Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Here I am... at work and blogging. Whooops! I've rearranged my hours a bit this week because my daughter is taking her Segment II Driver Ed class, which goes from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. SO, I asked my boss if I could just work until 4:45 M-W and leave at 11:45 on Thursday. Of course she said yes. Now I realize that most people in the working world DO work at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and I only work 7.5 hours a day, 4 days a week, BUT let us not forget that on any given week I could be cleaning from 3 to 5 houses after work or on Friday (which is why I don't work Fridays at the office). No, I'm not complaining, just stating facts. Ok, what was my point? Oh yes, my justification for blogging while at work. =) I guess it's break time for me!
It is "Fat Tuesday" here in the Catholic world and my boss brought in paczki's this morning. I indulged and ate one. They don't make the "real" ones here (I don't think); they just look and taste like jelly-filled donuts. Some of them just look and taste like sweet deep-fried dough (worth about 750 calories each) and lately I've been asking myself if the taste is worth the calories. The answer to this one would have to be a big fat NO! So I won't be eating any more of those little donuts today. Also, for the next 6 weeks we will abstain from eating meat on Fridays and on Ash Wednesday. I'm ok with this, and I understand the concept. The only problem is this: If we eat fish on Fridays that is going to be a treat for me (and for my family) so I try to prepare something like tostadas or tuna-something. All these fish fries and such that churches have during Lent is (in my opinion) defeating the whole purpose of abstinence. Now if it is a sacrifice for some to eat fish on Fridays, go ahead and suffer through it....
Another thing that bothers me a bit is the Soup Suppers some churches have during Lent. It is supposed to be a sacrificial meal and those people who attend are asked to offer a donation. Well, at the church I work at, they used to serve soup and bread; nothing to drink but coffee and water. THIS was 8 years ago. Somehow during the past few years, it has evolved to this menu: Soup, Crackers, Bread and Butter, Punch and DESSERT! Dessert??? Oh, they also serve peanut butter and jelly for the kidlets who won't eat soup. Is there something wrong with this picture, or is it just me? Let's not lose sight of the whole concept here, people!
I suppose my "break" is over now. I'll be trying to hop over to some of my favorite blogs and leave a comment later today. I've been so absent lately!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!! =)
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I have finally posted my 5 photos for this month's Favorite Five meme... Would YOU like to participate? Just post your favorite five photos each month; unless you want to post more (or less). One thing I've discovered by participating in this meme myself is that I realize I should take my camera with me wherever I go and I definitely should take more pictures! This morning on my way to my sister's house, I had to stop in the middle of M-30 to let about a dozen and a half turkeys cross the road. What a photo op THAT was! Of course I didn't have my camera with me... =(
Have a blessed Sunday! =)
Oh yes, if you'd like to see my favorite five photos, you may go here.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
It has been a busy past few days... First of all, we got an ice storm last Thursday night/Friday and we lost our power at about 5:30 Friday morning. Joy of all joys... Well, needless to say, we woke up freezing (since we had sub-zero temps) and talked about going out to buy a generator; something we've talked about plenty of times before. Emilio's son-in-law called about 9:00 and said he'd bring their generator down to us since he was going to work and his wife and kids would be out of the house most of the day too. He brought the generator over about 11:00 a.m. and before we knew it, we had heat and a refrigerator running. But we knew he'd be back around 4:00 p.m. that day to pick it up since they would be needing it themselves. SO, back to the subject of purchasing a generator of our own. (When I called our utility company, they told me that the estimated time of restoration was Sunday, February 19 at 11:00 p.m.) I remembered Emilio's brother trying to sell us his generator last summer when we lost power but we didn't take him up on his offer. (I thought it was kind of pricey since it's a used one, but in very good condition.) I called him and asked if he was still interested in selling his generator and he said yes, just make me an offer. I made him and offer (less than what he was trying to sell it to us for previously) and he said he'd take it, and to just come by and pick it up. Well, about 1/2 hour later, the phone rings and it's him. (He's quite the barterer.) He offered to knock $250 off the price if we would be willing to throw in the trailer he's been trying to get off Emilio for years. Of course we agreed and an hour later we had our own generator. We were able to run the refrigerator, the furnace, a couple lights and one television. We decided we'd watch a movie and my daughter and I would start a jigsaw puzzle that evening. I was quite looking forward to it since we usually are in separate rooms most of the evening when we do have power. Well around 8:30 p.m. our power was restored! By then I had decided that this "family bonding time" was something I was looking forward to so we still went ahead with our evening plans. I was SO happy that we weren't going to be without power all weekend!
Then, Sunday afternoon sometime, my boss called me at home to let me know that the Parish Center (where our office is located) lost power, the boiler had gone off and pipes had frozen. When the boiler went back on, apparently the pressure from the water running through the pipes, once it reached the frozen part, had caused the pipes to burst. End result: Water gushing everywhere! Most of the office areas were damaged (except mine) and we were without heat. I didn't go into work Monday, but Tueseday we were still without heat and I ended up leaving about an hour early. I only stayed because there was work I needed to get done. This morning when I walked into my office, the heat was on! I guess I'll be here all day...
So it's already Wednesday, and I realized I haven't been here for over a week. I also missed my target date for posting my Favorite Five, but I'll get them up tonight. I've got a busy housecleaning week from here on; I just need to make sure I don't lay down for a nap when I get home from cleaning. I'd probably over sleep.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! =)
P.S. Only 9 people played Monday Madness this week; wanna make it 10?? =)
Also, I would like to thank Lady Starlight once again, for standing up for me in regards to a very nasty comment someone left for me at one of my sites. I always am surprised when I see nasty comments like that, since it's so much easier for the person who left it, to just leave the site and move on without being noticed. But alas, there are too many idiots in this world who would rather spend their time trying to make someone else feel bad about something. Could it be because that person is miserable themselves??? I think so... Anyway, thank you Lady Starlight for your post on Blog Etiquette. You made my day today! =)
Monday, February 13, 2006
Good Monday afternoon! I was just thinking about my 'to do list' and guess what's on it?? To post 5 of my favorite photos that I've taken in the past month, for the new Favorite Five photo meme my Mom started recently. If you want to join in, just click on that link I so conveniently left for you there. Give it a try; it'll be fun! =)
Ok, back to work... don't want to get in trouble! And by the way, have a very nice Valentine's Day tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Oh my.... It's February 8 and I have a January calendar up. I'll have to wait until tonight to change it. I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. No good excuse; just haven't really felt like it, I guess.
Since my mom's been wondering where my Monday Madness answers are, I decided to join in this week; here goes: T or F
1. I consider myself to be very organized. True AND false. In some ways I am very organized; in others I need a lot of improving. Sometimes I actually surprise myself and realize that I'm more organized than I thought.
2. I tend to get more done when I'm pressed for time. Very true! For some reason, when I know I have a lot of time to get something done, I take my time getting it done. When I'm pressed for time, I KNOW I need to get it done so I do. Is that called procrastination??
3. Multi-tasking is something I do often. True. Too often, probably. At work I have no choice but to multi-task. At home I just seem to get side-tracked and find myself working on several little "projects" at a time.
4. I might be a perfectionist. False. I do not consider myself a perfectionist. I can be anal about some things, and I like to do my best at whatever it is I'm doing, but I don't get stressed out when things aren't perfect. Life isn't perfect, I'm not perfect, and I'm happy anyway!
5. I enjoy Mondays as much as I enjoy Fridays. True. I try to enjoy every day, no matter what part of the week it is.
6. If I didn't make a list (or hang a post-it note) I'd forget what it is I need to do. Mostly true. I've been writing things down since I decided it's not important to be able to remember everything in my head. Nothing wrong with writing things down, and it helps me a great deal.
7. I have no problem asking for help when I don't understand something. True. I'm not THAT stubborn.
The house is coming along; we've emptied out my daughter's old bedroom and are preparing the walls, ceiling, etc. for the conversion. It will be a bathroom/laundry room when we're done. Then it's on to the old living room, our bedroom and the kitchen. The new part of the house is looking almost like a living area. I've been spending some time organizing things in my computer room and thinking about where I'm going to put everything. That part is actually kind of fun. But I see the amount of work we have ahead of us and sometimes I get discouraged. We'll keep moving forward and eventually I'll be able to just sit and relax and enjoy all the work we've put into our house. Since we have a time limit of the end of August, at least I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Enough about that...
Time to get to work! Have a wonderful week! =)