Monday, October 16, 2006
  My baby got a boat this weekend!

Reading up quick, originally uploaded by estacey.

That is the big news of the weekend, understandably.

He's very excited, and I'm excited for him. :) There aren't many things nicer than being on a boat at night with the water all calm.. I look forward to it.

This picture is of Chris while we were eating at a diner and he was quickly reading up on "Maneuvering Your Trailer" before we had to go back and pick up the boat from where the wiring was being done. It was so cute.

This weekend was just so perfect, weather and otherwise.

Yesterday afternoon I went with Chris to the wedding of one of his staff. They're Jamaican, so even though we were 45 minutes late (not my fault!), we were still early. It worked out great. I didn't get any pictures of us, which is too bad since dressing up once in a while is nice and it's nice to have evidence of it. Ah well. The wedding was very interesting; I'd never been to one like that before. Well, the ceremony was pretty straightforward, aside from when some chick's phone started ringing with a Beenie Man ringtone ("Dude") and some of the scary outfits straight outta those ghetto-prom emails. But the reception... wow! An interpretive dance to a gospel song, people getting up to talk and sing to the bride and groom.. No booze, even for the toast! In any case, it was a nice time. :) It seemed like a very genuine group effort (bride's sister did the food for the buffet, homemade rumcake as we walked out the door).. So that was nice to see. People get so caught up in the superficial stuff of weddings, so it was nice to see it the way I think it should be; expensive as you want, but keeping in mind what it's all about. And what is all about is not $2,000 worth of flowers.

I think the kittens are going to their new homes, like, this week. I'm going to be sad to not have the kittens to love on when I get home, or to pounce on my face while I'm sleeping. Strange how something can become a fixture in your life in just 7 weeks.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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