And wouldn’t you know it?


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The day after my post on completing Citizen's Police Academy, a couple of graduation photos arrived by e-mail.     They sent a picture of the cake too, but the file exceeded the maximum upload size. I told you it was a big cake. I'm sitting in the front row wearing the non-issue floral shirt. ~ Kay      
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Happy Memorial Day


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I’m a CPA graduate–but don’t send me your taxes


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Tuesday night I graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy. Turns out it was a big deal. After firing official police weapons, riding a shift with a patrol cop, visiting the emergency management and 911 centers, I guess it really was a big deal. We also learned about street drugs, gangs, domestic violence, SWAT, forensics, Internet crimes, organized crimes, and the judicial system among other things from the law enforcement point of view. Yep. It was a big deal. The previous week we’d each been given an “official” CPA golf shirt and most wore theirs to graduation. I didn’t. We’d been warned the shirts were big and we might need to shrink them, but that’s a little hard to do when one waits until the last minute to try it on.…
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Welcome home, Daddy


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You might recall Hubby and I were in Oahu for the birth of our first grandchild in March. Unfortunately, our son was only present via Skype and has gone two months without holding his child. He is a Marine and was deployed to Afghanistan in October, so he also missed much of his wife's pregnancy. It takes special people to live the military life. True grit. The soldiers and their families not only have my gratitude, but my utmost respect. As you've probably guessed, we have good news. My step-son's unit is home and his family is reunited. Get out  your hanky. Here are  photos by family friend, Jillian Dazey (also a new mom) who did a beautiful job capturing the homecoming. Enjoy.     [caption id="attachment_6247" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Who's…
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Long day


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Our homeowners' association sponsors an annual yard sale and they do a good job of advertising and promoting it. I'd not participated in it during the nine years I've been in the subdivision. In fact, this is the first solo garage sale I've EVER hosted and now I know why. It takes a LOT of transactions at a quarter or a dollar, or even two or three bucks, to make any money. When I told Hubby I was considering this ((mis))(ad)venture he stressed the objective of a yard sale wasn't to make money; it was to get other people to pay money to haul off your stuff. What does he know? He's in Japan stuffing his face? While he was gone seemed like a good opportunity to get rid of a lot of…
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Weekend insanity


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With Hubby ensconced in Japan and a photo shoot for my tap recital on the calendar for Sunday, I decided to move head-first into the first neighborhood garage sale I've participated in since moving into this house nine years ago. Am I nuts? Don't answer. I already know, but I'm in too deep to dig out now. Wish me luck and cross your fingers the photographer can photoshop the bags from under my eyes. Have a good weekend. ~ Kay
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The challenges of time


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Well, Hubby survived his trip to Japan. I dropped him off at the Nashville airport at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon and he touched down at his final destination one stop past Toyko at 8 p.m. last night. That was 10 a.m. Wednesday in Japan. He was picked up at the airport and whisked off, not to a hotel to sleep, but to offices to work on strategy for a trial that starts on Thursday. He was flown over as an expert witness, though I'm not sure how much of an expert anyone can be with that much jet lag. When he finally called, it was 2 a.m. here. He'd tried to Skype, but couldn't get his password to work. I was sound asleep with my computer in bed with me.…
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Ah-So Hubby-O


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I’m posting late today because I’ve been running like a banshee to get Hubby to the airport for an out of the blue business trip to Japan. This is the same husband who had such severe hip and back pain ten short days ago, he not only let me take him to the emergency room, he asked for drugs. You’d have to know him to know how significant that was. I’d never seen him in so much pain, even after his hip replacement surgery last summer. After x-rays, a CT and an MRI, the conclusion was a few bulging discs and a pinched nerve. He was given some muscle relaxers and pain meds (which he hasn’t taken) and will start PT after this trip. So, you can understand why I…
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I’m not a mom


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When trying to decide what to post today, I thought, “Mother’s Day. Easy!” Initially, I considered posting a picture of me with my mom and another of me with my mother-in-law. But, my mother died twenty years ago this summer and I have no digital photos of us together. Come to think of it, I can’t recall many photos of the two of us as adults. There are plenty from my childhood, but what happened? Was I always behind the camera? Is my memory faulty? This makes me sad. I kind-of sort-of want to search the cases of photos I have in the basement hoping to prove myself wrong…but what if I prove myself right? I don’t think I want to go there. I flipped through all of my digital…
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Happy feet


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With awesome pedicure and new toe ring (thanks, Erica)     I'll be back Friday. ~ Kay  
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