Saturday, March 31, 2007

[208 Newsbeat]

Coming to you live from the living room at Hillbilly Drive!!!

In local news, the bees are buzzin', the trees are buddin', and the sinuses are stuffin'. Neighborhood citizen Niki reports that her allergies have reached an all-time record high. "Nothing I take makes a bit of difference. I only wish it were simply a stuffed up nose... instead, my chest is congested, and I can't even hear out of my right ear. That's absolutely optimal, of course, for my hotel front desk clerk position," she smiles wryly.

And now, for the education report. On Thursday, the Cox family was delighted to receive, not one but TWO acceptance letters from Niki's top picks for graduate school. While all agree this is a significant step in the right direction, only time (and finances) will tell which school she will choose. The budding student tells reporters that her decision will be based on whether or not Truman awards her a graduate teaching and research assistantship to cover her tuition. Otherwise, she plans to gird up her loins and live at home, commuting to Missouri State daily, a forty-plus minute drive. All prayers are asked to be directed to heaven--and all will be appreciated.

Meanwhile, the Cox economy is on the rise at last as the young job seeker has begun three jobs. Niki now works as a front desk clerk at the nearest Best Western, putting in the rather exhausting hours of 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday night. During the week, Niki sits by the phone, hoping to hear from one of two local schools at which she is signed up to substitute.

Finally, a follow-up story. Two weeks ago, we shared with all Facebook readers a sad story of an aging dog struggling to breathe. Today, we are overjoyed to report that Sassy, while still clearly showing her age, is back in her role of neighborhood alpha dog. We here at the house remain painfully aware of her ever-shortening days, but we are nonetheless relieved to have a little more time left with the most unique and intelligent dog we have ever known.

That's all we have for tonight, folks. Tune in next time, when we bring you the long-awaited report on which school Niki has choosen to earn her Master's degree. Until then, this is me, signing off, and wishing you and yours many happy and healthy days.


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Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your acceptance letters! That's very exciting. :) I'm really glad that Sassy is feeling better, too.

When I checked your blog today, I was a little wary... Remember your cruel April Fools joke last year? When you set up an entire web page announcing your engagement and I nearly had a heart attack? Yeah. I'm glad that I wasn't tricked again! Facebook got me, though... Something about sending live people out to poke your friends for you. At first I thought, "Well, that's creepy and it'd be really hard for them to do" and then I realized, "Waaaaiiiit. It's April 1st!" and the games were up!

My goal for today is to not fall into any other trickery!

Anonymous said...

(PS- that first comment was from me. I made a typo and wanted to edit it, but I ended up having to delete it and make a new post.)

Sarah said...

And I'm praying for you, of course!