Monthly Archives: April 2008

Snapshot

 
There are a lot of things rattling around in my head.  I just need some time to sit and think about them enough to get them out on paper.  Here’s a snapshot of some of those items.
 
End of an era #1- I learned over the weekend that the little drive-in in the neighborhood where I grew up isn’t opening up this year.  The owner decided to sell the property to a local church.  The little drive in was still profitable for the owner . . . he just got an offer he didn’t think he could refuse.  Something about it being wasteful for the land to sit empty most of the year. 
 
Sonic opened a new restaurant here in my little town last month.  Remember that big snowstorm that we had back in early March?  Yea, that weekend.  Hubby and I finally got a chance to visit there a couple of weeks ago for supper.  Oh.  My.  Gawrsh.  It’s as good as I remember from the last time we went there with Princess.  Especially the onion rings.  Yea, the onion rings are fan-tab-ulous.  
 
The weather has turned warmer.  If it weren’t for the fact that it’s going to get cool again tomorrow I’d turn on the AC.  Who ever heard of turning on the AC in April in Ohio?!
 
Little Brother’s birthday party went well.  I still can’t believe my baby brother is 39.  Or that I’m staring 45 in the face.  
 
I’m working hard to get ready for the office move at the end of the June.  Just when I think I’ve got a handle on all the things that need to get done, I discover more things that I have to take care of.  Most of them are minor – like making sure I get a duplicate set of keys for all the new cubicles.  Some of them are not minor – we’re having four separate open house events for four different sets of guests.  Yea, my summer is gonna be just loads of fun. 
 
The one year anniversary of my hysterectomy was last week.  Again with the "where did the time go" theme.  Is this a sign of old age? 
 
End of an era #2 – I learned tonight that the manager of the little locally owned parking garage that I park at for work is retiring at the end of the month.  And the entire crew of guys that work for him are leaving too.  I guess the new owners aren’t being very nice to them so the crew isn’t going to stick around.  So the new owners are bringing in a management company and we (the people who park there) have no idea what kind of changes are going to happen. 
 
Knitting class went well.  I’m really excited about all the possibilities.  
 
I promise that I’ll sort through this and get some interesting stuff posted soon . . .
 

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Sunday Morning

 
It’s Sunday morning and I have the house to myself.  Hubby is at a bowling tournament and he’ll be gone most of the day.  I’ve read the paper, had my breakfast, andnow I’m trying to get motivated to start my day. 
 
Weather is nice.  A little on the cool side with a chance of some showers off and on today.  I’ll be able to play with Luci and Blacky in between rain storms.  Oh, and I have to do potty patrol out in the yard.  Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.  With two big dogs it’s a daily chore. 
 
I’ll be heading out to my Mom and Dad’s a little later this afternoon.  Baby Brother is having a birthday on Wednesday so we’re having the family dinner/birthday party thing today.  I’m bringing the deviled eggs.  He loves deviled eggs and what kind of sister would deny her Baby Brother one of his favorite dishes on his birthday?  It’s not the Big Milestone Birthday, but it’s close!  It’s a little hard for me to believe that my Baby Brother will be 39 this year.  I still think of him as that rotten little kid that bugged the you-know-what out of me when I lived at home (oh so many years ago!). 
 
I better get moving . . . I hear the eggs calling me . . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Evening Stroll

 
I can’t believe I’m going to give an update on Luci’s weight loss program . . . but here it is.  
 
I’ve cut back on her food portions.  I was giving her entirely too much at each feeding so cutting her back actually means that she’s closer to normal food intake.  I’ve also cut back on her doggie treats and no table scraps.  I think it’s harder on me and Hubby than it is on the doggies.  
 
I take Luci and Blacky out for a walk every night.  Blacky joins us for a short walk and then Luci and I continue on our regular walk route.  It’s about a mile and half total.  Blacky enjoys getting out for some exercise and it’s actually helping his arthritis.  I’m hoping that getting him out will help with his socialization and getting him to be less skittish.  Let’s just say that I have a lot of work ahead of me with him.  Luci, however, is my little social butterfly.  Doesn’t know a stranger.  Knows no fear.  Thinks that everyone is there just to see her.  Of course she’s such an adorable girl that everyone does want to see her . . . problem is that she’s a little too rambunctious for some of her smaller fans.  Bless her heart.  It takes all her composure to get her to sit still and wait for the little ones to walk up to her.  
 
The evening walk is the best part of my day.  No matter how bad a day at work or how bad the drive home from work . . . it’s always a joy to see those adorable faces waiting for me at the front door.  (Hubby gets home before me and Luci and Blacky are normally waiting for me at the front door.)  We do the walk before I start supper.  Gives me a chance to unwind and relax before I have to do the domestic goddess stuff.  Now that the weather is warmer we get to see the new spring flowers, more people are out and about, and it’s just more fun to be outside.  It was a chore to do the walk in the winter.  It’s fun now . . . . and I think it’s more fun for the doggies too.  Mommy’s not in such a hurry to get the walk over with.  
 
Maybe some day soon we can talk Hubby in to going with us . . .

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Happy Birthday Y&R

 
Hello, my name is Pam.  And I’m a Young and the Restless addict.  I’ve been watching this soap opera since the very beginning.  My soap watching started innocently enough – my Mom has been watching the CBS soaps for as long as I can remember* and they were just a part of our life growing up.  From 12:30 until 4:00 p.m. everyday we watched soaps.  But for some reason, Y&R got me hooked and it’s something that I just can’t seem to stay away from.  When I was in school, I loved snow days, school holidays, and summer vacation.  That meant that we could lounge in front of the TV and catch up on the stories.  When I was in college, I made sure that I scheduled classes so that I could either be home or at the student union to watch the soap.  One of the things that I loved most about working the night shift was that I could see my soap every day.  Okay, that was the only good part about working the night shift!  Over the years, I’ve managed to keep up with the soap by watching when I could, reading the updates on the web, talking to my sisters and my mom about the recent developments.  No, I’ve never taped an episode of the soap.  I made a promise to Hubby when we bought the first VCR that I wouldn’t tape my soap and he wouldn’t tape any sports programs.  He kept his part of the deal so I’ve kept mine. 
 
Recently I’ve discovered the channel SoapNet as part of my DirecTV package. . . . and today’s episode of Y&R plays on SoapNet every night at 7 p.m.  There’s even a marathon of the weeks episodes on Saturday night from 7 until Midnight.  Oh, I am one happy girl!  Hubby knows that from 7 to 8 p.m. every night, I’m going to be watching my soap . . . and there’s been plenty of Saturday nights that I’m in the kitchen watching my soap.  That way I’m not forcing him to watch the soap with me.  Although he does watch from time to time.  Knows the characters and the basic story line.  Don’t tell anybody, though.  He’s got an image to uphold, ya know. 
 
So the other day, I’m watching my soap and there are all these "Happy Birthday, Y&R" commercials and I’m totally confused.  What birthday?  Is it a big milestone?  Hmmm . . . I go to the website and I get the shock of my life.  Oh. My. Heavens.  Y&R’s first episode aired on March 26, 1973.  Thirty five years ago?  I’ve been watching this soap for THIRTY FIVE YEARS?!  Pardon me.  I’m having a case of the vapors.  I was 10 years old when the soap started.  I remember the Brooks family.  I remember the Foster family.  I remember when Nikki Newman was a stripper.  I remember when Brad Carlton was the pool boy.  I remember David Hassellhoff playing Snapper Foster.  I remember when Mrs. Chancellor had her face lift.  Oh, dear.  Oh, dear.  I’m feeling very very old.  
 
How is it possible that I’m old enough to have watched a 35 year old soap opera from the very beginning?  I certainly don’t feel that old!  It was pretty cool to check out some of the early episodes.  Everyone was so young!!  Oh, and Victor Newman was (is) soooo handsome!!  But when did Paul Williams get so old looking?  And his little girl is now old enough to be the Assistant District Attorney? 
 
All I can say is Happy 35th Birthday Y&R.  Thanks for being a part of my life for all these years.  I hope you’re around for at least another 35 more!!
 
 
*My mom tells me that she was feeding me lunch while watching "As The World Turns" when she heard the news that President Kennedy had been killed.  I was four months old at the time.  I guess the soap habit started very early for me. 
 

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Springtime In Ohio

 
The weather has warmed up.  It was actually 75 degrees here today.  I had the windows open tonight.  I just love the smell of the outdoors in spring.  Of course, it’s probably going to get cold tomorrow when the rain comes back.  But that’s life in Ohio.
 
With the warmer weather, I’ve started taking Luci and Blacky for walks in the evening.  It’s been the highlight of my day knowing that I get to come home to those two adorable faces . . . oh, yea, and Hubby, too . . . and take them for a walk through our neighborhood.  Luci’s enjoying seeing her adoring public.  Blacky’s not so impressed with Luci’s fan club.  He’s my anti-social, nervous nelly dog and would rather just skip the socializing.
 
Knitting class was a hoot!  I have homework!  I have to make a scarf.  Hey, it’s a lot harder than it sounds.  I’m having some problems with the tension of my knitting.  The scarf started out a little lopsided and I had to start over.  Knitting is very relaxing and I can see that I could easily become addicted to it.  Especially if I decide to knit an afghan – I can snuggle on the couch and wrap up in my project as I work on it.  Yea, Hubby laughed when I told him that too.  
 
I’m also taking a continuing education class at work.  Details on how insurance works.  Something that could come in handy since I work for an insurance agency.  Yes, it’s as boring as it sounds.  But I get a free lunch out of it for the next 10 weeks.  We meet during lunch and they feed us!!
 
I’m still here.  I’m fine.  Doggies are fine.  Hubby is fine.  No MIL drama lately.  I’m just out enjoying the great Ohio spring weather. 

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