Sunday, December 29, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 62

Things I am grateful for today

1. Busy nights at work. The last several days at work have been busy and it's made the time go by.

2. Elizabeth is starting to feel better.

3. Coffee and extra sleep.

4. Amazon prime streaming video

5. recovering relatives. Both of my uncles are on the mend and while it will be a slow road, I am grateful they are getting better.

Friday, December 27, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 7

Christmas 2013 will probably go down as one of the worst in our memory, particularly Elizabeth, because she was raging sick all day long. Fever, sore body, headache, stuffy nose. The poor child slept most of the day but it wasn't a fitful sleep. It was more a broken sleep with lots of moaning interspersed along with tossing and turning and kicking off the covers only to get them again 5 minutes later because she was freezing. I ended up having to borrow a thermometer from Kerri because Elizabeth shattered mine taking the temperature of water she was boiling for eggs (she now knows that requires a different sort of thermometer) and I had yet to replace it. She is, blessedly, on the mend but her Christmas Day was miserable.
Fortunately for all of us, we opted to do presents Christmas Eve. She came home from hunting with her daddy and asked me if we could do presents so we said ok. Chris got her bicycle out of the shed and we checked it to see if the tires needed some air (we've been hiding that bike for 3 months) and he parked it beside the porch. He went inside and told her to go check outside and she goes out the door and it's quiet and then all of sudden, there is a shrill squeal of joy and she rushes in and practically tackles him in her glee. I would say that present was a really big hit.
I got a chance to cook enchiladas for Christmas and chicken parmigiana the day after and I am thrilled. Not only with how the food turned out but also with the fact that I felt good enough to actually do it. I also did a lot of cleaning and a lot of sleeping so I guess it all evens out.
I was going to take down my Christmas decorations yesterday but I decided to leave them up for a little while longer because they bring me happiness. I like watching the twinkling lights at night while I'm trying to make myself tired enough to go to bed after getting off work. So they will stay up for a few more days.
Speaking of Christmas (last thing I promise), Elizabeth told me I could wear my Christmas themed earrings until New Year's day. And that I can continue to wear the snowflakes until winter is over and the angels all year round. So if I'm breaking some sort of unwritten rule, I apologize and firmly place the blame all on Elizabeth. ;-)
I've decided that I'm not making New Year's resolutions. There are things I would like to do, of course, but I refuse to set myself up for failure by declaring that these things are my resolutions.
I'm at work (where I seem to be most of the time) and I just had an encounter with a couple that made me laugh and think about how that was going to Chris & me in 20 more years. I really adore people for the most part.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

So... this is Christmas

I had Christmas Eve off from work, have to work 4 hours on Christmas Day and then off the day after Christmas.

Yesterday, I slept a lot. I wasn't feeling well and Chris kept telling me how the house was perfectly fine, to please just allow myself to rest and relax and so I did. I really didn't have much of a choice about it because a couple of times, I found myself waking up and it was hours later than it had been when I'd previously been aware of the time on the clock. I cooked a roast with vegetables for supper and just really did nothing else.

When they got home yesterday, after a full day of hunting, Beth wanted to open presents. She's past the age of thinking that a jolly red suited Santa Claus comes down the (non existent, in our case) chimney so I said ok. We had gotten her a new bike and parked it by the porch so Chris told her to go outside and her squeal of delight when she saw it and processed that it was HERS was amazing. She came running back in to tackle hug him. She got clothes and paint and a new to her DS so she was happy.

I am grateful that I agreed to the presents on Christmas Eve because she woke up this morning with body aches and a raging fever and congestion and spent the entire morning before I left for work, mostly sleeping. I don't like it when any of them are sick but particularly her because she's so sad when she's not feeling well.

I am making enchiladas for Christmas dinner (we all agreed to do something different this year) and I can't wait to get home and just curl up and relax with a good book and some good food and some good company.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. I hope everyone has a fun, family filled day.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 61

Things I am grateful for today

1. An early morning wakeup that included fresh brewed coffee and a few minutes of conversation before the day got started full tilt.

2. Holiday travelers because they have kept me busy the last several nights at work. Sold out a few of those nights and tonight has been super busy for a Sunday.

3. The pets who snuggle up with me when I get home from work and give me snuggles and kisses. They are adorable.

4. Having the good sense to stay out of some inflammatory conversations and just listen and learn. People should do that more often.

5. There are only 3 days left until Christmas.

Friday, December 20, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 6

Only 5 days left until Christmas which means only 4 shopping days left until there is no place open to buy a present. Fortunately for me, I have done all of my shopping this year. All I'm waiting on is a single package that holds part of Chris's present.
Speaking of packages, I am sure the lady at my local post office hates me this year. I did a lot of shopping online and had it shipped versus actually spending an extraordinary amount of time in the crowded stores because I really dislike crowds. And shopping.
As usual, there is someone with an issue about the Christmas work schedule. And she chose to go about her complaint in a passive aggressive way. "I don't really care but...." If you didn't really care, you wouldn't be bringing it up. To make matters worse, I gave this someone the best holiday schedule you can have when you work at a company that is open 24/7/365 or 6 depending on if it's leap year or not. Not a word of graciousness, just complaints which really made me want to kick myself for being so kind to her in the first place. (For the record, my own schedule isn't even as good as the one I gave her for the holidays. I am obviously doing this wrong.)
Chris starts his vacation when he gets off work today (after working a half day and then attending his company Christmas party.) He won't have to go back to work until the 6th of January and all I can say about that is that he is one lucky man. I am going to try to take a few days off with him so we can (maybe!) have a date night and spend some time together. My own vacation isn't until the end of January and I'm already counting the days.
I really don't get the tears and feelings that people have wrapped up in the Apple holiday commercial and I'm too lazy to go find the link on youtube. It just doesn't evoke much emotion in me. The old Folger's commercials were tear jerkers every time; for me, this Apple commercial isn't.
My heart is heavy for the family of the little girl who underwent a tonsillectomy and is now brain dead from what is supposed to be a routine surgery. I know there has to be more to the story than we are hearing but it hurts my heart when I see the girl's picture on the news and her mother sobbing. I completely get why the mother wants her daughter to remain on life support and have a second outside opinion. Some people are saying she's in denial and while that may be true (I would be) I also get that she feels pressured by the hospital to remove the support and I can't wrap my mind around the statement the hospital put it. It's so cold and unfeeling to me. My wish for this family is peace and to know they are not alone.
And as a last thought for now, the weather is weird and I'm not really feeling these 80 degree days we are having right now. 3 weeks ago, it was freezing rain and I was bundled up into layers and looking at people in shorts like they were crazy and now, I'm digging in my closet for the coolest thing for some stray remnant of summer clothing. It's crazy. And... I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year's. I am going to do my level best to enjoy the festivities and not let stress overrun the fun.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 60

Things I am grateful for today

1. Extra sleep this morning. Chris initially woke me up and I had some coffee but then I decided since I had a few hours before I had to leave for work, I was going to lay back down and I did. I am super glad I did or I wouldn't have made it through this evening.

2. The decision to get seafood from Sandpiper tonight. Cindy and I usually do Sandpiper every Sunday that we work together. Their Sunday special is ham or turkey with dressing but we decided tonight to get seafood and it was really good.

3. The phone was out at work for the first 5 hours of my shift. I paid for it with the phones nonstop after it was working again but for those 5 hours.... glorious silence.

4. It didn't rain today.

5. I have been able to keep a smile on my face despite having a continued headache and having to deal with some incredibly rude people. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 5

There are 12 days left until Christmas and I am not prepared yet which is irritating me to no end. I still have cards to send out and Christmas presents to buy. I'll get it all done like usual but just once, it would be nice to be done already and not have the last minute shopping pressing up on me.
I've had a headache for the last three days. I thought it was the lights at work and I still think that is part of it but last night I went to sleep with a headache and it hurt worse when I woke up which is unusual. Normally some sleep and some food will make them go away but this headache is persisting despite my efforts to knock it out.
A few nights ago, I came home from work and Chris had shaved. I'm not used to not seeing him without facial hair so it was a bit of a shock. Last night though, Nick managed to shock me even more because he had completely shaved and he looks years younger without his beard than he does with one. His girlfriend had something to do with him shaving and all I can say about that is "she's a keeper." ;-)
The new kitty is getting along well with the inhabitants of our house and its motley crew of pets. I have seen her and the dogs curled up together sleeping which never fails to bring a smile to my face. They are so adorable when they do that.
Work is starting to annoy me. I know it's about time for an extended break and my vacation is coming up in just over a month. Every year this happens. People start to really grate my nerves and I realize it's time for me to take a vacation. I don't have grand plans for the time off. Just going to enjoy not having to go go go and do some sleeping, some reading, some relaxing.
With the MegaMillions lottery hovering at 400 million dollars, I almost bought a ticket today but couldn't find a store that sold them before I had to go to work. Somebody will think Friday the 13th is their lucky day if they pick the right set of numbers tonight. I know that person won't be me.
I have a few recipes I want to try out on my next set of days off. I'm still searching for a recipe place online that is really user friendly where I can save recipes I find. My grand ambition of copying them all by hand and putting them in a recipe box that I can keep on my counter is turning into a grand fail. There has to be a better way and I'm determined to keep looking until I find it.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 59

Things I am grateful for today

1. Pretty scarves.(Not only functional but gorgeous to wear.)

2. Slow-ish night at work after several nights of non stop busy-ness. (I realize that's not technically a word but work with it.)

3. Seafood plate for supper tonight from Sandpiper. This has become our Sunday evening thing at work and it never gets old and nobody ever suggests going somewhere different for a change.

4. Finishing the 2 books I so very much wanted to read. I stayed up until 4 am yesterday morning finishing Doctor Sleep and it was worth it.

5. My two 4 legged friends who both jumped up on me today and gave me kisses while barking at the door in an effort to be let outside. They had me laughing which is something I don't do enough of lately.

Friday, December 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 4

The last few days the temperatures have been in the 60s, 70s and today it was 82 degrees. Tomorrow the high temperature of 61 is supposed to occur around 6 am and then steadily drop all day. The high on Sunday: in the 40s and raining. Monday: back in the 70s. I say all of this not because you really care about the weather forecast here but to explain that we will all be sick by Wednesday of next week since Mother Nature is having a hissy fit and can't seem to decide if it is almost winter or summer or something in between.
On the subject of Mother Nature, you know things are weird when they are shoveling snow in New Mexico and the pictures from Texas show snow and ice and weather you generally associate with Minnesota. A friend in Oklahoma sent me a picture of his local weather sign where it was 17 degrees. That's colder than I even want to think about.
We have recess can lights behind the desk at work and for the past year or two they have each had one light bulb in them. There are five recess cans in all behind the desk and each light holds two bulbs. Wednesday, maintenance finally figured out that "oh hey, all of these lights only have one bulb. Let's add one more each to light." This has the served the purpose of giving us all an instant tan and I've had a headache that won't quit from about an hour after I walk in until 2 hours after I leave. That's approximately 10 hours a day with a headache that I firmly believe is caused by the overabundance of light.
It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Nelson Mandela's passing. The world lost an extraordinary light when he passed. Even knowing he was sick and had been for quite some time, it was still a shock when they did the breaking news thing on television. May he rest in peace.
This has been the year for truck repairs. I think both trucks have been worked on for a variety of things and next up is tires for both of them. I am really tired of truck repairs and also aware that I am really fortunate in that we can afford to have them worked on. This isn't really a gripe on my part, just an acknowledgment that I will be so very grateful when the tires get put on and the front end of the Ranger has been fixed so that perhaps, we can go a few months without any major repairs draining our savings.
Nick has informed me that he would like to take college classes next semester so we have some things to do in order for him to be able to do that. I am hoping in between now and then he will find a paying job because yelling at the Xbox doesn't make him any money and he's getting rather annoying with the raging at Call of Duty.
I think I may be one of the few people who didn't watch The Sound of Music. I wasn't against seeing it and I adore Carrie Underwood who has an amazing voice even if she hasn't ever professionally acted but I was at work while it was being broadcast and I'm probably one of the few remaining people in the country who could actually care less about television. I am sad that Carrie Underwood has been raked over the coals though by just about everyone. If you don't like her, you really should have just changed the channel. That's my 2 cents.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 58

Things I am grateful for today

1. good friends

2. alcohol free Nyquil (which allowed me to sleep last night and made me feel marginally better when I woke up today)

3. weekly trash pickup (because now I don't have to trek to the dump every few days.)

4. the almost end of Thanksgiving leftovers. (Next year, I'm going to do a smaller meal.)

5. quiet days after really busy ones.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...