Archive for June, 2010



26
Jun
10

family pictures

Dog #1 – so sweet and needy

Dog #2 – so sweet and needy also

Amazingly, she has learned to swim here this summer. It’s not pretty, but it works.


Ben with his best friend from here. They spend every day together at the beach.

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25
Jun
10

in front and behind

in front

Behind

25
Jun
10

simple things

The other evening, I noticed my watch was missing. Not that big of a deal since I don’t wear an expensive watch. But it irked me. I went the evening without the watch and figured I would do a thorough search in the morning when there was more light. But that night, as I looked at my naked wrist countless times, I realized I am bound to that watch in a way I hadn’t realized. I look at it to figure out when my kids need to eat and go to bed. I look at it when I want to know if the Rachel Maddow show is on. I look at it when I want to know if the sun is setting outside our window here in Florida. I look at it before I go to bed. I look at it in the middle of the night. I look at it first thing in the morning, often before my alarm goes off. I look at it as I begin my run, mid-run, and always of course at the end of the run. I look at my watch to see what time we reach the beach in the morning. I look at my watch when all the non-watch wearers ask for the time (which they always do). I look at that watch alot.

As I lived the next 18 hours without a watch, I thought about that silly accessory. I realized that all year, not having a clock in my classroom, I looked at that watch approximately 20 – 25 times during the school day alone. It announced the arrival and dismissal of students day in and day out to me, sounding like a trumpet call at times for the desirable classes and also a fire alarm for those that were more challenging. That watch it seemed was truly part of my life. I was starting to miss the curved plastic back and the gray digital face that is peeling and scratched.

Returning from the beach at God knows what time, I dove into our pool here. I came up, feeling refreshed and cool after a few hours in the sun. I walked over to get one of my children from the steps and felt my foot hit a strangely shaped object.

My watch.

I knew it as soon as I had touched it.

It had spent the night underwater, getting a slight reprieve from its gritty job in the sun, day in and day out supplying my every need for time.

I love that watch. More than I knew apparently.

I began to think about this simple object that I rely on. Other than my watch, what were the things that I really use day in and day out? What are the things I love and depend on more than I know? Other than the watch, here are a few..

1. my watch

2. my Native sunglasses

3. my soft blanket that usually smells like a dog

What simple objects do you find yourself strangely attached to and reliant on?

“I’m so glad you are back.”

24
Jun
10

dive

We went here for lunch today. Major seafood dive. Amazing grouper sandwich and Davy tried smoked mullet. As you can see, we always dine in style. Notice the abandoned motor on the right side of the picture. There were also about a half dozen stray cats at the resturant, which was all outside. Great food though, and a true fisherman’s spot. Good times.

24
Jun
10

this might be the highway to heaven…

We are obviously on our way TO heaven. Why are all the others leaving?

It’s actually this amazing bridge called the Sunshine Skyway near Tampa. It is some major white knuckled driving towards the top.

23
Jun
10

Is anyone watching Wimbledon right now?

Amazing.

23
Jun
10

I googled Michael Hastings

See post below if this seems random.

He has been around the world and back. He is 30. And I am ordering his book today.

I had no idea this was part of his story.

See here.

P.S. Sorry for the strange fascination with this journalist. But I am a writer and it is like watching someone change their lives forever when they tell these stories.

I was never into fairy tales too much as a little girl. But this is one Cinderella story for a journalist.