Monday, April 30, 2007

Nashville, Baby!!

What an adventure we had this past weekend! On Friday we went to Nashville (about 3 hours away) to see our friends and our dear Uncle Tony run the Country Music Marathon. We had all kinds of fun. Here are some pictures from our trip:

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Me & Uncle Tony with Elvis, of course!

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Me and Elvis

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And of course, Billy and Elvis!

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Billy lookin' good in front of the home of BR549

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Uncle Tony & Aunt Mary

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Leon's Pralines, the best pralines EVER!!

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Legends Corner

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LP Field, Home of the Tennessee Titans

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The Monastery, or as Mary calls it, "The Nunnery"

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The Columbus River & LP Field

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Me & Billy at Ernest Tubb's

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Billy, Me, & Uncle Tony

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Uncle Tony is the tiny dot in the white shirt and red shorts

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Uncle Tony after the Race

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Uncle Tony's Texas Socks

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With Uncle Tony post-race


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With Lindsay after her race. Way to go, Lindsay!

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Lawsons & Lindsay

Monday, April 23, 2007

Anxiety Strikes Again!

I'm just pausing for a moment from my entirely-too-insane life in hopes that once again this blog will serve as some sort of therapeudic release for me. How does this happen? What is is about myself that just sort of draws busyness in? I know we're all busy. But somehow I only ever realize I'm TOO busy after it's already too late. I don't ever see it coming and then I get anxious and overwhelmed. And when I am anxious and overwhelmed, I tend to be a bit of a jerk to people or I don't pay attention to Billy or anyone else, or something else equally ridiculous.

So. In the midst of my busyness, Billy and I got out of town on Saturday for a much-needed change of scenery. We went with our friends Rob & Kat, Thad, and Seth & Laura to the Red River Gorge (about an hour away in the Daniel Boone National Forest) for some rock climbing. Yes, rock climbing. Now, I enjoy rock climbing and when we lived in Dallas LOVED to go to the climbing gym. But this past Saturday was my first experience with real rock. I'm not sure that an indoor climbing gym will ever do again. I had a GREAT time on Saturday. Red River Gorge? More like Red River GORGEous (I can't claim that pun as my own, by the way). The scenery was amazing. And of course, I'm a rock star. Literally. I climbed the heck out of those rock walls. I can't wait to go back. I'd like to get better at climbing and would like to eventually attack some harder climbs.

I will post some pictures soon. Hopefully by the end of this week. In the meantime, check out the Red River Gorge website (www.redrivergorge.com).

Peace.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Post Office Woes

Well, I suppose I now have an actual reason to check my mailbox more frequently than twice a week. I don't why I don't check the mail everyday-- I have to drive by the mailbox to get to my front door, but most of the time I just keep driving.

Well, this past Friday, I opened my mailbox, and found a bright green slip of paper inside (and oddly enough, I had no other mail in the box, which was certainly strange). The green piece of paper read: "Notice: We have been notified that this address is vacant. All mail from 544 Wichita Drive has been forwarded to the address which was provided to the United States Postal Service."

Excuse me? I don't actually remember turning in a forwarding address form, nor do I remember moving. I called my landlord and she said, "Oh yeah, your next door neighbor moved out. I bet they got it mixed up."

Of course I hadn't checked my mail since Tuesday, so I had no way of knowing when our mail was removed and forwarded-- to who knows where?

I faced a dilemma. It was 4:53 p.m. on Friday. I did not have time to get to the Post Office before they closed. I decided to call. The problem is that the only number listed in the phone book or online is the main toll-free number for the USPS--I couldn't find a number for our local branch. Time was ticking. I called the main number, fought my way through the automated system, and finally got the number for the Nicholasville Post Office. It was 4:59 p.m. I hung up, dialed the number, and of course I got the answering machine.

So... on that same green form, it had a place for the "new resident" to list the names of all of the members of the household that would be receiving mail. I took it as an opportunity to remind the USPS that we had never moved and that the residents were and always have been the Lawsons. I told them that we would kindly appreciate the return of regular mail delivery and for the mail forwarding to cease.

And by Monday we had our mail. But who knows what other mail was forwarded, or to where it was forwarded. Oh well.

These are the adventures of our lives in Tooleyville. Just another funny little tale to tell.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

I love Easter!!

Well, it's here! My favorite day of the year-- Easter Sunday!! Today was absolutely the COLDEST Easter of my life! Just this past Friday, the ground was covered in snow. And at this morning's sunrise service, it was just 26 degrees outside. But even in the cold, today has been a glorious, magnificent, victorious day. Today the journey of Lent has ended and we celebrate the RISEN Savior. The resurrected Savior brings us hope. The resurrected Savior gives life. The resurrected Savior has conquered the darkness.

In this, the 300th birthyear of Charles Wesley (1707-1788), I offer his lyrics, a familiar hymn, a favorite on this Easter Day:

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!