|A Most Marvelous Week|
May 18, 2008
Ahhhhhhh.......a day off. It's cloudy, with showers predicted. Perfect weather for what I have in mind....relaxing with a good book. Which will be the perfect way to end this week. (Oh, and tonight I'll watch the last episode of "Cranford" on Masterpiece Theater, too).
This has really been a very busy week, but it's also been a remarkable week, full of wonderful surprises.
MONDAY: I worked (naturally). I stopped at BJ's on the way home and picked up milk and a few other groceries, and stopped for gas. I couldn't believe how long the line was for gas at BJ's. Their price ($3.76/gal) was about 13¢/gal cheaper than most places. You'd've thought it was the '70's again, though, with the lines there!
TUESDAY: I worked (naturally). I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and picked up milk and a few other groceries, including a bag of Starbuck's coffee as a housewarming gift for Adele. I never realized how expensive that stuff was! But when I checked out, I got a coupon with a code on it....I went online to starbucks.com, entered the code, and they're sending me a $5 Starbucks card!!! (that makes the coffee a little more reasonable....and is a nice little gifty for me, too!) When I got home, I phoned Patti, and brought over my donations (the milk, sugar, and sweetener I'd just bought) She gave me a list of members' names and phone numbers and a list of what was needed. My job (should I choose to accept it) was to phone the members, let them know what was needed, and get them to participate. I did that after dinner, and surprisingly, had 100% of them agree (whether they actually all DID, I don't know....I wasn't able to go the exhibit, and I haven't spoken to Patti yet).
She gave me my 'party favor'. She always gives out some little tea-related trinket whenever we have a tea event. This time it was a terra cotta teapot shaped planter, with a fuschia petunia in it. It's adorable. And I had just said to my mom a day or so before that I really wanted something nice to put in my kitchen window. I didn't want to put the same old crap there that I'd had before (and I'd had way too MUCH stuff there), and that what I really wanted was just a nice little plant or something. And there it was! Perfect.
WEDNESDAY: I worked (naturally), and on the way to work, I stopped at Starbuck's for my weekly cup of FREE coffee (only a few more weeks for that, but it's been great having it to look forward to every week).
After work, Karen and I decided to do a "Girls' Night Out", something we hadn't done in quite a long time. I wanted to go to the Dollar Tree, and she wanted to go to WalMart, so we decided to go out to eat, too, and make a night of it. And we did, too....we didn't get home until 9PM!!! (unheard of for us!!).
I got some baskets (purple, of course!) to help organize the kitchen cabinets, and some cards for birthdays, etc. I got a gift bag and some tissue for the baby shower at work on Friday, and picked up a few groceries, too.
Then we went to WalMart. I wanted a few new outfits for the college reunion and for general summer wear. I'd also bought some clothes online, but the shipping costs were so high that I changed my mind. Now I'm glad I did, cause I got some great bargains on clothes at WalMart. I found lovely, soft, long sleeved tops with lace trim for $5, got some other tops for $9, and a couple of pairs of capris for $11. I spent $84, and wound up with 7 tops and 2 pairs of slacks. Not bad. (and I found another pair of slacks at home that match one of the new tops, too)
We ended up eating dinner at Denny's. The food was OK, but our waitress was passive-aggressive. She wasn't exactly surly, but she wasn't Miss Congeniality, either. Nor was she efficient. I ordered a burger and fries. Karen ordered eggs and hash browns. The waitress brought the food (eventually....), but she didn't bring ketchup. I had to ask her for it. And then I had to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait...while my food got cold. Now what are the chances that someone ordering a burger and fries will want ketchup with one or the other (or both) of those items? Wouldn't it make more sense to bring the damn ketchup when you bring the food, and save yourself some effort as well? I noticed that she did the same thing to two other tables, where people also ordered burgers.
I got the feeling she really didn't like her job, and was taking it out on the customers. We left her a tip, but we didn't leave her a very large one.
That was the only negative experience of the week, and I did kind of feel sorry for her.
THURSDAY: I worked (naturallly). In fact, I worked an extra hour, because the library closed at 5pm for our Annual Dinner. Since I had to take a half hour break (rather than my usual 15 minutes), Tonia invited me to go get coffee with her at Dunkin' Donuts. I really wanted a nice hot cup of coffee to keep me going that afternoon, especially with having been out so late the night before, so I agreed.
Unbeknownst to me, Dunkin' Donuts was giving away FREE iced coffee on Thurs! I really wanted hot coffee, so I bought that, and took the free coffee, too, which I kept in the fridge at work till Friday. Nice!
I kind of felt I 'had to' go to the annual dinner this year....it seemed tacky to have gone last year, gotten the Excellence In Service Award, and then not go again. So I went. I carpooled with Adele. She invited me over to see her new house before we had to go. (the library closed at 5. Cocktail hour was from 6:30-7. Dinner was at 7). Tonia, Dinah, and Jen, the other children's librarian also came to Adele's. We had our own 'cocktail hour' with cheese, crackers, and a bottle of wine. Then we went to the dinner.
I sat next to Jen, and on my other side sat Carol, one of the mending ladies. The other 4 women at the table were all volunteers (probably in their 70's). We had a very nice time. Sure beat having to sit next to the town supervisor (who, btw, didn't even come this year!).
The food was wonderful, the music (students from a local music school) was terrific. My only complaint was that the keynote speaker, while interesting, was too long-winded. I didn't get home until 10:15!!
When I did finally get home, I found a package waiting for me! A friend of mine had sent me two tins of tea (very nice tea, too!) and a tea ball. What a wonderful surprise!
And, since it was Thursday night, I didn't mind getting home late, since I didn't have to get up early the next morning.
FRIDAY: I did sleep in. And I did laundry. And I baked a batch of lust puffs for our potluck luncheon/baby shower at work. I went to work a half hour early so I could go to the baby shower and have lunch. It was nice. Especially the chocolate cake from Leo's Bakery. It was as good as my mom's....and I don't say that lightly!! After lunch, I went to work (naturally), and enjoyed sipping my iced coffee from the day before.
Friday evening was quiet. I watched the last episode (ever! *sob*) of "Moonlight". Lois phoned so I missed the first 20 minutes or so (but I taped it, so I'll watch it later). We talked for about an hour.
I went to bed fairly early, cause I was tired, and I was really expecting the worst for Saturday. The library was closed, so that we could move the entire children's collection. I expected to have 5 hours of doing nothing but shifting books. I wasn't sure I'd last that long.
SATURDAY: I worked (naturally). But it turned out I wasn't needed to shift books. Ellen, the librarian in charge said I should just do my normal shelving in Adult Fiction, and try to get all the carts cleared. I would have, too....I got two sorted and shelved, but then circ brought out a third cart. I managed to get all but the last shelf of the cart sorted, though, so I think I put in a good day's work.
Turned out to be a shorter day's work than usual, too. Ellen decided to knock off at 4, rather than 5. And best of all....we get paid till 5!! Oh, and the library bought pizza for us all for lunch, too.
And I won an insulated lunch bag, too! A sales rep that the library does business with gave them two as promotional gifts. They decided to raffle them off. On Monday, one of hte bags was in the back room with a note to drop your initials in the bag to win. I don't really need an insulated lunch bag, but it was purple, so I couldn't resist. When I went in to work yesterday, there sat the bag with a big yellow sticky note with my name on it stuck to the top! Yay!
So, all in all, it's been an amazing week. And now it's
SUNDAY: I DON'T have to work today!! I made myself a batch of biscuits for breakfast, just because I wanted some. Then Panache and I went over to Karen's for coffee. It's drizzly and dreary, and I'm going to sit and read and maybe take a nap. I didn't really sleep well last night....it was more a series of 2 hour naps, alternating with long bouts of coughing, accompanied by a severely congested nose. I'm at the age where long bouts of coughing also trigger the need to go pee....so I was up at least 4 times last night. So, a nice quiet, restful day of reading (and maybe even napping!!) sounds good to me!!
I don't want to forget all those little unexpected gifts I got this week, so, for my own benefit, I'm going to list them again:
- A coupon good for a $5 Starbuck's card, for buying a bag of their coffee
- A teapot planter with a purple petunia. Perfect in the kitchen window
- Free Coffee in the morning at Starbuck's
- Great clothing bargains at WalMart. Nice new outfits to wear to the reunion
- Girls' Night Out
- Free coffee at Dunkin' Donuts
- A nice time at Adele's
- A nice time at the Annual Dinner
- A wonderful surprise package from a friend waiting for me when I got home
- Pot luck lunch at work and a baby to celebrate
- Winning a purple lunch bag
- Pizza for lunch at work
- NOT having to shift books for 5 hours!
- Working till 4, and getting paid till 5
- Hot, homemade biscuits and marmalade for Sunday breakfast
- A day off
- A gloomy day just perfect for relaxing, reading and snoozing
Yes, I'd say this has pretty much been a marvelous week. And I think this coming week will be just as good....no, on second thought, I expect it will be even BETTER!!!!