Winter Storm Rocky

Winter Storm Rocky


We are naming snow storms now.  When did that happen?  Was there a memo I missed?  It is just snow.  It is winter.  I really don’t understand the panic.  Maybe it is because I lived in Alaska for long enough to know that 10 inches or even a foot of snow, really isn’t a lot snow.  When they start talking about 8-10 feet of snow, I may panic.  Well, probably not.  If you don’t like snow, or unpredictable weather, I would suggest that you move south.   This is the Midwest.  Our weather is unpredictable at times, but generally you can expect some sort of snow, during what we like to call ‘winter’.

Panic at Wal-Mart.

We ran to Wal-Mart because Bill was going to look for some cable thing to hook up one of his game systems for the boys.  I wanted to look at yarn and see if maybe the snow boots and heavy coats had gone on clearance yet, since they are dragging out all the spring/summer clothes.  They were cheaper, just not my target price of $1.00.  Lol, I know the coats & boots won’t go down that far, but a gal can hope:)  Anyway, we were just putzing around.  Hanging out at Wal-Mart is on the top-10 list of things to do here.  Anyway.

I can understand needing to run to the store, just in case, to get maybe some bread or milk or something you may run out of.  However, do you really need 6 cases of bottled water, two carts of food and one of everything they have in the store? Wal-Mart was wiped out!  The shelves were looking a little bare.

Usually, around mid-September or so, we do a major shopping.  Stock up on canned goods, baking goods, all that good stuff that is handy to have around the house, so you don’t go and spend $200 a week on groceries.  I do the same sort of shopping again before summer.  Why?  So, when the TV stations start encouraging people to run and stock up on food, because the roads will be terrible, I don’t have to go.  I don’t really care for shopping anyway.

The boys do indeed have school today.  The storm isn’t projected to hit until after 3 pm which is right before they get released from school anyway.  However, they seem to have some trouble actually pin-pointing the minute a storm will hit, so if it hits and if it hits like last time, it will be really nasty before they get home.  I just would hate to be out walking the dogs, and they need a very long walk after being cooped up, and they release the kids early.  No, cell phone.  But I am seriously thinking I should get one.  But, if I get one, people may call me.  Worse, they may text me.  I don’t want to text.  Texting doesn’t make sense.  You have a phone in your hand, just call and tell them.  Don’t worry about interrupting something.  No one has any manners anymore or pays attention to much, if they have a cellphone.  Usually, that is their entire focus.  I find that, very annoying.

I really, really, can’t possible express, how much I dislike, texting.  Why is everyone suddenly so important, that they can’t pay attention to the people they are physically with?  I wonder if they make cell phones without texting?  I don’t see the point, you are, after all holding a phone.  Since we are on the subject of stuff that annoys me, let’s talk about cell phones and dinner.

When did it become okay to talk on the phone during dinner?  If it is dinner at my house, we are not going to chat.  If I know you, I’ll tell you we are having dinner, I’ll call you back.  If I don’t, I won’t pick up.  I also am not going to be checking facebook and texting my buddies during dinner.  On a side note, I know people who do this, during big family dinners.  The whole family is gathered around the table, and they have their flippin’ phone next to them, texting.  RUDE.  What happened to manners?  Are manners one of those things are policically incorrect now?  Should we just not act in a respectful and courteous manner?  I could probably go on for days about manners.  But, not today.  Today, I have work to do.

I signed up with a freelance company right after InfoArmy decided to stop paying people, see that blog for details.  I didn’t get much from them, but I did get an assignment about a week ago.  A small article for a women’s magazine and all of the sudden I am flooded with offers?  I signed a contract and within 12 hours, I had 8 more offers.?!?!?!?  Huh?  I did get two interesting ones this morning.  A ghost writing one and one for 150 articles.  The article one will end up being long term they said, after the inital 150.   I would love for something like that to pan out.  Being able to stay home and write, would have to be # 3 on my dream job list.  Number 2, is having enough money that I can open a used book store and let people trade in books, and never worry about the store actually making money:)  Of course, my number one dream job was taken by Indian Jones and there is no way you could get a bullwhip through airport security anymore.  So, I guess that’s not going to happen for me:)

Had to dig a path for the boys to get to the bus stop this morning.  That was fun.  I must be getting old, my knees are killing me.  I didn’t give them much of of path, just enough to get to the curb and someplace to stand and wait.  We are expecting more snow today, who knows how much.

I am glad for the moisture, we need it.  But, I have a really great pair of new boots and I want to wear them somewhere, but they are suede.

That’s all for now folks, I am off to peruse my offers and see what I can get done before the crazy kids get home.  🙂  Please stay off the roads tonight and tomorrow.  Don’t make me write about you! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save Us From Stupid People!


The winter storm that hit the Midwest yesterday, should not have been a surprise to anyone.  I wouldn’t have thought.  It’s  been on the news now for over a week and every single day, they updated the forecast.  Why then are the highways littered with vehicles?  Are all of the these people, so important, that they had to be on the road?  The Governor’s of both Kansas and Missouri, told people to Stay HOME.  The Department’s of Transportation told people to stay HOME.  Not to attempt to go anywhere, because the roads would become impassable.  I do understand that some people just can not go to work.  But, if the city government’s and local military base go to Emergency and Essential personnel only, I think that should give most people a day off.  My husband had to work.  Which I thought was pretty stupid.  But what do I know.  The National Guard had to be called out yesterday to rescue stranded motorists.  The National Guard.  It was a foot of SNOW.  Stay home, wait and it will melt eventually.  I know the hundreds of people who were stranded can’t possible all be emergency workers. I know of one person who just had to go out to get blueberries.  They were on sale.  Now, I am a big fan of sales, but most grocery stores will run their sales for at least 4 days if not a week.  Apparently, the ‘STAY HOME’ warnings didn’t apply to emergency trips for blueberries.

Guess, what?  That person was in an accident almost immediately.  Shocking right?  You won’t believe what happened when this person called the police.  Nothing.  They told this person that they were too busy.  This person was outraged!  How Dare they! 

I just need a minute.

I am continually amazed at how self-absorbed people are.  As if, they are the only person on the planet and the world revolves around them.  I used the above person as one small example, but it is an epidemic.  A month or so back, when there was literally, an epidemic of RSV in small children in the greater KC area, someone I know was taken to the ER and was offended at how poor the care was.  They didn’t even give her a room in the ER, she had to wait in the hallway on a bed.  Then, when she was admitted for tests, she again did not get a room.  At this time, there was not a bed to be found, in any hospital in KC.  The hospitals were FULL of very sick babies.  It had been on the news every day.  I just don’t understand how people can so distance themselves from the real world.  I understand unplugging for a while, but to be so unaware, is completely beyond my apparent understanding.

I was amazed to learn, how many people were not aware we were expecting snow and were completely surprised.  People, you live in the Midwest.  It is winter.  Snow is not unheard of.  People just frustrate me.

As for us, the boys and I stayed home, read books, cooked, played in the snow, played Transformers and Ninja Turtles and wrestled.  And laughed.  I finally had to turn off the TV, because all that was on, was the continuous coverage of the terrible storm that shut down two states.  You would have thought it was the end of the world.  I finally turned the TV off after my 6-year-old told me it wasn’t nice to laugh at those people.  I was laughing at a guy who ran off the road, trying to get to McDonald’s.  He was being interviewed and was very upset that no one could come and pull him out of the ditch, so he could get a McRibb and some fries.

So, here I sit, listening to the reporters talk about how terrible the storm was, how many motorists are stranded and the efforts being made to rescue them.

I think I’ll go build a snow fort.

 

>Friday, Mammogram Postponed, Seder & Storms


>Finally, its Friday! I had to reschedule the mammogram, because Bill has his monthly staff meeting which just happens to start at the same time my appointment was.  He thought the meeting was yesterday.  Anyway, I am not happy and happy at the same time.  Happy, because I really didn’t want to go get squished.  Unhappy, because now I have to wait, yet another week to find out what is going on.  I am trying not to obsess or even think about it, but its hard, I don’t like not knowing.  🙂

So, tonight we go to Nana & Papa’s for the Seder dinner, it is still Passover, after all. I love Passover.  Of all of the Jewish holidays, it is by far my favorite.  I think it is because it involves several of my favorite activities.  You get to drink alot of wine, I like wine.  You get to read a really cool story about vengeance, and why it is a bad idea to irritate Jews.  Then there is food.  Lots of food.  And some more wine.  There is also singing at the dinner table.  Lots of loud rambunctious singing.  And a little more Wine.  Its just a overall great holiday. 
I didn’t find any dress pants for the boys, so they will wear jeans, no big deal.  I did find some nice shirts, so that will work. 
Papa has a tendency to go pretty quickly over the plagues, so the boys mostly miss what he says, they have also been too young in the past to actually know whats going on.  I think this year, Aden may at least understand some of what is going on. 
Several years ago, I watch a movie, called ‘ The Devil’s Arthimetic’.  It had the girl from the original Spiderman Movie, I don’t remember her name, but the cute blond girl. Anyway, she plays a Jewish teenager that doesn’t want to go to Seder, because she thinks its a waste of time. And of course, in the way of movies, she learns different.  It is a great movie, but it made me bawl like a baby for most of it.  But it is still a really good movie. 
The boys are still way to young to watch it, it deals with the holocaust, but eventually, they will watch it.
Speaking of the boys, they are so excited to go to Nana’s. But then, they usually are.  The trick will be to keep my sanity until we go.  They tend to be harder to control when they are excited 🙂

They are already driving me nuts.  Aden had to start off the morning by coming into my room at 5:06 am and telling me what time it was.  I told him fine, he could go downstairs.  Which he didn’t.  He went in to his room and proceeded to wake Evan up.  Evan was not ready to get up.  So, Evan is still cranky and probably will be all day. 
I am hoping that I will be able to figure out the video camera I got Bill.  I have never seen anything so small.  Its the size of a credit card. But, it is really cool! If I can’t, no worries, I still have the digital camera.

Well it appears that the storm has finally reached us.  Its been raining with a bit of occasional thunder for the last couple of hours, but now it’s shaking the house.  I love a good storm.  They aren’t calling for much severe weather.  Only golf ball size hail, frequent lightening strikes and some strong, damaging winds.  Nope, that doesn’t sound severe to me.  Flooding though.  There could be some flooding.  Aden asked if the whole world was going to flood.  I said no, not today, its Passover, it may rain frogs, but we’ll be okay 🙂

Bill is off to his meeting & I am off to see if I can’t get something accomplished this morning.