The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Getting off on the wrong foot…literally November 29, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 5:04 pm

Not only am I limping around like an old woman because of a bad case of plantar fascitis, but, it’s been a crazy busy week so far. So much so that I’ve completely lost all sense of rational thought. Obviously.

Today I kicked off my shoes to settle into some work at my desk. When I reached down to put them on again, I was completely horrified. One brown shoe and one black shoe. Two different styles and I’d walked across campus in them that way, talking to people all over the place. Oh…my…gosh…

I am mortified. Now I can no longer make fun of my Mom because she was in a hurry and put both earrings in one ear.

 

Thanksgiving, holiday decorating, Tigers and filling the pulpit November 26, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 7:25 am

The title pretty much describes my weekend. I served the traditional turkey dinner for my household, parents, sister Sue and child, Aunt Pat, and my daughter Annie and her new husband Josh. It was a pretty small crowd this year compared to last. We had eleven people all together. It’s the norm for me to have somewhere in the vicinity of 25 or more. Everything turned out well except for my hot rolls. They didn’t rise well and had a consistency like a hockey puck. Oh well, there was way too much other good stuff to eat to mourn the loss of the rolls. I don’t think they were missed much.

On Friday, my big kids (Bobby, Mark and Annie) joined me and their little brother Allen to help us deck the halls. Putting up my Christmas tree is a major production and requires many tall people and ladders. I bribed them with leftovers and we successfully conquered the tree decorating for another year. THANKS KIDS!

The Tigers are now ranked #1 in the nation following Saturday night’s border war game against Kansas. We keep pinching ourselves because this is like a dream. I felt like I was going to have to go to church and ask for forgiveness on Sunday morning after the prayers I launched during the game. “Please, Lord, let us beat Kansas…please, Lord, give us a shut out game…please, stomp those Jayhawks for us, Lord…miss the kick, miss the kick, miss the kick…SLAUGHTER KU!” Oops, I don’t think that was appropriate for a prayer!

Speaking of prayer, we didn’t have a pastor yesterday morning. It fell to yours truly to deliver a message. My husband said I did a great job. He found his mind wandering during the sermon just the same as if I were a real pastor. 🙂

This week at work will be full of the great work surrounding promotions for the upcoming Big XII Championship game against Oklahoma. It will be crazy busy, but, what a great problem to have, right? I’m making my Christmas shopping lists and next weekend will go out and tackle all of it in one trip. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it!

 

Meet our new grandson November 20, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 11:17 pm

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Our newest addition to the family was born on November 19th. His name is Seth. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 20.5 inches long.

Today we drove to Kirksville to meet our first grandson. He has an older sister, Jillian, and two girl cousins, Aidan and Allana. We of course arrived bearing appropriate little boy gifts like a nice brown masculine looking teddy bear, a diaper bag with red and green tractors on it and a camouflage onesie. I suspect the next visit will include a remote control car, a baseball glove and a fishing pole—that is, if I let Grandpa do the shopping! 🙂

He’s sweet and adorable and was awake during part of our visit. He tolerated being passed around the room pretty well. I noticed that he and his Daddy, Kreg, had already bonded well with each other. Daddy was already an old experienced hand when it came to feeding, burping and changing Seth.

I can hardly wait to see him again. Babies are so cute! Welcome to the family, Seth!

P.S. Make sure to take a look at the new photos on Flickr!

 

Congratulations Jason! November 17, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 10:46 am

Lovely division party yesterday. Had a nice time getting to chat with other folks from work and it’s always nice to be huddled together over a tray of decadent desserts—with anybody!

The highlight of the party is always the awarding of the Tiger Mile Award. It’s our division’s version of the “employee of the year” for service above and beyond the call of duty. This year one of my team won the award and it was well deserved. Jason R. is our content management system expert and was largely responsible for the successful implementation of our CMS on campus. It was great to see someone who does such a good job everyday receive recognition from others in our division.

It seemed like we were a smaller group this year. A couple of the directors were missing due to a move and illness. They were missed.

So, congrats Jason, and here’s to the rest of the team. Thanks for a really great year.

 

Did you think I’d forgotten about you? November 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:08 am

It’s been such a busy week. New projects abound, opportunities lurk around every corner and I’m down one key staff member who’s out on maternity leave. That said, I’ve been spending my early mornings, previously time I was able to devote to daily prep, writing in my blog, etc., by writing a proposal and making notes about various key meetings I’ve had this week. Did I mention that most of my days have been spent in meeting purgatory?

A word to the wise, don’t ever tell anyone you’re planning to take time off. They completely load up your calendar to the point that you have to be late to meetings in order to have a bathroom break!

I’ll have lots of things to talk about for the next week. Thanksgiving holidays, new grandson being born, putting up Christmas decorations—I’m excited!

 

A Veteran’s Day Message November 12, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 8:15 am

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Yesterday at church, I was in charge of commemorating Veteran’s Day. We did the usual things by including patriotic songs, passing out poppies and recognizing our veterans who were present and those who were unable to be with us. We added a few educational components, however, because it was obvious to me that with each passing year and each generation we are forgetting more and more about our heritage. We’re also less willing to teach about it in our history classes in school.

It was shocking to me that there were young people in our congregation who had never heard of Flanders Field from WWI or the famous poem commemorating it. They were unaware of where and how the tradition of the poppies on Veterans Day came about. Although they’d heard of Veterans Day, few remembered that it was originally called Armistice Day and that it commemorating the signing of the armistice with Germany. That armistice was signed during the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I thought it was fitting that as church began yesterday morning at 11 a.m. on 11/11 that we be reminded of that.

There was also another item I came across while studying for Veterans Day. It was interesting and I wanted to pass it along.

Most of us are somewhat familiar with the currency we carry in our pockets. However, I don’t think we give much thought to the symbolism that exists in a dollar bill and why it is a strong reminder of the freedoms we enjoy and why we fight to protect them.

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The one-dollar bill first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design. This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material. We’ve all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used; the contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.

If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury Seal. On the top you will see the scales for the balance — a balanced budget. In the center you have a carpenter’s T-square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury.

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If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.

If you look at the left hand circle, you will see a Pyramid. Notice the face is lighted and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, and ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin’s belief that one man couldn’t do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything. “IN GOD WE TRUST” is on this currency. The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means “God has favored our undertaking. “The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means “a new order has begun.”

At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. If you look at the circle on the right, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery and is the centerpiece of most heroes’ monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet no one knows what the symbols mean.

The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: first, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own.

At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle’s beak you will read, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, meaning “one nation from many people.” Above the Eagle you have thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.

Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But, think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle’s wing, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

I’d hardly call that unlucky, would you?

 

Hens and chicks November 8, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick",Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:11 am

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Fat Chick: “I hear someone hatched an egg this week.”

Henrietta: “Oooooo, I just love it when someone hatches an egg! What kind of chickie was it and what color were the feathers?”

FC: “It was a little chickie named Maddie and her head feathers were brown. I couldn’t see the rest of her, but, she looked mostly pink to me.”

Henrietta: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pink and brown chick before. What variety was it?”

FC: “Human, you ninny! That lady that takes us around the office while the boss is gone, you know, letting us drink Starbuck’s coffee and eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? She had a little human chickie this week.”

Henrietta: “Ah, I just love chickies. They always feel so soft.”

FC: “Ya, SHE got to go see her yesterday and came in this morning talking all about it. Got to hold her for a long time yesterday. She’s all happy about it.”

Henrietta: “I heard her say she took her a stuffed horse. A HORSE! Can you imagine? What’s wrong with a chicken or a goose or a duck, I ask you?”

FC: “Maybe we should send her a little stuffed bird on our own, what do you think?”

Henrietta: “I wish you wouldn’t talk about things like little stuffed birds this close to Thanksgiving. Gives me the willies.”

FC: “Well, anyway, I think it’s great. Love chickies and can’t wait to see her. Maybe we can get our picture taken with her for the blog!”