I am smiling ear to ear tonight, basking in the warmth of comments and emails received in the last couple days from blog friends who probably long since wondered if I died. I've really missed you guys! :-) You all know I'm long-winded and I can't just write a short post. I've never mastered the art of condensing my thoughts - I prefer to let my mind ramble on, and lord it does! :-) I know I won't get thru my blog roll daily or post daily either, it's just not possible, there aren't enough hours in the evening. But I'm going to do my darnedest to keep up with it, because I enjoy the interaction, the opportunities to think about things, and to share our lives!
Speaking of blog time, I am loving the new Reading List feature on my Blogger Dashboard. If you add the blogs you read (and it doesn't have to be only Blogger blogs, can be WordPress or whatever), you will get continuous updates of who has posted something new. This saves a bunch of time compared to clicking thru the whole list just to see who's had time to update their blog. If you haven't tried it yet... do, it's great!! I know there are other sites that also track updates, but having it right here in Blogger makes it so quick and easy for me to check at the same time I'm checking to see who's stopped by my blog.
For those who don't know, I got a brand new laptop about a week ago. The one I had was three years old and the Best Buy Geek Squad was unable to order the parts needed to correct some wiring glitch that was causing pieces of my emails/documents to spontaneously delete while I was writing. (It made me crazy!) Since the laptop had an extended warranty and they couldn't fix it, they gave me a brand new one which just happens to be larger and more powerful than my old one, and of course has Windows Vista instead of XP. It also has a 10-key pad and bigger keys which are nice for my chubby fingers. I'm in laptop heaven. :-)
At work, I share a computer with my coworker and am actually on it very little. I'm busy in the mornings but afternoons are sometimes slow, so my supervisor lets me bring in my laptop and beloved Internet card to play on while waiting for the next phone call, cashier task, or project. This just might enable me to find some time for keeping up with blogs, at least with things being slow at the moment. We have an oil-based economy here and it's taken a toll on most businesses, including ours. These days we are thankful just to have jobs. Many places are laying off workers or shutting down altogether. Pay increases are probably not in the foreseeable future. Anyway, I finally have a little 'puter playtime again - hallelujah! :-)
It was an amazing 86 degrees here today! Not bad for late February! My Dad in Dakota is in the deep freeze, and at 83 struggles with the ice, snow and cold. I don't miss that stuff one bit! We haven't had any of the white stuff this year, not one snow day. That's disappointing but I'll take it as opposed to driving to work on icy roads, low visibility on the Interstate, etc. It's kinda hard to please me with the weather though. I'd like it to be about 75 year around - never hot and never cold. :-) Summers are way hot here and the heat makes me sick, so I'm enjoying our early spring now, before it turns to sizzle.
Remember how I wasn't permitted to have cats at my apartment when I left my ex and the farm? Well we do now! Both are rescue cats. One was adopted the day I left Hobbs and came to my new life with me, and we adopted the second from the Humane Society shelter a few months ago. Both are females and about 5 years old. Emily (she came with that name) is a Maine Coon, and Sophie is a Maine Coon mix. Maine Coons became my favorite kind of cats after having Smokey because they are so gentle and affectionate, and of course very pretty. I'll try to get some photos of them posted soon. They both adore John, and bless his heart he is a cat lover. (Would I marry someone who wasn't?) He previously had a mama cat that lived to be 20 years old! I'd like to say that Emily and Sophie are BFFs but the truth is that they merely tolerate each other. They wrestle and play, but are also jealous of lap time and would much prefer the other to run away from home. :-) Emily is more restless and a bit demanding, she also thinks she's telepathic and will stare holes in me trying to communicate things like "my dish is empty"or "remove the laptop from your lap". Sophie is a mellow love bug and drapes herself over John's leg on the recliner and will happily stay there all evening. They have their own room (which also doubles as a store room for our clutter) where they spend the night so that we can sleep undisturbed with our bedroom door open. Emily heads for bed without coaxing but Sophie does her best to evade capture if she senses what's coming. :-) Can you tell I'm happy to have furkids back in my life? Yup, sure am!
So much more I want to update, but getting late here so will stop for tonight and save your eyes. Thanks for stopping by. Look for posts with a little more substance in the days and weeks to come, I'm just getting caught up!