Baby it’s cold outside…

I was out this morning, doing some errands. The weather outside is a very nice and nippy 27° (that’s -3°C, for my metric friends ;)), and I’m running around in just pants & a thin long-sleeved shirt, no jacket. It’s just too much hassle wear a jacket, since it means I have to: get out of the car, put it on, get in store. And once inside, they have the heat blasting so I have to take the jacket back off so I don’t roast to death. Then finish in store, put the jacket back on, get to car, take it off, etc etc etc. Especially since it typically only takes @ 1 minute to get between my car & the store, and often less than that.

So, I’m on my way into WalMart, and there’s a Bell Ringer outside. He laughs at me being out there w/o my jacket and says “Let me guess – you’re from Alaska.” *giggles* I told him no, but that I really do want to go there some day! 😉 Hahah.

They keep saying it’s supposed to warm up to @ 43° (6°C) today, but. We’ll see. It still hasn’t broken 30°, yet, after all.

You can count on the bad bad weather

I keep meaning to write and meaning to write and I keep getting sidetracked. Gotta love the insanity that is life.

It has been raining here on an almost daily basis for the last couple of months. It’s absolutely insane. I mean, I don’t think we have even broken 100 yet, and that’s highly unusual for Dallas. We’re only just finally getting regular 90 degree days – in a typical summer, those are a daily occurrence for a minimum of a month by now. It’s so freakishly weird. We were in a drought for the last two years, and now in a matter of 6 months we’ve received MORE rainfall than we normally get in an entire year! There have been tons of problems with flooding, and some cities near DFW have declared a state of emergency because of all the flood waters. It truly doesn’t seem like summer at all.

My friend KD and I went to see Transformers on the 4th. I was kind of expecting a cheesy movie, but it was really amazing. They did a great job with it. It had rained some while we were watching the movie, and on the way out of the theater that created a problem for me. You know the red paint they use for fire lanes? When wet, that stuff can get very slick. One second I was walking and talking, laughing about the movie — the next I had slipped and was falling. Yup, another fall for me; and I landed on the same leg as I did 3 months ago. There were some short concrete poles there, and I grabbed at one as I fell. It didn’t stop me, but it did slow my fall, so my leg didn’t get as badly beat up, but I still had some bruising and knotted muscles, etc. For a day or two after the fall, the arm that I grabbed the pole with to slow my fall was in some serious pain too. I pulled a bunch of muscles on that side of my body from grabbing the pole. Figures, I just can’t stay uninjured for any length of time.

I ended up getting another injection in my tailbone last week. I went to a new doctor this time around, and things went a lot smoother. The best part about it — the injection was done in his office! He has a small surgical room set up to do the injections there. That is a HELL of a lot better than having to do it as day surgery at the hospital!! A lot cheaper too! Another benefit — no anesthesia this time. I was a little nervous about that before the shot, but afterwards I was fine. I really have NO clue why I had to be knocked out for the shot the first time. The injections in my knees are more painful than that! I am having a little bit of pain in the area still though, but in comparison to what it was pre-shot, it’s incredibly minor. I do have a follow-up visit in a few weeks, so I’ll bring up the fact that there’s still minor pain then. It’s not significant enough to worry about trying to get in sooner.

Today, I’m off to the knee doctor. More than likely I’ll be getting injections there as well. I’m kind of hoping I do, since I am going on vacation and need to be able to walk easily.

Last week, I got a jury summons. UGH! They wanted me to report on July 31st, but with that being only 3 days before I leave for vacation, that wouldn’t work. I sent in a request for postponement until after I get back from vacation, so I’ll likely be doing jury duty some time in August. I hope I don’t get picked. Or, if I do get picked, I hope it’s for a cool case. hahah.

God I can’t wait for my vacation to get here. Only 16 more days!! WOOO HOOOO!!!! We’re finally starting to get plans set up better, (my fault there) and it’s starting to sink in that it’s getting close and I’m getting more and more excited. I need to work on my various lists so I can make sure I have everything I need to take with me. I just ordered a couple of books last night for the flights. I’ve already got some Canadian money bought, but I need to buy more. I think we’re going this weekend, because mom needs to buy some too. I’ve had a couple of shopping sprees, buying new clothes & shoes for the trip. And, as stated above, I’ve had tons of doctor visits this month, making sure that I won’t be in pain. Yay!

I have the need to ramble more, but I’m stuck on what to ramble about. So I’ll go and pretend to work some more (already done for the day) until either it’s time for me to leave, or I think of something else to write.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Wheee! We’re getting wintry weather! This doesn’t happen often, so it’s always something to get excited about. I still feel like a kid in school, plopped in front of the TV in the morning, holding my breath as I wait to see if my school is one that is going to be closed for the day. Granted, now it’s me calling my work’s weather hotline and finding out is a lot faster, but it’s still that same excitement at maybe getting a day off to play out in the cold. Haha.

The weather wasn’t bad enough this morning, so of course I had to come in. But it’s been fun sitting here, up on the 10th floor of my building; getting to look out my window and see the snow (and ice pellets) collect on nearby roofs and grass. The ground is still too warm for it to collect on the streets, but it’s so beautiful watching it all come down.

I’ve also snapped a couple of shots of the roof of the hotel next door. Keep in mind, I took them on my cell phone, so they’re not the best, but they’re better than nothing? The first one I took at 11:46am when the white stuff was just beginning to collect on the roofs:

And the second shot I took about 20 minutes ago, at 2:10pm. You can really see how much more has fallen in the last 2.5 hours. Hee!!!!!

Like I said, I feel like a kid waiting on school closures. It’s dropped down to 28 degrees now, and it’ll only get colder tonight. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it all freezes up over night and I get the day off work tomorrow. Heee!!! It’s been TOO. Damned. Long. since I’ve been able to play in snow or anything even closely resembling it.