Monthly Archives: December 2017

Winter Solstice

Today, Thursday December 21, will be the shortest day of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator (the Northern Hemisphere).

Technically speaking, the winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5° south latitude. In 2017, this will occur at exactly 11:28am Eastern Standard Time today.


Humorous Hump Day


Santa Baby

Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me

Been an awful good girl

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, a ’54 convertible too, light blue

I’ll wait up for you, dear

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the fun I’ve missed

Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed

Next year I could be also good

If you’ll check off my Christmas list

Santa honey, I want a yacht and really that’s not a lot

Been an angel all year

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, there’s one thing I really do need, the deed

To a platinum mine

Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, and fill my stocking with a duplex and checks

Sign your ‘x’ on the line

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my Christmas tree

With some decorations bought at Tiffany

I really do believe in you

Let’s see if you believe in me

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring

I don’t mean on the phone

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry, tonight

Songwriters: Joan Javits / Philip Springer / Tony Springer


Snow Day

Today is supposed to be another day of snow. We are expecting 1-3 inches. I hope it’s not more than that. I know I complain about snow, even though I think it’s beautiful, it’s still a lot of work. I have enough to do without having to worry about what all extra I have to do on a snow day. Complaining is over.


The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

– Luke 1:26-38


Moment of Zen: Colorful Socks

I just love colorful socks.


Friday

There is nothing yet to report on the job front, except that I go back to work at my current job today. I took yesterday off. It’s always best to take an extra day after a whirlwind trip like that. I needed the day to relax. It’s a good thing too. I had a terrible headache yesterday, so it was mostly a lazy day curled up in bed with Isabella. She’s such a good little companion when you’re not feeling well.


Back Home

I’m back home in Vermont with Isabella. She’s always so sweet when I get home after being away. She just wants to be near me wherever I am. Now that I’m home from my whirlwind trip to Chicago, I have to just wait and see how they respond to my interview.


The Good and The Good

The good news is that things seemed to go exceptionally well yesterday at the job interview. I think I did exceptionally well with those I interviewed with. It was about a four hour process. From what I could gather, it’s up to the CEO as to whether I get the job or not. Since he did more talking than I did in our interview, that interview is a toss-up. I’m hoping that I will hear their decision soon. Maybe today, but probably by the end of the week. Then again, who knows.

In other good news, Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of child molestation. I honestly never thought it would happen, but it did. A Democrat has won a Senate seat in Alabama.


Chicago

Chicago
Carl Sandburg, 1878 – 1967

Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s
Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Bareheaded,
Shoveling,
Wrecking,
Planning,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing!
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.