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a very nice day

September 7, 2008

i started my day off by taking the dogs outside, we’re dog-sitting this week, so just taking them out (all 3) is a bit of an ordeal. it requires monitoring all 3 to make sure they don’t get too interested in holes in the fence, but at the same time giving them enough freedom that they’ll wander around and take care of “business.” if you know what i mean.

we all came back in, had breakfast, and lazed around for a bit – i did some sunday morning internet reading, the dogs napped. i started a second teeny sock for my sock-blocker keychain, since the one i made yesterday ended up not having the colors i was hoping would come out of the variegated yarn i’m using. try, try again, eh?

at 9 i decided that i wanted to go to church at 11, so i arranged the dog-walking such that everyone got 15-20 minutes. i can’t walk all 3 at once by myself. actually, i probably could, right up until the point that all 3 (or even just the 2 larger of them) saw a [fill-in-the-blank: squirrel, cat, interesting other dog] and decided to go after it. that’s where they would win and i would lose. so i’ve been walking them in sets. we went for our walks, i came home and showered and whatnot, and then it was off to church.

church: i haven’t been since… easter? and i haven’t been to one in our neighborhood at all, though i’ve had my eye on one (via the internet) for quite awhile. i went to that one. it was nice, i thought. i definitely want to go back for a second visit. it was small-ish, but homey and not so large and professional-ized that it felt weird to me. i’m all for great music and great preaching, etc., in churches, but there’s a point for me at which it feels too commercial. fakey. not like “real” church to me, somehow. this one *definitely* did not cross that line. i liked it. we sang hymns from the hymn book. there were lots of announcements. overall: i approve, and am interested in going back.

after church, i went to the neighborhood sunday farmer’s market, which i always seem to enjoy. i made a loop through twice (it’s by no means a large farmer’s market) and ended up with a little more than 1 pound of donut peaches, and a little less than 1 pound of early apples. i guess i don’t know what variety the apples are. i wanted to buy blueberries, but i have realized lately that i kind of feel the same way about blueberries that i feel about tomatoes: i *really* enjoy something about them, but i also don’t enjoy them plain. i want to eat them and don’t want to eat them at the same time. i don’t know, it’s hard to explain. in short: i did not buy blueberries for fear that i wouldn’t eat them. i didn’t eat them the last time i bought them. i wanted to buy zucchini but didn’t see any for a good price – i guess i may have missed most of the season of them.

oh, and i also bought a piece of cherry streusel. yum.

i’ve spent the rest of the days doing practical things: picked up a prescription at the drugstore, picked up a gallon of milk, did a mountain of dishes, and walked the dogs (more)(and with j.). we took out the trash & recycling, and are doing laundry. it’s a very nice day.

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weekend things

August 31, 2008

right now our little dog is napping right on top of j, on the couch. it’s adorable. also adorable: j is snoring. he’s been waking up super early for work, so he definitely deserves the nap.

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thread spools

thread spools

yesterday i had a little adventure in sodo. i went to paper zone, the pacific fabrics outlet, and the goodwill outlet. not having a particular project in mind, i was mostly looking around for inspiration. i saw lots of great paper-stuff at paper zone, which i’ll have to keep in mind for scrapbooking and gift wrapping in the future. seriously. they had every size and shape of tiny boxes and tiny plastic bags that i could ever want. and zillions of colors of cards, papers, and envelopes. soooo fun to look at.

at pacific fabrics, i really wanted to buy this pattern set for amy butler stash & dash bags, but it was $13, the fabric was $18+/yard, and i also am still a teensy bit frightened of my sewing machine. i think the last time i tried to use it i was unsuccessful – i always seem to have issues getting the bobbin part figured out. oh well. maybe someday soon i’ll sort it out.

i was only at the goodwill outlet for about 5 minutes. i’ve been to lots of thrift stores before, and they’re usually not nice or anything, but this one kind of skeezed me out. i felt out of place and a little unsafe being there. i won’t be going back anytime soon, if ever. i was hoping to find some wool sweaters to either tear apart for yarn or for felting, but the only sweaters i found were cotton or acrylic. no wool.

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j’s car seems to be on the fritz, and rather than risk car trouble on the way there (before 6am), he drove my car today and will be tomorrow, too. so i find myself again without wheels (i don’t know how to drive a 5-speed, in addition to his car’s mechanical issues, whatever they may be). hopefully he can get his looked at & fixed this week.

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i went to work from about 11:15-3:30 today. i got a fair amount done, but brought more home with me to work on tomorrow. i’m not completely thrilled about doing work over the weekend, but i actually do enjoy the research and writing. and i’m fighting against two upcoming deadlines, after which my (work) life will be much lighter for at least a month.

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now i’m watching the sound of music while j & the dogs sleep. i should probably get them all to go to bed, but they’re so peaceful, and i’m enjoying the movie!

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saturday things

June 28, 2008

i spent my first few hours of the day frantically cleaning the house, knowing that our landlord would be coming over to fix a few things. i’m not sure why i feel a need to impress the landlord, but i do. i guess i want him to know that we do cherish this home that he owns. cleaning also reminded me of saturday mornings at my best friend’s house growing up – they always cleaned on saturday mornings. every saturday. we were not that cleanly at our house. after doing it this morning, though, i can absolutely see why that friend’s mom instituted the practice. it feels so good to lounge around a clean house all day long!

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i took the dogs with me to run errands this morning, which was kind of fun. we went to the bank and to walgreens, and used the drive-thrus of both places. i was going to leave them in the car and go into walgreens, but i was worried about them overheating. it’s a hot day today. and somehow doing these mundane things with dogs in the back of the sub’ makes doing them more fun!

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studying: studying for the big upcoming exam is going slowly. i wish i could focus a bit better. today i’ve been working on indian law, community property, and torts. hopefully i’ll get through family law by the end of the day.

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okay, nothing exciting going on today, i guess. i’ll work on knitting content for next time.