Sunday, February 15, 2015

Silver Liningness Sunday

Well, what a difference a week makes.  It's snowing and about 53 shades of grey outside.  Not inviting at all.  Still, can't complain.  I've got a warm house and warm people and pets inside it.  Except for the fish.  They're not warm, they're still monsters...

But it was another good week, and we're getting that much closer to spring.  I've noticed the days getting lighter sooner, and staying lighter longer.  Valentine's Day came and went.  We don't typically play into the Hallmark holiday hype around here, but we do typically get chocolates for the occasion.  As it happened, both Magnum and I forgot the chocolates, but the marriage survived.

On a somewhat related note, two of my celebrity crushes also had good weeks.  Sam Smith (yes, I know he's gay) won 4 Grammys - 4!  Benedict Cumberbatch got hitched on Valentine's Day, breaking many hearts.

A definite highlight this week was a quick visit with brother Guano, who travels a lot for his job.  In fact, he more than makes up for my lack of travel.  Once in a while, his travels allow for side trips near my neck of the woods, so we get chances for short but sweet visits.  Naturally, I've known him my whole life, but it's always nice to get together and catch up on what's what, and talk about what is no more - Mom, some old friends, the way we used to be able to eat when we were teenagers and not weigh 300 pounds...

Related to that, I'm thankful for the flexibility in my schedule, so I can say "you betcha!" when I get a text from Guano saying, "I'm headed down the interstate, wanna go for a burrito in about 30 mins?"  Have I mentioned that my classes for the masters program are online?  Yes, it means I have to have a bit more self-discipline and sometimes I miss the classroom atmosphere, but I love the flexibility.

My Systems instructor (I'm inventing a sewing machine for him) is an avid cyclist.  There's a mug shot of him on the university website, and I think I've spotted him several times on the pathway, but it's hard to tell with all the Secret Squirrel get up and such.  One of these days, I'm gonna shout, "Larry!" cuz that's his name.  And if it's not him, boy will I feel stupid.

I'll keep you posted.



agg79 said...

It's a good thing your schedule is flexible enough for a burrito fix with Guano.

Sprint iIS on it's way, just give it a few more weeks and you'll be out hitting the trails with Alice. At least you ain't snowed under like our friends out east. And another hallmark holiday survived without the chocolate or flowers.

Ginny said...

I love Benedict. Do you watch Sherlock? I can't get enough of him.

Riot Kitty said...

My first real celebrity crush was Billy Joel. When I was in second grade, I thought I'd grow up and marry him. Turns out his third ex-wife is about my age, and his current girlfriend is five years younger, so I wasn't all that far off.

ShadowRun300 said...

I didn't know your classes were online. Glad it enabled you to meet Guano for a burrito!
Our 70 degree weather is long gone too. And the kids have their first snow day tomorrow, although they're having an e-day, so they have to get up and sign in to their classes by 8:15 AM. Kinda takes the fun out of a snow day...
I bet the Valentines Day chocolate is on sale now! It's not too late! Sure, you don't need it for your marriage, but you NEED it right? I mean, it's chocolate!

terri said...

Thanks to the 2015 Grammys, Sam Smith is one of my new music crushes too, along with Ed Sheeran and Hozier.

I didn't feel too guilty about not making a big hoopla of Valentine's Day (again). Since we took each other to Florida on February 14th, I think we'll call it good.

Nice that you got to visit with your brother. My siblings are all so geographically close, that I sometimes think we might be better off if we had a chance to miss each other a little bit!