Friday, 18 December 2009


The temperature dropped along with the snow all day yesterday. (It finally got down to freezing early this morning.) After dinner the snow began to accumulate, but mean ol' Mama wouldn't let the children go out. I knew they wouldn't stay long, and I didn't want to deal with the mess for such a short play. So I told them they could go out in the morning if the snow was still there. It was nice to watch the snow blow by from the warm, dry house.

The humidifier died. It was one I bought at Goodwill several years ago, and I liked it because it was hot mist; very helpful in the winter, which is when we usually want one. (Does that make sense? Most modern humidifiers are cool mist, but winter is when I usually use one, and who wants to make things colder in the winter?) Several times it has smelled hot, and we just unplugged it for a day or two, but last night I heard a pop, looked up and saw a cloud of smoke coming from it. Yikes! It blew the circuit breaker, which is probably what I heard. Made the house stinky for awhile, but didn't set off the fire alarm.

Bob got to come home on time, thanks to the snow. The people who live far away got to go home early.

The Christmas schedule was finally decided. Bob has weekend duty this weekend, and will work 12 hours (at night) on Mon-Wed next week, but be off Christmas Eve and Day. And he's supposed to be off all New Year's week, while those who were off Christmas week have to work 12s.
It dawned on us that that means I will have to take Riah to Cambridge by myself on Wednesday for his Cardiologist appointment. yea-a. I think I'll do Park and Ride, and really it won't be *that* bad. I just have to allow an extra hour for traffic and bus times.

Monday I'll probably take the children over to the BXtra, as they want to buy presents for each other. That will at least give Bob a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep. Don't know what to do Tuesday...

SO I was wondering, and I'd like as many opinions as possible, do I complain too much? How does that make you feel? I have an acquaintance with a blog, and every time she writes it is negative and depressing. Makes me want to slap her around and tell her to toughen up and get on with it; life isn't ALL bad. And then I wondered if I have the same effect on other people. I could give excuses and explanations, but I really just want to know what you think.


Ganeida said...

I don't think you grip. If you were a downer I wouldn't read. My life's enough of a circus.

You're writing for family overseas & that means lots of little details so they feel connected ~ especially with the kids. Nah. You go girl. You're doing great.

Anonymous said...

Most of the negative has been dealing with people, rules and things that don't go as planned. The same things I gripe about. I like reading it. Now some people (I know one) say not to do that. If you have to wait an hour in line because of incompetency, then keep a happy attitude and be thankful you can stand there, you have the money to pay, etc. etc. He also says don't gripe about taxes. He is adamant about it. So, different boats for different folks or whatever "they" say. jc

Ko-Leen said...

oh, I tend to do a lot of complaining on my blog. Is it mine you found depressing?
Just because I complain doesn't mean I am not happy :) I think the same goes for a lot of people.

MamaOlive said...

Ko-ster8, No, I think you're great. I wouldn't have mentioned my acquaintance if she ever came by here. ;-)

Misty said...

Nope, just kidding. But no, you aren't too much of a complainer. You tell it like it is and trust me, this country is not easy to live in when you've lived in the land of luxury (and Wal-Mart, of course!I'm a Target girl, though.)
Hey, I'd complain more, but my memory is so bad that I would have forgotten by the time I finally get to blog!
You need some backup on Wednesday woman! Give us a call.

Wil said...

I assume you complain for the same reasons I do:
1) to get it off my chest (once I write it down, then I don't feel so frustrated anymore)
2) To fix it. (Maybe if someone reads my complaint, they'll realize there's a better way to do things.)


MamaOlive said...

Thank you all for the affirmation. I feel better about it now.