Saturday, March 1

It's All Part of the Big Plan

I'm convinced the last 4 days of illness were planned with the explicit purpose of forcing me take a good hard look around.

I've barely gotten out of bed except to go to school--for the last two classes before spring break. I have the most beautiful view when I lie in my bed. The foot of the bed is right in front of the 6-foot patio doors that lead to the deck we planned on building in 2002. Needless to say, I have never stepped out that door (it's an 8-foot drop!). But I do enjoy the view. It's on the south side of the house, so by early afternoon the sun streams in fooling my plants into thinking it is summertime no matter what the season. In the wee hours of the morning, I can watch the moon as it moves from east to west while snuggled deep under the layers of my covers.

I have been tagged with a 4X4 meme by Poetikat, so here goes:

4 Jobs I've Had:
I got my first job at 15 as a waitress at a local restaurant. My pay wasn't much-- 95 cents an hour plus tips--but payed for car insurance and gas for my first car--a 1968 Corvair that Pop bought for me.
I also had the good fortune to be offered a job by the eccentric widow publisher of the local newspaper. When I was all of 18, I became the assistant advertising director. It was there I was first introduced to photography, paste ups and light tables.
I took a job at the local NBC affiliate in West Texas as public service director, after Miss Jessica was born. After I found out how much money the men were making as account executives, I crossed over. I got Minnie Pearl's autograph for Pop one year when she came for a Fall Preview Party.
After Miss Jenifer was born, I went to work for a typehouse. Our clients were actually advertising agencies. We provided the output for their billboards, magazine ads and such, based upon the company's library of more than 200 typefaces. Sounds very antiquated now, doesn't it?

4 Shows I Tivo:
I don't believe there is much on TV worth watching, much less recording. The only shows I make a real effort to watch are The Riches and Weeds.

4 Places I've Been:
Mexico: Since I don't live in Texas, I miss not being able to get that pure vanilla for $2.50 a bottle. I have to rely on my in laws and their cruises to replenish my supply since I moved back to Virginia.

Buggs Island: The first couple of years JB and I were married, we camped quite a bit. This place is a wonderfully well kept secret with its white sandy beaches.
Jamaica: Loved the culture. Loved the climate.
Blue Ridge Parkway: I've walked many trails with my parents and grandparents and have countless pictures and memories of picnics. As a child, I used to hold my breath, hoping the driver wouldn't take the parkway. As a adult, I know why they always chose it.

4 Favorite Foods
Ice cream: My absolute favorite is Rocky Road.
Fried chicken, especially wings. Jb makes excellent friend chicken.
Grilled chicken Caesar from Chili's.
Open-faced hot roast beef sandwich from Cracker Barrel. I don't eat this but maybe once a year, but it never disappoints me.

And my four tagees are:
and Kathy.


Kathy Rogers said...

Boy, you really could get out of the wrong side of the bed!

I'm still in blog hiatus mode, but if/when I come back up, then I'll see about this meme thingy. I always do appreciate help with post content. Thanks.

Kathy said...

"the sun streams in fooling my plants into thinking it is summertime no matter what the season." Ohh! I just love that! There are times when I lie in bed, glancing out a a beautiful sunrise, that I just want to keep laying there and soak it in as the clock tick tocks away. There should be a name for that sick feeling you get climbing out of a warm, comfortable bed.

That photo you included is gorgeous! I'm going to use it for my desktop background.

And, of course, you know the first of my favorite foods would be ice cream, too!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

Slowing down and taking a break is a good thing. I hope you have a peaceful, relaxing day.

Kat Mortensen said...

I'm sorry, Mizmell, for taking so long to check out your response to this.
You have had some interesting jobs. I've learned a bit that others may already know - this explains why your pictures are so brilliant.
I love real vanilla as well. I buy a test tube with a couple of vanilla beans from my health food store and put it in everything of a sweet nature. In fact, I just remembered; I'm out!
Can't beat ice cream - a grocery store here used to make a Tiramisu flavour that was to die for. I guess not enough people liked it though because they stopped selling it. It was a very sad day for me.