Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I'm not tired...lol!

To bed around 6; clock set for 2. At 2 pop a caffeine tab and reset it for 2:30. At 2:30 turn on tea kettle and reset clock for 2:42.

Get up at 2:42, turn off clock, turn off kettle just as it starts to whistle. Get latte mug from cabinet, put in 2 heaping spoons of Hill's French Vanilla, open fridge, pour mug full of milk...

Start over!

Trying to drive slower, leave earlier, and in general be more careful these last few months to make sure I get through them with no mishaps, especially something that might cause me to "lose time". When I got off at 3:30 this morning, we'd had freezing rain and a bit of snow, it was in the 20's and the wind was blowing at around 30. I wrapped up in my Cabela's parka with the hood up and covering my cheeks as I have way too many crowns over "live" teeth in my upper jaw and they hurt when they get cold, and as I walked out across the parking lot, I wiped out on black ice and caught myself in a push-up position...

My right wrist is a bit tender, and I slept in a "brace" for the first time in several years last night, but it could have been so much worse. My younger sister did something similar a few months ago, and is having to have shoulder surgery tomorrow because of it!

My one-day-weekend was spent on the roof playing with the "Drain Kings" again as the sewer line is still "not happy" with things; sometime in the next few weeks I'm going to have to pay someone to auger it and hope I don't have to dig it up. While I had the ladders out I pulled all the ice and leftover leaves from the gutters and cleared the downspouts because there was supposed to be a lot more rain yesterday than we ended up with.

My movie ("Prix de Beaute") didn't arrive for the weekend so we watched a few episodes of "Welcome to the Captain" (pretty funny, and Raquel looks awfully good for 68!) and Dottie's movie, "Pursuit of Happyness". Makes all of my whining seem minor...

Still waiting for a benefits call to answer more of my questions about retirement, and for the official "roll out" of the program to make sure there aren't any details that scare me off.

When one of us dies someone usually hangs copies of the obit on the front door so those who want to can attend the services. In the last month there have been several who waited to retire until they could draw Social Security, one who waited until he could draw the "full" amount. He retired last December...

I don't want that to be me!

May the week be kind...

alan

6 comments:

kath said...

may the week be kind indeed.........

fineartist said...

Yes, be careful, and do take the money and run; time for you to enjoy the rest of your life, very soon. xx

CrackerLilo said...

May your week be especially kind!

You have such a big decision to make, but you're clearly thinking hard about it. Amazing what you can learn from obituaries.

robin andrea said...

We're on the road and just had dinner this evening with our nephew here in Portland, Or. His broken jaw is wired shut, he has a broken vertebra, cracked sternum, and a broken clavicle. The driver and passenger in the car that hit him head-on 16 days ago were killed. Yes, alan, be careful. You just never know. Hope your wrist mends quickly.

von Krankipantzen said...

I can totally remember carefully counting those hours so I could qualify for full membership of my union. After I was sworn in and paid all sorts of dues and entrance fees I got cancer and never worked in the industry again.

You just never know. Stay healthy and safe and GET THE FERK OUTTA THERE!!!!

Puffer said...

It's hard to get up these days but it is starting to get lighter out here and i love this time of year. My cats want to go outside instead of staying inside and well it's easier to get up when it's bright.
U so have to visit. It will stay light out in May until 11:30PM or so.
Hope your wrist feels better soon.