Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm On Board - Quadrant 2

As you may or may not remember (perhaps one too many a glass of champagne, mes amies?), I decided last week that for the next 4 Tuesdays (now 3), I would give a glimpse behind the green curtain, so you could see what I look for in the way of desperation.

Quadrant One is so last week, darlings; on to Quadrant Two:

This quarter is pretty much all about pictures, pictures, pictures.

You may recognize the 2 black and white postcards. I talked about Wynn Bullock's "Child on Forest Road" here; I talked a bit about Henry Hamilton Bennett's "Leaping the Chasm at Stand Rock" here.

Up in the tippy top right hand corner is the cover of an old birthday card of mine [no doubt in celebration of an old(ish) birthday...]. It reads "Money Won't Make You Happy But Spending It Will". Ain't that just the truth and a half?

The photo just below the "Believe" word art is a picture taken when the Baron and I had an escape holiday a few years ago, sans children. We found a delish place in Scottsdale, Arizona, and this was the view of Camelback Mountain from the courtyard outside our room. I love my children dearly, but I've know their father for much longer. And there are times when it's good to get re-acquainted, if you get my drift (cue the chicka chicka wanh wanh music...).

Just to the right of the ceramic sun/moon is a picture of the limo for "The Little White Wedding Chapel" of Las Vegas, Nevada.

On our 10th anniversary, the Baron and I renewed our vows, solemnly and reverently at The Graceland Wedding Chapel. This sacred re-union was, of course, officiated by Elvis.

For our 20th, we wanted to do something different, something not quite so heavy. What to do, what to do?

How about a drive-through wedding chapel? Hellz, ya! Nothing says "I lurv ya, babe" like hanging out the roof of a limo as your vows are read at the drive-thru window.

This is what it's all about, people.

And, as an added bonus, at the end of the ceremony, the Baron turned to Dukes 1 & 2 (then aged 15 and 17) and said very loudly - "There! Now you're not bastards anymore."

I thought the marriage commissioner was going to pee herself.

To the right of this is a picture of one of the streets of Monmartre. Just please don't ask me which one. We walked so many hours that day, I was hallucinating a little by the time we got back to our hotel. And no, it had nothing to do with the absinthe(s) I had with lunch.

The bottom right picture is of a building in Savannah, Georgia. I went there with The Countess of Yik Yak on a Girly Getaway. I have to admit, it was a bitch and a half to get from here to there, but so worth the effort. Quite possible one of my favorite travel destinations - I just never want to have to travel again to get there. Paula Deen, if you're reading - send Michael in his boat!

OOOh! The best for last. Despite what Kermit says -it is easy being green. In the case of Sal E. Mander of Maui, Hawaii, it's very easy indeed.

One of the downsides I found from having chemotherapy was that I could never seem to get warm. So, when we were trying to decide on where we would go to celebrate after I was done, my only criteria was that it was somewhere I didn't have to wear 3 layers of clothing.

Kapalua, Maui it was. We all were able to finally breathe and relax, and just leave all the stress of dealing with my illness behind. Believe me when I say that it wasn't just me that went through this - my family, like or not, was along for the ride. And it was hard.

Then there was Sal, our friendly neighborhood gecko. Every day, he would be waiting for us. You can't really see from the picture, but he's actually posing for this. I really think he has a shot at being American's Next Top Model.

He is so smiling with his eye.


RiverPoet said...

May you always be warm enough, dear Baroness. (((hugs)))

Peace - D

Baroness von B said...

Countess D: Thanks for that - I really needed those hugs today!

Mental P Mama said...

Ahh. Memories. I like The Baron's sense of humor. And Sal? Too cute.

asthmagirl said...

Who knew the Baron had such a wicked sense of humor! Lovely Man!
Thanks for sharing the board with us. I love this view to the Baroness!


Baroness von B said...

Countess MPM: Oh, how I loved little Sal. I wanted so to bring him home, but there are tightass rules about salmonella-infested lizards, quarantine, blah, blah, blah. Once was enough. Sigh.

Countess AG: Oh, the Baron is the King of Wicked Humor. And Goofy Humor (he does a mean 'Big Fig Newton' dance), and Just Plain Silly Humor. What a gem. He makes me laugh every day!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I cannot stop laughing at the bastard comment. Good Lord. I will be falling asleep with a smile on my face.

Baroness von B said...

Countess NATUI: Not quite sure how I feel about you drifting off to sleep with my hubster's words putting a smile on your lips...But let's just go with it. It will thrill him to no end!

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