Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Week Until Christmas!

Can you believe it’s only one week until Christmas?  Me neither.  Fortunately, I’m further along than I was the last time I posted here.

My decorating has been pretty half-hearted this year, and I don’t see that changing.  Especially with only a week left.  I am sticking with what I have, and that’s final.  On the bright side, it will be much easier to undecorated after Christmas.

However, my Christmas shopping is finished!  Last Saturday, I sat down and figured out what to get and ordered it.  I’m still waiting for one thing to arrive in the mail, but that should show up any day now.  I’m hoping to get a jump on wrapping tonight.  If not, that’s what this weekend is for.

I have done a little wrapping for people in town, including the friends I hung out with last night.  It was great to see them if only for a couple of hours.

Of course, I’ve recorded a couple of Christmas movies on TV – classics of my generation (or maybe a little later) that I’ve never seen.  Time to fix that.  And I still have all the movies and specials I wanted to watch this year to go.  So I’ll be being doing that over the weekend.  Sounds nice and relaxing and fun, doesn’t it?  I’m looking forward to it.

Friday, December 12, 2014


I’m way behind on Christmas this year.  I’ve barely started doing my shopping and only about half way through the decorating I was going to do.  And I’d gotten such a great start back in November.

I’ve been easily distracted and haven’t gotten to it like I thought I would during the week at night.  I’m just spending too much time on line these days.

Then, last weekend, I wasn’t feeling well at all.  I caught a cold when I came back from Thanksgiving.  And on Saturday, I was feeling extremely sick unless I was laying on the couch.  Sunday, I was feeling better, until I started doing some decorating.  It was too much too soon, so I took it easy again.  Fortunately, I was fine at work all week.

Well, except for this cough.  I wish I could shake it.

And now I’ll stop whining and talk about some great news on Monday.  I won a table top display piece from my local Hallmark!  And it was one I really wanted to win, too.  It’s a larger version of an ornament I really like from a couple of years back that features a house all decked out in Christmas lights and play to music.  This one is also an MP3 player and works with any song you play through the speakers.  I was thrilled, and I love it.  Not completely sure where to display it, but I truly do love it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Word Association for December 9th

Yep, I'm doing two word association posts in a row.

  1. Fantasy :: Reality
  2. Square one :: Starting Over
  3. Impostors :: Fake
  4. Hydrate :: Water
  5. Card :: Trick
  6. Respects :: Give my...
  7. Big city :: Lots of People
  8. Alert :: Danger
  9. Scrabble :: Crossword
  10. Neighborhood :: Friendly

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Word Association for December 4th

Time for this week's word association.

  1. Smug :: Proud
  2. Swan :: White
  3. Ginger :: Ale
  4. Doctor :: Sick
  5. Handshake :: Friendly
  6. Studies :: Student
  7. Pond :: Scum
  8. Register :: Voter
  9. Surgery :: Hospital
  10. Compass :: North

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Wonderful Thanksgiving

Of course, I went up to see my family for Thanksgiving.

Okay, so maybe with the new job it wasn’t quite as obvious as it might have been, but I did.  I left a couple hours earlier than everyone else, and that was all the extra time I took off work.  And I got paid for the time off, too, since those days are paid holidays.  I’ve got to say, those little things are exciting.

The drive up was fine on Wednesday.  Thursday, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving.  They had people bring enough stuff that it was more potluck than anything else, and it was all delicious.  I was sorry I got full as quickly as I did.  And we had some delicious desserts, too.  The only bummer was my niece had been sick the day before, but she was definitely feeling better that day, and she was full of energy the rest of the weekend.

Friday night, my niece and nephew stayed over at Mom and Dad’s, so I got plenty of time with them.  It was fun getting to play with them.  My niece is five and a half, and my nephew is one and three quarters.  They are both fun to be around.  Well, most of the time.  They have their moments, but what kids don’t?  They do bounce back quickly, however.  And they were both thrilled to see Uncle Mark, which always makes me so happy.

Sadly, I came home on Sunday.  This is a busy week at work, and I didn’t want to take any time off from it.  Besides, I also want to keep making them happy they hired me, and it’s just been a couple of months since I was officially hired.  Unfortunately, that drive home was the worst part of the entire trip.  It took me two and a half hours longer than normal, and traffic kept keeping worse as I went along.  I’m just glad I reached my exit when I did because it was still looking pretty slow as far as I could see in front of me.

I get to do it all again in a couple weeks for Christmas.  I’m taking a couple of unpaid days off at that point to go, but I’m used to that.  I’ve been doing that for the last two years, and it’s well worth it.  In fact, I can’t wait!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Relaxing and Some Decorating

I’d love to say that I had another fun, eventful weekend like last weekend.  I didn’t.  Not that it was all bad.

I started decorating for Christmas over the weekend.  Yes, I always start this early since I’m never home for Thanksgiving.  Plus it takes me a while and I like to be able to enjoy it.  I didn’t get quite as far as I intended, mainly because I was lazy on Saturday.  Still, trees are up and lights inside and outside are up.  I’d hoped to at least get this year’s ornaments on the tree, but that will have to wait until I get back.  Then Sunday I went out to lunch with some friends and then had dinner with other friends after ultimate Frisbee.  Both were fun meals that I really enjoyed.

Part of me being lazy means my reading fell behind this weekend, and I’ve got two reviews to post this next week.  I’ll have to do some more reading than I’d originally planned on while I’m up for Thanksgiving.

Because yes, I’m leaving Wednesday afternoon for Thanksgiving!  And even better, I’m getting paid holiday time for it this year.  Unfortunately, I am coming back on Sunday this year, when traffic will be horrid and it is supposed to rain.  I’m not looking forward to that trip back at all.  Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as I’m picturing.

Meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Word Association for November 24th

Can you believe it's been almost a month since I did a word association.  I think it's time I got back on the band wagon.

  1. Seal:: the Deal
  2. Grown up :: Serious
  3. Rags :: Riches
  4. Collar :: White
  5. Fears :: Scary
  6. Yellow :: Light
  7. Link :: Website
  8. Patrol :: Police
  9. Fancy :: Party
  10. Ears :: Listening

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lazy Update

So I'm just going to be lazy and point you to my post at Carstairs Considers to update you on my weekend this last weekend.  It's cause I have more there than I'd put here, and I don't want to repeat it.

After Bouchercon was over on Sunday, I went down to the beach for a bit.  It was in the upper 70's and a very pleasant day.  I just couldn't rush back, especially since we were having high winds up here that were making it cold.  Didn't want to play ultimate in that weather and didn't want to leave gorgeous beach weather in the middle of November.  We need rain, and I hope we get plenty of it this winter.  But that doesn't mean I'm not going to enjoy the warm weather while we are getting it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quiet Couple of Weeks

You’ll notice I’ve been very quiet the last couple of weeks.  I’ll now fill you in on exactly what I’ve been doing that has kept me so busy I could blog.

Exciting, isn’t it?

It’s been a pretty quiet couple of weeks, which after how busy I was for the previous six was a nice change of pace.  Work is still going well, although I have to figure out what to do about shoes that won’t kill my feet and legs by lunch time, much less the end of the day.  My weekends have included longs stretches of time to veg and get little to nothing done.  Boy did I need that.

Of course, I have been writing reviews and watching TV and doing plenty of reading, so it’s not like I’ve done nothing at all.  Well, okay, maybe I have.

This last Saturday, I was able to catch up with Spencer and find out how he’s doing, which was a lot of fun.

In other news, I’ve slipped from second to fourth in my fantasy football league, but I expect to be back up to third after the game tonight is over.  Possibly second, but most likely third.  First is just too far out of reach.

But really, I think that’s about it as far as an update goes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slime Run 2014

This past Saturday, I tried something new.  Sadly, it was a big waste of time.

Last spring, I started hearing about The Slime Run.  It was advertised as along the lines of a mud run, but instead of mud pits, they shot slime at you.  I figured I’d give it a try.  I hesitated, however, when I discovered that two mud runs were happening the same day.  These are runs I do every year and love.  But I decided to go with the new one even though the others were closer.  Big mistake.

My first clue that I wasn’t going to enjoy this run was when I showed up and realized there was nowhere to clean up or change after the run.  Kind of big deals for a run where you are supposed to get messy.  And I was thinking about going to the outlet mall nearby and then an author signing afterward.  Even if I weren’t doing that, I’d still have to drive home, and it was a two hour drive.  Still, I went ahead and ran it like I usually do these runs – shirtless.  I got to thinking that might be a mistake.  I could peel off my shirt and at least that much would be clean.  But it was too late to worry about it by that point.

This was a 5K, like most races are.  Most races usually have at least a dozen or so obstacles over the course of the run, including mud pits.  This one had exactly 3 obstacles and four stations where you got slime shot at you.  I even went around the last one of those stations because I didn’t want to get messier than I already was.  Kind of defeats the point of the run, right?

Now keep in mind I drove two hours one way and paid to park to essentially run a 5K.  I could have done that at home.  Especially since they were keeping track of the time.

Of course, part of the result was how quickly I was in and out of them.  I was leaving much sooner than I thought I would.

I used a bottle of water to get the worst of the slime off my arm and then put on my shirt.  And I’m glad I didn’t wear it for the run.  I went to the outlet mall and used their sink to clean the slime off of me.  It actually came off fairly easily, and I was able to wear a clean shirt in.  I then shopped for shoes (which turns out to be a bust – I bought some, but they are bothering me, too) and headed to the signing.

That was the best part of the day.  While I’d heard Hank Phillippi Ryan last year, therefore I’d heard most of what she shared already, I still enjoyed getting to see her.  Plus I talked to another fan there.  And this was a bookstore I’ve heard about for years but never visited because it’s so far from home.  It was nice to finally change that.

So that made the day worthwhile, although I really do wish I had stuck with one of the runs closer to home.  Heck, if I’d done an early enough wave, it might have been possible to do both of the runs closer to home and be back sooner than I would have been just doing this one without all the extras.