Thursday, November 13, 2014

What is Up with that Stretch in Wyoming?

I really don't get what is up with the road crews in a certain portion of Wyoming. They make traveling through there in the winter a pain in the butt.

It's always that stretch starting at Lusk and going North to the rest area at Mule Creek Junction and then the 10 miles over to the WY/SD state line. It's like whatever county is supposed to be maintaining that doesn't care or something. I know it's not entirely the weather's fault as the road is perfectly clear the moment you cross over into South Dakota. I seriously doubt the storm was that bad on one side of the state line and not bad on the other.

The roads were great the whole rest of the trip. In fact, I could even keep a good 75 mph on I-25 most of the time (there are always some icky, icy spots around Chugwater and Wheatland due to wind blowing across the highway). No, from Lusk to the state line - icy and snowpacked and parts where you can't even see the road.

If someone know why this is, I'd really like to know.

Project 365 #13 - New Heated Mattress Pad

OK, since it gets a little chilly in these parts and hopefully I'll be living up here soon, I splurged and bought a dual-control heated mattress pad at Bed, Bath and Beyond for the bed up here at Homestead North. I get cold easily and Marcus doesn't, so it needed the dual controls. Just got it set up and turned on. Hopefully this, combined with my awesome flannel sheets and fake sheepskin comforter, will keep me toasty warm at night so that I can sleep without wasting too danged much propane.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Project 365 #12 - Morning Cold Drive

BRRRR! Little bit chilly around these parts for a November morning. We're fully engulfed in the "Polar Vortex," as the news stations like to call it.

Man, I really need to dust my dashboard - that's disgusting. smile

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11:11 on 11/11

Did you make a wish?

Project 365 #11 - Extra Crafty

Look at the really neat print I bought from The Dreamy Giraffe over on Etsy. I can't wait to make a really crafty frame for it. I feel really bad for this artist as she's dealing with a bunch of scumbags stealing her art and passing it off as their own (a big problem for all creatives especially with the mentality that anything on the internet is free to use).

Monday, November 10, 2014

Project 365 #10 - Cold Night

When I went to work this morning, the temp was around 65°F - by the time I got home and took the dog out for his walk, it was 16°F, according to the display on the hotel across the highway. Mr. T probably didn't need it, but I broke out his coat.

Day of Panic Attacks

Man, I had 2 major panic attacks today.

First, I stopped at Whole Foods on the way to work and my debit card was declined. I had checked the balance this morning to see what purchases I had made with the PayPal card had cleared and there was money in my account. I got to work and logged into the bank website to see the card number was different and not active. Um, Ok...there was no message in my inbox, just notifications about bank statements ready to be downloaded. I started to call the bank, but figured I had better check through the big pile of crap on my desk first. Sure enough, there was a new card mixed in with political crap. Whew.

The 2nd one happened after I called tech support to find a solution to an issue I was having with our mail sorting software. The guy told me to make sure I copied this one file so that if things went wrong, I could put it back. The main problem is that we run our software on a remote server, not individual installations like they want you to do. Me trying to work with this file while everybody else was working corrupted it and I couldn't get it back in. I had a major panic attack and had visions of being fired, not to mention crippling the mailing department. Good thing Marcus has a cooler head than I and managed to get it fixed. Whew.

The Polar Vortex sank into the United States today and Marcus is having a panic attack of his own. The guy that Marcus hired to install the heater for our water tank/pump hasn't showed up to install it and he's panicking about all of our stuff freezing up like last year. He claims he'll be there tomorrow - I hope it is not too late.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Project 365 #9 - Cornered Rabbit

Marcus was walking Mr. T around the parking lot at the Bed, Bath & Beyond on Chambers/Parker while I went inside to get a heated mattress pad for Homestead North. When I came out, I heard the most horrible dog screeching and knew it was Mr. T. I got over to where they were and they had a rabbit cornered in a drainage thing. It's hard to tell, but that's a bunny behind all those leaves.