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So last time I posted a journal, it was all about how I was going to be sticking around.  Twenty-three months later, here I am again.  This time I will make no grand pronouncements, only say that I am hopeful I'll have a few things now and then to share.

The camera and I are finally beginning to grow on one another.  It helps that the computer is cooperating.  It's also good that I finally got to commune with nature recently... brief, but well-loved it was.
  • Listening to: Fingers on the keyboard, snoring in the background
I've been gone awhile due to a bazillion different factors.  Going back to work knocked me off my feet for a couple of weeks.  So life was pretty much a series of sleeping and sleepwalking until I got back in the groove.  Another thing is that my camera wasn't working (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't and there's really no reason for either that I can tell), so the last couple of trips I took didn't result in anything worth posting.

Last week my in-laws came down and stayed with us.  We had a lovely time picking apples out at Oak Glen and just spending time with them out in the yard.  After they left, we had a day to ourselves, and then we headed up to San Luis Obispo.  There, we hung out with Tom's parents, his brother and his brother's girlfriend.  These are pretty amazing and fun people and we stayed at this beautiful little bed and breakfast called Petit Soleil.

I'll be posting some of the highlights from our weekend up the coast in a few days (after I get through the 80 deviations you've all put up while I've been away), but a few of the best parts weren't captured on film or card.  We'd been waiting for this family trip to tell everybody that we're expecting a baby in the spring.  They are thrilled and we're over the moon.  I must say I'm a bit shocked and feeling a little old, which 36 has never seemed to me.  But that's probably normal, considering we have a 14 year old son already.  He's taller than me and has a mustache, and we're having a baby.  Crazy!

The upside (along with the baby itself) is that I feel great and am loving being pregnant.  No throwing up at all (major nausea though), whereas with Corey I threw up all day and wherever I happened to be... including between a couple of expensive cars in a parking lot.

So, life is good on my end, and I hope it is with you all, too.

Love and happiness,

Shan +1 :+)
  • Listening to: Having My Baby
  • Reading: What to Expect When You're Expecting
Well, here it is.  In less than an hour I have to return to work.  Summer shouldn't be over yet, but my schools are starting up next week and I've got to get everything set up and ready for them.  I kicked off summer with a phenomenal camping trip in San Diego with my pal Jill, so how did I end it?  Helping Corey with schoolwork and trying to take a nap.  But one of the people who will be giving work to my students called my cell phone and interrupted my nap... and for what?  To tell me that he won't be ready for a couple of months.  Thanks Dude!  Next time call my office.
Yep, cranky and tired and going to face the world without coffee, ha!  Eh, actually I'm good, but I'm really putting off getting dressed.  What do you mean no tank tops?!  It's still supposed to be in the upper 90s today.  As my sister would say, "Yucko!"
  • Listening to: Gogol Bordello ~ Ultimate
  • Reading: Flags of Our Fathers ~ James Bradley
  • Watching: The clock
  • Drinking: Water... wishing it were coffee
Hooray!

We were supposed to go camping with my brother and his family this past weekend, but it got canceled a few weeks ago because of his job.  Friday night I got a call from my niece saying that they were finally going to make it, and could we join them.  Uh, yes!  The only problem is that my camera is acting up, so who knows if I'll be able to get any great shots or not.  My cell phone camera usually works in a pinch, but it's *obviously* not how I want to do it.

Hope you all have a fabulous week.  I'll see you when I get back.

Love and happiness,

Shan :+)
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Flags of Our Fathers ~ James Bradley
  • Playing: With my hair
  • Drinking: Water... wishing it were coffee
So I figured out that there were two problems with my new avatar.  One, it actually *was* showing up, but my browser wasn't showing the most current version (odd that it would update some parts and not others, but whatver).  And two, man!, that photo doesn't shrink well.  I looked all pixelated and squishy, so I put Manzanar back up.  Ya'll can thank me later, ha!
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Flags of Our Fathers ~ James Bradley
  • Playing: With my hair
  • Drinking: Water
I took a photo of myself this afternoon right after getting about half my hair lopped off, and I think it's a pretty okay shot.  So I edited it to be my new avatar, but for some reason it's not taking.  I added a signature tag and that is popping up where it's supposed to, but the avatar isn't.  WTH?!
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Flags of Our Fathers ~ James Bradley
  • Playing: With my hair
  • Drinking: Water
I've seen a lot of page views fly by on other artist's sites, and I've read the journal entries when they were excited about approaching this number or that.  I could relate in my ve-he-hery simple way.  While Z was raving over getting to 300, I was thrilled to be nearing 80.  Today P hit 13,000, but this afternoon *I* will hit 200.  Okay, I can't even keep from laughing as I type this.  All I can say is that I hope to be at 200 by the time I finish this journal entry.  Part of me thinks it isn't likely to happen, so maybe I'm dragging things out longer than I should here.  Yep.  :airborne:
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Margaret Atwood ~ The Blind Assassin
We had an amazing vacation last week that could have gone on even longer if there weren't such a thing as jobs to get back to... why the heck did I schedule a whole week of work in the middle of summer?!?  Eh... what a whiner, ha!

So we started off by visiting my grandparents' friend Jane in St. George.  However, we got there late enough to check into the Motel 6, clean up and meet her for dinner.  With that and letting Corey swim as much as possible, there was zero sightseeing happening there... well, our room was right in front of the pool, so there was the "sight" of Motel 6ers in all manner of swimming attire... Yikes!

After that we spent a few days camping in the Grand Canyon area, followed by a few days camping at Hovenweep, which is in Southeastern Utah.  We also checked out Four Corners and hung out a little in Colorado and New Mexico.

We brought along a couple of my grandfather's old maps of the Grand Canyon and Four Corners areas.  I was planning on arguing over anything that didn't match up with what they said we could see and do, but the opportunity never presented itself (and if the unibrow experience is any indication, I couldn't have pulled it off anyway).  However, while in search of a road to Ship Rock in NM, a man asked us how to get where he was going.  Tom pulled out our map... from 1965!!! and proceeded to give the man directions.  Oh yeah, in 1965 that road up ahead was Route 666... seriously... but now it's 491 or something.  So the guy looked at his map and at our map, did the smile and nod and just walked away.  

We took roughly a bazillion shots, of which maybe 300 were mine.  I've put up the ones I like best, with a few exceptions.  Some of them are just more interesting to me because I've been there... and some of them I'm not sure if I took them or if Tom did.  He's a talented guy, and I hope to convince him to put some of his work up, too.

Anyway, I've got a few more to put up, but I don't know if I have the energy tonight... we'll see.  There's something lovely about seeing a photo I've taken up in a place that everybody who wants to can look at it, so maybe I'll find the the strength to carry on, ha!
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Margaret Atwood ~ The Blind Assassin
I'm just getting started here, and it seems like fun.  Well, it's more fun now that I've scrapped my first page and started all over.  I wonder if I can arrange the photos once they're all in or if they'll just stay in the order uploaded.  I started with the most recent photos, but I have quite a few more to put up.

I don't even know yet if anybody else can read my journal or not, but just in case, I want to give a little shout out to La Jo, who pushed me... forced me, practically... to put some pics up.  Okay, so she really said, "You should put this on deviantArt."  Yeah... for one photo.  Holla!!
  • Listening to: Colin Hay ~ Waiting for My Real Life to Begin
  • Reading: Margaret Atwood ~ The Blind Assassin