Saturday, May 30, 2020

Random and that time we were mask shamed

It was past time for a little change...

This is about as brave as I'll get for now.  It's a little shorter than I wanted so I'm not sure if I like it yet.  I've been toying with the idea of chopping it all off, but even this feels a little too short for me.  I have dozens of short hairstyle pics saved.  I just don't have the nerve though. I've only had it super short twice - when I was 8 and in my 20s someone butchered my hair and I had no choice.   I think how nice and cool it would be and how easy to style it would be.  But then there's no more pony tails and I'd almost have to fix my hair every day or constantly look like I just rolled out of bed.

This happened:

Valerie got her Temporary Instructional Permit and enrolled in Driver's Ed!!!  Yikes.  I'm not entirely sure she's ready to take on driving.  (Or if I'm ready for her to drive.) I've given her a few brief lessons and she was pretty anxious and said it was scary.  While I'm not trying to force her behind the wheel, if she didn't take Driver's Ed now, no telling when she'd be able to.  Band is about to kick off summer practices.  Then if (IF) there is marching band, she'll be tied up with that through November.  She wants to do indoor percussion in the spring also....  At that rate, she would be 17 + before she got a license. It takes so FREAKING LONG to get a driver's license??  When did all of this change??  I was 16, walked into the DMV, took the written test, went for a short drive, and walked out with a license.  Now, you must get a letter from school, go to the DMV to get an Instructional Permit, pay $400 to take a 38hr driving class, go back to the DMV to get a learner's permit, get a minimum of 50 hours / 6 months of driving experience, THEN take the actual driving test back at the driving school, and return to the DMV to get a beginners license......   Three trips to the DMV!  And about $480 in fees??  WHAT IS ALL THAT?!?

While at the DMV we were mask shamed. They are only letting one person in the building at a time and thankfully there were only three people in line when we got there!!  Hit the jackpot!!  The woman guarding the door asked us why we were there and asked if we wanted masks.  I politely declined and she said ok but you have to tell the lady you rejected a mask.  Um ok.  She then followed us in and announced rather loudly "They rejected a mask!!  Both of them!!"  I swear they wrote our names on a list also.  They wrote us down for something.  Valerie probably turned 5 shades of red.  The funny thing - every single employee had their mask on like THIS:

Actual picture!!  Now I'm not mask shaming them, well maybe I am just a little.  I know wearing a mask all day long has got to be the worst, but don't shame me for not wearing one when you have one on just for show!

 Clint's been studying away at his online realtor's license school.  There's been no job leads but honesty we aren't really looking.  He's hoping to finish school and take the state licensing test in June.  It's been a month since he was let go from Halliburton and would you believe we still do not have his severance payment???  Good thing we are fine without it, but still...

Things are starting to open back up here in Louisiana.  Restaurant seating is open at 25% capacity.  The mall is half open.  Veronica was able to go to the orthodontist.  Some gyms are open.  Not Planet Fitness though.  The movies is still closed and we are wondering if our theater will return at all.  We are hearing band practice will be limited to groups of 25, so they will have to work with that.  For some reason, All-State Honor Choir in October was cancelled.  5 months away!  Veronica cried for hours when she heard the news.  Seems like a rash decision at this point.  I'm hoping things will gradually return to normal, but if events months away are still being cancelled, it doesn't look promising. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Back from the beach!

We had a lovely week in beautiful Orange Beach / Gulf Shores, Alabama!  It had been several years since we have visited the Gulf Coast and it did not disappoint.  White sugary sands and emerald green water. We weren't the only ones with that idea as it was rather busy.  I guess everyone has had enough of being shut in, the same as us!  I'm glad we went the week we did because they were expecting record breaking crowds over Memorial Day.  We spent lots of time on the beach, ate at a few local restaurants, did some shopping, and did a whole lot of nothing in between!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wordless Wednesday ~ meet Gertrude

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wordless Wednesday from the BEACH!

A Wordless Wednesday hello from Orange Beach, AL

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Friday, May 08, 2020

Flashback Friday!

This Flashback Friday is brought to you by Mother's Day! 

I've shared this pic many times before.  This is the last picture I took with my Mom.  It was taken at my parent's home on Mother's Day 2008 and we were going out to dinner.  Mom wasn't feeling well that day and hadn't been for quite some time.   

And this is obviously a wedding photo.  February 14, 2003. 

This is one of my favorite photos of her.  She was in her early 20s?  and Olan Mills came to town.  

How cool is this retro look?  This was taken at city park in New Orleans.  The year was 1970, two years before I was born, so she would have been 36.

And my Dad has a matching pose from the same day: 

I took this one.  I think it was her birthday?  So July, 1980 something.  

My Mom and her sisters.  Mom is the one on the right.  Early 1940s.  

And here are a few favorites of me and my Mom.  

It doesn't seem like she has been gone almost 12 years.  

Wishing all the Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day weekend!!