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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Friday the 13th

Since I was about 12 or so, I have loved Friday the 13th.  Not just the movies, which I really did love, but the day itself!  It became a tradition for me to have a Friday the 13th sleepover when I was in Junior High and high school.  Lots of soda, chips, rotel cheese dip, and equally cheesy horror movies.  We would usually start the movie marathon with, of course, Friday the 13th.   Good Times!!  Then one year, I discovered, the movies of Bruce Campbell.  Evil Dead, then became a staple at my little get togethers, even though I think I was the only one who really thought they were hysterical:)

From the first time I saw Ash, I was hooked.  My obsession with Bruce Campbell has continued to this day.  He is my go to man, when I need a lift.  I mean really, if you think you are having a bad day, check out any of the Evil Dead movies or Army Of Darkness.  Ash will make you reconsider, how bad you think your day is/has gone. 

So, today, I will keep up the tradition and whip out some Ash movies tonight.  I’m getting way to old to stay up till 3 am watching movies.  Okay, let’s just be honest here, 10 pm is staying up really late for me now:)  So I will probably just pick one and be happy.  When I want full on comedy from Mr. Campbell, I watch Bubba Ho-tep.  Priceless.  Yes, I do believe I have just about every movie he has ever made.  I like Burn Notice, I even enjoyed Alien Apocalypse.  So sue me. 

Today, I think I will need the comfort that only Ash can provide.  I have to go in for my 2nd mammogram this morning.  They found some troubling spots on my last one, so we will go and see what we can see.  But, like last time, I will have to wait a week or so for the results. I am trying not to get all worked up.  I am clinging to statistics, like a drowning man to a life-preserver.  80% of women recalled for additional images are shown to have benign or mostly benign lumps, spots, whatever you want to call them.  I’ll go with that.  I tend to be pretty average in most cases:)

The upside, and there almost always is, is that I will be able to walk my butt over to Wal-mart and actually shop for a while, ALL BY MYSELF!!!!!!  Woo hoo!  That is something that hasn’t happened in 6 years!  I’ll just call Bill when I am almost done to come and pay & load up the car.  Alone in a store, omg, this is like a record-setting day. Then, Bill is covering for another supervisor at work on Sunday, so he doesn’t go in till 8pm.  And then Monday, he doesn’t go in till 4pm.  Thats like 4 days off with him, for me & the boys:)  We’ll have BBQ ribs to celebrate.

Still no roofers.  The rain hasn’t been too heavy so I think we may be able to skate by till they show up, which hopefully, will be Monday.  I think I will do a little gardening.  I have about 200 English Lavender seeds that I would like to get planted, and I think I have finally figured out where to put them.  And its a place where the roofers won’t be trampling it.  That is if it doesn’t rain.  We are currently under a flood warning, and the river is expected to crest today.  Not that it really affects me directly, I’m on a big ol’ hill.  But still.

So I am off to go get ready to get squished again.  Wal-Mart and Library are the only other errands for the weekend.  I’ll probably post more after the appointment:)