Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Remember the old Alfred Hitchcock movie called Vertigo?  Well, I have been experiencing my own version the last couple of weeks!

Apparently, there are small stones in one of the oval tubes of the inner ear.  They are supposed to collect at the bottom of the tube, but sometimes, they get stuck in other positions.  There are little hairs in the tube that, when touched, tell the brain what position the body is in.  When they get stuck where they aren't supposed to be, the brain can't tell where the body is, so it does the next best thing and gives it a "spinning" feeling.  This wouldn't be so bad if the same nerve didn't also carry the nausea feeling back to the brain!

But, I am heavily medicated now, for your safety...

Friday, October 16, 2009

To Tickle Your Funny Bone

This is sooooo cute!  And clever, too!  Cowboys herding cats

Monday, October 12, 2009

Budding Young Writer

My son Ricky's girlfriend, Crystal Cole, is now writing for the Auburn University newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman.  How cool is that!  She usually writes about sports and here is a sample article:  Students excited by Trooper Towels, new traditions.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What they never taught you in school about Christopher Columbus...

Here is a great blog about the real Christopher Columbus.  Unfortunately, I don't even get the day off!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Class of 74 Reunion

I have just returned from my high school class reunion.  In spite of my very youthful appearance, I graduated 35 years ago — can you believe it?  I hadn't seen most of my classmates in all those years.  I missed the 10-year reunion because I was (gasp!) pregnant, and I didn't want anyone to see me.  Stupid, I know!  And I missed the 20-year reunion because I was just too busy at work and couldn't get away.  I had to wait another 15 years for this chance!

My husband had the digital camera with him in Virginia, so I borrowed this photo from my friend, Penny Lundborg Mead, pictured on the right.  My other friend in the photo is Kathy Storm Lowe.  We were such good friends, it's sad that we have lost track of each other until now.  It was s-o-o-o-o good to see all my friends from high school — I just wish everyone could have been there.  I missed Julann Carlson, Cindy Halvorson, Mary Boe, Marsha Johnson, Pam Martin, Dalton Tietjen, Greg Miller, Gerald and Denise DeVaal...I could go on and on.

But it was absolutely great to see Rhonda, Tammy, Dave, Dave, Jim, Jim, Doug, Darwin, Roger, Darwin, Joan, Sherree, Debbie, Ken, Kenne, Kenny :-), Kathy, Loretta, Renee, Glenda, Christie, Ardell, Ron, Margaret, Randy, Tim, Julie, Lynnae, Terry, Clemens, Kevin, Danny, Leslie (where'd you go when we took the class photo?), Keith and anyone else that was there that I missed!  Oh, I miss you all already!

It was fun riding in the parade (I practiced my Queen Elizabeth wave for weeks!) and going to the football game.  The Milbank Bulldogs made some amazing plays and won the game handily.

But, I think the highlight of the reunion for me was the chance to finally tell Mr Bloem what an impact he had on my life.  He always wanted me to take the upper level math classes, but I, in my naiveté, took all the art classes I could instead.  I always wanted the chance to tell him I became a civil engineer, so I used the math he taught me after all!  Becoming a civil engineer was the best career I could have ever chosen, and I owe it all to Mr Bloem!

If you would like to see the rest of the photos Penny took, visit my Facebook page.