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Misc. Friday Stuff

TGIF!  Fall is arriving here in Michigan and I’m really enjoying watching the color come.  I don’t know why, but this year I am really enjoying it.  That doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to snow but I’ll be ready by the time it gets here (unless it gets here before Halloween)

This is my last weekend to get ready for my surgery.  I know tomorrow I’ll be shaking rugs and scrubbing everything to ensure that it’s done before I’m down for a few days.  I have 6 seasons of That 70’s Show and I think 5 seasons, maybe 4, of The Sopranos loaned to me so that should help me pass the time.  The next trick will be for me to sit there and not pick up my knitting needles.

Last weekend I wanted to go buy some yarn to start a baby blanket for my sister, Mary, who is due January 3rd (another boy).  We are throwing a shower for her on November 3rd and I would like to have a blanket done to give her there but I have a feeling it’s going to be a “birth” day present and not a shower present.  It all depends on which of the two patterns I have picked out I decide to do.  Anyway, I wanted to go shopping for th yarn but Steve wouldn’t let me!  He said “sure, Vic, go and buy yarn so you have something to knit while your hand is recovering.”  He’s knows me so well and he’s right . . . men!

I need to get all of my housework done on Saturday because Sunday we are going home for the day.  My two oldest nephews, Bryan and Dominic, have football games that I plan to go see.  They play for different schools and the games are at different times so I should be able to make it to both of them.  It’s going to be in the mid-70’s so it will be perfect day to sit in the bleachers all.day.long. and watch 6th graders play football.  Plus, I’m really hoping to get to see my other 2 nephews and 2 nieces that I haven’t seen since Mother’s day.  The youngest are 3, almost 2 and 8 months old, I probably won’t recognize them after this long and I miss them something terrible.

*Jamie, if you are reading this, BRING THE KIDS TO THE GAME SO AUNT VIC CAN SEE THEM!

On another note . . the majority of the people have voted for me to keep growing my bangs <sigh> We’ll try.  I don’t think they’ll bother me that bad once I dye my hair.  How come I dye my hair dark blond and it keeps going to this awful blond.  My hair is naturally a dark blond/light brown, why doesn’t it stay my natural color if that’s the color I dye it to???

Have a great weekend everyone!


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It’s starting to dawn on me that I only have 4 more work days, including today, to get everything off my desk so it can be repiled (is that a word?) while I’m gone.  In the 4 1/2 years that I have been in this department I have never taken an entire week off while everyone else was here.  I’ll take spring break off or the week of July 4th, but never while we are in full steam operation.  They’ll do fine . . . I hope.  All the little stuff is what worries me because these really smart people don’t know how to do the simple things, like, clear a jam out of the copier.

Next week, Monday and Tuesday, I know I’m going to be bombarded with “Vicky, while you are still here ________”  although, they all have known as long as I have that I will be out for a week they will wait until the last minute.  Tuesday, I will NOT be able to leave a 5:00.  Oh well, we’ll all survive, right?

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Time To Decide About The Hair

I’m trying to grow out my bang and are at that horrible “in-between” stage right now.  They hang in my eyes, won’t push back behind my ears . . . annoying.  So, it’s time to decide, do I keep growing them out or cut them.

Here’s me a couple of months ago when the bangs were manageable

And, here they are now

(that’s Sacha, isn’t she a cutie)

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Best Shot Monday ~ 2fer 1

Last Thursday I had lunch with two of the bestest people I know, Becky and Rhonda. I met Becky when she was a student here and then she took me to a play that her twin sister was in and that’s how I met Rhonda. I absolutely adore both of them and it was great to get to have lunch with them. You see, Becky now lives in Iowa and Rhonda is in Grand Rapids so I don’t get to see them that often.

I love how “Halloween USA” is centered right above their heads. I didn’t do that on purpose and didn’t even notice it until I uploaded the picture.

Lunch also included all 5 of their children. I cracked up when I looked at the back of the van and this is what I saw

Thanks, gals, for loading up the “monsters” and coming to see me. It made my week!

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Thursday’s Theme ~ Freedom

Tracey’s  theme for today is Freedom.

The first thought that comest to my mind with that word is the American Flag, the symbol of our freedom.  After 9/11/01 simply seeing the flag moved me and the first time I heard The Star Spangled Banner I cried.  Since then, I had a very similar feeling when I went to New Orleans a few months after Katrina.  Steve was staying 3 blocks away from where the levees broke.  The people that lived there lost EVERYTHING and I can’t even begin to describe to you what it was like to visit.  The closest thing I can think to compare it to is a war zone, that’s what it was like.  My heart broke and I know that I still didn’t comprehend even a fraction of what it must have been like to have been in their shoes.

The thing that, I guess surprised is the word to use, me the most is that I kept seeing the American Flag on people’s houses.  These houses were probably condemned since they were completely under the flood waters (on my first picture you can see where the water level settled) but they still hung the flag.  I can’t explain it, but it touched me to know that after all they had been through and were still going through, they hung the flag.

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No More Coffee For Me

Well, we’ll how this goes, but I’ve decided to stop stopping by Seattle’s Best every morning for my 20 oz coffee.  I don’t need the coffee, I just like it.  Hey, the way I drink it anyone would like it because it really doesn’t qualify as coffee.  My concoction is this:   flavored coffee with javanilla and caramel sauce added to it and then steamed  milk.  I’ve never been able to figure out the calories/fat grams in that but it can’t be good.  Also, it’s way too much caffeine for me in one sitting but I drink it because it’s sooooo good.  The last two mornings I haven’t stopped and decided just to drink a can of Coke Zero instead.  Now I have two cans of Coke Zero instead of a coffee and a Coke.    I don’t know if it’s any “better” for me but I sure did sleep better last night.

Speaking of which, I have been sleeping pretty darn good the last week.  Why?  We can thank good ol’ Tylenol PM for that.  For the last month my hands have been keeping me up at night.  Once I found out I had 3 weeks (now 2 weeks) until surgery I decided that I could take that and it wouldn’t hurt a thing.  Wow, I don’t wake up in pain or numb or anything now.  Matter of fact, I have a hard time waking up at all (Saturday night I slept 11 hours).  It’s also allowed me to start knitting again because even if I am in pain when I go to bed the Tylenol takes it away and I can sleep.  Whoever invented that stuff deserves a raise.

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I think in a way I’m “nesting” right now.  Two weeks from tomorrow is my surgery and I want to make sure that everything is in order before I go down to being just left handed for a week.  The doctor says that I will be able to resume normally activity with my right hand almost immediately but that’s a risk I’m not willing to take.  Sitting around, watching DVDs, being lazy is not something that’s easy for me and if the house is in disarray it will be even harder for me.  When something needs to be done there is no resting for me until it’s done (well, not for everything but A LOT of things).  Like, last week for instance, I noticed how filthy the windows were.  Why I suddenly noticed it then, I don’t know, but once it was discovered they had to be cleaned.  Steve was not overly thrilled about doing it but too bad, so sad, it had to be done.  The two of us working together had them all done in a little over an hour and now we are both sitting around the house going “wow, amazing”.  After that, I spent time wiping down walls, scrubbing floors, cleaning the bathroom, dusting . . . my house looks pretty darn great right now.  Probably the weekend before the surgery the same stuff will be done, minus the windows.  I know me, I will try to do all of that left-handed if it’s not done before-hand.  I also know me, even if my house is perfect I will find something to attempt to do just to test myself.

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