Monday, December 17, 2007

What is the universe trying to tell me?

Winters in New England are always an adventure. After the last two storms we have a good foot and a half of snow with a 3/4" thick ice ridge. So far, we've already had one ice dam result in a leak. Rah. Think I found that one.... Still, after it rained in my cellar (looked like one of those displays from the mall on my wall) a few years back I've been paranoid. When we found the leak, out I went to clear off the snow around that vent and fix it up.

No problem. Well, except for falling down the stairs. Icy they were ow. Up and cleaned, no problem. Then the universe dropped another storm on us. Ugh.

Okay, I can see the dams forming I'll go up and clear them off. Off I go. Have I mentioned I hate ladders? Took me years to realize it's not a fear of height I have, it's a fear of control - or lack there of. Ladders worry me as they aren't as stable as I'd like them to be. Still, up I went. Got through all the tough stuff and up onto my deck where it's only a few feet....

Does it count as falling off a ladder if the ladder slips on the slick deck causing you to evaluate gravity's focus on the way down? I landed with my legs pinned under one rung and around another - no breaks. Never hit my head, banged my arm, which I'm guessing is where I slapped out on the ladder.... Damage? Nothing major, I'll heal. And that blur of motion was all of my training going out in a woosh.

Still, job done.... but two falls in three days. Universe is telling me what exactly? *shrugs*

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Remembrance 2008

Please excuse that this is linked to any presidential candidates campaign - it's the message that had me in tears.



It would be the greatest gift to our troops to allow them all to have this reunion.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

When did you get so old?

After Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and before the kids were all in bed, my son announced that he was ready for his own room. I knew this because as I came upstairs with the laundry my wife was busily reorganizing the playroom to make room for the bed that was partially in the hallway.

I knew this day would come. My eldest daughter had convinced my son, much before he was ready to move out of "the kids room", that he wanted to do this - it lasted an hour. This was his idea though - it might work.

I watched as my wife did her imitation of a bulldozer through the messy floor of the room that used to be the toy room. I helped move the box-spring out of the "girl's room" and get it settled in the cleared space in "the boy's room". My son settled it, only wanting to trade his small stuffed tiger for a much larger Sully (from Monsters Inc.). I let him have both, some rules can be broken on special occasions.

We said good night, and closed his new door partway. Unlike the room he's been in he had no clock night-light, so the only light was that leaking in from the other rooms. I went downstairs to ponder when he got this old. As my wife came down she let me know that two of the cats were on his bed, keeping an eye on him.

And he slept through the night, no problem. I feel like I missed something, or, maybe, I'm just feeling like a parent.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Glad that's over....

Bad days suck. Bad weeks, rarer, but suck even more. Bad months? Yuck. I'm glad to see November pass into the history books. Even with the wonderful holiday, the rest of the month was an exercise in creative diplomacy. Work. Home. Hobbies. It felt like anything that could go wrong did - and loudly so.

What do to during those times? Run? Withdraw? Start Drinking? Nah... tough it out. My father-in-law once told me during a rough patch that life is a pie made of 50% of the best pie ever, and 50% $h*t. You will eat the pie, but the choice is yours what you eat. Sometimes, you get to eat 100% $h*t for a few days, or weeks. It's hard to stay focused that it will come around, but it will. Giving up is what dooms you to it.

My other favorite quote during these times is from Winston Churchill: "If you are going through hell, keep going"

Stopping only leaves you where you don't want to be. Still, I'm glad it's over. Building some muscles sucks. I'll leave it at that.
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In other news, my youngest daughter is convinced that there is only one thing to say to someone when they are a bad driver...

"GET OFF THE PHONE AND DRIVE!"

lol.... No idea where she got that from.

Welcome to December!