Friday, February 27, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 24

Tomorrow is our trip to Walker Days. I am so looking forward to going. Beth is going with us and we plan to make a full day of it.

In addition to Walker Days, we are going to go to Uwharrie National Forest and Morrow Mountain State Park. Those are both 2 of my favorite places. Add the beach and you have my top 3 favorite places.

I posted the new schedule at work and I am waiting to hear some serious crap about it because I have every weekend in March off. I don't want every weekend in March off. I only want the last weekend because it's our anniversary weekend and we have plans but Brittany can't work until 6 during the week and without her here, I can't be off. It sucks but it is what it is for now.

The weather has sucked.. I am so ready for spring. I really hope the weekend is pretty. I need some pretty weather.

I am about 6 books behind in my reading pile. I have decided not to go back to the library until I have read everything I currently have sitting on top of the cabinet. I may not get back there this year except to turn books in. 

One of the great things about the weather being so bad is that it has been busy at work. People don't want to keep driving when the roads are gross and it starts to get dark. Busy at work is good because it makes the time go by.

I am hoping for a section of time this weekend to do some me stuff and to get the laundry put away. I don't think I'm going to get it but I'll keep my fingers crossed for it.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

is it spring yet?

Last week we had rain, sleet, ice, snow and I'm pretty sure I saw all the birds who remained here huddled together in protest over the grossness of the weather.

Saturday, it was almost pleasant and Sunday was absolutely warm. The only thing wrong with the weather on Sunday was the rain.

I thought I was going to need a rowboat to get to work today and the river is way higher than it needs to be and guess what is in the forecast? More snow, ice, sleet and frigid arctic temperatures designed to make us all wish we were in the Caribbean sitting beside a pool sipping drinks from a glass with an umbrella in it. Goodness.

They have already cancelled school for tomorrow where we live because the nasty weather is supposed to start around the time the buses would be on the road and end around 6pm. Then there's a threat of more snow Wednesday night into Thursday with possible accumulation and I really just want spring to get here. I'm ready for warm days and lots of sunshine and trees blooming and the birds chirping and some hummingbirds flocking around the feeders. Is that really too much to ask?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 105

Things I am grateful for today

1. Saying yes to Chris when he asked me if I wanted to go with him to run some errands and feed the dogs. I wasn't feeling all that great but I decided to go and I'm glad I did because we had a nice time out together and bonus: I started to feel 1000 times better.

2. A warmer day even if it was raining. We had rain and cold and snow and ice and sleet during the week so the warmer air was a welcome respite. Next week, it's supposed to be more cold and rain and sleet and snow and ice. I'm ready for spring.

3. I got Still Alice from the library after waiting forever for it and I can't wait to read it.

4. An unexpected day off today from work. Brittany wanted a 5th day so I offered her my Sunday and she took it so I ended up with 3 days off this week which was actually a blessing in disguise.

5. Things to look forward to coming up: A trip to Walker Days in Salisbury at the end of the week (with a bonus side trip to one of my favorite places Uwharrie Mountain) and our anniversary next month that I need to start planning a weekend getaway.

Friday, February 20, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 23

This has not been that great of a week. I keep reminding myself that other people have it so much worse and I shouldn't complain but what follows is me complaining. Ignore it if you want.

I had to pick up Beth from school on Monday because she wasn't feeling good. Then on Tuesday, there was no school because of the weather. On Wednesday, there was a 2 hour delay but Elizabeth didn't go because she was still feeling miserable. A 2 hour delay on Thursday (a day they should have cancelled because the roads were in horrible condition) and Elizabeth also didn't go because the medicine I bought her in combination with a nap she took on Wednesday kept her up half of Wednesday night. Today, she went. They were on a normal schedule for the first time since Monday. It's been a week.

We lost power for almost 12 hours and I'm not complaining about it a bit because my parents lost it for more than 24 hours and some people were without it for a few days. I am continuously amazed by the line crews who go out in all kinds of weather and work to get the power restored to communities. They are amazing.

Speaking of line crews, the hotel was full all week thanks to the weather and a block of rooms reserved by Duke Energy for crews coming in from all over the country to help with the outages along the east coast. Most of those guys are young but they were all amazingly polite and even though you know they had to be cold and exhausted after working all day, still took the time to ask me how my day was going and offered to bring me something to eat from the restaurant across the street. People can be wonderful sometimes.

I don't watch a  lot of television and I have never, not once, seen an episode of Scandal but I absolutely live for Luvvie's Scandal recaps. They are the highlight of my Fridays when she has them posted.

The Oscars are this weekend and I could care less. I've never really been a fan of the awards shows but I'm particularly not impressed with this year's nominees and the fact that Selma was left out of the Best Picture category. I won't be watching (although I will admit that I will be looking for the best/worst dressed list on Monday and looking at the dresses.) 

My house is a complete disaster right now but my heart is happy so I'm not going to stress over it. I will have plenty of time to clean later this week. Chris will help me (because most of the stuff piled up is his where he decided he needed to organize his cabinets.)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beth (homecoming)

I catch glimpses of the beautiful little woman she is becoming & it brings me joy. (also, tears because the time seems to be moving so fast)

Monday, February 16, 2015

when it rains... (it freezes)

Picked up a sick child from school.

She's miserable and not the "I'm faking it for you to feel sorry for me" kind of way. The child slept on and off until I had to go to work.

The weather is supposed to be absolutely awful for most of this week and this does not make me happy.

Oh well. It's going to be what it's going to be and I may as well practice smiling.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 104

Things I am grateful for today

1. being loved.

2. good books

3. music

4. my new puppy (who will be home soon!)

5. my sanity

Friday, February 13, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 22

7 quick takes

Watching Elizabeth get ready for homecoming tonight was a bittersweet experience. She looked absolutely gorgeous n her dress. I'll post pictures next week. 

She went with her friend Aliyah. We picked Aliyah up and took her home afterwards and Aliyah looked gorgeous as well. They amused me when I picked them up from the dance as they were both complaining of their feet hurting. (Both of them were wearing silver sparkly heels and I had to bite my tongue to keep from giggling about the complaints.)

I don't get to talk to my sister as much as I would like anymore. I think she is busy and not really having much to say since she and Kelly got back together and that makes me sad. Not that she got back with Kelly but that we don't get the chance to talk anymore.

It's a proven fact that I can only rarely go into a library without getting a book. My trip to return some books a couple of days ago ended up with me bringing home several more. It's a sickness (but one that I'm glad to have.)

I really need to get more organized but it seems like every time I start to do that something happens and I end up giving up. Maybe I'll make that my project for March.

Work is going good. We have been really busy. All of this bad weather everywhere north and west of us makes for busy hotel nights. Most of the people seem to be heading to Florida which is funny to me because right now, it's cold in Florida too.

I've lost almost 7 pounds and have no idea how exactly I did it. I think it's a fluke. Time will tell I suppose. On that note, it's time to find a small snack and the bed.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


The truck didn't leak.

The windshield has been replaced in the other truck.

Chris and I have decided to start carpooling to work. We are, at least, going to attempt it. We both work pretty much the same hours and he doesn't have a set schedule so he can clock in and out whenever he gets in and then when I come to pick him up. As long as he works at least 8 hours, they don't care. He goes to work then I drive myself to work and when I leave work tonight, I'll stop and pick him up. If it works out and we don't get annoyed with one another, it will save us money in gas and wear and tear on a vehicle and give us a little more time together.

Tonight is a slow night. I don't know if the weather up in the northern part of the country has anything to do with it or not but people aren't really moving about right now. I may try to finish my book in between guests.

I am really looking forward to Friday afternoon and helping Elizabeth get ready for her dance. I'm almost as excited about it as she is.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ramblings on a Monday evening

I got up too early today and by 2:30 I needed to take a nap so I did.

We dropped Dad's truck off to have the windshield replaced and while we were there, Lobo fixed my door. The door that has been leaking since they uncrushed the roof. (I know uncrushed is not a word but it's the word I'm using.) It was a fairly simple fix. He simply bent the door in and then took a hammer and straightened out a couple of dented places in the door frame. I don't know why I thought it would be time consuming but it wasn't. It took him approximately 5 minutes to do it. We'll find out for sure if it's actually fixed after it rains (which it is supposed to do later this evening.) They ran a water hose over the whole top of it and that door and it didn't leak so I have my fingers crossed that it won't seep in when it rains.

Chris and I went back to Lumberton today and I bought Elizabeth the teal dress. She was really happy when she got home and I woke up and showed it to her. I can't explain why I wanted her to have THAT dress so much just that she looked amazing in it and it's very rare that I splurge on stuff. She told me she was proud of me for splurging on myself yesterday. I bought 2 purses and she was like "you never buy yourself anything." She's right. I rarely do.

Chris bought my Valentine's present (and it's also going to be my anniversary present but he doesn't know this yet.) I have to wait for them to call me to pick it up because it had to be ordered. I should have known he was up to something when he took me to Ray's and then tried to take me to the Blue Ridge Mining Company (which hadn't opened yet for the day.) I have been telling him that I wanted to get a silver wedding band because I've pretty much transitioned to wearing all silver jewelry and today, he bought me one. It's gorgeous. He's a sneaky one.

Supper tonight was a do it yourself affair with leftovers. I didn't feel like cooking a real meal after scrubbing the kitchen down. Nobody complained though because it was just as good tonight as it was last night.

Amd it's starting to rain outside. Here's hoping the truck won't leak.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 103

Things I am grateful for today

1. Beth and I found her dress. She tried on quite a few of them and I, for once, did not lose my patience inside of a department store and she found a dress she liked. She liked a teal dress too that she looked amazing in and I am considering going back to buy it for her.

2. We went shoe shopping and she found shoes to go with her dress. They are completely impractical but I didn't make a peep because every girl needs at least one pair of completely impractical shoes. Also, they have heels. She walks like she was born with high heels on. I would have fallen on my face walking across the store. Fortunately for all of us, she didn't inherit my clumsiness.

3. The weather was nice enough for us to grill out steaks. We had loaded mashed potatoes and cheddar biscuits and oh my goodness, it was so good. 

4. Most of the house is cleaned up and I am almost caught up with the laundry.

5. It was a good week. Doing everything I can to make next week better.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 21

It's almost the end of an 8 day work streak. I'm off Sunday and Monday and you probably have never seen someone who is as eagerly counting down the hours than me. Sometimes terrible schedules can't be helped and this was really one of those times but it doesn't stop me from complaining about it.

I still haven't worked up the nerve to re-try the medicine that made me so violently ill last week. I'm actually really scared to try it again but I think I probably should give it one more chance. I'm not a fan of being sick like that so I may debate it out some more before I make a decision.

Beth and I have a "date" on Sunday to go dress shopping for her homecoming dance. I have all the feelings about her going to a dance and grown up dresses and the fact that she desperately wants a pair of high heels to wear to said dance. When did she get old enough for all of this?

I'm not sure where I stand on the current tempest about Brian Williams. I think the man is a brilliant journalist and I believe, over time, you can get confused about events that happened in the past. I get confused about events that happened a long time ago and I'm not in a position where lots of events have happened. Does that make sense? As a journalist who has covered an extraordinary amount of news, I can see how events might meld together. I don't think he should be fired or demoted from his position because he's human too but I can see why other people might be thinking he should. He's the face of NBC News for all intents and purposes and people are questioning his integrity. Ironically enough, most of those calling for his head probably have a few of their own skeletons they don't want aired. It makes me sad that all those years of hard work are going to be boiled down to this one instance.

The weekend is supposed to be a bit warmer than this week has been. I'm looking forward to some warmer days. Spring can't get here fast enough for me. 

We are going to Walker Days at the end of this month. It's a trip I am looking forward to taking. We go to Walker Days and then to Uwharrie Mountain. I love Uwharrie Mountain. It's one of my favorite places and if I could move there, I would.

I have several books on my to read list. Right now, I'm reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I have mixed feelings about this book which is probably why I've been reading only a few pages at the time for the past week. At this rate it will take me until March to finish it.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I told Elizabeth I needed a donkey emoticon & she made me this.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Musings on a Monday

Some inane rambling follows because my mind is scattered and a bit all over the place right now.

- Mondays and I have not been friends for a really long time. I don't work a normal job that gives me the weekends off so I can't blame it on not wanting to start a new work week. For some reason, Monday has just always been a bad day for me. I've noticed, so far this year, Monday isn't quite as bad as it used to be and I don't know the reason for that and frankly, I don't really care. I'll take good Mondays.

- Work alternates between being busy and being slow. Tonight was a slow night after a busy weekend. Tomorrow looks slow and then we are already sold out for Wednesday night which makes my night on Wednesday a lot easier. A lot of people are flocking south to get away from the snow and I can't blame them. It hasn't snowed here but I am sick of the cold (and it's been sporadic so who am I to complain?)

- I don't like my schedule this week even though I'm the one who made it because I will end up working 8 days before my next day off. That's the price one pays to get a weekend day off. My schedule for the end of the month is similar because I am taking the 28th of February and the 1st of March off for Walker Days. 

- I've been having a serious craving for some pasta but haven't had any. I may order dinner one night this week and have some because that's all I have talked about when it comes to food for days now. Pasta pasta pasta (I've had soup every night for dinner for the past few days.)

- I am currently playing 9 words with friends games and I'm really going to be glad when a few of them are over because my mental capacity to keep up is being sorely taxed. On a related note, if you use an app to help you play words with friends, I will figure it out and won't play you again. I'll keep playing the current round simply because I've only ever been beat by someone playing with an app three times and it gives me great pleasure to thoroughly beat someone who is cheating (some people don't consider it cheating but I do.)

- I haven't even started reading a book yet this month. I think I may go do that for awhile until it's time to leave. (That should be an indication of how slow it is here tonight.)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 102

Things I am grateful for today

1. Sunshine and warmth. It's supposed to rain tonight/tomorrow and be cold most of the week so I am grateful for the almost 60 degree weather we had today.

2. Finally starting to feel better after a disastrous week on a new medication. I've stopped the medicine until I get a chance to talk to the doctor who won't be back in her office until Wednesday.

3. A quiet night this evening. The Super Bowl is on in the lobby but it's been very slow this evening and no one is in there watching it. I've caught a few of the commercials but mostly I'm ignoring the whole thing.

4. Chris, Elizabeth and Nick.

5. Being loved. 

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...