Thankful Thursday for June 9th

Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!
Forgive the crappy iPhone quality photo, but look at that little belly!!

So I don’t even know where to start on this post because the best thing ever happened last night.  It would be number 1 on this list of good things, and that is that we got our pug puppy, Mearl-Purvis Ponder (Mearl for short)!  She is darling, and we are in love.  She slept through the night (that is after we gave in to her whining in her crate and put her in bed with us).  K. and I are both smitten.

If you’re local and wondering if Mearl Purvis sounds familiar, you’d be right.  She’s the anchorwoman out of Memphis.  We were flipping channels watching for snow day information one time, and we somehow ended up on Memphis.  I heard the name Mearl Purvis, and I said, “That’s an interesting name,” and Kelly took to calling me that as a pet name whenever I’d get sassy (e.g. all the time).  When he asked me what we would name our new puppy, of course I said, Mearl-Purvis Ponder!  We named our last cat after the Pope so there you go.  Speaking of the cats, they’re kind of still a little freaked out/curious, but it hasn’t been quite as bad as I thought it would be so I’m hopeful we’ll all get on the same page!  We are now those people that have four pets.  Feel free to judge us.

Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.
Dimitri (Tuxedo Cat) and Francis (Russian Blue) enjoying a last moment of peace before Mearl arrived.

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Thankful Thursday for May 26th

Just so you know, when I start these blogs, I always in my head imagine addressing you all in a radio voice.  “Good afternoon, blog world.  It’s Thursday again, and you know what that means,” and so on and so on.  I always have to fight the urge to do that at work when I use the radio, too.  Instead of saying, “Does anybody copy?” I always have to fight not to start my own little radio show right then and there.  I don’t know what it is about the radio because I hate the sound of my own voice (especially on Snapchat), and I rarely have anything that interesting to say.  I think I just like how radio voices always remind of summer. This week has been great, but I think that’s because I’m eagerly anticipating a three day weekend, too.  So without further ado, here’s your top ten countdown of good things (say in radio voice.  It’s not really a top ten.  I don’t know how many it will be, I just was thinking in radio speak, again.)!

  • The local farmer’s market has reopened.  We went recently and wandered around.  They didn’t have all the veggies ready that I like just yet, but we did leave with two tomato plants.  They also had greyhounds to pet which made me happy.  Although I am elated to get a pug, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for hounds.  I love Greyhounds and Italian Greyhounds, but my favorite are Afghan Hounds.  It’s just too much dog for our family, and in my experience, Italian Greyhounds are a little too skittish for our life with Fran and the other cats.
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer's market
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer’s market
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?

     

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Friends and Family

The past weekend was a great weekend for our family.  We celebrated Mom’s upcoming retirement.  On Friday afternoon, she had a work celebration in the Humanities building, and all our family came down from St. Louis, too.  It was so nice to hear so many people say the amazing things I already knew about my Mom.  She had a great speech prepared, but the best pleasant surprise from the party was yet to come.  Several of the Deans honored her with the Robin Hicks Business Scholarship.  Our entire family were so touched and happy for Mom!  Well deserved, mind you. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve had to wait as she problem solved for them in the parking lot on the way to the car, on the phone during the middle of our conversations, and other inconvenient times were I whispered threats in the background of telling them off.  She’s finally all our’s again!  It was really a very touching and fun afternoon.

Rhicks will live on forever at A-State!  Not that I ever doubted that.
Rhicks will live on forever at A-State! Not that I ever doubted that.

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“Songs from the Edge of the World”

Oh, weekend of plenty!  What I desperately needed before the normal routine at work resumed came just in time this weekend.  Perhaps, it goes even deeper.  Perhaps, it’s what I needed in life right at this moment.  My words won’t adequately capture it all, but I’ll make a go of it for my own records anyway.

Saturday morning, and I’m waking up to my frolicsome silver cat snuggles and my bearded love wondering if I might make him breakfast. I adore weekend mornings: thick slices of quiet near the ones I care about the most.  Here we are with messy hair, side by side at the table.  Here we are with the kitties fighting or dozing nearby, depending on their moods.  Sometimes I am screaming at the top of my lungs that they are “driving me crazy” as they hiss, fight, and run laps around the house.   Other days, I am doting on them.  I whisper as Francis dozes by my breakfast plate, “You are the most handsome cat to ever live.  You are the most darling of them all.”  He ignores me no matter whether I offer criticism or praise, and I love him for it.  I make K.’s eggs first, and then for me, a baked egg in toast and a mug of coffee.  Continue reading “Songs from the Edge of the World”

Belated Thankful Thursday from January 7th

Two posts in one day? It’s unheard of, folks!  Since I finished my Christmas posts, I wanted to do one of the updates that I missed the most—my Thankful Thursday posts (errrr…a day late)!  I like these most because it allows for me to ramble as I used to in my dear old lj days (Livejournal for you young ones).  This was my first week back at work, and the students aren’t back yet so I’m most thankful I’ve been able to slowly ease back into the 8 to 5 routine.  I’m missing spending every day at home with the kitties, but until I win the Powerball, I can’t be a stay at home cat mom.  Here’s what I’m thankful for this week.— Continue reading Belated Thankful Thursday from January 7th

Belated Thankful Thursday for October 29th

Little Sarah celebrating Halloween!
Little Sarah celebrating Halloween!

Happy Halloeve, guys!  So I should probably just change these entries to “Thankful Friday” instead of “Thankful Thursday” because it seems as if I can never get this posted in time.  I know you all will all understand.  Life happens.  Plus, just like last week, Kelly and I had a date night so it couldn’t be helped.  We went to the University of Memphis to see David Sedaris do a reading.  As I mentioned over on Facebook yesterday, I was first introduced to David’s work via audio book on a road trip to New Mexico.  Kelly and I listened to three of his books on the way. I’m sure they’re great to read, too, but man was he funny doing his own reading.  He is even more delightful to see in person reading his work.  We had fifth row seats which were excellent!  If you’ve got a road trip coming up, and you haven’t discovered Sedaris, get the audio books.  You can thank me later.  So besides the amazing evening we spent yesterday laughing so hard listening to him (seriously, the entire audience laughed through the entire event), here’s the other good things and thankful moments of my week. Continue reading Belated Thankful Thursday for October 29th

Belated Thankful Thursday for October 22nd

Our second time to see the Avett Brothers live!
Our second time to see the Avett Brothers live!

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed their week.  Yesterday was a little hectic so I didn’t get a chance to post my usual “Thankful Thursday” update.  Kelly and I had tickets to the Avett Brothers at the Convocation Center so we were busy with that last night. 22220587670_1be8a01b69_o

The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands, but I think I’m one of the only people that wasn’t overly blown away with the show in Jonesboro last night.  Our seats were good, but the sound in the Convo seemed a little off or something.  Maybe it’s where we were at in relation to the speakers.  Maybe it’s that I kept comparing last night’s show to the intimate, stripped down show at Mud Island in Memphis a few years ago that was so incredible.  Plus, I felt like some of the show just seemed a little contrived.  I dunno, that’s just my opinion.  I still love the band and their music, and even a less than perfect show by them is still pretty good.

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Thankful Thursday for October 15th

Besties! Another evening of watching the tube and cuddling for Francis and I. My cat "son" is cuter than your kid.
Besties! Another evening of watching the tube and cuddling for Francis and I. My cat “son” is cuter than your kid.

This week we had another trip to the eye surgeon for Kelly.  We feared that his retina was tearing again as he had a shadow starting to creep across the eye that he had surgery on, and that is classic symptom of a retinal tear.  Fortunately, there was a small piece of the retina (ewww!), flapping around that they were able to bolster by doing some laser work in the office.  We are hopeful it holds because if not, he would have to go through another eye surgery.  The laser work looks strong so the doctor is pretty confident that we’ll be good.  This has been a pretty stressful week.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m glad it’s almost over!  Here is what’s keeping this week worth my while.

  • Grace Jones—I’ve always thought Grace Jones was a fascinating artist. I was intrigued by her life, and finally, had the opportunity to read all about it in her recent book. I’m almost finished with it, but this is a great read that I recommend!  She’s as interesting as I imagined.   I really want to read Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, too.

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Thankful Thursday for October 1st

Ladies, make sure if you choose to get married it's to someone as fierce as you are!
Ladies, make sure if you choose to get married it’s to someone as fierce as you are! We had so much fun in the homecoming photo booth earlier this week.

It’s finally October, guys.  I’m so excited!  I love all things fall, and I’m too happy to kick off this *hopefully* cool and crisp month!  It’s homecoming week on campus so it’s been pretty busy but a lot of fun, of course.  Our nephew is coming to stay at our house for the weekend, and we can’t wait to take him to his first rugby came and college football game.  Kelly and I are crossing our fingers that he has the time of his life with us this weekend.  I’m always happy when we manage to keep them alive for several days (just kidding), and they don’t think we’re boring.  “You can think we’re weirdos, but just please don’t find your uncle and I boring.”  Without further ado, here’s the good things list in my life for this Thursday.   Continue reading Thankful Thursday for October 1st

Belated Thankful Thursday for September 17th

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The Age of Medici (image above found: https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/now-on-dvd-the-age-of-the-medici-rossellini-1973)
  • I am probably the only nerd in the world who got so excited to watch the series The Age of Medici on Hulu. The description Hulu gives of it is a “Renaissance painting come to life,” and that truly sums it up. I am working my way through the Criterion Collection (always), and I wrongly assumed this would bore me, and I’d end up skipping it because life’s too short (I skip all the Samurai movies which I have tried and just can’t do).  How wrong I was!  If you’re a nerd with a lot of time on your hands, check out the three part series.

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