January 14th, 2004


Little Purple Guy

We had our department holiday lunch today...we are always a bit late with them. It was really yummy, and a fun time as always. Our managers gave a fun little toy to everybody in the department. Flexible little metal people with magnetic hands and feet.

I was happily playing with mine, until B mentioned that different toys came in different colors. Mine was all silver-metallic, and I'd assumed that everyone's was like that.

I looked around the table, and I found that a few people had purple ones! "Darn, now I want purple," I pouted to B. Glancing to my left, I noticed that the guy next to me had stepped away from the table. "Wait, J has a purple one, and he's not guarding it!"

But I felt guilty just trading with him without asking, so I waited until he returned to his seat. Then I turned and aimed my best "Aren't I cute??" smile directly at him.

Anybody who has had the misfortune of dating me would have immediately recognized that I wanted something. He, on the other hand, told me later that he'd never seen me smile quite like that. He wasn't sure if I was going to ask him a question or if I was going to eat him.

It worked though. "Want to trade?" I asked brightly, and he handed over his purple toy without even a pause. Yay, now I have purple!

Then I shared an ice cream chocolate chip cookie sundae thing with B, and he let me have the cherry. It was like the best lunch ever!

Snow Complaints

It is snowing. It's been snowing heavily all day, and there are great mounds of snow all over the road, the parking lot, and my car. I'm am sitting here at work, staring out my window, watching the traffic inch its way by on the street below.

I don't want to leave. Not only does it look like the drive home with be miserable, but I don't want to brush the snow off my car. I am wearing impractical shoes, and they will slide all over as I wade through several inches of snow, and my socks will get cold, wet, and icy. I should have paid attention to the weather when getting dressed this morning.

When I finally get home, I will have to shovel my driveway. At least I will be able to go inside first and put on some boots and dry socks and such. I should have fixed my snowblower when it broke last winter!

This is the first time this winter when it's really been needed. This is more-or-less the first major snow of the season, and it's caught me totally unprepared.

It's a bummer too, because it was such a pretty snowfall all day today. It would have been a perfect day to be playing in it, going for soft walks, making snow angels, sledding, kicking blizzards, then warming up inside with hot cocoa and steaming mittens. Instead I watched it from my office, and now that it is dark out, soon I will be driving treacherously through it with ice-cold ankles and feet! Kinda takes a lot of the fun out.

Home Safe

I left work a little bit before 7. I waded through snow that was as deep as 7 inches while I dug my car out - this took a good 15-20 minutes. Then I drove home....carefully! It was really slippery out, and even on I-75 there was no evidence of the road at all, let alone the lines on the road. Just dirty whiteness. It probably took me almost 40 minutes to go 8 miles! My car did a lot of sliding, and I was very nervous, but eventually it got me home safe and unsquished.

Arriving home, I parked my car in the street and picked my way to my door, stretching to match the still-visible tracks of my mailman. The unmarked snow was probably 7 inches deep. When I got inside, I peeled off my soaked socks. My nice corduroy pant-legs were pretty wet too, so I left them with the legs dangling into the bathtub to dry. Then I bundled up in nice warm snow-resistant clothing and ventured back outside!

It took over an hour shovel my driveway, sidewalk, front walk, and porch. The snow was light and fluffy, which helped, but there was just a lot of it. At least I got my exercise for the day! It had stopped snowing by the time I finished, which was nice: hopefully I won't need to do anything more in the morning.

At 9:15pm, I easily drove my car up my nicely shoveled driveway and tucked it into the garage. I went inside, stamped off the snow, peeled off my many layers, and made myself some nice hot soup. It's good to be warm, and it's good to be home!