How do the weeks go by so fast?
Last Tuesday, I went to Cafe Cabaret for the monthly reading. It went great. Wednesday and Thursday were days that have passed where I did nothing of significance. Probably watched some TV. Han & I are watching “The West Wing.” We didn’t watch it when it was on TV, but it’s Aaron Sorkin, and we really like him. Han’s already watched all 8 seasons, and is half-way through a second round, plus is watching some of them with me as I start out. Great show.
Friday, I had plans to go to LA to visit my parents. On the way, I met my friend Cathy for happy hour at the Fish Market. It’s always wonderful to see her. She’s cancer-free for a second time (ovarian) and is doing well. After a great visit with her, I headed north. That evening, me & my folks watched TV and chatted before all retiring for the night.
On Saturday, I took Dad to dialysis, and Mom & I went to lunch at Ruby’s Diner where I had fish & chips (my craving from last month still needed to be satisfied). Their fish was pretty good. After that, it was a trip to Target, Armstrong Nursery, and the gas station. Then I went to get Dad. After we got home, Mom & I went out again, this time to Marshall’s and the grocery store. For dinner that night, she made macarrones and breaded pork. Delicious! She even used the white fiber pasta that I talked about. You can’t tell a difference from regular pasta (like I think you can with whole grain pasta). I went to bed pretty early that night.
On Sunday morning, we all found ourselves outside. It was extremely gorgeous weather-wise. I was playing with Lulu when Mom starting digging post-holes. I went over and said I could do that for her. I started, but my hair was falling into my face. My mom braided my hair to hold it back. Though there wasn’t anything to fasten it, it stayed pretty good. My mom braiding my hair brings me such joy and calm. It’s such an amazing feeling. I didn’t tell her that, but it truly is. I remember when I was in high school, and to be ‘different,’ I had one single tiny braid hanging down the side of my face. I have never been able to braid my own hair (weird, I know), but my mom would patiently and splendidly braid these tiny wisps into a lovely braid and tie it off with those miniscule rubber bands that people used for their braces. My friend, Michelle, would give me the rubber bands. Thanks, Mom!
So I dug the post-holes while my dad fixed a hose and my mom prepped the tomato plants. It all happened so naturally and that’s what I liked about it. No one said, “Let’s go plant the tomatoes.” I’m not capturing it the way I’d like, but it was a beautiful way to start the day. After that, Mom made waffles and bacon. Around 2 pm, I got in the car and headed back south. It was a great visit with them.
Back at home, I caught up on some TV while Han had clients. Then we had dinner, and right before bed, I thought to check my checking account (I’m not quite sure why). That’s when I discovered that my debit card info had been stolen, probably still from the Target fiasco over the holidays. This jackass had racked up over $450 at various gas stations around the LA area. I had my card so he/she had gotten my card number somehow. I called my bank and reported it stolen so it could be blocked. The next day, I went to my bank. They gave me a new card, and I filled out a form to dispute the charges. They said it could take at least 10 business days to get the money refunded, but the teller told me that they’d been handling these types of issues a little faster. I’ll say. The money was back in my account the same day. Awesome.
That was yesterday, also St. Patrick’s Day. Also, my day at Helen Woodward. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but I’ve been trained now to handle the dogs, too. So when things are slow in the Cattery, I can move to dogs, which is what I did today. Two of the cats were not having any of my presence, while the third was sweet and enjoyed the attention, but is also very old and tired out pretty quickly. Working with the dogs is okay, but I prefer the cats. A good thing is that I go late enough in the day that all the services have usually been completed so I can pick and choose who to take out (this is true of both the cats and the dogs). What I’ve started to do is that I’ll work with the cats, then I’ll take a walk through the kennels and get a feel for the dogs that are there, then I’ll choose the dogs that seem the sweetest. So far, they’ve all been pretty good. And thankfully none have done their business (unlike the cats, I do have to clean up after the dogs). The toughest part is walking them through the kennels to get to the door that goes outside. Dogs can be mean and loud. It’s hard to avoid the ‘cage fighting’ that sometimes happens when these dog strangers see each other, one outside and the other in a cage.
That night, I went to the grocery store after I got home. That’s a good time to go if you don’t like crowds! Then I brought home some dinner and we watched “The West Wing.”
Today started with laundry and making a meatloaf! Yep, before work. It’s because I wouldn’t have time after work to make it since I had plans to go to a reading. Good thing I did that, because I was late getting home because, d’oh! I locked my keys in my office as I was leaving to go home. It was already 5:30 pm, and most everyone was gone for the day. Thankfully, I remembered I had an emergency services card in my wallet. I called the facilities guy who was able to get hold of someone who was still there. I was in my car by 5:50 pm. Cool. I rushed home, got the meatloaf in the oven, told Han to set his alarm to take it out of the oven, and headed to the reading with a few old poems that I hoped to work on.
I got to Rebecca’s coffeehouse and settled in, but sure enough I was the second person called up to read, so I half-assed it with a poem in progress. Oh well, at least I got to announce my big news! Starting in May, the third Sunday of every month from 2-4 pm, I’ll be hosting a new open poetry reading at the new Java Joe’s, now in Normal Heights! I’m pretty excited to get back into hosting again. It’s once a month so hopefully I won’t burn out. I haven’t thought much about the format or features or anything yet, but I have some time. I’ll be going around to some of the readings this month and next to promote it.
In my weight news, I doubt that I’ve lost any, and I’ve not been tracking my food this week (since Friday), but I’m still aware and continuing with my high fiber foods. I’ve found a good high fiber/low calorie cereal that is seriously yummy: Fiber One 80 Calories-Chocolate. Oh my goodness, add some raspeberries to that and you’ve got a downright tasty breakfast. A couple things I must improve upon: drinking water and being active. At work, it’s easy to down 3-4 pints of water, but after work? Forget it. And exercise? I need to get it in during the weekday, not just do it (sometimes) on weekends. I always tell myself, “You can take 15 minutes and walk around the buildings,’ but I always get caught up in work. Got to do better. My sister joined a walking group through Weight Watchers. I’m not sure if she is walking with them or that they commit to each other to walk and then report back, but I should try to get in on that action somehow.
Tomorrow is my nephew’s 16th birthday. It is insane to realize that boy is already 16! Happy birthday, T!