Surprises: Some are Great, Others . . . Not So Much

Posted on 11/09/09 8 Comments

I love surprises, good ones that is. Like while I sit here at my computer for the 4th day on the road ( as we head to the USDAA Nationals) and yet another competitor whizzes by, honking as they recognize the “Empress” (. . .er that is, the model name of our RV).  Those are fun, good surprises, the kind that put a smile on your face. 

That is in complete contrast to the few surprises our now almost 6 year old RV gave us as we started on our trip down south (requiring a couple extra stops and the loss of a few hours on the road) on day one.  

I got another great surprise yesterday, as I sat here working away on my laptop (John was driving of course) I accidently clicked an icon

Twister helping with my computer work sometime in late '07 or early '08
Twister always enjoyed "helping" with my computer work.

 called “Photo Booth”.  I didn’t really know if I had actually hit the icon so I ignored it (usually I force quit something I hit in error) so imagine my surprise when this program  not only opened, but it opened with this fun shot of Twister and I.  If someone had asked, I would have swore I had never used PhotoBooth before, but, obviously, I not only have used it, I even did some sort of fancy special effects with it.

I don’t know when I took the photo, but I lost Twister early in ’08 and only got the mac book in late ’07 so it is somewhere during that time.

I haven’t had that many true good “surprises” in my life. Lynda says I am difficult to surprise. I think the biggest one was on one of my birthdays when we had  a camp at the same time and John ordered one of  those big 12′ tall statutes of a Bulldog wearing a Happy Birthday sign around his neck.  That was funny.

For all of you heading to the USDAA Nationals and entered as a “draw” team I guess you all are in for a surprise too!  Here is to it being a good one for everybody when you find out who your teammates will be for the weekend.  One more day on the road and then we will be there!

Today I am grateful for John driving, giving me this leisure time to just sit back and enjoy the drive down to Scottsdale.

8 Comments

  1. Peter de Wit says:
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:47pm

    what is a draw team?

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  2. Jodi Altman says:
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:11am

    Ms Orton-Hill…So glad to hear you you stuck it out with the Empress’s ailments and recovery and didn’t whiz away leaving them in your dust! Just wishing you and Susan and all 4 girls (no icky boys YET) the best runs of your lives and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. Susan, just read your Ground Hog Day blog and I beg to differ…you have changed drastically from that photo, but maybe not in your heart.

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  3. Lynda Orton-Hill says:
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:00am

    The Empress by Triple E (in small print below and to the right) silver grey paint on top – a silver blue paint on the bottom – Freightliner Engine (we stopped to have it looked at Team Truck in Sarnia – Thanks Paul & Jeff – so I know what kind of Engine it is) engine is in the back with a mesh covering – silver ladder on the back – white airconditioner at top back edge – and Long silver mudflap with the words ( I think its Triple E) – muffler pipe on the right.

    Can you tell Ive been “drafting” it as Johnny B “lured” me all the way through the big cities on the way to Arizona! It was a great trip!

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  4. Claire Duder says:
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:38am

    Really? Empress is a brand name? I thought it was your title!

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  5. Pam says:
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:32am

    That’s so sweet Theresa.

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  6. Theresa Litourneau says:
    Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 2:01am

    snort…
    Isn’t it obvious to Everyone ???
    Twister is just on the other side of the veil… really.
    He’s just letting you know he is right there keeping you company , and will be running next to you on the course .
    whew… sometimes we humans can be so dense our loved ones who have crossed over have to really make it obvious !!
    Happy Trails !

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  7. Christine says:
    Monday, November 9, 2009 at 11:20pm

    It’s those surprises/memories that keep them close in your heart.

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  8. Tori says:
    Monday, November 9, 2009 at 9:08pm

    Aww, that’s such a sweet surprise. 🙂

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