Some Wine with that Blush?

It’s weird when I have a dream that involves my coworkers, and then I see those particular people the very next day. I had a dream very early this morning that I was having a conversation with someone from work and we were kind of flirting back and forth with each other. It was kind of nice, actually. There were other fragments of the dream that had nothing to do with him, but that was the only memorable part of the dream.

I saw the same character when I started my shift today and we had a light conversation. I felt like giggling, but then he would’ve wondered why and then I would’ve turned all red and/or giggled even more.

“‘Constant’ craving….”

Yo! Well, I kind of stumped myself when I came up with this past week’s word for Saturday Scavenger Shots. I chose the word “constant” and then had a brain freeze.

Just moments ago while going through my photos, I came up with an idea for the word, even though I’m late. Here are my photos (or gallery) for the word “constant”:

The changing of the four seasons in this part of the country is constant. We go through winter, spring, summer and fall. It’s not always a smooth transition, but we get to each one. Winter is usually the one who pushes fall and spring off of the stage. This time it gave the others a chance to shine. We had a very mild winter this year and now we’re in the middle of a huge heat wave and it hasn’t even hit summer yet! Anyway, those are my photos for the word “constant”.

“She doesn’t own a dress, her hair is always a mess…”

Hi! It’s time for another fun edition of Saturday Scavenger Shots! Ms. Laura from “What Fresh Hell is This” chose the word “train”. Let’s get into the right train of thought, shall we?

Well first off, the title of my blog post is from a song called “Meet Virginia”. It is sung by the band called “Train”! Ta da!

Okay, onto an actual photo. I was looking all over (at least all over the computer and through one of my flash drives) for the following photo because I wanted it to be my photo for today’s game. When I finally found it, I was very happy and did a happy dance in my head.

Anyway, the following photo was taken awhile back during one of my many visits to my childhood hometown. I lived in a cool house near these tracks for 19 years, and I kind of miss hearing the trains roll past us. My friends and I would also walk down these tracks on our way to and sometimes back from high school.

The new word for next week will be “constant”. Anyone else in the mood to choose our SSS words? Please let us know if you vant to play!

Well Into Wednesday

This past weekend was a nice long one for me since I had Friday and Monday off for vacation. It was just what I needed to refresh my soul.

My mom treated me to a day of shopping since she didn’t get a chance to buy anything for my birthday. I bought three nice dresses and two sweaters, and then I bought a few pieces of jewelry to match. I was drawn to greens, blues and blue-greens as a color scheme this time. Everything fits! Woo hoo!

My mom and I were invited on Sunday to my brother’s place to see his new house and to have a barbecue. I picked the biggest steak and ate it all while my brother resented the fact that he didn’t pick that steak first. Anyway, the house is beautiful. It has a great view of a bit of the Metroparks, and my brother can do some fishing right in his backyard.

When I returned on Tuesday, I had to sit at the front desk while everyone gathered in another area for a staff meeting. When they returned, a bunch of them congratulated me! Why? Because this month is my ten-year work anniversary! Yeehaw! My official first day as a permanent employee was May 30th, but I was acknowledged on Tuesday with a certificate signed by our chairman and CEO, thanking me for 10 years of service, and I was also given a Visa giftcard for 100 bucks! A friend of mine had reached his 5-year anniversary, and he received a giftcard too. We were both grinning like we had received all A’s on our report cards.

After work yesterday, I tried to think of something I could buy with that card. I wanted it to go a long way. Nothing looked good to me at Walmart, so when I went home I checked out Amazon. Jackpot! I bought some MP3 downloads of Ike and Tina Turner songs and then I bought the movies “Predator” and “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”. I love knowing that I’ve got movies on the way!

“What Sweet Music They Make!”

Hey everyone! How is your weekend so far? I hope you’re having beautiful weather wherever you live!

I chose this week’s Saturday Scavenger Shot word, “music”. I had a few ideas, but then just realized that my camera is in my car. I’m too lazy to go out to get it, but I do have one photo for ya.

This is my choir music bag! Each member of the choir was able to get one of their own. They weren’t free, but the money went towards our MUSIC. Look, it even has our choir’s name on it! Nice!

I tag Laura for the next word! Again, if anyone wants to play along, please let us know! The more the merrier!

National Lampoon’s Trip to the Zoo

Okay, so I already mentioned in my previous post that I went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday for the arthritis walk. According to the free pedometer they gave me, I walked a total of 7.5 miles! Yay! Let me tell you more about what went on before the walk, though.

For a few weeks, I was a bit hesitant on whether or not I’d go by myself to the zoo. I have never driven there myself. The last time I went to the zoo was back in 1993 for a college field trip. I was taking a course called “Freshmen Experience”. I remember going to the zoo with all of my fellow freshmen and our professor and his assistant professor. I was the last one to be rounded up at the end of the day, and I remembered the stinging awkwardness of everyone waiting for me. Good times.

Anyway, so it had been awhile. I looked up Mapquest to see if I could get there without the use of freaky highways, and there was a way that took a little less than half an hour. Sweet. I was still nervous, though, because it was way out of my comfort zone. I would’ve rather gone with a friend of mine who’s fearless, but she couldn’t go. It was up to me. Even my mom was nervous for me. The closer it got to the day of the walk, the more I wanted someone to tell me that the walk was canceled or maybe it was rained out or something.

Nope, the day arrived and I decided I was gonna go for it. I left early and started on my voyage. Half of the trip was in familiar territory, and thankfully none of it was under construction. During the last bit of the trip, I did get confused and had to turn around, but once I actually trusted the signs that led to the zoo, I found my way and took a few deep breaths after I found a parking spot.

We all had light blue T-shirts on, so we could find our team. That was helpful. When I got there, I was given a tote bag and then sent to the pre-registered area of the sign-in tent. The lady checked off my name and gave me a free admission ticket to the zoo since I was part of the walk.

Later on, I noticed that other people had other bags they could use as backpacks. Someone else had a pedometer, so I went to find those bags. I found them and the pedometers, so I thought I’d give my original totebag back to the lady who was handing them out. About 1/2 hour after I gave the bag to her, I realized my free ticket had been inside. Oops and expletives! I told our team leader and she said that there were probably some people who weren’t coming, so I’d still wind up with a ticket, but either way, it would be handled. Eventually, I was able to find the woman who I gave the totebag to, and I told her my story. She said, “Oh, let me see if I can get you another ticket!” She was gone for maybe 10 seconds and returned with an extra free ticket! I wanted to hug her, I was so relieved.

Now, since I raised 100 + for the walk, I should’ve been given a coupon for a free T-shirt. I never got that, and found out later at another tent. A friend of mine was there with her husband and she offered hers, since she said she’d wind up wearing her husband’s T-shirt anyway.

We were eventually able to start our walk. I separated from the pack and went off on my own. On my way up a steep hill, I recognized another coworker and her grandson, so I walked with them for awhile and then had lunch once we were finished with the official walk. Then we went our separate ways because we wanted to see different animals. I wanted to see the wolves, especially.

After awhile, I was done and just wanted to head back home. I found my car and headed back home. I was still nervous about the ride home, and it was made worse by the fact that it was weekend traffic. My head started to get really tight as I waited for familiar territory. Once I did find a very familiar street, I started to relax. I patted myself on the back for fighting through my fear of leaving my zone, and then had fun sorting through my photos. Here are a few:

Snow Leopard

Red Panda

Koala

Lion

Cheetah

Meerkats

Sea Lion

Wolf