Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I'm feeling a little under the weather today, and it's cold, windy, and snowy outside, so we're staying put for NYE. I plan to knit into the new year, since it's a good comfort activity and I have a ton of projects I feel the need to either start or finish.
Work on Monday is going to stink after this...
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2009. Be safe tonight and have fun, whatever you do to ring in the new year!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
A pile of presents for my husband!
I finally get a picture of my nephews! Thanks little bro!
J checks out the corn griller he got from my mom (his Secret Santa)
I participated in an online Secret Santa with some girlfriends. Don't you just love the paper my SS picked out? And her gifts were so thoughtful.
Hobbes checks out the shredded paper that came with one of J's gifts.
The tree at J's grandmother's house
All the great grandsons got Nerf guns from Maw.
My husband makes potatoes for Christmas dinner
My mother in law, pretending to be excited about a box of rechargeable batteries. It's OK--they went with the digital camera we got in the big box on the left.
Friday, December 19, 2008
For whatever reason, I always use the evergreen in our yard as a snow indicator. This was late morning.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have an old car with a lot of miles on it. It still had the original windshield, despite 2 jobs that required hour-long commutes on highways with tons of debris. Especially I-80, my lovely commute to New Jersey. Believe me, New Jersey has its charms. It gave me a job that I like, and the western half of it is gorgeous. But man, it has a lot of junk on the road.
Last year I got a particularly lovely divot in that windshield, courtesy of one of the semis I share the road with. And it held up through 2 inspections. But last week we had a hard freeze, and the divot turned into a crack. At either end, it was trying to decide how much space it was going to take up on the glass. It was time.
So while I was on travel last week, I got a new windshield. A brand-spanking, no-divot, clear-as-a-bell windshield. I am in heaven.
Until that next pebble heads my way...
Friday, November 28, 2008
The roses seem pretty happy, too.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The first was Old Fort Jackson. It was originally built as an earthen fortress during the Revolutionary War, then underwent improvements during the War of 1812, and was used by the state of Georgia during the Civil War. It isn't a large fort by any stretch of the imagination, but it held a certain charm for me. The static displays were informative of what everyday life at the fort must have been like, and I just got a good feeling from the place. Here are a few snippets.
The storeroom for rations. I loved the "essence of peaches".
The moat. I'm trying to imagine August here, with heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. Yuck.
After our visit to Old Fort Jackson, we headed to Fort Pulaski. While it was under Confederate control early in the Civil War, by 1862 it had been taken over by Union troops, and remained so throughout the rest of the war.
The moat, complete with alligators. This was taken from the upper level, where all the cannon were arrayed to defend the fort.
Methinks this cannon has seen better days. But note the wheels on the back and the track it was on, so it could be positioned as needed.
For a time Fort Pulaski was used as a POW camp, and the Confederate soldiers were ill treated in retaliation for whatever was going on in Andersonville and beyond. There's a small cemetery that's part of the entrance to the fort to remind us of the horrors of war.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The picture above is from Forsyth Park, one of the many parks and squares in Savannah. We took a long walk through the area this weekend, including the riverfront. We even got into an open house for a historical home for sale along the park. Anyone have a spare $1.5 million?
The architecture in Savannah is gorgeous, as evidenced by these shots from St. John the Baptist Cathedral. I could have spent half the day in there looking at the stained glass and the frescoes painted on the walls.
A visit to lowcountry wouldn't be complete without pictures of Spanish moss. My mom told me that she and her mom used to dye it different colors for Christmas decorations when she was growing up.
And then there's the food. We got a package deal at the Marshall House, which gave us a discount at one of 5 fabulous restaurants in Savannah. We decided on The Olde Pink House, and we weren't disappointed. We each got a different appetizer to share with the table, and did the same with our entrees. We were a little stingier with dessert ;) I got the praline basket filled with fruit. Yum!
The husband and I definitely want to return to Savannah. There are a few more shops and squares we didn't get to see, and I know they're just waiting for us...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I need to visit CA soon. I need some fresh produce with a lot of variety, where you don't get cashiers who have never seen an artichoke before.
BTW, I had it the night after we bought it, and it was perfect.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Happy Veterans Day Dad. Thanks for your dedication as a member of our armed forces. And thanks to all the men and women who have served or continue to serve.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I had an 8:30 am dr. appt. today. I informed work I would be late, I got up early, and I arrived 10 minutes before my appt., like a good patient. As soon as the receptionist opened her window, I knew there would be trouble. My dr. had an emergency at the hospital and wasn't there. I asked what happened next, and no one had an answer for me. After a call to the back office, I was told to wait and "someone will come talk to you".
Mind you, this office has seen some serious turnover in the last couple of years, they have a high patient volume, and they're notorious for having to handle emergencies at the hospital. I thought they had put some sort of plan in place for such an occasion. I was wrong.
After 40 minutes, I was still waiting. Reading a 3-month-old Newsweek (did you know John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his VP running mate?). No one had even glanced at me, much less talked to me. I had enough.
I went back to the front desk, told the receptionist I had to leave, and that I'd call to reschedule later. She said OK. No apology, no offer to figure something out, nothing. Just another blank stare and a shift back to her paperwork.
The kicker? If I had been the one to not show up, I would be charged $25. But I doubt it works the other way around if the dr. doesn't show up.
Maybe I should try and bill them $25...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Usually at mile 2 of my 50+ mile commute, all forward movement stops. This happens to coincide with the first curve we hit where the setting sun hits dozens of car windshields. Then we sit around waiting for people to adjust to the sun. My commute turns into about a 90-minute adventure from there on out.
I am happy to report that today I had an hour commute, and no slowdown at mile 2. Just smooth sailing, even though it was raining.
I'm a very apolitical person. I hate politics in general, mostly because I seem to hear a bunch of people who make promises they can't/won't keep, and when people stop listening to that, the candidates attack the other guy (or gal) running against them. I also come from a "mixed marriage" of a Southern Democrat married to a moderate Republican, and I was raised to not discuss politics or religion in polite conversation. I live in a little town where all politics is local, and I'm much more interested in who's running as my tax auditor than who's running for president.
I do pay attention, though, especially this year. I had a tough time with who I would choose for President, since neither candidate was perfect (admit it), and each was against certain issues that I support. And neither of them talked about those issues much, if at all.
I also live in a swing state. So the husband and I were bombarded with phone calls and mail this election. McCain was going to take away my right to an abortion. Obama was going to take away my money and give it to the rest of America. And so on.
I came home from a business trip last night to find 12 voicemails on my answering machine. All but one were campaign-related. We had calls from Obama, McCain, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and a bunch of random folks representing both sides of the issues. I didn't listen to a single one of them, especially since I had already voted. The husband threatened to answer the phone all day and night and tell people he was voting for Ron Paul.
So now it's over. We have a new president-elect, and no matter what party you support, you have to admit it's amazing that the US of A has elected an African-American president.
I'm looking forward to a quiet house without the phone ringing off the hook, TV with commercials touting ED drugs instead of bashing political candidates, and junk mail promising me a great refinancing interest rate.
Happy post-Election Day, everyone.