes first.

Happy Palindrome Birthday of your very own. Here is hoping you make it to 101!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


To my lover of palindromes on his most awesomest birthday ever!
Don't nod
Dogma: I am God
Never odd or even
Too bad – I hid a boot
Rats live on no evil star
No trace; not one carton
Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?
Murder for a jar of red rum
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Go hang a salami; I'm a lasagna hog!
Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!
A Toyota! Race fast... safe car: a Toyota
Straw? No, too stupid a fad; I put soot on warts
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
Doc Note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod
No, it never propagates if I set a gap or prevention
Anne, I vote more cars race Rome to Vienna
Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
Kay, a red nude, peeped under a yak
Some men interpret nine memos
Campus Motto: Bottoms up, Mac
Go deliver a dare, vile dog!
Madam, in Eden I'm Adam
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
Ah, Satan sees Natasha
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Do geese see God?
God saw I was dog
Dennis sinned

Happy Birthday and We Love You!
(and happy birthday Carl too!)

Friday, September 04, 2009

(Insert your own title because Jack wouldn't let me use mine)

He is our President! And hell yeah, we should let our children (no, require) our children to listen to our President tell them to work hard, stay in school, and yes, even give service! Even if (no, especially if) you didn't vote for him, you should send a message to your children that we still stand behind our leader. And so what, old George can do it, Reagan can do it, but put a black Democrat on the tv to do the same thing and people are outraged??? I am embarassed to read about how ignorant people won't shut up.
So, Pres Obama, please do tell my children to be contributing members of society on Tuesday, because we WILL be watching!