Wild Things at the Green House

I know... I said I was just taking a week off. I lied. What's it been? Three weeks... give or take? Yes, well... about that. I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm not. Last week, it occurred to me that I hadn't written anything here in more than the week I said I'd be away. I … Continue reading Wild Things at the Green House

There’s No Reason

Caution: This post is a vent session. If you don't want to read my current complaints, go somewhere else. Do you ever have days where you just don't want to be around people? Do you ever have a bad day when there's just no logical reason for it to be bad? That's the kind of … Continue reading There’s No Reason

10 Reasons to Close the School

Working in a school setting, I get excited by the prospect of extra days off. See, as much as I enjoy the work I do, it's still work. And who wouldn't rather sleep late on a Tuesday if you're able to? Especially when the alternative is waking up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for … Continue reading 10 Reasons to Close the School

Free

"The coupon says the coffee is free! That means the coffee is free!" Evan yelled at the boy in the doughnut hat. All the anger that had been building up for the last few weeks was finally finding its release. He didn't mean to take out his frustration on the poor customer service kid at … Continue reading Free

Come Hell or High Water

I was only five years old when the infamous Flood of '85 washed away a chunk of southwest Virginia. I really don't remember much about it, and most of what I do know has been pieced together from old news footage and exaggerated memories. I was in kindergarten at East Salem Elementary School. When the … Continue reading Come Hell or High Water

Dreary

A long time ago, Karen Carpenter sang about how rainy days and Mondays always got her down. Yesterday, it was impossible not to think of that song as it was a rainy Monday. Kids, driving to work in the predawn hours that I'm so used to is miserable enough when the sun's first rays of … Continue reading Dreary

The Single Guy vs. Another Hiking Trip

Kids, I'm starting to think that all hiking trips in which I'm involved are doomed to fail before they begin. You'll recall I attempted a solo trip to the Cascades recently, which ended with me reaching the entrance and turning around and going home due to the overcrowding of the trail. Yesterday, I joined a … Continue reading The Single Guy vs. Another Hiking Trip