I am in awe of those of you who have been writing the wonderful reflective devotionals these last few days. I do not seem to have the ability yet to form cohesive thoughts and put them into words. There are several topics I want to write about floating around in my brain, but they haven't reached the spot yet where they can be transformed into something readable.
Begin with a normal Wednesday, with the forecast for a blizzard
+ the fact that the weather forecasters usually get excited about nothing
+ a correct forecast this time
x two feet of snow
+ the beginning of Christmas break for the kids
+ the excitement of Christmas coming and presents under the tree
- an efficient snow removal system in our city (or make that state)
x a bit of thaw, following by lowered temperatures
= wash board streets, probably sending cars to alignment shops and people to chiropractors
+ closure of the uninversity
+ approaching deadline date for application materials to arrive in my office
x extra days off for lack of snow removal on campus
+ ill co-worker
x co-worker stranded in Florida because United pre-emptorily (word?) called off flights before the second possible blizzard closed the airport again)
- said second blizzard turns into a few extra inches of snow, but no blizzard (at least) - co-worker still stuck in Florida (not a bad place to be stuck)
+ first co-worker's ill child
= me in the office all by myself
x 10,000 pieces of mail piling up while university is closed
+ President Ford's funeral delaying delivery yet another day
x phone calls to the front office that I have to answer, though I don't know the answers to their questions, because it's not my department
+ two huge problems with students in the distance ed program
x unanswered phone calls and e-mails
= GIGANTIC HEADACHE
x extra days off for school, so all 3 kids will be here today - because the city and the school district couldn't get it together to get the snow off the streets in front of the schools so the busses could get in and out of the streets
+ yet another 8 inches of snow overnight!
+ no idea of how to keep 3 grandkids occupied for another day at home - especially Anakin, who likes to be a karate expert and is literally kicking and bouncing his way around the house most of the time (making this noise I wish I could replicate here).
Quote for the day: "Grandma, I think you're addicted to blogs!" Anakin, soon-to-be 9.