Fannie Pie: June 2006

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

How I Spent My Summer Vacation... part two

Where was I? Oh yes, summer vacation.... Here is dawn the first day home. I didn't take a picture of the sun over the water. It's bright. Really bright. And very pretty.

Once we arrived home, we had no specific plans, just very general intentions of relaxing, enjoying the view, knitting, eating and visiting with friends and family. Which is exactly what we did.... here is the view looking north...

Here is the view looking south...

Here is the eating with friends and family....

Here I am knitting....

We also had a dramatic, dark and stormy afternoon...

Storm arrived.....

The storm quickly blew over and left this behind.....

All in all a wonderful vacation! Next time, actually knitting content, I swear!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Well, I have no doubt that someday, that will be how I go... not today! Thanks to everyone who sent good thoughts my way...ya'll are a powerful bunch of folks! There is some celebrating going on here... I'm excited and a little terrified, but it'll all be good.... or I'll persish of fits. Kidding! It's going to be great:D

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Think of me....

Tomorrow is a different day for me. An unusual day.. possibly a good one, but that depends. Somewhat on me. Somewhat on things beyond my control. It's a day that I might be needing a little cosmic sunshine to shine on me. A time for some of the good things I've done to come back to me... (shut up, I have too done good things.) So if you're in the mood and feeling charitable, send some good vibes my way sometime tomorrow, they'd be much appreciated, and happily returned to you when you need them:D


Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing a very happy Father's Day to the funniest, kindest, smartest dad I know!

Monday, June 05, 2006

How I spent my summer vacation...part one....

Ah... summer vacation... brings back memories of long car trips, sunburns... some things never change.

This years summer vacation was a little early.. but was timed to coincide with the US pipe band championships. (not, as my coworkers insinuated, to miss the mad rush of start of the largest program of our fine institution. ) It also just happened that the championships took place a couple hours from my hometown so who could pass up an opportunity to run home for a lovely May visit? Not me!

The vacation started at the crack of dawn on Friday... driving 13 hours required an early departure.. with the Jetta loaded down with drums, tent and vacation accoutrements. We got on the road and off to a great start. DH doesn't mind driving and I alternately knit, chatter, nap and navigate. I even managed to get a picture or two for the KAL Have socks, will travel. see?

That's the St. Louis Arch.... for those of you who don't drive past it a couple times a year. And right after the arch? There is a navigational decision... Chicago or Indy? We sort of decided on going through Indy this time, but blew right past the turn. (someone should have been navigating!) So we thought about turning back... but why loose 10 or 15 minutes turning back and getting on the other highway, when this road also leads to where we're going, only through Chicago instead of Indiannapolis? So, what the heck, we're flexible! We'll just go through Chicago!

See Chicago is technically shorter, but being Chicago, it isn't always faster depending on your time of arrival. This time? Arrival fell at 4:30. On a holiday weekend. And there was construction. So, almost 2 hours of stopped traffic later, we were moving on to our destination.

The rest of the road trip was uneventful. We arrived in Alma for the competition and after a beer and brief tutorial on new recording software we promptly lost conciousness. Saturdays competiton went beautifully and I even managed to record the performance without much stress or difficulty. I thought they sounded wonderful and the judges agreed and gave the band first place. And there was much rejoicing!

Sunday was much the same as Sat. much tuning and preparation, it was very hot for May in Michigan, and everyone was ready to get this bigger competition overwith. They played wonderfully and placed first in grade IV, and won the US Championship!! Everyone was thrilled, and there was, again, much rejoicing. I mean really, lots and lots of it.

The group is a crazy assortment of talented individuals who pulled it together from long distances to win the championship. I had fun meeting the folks I hadn't met, and spending a little time with those I already knew. They are fun and funny and some of the drummers even posed with my sock! They didn't even bat an eye when I asked, good sports, these guys. Congratulations Westminster Pipe Band! (click that link and go to the gallery to hear what the US Champions sound like!)

Whew, if you made it this far... I'm surprised! Stay tuned for part two.....on to the beach!

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