Here's what I've noticed recently about my toes: they are almost always cold in the winter. I'll get into bed and they are ice cubes, but then an hour later they are still cold. It has been the downfall of several naps...when I can't get them to change from ice cubes to just cold.
So lately I've been having to type the date often. I have found that last year I liked using slashes (12/09/09), but this year the slashes seem more cumbersome and so I'm going with dots more often (1.25.10). I think it is partly due to how the "1" and the "9" are closer to the "." and the "/", respectively.
Today nothing very special happened. I had a hard time staying awake around 2pm but then a second wind kicked in and I got quite a bit done in the last two hours of work. We forgot to put the trash out which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the trash can was much fuller than normal. I'm sure we'll somehow make it through another week, but it might get a little tight. We also have a computer chair that died so we're hoping the trash people will pick it up too, although I have my doubts.
So I'm going along, looking at specs from the web, and find this:
Well, it doesn't take much to figure out that something is wrong. So I call the company. Except that it is before business hours in California, so I get someone without a clue.
Amanda: can you open the file from the website? It'll make things easier to explain
Clueless: ok, I see the dimensions
Amanda: so you see that .690 doesn't equal .325+.150.
Clueless: but that is how you're supposed to cut it.
Amanda: but the dimensions don't add up.
Clueless: I don't understand. Cut it to those dimensions
Amanda: is there a dimension I'm missing?
Clueless: no, everything is right. Can you tell me your problem again?
Amanda: .690 doesn't equal .325+.150. How am I supposed to cut it?
Clueless: using the dimensions that are there.
After about five minutes he says he'll get with his boss and they'll call me back. They didn't. So I called today, asked the person to look at the drawing and he understood right away. All I had to say was ".690 doesn't equal .325+.150". It made my day.
Since I went with a serious topic yesterday, today I'll go with a funny one.
Someone at work has a wildlife calendar. Probably wildlife that you might hunt, but it's only January so I'm not sure yet. Anyway, some days have this weird symbol on them...either white, grey, or black. The symbol kind of looks like one of those long, skinny balloons on it's side.
At first I assumed it had something to do with the moon, but then it just didn't line up correctly. So I looked at the key...they stand for good, better, and best fishing days. How does one tell about six months in advance when the good fishing days are? I know almanacs do some of that, but what makes for a good fishing day? Was it coincidence that no Wednesdays were even good fishing days and the weekends were often good fishing days?
Today I thought of lots of things I could talk about, from inconsequential to very serious. I think I'll go with the plain "serious" though.
Small group is on Tuesdays. However, we canceled it tonight because the weather was looking iffy. The roads were fine when I was driving, but it was a little above freezing with a light precipitation. So we canceled group. I especially felt bad about this because we were going to be at a new house and it was a party night so it would have been fun to see everyone. But I also want everyone to be safe. It was kind of one of those no-win situations.
Today ended up being a pretty busy day. This morning we went to church for a Bible Study leaders meeting and to find out what we're doing next...it's The Prodigal God. We've had some preview stuff and it looks really, really good. I'm excited to start it.
Then we had lunch with Clay and Jess and Hugh. Good times.
After a nap (we had to get up early after all) I made some cookies and we went to a game night. Also fun, and it got done a little earlier than normal which was kind of nice.
I didn't get the wash started. :( But I thought about the wash and that I'm going to put my new flannel sheets on next. Does that count?
We watched Inglorious Basterds with Dusty and Laura tonight. Afterwards we were discussing the different ways that the Germans and Americans/British count on their fingers, only to find out that Ben and Laura can't keep their pinky down while keeping their ring finger up. Then we discovered that Ben and Laura can't stretch their toes sideways while Dusty and I could. It brought forth a lot of laughter.
Keeping the ring finger up
Not being able to keep the ring finger up
Toe stretch (with Flurry coming to investigate)
So here's the question: can you do both or neither? Is there something that makes one person be able to stretch their toes and fingers better? Or can you only do one of the above mentioned things?
This morning I had a little headache. The kind that is annoying but doesn't really make you stop doing anything you want. By the time I got into work, I thought I'd take an Excedrin. Then the Excedrin kicked in...I felt so much happier! It's amazing how feeling almost well and completely well make such a difference.
For Christmas, I got a lego ice cube tray. Below is my creation. They're rather slippery, so don't really stack well.
Although making the blocks colorful was a fun idea, it turns out the ice melts when you touch it and you end up with a big mess.
Today we decided to go to McDonalds for dinner, and when I pulled into the parking lot there was no one there. So we got the best parking spot. Why is it the best? Because Ben and I both got to be in the cold for the least amount of time. My picture below describes it much better.
Our car is sad. Not only are we leaving it, it is dirty, has bad belts, and a fuel smell. However, we made it slightly happier by going through the car wash on the way home! I really do love car washes.
This past week I finished a tube of cherry chapstick. I've kept the tube around so that I would remember to post about this accomplishment. I don't use chapstick a ton, so to a) not lose the tube and b) actually finish it was very surprising!
I had something else I was going to say, but now I don't remember. Maybe that I started using some of my new quilting supplies? They've been fun. I had to take a break from making progress on the quilt to fixing something on it, but I'm about back to making progress again. Yay!
Today I spent some of my Christmas money on a little space heater. In the past we've just kept the door to the computer room closed and that has helped with the temperature, but this year our hands were still getting cold. So we'll try something different.
I also went to a women's Bible Study at church. It was pretty good. I car-pooled with Jess which was fun.
Nathan thinks I should see deer-cow at our local deli.
"the taste of wild game but with the convenience of your local deli. Cow-deer. Now at your local supermarket"
We were driving home after dinner yesterday and saw some deer in the road. So obviously, we slowed down. Then the fattest deer we've ever seen came into the road...Ben and I both thought it looked more like a cow. I thought it because of the face, Ben because of the rump. We laughed about it for the rest of the way home.
So, most of the day part of today was just ok. I tried fixing WIPs, which is always lovely. I've ignored them for quite a while, and they were piling up. I gave three back to operators to test, one I don't know how to fix yet, and five are remaining. They did, however, give me an excuse to wear jeans.
Then this evening Flurry sat on my lap (twice!) and I found out Doug got a job and Zack and Jenny joined our guild and we killed a WoW boss for the first time.
Today was the day we found out more about our intra-corporation merge and layoffs. (Our site is now part of a larger group instead of just being our little group. So far...no obvious day-to-day changes.) Sorry if this post ends up being a stream of thought instead of semi-good paragraphs.
They aren't doing the layoffs until APRIL. April!!! There were rumors for the end of January, but I was expecting February or early March. Pros: people have extra months to save money, and houses will go up for sale in the good selling season. Con: we have to wait three more months to find out what's going on. Three months isn't so bad, but considering that we've already been waiting two it is getting obnoxious. Couple this five month wait with the waits from the last layoff periods and it just means there has been a lot of waiting to find out what's going to happen. (This is somewhat of an understatement. It means there are a lot of "what ifs". It means there is a lot of not spending.)
Oh, there will be around 1100 layoffs across our new group. If they are spread out equally across sites (which they won't be), we would lose about 175 from our site. Those odds don't seem too bad, but one never knows what they are thinking and if our site will be hit badly. There could also be some unexpected people laid off as companies are merging and there will be overlap in what people work on.
Work was fine. Nothing really exciting happened, but nothing really bad happened either. It is a bit depressing to think about how long it will be before we get more vacation.
I did a whole bunch of laundry this weekend and now it is all sitting in the hallway by the washer. We have clean clothes and the ...desire?... to fold them has disappeared. They're much more fun as an obstacle course.
Oh, I have to go back to work tomorrow. I've enjoyed the long vacation. Today was again quite frigid, but we had to go out. We did some errands (I got new quilting supplies and a frame for one of our prints) and went to church. After church we went to Ruby Tuesdays with some friends...they have a cool brunch special: biscuits, parafiet, small entrée, and cookies. I got an omelet and wasn't very impressed, but the rest of the food was really good. We briefly stopped at the drum store and I started not feeling great. However, since there was pretty much no food in the house we still stopped at the grocery store. Our cart was barely full and yet we still managed to spend $70. I just don't understand how that works sometimes. Ben put the groceries away while I took a nap and recovered.
I know, wasn't that exciting! I'm sure you really wanted to know all those details. Well, have a good night.
Ben and I went out to shovel the driveway and realized why the furnace had been on so much today...it was frigid! It luckily didn't take us very long to shovel, but we were cold by the end. We also took down all the Christmas decorations. I miss the lights. I think that is my favorite part of Christmas decor.
It was still a very nice day though...we played some WoW, I took a nap, and just hung out.
What a wonderful way to start the new year...we went to a Rockband Party last night and then stayed home all day. Flurry was still nice and cuddly so we spent a lot of time reading by here. We finished unpacking and played with our Christmas presents.