Catching up!

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Apologies for going nearly two weeks without creating a blog entry; I honestly don't know where the time has gone. Things are so busy, and I know you're all tired of me saying that, but I don't have anything else to offer. I literally run out of time every single day, sit back and wonder what happened, and worry about how I'm going to attempt to keep up with the next day. I've dropped a lot of things recently - the blog is one of them - just because there's so much going on at work.

So... where do I start? How about with last week? Went to Arkansas for a birthday party/small reunion party, and had a really great time. It was Debra's birthday, and we all got together for a cookout, conversation, camaraderie, cocktails, and cake. (How's that for alliteration?)

For those not familiar, Debra was the president/COO of ANB and is a great friend - I admire her tremendously and would give anything to have the bank "back" if for no other reason so that I could continue to work with and learn from the wonderful people that made up ANB. I was recently chatting about the bank with my folks, and we summed it up pretty simply: the OCC and FDIC ruined a ton of people's lives through a hasty, knee-jerk response. Rather than recognize the impending problems that our nation faced as a whole, they focused on one smoldering pile of ash, not realizing that the entire environment was engulfed in an unstoppable wildfire.

Anyway, back on track. As I mentioned, there was a cookout - it was hosted at Michelle and Jeremey's house (Debra's son and daughter-in-law); they have a great farm with a really nice "barn" that served as a perfect arena for our get together. I say "barn" because it's really not a barn - it's a 60x40 shed with a Bose surround sound system, big screen TV, furniture, and some farm equipment.

One of the family dogs took the time to acquaint himself with the guests (that's Joe (on left) and Crash (on right)):

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I enjoyed seeing my old pals from ANB - here's me, Joe, and Nat:

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And me with "Cookie" (Mary):

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Jeremey tended to the grill (while Michelle supervised):

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Crash was not pleased to learn that he would not be having a hamburger (he's actually smiling, but it looks like he's angry):

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While Wyatt (Michelle's son) was pleased to learn that he would be having both a hamburger and cake.

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And finally, here's a picture of the cake - it was from Shelby Lynn's in Springdale, and it was FANTABULOUS. White cake with raspberry filling - wow - I had 3 huge pieces of it and woke up the next morning with a cake hangover. I literally felt like the cake was trying to kill me the next day, but it was worth it. So good. Yum.

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All in all, it was a great party and a great weekend. I got to catch up with a bunch of people that I hadn't seen for quite some time, and I was sad to see the time pass by so quickly. But the night quickly came to an end, and before I knew it, I was back in Austin. Got back in time to sneak in a quick bike ride (25 miles) and short run, and then it was back to work.

On Thursday night, I drove up to Dallas, and caught a flight home for my brother's wedding. I've been sitting on the couch most of the day working from my laptop and working the phone... even on vacation things are hectic. (sigh!)

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Weather here is wonderful - low 70s, sunny, breezy. Went for a run this morning, had a turkey/bacon/avacado wrap for lunch, and am getting ready to head to the rehearsal dinner. I'll check back in a bit!

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