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Handy New Hiking Book!

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Well, I’m going to do something that I haven’t in a while … post something on topic.

I spent some of my Christmas book money from Santa on the 3rd Edition of The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan. It was a toss-up between this and Hiking Georgia by Donald Pfitzer, but I liked the descriptions and maps better in Homan’s. I couldn’t bring myself to buy both of them, since that would cut down on the fiction budget. I think that I would like the other one as well though, because it has maps of the trails in various state parks and other natural areas around the state besides north Georgia. But, since I’m in north Georgia I stuck with the one close to home.

I’ve spent the evening reading through it, and although it seems to have been last revised in 1997, it has better descriptions and directions of the places I’ve been than the horrid little pdf by the Forest Service. The basic maps showing which trails are in the vicinity are good, too.

Not that this means that I won’t have to call up the Ranger districts and ask about the state of the forest service roads, of course. I totally “need” a truck. High clearance, 4 wheel drive. Homan’s book does state the walking distance to the trailhead on roads that cars wouldn’t be able to travel, which is helpful.

So, after the holidays are over, I’ll get to start the round of begging for hiking partners again. I hope the weather holds out.

On the fiction front, I bought: Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre; What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] by Zoe Heller; and Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

While I’m rambling away from the topic of hiking, I might as well mention that we’ve been trying new recipes this week. Both have been a success–and from last January’s Everyday Food. Tonight was Lemon Herb Chicken and yesterday we tried the Sausage and Kale soup. Yummy.

Merry Christmas!

RA and I are finally back home for a little bit after visiting family. It was especially great to be with my MaNette and PawPaw for their Christmas Eve party, because we were all there–all 25 of us.

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the holiday season.

My grandmother passed away early Thursday morning at her home. She was 86. This is a picture of her at my wedding in 2002.

I love her so much!

The Dreaded Day Is HERE

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Well, the day I always hate has arrived. I had to get my coat out of the closet and wear it. I hate, hate, hate having to wear a coat. I really prefer to wear a couple of layers, but after making myself just a little bit sick last night by wearing just my cardigan, my yellow pompom hat that my MawMaw made for me when I was little, and my scarf, I figured it was time to get the coat out.

I like my coat; there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just a coat.

Just to do it.

I yanked on my hiking boots today, just to do it and feel like I actually could strike out in the woods at any moment. The weather this afternoon was lovely, but the only trail I blazed was to the law library to try to study for my applied stat final on Monday.

But, when the weather turned blustery and cold, at least my feet were warm!

Ray

As part of my birthday, I got to pick a movie for us to see. So, I picked Ray, since that it is one we’d wanted to see and it closes today at the regular-priced theater. We both really enjoyed it. I agree with the Flagpole reviewer when he says:

But Ray tells the story of a man who became a legend. It does not retell the legend of the man.

This is the second movie with Jamie Foxx that we’ve seen in a few months. We saw Collateral at the cheap theater. It was great as well. I think I’m going to try to see or re-see some of his other more recent films.

Not Doing Well

It’s been over a month since I’ve really been on a trail of any sort, which is a little disappointing. I’ve been so busy, that I just haven’t had time to get out–even with the weather being absolutely gorgeous about half the time.

I hope that I can get my finals out of the way by Monday. Two take-home finals, and one on Monday night. Then I’m free! Free to do Christmas shopping and work on my Note. Blarg, blarg, blarg. Those are not expressions of joy, mind you. I like Christmas shopping, though, just I wish I could find people exactly what would be helpful/useful/beautiful for them that is unique and not very expensive. Good luck for that, huh?

Let me just note, that I don’t think you would ever catch me hauling a sled of something up some kind of glacier. As the people on NOVA are doing at this point on the show. Jon Krakauer is on this expedition–I’ve read one of his books, Into the Wild, which was intriguing.

Happy Birthday to ME!

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I’m stealing a page from Reed’s book and singing to myself!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to Meeee, Happy Birthday Dear Tiffany! Happy Birthday to Meeeeeee!

Woohoo! If I were money, I’d be a quarter!

Another Judy Pic

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I meant to put this in with the previous Judy entry, but it took a bit for me to get around to scanning it in. This is a picture that I actually didn’t take, my cousin, J, did. The date stamp says 11-27-99. Judy is the one closest to my dad, eating off the hay bale.

And, for good measure, here’s a picture of Fred–my lamb. That’s my brother and me (of course). I’m being really bad about posting pictures without my family’s permission–but if they don’t like it, I’ll take them down. I don’t really think that they’re going to be recognized from these pictures. Well, my brother is recognizable as his six-year-old self, but 16 years have gone by and he doesn’t really look like that anymore.

Obviously, we are incredibly proud of Fred–and of having our picture taken with the Polaroid. The Polaroid was only for special pictures, you know. Both of us are wearing t-shirts that our aunt and uncle brought back from their vacation in Hawaii. Fred looks like he’s been sheared recently and pretty clean–so I bet we’d just given him a bath. The strange marks at the bottom of the picture are where I wrote in crayon our names and the year–‘88. This is one of the pictures (along with the earlier one of baby Judy) I took from home my freshman year at UGA so that I wouldn’t feel quite so terribly homesick.

I seem to be having some scanner issues with the quality of the pictures–I’ll try to work on that.

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