One exciting thing I did during this fallow period is attend a get-together with several friends from high school. I'm not sure how the idea started. My friend Steph originally thought of it, and then I pushed whenever I felt she was flagging. It had all the makings of an event that gets thought of and never takes place. In fact, there was a brief pause as we sat around the table and realized yes, we were really doing this.
It was a lot of fun and went on for several hours with nothing close to a lull. Some of these women I had not seen in 32 years. Then a few had to leave but those of us who stayed just moved to the outdoor seating area. I will not mention the names of several women who broke the rules and are thinner and hotter than they were in high school, but..dirty pool, Ladies! Lots of extreme personalities in that photo but we were of one mind on this issue: we all look better than the men from our class.
After the luncheon I went with Steph back to her house and saw the many changes she made. She has some seriously cool stuff in her house, like this:
I couldn't get a picture of the whole thing, but it is framed and Steph got it on Etsy. Can you guess what it is? Obviously business cards, but of what significance? I could not guess and that made me feel like a complete illiterata. When I recovered from the shame I was engulfed in fury that I don't own this and had never thought of it.
This is a tiled wall in Steph's bathroom. She and her daughter made those tiles.
No extra reading material required! Also? If you enlarge this photo and check out all the tiles you pretty much know Steph. What's not here can be gleaned from her tattoos, one of which says, So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Now that, loyal used-to-be-156, is a clue.
It's hard to believe I've gone this long with no dog pictures but here they are, Joan and Pam soldiering on, protectors of the wall, Rangers of the Black Watch.
Here Joan is guarding Sabina, who had only recently arrived home for the summer when this photo was taken.