this snow is legit.

It's snowing in Nashville, and it's legit. After our Jan. 8 false alarm, I was starting to think it couldn't snow in Nashville. When I left for work at 6 a.m., it wasn't snowing, but it started around 8 a.m. and hasn't stopped. I had scheduled to take a half day today, but my manager told me this morning not to count it as vacation. He said, "Alyssa, if it starts snowing, you just go on home." I finished up on my 1st edit of Spring '11 BTX (finally! I spent so much time on this) around 9 a.m. when Trudy came by and said, "Don't stay too much longer; I'm leaving right now." So I packed up and went home. I'm glad I did; Nolensville Rd. was a mess! (I did bring the first part of Sept. Bible Express home with me to edit.)

Miles isn't really sure what to think of the snow. Oh, and he did something new today: managed to scratch the inside of my eyelid. Uh, yeah. So he's all purry, chillin' in my lap while I'm reading and I go to put on my glasses and like a ninja he's got his paw up at my face and scratches me. I went to look in the mirror and sure enough, scratch on the inside of my eyelid. It hurts. Oh a happier note, he's catching on to the spray bottle. He still jumps up on the counter, but now I don't have to spray him; I just point the bottle at him and he jumps down.

Got some reading done today. I'm reading through the Bible again, but in chronological order this time. I've finished up Genesis and am almost done with Job. This year I'm supplementing my reading with a study Bible's footnotes so it's easier to focus and remember what I read. Also, I'm one of those people who reads numerous books at once. So I'm currently reading: 1) God*Stories (started a couple of months ago; I'm 50 pages from finishing); 2) When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy (by John Piper ... I bought this in Jax, summer 2008 and never got around to reading it); and 3) Finally Alive (by John Piper). Piper books always take me a little longer to read. I worked through a good chunk of Desiring God last summer, but it's also one I need to just focus and finish.

It's supposed to keep snowing through tonight. I'm not sure how much I'll get out tomorrow. I'd really like to make it to CVS to get my passport photos done so I can get my application to the post office on Monday or Tuesday. Monday will be busy: dentist in Franklin at 10:30 a.m. (for two fillings I guess, a cavity and a crack). I will unwillingly part with my $198 for that. Also have a 3:30 appt. in Brentwood.

I think I'm going to check out Brentwood Baptist this Sunday. At Kairos on Tuesday I got a card with info on it about a women's retreat March 5-7. It's $65, but that covers transportation, food, and lodging. It might be a good chance to meet other people even though going and not knowing anyone is a little scary. I'd probably have to take that Friday off. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 19.

My laptop LED battery indicator light is now flashing orange, orange, orange, green. I Googled it, and it's an indicator of battery failure. I rarely have my computer unplugged from the wall. I cleaned out my registry last weekend and that made start-up and things a little faster. But I'm really anticipating its death in the near future.

Also considering a slight format/content change for my blog. It's kind of turned into "this is what I did today" because for some reason when I get home I get in this mood where I want to talk about my day, and Miles isn't a great listener.

Weekend: possible new direction for blog; reading; major cleaning! (OK, I'm not ready for "spring cleaning" quite yet, but my friend Rob and his fiancee are coming to stay at my house while they are in Nashville for a wedding next weekend); passport photos?; applications for mission trip/passport/Draper scholarship.

Oh, and in case you've never seen snow before, the local news station WSMV-TV has more than 850 pictures of it on their website. Seriously? Ridiculous.

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