Saturday, August 9, 2008

Midland's Own Part of China!

In honor of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, I decided to post some pictures of something that I stumbled upon in Midland one day a few years ago. At the time I was curious as to why in the world this structure was sitting out in the middle of a big field not more than a 1/2 mile from a major freeway. So, next time I finally remembered to bring my digital camera, I took a bunch of pictures and then did a little research about it.

From what I can find out, it was a gift to the city of Midland from it's sister city Dongying in China. Now that I've seen more of China and it's architecture (especially during the cycling event today) I've really noticed how neat this little Pagoda really is, but also how shamefully vandals have treated this once beautiful little piece of China. This top picture is from the website of the Architects who designed Beal Park, where the Pagoda is located. From what I figure, the picture was taken shortly after it was installed at it's current site because it is just beautiful!

But now, the beautiful scroll work all around it along the bottom and around the base of the roof have just been practically destroyed. I am so glad that people can't reach any higher than that because it would be such a shame for something so pretty to be treated so badly.

Hopefully my pictures show how pretty the majority of the structure still is. I had heard some rumors that the City of Midland was going to either try to move it to a more secure place and refurbish it or just try to fix it up where it's at, but couldn't find anything online confirming that.

Anyway, hope you enjoy a little of our own piece of China in the middle of the flat plains of Texas!

To the left, you see my little ones posing with the Pagoda back in January of this year. In that picture and the one below you can see the damage to all that intricate woodwork on the railings and the scrollwork around the base of the roof, but the kids are sure cute!

At least the vandals haven't been able to mess with the cool detail work on the roof and inside the roof of the Pagoda! I love that gold color of the tiles and those cool dragon heads on the end. Since my decor is leaning to an Asian influence, I might have to find some paint that is close to that color for my family room. I've already painted some of my kitchen that Chinese Red color, believe me it's not as bright as you think. I've got white cabinets and white appliances, so there really isn't much red in there!

And this shows the beautiful paintings that are all around the Pagoda and the minute little details, even going so far as to imprint symbols into the ends of the ceramic tiles on the roof. Just amazing how much artistry is just being allowed to waste away. I might just have to try to do something about it.

that's an idea!

Well, till next time, enjoy the pictures and the Olympics. Have to say "WAY TO GO MICHAEL PHELPS! Just won his first Gold Medal at these Olympic Games, and "Good Luck!" to all of our Olympians!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday! And all kinds of Stuff!

Friday's finally here! Yea! What a crazy week, just been busy, busy, busy! But now the boss is out taking care of family, and I get a minute to relax. Then, I've got to get busy, busy, busy, again cause I just have SO MUCH work to do. I'll probably end up coming up here this weekend, when it's quiet, no interuptions, no phone ringing, and I can finally get a lot of work done.

But on with the rest of my news! First got to shout out-HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYLER! I feel awful cause I think I missed it on Tuesday, or is his birthday today? Oh, I must be getting old, my mind's just hasn't been all here this week. Had busy work day on Tuesday and got LOTS of paperwork to enter into my computer system and then file it all away. Mainly, it's the entering into my computer that takes so long. It's nice to have it in there, cause if someone calls about something, I can just look it up on my computer, instead of having to go pull the folder. But, it's almost double work, can't just put it in the folder and file it away. Then, I wouldn't have all these piles on my desk!

Oh, well, at least there is the Olympic Opening Ceremony to look forward to tonight! I've always loved the Olympics and when I was a little girl, I'd watch figure skating and would try to do all the jumps and spins in socks on my parents linoleum floor, thank goodness I never broke any bones or anything else around me! In the summer, I'd go swimming and pretend to be a freestyle competitor and go as fast as I could. Or, since I would ride my bike to the pool, I'd ride as fast as I could and try to get there in a shorter amount of time then the day before. Oh, and now they have the biking around this cool track, at least I hope it's an event this year. In Frisco, Texas, they built a wonderful biking facility and if I hadn't already been married, with 2 kids, and the baby fat still firmly in place on me, I would have loved to check all that out.

But, I think I mentioned I bought me a new bike, it's so pretty! Here's a picture of it! I got it from WalMart and it's just a plain old fashioned cruiser bike, no gears to shift, no hand brakes, just a cute old fashioned fun bike. I've decided that since the kids both have bikes too, in the morning, we'll ride to the sitters (only 2 blocks and 1 house away). I'll drop them off there, then I ride on to work (only about 10 more blocks away, not very far), but the hill to get up to the Courthouse-that's the kicker! I made it about 1/2 way up today, which is my first day riding my bike to work, and ended up having to get off and walk with it about 1/2 a block till it evened out. Then got back on and there I was at work. So, 2 good things, not using gas and putting more wear and tear on my car and I'm getting some good exercise at the same time. A big Win-Win if you ask me!

Oh and one more thing, Mabunny, I've got your spa goodies that you won for the NAME THAT MOVIE! contest and I'll try to get them in the mail Monday, like I said earlier, rode bike to work, couldn't carry my stuff, kids stuff, my lunch, and the box with all your goodies in the basket I added on front, and the post office is closed on Saturday, so, I'll send it out on Monday. Whew! Think that's it, until next time!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

And the Winner Is...

Mabunny from Ables Antics has won my first NAME THAT MOVIE! contest and a prize package of Simply Be Well bath goodies! Congratulations and I'll get with you soon about which products you want!

Here's the list of songs I had on My Soundtrack, see if some of them take you down memory lane to maybe a first date or a night out with the girls!

Loved by the Sun - Legend (with a very young Tom Cruise)
As the World Falls Down - Labyrinth
Footloose - Footloose (that's a gimme)
The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Danger Zone - Top Gun
Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron - Spirit .....
Hot Patootie Bless My Soul - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Come What May - Moulin Rouge
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman - Don Juan de Marco
Elephant Love Medley - Moulin Rouge
Mamma Mia - Mamma Mia (another gimme)
Rainbow Connection - The Muppet Movie
One Day I'll Fly Away - Moulin Rouge
If You Leave - Pretty in Pink
You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Top Gun
XFiles - XFiles (freebie #3)
Into the West - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
May it Be - Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Until - Kate & Leopold
Evenstar - Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
Big Empty - The Crow
Love Song for a Vampire - Bram Stoker's Dracula
Ever Ever After - Enchanted
Forever May Not Be Long Enough - The Mummy II
My Heart Will Go On - Titanic
Exile - L. A. Story
Hymn to the Sea - Titanic
Angel - City of Angels
Real Gone - Cars
The Best of Both Worlds - Hannah Montana: The Best of Both Worlds
Don't You Forget About Me - Breakfast Club
We're All In This Together - High School Musical
American Woman - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Well, I hope you had fun listening to some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite movies. Come back again later this month and enter my next NAME THAT MOVIE! contest. This month's prize is a set of 2 Pear Flat Candle Co. hand poured, wonderfully scented Made in Texas Candles. I'll get a list of scents from the saleslady and post that later this week. That way you can start daydreaming about maybe, Texas Sage Flower or Bluebonnets or, if you're like me, Leather. Believe me, it smells like walking into a Western Wear store!

So, congratulations again to Mabunny and once she let's me know what this month's theme will be, I'll get started and put some new music on My Soundtrack!

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