Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Talk Radio and Other Stuff

I was a devoted listener of the "Bob and Tom Show" during my morning commute for several years.  Then, my local station (Z Rock 99.3 if you'd like to write them a letter of protest) discontinued Bob and Tom and starting running something they call the Chainsaw Circus.  Maybe I'm just getting old (okay, so I AM getting old), but that's just not my cup of tea.  Still in mourning for Bob and Tom (and especially Chick McGee), I scanned the FM dial for something else to listen to on my way to the office and happened across a familiar voice.

It took only moments for me to identify the voice of Steve Hawkins.  Hooray!  I was a long-time fan of Steve when he was the news anchor of WCYB-TV (and frankly think they need him back DESPERATELY), and was happy to hear his voice at 92.9 on my radio dial.

As I listened to the show this morning on my way to the office, it was "Plug Something Wednesday", when callers can call in and plug a local event for free.  One of the events plugged was the "Fall Folk Arts Festival" at the Exchange Place this weekend.

My parents and I have said for a long time that we wanted to go to the Exchange Place "one of these days".  Well, if the weather cooperates, I'm hopeful that we'll finally go there this weekend.  Admission is only $1 for adults, and it looks like there will be lots going on there during the Festival.  Lots of demonstrations of skills that were necessities back in the 1850s, not to mention the anticipation of the aromas of Brunswick stew and apple butter being stirred over open!!

I personally am looking forward to demonstrations of spinning and weaving, but you know how I am about fiber crafts.  *LOL*  They also have some Cotswold sheep that I look forward to seeing.

Keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

Friday, September 07, 2012


Yes, I know it was a short work week because of Labor Day, but still.....TGIF.  I had taken Thursday and Friday off last week, so I had a 5-day weekend, but still....TGIF.

I returned to work on Tuesday, rested (no headaches for FIVE WHOLE DAYS!!) and resolved to have a good, productive week.  I was determined to meet the oncoming stressors with calm reserve and deal with them one at a time, refusing to be overwhelmed.  My good intentions lasted until about 8:45 that morning.

By yesterday afternoon, my migraine was so severe that I had to leave a couple of hours early.  Luckily it was cloudy yesterday; I don't think I could have driven myself home if the sun had been out.  I was violently ill by the time I got home and could barely call Mom and Dad to let them know I'd arrived home safely.  I took my migraine medication, crawled into bed and slept for two hours.

When I woke up, the medication had worked its magic.  I wasn't well yet, but my head was numb.  Sometimes numb is enough to get me through.  I'd been too sick to eat lunch, so I steamed a potato for supper.  I called Mom again to let her and Daddy know that I was feeling better, then ate my potato in the recliner while watching a show I'd TiVo'd earlier in the week.

At 7:30 I felt the heachache creeping back in, so I took another Maxalt and went back to bed.  At one point (still pretty early in the evening), my downstairs neighbors woke me with a VERY loud television in their bedroom.  I stuck in my foam earplugs and went back to sleep.  I woke at 4:00 this morning, finished a book I'd been reading, ate a bit of breakfast, and logged into Facebook to see what's going on in my friends' worlds.

Now it's time to shower and dress and face another day at the office.

I'd rather have a root canal.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

International Bacon Day

Photo borrowed from cyclonebill at
You GOTTA love the internet.  If I didn't have Twitter, how else would I have known about International Bacon Day?  *LOL*  In celebration, I plan to spend my Saturday afternoon enjoying Kevin Bacon DVDs (Mystic River, Apollo 13, Murder in the First, Stir of Echoes) and knitting.  I would have celebrated further by enjoying a BLT for lunch, but middle-age has robbed me of the ability to enjoy most breakfast meats, including bacon and sausage.  *sigh*

Oh well, in the absence of a BLT I will treat myself to one of my favorite comfort food lunches: tomato soup and crackers.  I'm currently going through one of those "spells" in which I don't seem to be able to tolerate any kind of meat.  I had chili last night, which tasted wonderful, but was quite ill for awhile.  Maybe I'll make myself some meatless chili later using the leftovers from my tomato soup lunch.

I SHOULD be doing some more cleaning in my bedroom.  I chased a few dustbunnies in there this morning, but there's still much to do.  Perhaps I should rethink my planned afternoon of knitting.  My conscience will be easier to live with if I move the Bacon DVD Marathon to the DVD player in the bedroom and actually do some more cleaning while I'm enjoying the always delectable Kevin Bacon.  ;-)

Oh, I wanted to mention that a friend brought to my attention a wonderfully dark, brooding television series that's currently running on Netflix, Durham County.  She knew that I enjoyed "The Killing" on AMC and suspected I'd like this one as well.  I've watched two episodes so far, and she was right.....I'm liking it a lot!

So, off I go to open a can of tomato version of gourmet cooking.  *LOL*

Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone!