Winter is….coming?

Well, it’s more than coming, it’s actually HERE.  When we woke up this morning, it wasn’t snowing yet – but it was pretty cold, grey, and dismal.  The news was reporting that we should stay off the roads if at all possible – so I decided to stay at home.  Turns out, that was a good choice, because the roads got really bad after the snow started mid morning.

It’s 7pm here at home, and it’s still snowing.  The weather reports say it should be stopping soon – but I’ve also seen random comments that it may last until midnight.  I don’t know if we’ll get much more – but right now we have about 5 inches on the ground from what I can tell – I didn’t head out with a ruler – maybe I should have. (All the snow inches are important!)

It’s been nice to look out the window from time to time and see the snow building up on the branches of the pine tree outside. The snow is wet and heavy, so it really looks nice, but I’m seeing reports of branches being broken and people are starting to lose power – which – well is scary – seeing that it’s so freaking cold and so many of us need electricity for heat!  (The temptation to fire up the fire place just in case is there!)

Got a fair bit done today – I have a lot more to do – but I’ve been waiting for a few things I need to get it done – I’m in a good place – so I’m not stressed out about it, and I also still have time for the project that I’m working on for our new QA Test repository.  It’s a challenge, but keeps me busy.  And keeping busy keeps me out of trouble. (Well, for the most part).   It was a day of silly – that’s for certain.  We have been goofing around in our team chat and throwing random ‘digital’ snowballs at each other ===============(((O))).  Can’t be a bad thing when we have fun while we’re doing what we need to.

Spent some time last night looking at YouTube videos from watercolor artists.  There’s a new trend of doing what looks like nebulas using color washes, and I’m intrigued.  I’m not a pro at watercolors by any stretch of the imagination – but I’d like to try these out.  One of the videos I watched was a person who did the same thing using Crayola Supertips – so I want to check those out too (seeing that I have them!)   I was going to do it tonight, but I know me – and that I’ll get all distracted and not want to do my deployment stuff tonight (and well, I gotta!)   If I do it, I’ll definitely take pictures and post them, as well as link the videos I use as reference.

Next week is our next planner meetup.  I’m really excited about it.  Not only because I’ll get to see my favorite local planer peeps – but because it’s also my birthday weekend – and I’m celebrating with Fondue and Tiaras with the girls!  It will be a lot of fun, laughs, and of course – yummy fondue!  I am thinking about getting a cake for the meetup itself from Nothing Bundt Cakes – being a grownup – it’s not about a ‘party’ – it’s about spending time with your friends and laughing.

Going to get busy with some non keyboard type stuff until work starts in an hour or so.    Will write more later!

Incoming Snow!

The weather report is predicting 2-4 inches of snow in the area today – and people are already starting to panic.  Charles and I went out to dinner tonight at our favorite Mexican place (Torrero’s) and afterwards, stopped at the grocery store for some things for dinner tomorrow night (We’re making beef stroganoff in the crock pot).  It was PACKED!  Like the day before Thanksgiving, Super Bowl and Christmas packed.  Thankfully we didn’t need a lot, so we were in and out pretty quickly.

It’s cold, and you can smell the snow in the air – so I’m expecting tomorrow to wake up to ice/snow on the ground.  I’m already prepped to work from home – laptop’s in the car, and I have plenty of stuff that I can do from here at home.  So, it will all work out the way it’s supposed to.

Found out this week, that the entire 15 seasons of ER is now on Hulu to watch.  I haven’t seen these shows in FOREVER, and it used to be my favorite way to spend Thursday night.  So, while I’m working on stuff here at my desk, I’ll be watching – man – these folks are SO YOUNG.  Noah Wyle and George Clooney – their first big roles – I swear, they look like they’re 12.  But then again, this was when I was in college and shortly afterwards – so it was the 90s!

My project for January has been to letter a single word and post it on my Instagram and Facebook Page for Phynpenni Designs.  It’s been a lot of fun, and 16 days in, I haven’t missed one!  (This means I’ll jinx myself now).  I am going to continue doing it, because I like the challenge of it, and I really enjoy having a little bit of creativity in my life every day.

My instagram link is here:  Kellieb71

My Facebook page is here:  Phynpenni Designs 

I don’t have a lot of a following, and that’s not really the point of it – I’m sharing the things that make me happy – and if folks notice it – that’s a good thing.   Eventually I’d like to be confident enough to teach people how to do what I do – so starting off slow is juuuust fine 🙂

Am going to figure out a way to do a video of all my words for January and post it here – and try to do some live videos of some of the stuff I am working on – lots of stuff toddling around in my brain!

More later 🙂