Saturday, October 31, 2009

Here it comes, the breeze will blow away

I am back from my trip to Kentucky, with awareness of a couple of things. I am aware of how energized I could be about my job (and really, I kind of was today) and how far I have to go before I have any kind of real job security. I need to work harder, work smarter, and be more organized about what I'm doing. So I threw myself headlong into work today and the only problem was that I didn't have enough time!

I had a giant pile of things still left undone from my week away when I got back, but I didn't have a choice. I left half an hour late as it was, and I wasn't willing to stay until six the day after I got back. I suppose I could have, though.

Monday will be a crazy day, but at least my CSR will be coming in to help me. An internal auditor (someone with the company) may or may not be going through our whole district next week. She's hit at least two stores. I was freaked out when the state auditor came, but auditors with the company are apparently much harder on us.

As they probably should be.

I am still tired, and I never really unpacked my suitcase, and I just want to curl up in sweatpants under a blanket and nap away my day.

I drove home yesterday from Lexington, KY. I went five hours straight, and I didn't stop once. Thus I know now that I can make it to Lexington or from Lexington on one tank of gas if I am very, very careful, do not stop, and do not speed enough to knock down my gas mileage.

But I made it home early enough that I was there to greet my husband when he got back from work, which was the goal.

I am le tired.

Must... unpack... suitcase...

Sunday, October 18, 2009


It's been a good Sunday. Jason and I woke up a little later than usual. We made zucchini fried in blue cornmeal for breakfast, then I drank some coffee with pumpkin-spice creamer and we went for a walk. It was blazing sunny but the wind kept things a little chill. We wandered down the road about two and a half miles and came back.

For those who don't know, Jason and I live a little bit towards the country. We're technically just a little outside of Carbondale, though still within city limits. So we went for a walk down the country lane that is our street, past the little neighborhood of houses we live in. You cross a stone bridge and then you're out in the fields and the farmland.

There were two planes circling around overhead, small things, like buzzing bees.

We saw a lot of fuzzy caterpillars, which Jason wasn't used to seeing in such numbers. I told him the old wives' tale about really thick fuzz on the caterpillars meaning a cold winter, and he thought I was crazy.

We saw a couple of wolf spiders with babies riding on their backs (lots of floating baby spiders in the air today, too). We actually saw a brown recluse on the road, but we were far enough away that he didn't notice us. Lots of grasshoppers and an insane amount of butterflies.

We saw a spotted turtle sunning himself in the road and moved him over onto a part of the concrete that cars were less likely to drive on.

We looked at weeds and we walked and it was really nice.

Like Jason said, days like this are the reason we keep going to work; so that we can have them, worry-free. I'm on coffee-cup-number-two (decaf now) and have a couple of candles burning.

We may be getting a second cat. I don't know yet; hopefully the Humane Society will get ahold of me tomorrow. His name is Pumpkin and we saw him in the little area they have for pets they're trying to adopt out at Petco.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn is here!

The leaves are turning! Always exciting. Cool enough to wear a sweater much of the time. I'm happy to get all my winter stuff out.

I've also learned my company will be sending me to Lexington, Kentucky at the end of October for a managerial thing. I am both excited and sad to be gone for a whole week. I get to go live in a hotel Monday through Friday. October 26-30 or so.