Friday, December 18, 2009

Long story, but Jeremy and I switch which side of the bed we sleep on based on what season it is. Currently I am on the right side of the bed, but for some reason my default side is the left side. While we were house sitting for a week I slept on the left side, which means that when my alarm went off in the morning, I had to turn to my left side to turn it off. Wednesday night was our first night back in our house. I went back to sleeping on the right side of the bed. When my alarm went off in the morning, I got confused and turned to my left to turn it off. I ended up hitting Jeremy on the head before remembering that I was back home and sleeping on the other side of the bed. I quickly turned to my right and hit my alarm, but not before Jeremy said "Did you just try to snooze me?"

Yes, yes I did.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas...

We got robbed this past weekend. We were house sitting for the past week, went home Saturday morning to pick up some stuff only to find our backdoor kicked in. At first we thought the robbers took only the wii, xbox, video games, and dvds, but last night we looked around more and realized they also took Jeremy's camera bag, some other electronic gadgets he has, and my backpack. Not cool. Luckily I didn't have much in my backpack (although I really liked it!!) but Jeremy's camera bag had at least two cameras in it, a bunch of lenses, and other camera equipment. He also had that bag since he was 14 or 15. I think we were more upset last night when we found out what else they took than when we thought it was only the video game stuff and dvds.

Jeremy talked with our neighbor yesterday and found out that at least two other houses in the neighborhood have been broken into since ours was. At one they didn't get anything at least, I'm not sure about the other house. If they're going to keep hitting our area, maybe they'll get caught. I sure hope so. We gave the police the serial numbers for the wii and xbox so if they try to pawn those they might be able to track the thieves.

Today is our last day house sitting so it will be the first night back in our house since the robbery. It was kind of nice not having to sleep and stay there right after it happened - we got some time away to process and relax (some). Jeremy is setting up a camera so in case this ever happens again, we'll at least have footage of the people. Sometimes it's nice to be married to a geek who can do all that!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Saturday Jeremy and I helped hang up the greens at church. Well, Jeremy helped hang them, I stayed on the ground and arranged poinsettias and "fluffed" the greens. I'm not sure I did a very good job - I kept telling them they had the wrong person for the job. My decorating skills are lacking. Anyways, this helped to motivate us to pull out our own decorations and get a tree. Slowly but surely we're building up an ornament collection.

It's a little scraggly in places, but hey, we didn't want to pay $15 more for a tree that wasn't! We bought it from a tree lot not far from our house. It was a local place, I don't even think it was affiliated with any business, just a tree lot in the middle of a parking lot. They were really nice and helpful - the guy even tied it to the car for us - something that didn't happen last year when we bought the tree at Lowe's.

In other Christmas news I've been in a dessert making frenzy. Between the Advent potluck at church Wednesday, our work party Friday afternoon, and No Room at the Inn at church on Friday night it's been a busy week. The hardest part, though, is not eating all the cookies!

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Clinton 12

Last night we hosted a movie night for our volunteers, aka, CASAs at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. We thought it would be a good way for them to meet one another and also it could count for continuing ed hours for them. We watched The Clinton 12, which is a documentary about the first high school in the south to integrate its students. It happened in Clinton, TN - the town I work in. For some reason, many people in the area do not know about this historical event. Many others didn't hear about it until this documentary came out a couple years ago. One of our CASAs lived next door to one of the Clinton 12 for years but only ever heard him talk about it once.

The desegregation in Clinton in 1956 was a pretty big deal. Media came from all over, as did white supremacists. The high school was even bombed two years after the integration. It's so weird that this little town in East Tennessee was home to such historical events, but so many have no idea. Some of the Clinton 12 are still in the area, or their families are. The director of the Green McAdoo Cultural Center it is the younger sister of one of the students. She didn't even know about all the events until much later in life. One of our CASAs, who integrated her elementary school in Kentucky in the 1950s likened it to a war - like many veterans won't talk about their experiences, its the same for these students who integrated. They don't want to remember all of the horrible things that happened.

I'd recommend the documentary to everyone. I don't think you can get it on Netflix so that's an issue. PBS did show a shortened version recently so it might be available through their website.