Wednesday, November 25, 2015
It's so hard to give thanks in ALL things, yet this is just what God calls us to do. So I am going to give some thanks here.
I am thankful for my husband, my family, my friends, my home, my job, my church and my church family.
I am thankful for love -- both God's and my family and friends. How sad that some people have no one to love them.
I am thankful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my stomach. Millions of people do not have these three basic things.
I am thankful that even though my health is not the best, I have a doctor who discovered what was wrong with me and is working with me to make me well.
I am thankful for my recovery from cancer and for God bringing me through so many operations and medical procedures. A lot of the time I just wanted to give up, but He brought me through them all.
I am thankful for tears as well as laughter. We wouldn't appreciate the good without the sad.
I could go on and on and on but this post would never end. So I will just stop here.
We had a short day at work today. However in order to get out early we had to start work early. I woke up 15 minutes before I was supposed to be at work, screamed, threw clothes on and ran out the door. I didn't even stop to eat or feed the outside cats. I was only 10 minutes late and several others came in the same time I did.
It was a slow day as I thought it would be. But 20 minutes before we closed people were coming in to use the computers. They were upset when we told them it was too late.
We left at 2 p.m. and Diane and I went to Shop Rite to finish up our shopping. Well, she finished up and went home. I did the whole two weeks shopping. It took me 1 1/2 hours but I got just about everything. I couldn't find straws or lemon juice, but I know I can get them at Rite Aid during the week. And I saved $36 in coupons. Whoo hoo!
Joe helped me unpack the car and put the food away when I got home. Since I hadn't had breakfast or lunch I was starving by now. It was around 4 p.m. and I made us each a hamburger and put some potato chips on the plate.
After we ate, I was so exhausted that I laid down on the sofa and went sound asleep. I was woken up around 6 p.m. by the phone ringing. A woman wanted to take a survey. I'm afraid I was a little rude to her. I thought it was 6 a.m. and asked her what she was doing calling so early and did she always wake people up out of a sound sleep. She said she'd call later and hung up. Then I realized it was evening.
Since we ate such a late lunch we had a late dinner. I made breaded flounder filet and mixed vegetables. Joe had a pumpkin bar for dessert, but I am saving mine for breakfast.
Tomorrow is the big day. I was invited to my sister's house, but I'm just not up to it. I plan to sleep a lot, eat when I want to, watch the parade on TV and just generally relax. After this weekend it's full swing into Christmas and we all know there's no relaxing there!
My movie today was "Naughty or Nice" (2012). This is another movie that I saw the middle of but neither the beginning nor the end. It was nice to see the whole thing. The main character, Krissy Kringle, is confused with Santa Claus and receives his mail including his Naughty or Nice list. She figures out how to use the book and finds out all sorts of things about the people around her. It's what she does with the information that creates the story. It's really cute.
Such a lot of things to do tomorrow: pies, chicken (not turkey, yuck!), clean the kitchen, try to make a dent in the living room, and napping. Oh the joy of being able to take an afternoon nap.
Hope you all have a great day tomorrow.
35 days to retirement
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
This saying is so true. I found it especially so today. I had to go to the main branch of the library to choose my health insurance. I had put it off thinking I was leaving the beginning of December. Now I had one day to get everything done.
I started out and almost immediately was stuck in traffic that was worse than anything I had seen in a long time. I was literally just sitting there. I had left in plenty of time but it got later and later. I finally called work and told them I would be very late.
What was the problem? A state trooper was shot on the Vine Street expressway. Lots of streets were closed as the police were chasing four suspects. It ended with a fiery crash on Vine Street. I have never seen so many policemen. The link to the story is here.
Then I went around the block twice before I found parking. I went to the kiosk to pay and I couldn't figure out how to use it. I ended up paying $7.50 to park for 3 hours rather than the 30 minutes I was actually there. But that's done now.
The way back to work was hard too. In all I must have spent around an hour just sitting in traffic.
So much is going on in the world right now. Shooting a policeman, bombing, suicide jackets. The world is going crazy!
My movie today was "Hats Off to Christmas" (2013). It was cute even though it was so predictable. I'm glad to be back to my Christmas movies.
I felt so sick to my stomach when I got home at 8:30 tonight. I just laid down and went to sleep instead of making dinner. Joe had a really bad headache so he went to sleep too. I never did make dinner. I woke up a couple of hours later and made myself a baked potato so that I could have something in my stomach to take my medicine. I'm really tired so I am going to end this and get some more sleep. Tomorrow we go in to work early (8:45) but we get out early too. I'm looking forward to that.
36 days to retirement
Monday, November 23, 2015
And it is coming fast. I am so thankful that I get out of work early on Wednesday or I would never make it. I am so not ready.
I thought I would take today and catch up on some things that have been going on.
Last Tuesday it was Boss' birthday. I got everyone organized and we threw him a little party. I got him a cake, Bob got beverages, and Diane and Doug brought in snacks: chips and dip, cookies, etc. He wasn't surprised, but he did enjoy it.
You can see our new part-timer, Matt, in the background. He works two days a week and it seems like every time we have a party, it is Matt's day to work. It's become a joke at work. "Oh look, Matt is here. Let's have a party!" Ha, ha!
Today there were six library assistants in. We didn't have enough work to keep us all busy. We even ran out of chairs in the workroom. A lot of the time we were scrambling trying to find something to do and in the end just ended up sitting there talking.
Denise, another of our part-timers, brought in a chocolate cheesecake that she had made. Oh my it was good!!! But since I am lactose intolerant I am paying for it tonight. No one wanted to be the first one to take a piece. Finally I gave in and cut a tiny piece for myself. Then everyone else starting taking a piece. It's about half gone and in the fridge for tomorrow or Wednesday.
The cats are still fighting although at times I catch them sleeping together. It is so stressful. I just want the fighting to stop. I end up yelling and then crying. And then Pumpkin comes over and cuddles up to me and purrs or Snowy comes for pets and cuddles. These cats are driving me crazy.
My latest Halloween to New Year's movies have been:
Saturday: Nanny McPhee (2005). I knew it was popular but had never seen it nor read the book. Oh... my... goodness! It was FABULOUS!! I was so enthralled with it. I'm only sad that I can't watch it again for the first time.
On Sunday I watched "Nanny McPhee Returns" (2010). It also was a great movie although I liked the first one better. I loved the surprise ending though. I thought that was really cool.
Today it was "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (1969). Although I am a huge Peanuts fan, I wasn't impressed with this movie. Maybe it was because everything was so predictable. The best part was the Spelling Bee but other than that, everything could have been skipped over.
It's back to Christmas movies tomorrow.
And it's off to bed for me now. Until later...
37 days to retirement