Thursday, August 30, 2007

Oh Glorious Asphalt!

After over a year of living in Louisville, with its potholes galore, a new day has dawned in the River City. The main road that I travel to do all of my shopping, errands, etc has received a fresh coat of new asphalt! It previously caused me much discomfort from all the jarring of the zillion bumps and holes in the road, but Shelbyville Road is now a smooth and enjoyable place to drive. This may be strange to some of you, but I actually started yelling out loud in my car "yes, this is awesome!" the first time I drove over the new black top. Here's the thing: this road is a major road in town that lots of people use. I don't know how long it has been in bad shape, but over a year at least. Now, why would a city wait so long to repair one of it's major thoroughfares? I mean all it takes is a little asphalt and a little labor and then boom: amazing new road. Basically, I should run the civil engineering department I'm sure. So, now Willie and I will be jovially singing "On the Road Again" as I make my way to and from the Walgreens and therefore I can finally quit drearily moaning "God Bless the Broken Road" to keep my sanity in the midst of another pothole!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Funnel Cakes and Happy Mates

Doesn't that picture just get your arteries cloggin?

Well, that my friends is the delectable funnel cake, the king of fair desserts, and my once a year treat that I recently acquired from the Kentucky State Fair. We made a trip to the fair on Tuesday night with our friends Robbie and Dani to see Gary Allan in a "free" concert. But, we got robbed at the entrance gate for both a parking fee and a 2 fair admission tickets, so the concert wasn't truly free which seems to be the case with most things.

The highlight was seeing Kentucky's finest citizens in their natural element. There were big mommas, toothless wonders, and wanna be cowboys which should not be confused with the beer bellys, mullet men, or the saggy tattoo crew. All of whom were encircled by an ever present cloud that resembled the Marlboro Man...

I will give one tally point to Kentucky for being the originators of "that high lonesome sound" commonly called Bluegrass that Phillip and I learned more about on a documentary on the Public Access Channel last night. We did watch this show after eating dinner at about 5:50 pm at which time we concluded: documentaries + early dinners = 2 old married folk...but you couldn't find 2 folk happier to be married...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

ABC Easy as 1,2,3

This week has marked the start of another semester for Phillip. Most kids go back to school shopping to acquire new trapper keepers, pencils, and new clothes, but my husband goes back to school shopping for books. At the dawning of every semester there appears in our library 20-30 new books that Phillip will be required to read for class. I must say that he started off on a good note and already had 4 read before the semester even started-what a studious chap!

This semester he will be taking the following: Systematic Theology I, Church History I, The Worshiping Church, The Ministry of Leadership, The Work of Christ, and The Ministry of Proclamation (Preaching). He's quite excited about the line-up this fall. He will get to work on his preaching skills, learn more about leadership, and I think he has to play a hand bell solo for his final in Worshiping Church...well maybe not, but Debbie would love it if he did!

In other school related news, next Thursday I will attend training for becoming a substitute teacher in the public school system. Yes there is a Mrs. Bethancourt coming to class sometime soon, which I'm sure will bring many entertaining stories of it's own. Maybe I'll call this series of my life The Chalk Dust Chronicles...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Thars a Bear Over Thar!

For those of you who didn't know, Phillip and I have spent the last week and a half visiting his parents in Northern California. Because we had a couple of days with nothing scheduled, my adventurous husband decided we should go camping in Yosemite National Park. Well, we got all of our gear together (thanks to the Sonus) and headed out early Tuesday morning for a real life adventure.

When we arrived at the campsite, we ate some sandwiches (the quintessential campsite food) and then pitched our tent. At this point I was hot and tired, which generally makes for an unhappy Cami, and so we sat down in the lawnchairs to have a cold drink and some rest. A few minutes later, Phillip sternly commands me to get up and go get in the car. Being the submissive wife that I am, I oblige willingly and once we reach the safety of the Yukon I turned around to see what all the fuss was about. Then with my own two eyes I saw a black bear galavanting through the campsite not more than 45 yards away. He was crusing through not stopping for anything and looked like he was on a mission--hopefully not to come over to the Yukon! We waited in the car a few minutes more after he was out of sight then looked at each other in amazement and said: AHHHHH! Holy smokes we just saw a bear!!!!!

Needless to say, that will get your blood pumping and your heart racing and it certainly makes all those noises in the middle of the night sound a lot more like bear footsteps than you might have thought otherwise. But, I am glad to report that we made it out alive with a tale to tell that will probably be told in Bethancourt lore for many years to come. I'm sure by the time Phillip and I get to be grandparents that bear will be an angry Grizzly only 5 feet away that we had to fight off in the rain with only a stick, a rock, and our bare hands (pun definitely intended)!

So, if you're wondering about our future in camping I would say the forecast is mostly cloudly, but could change to partly sunny if the campgrounds have a Hyatt.