Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sayonora Christmas!!!

Christmas is a time of good tidings and joy. The last few weeks have been a time of anxiety and angst for me. I didn't spoil Christmas for the rest of the world. But I was so happy to see Dec. 26 come, I could hardly stand it. I think all of the events of the last few years came to a head this season. Overall, it hasn't been a bad year but the last few months have been tough. 


Another reason for being happy about Dec. 26. It starts the last week of the year. Of the 52 weeks in the year, it is the most peaceful and quiet for me. The schools and colleges are closed. People are in decent moods. It is a week of zen. A week of not working late. A week of eating at table and not over the sink. It means no setting the burglary alarm at work and worrying about my safety in the dark parking lot. I get to go home and just veg. Love the last week of the year!!!


Plus, I got plans for New Year's Eve. A cardiology practice is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a big celebration Saturday night. I will be taking some pictures for our magazine. The event will have a steel band, a magician and exotic dancers. Yes, exotic dancers. They took out a full page ad in the newspaper for it. And get this, the party is free with alcohol and food and I get paid to attend. I wanted to be more sociable so here it goes. I went through my closet and found the perfect dress for the event. This will be interesting. I agreed to work so I couldn't come up with an excuse not to go. I will have to have someone snap a photo of me at the event.


DAILY DOSE


1. Homemade spaghetti from a co-worker
2. Turkey burgers and a salad for dinner
3. Getting home before dark!!!!



Saturday, December 17, 2011

Becoming less of an hermit in 2012

I am not a social butterfly. Without my job as a reporter, I would be a hermit. 

For the first time since I moved to RR, I am having weekend guests at my apartment. My son and husband don't count because there is no expectation of me being neat. My college roommate is coming with the guy she is dating and his three small grandchildren for a visit. It took me a week to get the apartment presentable for others to see. It looks like something out of a magazine. I was so amazed Friday night that I just sat on the couch because I was scared I would mess it up. My record for neatness is, well there isn't a record because I am not a neat person. I have the best intentions but life and work usually get in the way. So for now, it has been one day of neat.

It really hasn't been a visit because they arrived at 2:30 a.m. this morning. I let them in, say hi and went back to bed. I left them at 9:15 a.m. still sleeping so I could go to work. I thought maybe I could meet up with them at the family party. But then a woman decided to stab and kill another woman so I am still at work waiting on a phone call from the police chief. Normally, I would head home after a long day like this and watch a movie. Tonight, I will try to be sociable to my guest and find out about their day. I even rented some movies for the little ones.

My goal for 2012 is to try to be more sociable. I have went weeks without talking to some of my friends and family. It is a combination of a heavy workload and wanting to be left alone on what little free time I get. So I am making an effort. There is this big free New Year's Eve party here. I volunteered to shoot it for the magazine. This year, I will ring in the New Year in a nice dress, heels and makeup instead of my Curious George pajamas, my squishy pillow and a bag of Cheetos. 

Daily Dose

1. Be able to document one of the Police Departments taking kids Christmas Shopping.

2. My apartment is clean.

3. Trying to master the art of socializing!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

My happy place has let me down

When I am having a bad day, my go to happy place is the library. It is something about the quiet and orderly stacks of books that calms my soul. Today, my happy place let me down. I learned today as I was checking out some dvds and a book I have been waiting to read that I do not live in the city of RR based on my address. Because of this, I would have to pay $15. I have had this library card for a year. This never came up when I got the card. I love the library. I love it so much that at times I go out of my way to make sure the RR library and others in the area get very good coverage. In fact, I cover them much like I cover education. I see them as a vital part of the community. I know library is strapped for cash so I didn’t make too much of a fuss. But like I said this didn’t come up a year ago when I got the card.  It just bothers me a lot. Will it mean a decrease in coverage? No. Will I stop visiting it? No. It just means that my happy place will never be the same again.

The reason my day is bad is because I didn’t sleep last night. The mouse in the house situation has reared its ugly head again. Every bit of the poison put is gone. And last night, I  heard mouse squeaking that honestly freaked me out so bad that almost left the house to go hang out at work at 3 a.m. This means war. I  have brought more poison and candles because this battle is about to really ugly and smelly. My guess is there are mice babies around now.

In trying to find mice bodies, I have come to realization that I have too much stuff. I will admit after my mother’s death that I brought a lot of stuff to fill the emptiness. Things like clothing, pens, books and blank notebooks. Plus when I moved from the motel to an apartment, I didn’t unpack everything. So now I am going through stuff.
For instance I found a tote filled with Curious George stuff. I have quite a collection. I can’t give it to JJ because he has declared George is for babies. But he would take an item if it made me happy. So I have decided to donate some of the items to local school libraries and public libraries. I know George will be appreciated and taken care of.
As for my James Dean collection, I am not ready to go there yet.

Since I couldn’t sleep last night, I cleaned out two totes of stuff. If I couldn’t sleep, then something got accomplished. My goal is to have everything sorted by March 1. I found small tote full of writing pens. After going through them, I could actually give two pens to each person in the newsroom with plenty left over. Note to self: stop buying pens!

DAILY DOSE

1. Friday is finally here!

2. My editor loved my more than 1,100 word story on the merging of two high schools.

3. The only thing that stands between me and relaxing is DH Christmas Party.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Countdown to the weekend has begun!!!!

I woke up wishing today was Friday. It has been a long week and it's only Wednesday. All of this education reporting is kicking my butt. Late nights and early mornings are rough. I realize today that I am spending too much time at the office coffee pot.

One big thing stands in the way of a weekend of relaxing and sorting through stuff--office christmas party. An event that strikes fear in the heart of many here. If it was just the newsroom, I would be cool with it but it's not. I mean folks are nice here but I don't want to spend my evening off with them. The event isn't mandatory but it's mandatory. But at least it is catered by a really good caterer.

I haven't heard anything about the job I applied for. I am cool with it. I realize that I am going to expand my opportunities in 2012. I am tired of working for peanuts. I mean I appreciate those peanuts because they keep the lights on and gas in the vehicle but that is about it. I know this means I might have to leave writing for awhile but sometimes you do what you have to do.

In other news, I have figured out i-movie. We are required to shoot at least one video a month for our website. I worked on  my this morning at it looks like a mini production. I am no Steven Spielberg  but I am did okay.

Today, my grandmother would have been 97 years old. I can honestly say that she is 90 percent responsible for the person that I am today. She was an incredibly awesome woman. Growing up, I was a grandma's girl. I was her shadow and learned so many life lessons from her. She only had a sixth grade education but she was the smartest person I ever knew. If we ever have a zombie apocalypse, I think I could survive a few months based on the things she taught me. Thanks to her, I can kill, cut up and cook an entire chicken; what green stuff one can eat in the woods and other priceless information. So I say to my grandma in heaven--"Happy Birthday Grand! I miss you and say hi to mom for me."

DAILY DOSE
1. Going to bed early makes for a great day.
2. Finding mice bodies! Operation Destroy Mouse in the House was a success!
3. Making the chicken and rice that is yummy and nutritious!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tonight, I am doing something for myself. I am not a Christmas person but I am going to a tree lighting. Partially for self and to show some video for the newspaper but mostly for me. I am actually looking forward to freezing in a horse drawn carriage. I was invited by the mayor of one of the towns I cover as a special guest. I decided why not. Otherwise, I would probably be on the couch reading or plotting the demise of the mice. (More on that later). Even though, I haven't believed in Santa Claus in a long time, I do get excited to see the big guy in red. I can't explain why but I do. JJ still believes and I will do anything to keep magic alive for him. I think I will record a special message from Santa to JJ.
In other news, I  have triumphed in the mouse in the house battle. I  have captured a few critters. Well actually, the glue trap got them. Hopefully, this is the end of the battle. But to be on the safe side, all traps and the poison will stay. I know I sound cruel but mice in house have wrecked havoc. I have had to throw out food and other items. I was trying to be patient and humane but then the critters got into my Lucky Charms. They made me mad. I noticed last night that all of the poison that looks like green Froot Loops is gone. In a few days, whatever is eating that will be a goner. This means the winter clean is on because I need to figure out where those little bodies are. Once again, I am not a cruel, sadistic person but those mice chewed on some important things.
JJ getting a hug from the Shriners' Bulldog at the Conway Christmas Parade. JJ has a blast at his first Christmas parade.
I am tired but a happy tired.  JJ enjoyed himself here in RR. I took him home Sunday. And for a few hours on Monday, I was the mom. I got him ready for school and dropped him. And before I left SC to head home, I had lunch with him in the cafeteria. The cafeteria serves really good lemonade. As for the food, it was so-so. But JJ was happy to have a family member eating lunch with him. His classmates looked at me like I some sort of alien.  Overall, a good Thanksgiving. Hopefully next year, the communication will be much better.
DAILY DOSE
1. Finding a Hardee's Cheddar biscuit on my desk.
2. Going shopping in my own home.
3. Looking into side gigs to make extra money. Maybe my true talent lies in extermination!

Spending time with my son

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