Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winding Down a Year With Poodles

What? Another year has almost past? It seems like yesterday that I was having fun with what Santa brought me last year. Or maybe I was returning it. I can't remember.


Yes, I'm getting older. The time flies by but I'm glad to be here. Have you noticed how the most bizarre things happen around "The Holidays". Just a few miles up the road, a car sped off the road, over a guardrail and into a creek. All four passengers have now died, two were dead at the scene. What the accelerator? The theory is that the accelerator pedal stuck which is an apparent issue with that type of car (Avalon).

This morning the newspaper reported that they were from a local church that was canvassing the neighborhood. My question is was the Reaper there for all of them or just one?

Note to self: Be careful getting into a car with other passengers.......YIKES!

Also, my second cousin and his wife lost their son earlier this month. It's a very sad story of a young person not able to find himself.

This post is getting too deep for me, unlike our latest SNOW. That's right. WE HAVE (or maybe I should say HAD) MORE SNOW! It stuck to the grass last night but the city facility where I teach on Wednesdays is delaying their opening today so I don't have to teach my class. I do have to get my hair done, though, and I hope my stylist made it in from west of town in order to prevent me from looking like this:

Fido models "The Silver Reffie"

Things have been slow this week. This weather is messing with my outside running schedule. Yesterday, I ran in the snow. Yes, I am THAT crazy. I didn't even take water with me. I just stuck out my tongue when I got thirsty. I got a bit wet, but it wasn't that bad.

My gloves soaked up the giant snowflakes so my hands were cold. I stepped in enough puddles to cause my shoes to squeak. My feet felt like icicles but other than that, no sweat. Well, there was sweat, but we won't discuss that. Afterall, women glisten, right?

I'll leave you with a few Texas novelties: First, from the site:

Hubby saw this car the other day. What the tailgate?

Down in Austin, it's a little more laid back at Christmas:

My friend took this photo on her way to New Braunfels. Where else but in Texas would you find such a fascination with armadillos and no, they really aren't that big!

Tune in Sunday for the start of
Knucklehead's Blogger Idol contest. While suffering from temporary insanity, I signed up to be a contestant.

Smiling and blinking**

I love, love, love all of you. Please vote for me next week. Whatever I write will be the best. Whatever I WRITE will be the best. Vote for me. Me. Me. I am open to bribes....

OK. OK. I don't like the begging part of it but I think the contest will be fun.

I do love all of you, though.


Be careful out there.

Photo credits: Fido: The Pack on, Creative Commons license (see sidebar), Austin decorations: LAWilson


Anonymous said...

Have you ever watched the news, and notice how often the ONLY SURVIVOR will always say "God was watching over me". Uhhhhhh. So God chose you, and the others must have really pissed him off?

When I die, I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandpa did. Not screaming like the passengers in his car did.

joke joke joke

Anonymous said...

Wow. Sorry about the sad news Reffie.

Here's a zombie hug for you.

Woops, sorry about that nip. You don't really need that ear, do you?

heh heh heh

And what Knucklehead Blog Idol contest? I'm always at his blog and I no read this!

He banned me didn't he?

Mama-Face said...

I will be a voting madwoman.

You'll probably get a bunch of comments with sad stories, but such is life...yesterday a woman was killed on the freeway while trying to help at another accident. so sad.

I haven't been running in about 2 is sooo cold and I have a morbid fear of slipping on the ice. I am going to pay for my laziness.

Love you more.

ReformingGeek said...

@dana - I LOVE that joke. I wish I'd thought of it for the post. ;-)

@Quirky - Hum......can you sew that ear back on? As for the contest, um.....shame on him for not posting about it.

I'm sure you're banned. YOU are TOO GOOD!

@mama-face - I don't mind the sad stories. It's a crazy world. It helps to share.

I hope you can run again soon. I have access to indoor running but I HATE it!

United Studies said...

Why does it seem that so many tragic things happen around the holidays? Is it because we just become more aware of them? I dunno...

But Happy New Year!

Mike said...

Bizarre things do happen! in Starkville Misissippi, 9 people died in an apartment fire. As I watched the news coverage, I noticed that the apartment complex looked familiar. Turns out that it was the same complex that my Aunt had lived in when I visited about 15 years ago.

I don't know about this competition? I don't do too good under pressure!

Happy new year.

Chris said...

Regarding Blogger Idol (Renamed: "Blog-Off 2010"), I'll have the specs on my site this Sunday around noon Pacific Time.

And Quirky . . . you were invited but never responded to my email, so the lineup is filled.

Hope you'll all stop by on Sunday! And Reffie here is one of the favorites (but I say that to everyone). said...

I'll be tuning in to read the Blogger Idol entries! Nothing like starting the New Year with some great reads!

ReformingGeek said...

@Jacki - Happy New Year to you, too!

@otin - Same apartments? That IS bizarre.

@Knucklehead - Wait until you read my entry. Hee hee.

@CatLady - Absolutely!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Good luck with Blogger Idol. You're way funnier than Daughtry. (Except for his beard. That's funnier than the silver Reffie-do.)

Deb said...

The passengers were church members canvassing the neighborhood...and they died? Sorry, but that actually made me laugh! Does no one see the irony in that?

You've got my vote, RG!

Let's hope for a happier 2010 with peace and prosperity for all little bloggers and their families and friends and dogs and cats, well, no, not the cats, and birds, and iguanas...

gayle said...

You must really like running!! I will be tuning in to read your blog more!!

ReformingGeek said...

@kablooey - I know it's all about big boobs and beards. Oops. I lose.

@Deb - Yes, canvassers, and I'm pretty sure they came to my neighborhood a couple of years ago.

My cat will probably sleep thru 2010.

@gaye - Some days I don't Yes, please come back soon.

Marvin D Wilson said...

I gotta get me one of them pickup trucks. (wink). Hey I'll vote for ya next week, just remind me - Half-Heimers, ya know. Happy New Year!

The Old Silly

Ed said...

Well, my blog roll starts anew tomorrow. I'd be honored if you participate again in 2010. Leave a comment and you're on the blog roll! Thanks for visiting and commenting in 2009.

ReformingGeek said...

@Marvin - Oh yeah. That pickup is so you!

@VE - Dear ______; I love you, too. ;-)

Leeuna said...

Hey Girl, love you too and I hope you have a fantastic New Year. Oh, and running in the snow??!! Really?? Brrrr...shiver!

Bee said...

Happy New Year!

ReformingGeek said...

@Leeuna - Brrrr indeed. Happy New Year!

@Bee - Thanks!!! You, too.

Elizabeth said...

I've enjoyed your blog, it's made me laugh so many times! I hope 2010 is a great year for you and your family!
:) Elizabeth

Unfinished Rambler said...

Like Elizabeth, I've enjoyed your blog too and it's made me laugh so many times...however, this one? What a downer. Jeez. If you have ones like this next week, you'll have to bribe me. ;)

Oh, happy New Year to you and your family too.

honeypiehorse said...

Geez, I thought that was a fake poodle. Who DOES sh*t like that??

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