Monday, March 23, 2009

But there were no naps.

It was an action-packed weekend, for sure. Here we go.

Friday night, first a quick work-out, the fourth of the week, then dinner with Mr. Short Term, followed by MSNBC on his couch. It's not even a "real" relationship, and we're already predictable. Hee. (We were going to go for another walk, but it started raining.) He did tell me there's a possibility that he might be rearranging his work situation in a way that would allow him to travel less and actually maybe settle in somewhere. I just nodded to acknowledge I heard him, but made no commentary otherwise. I don't presume that this decision is in any way connected to wanting to spend more time with me. I will continue to presume this unless or until I have some reason to think otherwise. Seems like the wisest plan.

Saturday morning, up and at the housecleaning.

Saturday afternoon, readers' club. I went all out and took a bag of Doritos that I bought with my own two hands. Sorry, readers...there was no time for cooking. But it was a "two flavors in one bag" bag, including the tasty "Zesty Taco"--that should count for something, right? I drank some wine, gorged myself on deviled eggs and pecan bars and left very much wanting to take a nap. But there was no time.

I stopped by the liquor store to get beer for the evening's activities. And to allow the liquor store owner to properly debit my card for my last purchase. Earlier in the week, I bought some beer and they accidentally charged me $0.96 instead of $9.60. I didn't realize it until the next morning, so they told me they'd fix it the next time I came in, and thanked me very much for my honesty. I couldn't just let it slide--how guilty would I feel every time I went in there? And I LIKE this liquor store. They have a dog, and some parrots, and an aquarium, and enough plants to fill a greenhouse. I can't rip off (even accidentally) people who bring their dog to work! (He's a handsome beast, too...a huge brindled Great Dane.)

I was home long enough to feed the cats and take Pudge out, then it was off to a baby shower/party in a far south suburb. It turned out to be a smaller gathering than I was expecting...low-key and nice. A little awkwardness when it came to present opening time, though. Several small items had been purchased from the official registry list. I noticed mom-to-be's face looked a little confused a couple of times--apparently their 8-year-old daughter "helped" with the scanning of items for the list, and a few things got on there that weren't necessarily planned. They were little, inexpensive things at least, so if they aren't exactly what they wanted, it's no big deal. Thank goodness she didn't scan something big and expensive and completely inappropriate. Hee.

I asked the daughter if she was looking forward to having a little brother. "I don't like brothers." Ah, I explained, but you have a very BIG brother (14 years older) and this will be a very LITTLE brother, and YOU will be the boss. That seemed to cheer her up. Heh. (Yes, for those of you keeping track, that would be a 22-year-old, an 8-year-old, and soon, an infant. This nest may never be empty!) She was also very, very proud of a beautiful fluffy blue pillow she sewed for the new arrival. She's a very creative kid. She painted a beautiful floral still-life recently for her mom. I'm thinking of commissioning her for some new art. I have a few of her original works, but mostly from an earlier, more primitive phase. I'm particularly fond of a rainbow made with Fruit Loops, hanging under fluffy cotton ball clouds. She's way past that now, of course.

Sunday morning, church. You know how they say a smile is contagious? And I always think "they" need to shut up and stop telling me to smile? Well, maybe "they" ARE right. There was a family visiting church, and their oldest son had the most radiant smile I have ever seen. He was apparently developmentally disabled in some way, but he was just so happy to be there. Everything he looked at made him smile. And every time HE smiled, everyone else smiled. We should all be "disabled" like that.

After church, and post-church choir practice, I decided that I needed Indian food, so I drove south and went to my favorite Indian restaurant for the lunch buffet. My favorite sharply-dressed waiter was there--the one that always at least pretends to flirt with me. I'm sure he's just angling for bigger tips. (It worked, by the way.) Then I stopped at the Big Box Mart down the street for cat food, and made my way back north.

I couldn't stand the dead stuff and layer of leaves covering my flowerbeds one more day, so I did a first pass on cleaning those out. Much better!

Then I did my evening animal duties, sat down on the couch, and thought I might never get up again. If it was up to me, I'd still be there.

(Did I neglect to mention that I was suffering with terrible monthly cramps for at least half the weekend? And the spring pollen was making my eyes itch and my cheekbones hurt? And still I was a whirling dervish of activity? Consider it mentioned.)

So, what did YOU do this weekend?


Stefanie said...

I had no naps either. But I did sleep in both Saturday and Sunday, and I spent four hours on Sunday fused to my couch watching cheesy movies on TBS, so I suppose I can't complain.

I am more impressed than I should be by your honesty at the liquor store. If I were a regular customer there, I probably would have figured they owed me a freebie by that point. Clearly you are a better person than I.

-R- said...

I did have a nap! Of course, I had to get up at 6:30 am both Saturday and Sunday (thanks, baby!), but still, the nap was nice.

I also took my husband and another couple out for a fancy-ish dinner, thanks to the Christmas present of restaurant gift cards I got from my bosses.

Sparkling Cipher said...

I had a 45 minute nap and it was awesome. I also got to sleep in until 8:30 Sunday morning. The little one was actually happily entertaining herself for a change rather than waking us at 7am. Woo.

It sounds like you and Mr. Short Term are good together. Hope he can arrange something.

flurrious said...

We can't get the taco flavored Doritos in this part of the country. I don't understand why, and I'm not happy about it.

3carnations said...

I didn't nap either. Since I know you read my post from yesterday, I am going rephrase what I did Sunday morning to make it sound much more glamorous: "I got my hair done." Heh.

That was very honest at the liquor store. You're a good person. :-)

I'm not sure I want taco flavored Doritos.

Sauntering Soul said...

I went to the paint studio after work on Friday, stayed there until 1:15 and by the time I drove home, it was 2:00 a.m. I finally went to sleep around 3:00 a.m.

I woke up around 9:00, did a few things at home and then I was back at the studio at noon on Saturday. I stayed again until almost 1:30 a.m. and got home around 2:00 a.m. And once again, I did not go to sleep until about 3:00 a.m.

Apparently I'm too old for that kind of schedule. Therefore, I moved from my bed to my couch when I woke up around 9:00 a.m. and did not move for the remainder of Sunday. I took 2 naps. And then, thanks to those 2 glorious naps, I couldn't sleep that night and was up until 3:00 a.m. again.

I am holding out hope for something good to happen with Mr. Short Term.

Stinkypaw said...

Seems like a good "answer" to Mr. Short Term's comment.

"Zesty Taco" sounds interesting and totally agree, more of us should be "disable" that way! ;-)

greenduckiesgirl said...

Naps are very important, I think. Especially since the demon cat wakes us up at 6 on the weekends. That's her version of letting us sleep in. She's awesome.

It sounds like a very busy weekend and I was impressed by the 8 year old's art work. Good explanation about little brothers, by the way.

Taco flavored Doritos are awesome! I like the word awesome. It is my fault for being from the 80's, I guess.

nancypearlwannabe said...

Naps are they key to my not committing homicide on a daily basis.

3carnations said...

You are MIA this week, at least at MY blog. ;)

Hope everything's well. :)

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