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Bookkeeper, tax preparer, cat lady, blogger, organizer, mystery writer.

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I've finally decided that I am a writer - all the other things I do just pay the bills. Someone eloquent once said that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Well, let's just see about that.

RIP Aggie

RIP Aggie
Aggie was my fifteen-year-old cairn terrier - or maybe I should say I was her 55-year-old person! She was my faithful companion, spoiled rotten and I am still trying to figure out what to do without her.

Peter the Cat...

Peter the Cat...
This is Peter the gingersnap tabby! He's seven years old and has just been promoted to Peter the Very, Very Good. He is working his way up to Peter the Great...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...
Bee is Peter's buddy. He's eight years old and has made himself right at home. I guess cats really do come in pairs or sets of three!

And Jasper makes three!

And Jasper makes three!
Jasper is our new guy - the Cat From Another Place. He's four years old and we think he likes it here - so far, so good!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

What was I thinking?

I forgot that school starts tomorrow - and I made the colossal mistake of going to WalMart...  Sometimes I am just brain dead.  I needed to buy a new iron - sewing and my little travel iron just don't mix.  I am in the middle of making my bathroom shower rod valance and the steam function of that travel iron is virtually non-existent.  So, off I went to WalMart - since that's the cheapest place to buy an iron - and once I got inside, I was completely gobsmacked by the sheer number of people milling about.  One would never have guessed by looking at the parking lot.  Now, I love school supplies as much as any eager fifth-grader but I have no one to buy them for and I still haven't used all of the notebook paper I bought last year in a moment of weakness.  I will tell you, however, that those plastic pencil boxes make a great holder for dryer sheets - you know how flimsy those dryer sheet packages can be - so I do have some justification, albeit flimsy, for occasionally buying school supplies.  So after braving the crowd (in a handy little ride-around cart!) I found an adequate steam iron (for only $6.64!) and picked up a ream of printer paper - can't run out of that.  And while I was there, since one can never have too much Diet Coke on hand - a resolution I made after I'd been out of soda for three days and stuck in the house with no means of getting to a store to support my artificially-sweetened carbonated beverage habit - I headed toward the grocery department.  Again, what was I thinking?  I had to traverse the children's clothing section which was an absolute madhouse.  There were parents and kids everywhere, arguing over what to buy.  I mean, did you ever argue with your parents about school clothes they were paying for?  I think not.  The selection provided two choices: school uniforms or child-size gangbanger/slut clothing.  Nothing in between, unfortunately.  No wonder schools are adopting uniform policies - given that all the little boys show up with their over-large pants hanging off their butts and the girls all look like mini-tramp versions of Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus.  God help us all.  See - another reason why I am not a mother.  I hung a right through the footwear department and hit the soda aisle where I found Diet RC for the low, low price of eighty-eight cents for a two-liter bottle.  Works for me.  Zoom - back up the main aisle to the checkouts.  Where I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Amazingly, when I finally got to the cash register, the lovely girl was very pleasant and not stressed out by the crowd and long lines at all.  That was a nice surprise - even if the throng clamoring for school supplies in a crowded WalMart wasn't.

3 comments:

  1. That was a daunting experience! I have sent Louis Dean out to our Wal Mart as I type. School is in session so he should not have too much trouble. We try to get our errands down before the school zones start up! I have not had Diet RC in ages! I am a Diet Coke girl mostly...that and iced tea! There was a lovely surprise in the mail today! Thank you!! 2 gifts...a hand crafted card and that cool necklace! Made MY Monday!

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  2. Thankfully I've managed to stay out of the stores. The couple of times I've gone (into Target) I've managed to avoid the back-to-school section.

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  3. I avoid Walmart like the plague. Ours is one of those SUPER stores and you have to walk 3 miles to get from one side to the other. By the way, I'm addicted to diet cokes too.
    Susan

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