Sunday, March 30, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 75

Things I am grateful for today

1. After almost 2 days of rain, the sun has peeked out this evening, even though only for a few minutes, and put a smile on my face.

2. the cup of coffee Chris poured and put together for me this morning.

3. a new book to dive into on my days off this week.

4. Japanese food for supper tonight at work.

5. being in love and being loved. There's little else that feels as good.

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 12


Having typed out an entire 7 quick takes only to have it disappear when I hit publish, I'm not going to retype it all. I'm irritated now. Suffice it to say you can find some properly done Quicik Take links at  Conversion Diary!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 74

Things I am grateful for today

1. a busy evening. A golf group and a bus full of tourists on their way home from Phillies spring training. The lobby is lively and full of laughter.

2. Coming to what is, hopefully, the end of this cold that I have been carrying around for the better part of a week.

3. The Bradford pears are blooming and so are some of the cherry blossoms and it is a gorgeous sight to behold.

4. Being able to upgrade Elizabeth's phone to a brand new one. She's always had our old phones when we have upgraded and she's done such a great job with them that I thought she was responsible enough to finally have her own.

5. Coffee and sunshine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 11

I am having one of those weeks where I have to work a gazillion days (obviously an exaggeration) to have a day off. I don't like schedules like that but this is a necessary evil because I want our anniversary off next Thursday.
I think the doors at work are conspiring to help me lose weight because the keys are never working and I spend half of my night running up and down the stairs to help people. Part of the time, it's user error and other times, the doors just won't open for love or money. It's irritating.
The weather has not gotten any less weird. Cold one day, hot the next. Run the heat one day and contemplate the a/c the next day. Plus, it seems I keep a cold these days. I am looking forward to real spring.
Yesterday was technically the first day of spring but it doesn't count because hello, 30 something degrees.
Today is my father in law's 81st birthday. They are having a party for him tomorrow. I won't be able to go because I have to work. That seems to be the case with almost everything. Always having to work when something is going on that I want to participate in.
Our 17th wedding anniversary is coming up next week. We are both taking the day off and will probably go do something together. We've been together for 20 years and I love the time we get to spend together one on one. It's more difficult these days because of conflicting schedules and such but it's always so fun when we can make it happen.
On that note, I'm done for today. Go to Jen's for more quick takes. (I always enjoy reading what everyone has done during the week.)
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 73

Things I am grateful for today

1. Having a day off that enables me to be able to spend time with my babies.

2. the library 

3. coffee

4. the kitten who rubs her head against my chin when I am feeling sad.

5. being loved.

Friday, March 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 10

This was not the most spectacular of weeks for me. I was entirely too exhausted, entirely too frustrated. Throw some PMS symptoms in there and basically, I was a complete b*tch for the week. It's a wonder anyone can stand to be around me.
I typically avoid the news because most all of it is always bad and this week was really no exception except that I find myself transfixed by the missing Malaysian flight. It is inconceivable to me that, in this day and age, a plane can just "disappear" like that. Plus, all the information and misinformation coming out of that region is mind-boggling. It makes me sad and I continue to keep all the passengers and their loved ones in my prayers.
My mother is having surgery next week and for some reason that I can't explain, this is worrying me a great deal. It is supposed to be an outpatient procedure. I am hoping that all goes well and she will be on the mend in no time. (The fact that she told us ahead of time that she is scheduled for surgery means she is worried about it too because her normal is not tell anyone until after the fact.)
I have a few days off coming off that each have a workday in between so the next week or so is going to go something like this: work, work, off, work, off, off, work. It's not a bad schedule but for some reason just thinking about it is making me tired. I think I need a vacation.
Everyone here has been sick on and off and I have a lingering cough from a cold that I had almost 3 weeks ago. I am more than ready for the cough and the cold weather to go away. According to the calendar, spring is in a few days. I have a sneaking suspicion that we will see another ice storm after the official start of spring. I am truly ready for some warmer weather.
We (Chris and I) had blood drawn for clinical health assessments through his work on Wednesday and while mine went rather smoothly, his did not. The lady couldn't find the vein in his arm so she poked and prodded around in both of his arms with the needle. He was not the slightest bit pleased about this. I think only decency kept him from saying a few choice phrases about the lack of competence from the lady they had drawing the blood. (A different woman did mine. They should have let her do everyone's.)
As per usual, I managed to schedule all of my off days on days that it is supposed to rain. Apparently, I need to start paying more attention to the weather forecast when I am making the schedule. Although to be fair, it is supposed to rain pretty much every day this coming week so I probably couldn't have won in the sunshiney day department
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 72

Things I am grateful for today

1. I asked a question at the library earlier this week about a fine and they removed it because it was a computer error. I am glad I asked because I had intentions of paying it but wanted to clarify something first and they realized it was a mistake.

2. Room bonuses in addition to my paycheck to this week earned me some extra money to add to my rainy day fund.

3. Pay weeks (always nice.)

4. Cindy is back from vacation. At least when she's here, I have someone to talk to for awhile because she does more than just walk through like everybody else.

5. New books to read. (I can't go to the library without checking something out. It's an impossibility for me.)

Friday, March 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes # 9

With the exception of weekly gratitude posts, I've pretty much taken an extended break from writing here (or anywhere other than my planner.) There is/was no reason that needs to be expounded on. Mostly it's part of the winter time blahs that I can't seem to shake.
I am looking forward to spring which my calendar says is a mere 13 days away. Mother Nature may not have gotten the memo though and I won't be surprised to see another snow/ice storm towards the end of March/early part of April. The weather has been extremely weird this winter and I'm more than ready to see things blooming even if it does mean I will be sneezing my fool head off.
I, somehow, managed to catch the plague like illness that made the rounds at work and in my house. For the past several days, I have felt incredibly awful and there is no such thing as me taking a break. Taking an unscheduled day off from work typically must involve a hospital stay and so I've been dragging myself in every day even though I really just want to sleep.
I thought the saying was "April showers..." Mother Nature must not have calendar lined up correctly because this March has been cold and rainy so far. Yes, I know we are just a few days into it but I don't think I've seen any sunshine yet this month. I am hoping this changes in the next few days or I may just go completely crazy.
Time changes this weekend and I am looking forward to it because on my days off there will actually be light in the evenings and perhaps I can get some outside things done as the days start to get warmer.
I seem to have a ton of plans, a lot of dreams, but not much initiative right now. I seem to be in crisis mode which, for me, means I get the basic necessities done and not much else. I hope this passes soon because I am exhausted with merely existing.
My 17th wedding anniversary is coming up and I am trying to plan something fun for us to do. We seem to have very little time together these days with work schedules and such and zero privacy anymore. I want to take a mini-trip but I don't know if I can work that out yet. Maybe Savannah for the weekend?
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 71

Things I am grateful for today

1.  Snuggles from the big cat.

2. Home cooked meals

3. Busy nights at work that make the time go by.

4. The triple Sudoku in the Sunday paper that I work on all week until the new one comes out.

5. watching mindless television on occasion.

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...