Friday, February 23, 2007

Likes, Dislikes

I was driving to Solomon's Island today, when somebody cut me off. I hate when that happens. And I hate when people tail gate (unless they're having a tail gate party). Then, I started thinking about all the things I don't like. All of a sudden, I noticed there wasn't any more snow along side the roads. I thought about how much I like snow. For the next hour or so of driving, I thought about the things I like and dislike. Here goes:

Likes

  • Virgin Snow. No foot prints. No tire tracks. No yellow snow.
  • Getting a day off from work because of snow. I get plenty of time off, but it's more fun when it's because of snow. Just like when I was a kid and there was no school.
  • Four seasons.
  • Sleeping in.
  • Cats sleeping; they're so warm and cuddly. I love to pick them up. Just seeing my cat curled up on the chair gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
  • Lazy dogs. Nothing seems to bother them. They're good company, even when they're sleeping. You still feel safe. All you have to do is say "treat" or "walk" and they'll wake up.
  • Frolicking lambs. I especially love when they prance. I won't sell my lambs before they're three months old because I want them to have a chance to play.
  • My local radio station, WAYZ, for its patriotism. Every morning, they play the pledge of allegience and pay tribute to our veterans and active military men and women.
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk.
  • A long, hot bath.
  • Weekends. Especially, long ones.
  • A cold, clear, still, starry night.
  • The new James Bond. Daniel Craig. Great bod!
  • The birth of twin ewe lambs. Even better, triplet ewe lambs.
  • Black lambs and red lambs.
  • American Idol and Grey's Anatomy -- my two favorite TV shows.
  • Reruns of Friends and That 70's Show.
  • Children. Before the world taints them and steals their innocence.
  • Hot chocolate with whipped cream.
  • Listening to my sheep munch on their hay.
  • Going to the dump.
  • Ledo pizza.
  • The Caribbean.
  • Big dogs and orange (red) cats.
  • George Strait and Joe Nichols.
  • A medium rare steak and baked potato smothered in butter.
  • Cary Grant movies. They don't make movies like that anymore. Nor actors.
  • Pepsi, not Coke.
  • E-tickets.
  • 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Serta counting sheep.
  • Sheep that don't need their hooves trimmed.
  • Black and white photography.
  • FlickrTM (where I post my pictures online)
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Van Gogh.
  • A full tank of gas.
  • MS-DOS, HTML code, and Word Perfect reveal codes.
  • My video iPod.
  • Blogging.
  • Books with spies, terrorists, Nazis, and/or assassins.

Dislikes

  • Bad drivers. Aggressive drivers. Tail-gaters. People who cut you off. I understand how "road rage" happens.
  • Speed traps. They are what they're called, traps. They don't make our roadways safer. They make our wallets thinner.
  • Getting up early. I'm not a "morning person." If it was up to me, the work day would be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the kitchen sink. These are the household tasks I dislike the most.
  • Faculty and staff meetings. Two hours of pointless banter. And no refreshments.
  • Driving on I-270. Too much traffic. Doubles driving time.
  • Most any kind of traffic.
  • All the trucks on I-81. Can't see ahead. Worse in bad weather.
  • The "horse culture." I'm female, so I must like horses!
  • War protestors.
  • Hollywood liberals. Streisand, Redford, Sheen, Penn, etc.
  • The liberal bias of the media and Hollywood.
  • Lying politicians; come to think of it, that's all of them.
  • Bush bashers.
  • Dixie Chicks. Though, they're not as bad as Jane Fonda.
  • Beer, coffee, and tea (hot and cold). I know, my taste buds are weird.
  • Green beans.
  • People who don't return their shopping carts.
  • Overpaid administrators.
  • Animal rights activists, animal rights groups, and the animal rights agenda. They lie and mislead people. They're not in it for the animals, they're in it for themselves.
  • Paying people not to work.
  • Paying people to have babies.
  • Calling the card for food stamps an "independence card." It's the opposite!
  • Vegetarians and vegans.
  • Activists on both sides of the abortion issue.
  • Politicians and pollsters who insist on making every issue black and white, in a gray world.
  • Racism. By any one and in any form.
  • Cell phones in public. People who talk on their cell phone when they drive.
  • All the stupid ring tones that people use.
  • Days when we don't get mail.
  • Junk e-mail, spam, and phish.
  • Working with animals that have horns.
  • Airport security, especially 3-1-1.
  • No meals on domestic flights.
  • Microsoft Word.


Sheep Update

The first lambs are due in about a week. I have 36 expectant mothers. Even George looks pregnant. One (#325) that I should not have kept doesn't seem to be pregnant. She prolapsed her uterus last year, after having triplets, and was given ample opportunity to get pregnant. If she doesn't lamb, I believe I'll put her in my freezer.


Too bad, because she's a very nice looking ewe and has produced a couple of very nice looking lambs. In fact, that's why I decided to give her one more chance. My mistake. Every time, I get swayed by a sheep's phenotype, I get burned. This ewe is going to be four years old and she's yet to raise a set of twins. "Ugly" ewes out-produce pretty ones nine times out of ten!

1 comment:

tom said...

I am going to try this one more time. I lost a long note yesterday. I am working on a Sunday School presentation for this week. I am not normally doing this teaching sort of thing but was asked by a good friend. My mind flashed back when asked to Psalm 23... it is so simple..so easy and everyone feels part of it. Psalm 23 got me through some tough times in life. We have almost the same birth date...but I'm another 23 years older! March 6,.....I happened upon your website when I was actually looking for some pictures, either for use or just to bolster my basic knowledge. It has been a wonderful resource... and you too.
I was not going to blog you until I saw and read.... a time to speak.. The basis of my talk is a little book called "A shepherd looks at Psalm 23." It is a book I used for a previous class 30 years ago. It is the 23 psalm through the eye of the SHEEP! And it really gives a whole new meaning to the Psalm. One thing I try to do is compare characters of olden times and try to imagine what they would be doing in our time. Last night... I do my best thinking around 3 AM... I was thinking of Shepherds, of course,
what would Shepherds be doing today. Leaders of course, politians maybe, but for sure they would be SHEPHERDS in today's world. I think they are great people... God's chosen! What a joy and challenge it must be.
I wish you many twins.. your share of triplets and a great season. Take good care of your flock.
Tom Kerr