Thursday, February 26, 2015

two snowy mornings

We woke to a winter wonderland today. It started snowing yesterday about 3:00 PM and went on into the evening hours. The roads aren't covered, but look to be slick in spots as the temps did fall to below freezing over night.

No school, yet again, for the boy. Day 6 this year.

Another snowy morning, 21 years ago, I woke after a very restless night. With little sleep, lots of nerves, and a good measure of excitement, I checked my hospital bag and began to wait until the contractions were just right before I had hubby drive me to the hospital. We were about to have a baby. Our first!

Rather cool, at least to me, that on this birthday the weather is snowy and cold like it was back then.

Will have to see if her campus received any snow. They were supposed to, but the weather model for this storm was a weird one.

So, happy birthday to my first darling daughter!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

midweek meltdown canceled

No meltdown today. In fact, we may see more snow. To top that off, the oldest has a snow day at her university due to the fact they may get 2-4 inches of snow.

I'm so ready for spring. So ready.

I started reading a new to me mystery series. The first book, "Maisie Dobbs," has been very good so far and coincidentally is set in the same part of London where we will be staying!

Had fun at the office yesterday celebrating my boss' 40th birthday. I'm sure when I arrive back to work from our trip that my 50th will also be celebrated in high style.

Off we go! Happy Wednesday. Hoping not to see any white stuff today.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Last night I printed off a slew of 2-4-1 vouchers for London landmarks. If you purchase a travelcard, not an Oyster card, from National Rail it is good for the underground and it lets you see the big sights at a major discount. So, after reading until my eyes were ready to fall out of my head, I think I have it figured out.

Oi Vey.

I also printed one for a restaurant that looked like a good bet.

Hard to believe, but our trip is coming! After so many months of planning, we are just over two weeks away from departure.

So, while I'm not ready, I am very ready! Can't wait to see the girl!

Tuesday. Yep. The boy heads back to school with a firm wish that we do not experience any more weather/snow days.


Monday, February 23, 2015

brrrr part two

We had a very nasty sleet/ice storm last night. The boy doesn't have school today. I do have work. The roads out front look to be okay, not sure what I will find once I venture out of the neighborhood.

Great. Monday. UGH.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


It is 15 outside right now. Brrrrr. And it is Thursday. Yeah.

Crazy week. I'll be glad to see it end.

Off we go!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I've seen two robins hanging out around my birdfeeder since the winter weather arrived. With the snow that fell last night, the boy is out of school for the third day. They had called it off last night due to icy spots on sidewalks and parking lots.

I'm not sure how we ever completed a school year up north. LOL

So, I'm off for the office today from 10-4 unless she changes it now that we've had snow fall on top of the icy spots. When the director got there yesterday, she came to my cubicle to check on me and quipped that she was sure all the Northerners would be in the office. Well, yes, I didn't want to take a day of PTO! It wasn't bad. I had a meeting with her about my crazy committee, got a lot of email handled, finished up a lingering project, and chatted with my coworkers a bit.

Today will be interesting. Not sure if we will have more or less folks show up. Some of them have so much vacation time accrued that they could take the rest of the week off with no problem.

Okay, off I go! Time to read the paper.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

icy part two

Yesterday our office was closed for the federal holiday, so the nasty weather didn't impact me. Only fallout I had was my trip to the grocery store for a big shop was postponed. I did get the house cleaned.

Today is another matter. The director decided to open from 11-3 or you can take a day of PTO and not come in at all.

Lovely. I will be going in. Slowly, carefully, and hoping that the main roads look much better than our driveway. Hubby was out in it all day yesterday and he said the main roads weren't bad. Of course at 19 outside, the melting that happened has now refrozen. On a good note, he came and got the boy and took him parking lot driving in the icy mess. Great experience.

Should be okay, but I wish she would have just closed the darn office.

Oh well!! The boy is out of school again. So, he can lounge and hang out. I want to try and get to the store after work and get some things for the week. I would guess the bread aisle is empty and may still be that way if deliveries couldn't make it in.

Life in the South in the winter. Yep. Here it is, folks!!

Monday, February 16, 2015


Ice, ice, baby. If we do see snow it is going to arrive on the heels of the ice we are now experiencing. It is hitting the house, windows, and making the chittering sound that will strike fear into everyone. The run on bread and milk happened yesterday. No, I didn't go. Pics on Facebook and Instagram of the lines at the store convinced me to bypass getting my weekly groceries until later this week.

School was canceled last night. So, the boy is sleeping away. Hubby is still snoozing too. I do need to go and stir him so he can read the police advisories. I guess they have shut down the bypass as the bridges are frozen over and accidents have already happened.

In other news, we had a wonderful 90 minute chat with the Londoner yesterday. Heard all about her trip to Munich, Krakow, Prague, and Budapest. She heads off to Spain in two weeks, but before then she has another class to take.

Hard to believe we will be seeing her in less than a month. WOW.

Okay, I need more coffee and a plan for the day.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

getting there

Hubby and I traveled over to the flooring store and selected the wood, tile, and carpet. Time to get this project rolling. It didn't take much time at all, we know what we like, what we don't like, and our budget. Then with that task completed, we went next door for a very early Valentine's dinner. We were home before 7 PM.

In other news, saw a haunting image and a beautiful image from the daughter in Poland. She has a photographer's eye, unlike me, and is taking some incredible photos. I'm going to encourage her to download them from her phone and create a photo album/memory book for herself.

The tournament is days away now and we are still getting volunteers to help, which is a very good thing. This event may actually get pulled off in a pretty smooth way after all!

Off we go. Walking today. It's cold, but we both need it!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Yeah, Wednesday. No midweek meltdown as of yet. It is cold outside, but a bit warmer than the last several days. We are walking!! I really need that exercise to get my mind going, my blood moving, and my attitude adjusted. It just helps and I've missed it.

Hubby and I are supposed to go and look at new flooring today. Should be interesting. Carpet, tile, wood. Who knows what we will find!

In other news, our upcoming tournament is turning out to be quite small. In some ways, I'm okay with that. In other ways, rather irritating due to the fact our traditional tournament date left with the old coach. At his new school that date saw huge numbers of schools/students. Oh well. It is an opportunity to learn on a small scale and be ready for next year.

Off we go on our morning stroll. Time to bundle up. It's over 30, but not by much!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

checking in

No time to blog. Texting with the middle girl as she travels to Krakow from Prague. She's having a great time and has posted a ton of amazing pics on her Facebook page.

So happy for her!! Trip of a lifetime!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

too fast

Too fast. The weekend zipped by. Ugh. I did manage to get some stuff done that I wanted to do, but today arrived much too fast for me.

I finished reading Bernard Cornwell's "The Empty Throne." Ah, love this series and love his writing. It is always fun to spend time with Uhtred.

We also watched a few movies. "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Edge of Tomorrow" were both good.

Had a lovely dinner out with our friends. Good food, good conversation.

And here it is, Monday morning already.

Oh well. Off we go!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I wasn't the only one who kept thinking yesterday was actually Thursday. I heard several people comment on how it just didn't feel like Wednesday. It felt like Thursday.

A glitch in the matrix, perhaps? Today is Thursday. Maybe, for the second time!

The weatherman hinted at the possibility of some white stuff dusting the ground come morning. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas. It is cold, but no snow.

Fine by me. We are off to walk!

Enjoy today.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


The boy's speech team hosts its speech tournament on Valentine's Day. So, what will hubby and I be doing that day? I'll be judging and he will be tabulating. Yep. We had our third organizational meeting last night and about 35 parents came. Great turnout. Lots of hands on deck, as they say. Should be good!

We've worked hard to partner with local restaurants, stores, etc to obtain donations. This is a fundraiser for us, but it is also a huge learning experience as we've never done this before. The tournament was canceled last year due to bad weather.

In other news, what about Harper Lee's new book? Or is it an old book? The original book? Not sure what to call it, but however we categorize it, the novel is coming out in July. Will probably be the hottest thing this summer!

Prediction, a new host of kids named "Scout."

Off we go...we're walking today!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

spring break

The London girl just sent her spring break itinerary. I'm so excited for her. A bit nervous, but mostly just excited.

She spent last weekend in Stockholm and is off to a variety of older cities for break. She's traveling with a group of 10 and they have it planned out to the smallest detail.

Mom, I'll send you the details later this morning. xoxo

Okay, I over slept. It is only 24 outside. No walking today. More coffee, however, is in order.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 2, 2015