24 September 2007

Dog Days of Autumn

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox (and my mom's birthday, by the way)...and it is 97 degrees in Louisville today. Somebody forgot to mention the change of seasons to Mother Nature. It's hard enough in the early days of fall to find clothes appropriate for the season, but even more so when all you want to wear are shorts and a tank top and you don't want to move too much because you'll start sweating and never stop.

Mom and I celebrated her birthday by driving to Paris (Kentucky, unfortunately) and having a lovely dinner at Migdalia's in the heart of the small downtown district. We walked around just a little bit and enjoyed some of the very old buildings, but it was just too hot to do much sight-seeing, so instead we went to the bar and had a leisurely drink and interesting conversation with the bartender before sitting down for a great meal. Paris is a neat little town smack dab in the middle of horse country. It's very quaint to drive along and see all of the yearlings frolicking in the pasture, and then see mares with babies behind the black wooden fences.

We listened to the University of Kentucky football game on the way home from dinner. The Bluegrass state has slipped into some kind of alternate universe when the University of Louisville slips to 2-2 after losing to Syracuse (Syracuse?? In football???), and UK goes 4-0 in a comeback win over Arkansas. Mom and I made it back to her house in time to see the final few plays of that game. UofL drops out of the top 25, and UK is ranked 14th. It's a strange, strange, strange, strange world.

But then, it's also supposed to be fall, and it surely isn't that, either!

13 September 2007

On a Wing and a Prayer

My first difficult moment in my new job as head of the staff for the Seniors, Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection committee was to take care of some miscommunication about the committee flying on a C-130 to Fort Knox. With a grandfather who retired as a colonel from the Air Force and a boyfriend who is into all thing military, I knew what a C-130 looked like, and didn't think it would be a particularly comfortable ride, no matter how short it was. Of course, I may have just delayed the inevitable...we may be riding on a C-130 next year instead. I'm already plotting how I can get out of actually having to be on the plane.

On the other hand, my committee's going to a regional airport in October and some of the owners of the planes housed at the airport are reportedly going to be giving rides, including one who does loops and other "showy" moves. That I would love to participate in (though I don't think I'll be able to). I think flying is in my family's blood. My grandfather was a pilot, my uncle took lessons and passeed his solo flight before never piloting again, and both Mom and I have always said we'd love to learn. There are bi-plane rides advertised at Louisville Bowman Field, and every time I pass by I say I'm going to treat myself to a ride on one someday. I haven't done it yet...but there's always my birthday next year! Maybe that will be my present to myself.

Otherwise, the new job is going well. I really like the staff I'm working on, and I'm doing my best to not forget all the little details that I am now responsible for that I've never had to do before. So far I don't think I've messed up too badly! I'm certainly doing my best to quickly mount the massive learning curve.

Life is settling into the fall routine, which sounds odd since I don't have children, so the whole back-to-school thing shouldn't really apply. Somehow, though, fall always seems to mean a shift back into a slightly higher gear, as work picks up and other activitie start, too. I'm still loving my knitting classes that I'm taking, which got a head start on the back-to-school time period. And my young adult group has moved into a new phase where we're meeting away from the church we originally formed at. Last week the group met at my house and then we went on a field trip to the Chartres style labyrinth right inside the grounds of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, which is just a couple miles from my house. Also, as I've already mentioned, I'm back at Weight Watchers weekly, which is going well (though Lisa's lost more than I have so far - and she much deserves credit for her diligence)!

So as the temperature has *finally* dropped around here and there is just the slightest chill in the air when I leave for work in the mornings, I know my favorite time of year is here. Time to get busy, enjoy the weather, enjoy the football, and know how lucky I am to have such a full life!