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2014! I have only worked two days, since last week was a short week, and next week is a short week too, with this 3-day weekend inbetween and the fact that I have next Friday off to go to the hospital and have the you-know-what RETRIEVED and REPLACED.

I think all the weekends should be 3-day ones. Don't you?

My first project on my giant long project list is done: cleaning out the computer room closets and organizing the cables. OMG the cables. When I spread them all out, they covered the dining room table. And then I found some more. And then some MORE. Unfortunately for my husband, it was really his project because I had no idea what most of the cables WERE. I saved a pile of paper towel rolls over the past year, and now the cables are all nicely packed into them and labeled and if I ever need to find an RCA Connector, I know exactly where it is and what it looks like...though I still have no idea what it actually does.

The next project is kind of an obvious one and it's not even on the list: taking down Christmas. Normally, I wouldn't be allowed to start until after January 6th, but our trees are dropping and drooping so badly that ornaments are falling off them, so I started today and now the dining room table is covered in Christmas stuff...and I haven't even started the trees yet. AND when Martin went up the attic to get the XMAS boxes down (6 of them plus the box for the tree stand) he found another box labeled XMAS that had never even come down to begin with. Is 7 boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations the sign of a deranged mind? I don't even have any pine garlands or outdoor lights!

Martin and I went out practice driving today, our first time and his second. He's already been once with Anders, and we went to the same big empty parking lot up by Ericsson only to discover that there were already FIVE practice drivers slowly motoring around it. So we went to my work parking lot instead and spent an hour going around in circles, practicing turning and braking and accelerating. He got up to 30 at one point. Whooo! It's not as nerve-wracking as I thought...probably because we were in an empty parking lot, but it was REALLY hard to answer some of this questions about things. I had to shut my eyes and hold my imaginary steering wheel to figure out how to show him to turn the wheel hand over hand.

And in other news, the day I went back to work, I noticed that one of the headlights on my car didn't seem to be shining very brightly, or at all, if you want to put it that way, and it was kind of a problem because I drive TO work in the dark and I drive HOME from work in the dark and it was making me a bit nervous. I was a padiddle! (or pediddle) I don't think I've ever been a padiddle before. Do YOU say that or is that a Midwest thing?

Anyway. I asked Anders to please change the bulb because that's one thing, among many others, that I do not know how to do in a car. I know how to fill the gas tank, and check the oil, and if I really worked at it, I could probably figure out how to fill the windshield wiper fluid, but that's a big probably. Anyway, he had to go buy one, and today he told me when I went to take Martin driving that I should take HIS car, so he could change the bulb on mine, and when we got back, he had washed the car and cleaned and vacuumed the inside, and checked the tire pressure and topped up all the fluids and replaced a broken license plate holder along with the new plates he ordered at some point AND he changed the bulb. I love that guy.

And in final news, San Diego went off the table and we are back to square one. Decision to be made tomorrow. Ireland back in the running.
mood: busy
music: Marvin Gaye—What's Going On


I don't think I've ever been a padiddle before. Do YOU say that or is that a Midwest thing?

Random data point: I had never heard the word when I grew up on New England. First time I ever heard it was at college, from Midwest or Mid-Atlantic states, but since then I now hear it all the time.

Ah yes, driving with teenagers. I remember lots of church yards too.

We didn't make it out today, hopefully tomorrow. I don't know how long to drive around parking lots before we venture onto a real road! EEK

I was raised by Midwesterners in San Diego, and I live in Chicago now, but I've never heard the word "padiddle" before. I've played the game, but I don't recall what we said! It wasn't that, I'm certain. *snort*

I'm from San Diego, but I've visited Ireland and Ireland gets my vote! Don't forget the Dingle Peninsula, when you go. I'm gonna live there someday.

Ireland won, the decision was made today!

From Megsie

I totally play padiddle! Of course MINNESOTA is totally in the midwest, so, I guess I HAVE to play. I have had the christmas boxes in my living room for a couple of days, and I NEED TO TAKE THE TREE DOWN NOW. I just don't want to. I am happy for you that you have done it. I wish I was done with it too. I also love your husband because he was perfect today! You are so lucky! It is going to be REALLY cold the next couple of days. I hope we don't freeze! xoxoxo

Re: From Megsie

Our little tree is literally RAINING needles. I packed up all the house stuff earlier today and Martin and I have removed everything from the big tree, and I'm working on the little tree. The dining room table is covered AGAIN.

I actually wish we had some of that winter weather. It's warm and rainy and SO NOT WINTRY here. We've had exactly one day of snow so far this winter. Lame!

Ah, so excellent! Can't wait to hear about it all and see gorgeous pics. I love Ireland. ...Duh.

It won't be until end of July :)

Pa-what? I will save you the trouble and click the link in someone else's comment above but I just wanted to say this east-coaster (from Maine down to DC) has never heard the term before so I'm guessing it's regional.

I was guessing midwest, myself. :)

Sure, it takes planning. And nicer weather will be good. I'm patient! ;)

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