Friday, December 06, 2013
So I woke up to the stupid dog whimpering to go out this am. After yelling at him to shut up and lay down, I looked at the clock. Oh, crap! It was 4:30am already! I slept through my alarm clock. Luckily, I always get my clothes ready the night before, so I just had to jump in my clothes to be ready to go. So I turned on my Keurig (already prepared the night before) and took the dog out.
Wait! What is that white stuff all over the ground?? The stuff was still falling from the sky, too! We don't get much of this stuff in the 'banana belt' of Oregon, especially in December.
I grabbed my computer and coffee and jumped in the car. I am thrilled to see that the white stuff is fluffy, so it just brushes off with the wipers no need to wait for the windshield to defrost and I am already 15 minutes late leaving.
Off to town! As I get ready to turn toward the Y, I hear a 'BEEP'. Oh, crap! I forgot to get gas yesterday! I am out. It is 5am. I don't even know of any stations open around the clock! Thankful that I drive a hybrid and that it takes very little gasoline to drive in town, I head for the freeway exits to see if there is a station open there. Whew! Got it! Just over 8 gallons, so that means there was at least a gallon in the tank. Pfftttt! I could have driven another 50 miles before filling up!
So now it is almost 5:30 and Fred and Barney, our resident "Elves on the Shelf" want to play in the snow. OK! I can go to the gym after I check in at the office.
Fred and Barney are having a blast building snowmen this am!
I head off to the Y to do my workout. The white fluff is still falling and the Y is empty. I was afraid that I was going to have to fight for my elliptical. After my workout, I went back to the office and stayed there until Rich asked that I come home and work from here because the roads are deteriorating. He was right.
So now, I am tucked into my heated recliner next to the fireplace. This is my kind of job! Stay warm, Sparkfriends!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Today my gift from Rich came via UPS. Rich, of course, would not wait for Christmas to let me open it, so here I am! He bought me an Asus Transformer Book. It is a tablet with a keyboard docking station, only a little over 2# with a 10-1/2" screen. It is no bigger than my tablet!
It is Windows 8, though, so that will take some getting used to! I also haven't figured out how to use Mozilla, which I love! And it has a Solid state hard drive rather than a traditional one, so we are talking about 32Gb instead of 500gb and cloud storage!
Sigh.... bear with me for a couple of days while I make my adjustments. At least I know that I won't turn to food to deal with my frustrations!
Until tomorrow....I am off to learn!
Monday, December 02, 2013
I was nauseated yesterday afternoon and evening and woke up sick again this am. I sat up and almost lost the breakfast that I hadn't yet eaten, so went back to bed. I did not get to the gym today, but did get to work before 7, though I was a little 'urpy' yet. By 9am I felt much better. I am looking forward to the gym tomorrow.
I had to do 3 reports today; 2 expense reports and my 6 month report for my next installment of the grant. That is the one that took me all day. I had to compile all of my records and notes from the past 6 months for the grant writer to submit to get the payment for my next 6 months of employment. UGH! Fortunately, I keep notes in my paper calendar so I know where I am and what I get done month by month.
The best thing about being that busy is that I didn;t have time to even think about eating!
Tomorrow I need to have lunch with Angie (Rich's eldest daughter who is handicapped) then she has an appointment in the afternoon. I am her payee, so I have to attend any financial appointments that she has. I may take her grocery shopping too, if I have time.
If I remember, I will make an appointment to have my nails done on Friday morning. We have our first Christmas party on Saturday. Actually, it is a very busy week with a dinner meeting on Wednesday, an open house and a concert on Friday afternoon and evening and a party Saturday. But my reports are done and things are relatively slow at work now. I am making plans for next year.
When I got home from work this am, I made a batch of jalapeno rings. Rich had them sliced and prepared for me when I got home. What a great man, I married!
Today I am thankful that I was able to be productive and get things caught up. Tomorrow I decorate my office!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
I love advent, that period of time between December 1 and Christmas. Advent is the time that we prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus' birth. In the Lutheran church, especially, the services are centered around the advent wreath.
THE MEANING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
Most Advent wreaths use three colors – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.
1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE – We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)
2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION – God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD! “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)
3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:7-15)
4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE – The angles announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.’ In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.‘” (John 3:1-8)
You can read more about the advent wreath at the site where I got this here:
Today, I am thankful for the first Christmas gift.
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