Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Rambling...it's what I do
warning: this post will contain an assortment of ideas, updates and general ramblings of Me. But for your convienence, they've been categorically organized. Good luck. Oh, and this will probably take all day for me write.
CHRISTMAS ~ Actually getting my Christmas tree has been somewhat of a problem. I had intended to get it Saturday but I went shopping Saturday. Then it was Sunday but after church, work, Wal-Mart and watching the first half of the Cowboys/Steelers game, I just wanted to go home. So Monday it was. I left work early (at 3 p.m.) and tracked down a very fine Christmas tree at the one and only Wal-Mart. I had stopped by the nursery to try and do what I felt was the proper thing and that was "buy locally" but the only live Christmas trees they had were potted. Um, okay. Who wants a potted Christmas tree? She told me that people buy them and then plant them in their yard to remember by-gone Christmases. I told her I wasn't that sentimental.
So Wal-Mart it was. And I found the perfect tree. My only concern was getting it in the back of my car (a.k.a. station wagon) but it went. I made sure of it. :)
Decorating the tree was awesome and I sat back in Christmas wonder to take in the beauty of the creation. Beautiful moment. :)
PUPPIES ~ In true puppy fashion, they're annoying the crap out of me. They'll be three weeks old tomorrow and they're at that age where the only way they know how to communicate is by crying. They cry when they're hungry, when they're eating, when they hear me come in the house, when I'm changing their beds, when they're trying to play, when I'm holding them, petting them, talking to them....cry, cry, cry. And they're too little to scold so I just close the two doors that are between them and the rest of the house and wait for them to fall asleep. Then, it's peace.
But they really are cute and growing so fast. They're starting to play and they really hate it when I go back to the puppy room (a.k.a. the laundry, a.k.a. my closet) and then leave. Boy, that pisses them off. They want attention all the time.
I had hoped to be moving them outside onto the porch but I haven't done it yet. I haven't figured out the weather here, it changes so quickly. And I don't want them to be outside and have it be 60 degrees out when I leave and then hours later have it be in the 30s and snowing (like it did Monday and Tuesday.) So for now they're chilling in the laundry room in front of their electric heater (which I unplugged today) and I'm enjoying the daily task of cleaning blankets, floors, pens, etc.
I've gotten a few calls about them and the people seem fairly interested so that's a plus.
WORK ~ Work is good. Last week was semi-brutal because I was solo Wednesday through Saturday and of course, shit hit the fan. The mines laid off 600 people, there was a shooting and something else happened Friday that I can't remember. But now that our sports editor is here, I feel as if there is some semblance of a schedule. And I'm not working 60 hours a week.
LIFE ~ Pretty broad, huh? :) But life here is evening out, it feels like. I have friends and people who are inviting me out. Tonight I actually have TWO things to go to. :) One is the birthday party for the police chief and the other is trivia night. So I'm pretty stoked. I've also found a church and am working on getting settled in that, networking, etc.
It's all a matter of perspective, really. And it takes a lot of work moving to a new place, if you want to be somewhat social. It's about putting yourself out there and making yourself available to the people you want to be friends with.
SNOW ~ We got our first snow of the season Monday night and everyone was laughing at me because I called it "a snow." I mean, I consider 2 inches a pretty good come-down. But they all are like, "oh, that's nothin'. what are you, a pansy?" I kindly reminded them I spent three winters in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin. No, I'm not a snow pansy. But I still contend that 2 inches of snow is a pretty good amount, especially when most of it was still on the ground on my way home last night.
But for the next week or so, temperatures are expected to rise into the high 50s and low 60s. I should know...I've only been talking to meterologists for two days.
Here's my thing about writing weather stories. First, just to get it out in the open, I really don't like writing weather stories. But I love talking to the weathermen. Their terminology cracks me up and their direct quotes are the best. However, I've done some thinking about why I don't like writing the stories and I think it's because I feel as though I'm telling the public what they already know.
"Snow fell this morning." No shit.
"It was cold early this morning." REALLY?
But as long as it keeps raining and snowing and storms blow in from the Pacific and two-part storm systems fly in from Arizona, I'll keep writing weather stories.
CHRISTMAS PARTY ~ I'm super stoked about that. I'm hosting our work Christmas party at my house and I do enjoy having parties.
Well, friends, for now that's about all I have. :)
Have a great hump-day.