Monday, February 23, 2009

Its Official

Well, Friday I couldn't wait any longer and I actually got down on one knee (at the restaurant where we had our first date) and said "Debra K___ B____, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?" With a big grin on her face she said, "Absolutely!" So its all official now and we are in the early planning stages for a Saturday, October 31st, wedding.

If you read her blog, she says things much more eloquently than I do, and there is even a picture of the engagement ring.

More details to come as things progress. I have to run now, Monday is a busy day for me. Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Late but still here

I've been a bit negligent, since its been almost a week since I made an entry. No excuses, I just have much more fun reading the blogs of those that are much better writers than I am. Sharing those laughs and tears vicariously. But I will persevere and try at least to be mildly entertaining.

Living in the south, I ride my motorcycle just about year round. To do so I keep a very close eye on the weather reports and on the days that there is more than a 40% chance of rain, I drive my truck. Well, I had dutifully checked before I left work on Monday and saw that there was only a 30% chance of rain Tuesday afternoon. Well, when I got off work it was raining. Not wanting to leave my bike at work, I geared up and took to the road. While it was not a downpour, it was steady, and inside of a mile I was soaked (only 9 more miles to home), plus the temp was around 50 degrees. Dude! I was ssssssoooooo cold! Once I got home (pic is of my house last summer) and pried my fingers from the handlebars, I let loose the hounds (my chihuahua-mixed dogs - Harley & Pearl) of war, went inside and stripped out of my clothes and straight into a hot shower (aaaaaahhhhhh! such bliss!). Once dry, I threw my clothes in the wash and fixed a cuppa mint tea with a wee bit of 80 proof fortification. I then sought to snuggle down in my recliner with a nice warm quilt over me - but nooooo - the fates were against me. I heard an ominous crack and the left side of my recliner gave way. Well, crap! So much for the best 5 dollar yard sale recliner I purchased 2 years ago. I guess I got my money's worth, but now I have to go check the local thrift stores for a semi-new chair. I've had my bike for 3 1/2 years and count the number of times rain has caught me on one hand, so my system works pretty well. I'm of the opinion that if its not raining when I go to work, I'll take my (40% or less) chances going home. Besides, that means there is a 60% chance I'll stay dry. Better odds than any casino.
DKB has been a bit under the weather the last couple of days. I talked with her last evening and she seemed to be doing a little better. I'll see her this evening. I've promised her a foot rub and hot chicken soup. As I said before, I'm an avid reader. I'm currently reading "Cradle" by Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee. Only about 50 pages in so far, but its developing quite nicely. Can't wait to see where it takes me.
Have a great day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Little Blue

I've actually been seeing a lot of DKB since the Mom has been in town, so I shouldn't really be a little blue about not seeing or talking to her yesterday. (Though I did have a lovely chat with her answering machine.) One day and I miss her so - I guess as my friend, StinE, says I really am "smitten" with her. I am supposed to meet her and the Mom after work today for supper, so I have that to look forward to. I love living in the south because except for a few bad weather days it allows me to ride my bike pretty much year round.

I have a great job with a great boss. I work in the library located in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. As you might expect, it is a very specialized library with probably 99% of its content dealing with animals and their ailments. The students coming through here are well behaved and mature, since as Vet students they already have an undergraduate degree and freshmen here are actually in their 5th year of college. I've been in my current position for 6 years now and have no intention of leaving until that day down the road when I retire. Why mess with a good thing?

Anyway, I will finish today with some more random musings or "The Old Gray Matter Ain't What it Used to Be"

1. I know its not original - but WHY DO hot dogs come in packs of 8 and buns in packs of 10?

2. Why is there no bald super hero?

3. Did you know that if you fart and sneeze at the same time your ears will pop? Its True!

4. Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender says "Olive or Twist"?

With that groaner, I bid you adieu. Have a great day!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Meeting the Mom

Friday I went over to Debra's and met the mom. We had a nice supper and chatted for a couple of hours. Saturday was such a gorgeous day I cleaned and polished my bike (2004 Suzuki Intruder) and rode it to Shaherazad's to meet DKB and her mom for lunch. We had shishkabob and chatted for a couple of hours. DKB and her mom left to meet friends and I went home to start supper cooking. Later, around 4 or so, DKB and mom came over and we watched "Mama Mia". I have to admit that its not a movie that I would have chosen for myself (can you say "Chick Flick") but I did find myself enjoying it. And we were all in agreement that Pierce Brosnan should have just lip-synched and allowed a real singer to belt out the songs. Dude! Seriously! Stick to acting. Around 7:30, my youngest - Mary, brought 5 month old Dylan over for us to watch. He was passed around and appropriate baby comments made. He went to sleep about 9 PM and Debra and the Mom left at that time. I finished watching a really bad on Sci Fi network then read until Mary came and picked up Dylan at Midnight. Sunday morning I actually worked on cleaning my house. Got rid of a lot of junk and started piling things up for a yard sale some time down the road. Debra called around 1 PM and (since it was another pretty day) I rode my bike over to her house and spent a few hours chatting and the Mom made a very tasty supper. I left just before dark because the road she lives on is gravel and I didn't want to negotiate it in the dark on my motorcycle. The Mom is a hoot and we seemed to hit it off. She even informed me as to the difference between "kinky" and "weird". Kinky is using a feather to stimulate your lover. Weird is using the whole chicken! LOL!!! See what I mean, you don't tell that joke to someone you don't like. Its a new week - Hope you have a great one!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Soylent Green is People!

I can remember Charlton Heston uttering that line as I watched "Soylent Green" at the old Rex Theater in Starkville. Great movie, lots of shock value at the time. Don't know why that thought popped into my mind as I sit here digesting a great meal that I had at Shaherazad's with DKB and her friend Nikita. Had a good time sharing food and conversation and meeting someone that liberally peppers DKB's conversations. As usual I ate a little too much and now I feel like I need a nap instead of working, but carry on I must. Anyone else see "Fringe" last night. That is one freaky show. If you missed it, catch it online. The giant were-porcupine is not to be missed.
Last night, after "Fringe" went off I went back to the book I'm reading now. Its the 5th book in the "Area 51" series by Robert Doherty. I know you're probably thinking "Flying Saucers - so what!" Well, there are flying saucers, but there is a lot more to the story than that. I kind of started reading this series by accident, but now I'm glad I did. Each book has been a real page turner and I highly recommend it. When DKB and I are together, some of the time I will read a book to her as she crochets. I'm pretty sure we both enjoy this and it gives us a common book to discuss. I'm currently reading her the first book in the "Southern Vampire Series" by Charlaine Harris title "Dead Until Dark".
Going over to DKB's after work today. Gonna be a cold one tonight. Supposed to get down to 18 degrees. Good hot soup and cuddling weather. Everyone be safe! 'Til next time.......

Monday, February 2, 2009

After Super Bowl Musings

Well, its Monday and the Super Bowl yesterday was just that - Super! I have to admit I was pulling for the underdog Cardinals, but ya gotta give Big Ben and the Steelers credit for that thrilling comeback at the end. Salute! It was even better because I had some company in addition to my sweetie DKB being there. Our first Super Bowl together. Good food and a good time was had by all. Now the only football left is the anti-climatic Pro Bowl. I have heard that next year the Pro Bowl will be moved to the weekend before the Super Bowl. This means the SB participants won't have any members in the next Pro Bowl. Heck, even the Arena Football League suspended play this year (due to the economy), but they plan to be back in 2010.

DKB & I are planning lunch Wednesday at Shaherazad's so that I can meet another of her friends. I'm looking forward to it.

I've read in DKB's blog that some folks think I am moving pretty fast. I just want to say in my defense that I told DKB from the very beginning that our relationship would move at her speed. I would never pressure or rush her on anything and we would only move forward if she was comfortable with it. That brings me to another thing. A lot of folks say that when a couple gets comfortable with each other, that the relationship is doomed. I don't. I'm very comfortable with DKB and just enjoy being around each other. I'm still learning things that surprise me from time to time, but thats part of the fun of being in a relationship.

Have to stop at Wally World on my way home today. I need to buy some more tea (for when DKB visits) and a couple of gifts for a son-in-law & daughter-in-law that have birthdays this month. Plus my youngest son's anniversary is later this month. My best to all.