Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two Hours Later...

I know, I know, everyone is bitching about the snow.  But it took me TWO hours to get home from work tonight.  TWO HOURS.  That's two hours of listening to the smack and screech of the windshield wipers covered in ice scraping over the windshield, also covered in ice.  That's two hours of driving with the window down because the heat has to be BLASTING in order to keep the windshield from completely freezing over.  Which didn't even work, by the way.  Two hours of cold toes because the God Damn Heat has to be BLASTING on the window, and ONLY on the window so that a teeny tiny patch of window remains clear.  TWO FREAKING HOURS.  I think I've earned the right to bitch for a minute.

There was a certain novelty of watching the thermometer on my dash dip below zero last month.  Just how cold could it get?  Seeing -17 on the dash, at the time, was pretty damn cool.  Waking up to -7 last week, randomly, was considerably less cool.  Did you know it's impossible to buckle a child in his car-seat when you're wearing mittens?  And do you know how fast your fingers get cold when it's -7 out and you can't wear your mittens?  Pretty damn fast.

This morning I told Ben it was going to snow again and he got all excited.  I told him I am ready for spring.  I am ready for shorts and t-shirts and flip flops.  I'm ready for grass and sand and the beach.  He quickly changed his mind and decided he's ready for spring too.

We're all ready for spring.

Instead I got a two hour car ride home in the snow.

I am so done with winter.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Is it March yet?

Ahhhh....peace and quiet.  No one is home at the moment, well, that's not exactly true, both my adult stepsons are here, but since they're asleep and rarely make an appearance for anything other than food or showers, I am alone for now!

January was a miserable month, and I am glad it's over.  I just wish the cold weather would realize it's over and start warming up just a smidge.  You know it's been cold when you remark to your child how warm and spring-like it feels only to discover that the temperature is 23 degrees.

School started up again for another semester and I've got an especially mind numbing selection of classes this time.  Governmental Accounting and Intermediate Accounting-Part II.  For fun, I've mixed in Finite Math, whatever the hell that means.  I will (sheepishly) admit that the math class is kind of fun, though I had completely forgotten that logarithms existed and I kind of wish I could have kept it that way.  My fingers are crossed that I might actually have this degree wrapped up by the end of the fall semester.  It depends entirely on the scheduling at YCCC, which I have discovered doesn't cater to working students as much as they may think it does.

In other big news, we celebrated a few birthdays recently.  Jake, my oldest stepson turned 21.  Do you want to feel old?  Go have a beer with your kid.  I think Don's suffering a bit more than I am from this new development, mainly because Don is old and I'm not.  (Don't worry, he doesn't read my blog, he won't be offended.)  But this certainly is an adjustment.

And last week, little Ben turned FOUR years old.  And I am suffering from this much, much more than my husband.  My little guy isn't a baby anymore!  I can't even call him a toddler, or a little kid really.  He's just a kid now.  A kid!!  A kid who's going to be in school before I know it!  The plan is to sign him up for T-ball this spring.  So be prepared for some amazingly adorable photos and videos of Ben playing t-ball.  It should be especially fun since he is about the tiniest four year old I've ever seen.

And the last exciting development in our world, is the impromptu planning of a family vacation in March!  Not only will Don and I get to take Ben to Florida to check out Animal Kingdom and Legoland, we will be going with my father and step-mother!  I have never been on vacation with my father and am looking forward to seeing him attempt to "relax."  (If you know my father I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.)  I am also secretly hoping that he has a Florida wardrobe of Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts, but that really seems unlikely.  And if that isn't enough excitement, my SISTER will be joining us all in Florida as well!  It has been nearly a year since I've seen her and I can't wait to see her again.  I know Ben is excited about seeing Aunt Kelsey as well.  What started out as a "wouldn't that be nice" has actually turned into a family vacation and I am thrilled!

It seems my peace and quiet is coming to an end.  Back to the never ending mountain of homework!