This week it warmed up a little so it melted a little then it rained a little and then it refroze....smooth and slick as can be. On Wednesday afternoon an older guy and I made it into the garage clinging to one another. Several of us complained to our boss, wanting to know how many have to fall (2 or 3 have so far) and why they don't salt. "Oh," she said, "It's a losing battle. We can salt now and it'll help for now, but it'll just refreeze and be icy in the morning." Uh, I'm not seeing the problem there. If that's the case, you salt now and then you salt again in the morning. You do whatever you have to do to keep your employees from busting their heads open on the ice.
I solved my own problem yesterday. I took my own bag of salt to work and salted my way from my car to the garage. I don't know how my boss felt about it, but hey, if it spurs her to get on the problem next go round...mission accomplished!
I'm going to enjoy this warm weather through the weekend because Monday it's going to start sliding back down and be below normal by this time next week. Yippee.
Big, big, GINORMOUS news! Megan got a job!!! She finally called a local plant that pretty much always has a "Now Hiring" sign out. My mom and I have been after her for months to apply there. She finally did last week and went for an interview on Monday. She got hired on the spot. Is it a dream job? Well, no. She works 8pm - 8:15am and her schedule rotates. One week she works Monday and Tuesday, is off Wednesday and Thursday, then works Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The next week is the opposite days. It pays $8.25 to start and she'll get daylight as soon as they have an opening. At least it is finally a job and a purpose to her days. Hallelujah!
Organization is the name of the game around here. I am going to be so organized this year it's going to hurt! Seriously. Tim and Megan don't respond well to attempts to organize them. I'm putting my One Word for the year (intentional) into play here. I recently purchased a Planner Perfect planner and companion ebook. The creator, Jenny Penton, has been great so far and I hear she is a wonderful encourager. I'm following her on Facebook, too.
There are a lot of things that need organized around here, but I'm starting with something small...it's all about eating that elephant one bite at a time. In other words, don't look at the whole, huge, daunting picture....just look at what you need to do today and do that. I bought an inexpensive notebook, dividers, and plastic pocket pages at Walmart this morning. I am going to organize my coupons this weekend so that I might actually use them.
Tim seems to finally be on the mend. I think he did it just to avoid going to see the doctor. Yes, he can be that stubborn about going. Me? I feel okay. It's just that my chest (upper, not the lungs) gets tight sometimes....like if I'm talking more than a couple of words, or singing, or I do a little too much, or get a big breath of diesel fumes (happens around the buses). That really doesn't seem to be going away. And today I woke up feeling okay, but my throat feels.....off, like maybe something's coming. I hope not. Just heard on the news that Pennsylvania seems to be the epicenter for the flu this year. We are being hit hard and people are going down left and right. ER's are overwhelmed, I dare you to try and find anyone who still has the flu vaccine to give you, and the last time I looked the shelves of cold/flu remedies and pain killers were a barren wasteland. I've seen people wearing masks. EVERYONE is wiping down the shopping carts with antibacterial wipes at the stores. School kids are collecting (and using) hand sanitizer in those nifty holders that hook on your backpack. Me? So far I'm resisting the urge to blast every kid who gets on the bus with a good shot of Lysol, but it's touch and go. I really, really want to spray the little walking germ bags.
Okay, moving on to something more fun than the flu.....
1. When I __ I ___
2. It is pretty funny that ____
3. It may be strange but ___
4. How ______ made me ______.