Thursday, September 21, 2006

Life in the Fast Lane

original mixed media collage by Annie Farnsworth, available at The Shoppes of Artella

Once school starts in the fall, time starts doin' that snowball-down-a-hill thing and all too fast you feel completely bowled over and snowed under. Or at least I do. I swear, once classes started up again for both my son the high school senior and my husband the college professor, the days started racing past me like I was the tortoise in the ol' tortoise vs. hare race.

Some days I just want to shut the door, close all the blinds, sit down with a cup of tea, and BREATHE. Life goes so fast, things happen so seems there's little time to process it all. And this being my son's final year of high school, I want to process it all...commit it all to long-term memory, to be pulled out on lonely days in the years ahead....

So my advice to you, little ones, is to slow down, BREATHE, and take the time to process your life, reflect, and remember....

Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Night Lights

I love football... football season, the sound of helmets cracking, shoulder pads smacking, the THUD when a player is tackled, the roar of the crowd...I just love football!

Fall is a wonderful season of changing colors, crisp mornings, cool evenings, and Friday night lights. We bundle up and head to the football field about an hour before the game starts to partake in the tailgate parties sponsored by our booster club and local merchants, and we always have our butts in the stands at least 30 minutes before kick off so we can watch our son run onto the field with his team.

I'm one of those screaming, excited, never-sits-down, drives-everyone-around-her-crazy fans. By the end of a game I'm usually horse, but it's so worth it! I scream, I cheer, I sing the school song - and I very vocally admonish all the sit-on-their-butts people around me to "get up and cheer, dammit!" and to "sing the school song, for gods' sake, the words are in your damn program!" I don't think they like me much, but tough tooties...I'm here, I'm a football mom, and I'm loud and proud!!!

My son played soccer for 11 years before he switched to football - he was a goalkeeper. I was just as damned excited, and annoying, at every single one of his soccer games as I am at his football games. At least now I've got a few more vocal allies in the stands with me so I'm not screamin' alone anymore. ;)

Crisp nights, changing colors, and Friday night lights....does it get any better than this!?!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Dreams at Twin Butts Vista Drive

A few years ago, after many years of dreaming, my husband and I bought 80 acres of land southwest of Laramie, Wyoming. It is on high glacial till prairie with 360-degree views of mountains, and it shares a 20-acre lake with the neighboring 80-acre parcel. But the best part of it all, in our opinion, was the wonderful misspelling on the road sign for the road that borders our parcel on the east - Twin Butts Vista Drive - we figured it was meant to be. We plan to build our dream home on good ol' Twin Butts Vista Drive in a few years, and I'll work from a home with tons and tons of windows that look out onto the Snowies, the Colorado Rockies, Sheep Mountain, Jelm Mountain...heaven! Here's a sampling of pictures of our dream:

We wander about on our land every now and again, just to remind ourselves it's real. We've seen antelope, coyote, rabbits, ducks and geese on the lake. We just know we're gonna love it there (wind, harsh winters, and all)!

Like my tagline says, Be true to true to your true...