Monday, November 19, 2007

It is indeed Monday...

It's 1:17AM on Monday, but Monday it is. And here I am finally starting this whole blog thing. It's been a strange week. Nothing overwhelmingly out of the ordinary, but strange nonetheless. Having finally gotten back into the groove of my fairly mundane life after returning from our cruise, I found myself becoming wistful. I was shifting stacks of books from there to here and here to there and came across an old copy of Figs and Thistles. F&T, the literary magazine of my alma mater, Presbyterian College.

Although I am not a graduate of PC, I did spend my first years away from home at this beautiful liberal arts college.

Thanks to online resources (i.e. myspace), I have been reacquainted with a number of old friends, including another former editor of F&T, Ted. In 1992, one of Ted's pieces was published in F&T --
"A Thousand Souls." I'll have to see if he'd allow me to include it here. Anyway, I sent him a little message, and wouldn't you know it, mere moments later my phone was ringing. Ah, to hear a Southern accent! We talked for more than an hour -- what a delightful diversion from my list of to-dos.

So you get an idea of how rare this is, there is only one other person from PC with whom I have spoken on the phone with during the last -- oh, let's say nine years (maybe more). And the other person lives in Switzerland!

For me, it was wonderful. Calling to mind the days of Mayes (my freshman year "dorm" since they ran out of room on campus)... remembering the rigors of college classes... reminiscing the old romances... All I can say is thank you, Ted, for that fabulous adventure to the past. (Why haven't I more photos from those years? It really is upsetting).

I also looked up the local alumnae association for my old sorority. Mine was not the average sorority experience, but that's a story for another time. Anyway, I looked up the Tri-Sigmas and contacted the president of the Colorado Springs chapter. It seems they are having a get-together on Dec. 8th. It's to be an auction to support the national charity, The Robbie Page Memorial Foundation. So I need to figure out what to offer up for the auction.

Sigma Sigma Sigma

My husband--I did mention that I'm married, didn't I? -- well, my husband and I are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for all the folks on his project who don't have family to spend the holiday with. We invited about 15, but it was a little late to issue an invitation. We had intended to invite folks before we went on the cruise, but due to all kinds of craziness at work, George was unable to get the invitation out until after we returned. Needless to say, a lot of folks had made other arrangements. So as of right now only two people are joining us. There are a couple other potential guests, but not many. I'm not too terribly upset by that fact, though, since I am really not a cook. Actually, I kind of hate cooking. And I can never seem to get things to all be ready at the same time. Nonetheless, we are hosting. And we will have a grand dinner just like my mom always makes:

Turkey, stuffing, jellied cranberries, corn,
mashed potatoes,
green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, salad,
dinner rolls

-- oh, what am I forgetting?

Well, I am not making cornbread dressing -- it's much too involved for my skill level. And I'm not making cranberry relish -- neither G nor I like it and it makes a TON. But I still think I'm forgetting something. Anyway, I haven't decided on desserts. Our dinner guest tonight (Yep -- I cooked last Monday night, tonight, and I'll cook again Thursday -- Am I on a roll or what?!) brought 2 pies: Cherry and Peach. I had made brownies, so we'll have the pies for Thursday. And our T-giving guests may bring something. Maybe Mrs. Smith can provide a pumpkin pie or pecan pie if folks want it. We'll see.

As for my week, I guess it doesn't seem that extraordinary. It was absolutely fantastic getting to talk to Ted. I'm excited (and a bit anxious) to meet some other Tri-Sigma alumna. The house projects are finally coming along. AND I met some wonderful ladies at the local Holiday Craft Show yesterday. I hope to keep in touch with them as they seem really fun and very talented, too. And one of the ladies is named Lola -- I just love that name!

I know this is a bit text heavy, but it is at least started. We'll see what happens next.

1 comment:

care said...

yaaaaaaaaaay for the tonya blog! tell us about your kitties. and some groan-ee jokes. and maybe take a before and after picture of a room you're working on--we promise not to judge!

I can't believe I didn't see this before!!!

and if you decide you want to submit photos for the auction, I bet you know a girl who could get you some. ;) seriously though, i'm sure you'll figure something out!

and again, yay for blogging!

and I promise to tell them hello. :)