Linking-up with Deena at Shoes to Shiraz and Christy at r-Squared + G + C = Our Family today for a quick post about some of our spring activities. Actually, on Wednesday I’ll be sharing some new spring clothes and Thursday I will be posting an update on my “spring bucket list” so this whole week will be spring-ified on the blog.
For today, let’s take a look at a couple of my favorite annual spring activities.
My PC has a Ford Mustang convertible which was a little retirement present he bought for himself after serving 23+ years in the Army. Today we took it out for the season’s first topless ride. The weather was in the low-8os and we drove ‘cross the mountain for dinner at Souper Salad.
My hair looks about the same whether I ride topless or top up. In fact, I have had people ask if it was windy outside on a perfectly still day just because of my wind blown looking hair. To be honest, I forget to comb it some days. Like at TLA (Texas Library Association) the whole of last week. Which provides a great segue to my next spring activity.
Texas Library Association Annual Conference
For the past half-dozen springs or more, my sister and I have attended TLA together. It has been held in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Never El Paso because no one from the rest of the state will travel here. So unfair. But I digress.
Valerie and I have a great time attending programs during the four-day conference and have even presented twice. We take about everything we own to wear. And we always pack loads of scrapbooking projects to work on in the evenings while drinking wine and giggling. I just arrived home today from this year’s conference in San Antonio. Stayed at Hotel Indigo, a smaller but very comfortable establishment slightly off the beaten path. Which is usually the case for us. This hotel was so far off the beaten path that we walked 19,000+ steps one day just traveling between our room and the convention center.
Here are a couple of pictures from TLA over the years.
Next year’s conference is in Dallas again. We are already making plans. And talking about presenting. So glad my sister and I have this special week to share each year.
Which brings me to the last of my recent spring activities.
Relay for Life
Coincidentally…except nothing is really coincidental…Northwest Houston’s Relay for Life almost always coincides with TLA on either the weekend before or after the conference. So I try to stay to participate in Relay when ever possible. My sister has been very active in Relay for close to a decade, beginning a few years after the death of her three year-old son Andrew to Wilm’s Tumor. Please click here to read more about Andrew’s very brave fight against cancer.
Relay is part carnival, part charitable walk, part tribute to survivors and those who have lost their battle against cancer. My nephew Andrew loved Batman and Spiderman so my sister named our relay team “Andrew’s Superheroes”. Some years Relay has gone from dusk to dawn, other times it has gone from mid-day to mid-night, and this year’s relay was the shortest since I have participated. We were there from noon until nine pm.
Here are a few pictures of several Relay events over the years.
The last lap of each Relay is walked in memory of those who have passed. The track is monitored for complete silence by little children wearing wings, the hush angels. Our way is lit only by luminarias dedicated to those we have lost to cancer.
I am so thankful that the stars align, year after year, so that we can be together to celebrate the all-too-short life of our angel baby Andrew. So grateful to my friends for donating to my Relay event. I met my goal with YOUR help. Thank you.
So tell me, dear friends, what spring activities are you enjoying lately? Do you have some kind of annual festivity? Maybe something you do annually at Easter or for spring break. Won’t you share in a comment below. And then be sure to run by to see how Deena and Christy are spending these first warm days of the season.
Please come back Wednesday to see some cute, cute tops I picked up at the library conference. Yeah, the library conference! And you thought it was just about books. And then again on Thursday to check the progress I’ve made on my “spring bucket list”.
Happy Monday, girlsies!
Hugs and kisses,