Sunday, April 16, 2006

He is NOT here.

Matthew 28

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Amen.

Why???

Why did I say I wanted to help set up the new store? I am in so much pain. I hate being sick. Arthritis and fibro are a nightmare. Intense activity tends to bring flare-ups on as does stress. Well, I've had both this past week. I've also had fluctuating weather. I probably shouldn't have transferred so soon. Whine, whine, whine....okay I think I'm done for now. I have to make through the next few weeks until the store is up and I'm back in my regular job. I am trying very hard to not give in to this illness again. Something inside of me is driving me to do this even though I know what could and probably will happen. Oh well, some of us never seem to learn our limits.

On a good note, the kid has been relatively decent this week. No major problems or even attitudes. I'm in a bit of shock over it. He usually doesn't do well with change. My working fulltime (days) again after 3 years of disability is a big change. He thinks I'm nuts and will end up in too much pain/unable to walk again. I pray he's wrong. He's doing good though with picking up some slack or at least not whining when I can't function in the evenings. Good kid.

Went to see the movie 8 Below today. It is a FANTASTIC movie. I absolutely loved it!!! Of course, I am a dog lover. I have two dogs and one of which is a real sled dog (Samoyed/Husky). At 9 years old, Smokie's too old and crippled with arthritis to even think about pulling anything heavier than herself around these days. I am definitely going to be getting this movie on DVD. When I figure out how to post pictures I will post one of my babies.
Hey, it worked. She's not supposed to be on the couch, but snuck up there and I snapped a quick picture before shooing her off. She's a big baby and loves to be up on the couch or my bed.

Here's my other baby. Amy is a Springer and Cocker Spaniel mix. She'll be 9 this July. She thinks she can't live when I'm not right next to her.



Speaking of the movies, most of the previews were for cartoons. I have become a bit of a cartoon movie nut. I love 'em....my son thinks they're lame. He thinks I'm lame for liking them. Oh well. We can't all agree. I am looking forward to seeing Over the Hedge when it comes out on DVD. A new one out is The Wild which looks like a rerun of Madagascar which had me laughing ("The penguins are psychotic.") I guess I just enjoy the simplier, more innocent movies as of late. I want happy endings with no really icky too close to real life stuff in my movies.

Well, I think I hear a book calling my name. I've neglected her (not him or it) today in favor of shopping, movies and computer. *lol*

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

OUCH !!!

I hurt in places I didn't know I had. Most of all I'm exhausted. I've been at the new store for three days now and the work is grueling. We are setting up the store. That means we are building all the shelves and other units which hold merchandise. I am in receiving...hauling out to the sales floor the material to make the shelving units. I feel almost like a mule or ox. Load up a pallet jack and start pulling. My arms and legs are aching. Last night I arrived home about 4:30 and went straight to bed. I slept until 7 and woke up afraid I had overslept. Luckily I set my alarm before I laid down...just in case.

I have to say I do like my new co-workers and managers. They are nice and easy to get along with so far. A couple of them I know from the college which is a blessing. I think I will like the job once the next five weeks are over and we are open. For now I'm just too tired to like anything. *lol*

Mom bought a car today. It's a 99 Buick Regal. I drove it a bit when she got home. I like it except for the leather seats. They are uncomfortable to me; however, she loves them which is weird as she hates leather. Oh well, she's happy with the car and that is all that matters. I'm just glad she's able to buy what she wants instead of what she can simply afford. It's about time the old lady got to do that :)

I wonder if I will have the energy to read tonight.....bet I read too late if I do.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Last day of work...

I change stores next week and go fulltime. I will still be in the Photo Lab and working for Wal*Mart, but in a new city and a brand spanking new store. It doesn't open until the middle of May so I will be setting up and helping train. Exciting and scary are the only two adjectives I can think about this new adventure. I also got a 50¢/hour pay raise today. YIPPEE!!!

Today I received an newsletter called "The Single Connection" from ChristianToday.com I usually get this newsletter from an email list I'm on for Christian singles (not affliated with the afforementioned website). I don't do more than give the newsletter a quick glance most times. Once a while I see a blurb for an article I might actually find interesting. Today was one of those days. The article is So, Why Aren't You Married?


I really enjoyed this statement, "Yes, Connally, for today I am called to be single. I cannot say about tomorrow." WOW!!! I love that. I could say a lot more, but it's a can of worms I'm not sure I want to open. I can't resist making a couple of comments.

I love being single, but am not opposed to getting married one day. I don't anticipate it ever happening. My biggest pet peeve is the well-meaning questions. I wish people would really stop and think about their comments. I hate having to defend my singleness all the time. I hate having to explain why I'm not anti-marriage, anti-men or anti-anything on that score. Now that my son is older people aren't telling me to "give the boy a male role model." I'm being told how "time is running out to have another" or "you'll need someone to care for you in your old age." OH PLEASE!!!

Okay, I had best shut up before I say (type) something I will regret. I just wish people would think before they comment. Some topics really aren't appropriate to discuss unless you are invited to speak on the subject.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

My books need to learn to be quiet so I can sleep at night.

They keep calling me to pick them up. I read a while to quiet them, but as soon as I put them down they start calling my name again. I stayed up until 5am reading...again. It's becoming a habit that I am even doing on nights where I work the next day. I really need to learn to stop at a decent hour. Luck for me that today was just a day fun. I was blessed with the opportunity to meet my family for lunch (sisters and nieces) and to go shopping.

I've read about 30 or so books this year alone. Since I went back to work last August I have been reading like crazy. I used to read constantly, but lost the habit for a few years. I seemed to have picked it up again with a vengenace. I am finding myself craving time to read and ignoring food, sleep and people just to read. Can you read too much in one day? lol

I'm linking the latest on the floods.
NWS expects crest today

Something I learned back in '97 was that the Red River and many smaller rivers run north up here. That was so foreign to me as they never mentioned that could happen in school.
Floodwaters push north

I agree with Mike Jacobs opinion article linked here.
2006 brings a different kind of flood
He's so right about the atmosphere and the gov't. It's nice to see that something was learned from the previuos disaster. I can't help but hope that those rebuilding New Orleans are as affective.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I just realized....

I never answered my son's question. I want a blog because it's the in thing to do these days. How's that for a mature attitude. *lol* Seriously, I love all the stuff available on the internet. Blogs are a great way to express oneself in a relatively safe environment. I have a website, but that takes more work than this so I've let it get stale. With any luck, I won't forget it's here. *lol*

Spring flooding is here

Spring is here...and so are the flood waters. I work in Grand Forks and had a fun time finding a road I could travel to get to work todaybacktracking. . Roads and bridges are closed all around me. I finally did find one route I could take after a lot of backtracking. My hour commute turned into an hour and a HALF commute. What a headache! The job is almost not worth it, but I transfer at the end of the week so I'm trying to finish out my last couple of shifts. Thank goodness coming home was easier since I knew the route and didn't have to backtrack.

I'm linking a website about the flooding. Maybe take a look at the photos.

Water over the bridge

Monday, April 03, 2006

why do YOU want a blog???

That is what my son asked me. He asked with that attitude that teen boys exhibit about their mom's interests. I'm sure you can guess what attitude I'm referring to here. The what are you thinking, who wants to read your thoughts, for stoopid, you're an idiot attitude. It's the attitude that makes me want to smack him. Of course, I can't, but I would like to do so.

That feeling is not going away anytime soon. He's being bratty over something else now. He lost his cell phone and apparently feels put out that I've instructed him to continue searching for it. I mean...really...how could I ask him to do such a thing?!?! Grrrrr....smacking him sounds really good. I know self-control is best...reigning in my thoughts of bodily harm is better.