Tuesday, December 1, 2009
!st Day Of advent
My support group's Christmas party is coming up this weekend. I'm both excited, and and a little freaked out, all at the same time. It's been twenty years since the male I have been impersonating, went to his last Christmas party, and this will be the first for Melissa. Just think of it? My very first party as a girl! And a Christmas party too!
Understandably, I'm bit nervous. I finally got the directions, thanks so much to Sophie. I looked them up on both Google Maps, and MapQuest to get explicit directions, and found that while about an hour away, it's going to be a breeze getting there, as long as the weather hold out. It's mostly Interstate highway, and four lane limited access State highway, and then just a couple of turns to our hostess's house.
I guess by now, most of my readers know what a worrywart I am. My biggest worry now, is the weather. Although winter won't officially arrive until Dec. 21, the forecast for Saturday is predicting a frozen mix of precipitation, with temperatures in the low 20's F that night. I'm not worried about getting cold. I have a long black woolen coat I can wear, or a red wool/cashmere/nylon blend pea coat, warm leather gloves, a scarf and furry black ear muffs, warm tights and knee high boots. What worries me, is driving conditions. Wet snow that quickly melts doesn't scare me, but heavy snow, or freezing rain out here in the Piedmont, can make driving home a nightmare.
I bought a used 2007 Dodge Dakota 4 wheel drive quad cab pickup truck a year ago. Considering it only had 27,000 miles on it, and was over $10,000 less than a comparable new 2009 model, it was a great deal. It's been a great truck, but it was a rental vehicle before I bought it, and it made a lot of short hauls around town. Consequently the tires, while still legal, are considerably worn. We have had a lot of rain lately, and my driveway is not paved, it just has a light layer of gravel. Lately, my rear wheels have been spinning before gaining the traction needed to propel me up the hill out to the road out front. So, now I am faced with a conundrum. Make another stinking trip into town, and spend close to $1000 for a brand new set of tires, to replace the ones I have, that will more than likely pass the vehicle's annual inspection in January, or sweat it out, and hope the roads stay clear enough to drive home Saturday night. I'll figure this one out, after I get over the painful lumps that result, from banging my head against the wall!
Sweet precious Fiona, wrote a cautionary blog today, dealing with acceptance. I would encourage you all to read her blog, and my reply to her. Hurt, Acceptance and HurtMelissa XXOO