Sunday, February 27, 2011

Renaissance Festival...

... We got tickets to the Gulf Coast Renaissance Festival again this year and the boys were more than happy to go and see the jousting again. While we waited for the main event. we played games, shot a crossbow, watched the falconry show and came home with another fish. This one is Will's and it's name is Spot.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Caution: Man in the kitchen

Rodney decided to forgo the usual mixing device for a more manly one. I have a feeling this could result in a mess.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

My academic accomplishments...

I officially graduated from Pen Air's Management University with a nice luncheon on Wednesday. I also got an engraved paperweight, which is very nice, but very clear, so it does not photograph well. As you know, this series of classes is how I met Athena, a communications professor at the University of West Florida, and she encouraged me to apply for the graduate degree I am now seeking. This week she sent me the following email:


Your professors RAVE about how wonderful you are. They keep telling me thank you for “finding you,” which makes me laugh because it was just such a lucky episode in my life to meet you. We are all perfectly delighted to have you in the program. You’re a stand-out as I knew you would be.

Here’s a funny true story that came up in a faculty meeting the other day. Someone said, “Oh, we should ask the student ... I’ve blanked on her name ... the really good writer ...” Two or three people responded in unison “Jessica Guthrie!” And we were right. That’s how sterling your reputation is!


That email totally made my day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cheyenne is standing!

Valentine's Day 2011...

Rodney gave me flowers for Valentine' Day. Orange roses "are the embodiment of passion and excitement and are an expression of fervent romance," according to I wonder if he knew that before he bought them.

By the way, Rodney was not neglected. I got him a strategic bow-hunting book. Nothing says "I love you" like a book with dead animals in it.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011


Cashing in on some free tickets, the Guthries headed to the Civic Center to see the Harlem Globetrotters in action. The club is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year and actually started in Chicago. And none of the current team members are from Harlem. But they all went to college. Good thing, too. More basketball shots were missed than made. I was a bit disappointed because the show wasn't what I had envisioned. I thought there would be a lot of ball tricks and amazing hoop shots, but there was an attempt at a basketball game plot and unsophisticated humor. Even the boys got bored halfway through the show. Rodney was the only one completely enthralled, I think. However, the kids did get a basketball, Rodney got a 4-point spot and both were signed by five of the Globetrotters, one of which was Bones, pictured with the boys here.

I backed the boys up jest to get a shot of them with Bones in the background, signing autographs. The boys were not paying attention to me so I yelled "smile!" at them. They did and Bones turned and smiled too. Afterward I thanked him and made sure he knew I wasn't yelling at him!

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