Jennifer D. Wade Journal

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Blog posts November 2004

It's Finally Over

Now that it's late November, I hope things can finally start getting back to normal.  The past twelve months have been very hectic, very stressful. This time last year, I was starting my new old job, getting settled in a new place, and busily shopping to replace items that burned when the moving van caught fire.
By April, things were pretty well under control when my landlord called and said she was putting the house up for sale.  I offered to buy it, even signed my part of the contract, but then she turned around and raised the price!  I got mad and started house-hunting for myself.  Much of the time I spent driving around looking at houses, I did with my left arm in a cast.  In mid-June, I broke my arm near the wrist while playing my first softball game in a few years.
By mid-August, the cast was off, I had closed on a house, and was frantically getting rid of as much of the 70's decor as I could afford.  About this time, my work schedule also changed from night shift to swing shift as the news director assigned me to produce the brand new 7PM newscast.  The show itself is OK, but the shift is terrible - no time to get anything going in the morning; too late and too tired to do much of anything afterward.  The exercise that stopped due to the broken arm hasn't gotten started again.  I feel fat, tired, and stressed out.
But, on Monday, I go back to my old 2:30-11:30 p.m. shift.  I'm looking forward to that and to having time to get back to the gym on a regular basis.  I look forward to a normal 2005.  

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One Tree Hill

Don't ask me why, but I've made a habit out of watching the WB show "One Tree Hill."  I caught up with the first season during summer reruns and have continued watching into season two.
The show centers on a group of cool kids at Tree Hill HS (set in North Carolina) and their various loves and crises.  There are few authority figures and the ones there are have just as many issues as the kids.  The kids should have all flunked out of school by now.  Only one made any attempts at pretending to study, but she's married now and pursuing a music career.  
If you like realism in your teen dramas, you won't find it here.  The actors don't even look like they could still be in high school (maybe that's why they rarely shoot scenes in the classroom).  
However, the show does have some really cool music.  I like the theme song, and there's a lot of good stuff within the show, too. 

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Changing Times

Stopped at a fast food place for lunch today.  The bill came to $4.97.  I gave the cashier a $20, then I remembered that I had a bunch of pennies, so I gave her 7-cents more.  She had already rung up the change from just the $20, and the extra pennies really threw her.  She actually tried to take 7-cents away from the change she already owed me instead of adding 7-cents.  I had to tell her that I now needed a dime instead of three pennies.  I hope she's the exception and not the rule. 
6:19 pm est

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