Thursday, November 29, 2012

What I've Been Up To

Did a very scarey photo show up in the newsfeed? I'm sorry about that. I just thought you might enjoy seeing my attire as I play on the computer. I have a lovely view out of my curtainless window. However, believe it or not, this window gets both the morning sun and and afternoon sun. I hate the thought of curtains, because I love looking out the window. But, the blaring sun makes computer work a bit difficult. Hubby has a few hats hanging on a hat rack nearby, so I grab the one closest to me, plop it on my head, and type my little fat fingers off.

So, this is me. 

I hate trying to take a photo of myself for a myriad of reasons. Number one, I feel like a dope looking into the camera. Can you feel the awkwardness? Number two, when I finally decide on a pose, and push the button, I always hit the power button and turn off the camera. Grrrr. And Number three, I can never figure out how that old woman gets on my camera. 

I helped Hubby this morning with a gutter install this morning. When I got home, I stripped off all my layers of clothes for outside work, and am now sitting here in my long johns, and Hubby's hat. I've polished off three a graham cracker with Nutella.

I'm enjoying my new job, working at the library. Despite what you may think about library work, especially with automation, it is not a cake walk. And, it's close to torture, being surrounded by so many books, and not having time to do anything but discharge them and get them back on the shelves. Here's a little secret...there are some crazy people that come to the library. Shhhh, don't tell anyone I said that! Did you know, that at our library, patrons can have up to 99 items checked out at one time? That's nuts! Who can keep track of 99 items? But, I guess that's not my problem!

Hubby brought home our Christmas tree a day ago. Earliest we've ever had one. It's still naked, and sitting in the middle of the room. I'm not exactly sure where it's going, as this is our first Christmas in this house, and I've barely thought about the Christmas tree. We usually don't put one up until a week or two before Christmas, but Hubby thought it was a nice tree, and got a good deal on it, to boot. 

We've also been at war with German roaches. I won't post a picture of those nasties, but I hope you never get them. They are boogers to get rid of! About the time you think you've won the battle, they show up and taunt you and let you know they are still alive!

In spite of talking about roaches, my chocolate juices are in full swing, so I think it's time to make some brownies. Stop on over, and if I haven't eaten them all, I'll share one with you!

Till next time,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Working May Be Hazardous to My Health

Yes, I have had a job for about a month now. I'm still quite surprised that I continue to be employed. It has been an adjustment. Luckily, I have done library work before, so this job is not completely overwhelming. However, there is the little issue of learning the computer programs - for library cards, fines, holds, renews, and all that kind of stuff. I'm learning them, but I hope I don't exceed the normal learning time. That concerns me a little.

My other learning issue to getting used to a schedule. My schedule doesn't change much, but, on one day I go in at 11:00, and on another day I go in at 9:00. I got up ready to go in at 11:00. I like to saunter around in the mornings, drinking my coffee, wandering around in my p.j.s, taking my time, piddling around, doing nothing. But, when I looked at the calendar, I freaked out. NO! Today is my 9:00 day! YIKES!! The time is now 8:15! Holy moley! How did I mess up like that! I ran through the house shrieking, "I have to be at work in 45 minutes!" During my running and shrieking, I ran into the doorway. On both sides. That takes talent.

Then I yelled out to my family members, "What day is it????" They said, "Today is Tuesday. What is wrong with you?" 

Oh. Whew. So today IS my 11:00 day. I calmed down, and rubbed both of my shoulders. Don't ask how I hit both sides. Must have ricocheted from one side to the other.

This is quite an adjustment for my poor, old brain. I hope I survive it.

Till next time,

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Little Late

I know July has come and gone, but a promise is a promise. One of the goals on my Project 52 list was to make an awesome flag cake. 

I've always wanted to make a flag dessert for the 4th of July. Usually, my ideas have consisted of using blueberries and strawberries to make stripes on top of a cake. Until I found this cake on Pinterest: 

Source: via Lou on Pinterest

Wow! How cool is that? I decided that I was up for the challenge. I started a few days ahead so I could freeze the layers. It was a little tricky, I won't deny it. 

This is how my cake turned out. Not quite Martha Stewart quality, but, not bad for my first attempt. I thought I had cut my slices much more evenly, but the evenness (or in my case, unevenness) was hard to tell until everything was all sliced, iced, and stacked.
Here is how to make this little ditty:

Opps! My center layers were a little too high. I just took off the top layer, and may have eaten it while working on the rest of the cake.

(Admittedly, I felt like draping my cake in black as we had just received the stab in the back from Supreme Court Justice Roberts about Obamacare, on June 30. However, I just might feel like baking my cake again after tomorrow night.)

Hopefully, you have made an educated decision on which candidate you want to vote for to be the next President of the United States. It is our privilege and responsibility as citizens of a free country to be informed. Remember, men and women have died to preserve our freedom. Vote!

May God bless the United States of America!

Until next time,

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