Friday, December 2, 2022

Finally Friday - Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta

 Remember the movie  Election with Reese Witherspoon? Well, Tom Perrotta's creation is back in Tracy Flick Can't Win.  I laughed the entire time I read this book - all  chapters from various viewpoints  (the principal, the former quarterback, the School Board member, and Tracy herself). 

Jack, the principal,  is retiring and  now  Tracy has her turn. She's been the Assistant Principal who handled the time when Jack had a heart attack. She's earned this, damn it.  Time  for a break. At forty something, she's been spinning  her wheels in  this small town and it's time to  shine. 

But...slowly she can sense the tide is turning  against her. Some school board folks are meeting in  the local restaurant. Her interview with the Superintendent  takes a turn. She's always hated football. 

Tom  Perrotta  has  a wicked  sense  of  humor and can skewer the culture of small town  politics. He's nailed  it in Tracy Flick Can't Win, and frankly I hope we see Reese back in the title role of a movie  version. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Wednesday Whatever - Painting with a Twist

Saturday October 16, Trish treated me to Painting With a Twist. Basically you are provided a blank canvas, acrylic paints, and an artist guide who walks you through your creation. There were twelve fellow  artists in the room.    Phase one - lay down  some  sky
Phase 2 - road and grassy areas
Phase 3 - sidewalk, trees
Phase 4 - fountain, leaves

 Voila!   Finished products.  It was fun to see everyone's interpretation  of our autumn scene. Two hours of art and laughs. You could bring a beverage of your choice - some folks had wine,  etc - but there was no time to sip.  Salut!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Monday Moments - College Ball Energy

Saturday October 22, Ray treated me to a college football game. TCU vs. Kansas State.  What a day!

TCU came in undefeated. The pre-game party started at 4 with Frog Alley filled with booths, games, and giveaways.  Then the Frog Walk - cheerleaders, mascot, and players paraded through the quadrangle in front of the stadium. Tail gate tents were filled with food, drink, and laughter.  It  was a gorgeous day and the energy level was amped to 11. 

Inside the stadium, we walked around. Here's the TCU Horned Frog hand sign
And the Horned Frog mascot.
Quite a stadium, quite a game (we Won!!!!), and our seats at the end zone were really good. 
Here's a quote from a former undefeated coach. College football is serious business. Ray and I enjoyed witnessing the loyalty, the game, the energy, and the fun. It was a full day of sport. 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Festivities - Happy Birthday Lori

Happy Birthday Lori - my baby sis in front of her home
Lori on the Brooklyn Bridge
Lori with Dad and  our sister-in-law, Cherie, in Asheville for Dad's 80th birthday trip.
Lori and me this summer
Lori and her DE crew - there's trouble

Always a smile, always a smart comment, always  there to help dad. She's the best sister and I always joke, the best turkey, we could  have been blessed with in November. Cheers, kid!   Love ya. 

Happy Birthday Hugs

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Wednesday Pop UP

 I wasn't going to have a Wednesday post this week, but I follow the Gwynedd Preserve. It's right down the street from my father's home.  I truly hope the fall colors and this pic live are still there when I go to visit before Thanksgiving.  Dad snoozes in  the afternoons. Thus,  I can sneak  out for a stroll in some preserved nature grasslands.  How lovely!  PA is a gorgeous state if the colors are popping. 

Anyway - Happy Wednesday. Hope your week is going well. Cheers all! 

Plus I need to walk, burn  some calories, and earn the right to eat an  extra helping stuffing. 

Thanksgiving feast in PA with Dad and  my sister. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Let's have a week of Thanksgiving

I am actually in PA visiting Dad and family.  This is a past Texas turkey. Ray knows how to get that Norman Rockwell look. I hope he and his crew have a good  feast
Gobble Gobble
The annual fireplace decor

 Thanksgiving  time means Lori birthday time. Here she is from 2021 with Dad. We'll celebrate her on Friday. 

I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Thanksgiving week. 

Friday, November 18, 2022

Finally Friday - frivolous

Downhill slide for 2022. Howled through Halloween. Now trudging toward Thanksgiving. And cruising  to Christmas. 

Let's take a moment and breathe.   Random pics from friends, years, and stuff that caught my eye. 

Any beach, any time is calming.  This is a recent pic from a friend in  NC - Outer Banks

A past PA pic. I'm running through leaves as your read this
Thankful for so many folks that have been in my life and always in my heart
 Finally Friday - look for a lovely sunset. This is a desert view pic from a cousin. 

Feel calmer?   Float into your weekend and take time for yourself.  Enjoy