Saturday marked the last class for my Master’s of Arts in Counseling! Technically, Friday was the last day, but I still had to take a final on Saturday, which counts as class in my book. Anyway, I am finished with class related to my Master’s degree, although I will have to pick up classes here and there for different certifications that will make me more marketable; BUT, there is just something about knowing I don’t have to take another class unless I so desire. I wish I did not have to do papers for both of those classes, but that is how intensive courses work here—you do all the reading and take the tests, and then have 10 weeks to get the rest finished. I feel like I needed to tell you that because I am not finished until those stinkin’ papers are finished. There will be no party until that time, so no premature celebration, you might jinx me.
Cali deserves some spotlight on our blog. She is such a good dog and we love her. She has taken to sleeping on the rug—it's her special place. She also lies down on the porch when we sit in our chairs. If she had better parents, she could probably do more than sit, but we aren't big on the trick thing. But one thing we do know is that she is a beautiful dog.
Last weekend we went to Austin & Rachel’s wedding just 8 hrs. away in Fort Worth, TX. We checked into our hotel at 3:15 with plenty of time to relax before the wedding at 7. However, from out of nowhere Ben decided to take one more look at the invitation & discovered that the wedding was not at 7 - it was at 2. We completely missed the wedding! Our first reaction was actually laughing hysterically, but shortly thereafter, panic set in & we had to kick it into high gear. Fortunately, we were invited to a private reception, but we were dirty & needed to shower, shave, iron clothes & figure out how to get to the reception.
After getting ready in record time, we flew down the road to get to the reception that we hoped was still going on. We made it to Stockyard Station & finally found where the reception was, but when we found it at 4:30, nobody was there. Turns out we were the first ones there, phew! In fact, no one got there until 5:15. We saw several good friends from our old alma mater OC, including Beau & Jeff & Amy, we danced with our awkward white rhythm, & we had several opportunities to converse with the new couple. And yes, we told them we completely missed their wedding.
Summer is here, and that means random weekend trips and a lot of fun. This last weekend was one of those trips. On Thursday my brother Mark called and said he was running a race in Nashville on Saturday night, and wanted to know if he could stay with us Sunday night.
Well, we decided to one up that and go watch him race on Saturday night. Justin and Brandy let us crash at their place (I played many hours of Nintendo Wii) with short notice. We ate at our beloved Maggiano’s (incredible ravioli and tiramisu), and then went to the race on the Vanderbilt campus.
Mark ran at about 10:30 PM and I got some pretty lousy pictures with the dark conditions—Mark is the one in the red. Despite my bad pictures, he ran a personal best in the mile—a 4:02.52! That is pretty smokin’ fast. He didn’t win, but he did meet his goal of running his fastest time yet. Of course, the whole trip would have been wasted if he didn’t run really fast (just kidding!). Anyway, it was a fun time and we enjoyed hanging out with Mark Sunday evening. It is hard to get family to the east side of the Mississippi, so we have to snatch up any chance we can get. He asked me when we would be in Edmond next, and it was a little sad because we don’t have any plans to until Thanksgiving or so. BUT, summer is here, and that means random weekend trips and a lot of fun. This next weekend we will be in Fort Worth, TX, for Austin Grove’s wedding.
Ben and Monica are superheroes living in Memphis. They have the most adorable puppy on earth and live in a house with a red door. Together they are unstoppable, and apart they are still pretty awesome.