Come right over! Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low “Daisy” called a friend and famously said “Come right over! I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”  And they did.

Today the Girl Scouts of the USA have an uncountable number of Alumnae.  If you’re one of them and want to reconnect go to http://alumnae.girlscouts.org/ and share your story, or reconnect with Scouts geographically or through common interests.  You never really quit being a Girl Scout.

And if you weren’t a Girl Scout, and you’re thinking “Oh yeah, I like their cookies” or “What’s the big deal? It’s just camping!” then man, I’m sorry, but you have no idea.

Girl Scouting is about so much more than cookies.  Cookies are about so much more than fundraising.  It’s about empowering girls, and women, to take responsibility and control of their lives.  Selling cookies teaches girls about fiscal responsibility, it helps them interact with strangers, it teaches marketing skills that are transferrable to a workplace.  Camping doesn’t teach girls that they don’t need a light switch and a toilet that flushes, it teaches them that they really can do ANYTHING they want to do, that they can take care of themselves.  Singing teaches about listening, and working together and how to just plain have fun, even if all you’re doing is walking.  Badgework teaches leadership, and how to have the confidence to try something new.

I do a lot of boating facilitating for scouts, and one of my favorite things to do with a group of young high schoolers is to have them flip their canoe over in the middle of the lake and then teach them to get back in it while they’re out there.  It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but when those 14 and 15 year olds realize that they can get themselves in a precarious position stuck in the middle of a lake, and then take care of themselves and make it right (and right side up) again, it empowers them! It’s amazing to see the transformation that can happen over the course of a few hours.  That quiet girl in the back of the group becomes the hero, she BEAMS with confidence.  That’s what Girl Scouting is about.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

That’s the current Girl Scout mission statement.  How true it is.  Thank you, Juliette Gordon Low, for believing in us.

Some more links for you:

http://www.girlscouts.org/yearofthegirl/

http://www.togetherthere.org/

Like to sing? Come to the 100th anniversary sing along in Washington DC this June! http://100.gscnc.org/rtm_about.html

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I’m so mad there’s steam coming out of my ears and Andrew is as happy as a pig in mud.

Or, alternate title:  “Hoodlum neighbor kid’s Punk-ass friend broke our gate”.

Kids these days…  Grumble grumble…  When I was their age…  Etc.

The alternate title pretty much sums it up.  Punk-ass kid broke our gate.  The neighborhood kids were playing some kind of chasing and hiding game and one of the neighbor kid’s friends went tearing through our back yard.  BACK yard! He doesn’t even live around here, he’s trucked in from some other area where they clearly don’t learn manners or property laws.  He came in one gate, left it hanging wide open, then ran into a second gate; he attempted to open it the wrong way, bent the hinges, bent the latch, and broke the picket on the fence post it’s attached to (kid had some forward mass & momentum, if you know what I mean).  Then, having only managed to open it about eight inches the wrong way (conveniently about the width of Emma) he proceeded to run through the yard again and go out our third gate, leaving it wide open.  Know how I know all of this?  I saw him.  I was about to let Emma out when he went tearing through the first time.  I heard the pop when the wood broke and then saw him go running back the other way.  Punk-ass kid is quick.

So, I’m mad.  Emma’s mad because she’s not allowed outside without supervision.  She could get out of the fence right now, and that’s not acceptable.  And Andrew, well, he’s happy.  He’s just as pleased as he can be for an excuse to break out the power tools unexpectedly on a Wednesday night.  He’s out there all bundled up with some kind of light system set up, he’s got two different types of saws, his drill, and all sorts of screws and bolts working out there.

I’m honestly glad it was Punk-ass kid and not Hoodlum neighbor kid who broke the gate.  I’d probably stay mad at neighbor kid, but I don’t have to see Punk-ass kid on a daily basis.  Plus, I’m glad Andrew’s handy enough that he can fix it no problem.  Emma’s really glad of that too, she’d really like to get out there and explore in the yard some more.

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And so it begins

The long stretch until football season begins again.  How many days?  Too many.

Spring games will happen soon, right?

The football dynamic in our house is weird.  Andrew doesn’t care for the game at all.  He’d rather watch boxing or Animal Planet and ignore football all together.   I’m not a die hard fan of a particular team (although I am partial to the Carolina Panthers and there are a few teams I really don’t care for) but I love to watch.

Our kitchen “Menu” board became the party announcement board this weekend.

Like I said, there are a few teams I don’t much care for.

This year, some college friends of ours came over to watch this Sunday’s “big” game with us.  It was so much fun.  I really miss these people, and all the time we spent together when we were still all in Greenville in school.  It was great to have everyone together.  The sad part is that most of us live in the greater Wake County area, but still don’t see each other.

Regardless, a good time was had by all.  And most of us were happy with the results of the game.

 

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A surprise weekend

For some unknown reason, I keep thinking that this weekend (you know, the one who starts as soon as I get home from work today) is the first weekend in February/Superbowl weekend.  Maybe it’s because I’m really excited for that weekend, some friends are coming into town and we’re hosting a small super party (see, licensing crazies, I didn’t infringe on your copyright just there).  Maybe it’s because this month seems to have lasted forever.  Maybe it’s the Moon’s cycle.  Who knows.

What I do know, is that now I’m faced with a surprise weekend.  One I didn’t plan for.  And I’m excited.  We’re probably not going to do anything much.  But I am really looking forward to spending the weekend at home and maybe getting some photos hung or other small things done that I’ve been putting off.  Hopefully we’ll get together with some friends for dinner, or play some Wii or something.  I’m excited.

What do you like to do with a bonus weekend?

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Antique and Vintage Furnishings

This is my uncle’s Antique store, Antique & Vintage Furnishings.  It’s located on Main street in High Point, home to the semi-annual Furniture Market.  We see my uncle all the time, but hardly ever go by his shop.  And we really should go more often.  I love walking through and looking at all of the cool things he has (check out that awesome gold swirly dresser front you can see in the window!).  Here’s a few photos I snapped today while he wasn’t looking.

He arranges his glassware by color.  It makes it really easy to find whatever you’re looking for, or browse around to find something that’ll match your decor.

These are green and purple, even though my camera makes them look black.

Pink and gray

Blues

Milk glass

I love the little hobnail sugar bowl you can barely see there to the right of the candlestick.  And the milk glass punch cups hanging there are adorable.  They make me want to throw a party just so I can use them.

His shop isn’t all glass.  He’s got great furniture pieces, and old books and instruments and some really cool art.  There’s an awesome set of glass spice bottles in a display tray that I was really tempted by.  I could have stayed in there taking photos all day, but my camera battery died, so you’ll just have to go see it for yourself.

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NCMA

Spring weekends are precious.  And yes, I know it’s not spring.  But tell that to the flowers blooming in my yard, and to the thermometer.  Pretty soon tax season will take over Andrew’s weekends.  And his weekdays.  And weeknights will be taken over by schoolwork.  So while they last, the weekends are precious.

This weekend was beautiful.  Temps were pushing 70, the sun was shining.  It was perfect.  Andrew and I decided to take a few hours and head over to the NC Museum of Art.  There’s a special exhibit at the museum right now called “Rembrandt in America” (it’s there through Jan 22!), and since Andrew and I are museum members, we could go free.  I love the NCMA.  It’s been too long since we’d gone.  The exhibit was awesome, and it was great to see some of our favorites in the permanent collection.  Plus there are some other cool things in the rotating collection right now.  We didn’t get to see the Audubon exhibit this time, but we’ve agreed to go back soon so we won’t miss it.

Here’s some photos from the day:

The museum has an awesome stainless steel tree outside. Roxy Paine’s “Askew”

This beautiful lady is one of my favorites.

This Mona Lisa is made (upside down and backwards and huge) from suspended spools of thread. The convex looking glass (in the foreground) flips it around and makes it appear approximately the appropriate size.

I love this abstract.

The Rodin garden is another favorite

The NCMA is one of the many reasons Andrew and I love living in this area.  It’s great to be able to decide over lunch that we want to go to the museum in the afternoon, and spend enough time there in the afternoon to make the trip enjoyable. Hopefully we can make it back soon!

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I have an Intermediate dog.

Tonight was Emma’s Graduation night.  Emma graduated (with colors, although I’m not sure they were flying) from intermediate obedience class at our local PetSmart.  (I never know if it’s supposed to be PetsMart or PetSmart, but I think it’s the second one.)

Check out her hat! (she’s not amused by the hat)

Our usual trainer was out under mysterious circumstances that might be emergency surgery, and the new (to us) girl was tough!  She timed our “sit-stay” and “down-stay” and all that, it’s hard to sit still for a full minute when you’re not even six months old and you’re at your favorite place with all your friends.

Andrew hadn’t been to class in a couple weeks, and even he was impressed with Emma’s “heel” and she was a champ at waiting at the door.  I’m super proud of her tonight!  We’re taking a break before we start the advanced class.  Andrew’ll be busy with tax season, and I’m going to be traveling for work.  Plus, we want the trainer to have a chance to recover and come back, we like her style, and hope she’s feeling better soon!

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