A year? Almost a year with no update? Well, that's just ain't right.
And what's even more sad is that nothing new is happening. Seriously, am I that boring???
written by janajoh at 10:12 pm
Just Jot It Down
Who are you again? Oh, that's right. You're the owner of this blog. Sometimes life just gets away from you, you know. Turn around, and it's 6 months since you last updated.
Truthfully, we're all fine. More of the same. Carter growing and getting into mischief. Travis playing tennis (though motorcycle season is almost upon us). I'm working on writing and editing projects. I won't say we lead a boring life, but it's not different. We're not jaunting out of town each weekend. This weekend, we may go to the zoo or take Carter for a haircut. The possibilities are endless. And I like it that way.
Amazing what happens in your old age.
By Taylor Swift
written by janajoh at 10:00 pm
Just Jot It Down
Since it's fall and UT football has returned looking like the Vols of old (thank you, David Cutcliffe), I'm remembering fondly some of my most favorite moments with the UT Band. I got a call from Mo tonight. She's been teaching in Georgia and is in town for Homecoming. So I sort of blame her for this ;)
As an instructor, Homecoming was always stressful. Trying to coordinate everything, make sure all Alumni members were accounted for (and had flags and charts), keep current members focused on the task at hand, remember my own suit, pantyhose and uncomfortable shoes. Then again, until I achieved a level of authority and responsibility, I didn't know everything that was involved. As a member, I sat around and griped and complained about...whatever. That's what members do -- they complain, sometimes often and very loudly.
I remember being embarrased by the Alumni flags the first year or so I was in band. Now that I'm an true alumni, I don't look at it that way.
It's all about perspective.
I still remember turning the corner at Hodges Library in 1995 my very first march down. We were wearing navy skirts and the traditional jacket WITH earrings. I had attempted to curl my hair for the event, which promptly fell out the second I stepped from the car. As soon as we turned toward the Hill, all I heard was noise. All I saw was orange -- varying shades and degrees of orange. It was an awesome sight, and a moment that still gives me chills.
I also remember my final turn in what I thought would be my last year with the UT Band. I'd been emotional anyway, because I wasn't sure what I would do when I graduated, and I wasn't quite ready to let go. We sang the Alma Mater; I mouthed the words as tears began to stream down my face. The second my feet began that decline by Glocker and the University Center, the world went into slow motion. Shakers waved in my face; cheers were more drawn out than usual. I memorized that moment, entering it into the photo album of my mind with some of my other cherished memories. Even as I type this, I'm crying because I am instantly transported to that moment, with a misty rain falling that November afternoon, grey clouds mirroring my mood. I loved the band. I gave my all for the band. That day was 6 years ago.
As much as I would like to go back, and see everyone, and have the good time the Alumni seemed to have 2 years ago at Homecoming, I won't.
Staring Keri Russell
written by janajoh at 08:29 pm
Just Jot It Down
Happy Birthday Carter!!
written by janajoh at 10:20 am
I had thought it had been months and months and months since I updated -- only April. That's not too bad.
Nothing new going on with me (or us) which is probably why there hasn't been an update. Carter will be 2 next month and man, can he throw a temper tantrum! He's a sweet boy the majority of the time though, and gives the best hugs! I'm writing and editing. Travis is playing tennis. So....same things we were doing a couple of months ago.
Maybe the next update will be before October.....
Sesame Street Presents - Follow that Bird
written by janajoh at 01:55 pm
I had a post, was going to include pictures of Carter, and it vanished! Witty moment gone, here's a picture of Carter from the zoo and Riley's party, and one from the weekend at our house.
written by janajoh at 09:50 pm
On the cover of today's News Sentinel, there's an article about a mural in the University Center. The mural depicts music across Tennessee, and is somewhat controversial (and/or stereotypical) in its depiction of the music from Memphis. I sped read the article this morning and I swear it comes across like this mural was just recently discovered hiding beneath the paneled walls of the UC. Guess what??? This mural was "discovered" less than 10 years ago. I remember because I kept the Daily Beacon article revealing how the mural had been covered up because of its controversial/stereotypical depiction of West Tennessee's music scene. Does the News Sentinel article mention this? No.
The person behind the "discovery" of the mural is on an Issues committee and the N-S article claims (or appears to me to claim) that the credit for discovery belongs solely to this guy who wrote some Issues committee paper urging....something. (Did I mention I sped read the article?)
I am so tempted to write the journalist and tell he or she that this mural was discovered 8-10 years ago and featured 2-3 days worth of Daily Beacon articles. I bet if I dug through the bottom of my bookshelf or underneath my bed, I could find the exact DB article and cover photo.
written by janajoh at 05:50 pm
Not really -- time just got away from me. I hate it when that happens!!
When I mentally click off the list of what I've been doing for the past month, I haven't been doing that much. Working, editing, writing, spending time with Carter, Travis and Linda (T's mother), reading.
Speaking of reading, I recently read How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo. Saundra, you've got to read it! (Well, all of the 3 people that read this blog have got to read it). I was skeptical because it's billed as chick lit and I don't read much chick lit because....well, no use getting into what I think encompasses the entire genre of chick lit...but HTKARS is deep chick lit, chick lit with a soul. What really hooked me? Wildfire is mentioned on the first page. Okay, so it's technically not mentioned by name because there's copyright issues but the sub-text is there. Dead horse. Dead girl. Lonely boy. Wildfire. I kept reading and finished it the next afternoon.
On that note, I'm up to #12 on my 50 Book Pledge and am working on #13 (Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward).
written by janajoh at 08:50 pm