Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pictures are here

I finally have pictures from my trip home to Alabama. Check out the previous post to see them!!!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

10-Year Class Reunion

The Gordo High School Class of 1997. What can I say about our class. Most everyone hasn't changed much. Many, including myself, have put on some extra pounds. Some have taken some off. Some are looking much older than they are. Some haven't aged much at all. Most are married. Many have children. But not me. I'm still single and have no children. Some went to college and are now working in their chosen field. Some didn't go to college, but are working. Others are staying at home with their children. It's strange seeing
everyone in their different stages of life. We all graduated high school in the same stage of life...just starting life, actually. But what a difference 10 years can make.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I just had my 10 year class reunion. Yesterday was Homecoming at Gordo High School. We all met at the school at 10am. We had lunch together and toured both the high school and the elementary school. Then we went to the pep rally, where we had the roll call of the class of 1997. The pep rally was cut short because one of the cheerleaders fell during a flip and
hurt herself pretty bad. She's going to be okay, thank God. But
because of that, the pep rally didn't proceed as planned. We got on the flat bed trailer we called our parade float and rode through the parade. It felt like we were in a fish bowl and everyone wa gawking at the fish. The parade route went through downtown Gordo and several people were taking pictures of us. But it was funny, because there were some in our class who were taking pictures of the people watching us! I got quite a kick out of that! I guess they wanted to document the whole experience.

After all was said and done, a few of us went to "The Front Porch" to eat an early dinner. Then we went home to rest before the football game.

The Gordo Greenwave played West Blocton for Homecoming. And it was a slaughter. Gordo scored a touchdown before everyone got settled into the stadium good. West Blocton didn't score at all during the first half. They scored twice in the second half, but that was after Gordo put second and third string in. Final score? Gordo 41, West Blocton 14. After halftime, about half of the people watching the game decided the game wasn't worth their time, so they went home. It was such a boring game. I'm glad Gordo won, but I wish West Blocton would have put up a better fight and made it at least entertaining.

So, now, homecoming is over. Several of us are getting together at "Steamers" to eat dinner tonight, and then I will head back to the great state of South Carolina tomorrow morning. And then I have to go back to the great world of a working woman. I am so glad I had a week off, though. It gave me time to recouperate. I feel better right now than I have in several months. This night shift is killing me. But now, I feel good and I can go for another few months before my next vacation. I get Thanksgiving off, so I'll have four days off in a row for that. That will be nice. And I have a week off in March for Lisa's wedding. that's only five months away.

Thank you Gordo High School and Gordo Elementary School for a great Homecoming. And to the class of 1997, it was so good to see all of you. Keep in touch!

Monday, October 09, 2006

One More Work Week

I had a pretty good weekend. I spent the majority of my day Saturday at the Biltmore Estate, where I walked the trails and spent time in the gardens. I had already been in the house, but the last time I went it was pouring down rain. So, I didn't get to spend much time outdoors.

Just four more days and it's Sweet Home Alabama! I really can't wait to get home. I think I'm looking forward to sleeping at night more than anything! But I can't wait to see my family and friends, either. I haven't been home in over a year, and I haven't seen my sister is nearly two years, so it's really going to be a great homecoming. My whole first weekend is booked once I get there. On friday, we're having a big family dinner with everyone to celebrate my brother and sister's birthdays. Hers is Friday and his is Sunday. Then on Saturday, I'm going with my sister to get fitted for my dress for her wedding. And that night, she and I are going for a night out on the town. Who knows what we'll get into that night. Just as long as we get to spend some good quality time together, that's all I care about.

On Sunday, I will be visiting my childhood church, Daystar Family Church (it used to be Daystar Assembly of God) . Then on Sunday night, I get to see my best friend from high school, Jen, and her new baby girl. I am so excited! So, I will be busy for the weekend.

Monday is the start of getting ready for my high school 10-year reunion. Now, I still can't believe I've been out of high school for 10 years! But I'm getting used to the idea that I'm just getting old. Okay, so 27 isn't old, but it feels like it when you think of being out of high school for that long. And I am almost 28, which is a story all in itself. I am dreading my birthday this year. I really don't want to spend it alone, even though it looks inevitable that I will be.

Anyway, back to the reunion, where my classmates are really disapointing me and the other girls planning the reunion. As of Friday, we only had about 10 people saying they're coming to the party. Now, nearly everyone says they will take part in Homecoming, so I don't understand why they wouldn't want to come dance and be merry. But at the rate we're going, we don't have the money to have a party. So, we may have to cancel if we don't get a few more people to send in their money for the party. And that is a little depressing, since we spent so much time putting this together. Plus, we are afraid we won't have enough money to cover the costs of what we've already put into the reunion...and we still have to pay for the flowers in honor of our classmates who've died since graduation. I just really home some folks will make donations to that.

Back to the schedule as it stands...I have to get my hair cut on Tuesday, and do a few errands in Tuscaloosa while I'm there...and on Wednesday, I plan to drive up to Birmingham to see a couple of my friends there.

Friday is Homecoming...that should be fun! And then, if we have it, Saturday is the party.

It's going to be a busy week, but I just know it will be fun. On Sunday I will leave Alabama on my way back to South Carolina.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Today is Sunday, and I regret to say, I didn't make it to church today. My alarm went off, and I turned it off and went back to sleep. It was the best sleep I've gotten in a couple of weeks! I slept until almost 11:00am! And it felt good. I guess I probably needed it!

I saw the musical RENT yesterday. It was so good. The music was great and the story line is real...not some fairytale ending that never happens in real life. It was about people dealing with real issues. And the underlying theme...live for today! With songs like "No Day But Today" and "Seasons of Love", you can't miss the theme.

Here are some of the words to "No Day But Today":
There is no future
There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today