ms. v’s got a fist full of nines.


Ever play Pinochle? What you have above is an excellent hand.

What I’m holding is a fist full of nines, the lowest scoring hand.

It had to happen. No jobs in California, and me. Suddenly out of one. Today, I applied at our local truck stop as a waitress, because I’m applying for anything and everything. My last paycheck is at the end of June, and I need to have something socked away for winter, for the coming thin months.

I went to Indeed, which lists every job in my area. And, I’m applying to every job in my area. I will take anything, because I have two mouths to feed, and a house to save.

Lest you think I’m being overly dramatic, let me assure you, I’m not. Faced with the very real possibility of collecting unemployment, well…if you knew me, you would know I simply cannot do that. I will work, and I will do any job. My father is a child of the Great Depression. My grandmother’s mother fed the hobos that came through on the trains in Selma. We work; that is our ethic.

So, don’t be surprised as I’m finishing up the next long three (3) months that you hear my tales of slinging hash, because I’m prepared to do it. I will admit, I will have to work on my cheeriness, but I can do that too. Today, after I finished that application that took 45 minutes online, I called the restaurant manager. I told him my situation, that as a teacher I am now out of work. His response?

Come down on Tuesday after you’re done with your teaching thing for the day. We’ll find something for you.

I don’t know. That sounded like I have a new job…and, it sounded like hope.

I’m training for a Half Marathon, in case you haven’t heard. I’ll just have to fit the training in somewhere. Midnight runs are nice, I hear. Running saved me last year as I was going through the trauma of divorce…and apparently it looks like running will be my salve once again. We did 4.2 this morning and Tuesday, with 6 for this Saturday. I’m blessed to be able to do it.

By the way, it’s not the hand you’re dealt, but how you play it. My nines, while seemingly worthless, are at least worth 1 point. If they’re in the right suit. I’m praying that they are…

50 is so yesterday.


We went to First Crush for a fab dinner.   The food was ok.  The ambiance was wonderful.


Wicked was wicked fun.  Except for the couple behind us, who practically had the Kama Sutra mastered by the end of the evening, the theater goers were quite polite.  My favorite line?

“It’s good to see me, isn’t it? No need to answer, that was retorical.”-Glinda


This, I do not understand.  These two twins were just walking on the street.  Lisa leaned over to them to say something.


Over the catwalk today.  Took a 3 mile walk, getting ready for the big bowling party tonight.   Good luck to all the runners tomorrow!  5K at the Davis Stampede in the morning!  First one as a 50 year old.

Especially good luck to Sky, doing the Half Marathon there tomorrow!!

Lisa & I pick up Kim at 5am, but first…we bowl!!!

Rainy Sunday, and the rule of 3.

The rule of 3:  Never mess with the first three songs on my iPod.  Let them play, and the chips fall where they may.  It’s my way of not obsessing on the *right* music.

Here they are for today:

Aerosmith:  Sweet Emotion

Don McLean:  American Pie

Lemonheads:  Mrs. Robinson

Great, fun music.  I couldn’t quite get my breathing under control, so we stopped at 21 minutes, but it was a respectable 10:20 pace.  I can’t go more than 2 days without running, or I just lose it, momentum wise.

Weekend plans:
Friday:  Cub scout bbq, out to Mac for falsies (lashes, girls!) and new perfume (Shi, by Alfred Sung), and bought Barak Obama’s, The Audacity of Hope.

Saturday: 12 hours of laundry.  Took myself out to Mexican food, the market, to an AA meeting in a nearby town.

Sunday:  Church, lunch that was yummy at our local bar & grille, a movie, a meeting.

I’m not complaining.  I’m content.  God is good.

Good luck to Lisa as she runs the Boulder Boulder tomorrow!!!!Lisa


Q&D Stats of my run this morning:  I finally hit 140 miles on my shoes!!!

Date: 5/25/2008 7:00 AM
Type: Hill
Course: Starbucks 2nd
Distance: 2.11 miles
Duration: 21:48
Pace: 10:20 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 178 lb
Weather: Overcast
Statistics: Calories: 284
VO2 Max: 27.8