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August 11, 2008
Here it is, a sunny Monday afternoon. It's quite cool out, only 64°, and I have all the windows closed. Strange to have them all closed in August. Our weather's been most peculiar lately....it'll be a beautiful sunny day, but by 7pm, we have huge thunderstorms, and torrential downpours. Friday morning it rained steadily, then cleared up for the afternoon, and then more storms rolled in in the evening. Saturday and Sunday were both lovely, until evening. More of the same is predicted today.
The positive side of all this rain is that our lawns, rather than being the crispy brown of toasted coconut, as they usually are by this time of the summer, are still lushly green and carpet-soft.
And I don't mind bedtime storms at all, I find them very soothing. Even Panache doesn't get too upset by them, so it's not so bad. Just as long as I don't have to drive in them.
Which I may have to do tonight, as I am working at the End of Summer Reading Party from 6-9. (Tonia asked if I would)
I decided, though, that I didn't really want to work both jobs today, so I took this morning off from my page job.
I did get up early however...earlier than I would have for work, in fact, and took Suzi-Q in to the dealership. She was overdue for an oil change, was due for her state inspection, and needed her tires rotated. I waited while they took care of her (she has 4923 miles on her now, and will be 2 years old on Friday).
Her appointment was at 8am. They were done in exactly one hour. I was home by 9:15. I had a bagel and a cup of coffee for breakfast, and then went back to bed till 11:30.
Then I got up, showered and washed my hair, and got online.
Yesterday, I never got online at all. First, I went out to Bruegger's with Karen and her new friend, Jan, who drove out from Buffalo for the weekend. They met carpooling to Albany for training on a new computer program, and hit it off really well.
She reminds me a bit of Mike's girlfriend, Peg.
After we got back from breakfast, I went and did a little shopping by myself. I bought a new wooden walkway to put by the house, where Panache likes to dig. It also happens to be where I need to walk, and a few times I've nearly turned my ankle stepping in her dirt hole. I smoothed out the dirt, and put the walkway over it.
I also went to Linens 'n Things and bought a decent broom. Also found a nice grill pan, with a $5 rebate on it. I had a 20% coupon, so the end cost for the pan will only by $7. Good deal.
Then I went next door to JoAnn's. I have a few ceramic tiles leftover from the kitchen. I thought I'd like to tile a wooden tray with them. I had a coupon for 40%, so the tray cost me a whopping $3. I have the grout left over, as well as plenty of paint. Now I just have to make the time to paint and tile, before I have to go back to working weekends.
When I got home from my little shopping trip, I put out the walkway, and then sprayed the weeds on the front patio. Not an exciting way to spend Sunday afternoon, but it needed to be done.
I spent some time later in the afternoon/evening chatting with DaveDog on the phone. And of course, I spoke to my parents, too.
Later, I sat down to watch a DVD I'd borrowed from the library, and Scott dropped by (in the rain no less) with a plate of ribs, baked beans, and cornbread. I thought that was really sweet of him to bring me leftovers. Usually, I'd get invited over for ribs, cause I love the way Scott makes them, but Karen had invited a (single) guy from her office over for dinner to meet Jan (she was trying to fix them up). Scott mostly they were talking shop, and that I hadn't missed much.
Frankly, I'd rather have the ribs without having to make small talk, so I was perfectly content!
On Saturday, Ellen called. She and Sam were going over to Friendly's for lunch and wanted to know if I wanted to join them. I'd just finished eating, so I declined the invitation. Friendly's is across the street from me, though, so I invited them to drop by after lunch. Which they did. Sam loves Panache, and the feeling is mutual. We sat on the porch and visited for a bit. Then she showed me her Facebook page. She'd invited me to be one of her friends, but I have no desire to join Facebook (or MySpace) or any of those 'social-networking' sites. I know my friends, and that's enough for me.
My friend Tim phoned just before Ellen and Sam got here. We didn't have a chance for much of a conversation. We had talked in June about he, Alberta, DaveDog and I all getting together in August. I know DaveDog's not up to traveling right now, but I told Tim that if he and Allie still wanted to come up for a weekend, that would be nice.
I really should call him back.
Well, it's after 1pm, guess I'd better phone Tim, and/or Mom and Dad before it's time to get ready for work. The reading party will be chaotic and noisy, but fun. I'll probably be tired tomorrow, but I'll manage.