Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I heard The Young and the Restless theme song (also known as "Nadia's Theme") just now. I cannot stand Y&R plus I am usually at work at this time of day, so it has been years and years since I heard it. I had forgotten what a pretty song it is.
Honeycrisp apples - yum!!
My parents were here this weekend. Good visit but it didn't go completely unmarred. Friday night, my mother said, "I am proud of you for cleaning the kitchen before you go to bed." Yes, she really did. *sigh*
Looks like I will start a temp job very soon. I want to get back to work - I need to make money and I need to fill my days - but part of me is sorry this "empty" time is coming to an end.
I love to read but I also love books themselves.
I found a little article in Midwest Living about cake balls. I am inspired to try new flavor combinations!
What's in your head today?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
She just started her own blog. She has decided to chronicle her weight loss journey as a way to stay focused and strong.
I'd love it if you would drop by her blog and leave a comment. I know how wonderful your encouraging comments are - and I know she would be tickled by them, too.
If you never hear from me again it's because Mary Alice murdered me for posting this picture. It was worth it - I have no remorse.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
(Growing up in central Illinois as I did, it always amused me when the show referred to its location. There is a real Oakdale, Illinois - a tiny little town deep in southern Illinois, much closer to St. Louis than Chicago. The fictitious Oakdale is only an hour or so from downtown Chicago, boasts a world-class hospital, an international airport, and a thriving corporate environment.)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
- I moved 35 days ago.
- Mary Alice left 31 days ago.
- In the time since, with the exception of two lovely visits from Himself (ah, what a complicated situation that is!) I have not seen anyone I know. That’s an odd thing to consider, isn’t it? When was the last time you went for any length of time without setting eyes on someone who cares about you?
- For the most part, I have been contentedly alone and not lonely.
- I watch too much tv, which is a real feat considering it is summer and the cable listings are a collection of 17,000 channels full of nothing.
- I am madly in love with Weeds.
- I have applied for at least one job a day.
- I have gone on three interviews and turned down one. ($10.50 an hour for a position with supervisory responsibility?? You gotta be kidding me.)
- Organization #1 did not select me. Most likely because I am WAY overqualified for the job but it still irks me to see the big “come work for us!” sign on the side of their building.
- Organization #2 closed the search “due to unforeseen circumstances.” I tried really hard not to, but I wanted that job. I would have been great at it.
- I hope to hear from Organization #3 soon. I just interviewed with them yesterday. It is temp work but that’s cool for now.
- My interest in quilting is coming back. It's about time.
- I have not had pizza. (Tombstone doesn’t count.) (Tombstone hasn't been the same since Kraft bought the company, but that's a rant for another day.)
- I have not had Chinese food. (Frozen P.F. Chang’s doesn’t count. It’s pretty tasty, by the way.)
- I just had Mexican yesterday for the first time since the move. (Fish tacos from D’Leon’s, which were yummy.)
- I have eaten more eggs in the last month than probably in the last year. I am having a crazy love affair with eggs over-easy.
- Good thing my cholesterol is quite low.
- I couldn’t have chosen a location farther from everything in Lincoln. Everything I want and/or need is on the other side of town.
- A thousand blessings on the person who invented Mapquest.
- Good thing I enjoy driving.
- I need to work because I am running out of money.
- I also need to work because I am (very slowly) running out of contented aloneness.
- Neither of those things is causing any real anxiety. I have no idea why.
- My apartment faces west and that makes me very happy. I like watching the weather come.
- And if someone can make the guy upstairs stop stomping around every. damn. night. between 10 p.m. and midnight, I will make cake balls for you.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I think I have mentioned that I LOVE recycling. It makes me feel all virtuous, I know I am doing a little bit for the earth and future generations, and I get a
When I lived in Illinois, recycling was easy. The city gave me a huge (bigger than the allowed garbage can size) bin on wheels. I parked it in the garage just outside the kitchen door, where it was convenient to chuck all my recyclables, unsorted, into it. At the end of the week, I just rolled that behemoth to the end of the driveway. Easy-peasy. Loved it.
Recycling is not so simple here in Lincoln. I live in an apartment complex, so curb-side recycling is out. The complex doesn't pay for recycling pick up, so there are no recycling bins of any kind. The city does have a recycling program and there are many drop-off sites. They don't make it easy even then - everything has to be separated: cardboard from newspaper from "miscellaneous household paper", glass from plastic from aluminum. Perhaps I was spoiled in Illinois but this degree of separation seems likely to discourage people from recycling. "I not only have to cart my recycling away from my house myself, I have to divide it into 17,000 different categories?"
Green is good.