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Simply Stated

Posted by Shelley on Jun 28, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… it’s bright with blue skies, a beautiful start to a southern summertime day.
I am thinking… it was hard to sleep last night.  One of those nights too much in my brain.  Can’t believe in a few days it will be July 4th.  So many of my thoughts are flooded with this time last year.  Whew.
I am thankful for… Mike keeping the kids last night while I went out with some old friends.  He kept them so busy they were all just exhausted by the time I got home!  What a terrific Dad he is!
From the kitchen… I made the Betty Crocker gluten-free brownies yesterday and they are  nearly gone.  P.S.  goes great with coffee for a breakfast treat!
I am wearing… jammies, robe, slippers – I know I’m too sexy for this blog – ha!
I am creating… some kind of plan to keep the cats from driving me crazy.
I am going… to take Melodi to her first guitar lesson today!  she has a beautiful classical guitar that Mike gave her for her birthday.  now I’m going to get out the Esteban DVDs from a few Christmases ago and watch her start rockin’ da house, b/c I know she’s got some skilz.
I am reading… comic books.  In particular The Amazing Spiderman from the Marvel series.  Love those stories with Mary Jane.  And they are in such pristine condition…wow…
I am hoping… that I can finish this blog without anymore interruptions.
I am hearing… LOTS of chirping or something like it from some kind of insects that obviously love the woods – I mean, they are loud.  they must’ve been having some baby bugs or something.
Around the house… it is still quiet and dark, we are totally taking advantage of not having to be anywhere and the kiddos have been perfecting the Shaw art of sleeping late.  Very late.
One of my favorite things… coffee in the morning.  and I love it when Mike makes it for me and brings it to me before I even wake up!  Bliss!
A few plans for the rest of the week:  I’ll be helping out over at my mom’s house, she had some outpatient surgery and is on the mend.  She’s got a neighborhood pool so that works out well!  Scanning pictures for our highschool reunion (less than a month away now!) and maybe cleaning out and organizing a closet or two?  We shall see about that last one.

 
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June 21, 1948

Posted by Shelley on Jun 21, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

Today is the summer solstice.  And my dad’s birthday.  Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.”  As the days  lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

This will be the longest day of our calendar year… it has always coincided with my Dad’s birthday, they fall on the exact same day.  Here is a picture which is in remembrance of him and my attempt of combining two pictures so that time “stands still.”

This was our last family picture taken of all us together in May 2009.  The accuracy is amazing.  The memory is a good.  And this is how he would want to be remembered.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Jane, Mitch, Shelley, Stacey and Kelsey May 7, 2009

Jane, Mitch, Shelley, Stacey and Kelsey May 7, 2009

 
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Still twirlin’ after all these years…

Posted by Shelley on Jun 19, 2010 in Baton Twirling

It was really for such a short period of time but the impact this group had on me lasted a lifetime… here are my remarks from our reunion last night…

Looking through pictures, discovering long lost video tapes, preparing for the reunion – all of this has stirred up many emotions for me as I know it has for all of you too. When I began as a member of the greatest color guard of all time, way back in the spring of 1987, I never thought 23 years ahead and to a group of women I would share such a deep common bond. Instead, that spring I put down this book on that I bought in elementary school and began meeting every waking moment with Susan Stone Kendrick who showed me just how Mr. Terry wanted it done. Needless to say – none of it was in this book!

From Scholastic / Weekly Reader copyright 1970, 1972

From Scholastic / Weekly Reader copyright 1970, 1972

Instead, Susan, the outgoing majorette captain at the time, taught me to keep my chin up and point my toes, through all my basic twirls, marching and group routine which compromised our tryouts every spring. Cheryl Clark Hale, the incoming captain, inherited me and my willingness to learn those downfields and the difference between a yard line and a hash mark! Gina Christ Caplan our co-captain tried ever so patiently to teach me rhythm, counting and how to keep in step. But it was Mr. Terry and the rest of the color guard who taught me the show must go on.

favorite all time majorette picture, fall 1987

favorite all time majorette picture, fall 1987

Sitting in homeroom that October morning, hearing the announcements on the intercom and learning of the news that our instructor was in a coma was a moment in time that has stayed with me my whole life. Fortunately, as we saw his recovery begin we knew he was going to be okay but wouldn’t be back at practice for a while….so those captains has a huge task ahead of them and a big pair of shoes to fill. They were going to demand that we continue to give our very best.

VHHS Halftime Show 1987

VHHS Halftime Show 1987

I won’t elaborate b/c as you can see on our video tape that the 1987-88 color guard put on a heck of a show – it was that year the contest scores were near perfect, scoring a 99 at the Homewood Contest. Our majorette line even won State that year, seven of us who ran laps when we dropped those batons. I’ll never forget when one of the Rebelettes saw us running in the parking lot after a long practice and said, “wow, is this part of your workout?” and I feel sure it was Cheryl who said, “Ummmm, no, we run laps when we drop our batons….it’s called practice….”

1988-89 majorette line with Mr. Terry

1988-89 majorette line with Mr. Terry

I continued to twirl and be a part of the group for two more years, becoming co-captain the very next year alongside our 88-89 captain Jana Guitterez McAlpine. That year we added 2 more majorettes for a total of 9 and when I became captain my senior year we had a total of 11! Since then I’ve taught baton and even gone back to the high school as a sponsor of the group. Well, what can I say, once a majorette, always a majorette! I am very proud and always will be to be a part of this colorguard. As we all know, words cannot express the kind of commitment and dedication Mr. Terry’s color guard is known for. As the years have gone by, what can’t really be explained just lives on in each of us.

Me and Mr. Terry, June 2010

Me and Mr. Terry, June 2010

 
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Keepin’ It Simple

Posted by Shelley on Jun 14, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

FOR TODAY

Outside my window…finally a break – I think it’s 89
degrees and dusk is just an hour away. It is actually pretty cool under the porch ceiling fans. The sun is bright orange, glistening through the trees as it decides to leave us for today.
I am thinking… about how to keep these kids busy this summer! Would love any comments on that one!

I am thankful for… my sweet husband and the totally awesome date we had this past weekend! too much fun!!! mike is the definition of “dear husband”. I <3 my DH.
From the kitchen… gluten free spaghetti noodles with gluten free pasta sauce with sauteed chicken and mozarella – canon even said, “mama mia thatsa the besta!” it was good.
I am wearing… shorts and a tee, surprised?
I am creating… I am still stumped on this one. Me and Canon planted some sunflower seeds. does that count?

I am going… to hit Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market and make sure we are eating healthy this week. That’s after the kids finish up the Shipley donut holes.
I am reading… Facebook statuses and the news feed.
I am hoping… for a great colorguard reunion this Friday. That was a huge part of my life even though in the grand scheme of things it was a short amount of time… many of us are reminiscing and thinking we might catch a glimpse of the glory days once again.
I am hearing… earlier today – when I started this post it was the kids watch Tom and Jerry. You don’t hear much but the animated music – you know, those mice didn’t speak did they? That was back when cartoons were cartoons, but that’s another post. Now it’s the back porch noise of insects and the highway. and mike singing “buffalo dolphin” in honor of the gulf coast (to the tune of buffalo soldier)
Around the house… we are home much more right now so there is much more of mess. Legos on the floor, spilled lemonade in the kitchen, cat food dumped out around the bowl… wait, that’s not just the summer, that’s ALL THE TIME.
One of my favorite things… is summertime. I was born to be on vacation!
A few plans for the rest of the week: reunion planning, outfit shopping and avoiding the heat.
Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Picardi roses from Mike this weekend - the same we used in our wedding

Picardi roses from Mike this weekend - the same kind we used in our wedding

 
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Guess I’ll Know When I Get There

Posted by Shelley on Jun 12, 2010 in songs

Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down, as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol’ days, may not return
And the rocks might melt & the sea may burn

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing
Well some say life will beat you down,break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out, for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Learning to Fly
lyrics by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne
1991 album, “Into the Great Wide Open”

 
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A Simple Woman?

Posted by Shelley on Jun 9, 2010 in Uncensored Shelley

An idea “borrowed” from my sister-in-law’s blog and “inspired” by The Simple Woman’s Daybook….

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… it is dark, only a few lightening bugs remain.
I am thinking… that I am really not a simple woman but I will give this a try, it’s time to change the direction of this blog.
I am thankful for… my mother. I would do anything in the world for her.
From the kitchen… we have a new rice cooker/steamer which actually is a way cool new appliance. but not as cool as the Egg Genie. and we have one of those too.
I am wearing… shorts from a consignment store and a top from Walmart. yep, you read that right.
I am creating… gotta give this one some thought – a mess? a light in the darkness? a scrapbook? definitely not a scrapbook.
I am going… to get my hair did in the morning – finally!!!
I am reading…“Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle – Creative Conversations About Sexual and Emotional Integrity”
I am hoping… this gets a little easier – I am supposed to be very descriptive but keep it short at the same time.
I am hearing… our fish tank. it’s trickling – it needs more water. and it’s making me want to head to the bathroom.
Around the house… the boy is in bed and the dad and daughter are in the man cave playing on the computer.
One of my favorite things… Canon’s impromptu “I love you mom” – I must hear it several times out of the blue, everyday
A few plans for the rest of the week: looking forward to date night this Friday! possibly mellow mushroom to try their new gluten free pizza? or maybe we’ll just stay home and play some checkers since both the kids will be spending the night out ;)

1989 drum solo - I'm scanning old pics for our colorguard/maj reunion - that's me on the end

 
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Posted by Shelley on Jun 4, 2010 in poetry

Escape

A moment
A memory
A reality
A place
A time

Not possible
In your dreams
Unreal
Maybe
Not really
A distraction

Absolutely

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