Saturday, January 29, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
After the kids are off to school and the dog is walked and taken out ("the World is Jasper's toilet"), I get in my car and go a couple of blocks to the corner gas station where I get my 20 oz cup of Green Mountain Coffee. The mixture is always the same: 1/2 decaf hazelnut and equal parts for the other half, which consist of some combination of Wild Blueberry, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and a wildcard flavor (according to the season) like Gingerbread, Southern Pecan, Peach, or Tropical Coconut. [These coffee combinations will probably make some readers gasp in their craziness but they are OH SO YUMMY.]
Then, I come home, pour a little of the coffee into a small glass to make room for my fat-free half and half (and lots of it - I like my coffee "light"). Next, I fire up the computer, put my toast, wheat roll, or "everything" bagel into the toaster oven, and wait. Once the toast (or whatever) is done, I sit down in front of the computer and check my email, my Facebook, and catch up on all the (celebrity and national) news. I also check my bank account and a couple of blogs I read. About 7:30, I head upstairs to finish getting ready for work, then I head out the door.
Variations on the morning ritual might include a trip to Canaltown Roasters in the Village of Pittsford, or a stop at Panera Bread. In either case I bring along some reading material for some calm, quiet time before work.Does that sound a little OCD to you (especially the coffee mixing part)? Maybe so, but it's the quiet time I need to get ready for the rat race of a day that's usually ahead. And, in case you're wondering, my weekend routine is pretty much the same, except that in nice weather Mark and I walk Jasper down to the corner gas station to get my coffee. That make the routine even better!!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Every once in a while I'm reminded how much I enjoy the "dead teenager" and story-teller type songs from the '70s. Having experienced most of my childhood and teenhood in the late '60s and through the '70s, I really felt fortunate to be able to tune in to 1340WMSA and hear these gems:
- Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks
- Rocky - Austin Roberts/Dickey Lee
- Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
- Billy Don't be a Hero - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
- The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
- Bobbie Gentry
- Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan (this one I actually like, for real)
These songs, and others like them that I'm certain I've missed, have provided hours of ridicule for me an my friends over the years. They sure don't make them like that anymore!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
January is a no-pressure-stay-inside-hunker-down kind of month. The holiday hubbub is over, the decorations are put away, there are no big dinners to prepare for...you get the idea. The weekends, by nature, are usually uncluttered so a lot of time can be spent wrapped in a blanket and sitting by the fire with a favorite book or movie. FROZEN, SNOWY, HEAVEN!
The best we can hope for is a really good snowstorm that sends the town out to stock up on milk, bread and eggs, and the feeling like no other when the school closings scroll across the bottom of the TV (and, if I'm lucky, my college is closed, too - which it usually is if it get's bad enough for Fairport to close).
So here's to January's white, cold glory!