Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I really want to put this in my yard next year, but I won't. The neighbors might think that I am really rude, which I am not. I just really like to laugh...and this made me laugh. Ebby Ray
Monday, October 29, 2007
Yesterday my mom and I went to the mall. When I came out of the house my hair was still wet. My mom told me that I was going to get pneumonia. I said, "what?", and she repeated herself and added that it was cold outside. I had to giggle. She had on a little jacket and jeans and regular shoes. I had on jeans, a short sleeved shirt and flip-flops. I guess after living in Minnesota for 4 years this weather doesn't feel so cold as it does to others.
When we did live in Minnesota, Veronica would take a shower in the morning and go catch the bus with wet hair...when it was around zero outside. I would get on her about this, but when I told her my story about my mom yesterday she reminded me that she would get little ice crystals in her hair on the way to school.
One other thing that use to happen when it was below zero would be Cole screaming, "Aaaaaaaaaaaa, my nose hairs have frozen!" That would crack me up. The one thing that bothered me would be when I had my neck gator on and up around my nose, and my eyelashes would get ice crystals on them.
It is getting cooler, but at least last weekend we were still able to get in the ocean, and the kids are still running around in shorts and playing outside. I think that we will be wearing sweatshirts Christmas Day.
Have a great day!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
You can't tell in the picture, but the tree on the left has a tire swing hanging from one of the branches. This made me think of Ronnie. He is the one that the kids go to when they want to play. The get silly and laugh all the time.
The tree on the right is me. When the kids need comfort and to fix an injury they come to me. So the long hanging branches are me and a place of comfort.
This is corney I know, but I love this spot.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
There really isn't much going on here this weekend. I don't have any "beefs" right now either. I know...amazing.
As everyone knows there have been the horrible fires in California. Some of those fires were in the county where Ronnie's mom and uncle live. I know that they weren't in danger of having the fires take their homes, but it is still scary. We received an email from Ronnie's other uncle, Mike, saying that he was ok and that if the fires came near his home they would head to the beach. He lives down by San Diego. The bad thing now is the ash in the air. That travels so far and effects so many people that weren't even near the fires. I hope that some rain comes and cleans the air.
We had a great time while Ronnie's other uncle and aunt, Frank and Rhonda, were in town. We hung out at the beach and pool on Sunday. Ronnie let the boys stay home from school on Monday and they did some running around in the morning, and then Uncle Frank took the boys boogy boarding in the afternoon. That night we went to dinner at the pizza place where Ronnie works. They have great pizza. Monday evening they got a phone call that their flight was cancelled out of Myrtle Beach. They would fly out of Charleston. Get to Charleston and they couldn't return their car there. On to Agusta, GA....flight cancelled. They would have to spend the night in Atlanta and fly out of there. Can you believe all of that. Two cancelled flights and four airports in two days. Bummer end to an otherwise good trip.
Well I am going to go enjoy the rain. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Friday, October 26, 2007
There is a theater in town called The Alabama Theater. They do an ongoing variety show and occasionally have big name concerts there such as Wayne Newton and Kenny Chesney. They are changing from their normal show to the christmas show this weekend. I was asked to come help with the change over. For some reason they chosen to do this in the wee hours of the morning. So I will be working the shows at HOB then scooting over to Alabama Theater until the next morning and sleeping during the days.
I told Ebby to just pretend I was out of town for the next three days.
Anyway, I hope you all have a nice fall weekend. It is going to get down into the 60's here over the next couple of days. I know....BRRRRRRR! I will update more when things settle. In the meantime, look for Ebby's fabulous updates and "beefs".
Quote for today:
"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
-Allan K. Chalmers
Monday, October 22, 2007
Jelly fish with flourescent black light behind tank
Cole and two puffer fish. This is an actual photo. It was not staged or altered.
Cool looking sawfish
"Fish are friends, NOT FOOD!!" Awesome picture, huh!?
The "Dad Dates" have been one of the many joys of having kids. These are some of the times that I will remember long after the kids have left the house.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
On Saturday Ronnie and Cole went to the local Aquarium for the afternoon. They also went grocery shopping for me. I hung around the house doing some chores. Hunter was again invited over to another friend's house for the night last night. The rest of us just hung around the house for the evening.
Today Ronnie's Uncle Frank and Aunt Rhonda come into town. They live in the Seattle, Washington area. They are in South Carolina because their daughter graduated from Army basic training. They then drove her to her tech school up in Virginia and are stopping by here for a couple of days. I am so excited that they decided to make Myrtle Beach part of their trip. We don't get to see them very often...maybe once every two or three years...if that often. It will be good to see them.
We are so proud of Jenna. Ronnie and I love the military. As a matter of fact he tried to go back in two years ago. I was very sad that they rejected him (due to having only one kidney). I think everyone knows that our daughter, English, is in the Air Force and we are very proud of her as well. She is at the Defense Language Institute studying Korean.
Now please don't leave comments about the war, President Bush, or any other anti-military statement. I am not saying that I agree/disagree with our government or what is going on in the world. The reason that I love the military is the opportunity it gives young people that may or may not know what they want to do when they grow up. It offers them free training and skills that they might not have ever been able to afford or have gotten. The benefits are amazing. If you do it right you can come out of the military and be offered numerous jobs. Ronnie has gotten two jobs that I know of just because he was in the Army. I just offers great opportunities to people.
Well, I must go get ready for family to come into town. This is going to be fun!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Anyway...yesterday was Grandparents Day at Cole's school. He invited my mom and dad to come and have lunch with him. They went and ate with him and said that the food was actually good. There wasn't much else going on except for lunch, but it was the first time one of the kids were able to have grandparents come to school for Grandparents Day. It was great.
Then last night my mom, Cole, Veronica and I went to the middle school football game to listen to Hunter play with the band. My mom seemed to have a great time cheering for the football team as one of her friend's grandson was an offensive lineman. I got to see Hunter play and I must say the band was pretty good. The drums weren't all mushy as some drum lines can be (can you tell that Ronnie has rubbed off on me?) I was very impressed and it was a good night.
We are supposed to get some bad storms today. We will get all the ones that tore through the central states yesterday. My friend Wendi has a tornado come through her part of Florida. I don't ever remember having tornados this close to the coast, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't happened or won't happen.
Well have a great day everyone!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I worked the Blues Traveler show at HOB last night. It was a really good show. The songs were great. The crowd was mellow. All of the security and servers were in a great mood. Overall it was a great show.
Musically speaking, it was one of the most talented bands to come through since I have worked there. It was very impressive. I actually got to kind of watch the whole show.
I was at a position called "Green Room Right." At this position, you control the flow of who goes backstage. Only people with special wrist bands get to go backstage. Mostly band members and tour managers. Usually no groupies. So it is not really a hard position. You get some curious people but not very many. Because it is kind of a slow position, you can really interact with the guest who are seated on stools nearby. Last night I was cutting up with some firemen who had traveled from Wilmington (one hour north). Toward the end of the show, since they were so cool, I got them some pricier seats in the reserved section that had not been sold. They had a good time.
After the show we did our usual pre-clean up activities. There were several people lingering nearby in the upstairs bar. When you work Green Room Right you cannot leave the position until every single person is gone from the upstairs section. So I stayed put.
About 10 minutes after the band was done, the tour manager came out and asked if we could leave the upstairs bar open because the band wanted to come out and have some drinks. Nick, my manager, said, "Sure!"
I have mixed feelings because it was a late show to begin with. It is 12:30 already and I am ready to go home. BUT...I may get to meet the band, which ,believe it or not, is unusual.
I did get to meet the band...45 minutes later when they were done drinking and completely hammered. Not pretty. They were also enjoying the company of some very intoxicated ladies. Also not pretty.
All of the awesome notes that they had played earlier were starting to get sour. And it got worse.
After they were done drinking at the bar and making their way back to the green room, one band member--which will remain un-named--looked at me and asked if I knew where they could find some "party favors", and tapped his right nostril. After I gave him my dealer's number, I..............wait for it................ JUST KIDDING!!
Seriously, the guy asked me if I knew where to get him some cocaine. I was mildly shocked. I really have never had to respond to that question or one like it. It's not like responding to, "Dude...what time is it?" Or maybe,"Hey man, where's the bathroom?" Or, "How do I get to the beach from here?" So, I just shook my head and said, "Man, I have no idea." They thanked me, shook my hand, and were on their way.
Once they were gone, I was able to leave my post. I went downstairs and told my manager what had just happened. He just shook his head and told me that the lady on "un-named band member's" arm--who he escorted backstage--was also a married woman. Unreal.
Seeing people at their best and at their worst all in one night was really epic and visceral to me. It stirred up some emotions deep inside of me. The battle between good and evil was playing out right in front of my eyes.
The whole thing just got me thinking about light and darkness, and the consequences of sin, and how if the Lord hadn't rescued me from sin and darkness that same scene could have played out in my life. At first I was judging all of the characters in that story. Thinking to myself, "How could they be so sinful?!" Then it's like the Lord whispered to my heart, "You are a sinner too. But I saved you from that darkness." Immediately my heart turned from judgement to pity for them. Because they are lost in their sin right now...like I was.
The whole situation made me glad that I have found The Light . It also affirmed to me that I don't want to live outside of that Light. I don't want to live in darkness. I want to do what's right, because it's right. I want to live in a way that directs glory and honor toward the Lord. I want to be light in this dark world.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Next! Why on earth would the media tell women to tweeze their eyebrows all their life, and then let a woman know that at my age (YES I AM 40 AND PROUD OF IT....Wendi) you shouldn't tweeze your eyebrows anymore? Thin eyebrows make you look older, more harsh and angry.
Also, I should be covering my grey with hair color, BUT I should use a lighter color because dark hair color (like my natural color...right now I have some high lights) makes you look older and harsher. Isn't grey a lighter color? Shouldn't I just go ahead and let my grey come on through? OH NO! Grey hair is old, too.
Here is another one. At my age (once again I am 40) I shouldn't let my hair grow past my shoulders....like it is now. Below shoulder length hair is not for women in their 40's. When I reach my 50's I should then cut my hair again and keep it above chin level.
Here is what I am going to do. I am going to tweeze my eyebrows pencil thin. Then I am going to go back to my natural hair color which is very dark brown. While coloring my hair back to it's natural color I am going to NOT color the grey hairs. Then I am going to continue letting my hair grow down to my butt. After I accomplish all of that I am going to see if people like me for it anymore and if they will actually tell me how wrong I am in the world of eyebrows and hair color and length.
That is what I am going to do!
I hope you have an awesome day. Be thankful and enjoy what you have in front of you. Since I do not have anything to say I will let someone else do the talking for me. Here is a quote:
I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
Martha Washington (1732 - 1802)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Here is my idea of a day that is as close to perfect as you can get. Some people may have a different idea of a perfect day, but here is mine.
- No work.
- Sleeping in.
- Near perfect weather. You know, 78 deg., sunny, dry, and no clouds.
- Two cups of coffee.
- Good church service with good worship.
- Picking up something for lunch at the grocery store.
- Dropping the kids off at Grandma's house.
- Driving to The Point at Cherry Grove Beach with my awesome wife.
- Enjoying the company of said wife without interruption for an entire afternoon and a picnic lunch.
- Activities would include: talking, laughing, game of cribbage, walking hand and hand along the beach, wading in the Atlantic Ocean, etc.
- Picking up the kids and hanging out with them for a while.
- Eating dinner at the dining room table with said kids.
- Talking to good friends on the phone.
- Relaxing the rest of the evening until it is time to go to bed.
Crazy thing is...that is the day I had today. Perfect days like this do not come along very often. I was totally soaking up and savoring the whole thing. I am thankful for it. It was awesome.
There actually hasn't been much going on here at the Ray house. Yesterday I finished painting the second office where I work. Looks so much better with a fresh coat of paint. I did it by myself this time, which wasn't nearly as much fun as when I painted with my mom, but it also took me about five hours. There was so much cutting in. I think that it was worth all the soreness I feel this morning. My kneees are making some crazy noises now. Lots of crackling and other sounds.
After painting Ronnie, Hunter, Cole and I went to the point to take a walk on the beach. Last time it was just Ronnie and I. The boys really seemed to enjoy it up there. They had fun looking at all the hermit crabs. We saw a sand bar that went way out and around a big "pool" so we decided to see if we could make it around by taking the sand bar route. Most of the time the water was at our ankels, but once it got up to our calves (Cole's knees). Probably doesn't sound fun, but it was an adventure for the boys.
The other thing we saw were tons of fishing boats coming in to weigh their catches for the King Maceral fishing contest. They were going so fast up the coast to the jetties and then down the Intracoastal Waterway to the weighin station.
After that we came home, I collapsed, Ronnie went to work at the House of Blues, I made Salmon for dinner and then hit the sack. This morning we are going to church and then packing a picnic lunch. We are going to go eat on the beach up in Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina, which is only about 20 minutes away. Hopefully it will be a nice relaxing day.
I hope you have a wonderful day, too!
Friday, October 12, 2007
On another note, most of you have knowledge of my extreme affinity for all things coffee. I recently found a product at our grocery store that rocked my coffee world. Not because of how innovative and different it is, but because it is so simple, yet so ingenious. We all know about the various flavors of creamer that are out there. For instance there is French Vanilla, Irish Creme, Cinnamon Hazelnut, etc,. Those are all very tasty. But what I found is a carton of Half & Half with the sugar right in it!! INGENIOUS!! I KNOW!! No fancy flavors. Just the cream and the sugar mixed together in ONE container--beautiful.
For those of you coffee drinkers who enjoy your coffee creamy AND sweet, like I do, this is a must-try. It is so yummy! AND you get everything you like in your coffee in one easy step. I am SO excited about this.
Soon I will do a post about coffee. Some things you know and some things you may not know. Be looking for that one.
Have an awesome sweet and creamy day!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I want to say thank you to everyone for your incredible hospitality. Also for playing "taxi" for me while I am there.
She just keeps getting hotter by the day!
Well TTFN! Have a lovely fall day where ever you may be.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Ronnie is off to Rochester, MN this weekend. Not only does he get to go and play drums, which is his most favorite thing to do, but he is also spoiled by those he is staying with. They go out to eat, eat some more, play a little music, eat some more...are you seeing a pattern here? This weekend he stayedwith the Rietvelds and the Carlsons...two awsome families. I make reference here to the Carlson's having two babies on the way. Let me set the record straight. They say that they are only having one, but I think that it is twins or triplets. I also think that they should name this child after me. The Rietvelds on the other hand have my two future daughter-in-laws in their home.
Now on to Veronica. She told me on Friday that she is now 5'10" now. Ugh. How can she be that much taller than me? She is still enjoying working out with the volleyball team. She is planning a trip to Rochester during Christmas break. Veronica got her mid-term report and had all A's.
Hunter is doing well. He got a wonderful mid-term report from school...all A's. He is also still working his way up in band. He has to challenge those ahead of him in percussion. He has won three and one just let him have his place. He is still playing with the Jazz band. Hunter was also asked to move up to a Honors English class, which he did.
Cole is doing well in school. He got good remarks from his teachers at mid-term. He is still hoping for a good friend that he can spend the night with. :)
English is doing great. She just got a promotion to a "yellow rope", which makes her somekind of leader. I can't keep it all straight. She was excited so I know it was good. She will also get promoted to an E-3 this month. This will be a pay raise and another bar on her arm. I can't wait for her to come home for Christmas.
I think that leaves me. Nothing new here with me. I think that I am going to take the kids to the Shrimp and Jazz Festival today. Although I may convince myself to just lay here and do nothing just like I did yesterday. Won't take much convincing really. My mom and I painted my office at work last weekend. I think that we are going to finish the trim this week some time.
Well just some tid-bits of our life. Hope you all have a great day.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
You can imagine what my head, face and arms looked like. Thankfully I had all black on so my clothes didn't get destroyed. My under shirt and other under garments were a crazy tie-dyeish blend of all the colors I mentioned above. Thank goodness it only took one shower to get all of it off. It was one LONG shower though.
The crazy part is, the crowd loved it. Some of them even wore white t-shirts so that after the dousing occurred they had a free souvenir. After GWAR was done all of their faces had this weird zombie-like green tint to them.
Overall it was an experience I won't soon forget.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
We had a wonderful time while Jan was here. We didn't do very many "things." It was mostly a take-it-as-it-comes kind of a trip. Don't get me wrong we were busy most of the time but no particular daily agenda, per se. We did let the kids skip school one day while she was here. They all went and messed around while I was at work.
After she left my work schedule got pretty busy. Friday night was the GWAR show at HOB. I will do a whole blog just about that. So stay tuned. Let me just say this: I did not look the same when I got home from work that night. How's that for a teaser? Then work, work, work at the pizza place.
I am gearing up to go back to MN again this weekend. I love getting to play drums. So it should be fun. Just so EVERYBODY KNOWS, and there is NO CONFUSION, I will be staying with the Rietvelds this weekend.
I apologize that this entry is bland. I have stories that I want to share...belive me. I just do not have the time to put them all down right now. So as I said before, stay tuned. The good stuff is coming.