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Please don’t hate me. I have failed miserably at doing the blog while Pat is off. I don’t really have an excuse other than I let it slip my mind. I’ll blame my momnesia. Regardless, I hope you’ll forgive me.

I hope you all had a nice Christmas or Hanukkah and don’t have any travel disaster stories to share. I don’t know about you, but my body is in serious need of some vegetables or tofu or something like that. I think I ate my weight in Christmas candy… mostly those darn chocolate covered pretzels. Oh yeah, and the chocolate covered Ritz crackers with peanut butter. I don’t know if it is an Iowa thing or a universal rule, but they are at every Holiday party, get-together and family gathering I attend. Love those things. Now, I need to work them off.
On to the news…
Water Woes
The ice jams on the Raccoon River are pretty amazing looking. It’s not everyday you see something quite like it. But, as a result, the Des Moines Water Works Department is doing some things different with our water. The Raccoon is so dirty they decided to take water from the Des Moines River instead so they don’t have to spend extra money cleaning out all the dirt. Luckily it isn’t having an impact on us here in Des Moines. But people down in southwest Iowa are boiling their water before they drink it. A boil order is in effect for people in eight counties who get their water from a plant in Creston. Apparently, the plant cannot keep up with all the dirt that comes with the melting we had this weekend.
New Year Resolutions: Cheap Gym Memberships
Every year we overeat over the Holidays and then we decide to start eating well and working out starting January 2, right? Well, this year could be the year of gym membership deals. The economy is forcing a lot of people to think twice about some of their extra spending and many gyms may be feeling the pinch.
Another story of interest…
Sarah Palin is a grandmother. Her daughter Bristol had a baby boy named Tripp. This morning they were talking about the name on the Today Show. The Palin’s have a lot of interesting names in their family. What I didn’t know is that most of them have Nordic roots and Tripp means “strong.”
Pat is back tomorrow but I am off. Happy New Year!