O First snow of the season -- 12/07/08

Hey, this will make three in a row!
(Just wander in from Holidailies? There's an introduction to the main characters down towards the bottom of the page... just scroll down.)

We did have some flurries earlier in the season (although I didn't see them, the television weather babblers assured me that a few had been spotted by alert weather watchers) and a few days ago we had a brief storm of raindrop sized ice pellets, but this was the first cover-the-ground-with-whiteness snow storm.

I suppose I could have brightened up this picture in Photoshop, but this is what it looked like this morning -- dark gray skies and a coating of snow on the ground. Not a heavy layer of snow, just a inch or so. Picture taken at mid-morning, looking towards the street from our front porch.

Jill said that she and Eli built a snow creature in Eli's yard -- removing almost all of the snow from his yard in the process -- a creature straight from D&D gaming (which, by the way, Jill & Eli are deeply into). She showed me pictures (on her cell phone). Very cool looking.

Since I don't have her cell phone pictures to show you, I'll just have to stick in another view from our front porch...
I've been really tired today. Probably the results of yesterday's trip to New York... and I had trouble sleeping last night. Well, not actually last night, more about four o'clock this morning, when a certain cat came wandering into our bedroom inquiring about the possibility of breakfast. Nancy persuaded onto our bed, but failed in persuading him to curl up and go to sleep. He would lie down for a few minutes and then climb on top of me (and, believe me, his weight is sufficient to counter any claim that he has ever missed a meal in his life) and attempt to convince me to come downstairs and feed him. Eventually I gave up trying to sleep... got up... fed him... went back to bed... couldn't sleep, couldn't sleep, couldn't sleep... and then, just about as I was going to give up and start my day, I did fall asleep... and then proceeded to sleep later in the morning than I like to.

Helped Nancy bring some stuff to her classroom. An example of "stuff" -- the office shredder that she was using in her office at home before she moved her desk downstairs to my office (where I have a big industrial-strength shredder) so she is donating hers to her classroom. You know, I get very annoyed with people who go around saying that teachers have part-time jobs, only work six hours a day for ten months out of the year. Sure, there are some who are like that, just do the NEA approved contractual minimum, but there are a lot more who are really dedicated and put in far more hours. Nancy leaves the house a few minutes after seven in the morning (it's only a three mile commute) and is usually home before three (except on the days when she stays to provide extra help to students or when there are meetings), but then she puts in another three or four (or five!) hours... and at least several hours more over the weekend. She may only put in thirty-five hours a week at school, but she puts in at least another twenty-five a week at home.

Well, at least with the snow on the ground it is beginning to seem more like Christmas. It must be getting close, probably only five or six weeks left... What do you mean only two and a half weeks?

An introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 65 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 26 yr old baker and part-time college student), son Jeremy (23 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. I currently work from home doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web- based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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