Monday, December 28, 2009

Back to work




I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was pretty good. JJ made out like a bandit. From various relatives, he got all sorts of gifts from an actual all terrain vehicle to a Power Ranger collection. His favorite thing for Christmas--spending time with his mommy. We played with his toys. We attempted to do some puzzles but gave up and ate pineapple upside down cake.

My new digital camcorder got quite a workout. Now I am working on making a Christmas dvd for everyone. In the coming days, I will try to put up some video of the two of us racing his remote control 18 wheeler and car. JJ is still trying to get the hang of what racing against another person means. Overall, I had a great time.

I woke yesterday with a sore throat and body aches. It is a four hour drive from JJ to Roanoke Rapids. I did it with the help of orange juice, Dayquil and a giant box of Red Hots. On I-95, five miles from my exit, traffic came to a standstill because of an accident. We traveled about a mile and half in 30 minutes. Eventually, I made it home where I took some heavy duty meds and crashed.

I still feel crappy but work has to go on with Dayquil by day and Theraflu by night. My co-worker D wanted to make sure I ate today so she treated me to lunch at Ryan's. I had lots of chili and sweet potato casserole.

Daily Dose

1. Theraflu is soooooooo nasty but it make you feel so good.
2. Being able to have my son's Christmas recorded.
3. Caring co-workers who make sure I eat and have plenty of Red Hots. I don't like Halls so I use Red Hots for the same effect.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

In a few minutes, I will be getting on the road to make the nearly four hour drive home for Christmas. I am excited but nervous. The presents are wrapped, the camcorder is packed and my reporter hat is at my desk at work. It is now to time to be a mommy, wife and daughter.

Once I leave, I will not have any access to the Internet. So I hope that each and everyone out there has a very Merry Christmas!! I know I plan to have as much fun as possible.

Daily Dose

1. Red Hots candies make the morning bearable.

2. I found Marvel Heroes taffy. JJ will be so surprised.

3. Merry Christmas to all and to all--good food and fellowship.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A superhero Christmas



Oh to be boy and love comic book characters. JJ has made Christmas shopping so easy this year. He is getting: Iron Man socks, Marvel Heroes candy, Incredible Hulk jigsaw puzzles and some other stuff. And I found a digital camcorder at Big Lots for less than $80 bucks so it will recorded. I love easy Christmas shopping.

I finally got the pictures developed from his fourth birthday party. I included a picture of JJ and I and his birthday cake. He loved his cake even though he refused to let anyone eat him.

I plan to leave for home either tomorrow afternoon or early Thursday morning. While I miss my son and can't wait to see him, I am dreading going home. I am so glad that Christmas comes once a year.

I work with two other reporters. We were given the assignment of asking the people in the beats we cover what they would like under their Christmas trees. A simple question but hard to do when county offices are starting to close and people are taking vacations. Today, I actually went on my own stakeout to find the sheriff and county manager in order to get their comments. They hadn't returned my calls so desperate times call for desperate measures. I got my quotes.

I am procrastinating about wrapping all of this stuffr so I am off to do some gift wrapping.

Daily Dose


1. Dollar Tree is a true gem with tons of stuff for cheap.

2. The group Paramore is awesome!

3. I found tights for $1 at Dollar Tree. I love this store.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Enjoying my day off


I am having a really good day. It's my day off. It snowed here Friday afternoon. I posted a picture I took for the newspaper. It made the front page for our snow coverage. Of course, the snow was long gone before morning. But it was so beautiful before it went away. Big flakes. I think my picture captured that.

Yesterday was my Saturday on duty at the paper. It was cold, frigid, rainy, full of sleet and snow day. I had two stories to do about two different police departments taking children shopping for Christmas. Seeing the happiness on those kids faces made the day worth it. I got schooled in the best Barbie to buy by this adorable little girl. I hated to explain to her that JJ was not interested in Barbie but Iron Man and Wolverine. And Barbie would be held captive and have to be rescued.

Today, I brought a digital camcorder at Big Lots to record everything. Unfortunately, I can't get the damn thing to work. I even called tech support and he was no help. So I will be making a trip back to Big Lots to tomorrow. All in all a good day.

Since I got this job (4 months and counting), I haven't seen my mom as much as I would like. We still talk a few times a week on the phone. For about month or so, she has been complaining about her back hurting. I know in my heart that this means her cancer might have spread.

I am not being doom and gloom. I'm just being realistic about things. I have already discussed the possible situation with my editors. They are very willing to work with me because as one said, "We would be insane to let you get away from us." If I have to schedule my life around her doctors' appointment so be it. She's my mom and for her and JJ, I'll move heaven and earth to take care of them.

Daily Dose (Bonus version)

1. I am starting to get in the Christmas spirit.

2. Today is a really good hair day.

3. I am getting the hang of this running thing.

4. Still loving Criminal Minds

5. I love my mom!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Did something good

Today, I did something I was very proud of. I invited another person to lunch at a resturant with a buffet. I don't like to each with other people because at times it puts a lot of pressure on me. But I feel comfortable eating with my coworker D. We have become friends so there is a level of comfort there. Plus, I confided in her about my ED.

Today, I invited her to lunch at Ryan's. No stress just good eating. What a great Wednesday. I can handle whatever the rest of the week throws at me.

Daily Dose
1. Carrot cake from Ryan's
2. Watching Criminal Minds
3. Buying black forest cheesecake to benefit the high school band. Soooooooo good.

Friday, December 11, 2009

It's so cold

I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather. I hate being cold. I will layer and layer just so I won’t be cold. The high today is about 30-something. I know it could be worst with snow and ice but I’m a wimp. Thank goodness, I have awesome collection of sweaters and thermal underwear. So I am prepared somewhat. I didn’t run this morning because it was cold and my bed was soooooo warm. Yes, I am a wimp and proud of it.
Tomorrow, I cover a Christmas parade where the weather will be a balmy 40 degrees. I’m ready. This is only the beginning of December. I can’t imagine what the end of December, January and February will be like. I am thinking warm and happy thoughts.

I will have a long weekend off for Christmas. I am excited but nervous. I miss my son and husband a lot but at the same time I don’t fit in with their life. It’s hard to explain but I feel more comfortable here in a new place than at home surrounded by friends and family. I guess because I am not in anybody’s shadow. I get to be myself.

I think I am settling in nicely. I have a PO Box, a library card and somewhat of a routine. I am working on making friends. It is hard to make friends when you’re an adult. And especially when you are socially awkward. I can talk and interview people for a story but socializing is a whole other thing. I have found two volunteering options I want to do. And found an interesting church to attend. So I have options but my hours are unpredictable. I’ll keep you posted.

Daily Dose

1. Thermal underwear is the best.
2. Coffee is a quick way to warm up.
3. I am getting closer to having the latest Stephen King novel. I can’t wait.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I will not bow

After a grueling Monday, I decided to keep today light and airy by working on stories from yesterday meeting. I found out about a second home invasion. I have to say home invasion scare me because they are so random and can be so brutal. This one involved a man being shot and having to be airlifted.
It reminds me that I really need to be mindful of my surroundings not only during the day but especially at night.
It’s officially! I am addicted to the mocha joe from Burger King. I had one with my chili at lunch today. I am not as sad or stressed as last week.

Taking things one day at a time is the way to go. I am working on some realistic resolutions for 2010. I have been testing the waters of jogging a few days a week. I would like to run a 5K next year. When I jog, it clears my head for a few minutes. Of course, I have to do first thing in the morning because usually I am covering something at night. Another resolution is to seriously learn how to swim. And finally get my finances in order. All of these are very realistic things.

Daily Dose
1. Mocha Joes rock!
2. Having access to iTunes radio on my computer.
Watching old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy while waiting for new ones. I have seen them a million times but they are still good. The sign of a really great show.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The start of a hectic week

Today was my only day off after a busy week. Tomorrow is the beginning of a hectic. It will full of commissioners, board of education and other meeting. By Saturday, I will be exhausted. I am so glad that my favorite show is repeats because I would miss it.

My insurance still has kicked in so I am taking things day by day. Since tomorrow is going to be so busy, I am eating a really good breakfast. Today was the RR Christmas parade, I went and did laundry. I learned never do laundry in this town on a Sunday. It is crazy up in there. I am looking forward to some serious vegging time soon.

In addition to laundry, I have finished my clip book with everything I have written since August 17.

Daily Dose

1. I have written a lot in three short months.

2. The best time to do laundry is Thursday night.

3. I am tired, a little homesick but I still love my job.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bittersweet

I love my job but I miss my son and hubby. I don't regret my decision but I do miss them so much. Plus, I am stressing because I have gain some weight. This is good so I am trying not to let my ED take over. Hopefully, my insurance kicks in with this paycheck and I can find a therapist.


Just trying to stay on top of everything.

Daily Dose

1. This job will lead to a better future.

2. Looking at more options to socialize

3. Working hard to not to let my ED win

My home library is complete!!!!!

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