Monday, January 31, 2011

Off to the race track!

How fast do you drive in a parking lot? Do you drive as fast as you do on the roads? On the highway?

One of my biggest pet peeves is drivers who think parking lots are race tracks. Yup, I nearly got hit twice the other day while shopping for groceries. The first time I was making my way through the sludge and ice, attempting to get to the store entrance. On foot, of course. A little old lady decided she would pull out of her parking spot at that exact moment, instead of backing out. Backing out would have been much better.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement, so I turned to look at this automobile just inches away from me. I gaped at the driver. Really? You're coming this way even though I'm walking?

Remember that film with Dustin Hoffman? "I'm walking here!"

I can't remember the name of it. Midnight Cowboy? Well back to the story.

So she waved her hand at me to continue walking. Yes, I think I will, thank you.

Later, after filling my cart with groceries, it was back outside to the race track. Now I was attempting to push my cart through the slush, in between the parked cars, searching for oncoming cars, of course. To my left was a mini-van approaching fast. Good thing I was paying attention.

The female driver was looking, well, BEHIND HER while driving, perhaps scolding her kids in the back seat. Who knows for sure. Okay. What's wrong with this picture? Luckily, I observed that she was not looking, so I stayed put as she barreled past me.

Yes, I finally got to my car, unscathed.

Whew! Who would think a simple trip to the grocery store could be so riddled with danger?

Friday, January 21, 2011

I Need A Little Springtime!

Oops, looks like I've already broken my NY's resolution.
I didn't post on this blog yesterday.

Today we have snow, snow, snow. Have I ever mentioned I hate winter? It is cold and dreary and tough to navigate and depressing.

My current blog header picture depicts the winter blues. I am considering switching it to a picture of summer or fall to soothe my winter blues.

What do you think? Should I change it?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Boy, did I really fail on last year's resolution to post every day in this blog!

First of all, for anyone reading this, here is my excuse. This past October I got a freelance job writing news stories for The Barrington Patch. That keeps me very busy. I write 3 or 4 stories a week, sometimes more.

So, here are my New Year's resolutions for 2011, which I will probably break.

1. Post on this blog every day.

2. Brush my hair out as soon as I get up in the morning. (I always wait 'til later, and it takes forever to get all the tangles out, so it takes me forever to get out the door.)

3. Try to do something helpful for someone every day.

4. Eat better, eat smarter.

5. Exercise every day.

6. Take a Yoga class.

7. Stop complaining and try to find the positive in every day.

8. Get better organized.

9. Save money.

10. Publish a short story, poem, or heavens, even a novel!