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A Christmas to Remember...

on December 26, 2009 - 7:43pm

Left a day early (12/23 after work) to head off to my mom's in an effort to beat the snowstorm that was due to hit. Leaving town (Milwaukee), the roads were already icy and the wind had already begun to blow the snow across the roads... The rain had begun to turn to freezing rain. Due to the weather, I was on the road for about an hour.

After a quick dinner w/ mom, it was off to my aunt and uncle's condo (down the street) to visit w/ them and my cousin in town from Denver, CO. Everyone was in good spirits as we sat around eating cookies and drinking an imported bottle of ChocoVine (wine). Finishing off the bottle of ChocoVine, my mom and I headed back home.

Christmas Eve brought back childhood memories as my mom and I made Candy Cane & Chocolate Crinkle cookies in the afternoon while listening to Christmas music playing in the background. That evening, we went to 5:00 pm mass and arriving home, we ate a light dinner before watching "It's a Wonderful Life".

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'Tis the season... For rum cake!!

on December 16, 2009 - 6:00pm

'Tis the season... For rum cake!! Every year, the President of UIU makes homemade rum cakes (w/ real rum) for every branch of the university (140 branches - including the main campus) and then drives around the contintental U.S. to deliver them personally w/ the exception of the international centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia (those are shipped).

The Milwaukee branch of UIU received theirs today and while sitting around eating cake w/ the University President, the question came up: "How many gallons of rum are used each year?" (One large piece of cake after all can give a person a buzz).
** 80 gallons of rum... That's about 1.75 gallons of rum per cake!!
(No wonder everybody is "feelin' good" after eating a piece.)

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And, the holiday countdown continues... Only 5 more days left of work until the university closes for Christmas break. Hoorah!! I can hardly wait.

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Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

on December 9, 2009 - 6:25pm

First big snow storm of the season crosses the contintental U.S. and so far it's missed Milwaukee -- go figure. And here, I was hoping for a snow day (bummer).

It all started yesterday... Meterologists began predicting the first "big" snow storm of the season. And of course, at the mention of the word "snow" people panic.
-- Arriving at work yesterday morning, the air was cold; but not an
ounce of snow or ice on the ground. And almost instantly, the
calls started coming in -- "Are classes cancelled for tonight?"
and "What about tomorrow? Will classes be cancelled?"
-- HELLO!!! Most universities have until 7:00 am to cancel morning/
daytime classes and 3:00 pm to cancel evening classes/activities.
Also, classes are cancelled based on road conditions, not actual
weather conditions (freezing temps, etc) & building conditions
(i.e. no heat, etc).

So, last night I went to bed early anticipating the "big" snowstorm that was due to hit Milwaukee Co. overnight figuring I'd have to get up every two hours or so to shovel out the car (in case school wasn't cancelled). Got up every two hours only to notice the snow didn't hit... Until 4:00 am!

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I'm going insane...

on December 1, 2009 - 7:54pm

My dad hasn't even been deceased a month... Let alone buried yet (we're burying him on Saturday). And all I want is some time to myself... Is this asking too much?

Of course it is! That is according to my friend in Hartford, WI. She still calls me every night... All she does is whine for hours on end about her online classes and volunteering at Church. It's to the point where I have to disconnect my landline & turn off the cell (w/ the hope nobody else needs to get a hold of me).

Wait... It gets better yet. Now, she's accusing me of not wanting to be her friend anymore because she has an anxiety disorder and is bi-polar; since omigod... I'm busy doing other things and don't have time to just sit and talk on the phone for hours on end w/ her.

Oh, yeah... And it's some sort of federal crime if I talk on the phone w/ my other friends and/or family or spend time w/ them. "Said friend" in Hardford whines about that too; despite the fact we get together almost every Friday.

I live my own life... And it does not always involve her or revolve around her. I've told her this numerous times, and she just doesn't get it.

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Just venting...

on November 17, 2009 - 8:43pm

Just a moment to vent my frustrations...

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I have a friend who is driving me crazy!! -- Don't we all, though....

My friend is "obsessed" with constantly knowing where her friends are and who they are with. She's also under the belief that "friends" should talk on the phone at least 1x per day and if they don't it's "abnormal".

Here's the problem...

- I have told her repeatedly (especially now that my dad is gone) that it doesn't matter where I am or who I'm with. It's no concern of hers.
- I have also told her I'm not one who "needs" to talk on the phone w/ my friends (or family) every day... I'm quite capable of going a day w/o talking on the phone.

She just doesn't get it! She calls me every night when I'm home from work. If I don't answer, she leaves a message... But then calls back again about 2 hours later (repeat pattern until 10:00 pm).

It's gotten to the point where I just don't answer the phone at all when I'm home (I screen my calls) because I'm to the point where I just don't want to talk w/ her on the phone anymore.

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