I can’t explain my absence.  I take that back.  I “can” explain it but when I do then I get accused of whining and maybe it is whining but there’s no other way to explain my absence. Also I just don’t feel as interesting anymore.  Working at a desk job just doesn’t get the creative juices flowing.  However, at my job, I am being quite creative redesigning forms, coming up with new processes, always trying to think of a way to do something better.  That’s a kind of creativity isn’t it?  So I do enjoy that and I’m trying hard every day to get to a point where I will feel comfortable leaving, yes leaving, which I think I’ve already shared.  My goal now is to get the new processes up and running smoothly, write down the new processes and then get the heck out of there.  They are very supportive and agreeable to my help/changes but really dragging their feet in looking at resumes.  I get it though.  It’s the end of the year and I’m really not ready.  I have this one process that I need to test for a good couple weeks.  There is another process that I don’t think I’m going to figure out because I can’t figure out how to bulk load enrollments into the Learn Center.  It’s maddening and there is no Patrick or Adam to call and ask.  So there are creative things going on there – I’m busier than hell.  I also am paid hourly and I’m not allowed to go over 40 hours.  I like this because I have to leave at the end of the day.  One week I had to leave at 4:00.  I like this! There’s a lot to be said for a non- exempt position.

Life in Florida continues to be lovely; although unseasonably hot and the pool is too cold to go in.  So is the Gulf.  We went to the beach last Saturday, a new beach called Caladesi.  You have to take a Ferry to it.  For some reason I thought it would be hokey but I was wrong.  It happens.  I am wrong on occasion.  It is a beautiful beach.  A great place to go to feel like we’re on vacation on an Island, because well it is an Island.  We also got quite a bit of sun which felt good after being locked up in offices for quite some time.

The time change is not good for our evening walks and I’m sad to be giving those up.  We had been walking a couple of days a week during sunset and the sunsets were/are beautiful always, but this time of year they seem to be a little more beautiful.  There are no street lights on our walk and it’s just a little too dark to keep that going.  I had high hopes of getting up at 6:30 a.m. to walk because that would be really 7:30 a little later than my usual time so no problem right?  Yea, wrong.  I can’t drag my ass out of bed ever.  I don’t know what it is.  Remember when I moved into the city, 2 blocks away from work?  I mean literally 2 blocks and I STILL couldn’t get there early.  I have always wanted to be a morning person, it’s just not in my DNA I guess.  Speaking of DNA, Zachary did one of those gene mapping things and found out that we’re related to Jesse James.  That’s on his mom’s side.  That would be me.  I really want to get one of those things done.  Just waiting for an extra $100, then I’m spitting in the cup.

Got all my hair cut off tonight.  Not literally all, but quite a bit.  I’m a fan of short hair.  I don’t know how it makes me look but I like how it feels.  I asked for a couple very subtle highlights and well, you can’t even see them.  I’m hoping they come out more in the sun. I didn’t want them to be invisible, just not loud.  This weekend, Saturday, I’m headed to Siesta Key to see Jean (and Diane and Maria) and Steph.  I’m looking forward to it.  More beach time and maybe it’ll help the new highlights.  Did I mention how hot it is?  91 today and right now  at 11:18 p.m. it’s 77.  Some fall huh?

Have I revealed that I eat Sushi now?  I remember going to a restaurant with Jorden in Beaver and he kept trying to tell me that Sushi was good and teaching me how to hold chopsticks.  I didn’t want any part of it.  Well I eat sushi now and I love it.  I also use chopsticks.  I’m not real good at the chopsticks but I’m getting better.  Jorden is very patient with me.  He really is good with me, well that is until I ask him to clean his room, then I’m totally ignored.

Speaking of living in Florida, there’s gators down here.  Did you know that?  And they are everywhere.  I have not seen any but I don’t like to walk at night around here for that reason.   It’s not enough to make me want to move but it’s not particularly comforting. There’s also a lot of snakes and BIG snakes around.  Oddly the snakes don’t bother me as much as the gators.

I went to my mom’s a week or so back.  My sister and brother were also there.  I’m feeling bad for my brother and his wife who had to put their dog down the other day.  Janis (my sister-in-law) calls it “crossing the rainbow bridge” as opposed to “putting down.”  It is a softer way of saying it.  But all of us who have pets know how heartbreaking this is.

We got through Halloween with just two doorbell rings. We were so decorated.  We got it all down and put away the day after.  Don’t tell Peggy but we actually bought a couple of Christmas items already.  No they’re not up but we did buy them. They’re in the closet.

Alright that’s all for now.  Here’s some pics:


Caladesi Park/Island


And this is only half of it


Pumpkin carving with the Bakers. Quite a bit of talent in this house.


One of the artists hard at work. They take their craft seriously.


Virginia in the Fall. Just beautiful.


Ducks – all grown up

RIP Opie.  🙁



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Thank you to Emily and Diane for saying they miss the blog.  It does inspire me to stay up late and write.

Soon, I’ll be back on here, soon!!


One Thought on “Remember me?

  1. Ja Nelly on November 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm said:

    That beach looks great! The weather is too hot for me! The ducks grew fast! Sushi is delicious!!! 🙂

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