Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday Weather - 02/12/14

Oh my goodness! I woke up with sunshine in my face. It was such a wonderful experience that I just lay there for a minute. When I got up I sat on the bed and stared at everything. It all looked so ... different in sunlight. The best thing was that the whole day was filled with sunshine, even it it was terribly cold. I don't think it got over 29 degrees all day. Getting out to go to lunch was a positive experience, even if it was freezing. I'm a coastal girl and sunshine is like food for me.

My neck is better but is still hurting at certain angles. I have no solution for this. I sneezed once today and my neck had this horrible pain begin where my neck and the top of my shoulder meet and it shot up the side of my neck to my jawbone. I almost screamed but trying to sneeze at the same time made that impossible. It hurt so bad. It has hurt a bit more ever since. It really feels as if the ligaments are sore.

I've been playing hookie from writing. The neck simply made me a zombie and I'm now annoyed by it. I want it to stop so I can get something done. I need to clean house too and we won't even talk about the piles of laundry that are in the spare room. I just hope now one comes to spend the night. Of course, if they do... they could help me fold sheets and towels.

On top of the neck pain and slacking, I think I've caught a cold. I've been sneezing like mad all day and I've had a runny nose, more so than my allergy nose, for days now. I hate this as it takes me so long to get over stuff. I'm fortunate in some ways. Two co-workers were very sick with something when I was off for David's wedding. They missed a couple of days work. When I got back, they were on the mend, if still sick, and I stayed in my end of the building for two weeks to avoid them. This week, a third co-worker came down with a cold. She elected to come to work, warning everyone she was sick. No, I don't know why she came in. She said she had work to do. Anyway, she's been batting around for two days, standing in my space and handling equipment. I don't think I got this from her but I don't need two strains of cold on top of one another.

I'm now thinking about taking a short vacation. I have to get away. I really need the ocean and sand but I don't know what to do. Money is not tighter than ever with the cut in hours and so I have to conserve where I can. I so want to go to England. It feels like I'll never be able to do it. I know if I take a trip somewhere alone I won't really enjoy it. Carolyn suggested another writer's conference and I could go back to Austin this year. That was so expensive and I don't think I can afford it. Besides, there is one in October, Muse Online is free. You know, I considered going somewhere then and staying in a hotel and doing that conference online. Sounded crazy when I reconsidered it but for just a moment, it sounded totally fun. Why pay to stay when I could do it here for nothing. So, I may do it but I won't leave home. I will tell everyone to stay away and not call me.

I came home and have been vegetating on the sofa all afternoon. It is now 8 p.m. and I don't know how it got that late. So, I'll end here. The weather was lovely, despite the chill. Now, I want more and warmer. Can't wait to get outside again.


  1. I concur with the warmer bit, it has been nice to look at the last two days, but we still have snow and ice underneath that snow that seems like it has been there for years even though it has been maybe 10 days. Just keeping my fingers crossed that the sun will still be out on Sunday, my next day off, but if the last two weeks are any indication I do not have my hopes up.

    1. Matt! I was just reading your blog today!

      And it is the same here. We still have snow and ice in many yards and on roofs. Not sure where exactly you are but I'm in the midwest, IN/KY state line. We've had it bad for weeks. Expecting more snow this weekend. I've lived here 22 years and never seen this much snow.

  2. So sorry to hear that you are going down with a cold. Why don't people stay at home when they are ill rather than spread their germs around.

    You wouldn't much like being in England right now as it is STILL raining and bitterly cold and windy. Thank goodness we are not affected here by the dreadful flooding that is affecting much of the country. Many people have seen their homes wrecked. It is just dreadful.

    England in summer would suit you.......think about it.

    1. Oh, I DO think about it. All the time. Everytime I shuffle bills around I'm thinking about what I can dispense with to save. LOL. I have this lovely daydream of flying in and telling all those British friends that I'll be in town at a certain place and they'll all show up to see me. LOL, silly but a nice idea. The're spread out in several places!

  3. I am in Pittsburgh, and while I have seen more snow and there was a stretch I want to say maybe a decade or more ago where we went like a week where the high never got above 0 F, but it just seems like this year it is more relentless and like the city was ill prepared for it (running out of salt, really?). I have taken to joking that if I a scheduled for a day off you can count on it snowing, as it has for the last 4 Sundays now.
    That being said, you were talking about writing conferences and workshops and one just happened to pop up on my newsfeed on Facebook, 2014 Summer Fishtrap ( I only heard about it because I interviewed one of the authors that will be running one of the workshops, Luis Alberto Urrea, back in my radio days and just thought I would pass along the info. I am not saying it is good or bad, I really do not know so I would not put my stamp of approval on it, but if you are bored and want to look into it feel free.

    1. Thanks, Matt! I will do just that.

      I think I'll take S. Indiana over Pittsburg any day. Y'all got it badder. LOL


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