1. Sunrise over the 20th AF building, 7:19 am. I miss the pine trees that were lost to the pine beetles, but their absence does allow one to see the sunrise a little better.
2. We live in one of the safest places in the entire United States. We joke that it's like walking out the door into a movie set in 1953. And yet, in a week like this one, I battle against the parts of myself that could easily cause me to become completely paralyzed with worry when these two (and their sister, seven minutes before) walk to the top of the circle to catch the bus. We let them do it on their own now because we probably won't let them do it on their own in the next place we live, wherever that is. Jessica Ridgeway's physical description was identical to Madeline Dillow's.
3. Because I hurt my knee last weekend, I am not running right now—which means I'm back to drinking coffee in the morning. I have my coffee after the girls leave for school, making me feel like one of the moms in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
4. There are so many benefits of being married to The Sunbeam of Knowledge; on this particular morning, it was saving Bridget from ingesting metal shavings in her Frosted Mini Wheats. Apparently there was a recall on Frosted Mini Wheats 12 hours before, and The Sunbeam came into the kitchen to tell me to throw them away just as I was about to pour milk on them for Bridget.
5. This was a day of a multiple projects all requiring the computer, and this is the black computer screen after the power went out again. I don't know what's going on around here, but the power has gone out more since September 1 than it has in the previous five years. And we all know what happens to my nerves when my computer is hard-powered off abruptly.
6. Before base housing was privatized, having a leaf on one's yard was very near a felony around here. It is very odd to me that no one is raking leaves this fall, including the new private company that took over all our yardwork. There are leaves everywhere.
7. Checking on the desk. It is ready to be sanded and primed. I've decided to paint it instead of stain it.
8. Have you registered for Big Picture Boot Camp 2012 with Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Tracey Clark, and Amy Powers? I worked on all the prize graphics yesterday, and there is some Really Fun Stuff up for grabs : )
9. I am the official photographer of the 320th MS. No, this is not Matt's squadron. Ahem. We had to improvise because the perfect light suddenly turned into blazing sunshine in all the wrong places while we waited for the last of the crews to arrive from the field. There were actually 57 people in this photograph, which is the largest group I've ever done. We're going to create an old-fashioned version, because while I may not (yet) be the official photographer of the 321st MS, I am married to the official advisor on how to turn modern day squadron photographs into cool looking old-fashioned-ish ones. : )
10. Maddie and Gracie don't usually do Friday gym, but they did on this day because they missed on Monday and will have to miss next Monday, too. While they were there, Bridget and I went to Lowe's to study paint samples for the Big Desk Project of 2012. The only thing I know for sure: it will not be white.
11. I like to flood my Instagram feed with sky pictures. Sorry.
12. We pitched our dinner plan because of late work arrival/gym schedule and went to Guadalajara instead for a late 7:15 dinner. Guadajalara is a Dillow Family tradition, as it was Maddie's first ever restaurant experience when she was a baby. It is nice to have some history with a place.
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