Thursday, December 28, 2006

God grant me the serenity...

to accept the snow I cannot change.
Blogger is retarded today, so I am not even going to post the picture I have for today. We are expecting 2 more snowstorms in the next 2 days here in lovely Denver. We still have streets that are virtually impassable from the last storm - including the one on which I live.

Last night I went to the grocery store to get some much needed food in my house. I got one of the last cartons of eggs, there were a couple of gallons of milk, but no half gallons, no potatoes, they had none of my brand of soda, and the whole place was mobbed. And as I write this, the reporter on the television playing in the background is telling folks to get to the grocery store to lay in supplies to get through the weekend. This could get ugly. It got real ugly before Christmas when there was no meat, no vegetables, etc. on the shelves anywhere in town. I managed to find a grocery store at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday that still had meat. Looking at empty shelves reminded me of how spoiled we are here in the good old US of A. We don't even understand not being able to get what we want when we want it.

I am heading in to work now. I am packing a bag in case I get stuck there. I really plan on beating it the hell out of there if it starts to look threatening though.

I have a party to attend tonight. My friend Robert has enough food for 60 people, and if it snows like it is supposed to, it is likely that very few will even come to his party. I feel so bad for him, because when Robert throws a party, he doesn't kid around.

"When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: 'Pain is the touchstone of progress.' ... 'Fear no evil.'... 'This, too, will pass.' ... 'This experience can be turned to benefit.' These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance; they break up my compulsive themes of guilt, depression, rebellion, and pride; and sometimes they endow me withthe courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 148

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone who was here for the Hurricane Rita (the one after Katrina) scare knows all too well what it's like going to the grocery at 5 AM, food in pallets on the floor, row after row of food stuffs empty. It was creepy and scary. Then the bank ATMs ran out of money. The banks closed for four days, which, last time I looked was illegal. Walgreens high-tailed it out of town leaving many not able to refill prescriptions. The mass exodus out of town left cars broken down, opposite lanes eventually opened, gas stations ran out of gas, people were stranded and some died.

All this happened because there was a chance of a big hurricane hitting us. It didn't. But it showed how fragile our society is. And it hangs together by a fine thread.

Take care MC. Stay warm and keep us updated.

Mary Christine said...

Thanks Scott. Yes, we do have fabulous infrastructure, but it seems to vanish in a twinkling when faced with Mother Nature's Fury. I guess you Houstonians know this only too well.

And they are now beginning to find bodies in the melting snow.

Anonymous said...

Stay cognizant of the inclement weather and take care of yourself.
It may be pretty, bit it ain't gonna be pretty.

Lex-Sunshine said...

Keep yourself safe! You'll be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I was still missing one gift for my daughter that was supposedly shipped on the 19th of Dec. So I finally called the company yesterday afternoon. You'll never guess what I was told....We are sorry but that item was shipped out of our Denver office.....At least my daughter knows it is coming someday, even though that may be a day in the spring...

Gwen said...

Thanks for your kind words MC.

It is good to get a few minutes to read what is going on with other people.

My brother was telling me a bit about his snow. Shoveled himself out only to have plows put it all back in. His driveway is very short.

Hope all goes well. I would gladly take some of that snow right now. It would force us to slow down a bit.

Luv,
G~

Anonymous said...

You're on my mind and they're talking about you folks on the news right now.

Take good care...

Pam said...

Hang on spring will come.....but when?????
Bless your heart.....

Meg Moran said...

MC...the signs of spring are in your hopeful writing. Stay safe. You are dear to us. Maybe you should stay at Roberts and munch on all that food for a few days.

Shannon said...

Ooh stay warm and safe and thinking of you and sending warm thoughts with all the kinds of foods you want and need... take care MC

Diego said...

You'll make it through allright/ warm thoughts to you...wish I had a computer at home so that i could stay more current with you....

SCoUt said...

I know you have the serenity because I read it daily.
Hang on for the next and the next snowfall. Stay warm and off your butt!
Peace,
Scout

Sober Chick said...

We experience events like that after an earthquake. However this does not occur every year, season or as frequently as you are experiencing.

Fight hard for your serenity.

Alcoholic Brain said...

Your blog is very cool. Thanks.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

MC - when I said please keep the snow there I really meant just don't send it to Boston. You could of sent it to Montana or something. Stay warm.
JJ