There’s snow coming!

It’s about 10 o’clock on Monday night, they say that there’s a snowstorm coming tonight, there’s a blizzard watch out just a few counties north of us. Snow started falling here, about 10 minutes ago, they’re predicting only 2 to 3 inches but the winds are supposed to be very strong.

I remember when I was little, it seemed that every snowstorm was huge, now it seems we only get ice and a few inches here and there, never enough to close work. I know if the weather was bad enough that I could call in to work no problem, but it seems like these days we never get enough snow to do that. I have a friend who is a teacher, it seems like every time we talk about the weather he talks about a two hour delay or even cancellation. I miss the schooldays, going to bed each night wondering if the new snowfall would allow me to sleep a few extra hours or even take the entire day off.

Alas, I now know each time I go to sleep that one way or another I have to go to work everyday, sometimes the weather can make me a little later than usual but I still have to go in. Days of dreaming of a two-hour delay a long gone for me. So now going to sleep, and hope that the roads aren’t too bad in the morning.

Speak Up!

Tonight I started using Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10.
This is the first blog I’ve ever written using a speaking product. I think I’ll like it because then I can write without actually writing. The hardest thing to do is to learn to speak in a slow and concise words, I often rattle on and on without regard for content, subject, or really any clue of what I’m actually saying. I’m sitting here in my chair just looking around my apartment, talking. It’s kind of interesting to find myself talking in a manner that I usually don’t talk in, very enunciated, very clear, really just not the way I speak at all. It doesn’t help that my dishwasher is running, my washing machine is running, and my dryer is running. There is a lot of background noise and I think that may be creating more errors, leading you to believe that I write like a two-year-old. Actually the software isn’t doing very bad at all, I’ve corrected about five errors in the paragraph that I’ve written thus far and on running the software for about 15 minutes before I started writing this paragraph.

I’ll post a longer post later, I just wanted to try the software out and get something out on the web. I will be installing the software on my netbook, and hopefully posting more from that machine in the coming weeks, months, and years.yeah, right, we all know this is just another fad that I’m going through…

The first snow is falling

Indiana is gearing up for the first real snow of the year. Predicted 3-5 inches tonight through tomorrow afternoon. There have been flurries a few times already this year but this is the first real snow that is supposed to add up to anything. As I sit here writing, the flakes are just starting to fall. It’s cold, crisp but not windy out, seems like the perfect setup.

I ran out to the market tonight, a few 10 for $10s that I wanted to get before the sale ended. Plenty of snacks and even some more real food in the freezer and pantry, ready to go for a while.

Nothing is really sticking yet. I’m ready, c’mon snow. I need a good snow day or at least a late start.

There’s a lot on my mind tonight

I’m running on a tea buzz from McAllister’s right now so I’ve stopped blinking for a bit. There is a lot on my mind tonight however and I really wanted to get some stuff down on proverbial paper.

Lyrics of the night:

And any time you feel the pain, hey, Jude, refrain
Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
Well don’t you know that its a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder

I listened to 3 different versions of that song tonight on the way home. I have no idea why but it felt great to scream out those lyrics at the top of my lungs, however unharmonic it may have been. It’s not about the music though, it’s about the meaning behind that music. So no matter your tonality, scream out those lyrics from time to time, you’ll be happy that you did.

At the end of the Jude-fest, this song came on:

It starts at my toes and I crinkle my nose
Where ever it goes I always know
That you make me smile
please stay for a while now
Just take your time where ever you go

It just has that Jack Johnson vibe to it with a great female voice. I have no idea why but I really love the rhythm and feeling of this song. It’s not what the song is about, it’s how the song makes me feel. Bubbly.

I just feel inspired tonight, but I have nothing to do. Is that even possible? Can you be inspired and not have anythign to do? Doesn’t the definition of inspiration have something to do with doing something? I’m full of vim, vigor, and vitality, but alas, I’m sitting here blogging song lyrics and watching The Office again. The good news is, I’m on disc 3 of 4 and I can free up some spots on my Netflix. Watching online is highly underrated.

I guess this is really one of those stream of consciousness posts again. I hope you enjoy them, I think I probably enjoy posting them more than about anything else.

A penny loaf to feed the Pope

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d with a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Check it out. A familiar rhyme to me for some reason. A 400 year old holiday. Many different traditions but all with the same intent. Celebrate your country. How have you honored those who came before you lately? Have you stood while the colors passed or merely continued your conversation. Have you discussed topics relevant to all men around you instead of simple things in your life that have no bearing on the common good?

I believe that selfless acts of rebellion are worth remembering not for what they did or (in this case) didn’t accomplish but moreso because they at least caught the attention of some who made the issue known and at least able to be discussed without fear.

So much in our country that is discussed is deemed “un-American” or “anti-Patriotic.” Bull, this country was founded by people who wanted their freedom, religiously at first with the Pilgrims then down the line with everything else by the 1770s. Rebellions made this country. Treasonous acts made this country. George Washington, would have been summarily killed by order of the King had he been captured. He was a traitor to the crown and the country. Here, we treat him as a hero, on our money, our stamps, we name streets after him. A rebel, a traitor.

There is no such thing as “un-American,” we are a nation of many colors, races, creeds, and beliefs, we are a nation founded through turmoil. To not question authority and simply blindly follow our leaders is “un-American,” to believe that your religious beliefs are superior and others should be tolerated is “un-American,” and lastly I believe that to vote for someone because they are simply a member of a particular party or because they are not a particular person is “un-American.”

Vote for the issues you believe in, vote for the person you believe represents you the best. Don’t vote Red or Blue, don’t vote anti-Red, or anti-Blue, and don’t vote Anti-JoeCandidate. If you’re not sure where you stand or where the candidates stand, check out PoliticalBase.com.

Celebrate the freedom earned for us by exercising is regularly.

It just didn’t go right today

Today was one of those days that started out with great promise and didn’t seem to materialize like I had hoped. I woke up early enough, not really wanting to get out of bed, but I did and got moving a little quicker than usual actually. I even had time to pack a lunch that was slightly nutritious, a few sandwiches and some yogurt and fruit. I headed out a bit early for work and stopped at the PO to send off some Netflix stuff that was a bit overdue to be sent back (over a week for one movie is a bit long for me actually.

Once I was at work, I got straight to work on my usual have-to-get-it-done tasks, those were actually done early and taken care of with no worries. Then the walls came crashing down, I tried to fix a problem quickly and got distracted during a critical point of the process and forgot the most important step in fixing it, I forgot to flip everything upside down. I said that situations must be dealt with or accepted. I tried to deal with it too haphazardly and messed up, big. We cut all of our parts upside down to protect the finish of the piece. The machine operator assumed I had flipped it, didn’t double check me and cut the part backwards. $750 in material, let alone labor down the tubes. A costly mistake, not only did I ruin the piece but I created another bottleneck down the line when the new material comes, we have to find time to put it in for the customer, we have no time right now because we are slammed for some reason. It seems a bit odd for this time of year to be busy for us but we are busier than ever it seems. I spent most of last week worrying that we were going too fast and making too many mistakes, I made a huge one. That just sucks.

I was frustrated with myself for doing exactly what I had said others were doing. I was frustrated that it put us farther behind and I was frustrated that one problem had become two and the costs associated with it were growing by the hour. I’m not in trouble for it, but I still feel disappointed with myself.

I just couldn’t seem to get the rest of the day to “click” after that. Nothing seemed to feel right. Someone is going to be very unhappy tomorrow, on a much larger scale than me. I feel responsible for that as well, the decisions that I influence on a daily basis are scary sometimes. Looking at a business as numbers and pieces of paper is much different than looking at the people in the business and how they are affected by the decisions made from those numbers and papers. What will be done, must be done though and I think my advice and the decisions made from it are sound ones. I just don’t like thinking about the negatives like that.

Even tonight something just felt out of sync for some reason. Even sitting here, something’s just not right about today. I think I’m going to just go to bed and hope that tomorrow goes much smoother than today.

Work sucks today

Spent all morning doing “extra work” I swear, some people are just born dumb. It’s all better now, at least until Friday.

I have to most amazing craving for Starbucks right now. Not just the tea though, the whole atmosphere, hopfully it’s warm, humid, and not windy, I need some cards outside tonight.