Well, I’ve collected a few thoughts since I last wrote in this forum, so I thought I’d jam ‘em all together in today’s post and label it “Tuesday Musings”.
I finally got to take a walk this morning, but I didn’t travel too far, despite the warm weather. I’ve really failed to gain traction in the walking regimen with all the weather stops and starts this past three weeks, so I didn’t want to overdo it.
On Monday, there was still snow on the grassy areas, but this morning … poof, it was all gone, save for a small patch smack in the middle of my front lawn. I live on the shady side of the street, so I am always the last person on the block with snow languishing, long after everyone else’s snow has melted. In the space of 24 hours, it appeared that Mother Nature had simply photoshopped the white landscape and replaced it with brownish grass and blah gardens full of debris that has accumulated there since Fall’s last yard waste pickup date.
Yesterday, while my boss was wending his way back from the snowy vista in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I took advantage of his absence to get errands done and give the car a good run. I strapped on the pedometer and racked up two miles making various stops, plus walking around the grocery store and then schlepping the bags into the house afterward. Meijer is full of Easter goodies, Spring break beach accessories, Little League outfits and flower and veggie seed packets. With the mild temps and these warm weather items beckoning you to buy them, you really can’t help but think Spring may be just around the corner.
One errand on my list was topping off the gas tank. The owner of the gas station where I go was surprised to see me and the conversation went like this:
“You’re back again so soon?” he asked, and me, with all the swagger I could muster amidst a store crammed full of customers buying lottery tickets, filling up tall cups with their caffeine fix and paying for gas, merely answered “yup, it’s the third time I’ve bought gas this Winter already and I’ve gone about one hundred miles altogether” … well, understandably there were some titters in the crowd, so I turned around and explained that I am not a typical Michigan Winter driver and I work from home so the car and its owner don’t get out much. They really don’t have to know that I am a Winter weenie when it comes to driving.
My boss called me late in the day as he was nearing home and said “I can’t believe the temperature in the car is 66 degrees. I’ve got the windows open and I don’t see any snow – I thought you said it was so terrible with snow and ice while I was in the UP?” I said “it all melted” … I know he was dubious and I think my credibility might be shot now.
So today, it is back to the grindstone after a five-day respite while Robb was gone. He is still catching up which gives me some unexpected free time, so I am here to write this blog post.
Over the past few days, I watched the highlights of some recent special events, like the Super Bowl, or more specifically, its ads. Yes, I’m a little late in the game to be perusing those ads, which I thought were a tad lame, although I did like the Doritos baby ultrasound ad. I missed the Budweiser Beer puppy and horse camaraderie which made me misty when I watched it the last few years. I though Bud’s 2016 ad was boring in my humble opinion! Next, I skipped around and watched the Grammy Awards highlights, mostly for the tributes, because sadly it seems that the only artists I know anymore are those featured in the tributes. I even watched some parts of the controversial Oscars as well, but knew few celebrities or presenters. Gee, at age 59 I seem to be slowly slipping into old fogeydom, but, come to think of it, I cancelled my “People” magazine subscription about five years ago, after I flipped through that magazine one day and didn’t know 90% of the faces on those glossy pages.
It’s a big political day here in Michigan as we have our primary today. Will Donald Trump be triumphant here? I heard a 20-minute interview he gave with WWJ radio and he is feeling confident, as is Hilary Clinton. It made me feel old when I heard sound bytes of Chelsea Clinton, with her second child on the way, on the stump for her mom – it seems like just yesterday she had a mouthful of braces and unruly hair and she was running around the White House lawn. Perhaps Hillary Clinton does well on this International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate equality for women worldwide.
As to the primary, I was musing on my walk today it is all about checking the box … checking “D” or “R” and then picking your candidate. Meanwhile, I am having a checking and unchecking the box issue of my own with Microsoft. They insist on foisting Windows 10 on me after I mistakenly took them up on their offer last July for the free upgrade to the next operating system. I’ve since changed my mind and want to remain with Windows 7 but now cannot revoke that invitation. Though I pick my Windows updates/downloads myself and repeatedly uncheck the box for Windows 10 to infiltrate my computer, Microsoft has become insistent, checking the box for me every time I log on. It has become a game of sorts, in which I have tried to thwart the invitation auto-download by unchecking the box, only to go back a short time later to find it “magically” checked again. I despair that I’ll be distracted one time and forget to uncheck the &^%$ box and it launches as I shut down, since I have to have a compatible system to my work computer which is running Windows 7.
It has become a meeting of the minds – man, er woman versus machine. Sigh.
Whatever box you check today, make it a good choice and be sure to check out today’s Google Doodle in honor of International Women’s Day – I think they have outdone themselves.