I went ice skating yesterday. The rink we were on was not artificially cooled and it was about 38F so the ice was what some people call “soft,” which it definitely was not as I later found out through my own testing.
There I was, just skating around, minding my own business, when the ice tried to eat my right skate and swallowed the blade whole. I retaliated by hitting the ice as hard as I could with both hands and my left knee. I showed that ice. It didn’t try to eat my skate the rest of the time I was skating around.
Unfortunately, my left knee wasn’t too happy about my decision to show the ice who was boss and has decided to hurt and turn some interesting colors. However, I stand by my decision that it was right to retaliate against the ice. After all, gravity was on my side and you can’t let the ice go around thinking it can just try to gobble up whole skates.
I know it’s a couple of days early, but Happy Happy New Year, everybody!
I had a great trip home for Christmas weekend. It actually started snowing on Friday the 23rd and I was a little concerned about getting across to El Paso in time for my flight since this area isn’t exactly used to getting a lot of snow, but it all worked out in the end. It was really nice to be able to spend Christmas with my family. I never did really get in to the Christmas spirit as much as I have in other years, but I did perk up a bit and get a little more excited about it.
The weeks leading up to Christmas were pretty busy with lots of applicants, but this past week was really slow and it was good to catch up on a lot of things that I had pending. I also wrapped up some things that needed to get finished before I move to a new section for a couple of months starting next week. It will be really nice to have a bit of a break from the grind of adjudicating visas. Lately, work has seemed a little bit like the movie Groundhog Day as all of the interviews kind of run together and most of the interviews are very similar to other interviews I’ve done. So, the change will be nice.
Things are also moving on along with my transfer to Canada. My transfer schedule has been approved by people in DC, post, and is now sitting with my travel technician who will then create my orders. I’ve put in a request for a place to stay while I’m in training next year and have done more research on housing, winter gear, and Ottawa in general. I’ve scheduled some time off in March and April, and while I’ll travel for some of it, I’ll probably spend some of it here, organizing things to be packed into the various shipments, donated, or thrown out.
That’s most of what’s been going on here. Hope all’s well with you! Happy Happy 2012!
It snowed in Ciudad Juarez last night! I tried to take some pictures of the snow but they didn’t turn out that well since it was dark. And yes, I checked and made sure that it was snow and not some other type of white powder that might be more common here than snow. 😉