Happy Friday! I hope if you’re in a cold part of the world, you are staying warm.
It’s time for another Random 5 Friday, a great meme started by Nancy at A Rural Journal. To read more random posts and to join in, click HERE.
It’s so cold here, some of the meager snow we got on Tuesday is still hanging around. As I write this on Thursday night, the weather people are calling for temps in the single digits by morning, with wind chill 0 and below. That’s cold for Central Virginia.
I don’t usually wear hats, but I’m wearing them these days. Gloves are a must, too. And layers.
What are you doing to stay warm?
|Snow in the yard on Wednesday.|
|It was cold, but the sky was blue.|
In the continuing story of the heat pump, the contractor called early Wednesday and said they couldn’t come that day because they hadn’t finished up the job that took them away on Monday.
So they returned Thursday and got the new heat pump installed and hooked up to the electric heat. They’re supposed to come today and finish.
We will believe it when we see it.
As most of you know, I work 32 hours a week as a newspaper reporter for a weekly newspaper.
I recently read something interesting. CareerCast came out with its list of the most stressful jobs in 2014. “Newspaper reporter” was number 8.
I had to laugh when I read it. My first thought was, why is a person with anxiety disorders working in one of the most stressful jobs?
From comments I read on the site, not everyone agrees with the list, of course. And I don’t think my job stress can compare to those who work in personally dangerous situations or who work to save others’ lives.
But it was all food for thought.
What has been your most stressful job?
My job with the newspaper can be very interesting. We have such a small editorial staff—one other staff writer and the editor—that we all end up covering a variety of stories.
Just on Wednesday of this week, I conducted a phone interview with an expert on senior issues. Then I did an in-person interview with the fitness director at the local Y on mind-body fitness. Finally, I covered a visit to Altavista by Sen. Mark Warner, one of Virginia’s senators.
On Saturday, I will cover the local chamber’s annual awards dinner. Next week, I’ll cover a murder trial in the county.
Chase Bird will be glad when the heat pump work is done. Every time the HVAC workers appear, he has to be put behind the gate in the back bedroom.
He still goes in there on his own to eat sometimes. We kept his water bowl and a dry food bowl in there even after he got full access to the house last fall. Sometimes he sits on a stool by the window or in a cat bed in there.
But it’s better when it’s on his terms.