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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Where I Belong

Is where I am, but if not then I guess I belong in..

You Belong in Milan

Stylish and sophisticated, you want to enjoy a truly European life - away from tourists!

Milan fits you perfectly. Great shopping, high quality food, lots of culture... with very little hype.

Or maybe Rome or the Southern Coast of Italy for retirment. Wouldn't that be nice?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cabin Fever Friday Five

Me-in my snowsuit- in front of the family store, aged 2
Singing Owl Posted this Cabin Fever Friday Five:
“Sorry for the late posting! My daughter's car won't start, and I just returned from driving her to work. I think she made need a block heater. Speaking of that...
Here in snow country we are settled in to what is a very long stretch of potentially boring days. The holidays are over. It is a very long time till we will get outside on a regular basis. The snow that seemed so beautiful at first is now dirty and the snow banks are piling up. Our vehicles are all the same shade of brownish grey, but if we go to the car wash our doors will freeze shut. People get grumpy. Of course, not everyone lives in a cold climate, but even in warmer places the days till springtime can get long. Help! Please give us five suggestions for combating cabin fever and staying cheerful in our monochromatic world?”

So, here in NYC we rarely have more than 7 inches and even that is rare. I’m happy with that because I grew up in NE Ohio with lake effect snow, cold feet, wet socks and boots that leaked, runny noses and wet gloves. Cold and wet, and looking out the window at the street light at night to see the snow fall to figure out if we would have a snow day the next day. Here when we get snow, it’s pretty for a day, then gray and slushy and that reminds me, I have a bunch of stuff to take to the dry cleaners. So let me try to remember…
1 As a kid, I always went out to play, built snow people, built forts with my cousins, had snowball fights, tried to ice skate-not so good, and tramped through the woods to the pond.
2 Now when we get a good snow, I may just stay in bed with a good book. Fortunately in NYC the restaurants still deliver!
3 Play scrabble. I rarely do this but with a few friends around I like to,
4 Make hot chocolate and watch TV. I know it’s cliché, but it’s fun and if the state gave me the day off for the monumental blizzard, why not.
5 OK, wash those no iron shirts that are piling up in the drawer that are waiting to be washed and not ironed.
I'm posting from the office so this will be quick and slushy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Inauguration Brought to You by the NYSED

We got an e-mail from the home office-that would be Albany-saying that several TV's would be set up to view the Albany! So I e-mailed my boss to see if I could go with my unit.  He said no. Albany is about a two+ hour train ride, I was just kidding.

The boss and a geek set up a computer with a projector. Due to Internet overload it was stream, stop, stream, reboot. I had my sandwich, so I found it kind of relaxing sitting in the dark. I was chatting with my friend. When Rick Warren was announced, we had a screen freeze, so we didn't even have to see his face, no stomach acid! By the time we were back up, he was gone, Thanks be to God. 

We did get to see President Obama take the oath of office. It was lovely. I was hopeful. 

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Think Too Much

Your Word is "Think"

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.

And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.

When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.

Right now I'm wondering why the new administration chose to not televise Gene Robinson's Benediction yesterday. Didja see it, now didja? No, because it wasn't there...