Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Easter Weekend

April 25, 2011

Hope everyone had a happy Easter. We went to a Birthday Party on Saturday for our friend Joseph Broad. There was a great Easter Egg hunt followed by cake and presents. It was a beautiful day and a fun party.  Enjoy photos (I couldn’t figure out how to get the C&H comic out of the slide show)!

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Today’s Calvin and Hobbes is bringing back a favorite of mine: G.R.O.S.S. or Get Rid Of Slimy girlS.

This is my motivation for building the boys a tree house. And telling them that girls are slimy. I wonder how long it took Bill Waterson to come up with these rhymes? I always enjoyed it on Whose Line is it Anyway? when Wayne Brady would create songs off the cuff. I get the feeling that Waterson could do this as well.


Batter up!

April 23, 2011

If at first you don’t succeed, set the bar lower.

Today’s strip reminds me of when I was in Little League. I played 5 or 6 seasons at most and was not very great. Evidence of this is that I vividly remember the only triple I ever hit and the one inning I pitched (No runs, 1 walk, No errors, 1K). My most clear memory was in the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs and we’re behind. I am on deck and the best player in the league is pitching for the other team. At that moment, my greatest fear wasn’t losing the game, it was being the final out. I prayed with all my might that my teammate would get an out so that I wouldn’t have to step up to the plate. I don’t remember how it happened, but my prayer was answered. I was not the scape goat. Funny, my lack of baseball skills has not diminished my enjoyment of the game. Hope y’all have a wonderful Saturday!

Picnic Photos

September 12, 2010

We went to Centennial Park tonight with our small group. It has been a beautiful evening and I wanted to share a couple of photos of Parker that were taken. Hope you all had a restful Sunday!

Birthday Bash

February 15, 2010

Hard to believe that Avery jr is now 4 and Parker is 2. We had a great party (combined) for them this past Saturday. We left our camera at the Snowshoe resort and it still hasn’t made it back yet. When it does, I’ll post those vacation pictures. As such, we relied on Pop-Pop to be our photographer and we’re awaiting those photos as well. As a teaser, I’ll post the one he e-mailed to me. Jen and I got the boys rain boots as every little boy needs a good pair of rain boots.

Happy Birthday Boys!

Pinch me

November 23, 2009

I have been an Ole Miss fan as long as I can remember. I grew up less than one mile from the heart of campus and as hard as I tried to escape, I am glad that I decided to be a Rebel. In this time, I have had the opportunity to watch our football team win games we should have lost and lose games that should not have even been close. All this to set the stage for Saturday’s showdown with #8 LSU. There is no team out there that I have more animosity towards than LSU.

When in college, I travelled to Baton Rouge twice to watch the rivalry. In 1997 as a freshman and in the marching band, we won 36-21 in a day game. I will never forget the near-constant rain of bottles and cups that were thrown at the band throughout the game. That’s classy. In 1999, Jen and I drove down for a night game (in the rain) and we put it to them 42-23. With those 2 results, you might think that we have had the upper hand in the series, but 02-07 found us losing 6 in a row. If you look back on the series tally (since I was old enough to go to games), LSU has held the edge 15-9. All this to say, there is a lot of bad blood between these two schools.

Enter Saturday, Nov 21. The CBS SEC game of the week. The early game was dominated by Ole Miss with a couple of questionable calls that took the rebels out of the endzone twice, having to settle for a field goal and a LSU int for a TD. The defense held strong and we went in at the half down only 17-15.

The 3rd quarter was a field position struggle and the real excitement came in the 4th quarter. Dexter McCluster has been the hero of the second half of the season and completed his first pass ever for a TD with 13 minutes left to go putting us up 17-22. A clock-eating drive gave us a field goal to go up 17-25. Up by a TD with 2-pt conversion with 3:42 to go. What happened next is legendary. A methodical drive by LSU gave them a TD with 1:17 left pulled them to within 2. After 2 tries at the conversion, the rebels somehow managed to hold onto a 2 point lead.

Everyone knew the on-sides kick was coming and LSU ran it to perfection. At this point, I had indigestion. I could just see Ole Miss losing this to a last-second field goal. I could barely watch. The mental vaccuum that is the offensive minds in LSU somehow botched clock management and the tigers ended up on the Ole Miss 6yd line with the game clock expired. For once, things went our way. I waited for 10 minutes (well after the game coverage went off the air) to allow myself to breathe and enjoy the tally mark in the win column. At 8-3 with the Egg bowl left to play, the Rebels are finding a way to redeem what was supposed to be a great season. Will await bowl predictions soon.

The night only got more interesting as we went to a Mannheim Steamroller concert. Yes, the uber-popular Christmas music phenomenon tours and has been doing so for some time. Needless to say, it was a Laser Drum, Laser Light, Laser violin extravaganza. I lost it when the violin player pulled a spin move. It was a good day.

Next: Highlights!

Happy Labor Day (and Halloween too)!

November 12, 2009

Yeah, I know, it’s a little late. The Baileys and the Wells came in town and we had a picnic. Also included is a few shots from the mountain house vacation and Halloween. I didn’t take the time to arrange them in the proper chronologic order. Things to note:

1. Avery (jr) is a slip-and-slide maniac.

2. Ghost costumes are cheap.

3. Watermelon is tasty.

4. No birthday party is complete without an inflatable monkey.

Hero of the Rails

September 12, 2009

Today, Thomas the Tank Engine came to town. We found out too late to go to this last year, so we have had tickets for 3 months in anticipation.

I know that there are a lot of pictures, but it’s been a while since i’ve posted, so bear with me.

I know that there’s a lot of photos, but it was that kind of a day. To explain a few of the photos:

They had a huge tent with 7 or 8 train tables, a temporary tattoo tent, a story-telling tent, a small train, a big train, a petting zoo (seriously?), a costumed Sir Topham Hatt, some kid with a Rat tail(!), a gift shop, and a musician who let the kids bang the fool out a triangle. It was a fun and tiring morning. As expected, Avery had a great time and cried when we left. Gratitude is not his strong suit at this point. Highly recommend the Day out with Thomas experience if it’s heading to your town.

8-10-09= Good Day

August 11, 2009

In the order of their occurance:

1. Benjamin Baxter James born to Scott and Jaime James at 12:44pm in Birmingham, AL. Their blog is off to the right

2. Christina Wells and Andrus Ashoo are engaged, maybe 3pm ish. Congrats to them.

3. Amanda Mixon and Brad Knight are engaged, 7:30pm ish. Congrats also go out.

Can’t think of a bigger day in recent memory! Don’t have many more details at this point, but just enjoying the moment for all of them.

Suddenly Sunday (with Pixar Undies!)

June 28, 2009

Sunday evening at the end of a weekend on call. Highlights of today include sitting with my wife on the couch eating Orange Sherbet. Man, that stuff is good. I have always considered Mint Chocolate Chip to be the flavor of summer, but am beginning to reconsider  sherbet (either lime or orange) as a worthy rival. We got Parker a swing off of Craigslist for $12. I’ll politely ask Jen to post some pictures of the joy that will ensue.

In Tampa (obviously) and even here in Nashville, there are Wal-Mart stores that have a hispanic clientele and are thus more Spanish-friendly. That has nothing to do with the purchases we made, but hopefully it helps paint a picture. We went to the little boy’s underwear aisle where we let li’l A pick out a new pack of underpants. Not old enough for Transformers and frankly he doesn’t know anything about them. The Sesame Street undies were too expensive. Jen didn’t like the Cars set, so it came down to Thomas and Pixar. He already has the Thomas and Friends 4-pack, so we got the Pixar undies 7-pack including: Lightning McQueen x2, Buzz Lightyear x2, Wall-E, Mr. Incredible with Dash (perfect for racing stripes), and Nemo.  These are not available on, but I cannot imagine that you’d really be interested in seeing the packaging (pun intended).

To get back to the topic of a previous post, Jen and I spent $60 going to see Star Trek a few weeks ago. It breaks down as follows: $16 tickets, $35 babysitter, $4 movie food. Okay, maybe that’s $55, but it seemed like $60. Maybe we payed the babysitter more. The point is, it is hard for us to get out and see movies these days. thankfully it was an enjoyable experience for both of us. I always remember my dad taking me to see Star Trek movies on the big screen. I knew that this movie was in production prior to his passing away and would have driven down to Oxford to watch it with him.

Of note, tonight is call # 107 out of 108 total for this academic year. Below is a happy neutrophil.


Prom 2009

May 8, 2009

Wanted to share this clip of what’s happening for our patients. I tried to imbed the clip but couldn’t for whatever reason. Hope you enjoy!