Friday, October 28, 2011

Fact Friday!

I have hypermobility in my elbows, which means I sometimes accidentally freak people out, but also means there's no spot on my back that I can't reach.  Jealous?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Before the Rain

Here are some more pictures of the Texas sky, this time before the rain.  Nights like the one in the pictures are why I love living in Texas.  Yes, this part of the state is flat with short, stubby trees (compared to other parts of the country, anyway), but that just means you see more of the sky.  Of course, I say it's flat, but then I took these pictures looking up at slight hill, so maybe these aren't the best illustration of the big sky I'm talking about.

These pictures were taken yesterday from and near the parking lot of the rehabilitation hospital where my grandmother has been staying, where they force her to grudgingly exercise to rebuild her strength, so that she can get out of the wheelchair she's been in since she fell.  She doesn't think she needs to do them, and she gets mad at my mom for making her, so she pretends to be asleep when my mom tries to make her go through her routine.  I have already talked to my mom about how she's not going to be stubborn like that when she's her mother's age.  She says she won't be, but she already kind of is, so I imagine in 20 years my mother will be pretending to be a sleep when I visit her. 

I took some of the pictures on my way into visit my grandmother, about half an hour before I literally bored her to sleep (I think at one point I tried to talk about how new and clean her socks looked--and that was me making an effort) (I was tired! I did not bring my conversation A-game).  

The rest of the pics I took as I pulled out of the parking lot on my way home.  Yes, while driving. Don't worry, there were no other cars around, and I was watching the road, not the camera (hence the slight blurriness).

As expected from the pictures, we had quite the storm last night.  Don't you love the way the air feels after it rains? 

I hope everyone has a great week!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Fact Friday!

Well, hello there!  I don't have time to post anything substantive today, but I don't want to put off posting, either.  I figure that I have time to post a very quick fact about myself.  And maybe I can make this a regular Friday feature?  That would be an easy way to make sure that I post at least something every week.

So here's something:  I'm left-handed.

(I didn't say the fact would be interesting.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The view from the parking garage this morning

I think I speak for everyone in the North Texas area when I say, YEA FOR RAIN!!!  Even though the storm was very loud, and I was a little afraid our windows might break, I can't feel anything but happiness that it rained during the night.  And then this morning, the sun coming through the clouds was breathtaking.  These pictures don't do it justice.  It was pretty easy to be in a good mood after this.  

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

If These Events Were Sports, I'd Always Win Gold

I'm not athletic, not every close, although I sometimes take a stab at it.  But that doesn't mean I don't have certain areas in my life in which I perform better than the average person.  Oh, no, my friend, I have skills. 

Unfortunately, although the kind of skills I have make my life a little easier, they aren't exactly marketable.  For example:
(1) Tossing a bag of trash into a dumpster--even when the dumpster is really full. 
This really is a skill that takes developing.  You have to know where the bag will fit and how hard to throw it so that it sticks the landing.  You can tell that not everyone can do this by the bags of trash that can always be found surrounding a full dumpster. 

(2) Changing into comfortable clothes. 
I don't like wearing constrictive clothing, a category that for me includes jeans and everything I wear to work. As soon as I have verified that I won't have to leave the house for the rest of the day, or at least for a few hours, the pants are off like a flash, and (usually) the yoga pants come on. I'm seriously fast. 

(3) Getting out of the vehicle as soon as it's come to a stop. 
I'm always the first person out of the car. I don't know what takes everyone else so long. I don't see what they're doing because I'm out of the car. It baffles me.  Seat belt off, grab your bag, open door, exit.  Where the delay comes in is a mystery.  What are you people doing in there?

I'm thinking I need to develop some new skills, or else find a way to make these skills work for me in a way that pays.  I'd be a terrible actress, so I don't see how the quick-change ability could come in handy.  While trash-tossing could be a fun hobby, I don't see that translating into a job.  So that leaves the getting-out-of-the-car thing.  I can't think of how that would work in a job that's legal.  I can see that getting out of the car fast would be useful if one was fleeing from the police after knocking over a bank, but that's it.

Ideas? Anyone?