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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GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

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