Friday, November 2, 2012


Today is a gift. 

I don't mean that in a sentimental, don't forget how good you have it poster.  I mean it. 

I woke up at the usual 0530 and went in to work on my normally scheduled day which would have put me in overtime for the week.  My charge nurse said, "That's weird, you aren't on the schedule today for some reason."  I went home.

Also, it just so turns out that we left the kids with Sarah's parents this weekend.  So, I get the day off to spend it with my beautiful wife today with really no commitments for the day.  Sure, there are a couple of errands that need done, but nothing major.

So instead of wasting the day here on the computer.  I'm leaving.  Today is a gift and I am going to treat it that way. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Yesterday's theme was Guns and Roses.

Tyler Texas is probably best known for the famous Tyler Rose.  And, it turns out, somewhere around 1/3 of all roses sold in the USA are produced within 50 miles of Tyler.  At least if you believe the narrator in the video shown in the museum.

Ahh the museum.  The gardens themselves are free, but you have to pay for the glory that is the Tyler Rose Festival museum.  As soon as you enter you greeted by an arrangement of mannequins dressed in festival finery which is just waaaaaayyyyy over the top.  Apparently the downtime in the agricultural season allowed enough time to go bananas with the gowns.  Either that or there was some pretty significant status conferred by the size of the gown and train.  Frued would have enjoyed this. 

And then some of them were just strange...

Nice serial killer clown you have there Tyler Rose Festival. 

The walls were decorated with pictures of past festival winners and their courts.  I'm guessing that's how it works. 

Then we went outside to see some of the actual roses. 

Flowers, flowers, FLOWERS!

As you can see, the kids were just super excited to see all the flowers.

It was a neat place, but a little feminine.  And it just so happened that there was a gun show at the convention center which was right across the street.  So we went.  No pictures are allowed, so it kind of ruined my photo theme of Guns -N-Roses.  But it was pretty much what you would expect.  Lots of guns, lots of camo, lots of beer bellies. 

There were some cool WWII rifles and even a few Civil War rifles for sale.  You can find guns almost anywhere, but you only get to see some of these cool things at the gun shows.  The kids and Sarah seemed to enjoy the rose garden more.  Over all it was a fun day.