Sunday, July 31, 2005

I'm soooo tired ...

It's just past midnight. I'll be going to bed in a few minutes. But, first, let me tell you why I left work late tonight (around 11:15 p.m. instead of 10:30 p.m.). That would be because I got a phone call from a person I shall not name who wanted to know if there would be a story in tomorrow's paper about an accident that happened in a completely different part of the state. At least one victim is supposed to be from this area. Well, no, we didn't have anything. And, we didn't have anybody currently in the newsroom who was qualified to do anything about it.

So, I called the person who had been "on desk" that evening. I was advised to try to get information and leave info for the person on desk and reporter who would be working tomorrow. I called my informant back, and got a possible name of the victim. With that information, I tried calling the hospital where the victim was supposed to be. They had no information for me. I don't know if that means I had the wrong name, or if that means the person is no longer a patient.

So, I finally have the last page done, with the addition of an AP story with a sentence added that someone was supposedly from this area. And I sent it more than half an hour after deadline. Then my mom called. My kids were with her, and she wanted me to come pick them up. Well, I would have picked them up earlier, if this all hadn't happened.

I'm just sooo tired.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Lemme see ...

Okay, Kent is in Reno, visiting friends of his from the Internet. They paid his way, because we can't afford it. He returns Monday.

I took the girls to Dolliver Monday. When we were leaving, I stubbed the middle toes of my right foot on cement, making the middle toe bleed. It's still sore. When I got home, I checked Ogame and found that someone had attacked my main planet and smashed my fleet. I messaged him and complained. He apologized. I'm not sure I trust him, but my alliance is alerted and if there's a next time, he will be getting more than complaints. Really. I also built a new colony as a place to build a shipyard and I'm building it up.

I've got to go in to work and get a refresher course in laying out Farm News because Randy is gone next week, and Bob will be gone on Wednesday, when FN is being finished. The really joyful part of this is that the paper's size changes on Aug. 1, so not only will I be laying out a publication I haven't touched in more than a year, page sizes (and therefore column sizes) will change. The page I'm most concerned about is the market page, because Randy uses the same page and just changes some information on it. That will have to be redone before next week.

My car wouldn't start yesterday, so I had to use Kent's car. I was driving mine because it had more gas, since I drove Kent's car all last week. I'm just driving his today, but I'll try to start mine. Mom gave me $4.25, and I borrowed $1 so I could put $5.25 on my Wal-Mart gift card. Then I discovered it had $2.10 on it already. I could have had a Dr Pepper some time this week! It's been days ...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Happy Fourth of July

It was a mostly lazy day. Donna, Mom, Jessica and Suzanna were coming over around 8 for supper. We provided most of the food, so Donna cooked the meat. Suzanna brought a friend, but there was plenty of food for everyone. Donna even took home some steak for Alex.

Cayla played with a homemade hula hoop made of some kind of plumbing piping held together with duct tape. I'm planning to get her a hoop at the dollar store. Her homemade one kept coming apart. ;-) I made potato salad in the middle of the day and was very good at keeping out of it until it was time to eat with everybody. I love potato salad - I'm even having it for breakfast!

The parade seemed shorter than last year, and I suffered a major disappointment when for the first time since I moved to this town, State Sen. Daryl Beall didn't come over to say "hi" to me. I've known Daryl for about 4 years, since I started working at The Messenger and he worked there at the time. Every year that I've lived in Otho, Daryl has been in the July 4th parade and every year he comes over and greets me. Except this year. I would e-mail him, but I lost his e-mail address in a computer reformat.

The menu for supper was as follows:
Chuck steak for the adults
Hot dogs
Potato salad
Baked beans from Ja-Mars
Coleslaw from KFC
Cream cheese-salsa dip and Tostitos
Barbecue potato chips
Various sodas
Root beer floats

I think everybody had a pretty good time. The fireworks were loud - they are set off about a block from where I live. Mom watched for a couple of minutes, then went in because of the noise and mosquitos. I stayed outside, taking pictures and getting bitten.

That's a finale.


A firework makes a happy face

Cayla plays with a homemade hula hoop while waiting for the July 4th parade to begin.