Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to “Green Zone” training to learn more about the challenges and resources for student veterans and ASM’s. It was a great learning experience. I was really humbled by what these men and women go through to get their degrees and happy to learn some ways that I can help.
I was also heartbroken to learn that on average one veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes. We still have so much to learn about taking care of them.
Life has been a bit hectic lately. It’s all good stuff with lots of activity going on at work. This photo is from April 11 and the unveiling event for Clemson’s Formula and Baja SAE teams. Both of these student groups create vehicles for international competitions. It was an exciting night for the teams and the event went well.
Mr. McB’s stints at home are never long enough. He is off to Carson City, NV on Monday. I am thankful that his trip coincides with a hectic week for me. Our time apart always flies by when I am running from one project to the next.
Mr. McB and I haven’t had much time together lately. Thanks to a class cancellation, he was able to take off for a little road trip this weekend.
This photo was taken at Fort Frederica on Saint Simons Island. The fort was an important defense to keep colonial Georgia from falling into Spanish hands. It’s ruins and earthworks now.
We saw this dogwood tree wrapped in Spanish moss on our way out of the park. The blossoms seem to float in a sea of tangles, I love the effect.
It’s the first Friday in spring and after just a short time outside, I have a bit of a sunburn. After our winter, I’ll take it. It’s great to be outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Mr. McB and I are ships passing in the night. I left for Louisiana EARLY on the morning of the 7th and he left for Houston equally as EARLY on the morning of the 10th, the day I returned home. He won’t be back until late on the 21st. I have to work on the 22nd.
Instead of moping around the house, I decided to get out an enjoy a movie on Friday. I saw a matinee of 300 – Rise of an Empire. This was an entertaining bit of escapism but it wasn’t nearly as good as the original. I assume the third movie will be coming out shortly because this seemed like little more than a bridge to get us to the conclusion of the story.
My grandmother and I flew down to Louisiana yesterday to visit my parents, brother, SIL, and niece. The visit was a total surprise for my niece. It was so great to see her big smile as she came running off the school bus. I love this kid.
While I was waiting for Mr. McB to come out of the baggage claim doors at GSP on Friday night, I took a photo that was supposed to be my Photo Friday. I didn’t get it posted on Friday night and Siri must have decided that the image was not ideal, because said photo is no longer in my camera roll.
Instead, I am sharing a photo taken during our adventures last Saturday. We decided to jump in the car and check out Abbeville and Greenwood, SC. It was a great day to just cruise around the back roads and enjoy time together. Between the two, I liked Abbeville more. It has the cutest little square. There will be a blog post in the future.
There was definitely an Emerald City vibe going on in this shot from Greenwood. I love this shade of green.
Since the Photo Friday post was late, I should probably throw in a bonus. Here’s an image from our trip to Table Rock State Park. When the Lord blesses you with a warm day in early March, you get out an enjoy his creation. This delicate little flower is called a trout lily. It can take seven years for the plant to mature and this wee bloom to appear. I would say it is worth the wait.
I was derailed from my posts but for good reason. Last Photo Friday, I was hanging out with my sweet friends, Jen and Ash. I want to keep up with my posts but never at the expense of enjoying real life.
So tonight you’re getting a mega Photo Friday.
This image from Valentine’s Day 2014, shows what happened when I tried to replace Mr. McB’s wiper blades. Those stubborn things just didn’t want to budge. With persistence, I managed to replace all three of his blades. Next year, I’ll just get a heart-shaped steak instead.
This week’s photo was taken on Sunday during our trip to Biltmore. It was a great day of exploring the grand estate with wonderful friends. It all makes a girl realize just how lucky she is.
This time next week, my sweet friends will be here and my house will be filled with laughter. The three of us haven’t been together in years. I cannot wait for their visit.