Leaving My Mark

Exactly 13 years ago, I left my mark inside the Air Force Memorial in Washington DC. I was stationed at the Pentagon as a writer for the Secretary of the Air Force, responsible for covering, among other things, the construction of the memorial next to Arlington Cemetery.

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TBT: Drama Queen

This was a photo shot during a dress rehearsal, and the Cincinnati Enquirer sent a photographer. I have the color print of this somewhere, and a poster (ha!) of the photo the newspaper ended up using in their publication.

Life is funny, isn’t it?

A few high school friends reminded me this week that back in 1997, I starred as Helen Keller in a production of “The Miracle Worker.”

Funny, right? I mean … yeah.

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Guitar Lessons

She brings me my guitar last night, and goes, ”Mom, will you teach me again how to play the guitar?“

Me: ”Of course! It’s been awhile, but let me see…“

I take it from her, tune it, and start playing the intro to ”Hey, Joe“ by Jimi Hendrix.

She watches, smiles, and says, ”I bet this really gets the boys‘ attention.“

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TBT: Little Bitty Baby

We celebrate an important birthday this weekend, so today’s Throwback Thursday photo is from November 2008, taken when my Lola was just a few days old. She was a dream come true: my very own living baby doll who looked just like me. When they held up Lola over the curtain for that first glance, my immediate thought was, “She looks JUST LIKE ME! She is MINE!”

I can’t believe she’s hitting the double digits now! Thank goodness she still lets me squish her face every now and then.

TBT: The Mullet

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo goes back to when I was sporting an impressive homemade mullet. 1987ish, maybe? I still have my front baby teeth, so may have even been 1986 around the time my youngest sister was born. I have no memory of this photo, although I am certain I was ordered not to smile for the corner pose, resulting in that “mouth full of water/I’m about to spit” expression.

Also? Hello to my two sons. You both are definitely mine.

TBT: Little Monkeys



Today’s Throwback Thursday photo is from five years ago this week.
Martin was away at basic training, and I had these little monkeys all to myself! Crazy to think that five years from NOW, one will be in university, one will be a teen, and the other a tween.

TBT: Travel in Italy

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo is from March 2005, taken in our hotel room in Florence, Italy as I got our daughter dressed for the day. My parents were with us from the States, and after breakfast, we continued our adventures by driving to Rome with a pit-stop in Orvieto for lunch.