Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mug shots, monograms and mild weather!

Two posts in two days! Do I dare spoil you???

Today was picture day at the school, so we all dressed pretty and pointed our whitey-whites at the camera. Now, I've never really been known to take a good school photo. I look horribly gawky in all my grade school photos. Last year was the first time in years that I had a head shot done (look right), and I was so impressed with the way it turned out, I still kick myself for not getting a small package! Anyway, there's no point to this announcement... Just thought I'd share with you.

I also had my picture taken at the DMV today. Yup, I finally got my state driver's licence. It was a bit of a production... I had to produce all of my documents (SS card, passport, VISA, MB licence). I nearly failed the vision test (that's probably an exaggeration), and I came close to failing the Q/A test (NOT an exaggeration!) due to my second guesses. Luckily, I saved myself the embarrassment. And really, in my own defence... Some of the questions were hard!! Did you know that if you unlawfully aide an underage minor in obtaining alcohol in NC, your licence is suspended for a year? I didn't!

I've noticed recently a few things around me that seem to be quite popular in style among some of my coworkers, and just southerners in general. I don't think I've seen so many polka-dots and monograms decorate the landscape (and citizens). Mailboxes, handbags, licence plates, you name it! I don't know... It's amusing, in a joyful, comforting way. :o)

The weather has finally turned fall-like. I was told that the temperature drop was a little early in the month -- it's not uncommon for it to still be in the 90's through September. But it's great to be about 10-15 degrees cooler now than when I first got her. My AC doesn't need to run 24 - 7, the humidity isn't asphyxiating, and it's even a little brisk (okay... 65) in the morning, which is refreshing. I'm looking forward to watching the leaves change color in the weeks to come. Okay, I admit. Fall is my favorite season.

Did I mention... Halloween stuff is already out down here! Which means I have to starting of a costume... I think... I should find out if we "do that" at the school. What do you think I should go as? A polar bear? A snowman? A randomly obscure Canadian celebrity? ;o) Suggestions are welcome!


Steve said...

Hi Melanie,

I'm one of those people that's faithfully following your story. I haven't commented yet, not because I'm the reticent type (you know better than that), but because I'm usually browsing with Firefox and for some reason my comments don't stick. Grrrrr.

I'm glad to see that you seem to be settling in and that things are going mostly well for you. You're a smart gal, and resourceful, so no big surprise there. The 'Peg is surviving without you, but just barely. No doubt you've heard, we finally got summer weather up here. Slightly late, but we'll take what we can get.

TMUC is back in full swing. Choirs have started up. Now, you better sit down for this...
You sitting yet?
Brace yourself...

I've switched to the Carillons.

Yes, I've gone to the dark side. For those of you reading this, not knowing what the heck I'm talking about, the Carillons is the choir that Melanie sang in "back home." Last year it gained its first male member and now it's gained its second.

Amber's back, so we DO have a descant so you don't have to feel TOO guilty about deserting. Other than that, it's business as usual.

Last comment...
For Hallowe'en, I'm thinking William Shatner. Just buy one of these
and talk...
like this...

Enjoy your adventure down south. The folks back home are rooting for you.

Go Mel! Go go go. :P


Doug and Joan said...

Hi Melanie,

Hope you're having a good weekend.

Suggestions for Halloween:

2. Igloo

A couple of things...Do you walk to school? Can you have breakfast at the school?

We are enjoying the posts!

Doug and Joan