One of the biggest downsides of living alone is that there is no one to blame it on when you can't find your shit.
Last weekend I bought a double box of Breathe Right strips. Those things are not cheap. I got them home and I remember taking the cellophane off the boxes and then they just evaporated. I finally decided, after looking everywhere, that I tossed them out in a fit of cleaning up the packaging stuff. I was not happy with moi.
Last night, when I opened the drawer where I keep the Breathe Right strips, it dawned on me that there were a whole lot in there... DOH! I had unboxed the new ones and added them into the mix.
Today, I tossed last night's coughing duvet cover into the Goodwill bag and got out another oldie but goodie. This one did not smell musty but just to be on the safe side, I figured I'd Fabreeze it.
Where in the hell was there Fabreeze? I think I looked for a solid hour. This condo is a 1,300 square foot loft. There are just not that many places to hide a giant bottle of Fabreeze. I think under the drug stash (drugs as in inhalers I haven't used yet - they come in big boxes) in the bedroom bookshelf/night table canvas 'box' is as good a place as any. At least I found it.
I had a great swim and even great breakfast/catch up with seattlejo. She went off to shop. I stopped by Office Depot to drop off a UPS return and then came home. When I come home from the South, I use the small access road that runs along side the stadium. It's home to about 5 different 'pro' shops selling sports stuff, mainly Seahawks. They were, every one, packed to the gills. There is not much parking and many many cars fighting for the spots. It took me 3 times longer than normal to get through the 3 block long road. I am VERY glad to be home.
I plan to rule from here until after Sunday and Sunday's Seahawks game.
I replaced the comforter on the bed yesterday with a duvet and cover that has been in storage for a while. When I got into bed last night, I realized it was kind of musty and was sorry I hadn't Fabreezed it but I was tired and sleepy and said 'fuck it'. Zoey hopped up on the bed but before I was asleep left and didn't come back. Weird.
I woke up once coughing but went back to sleep. But a couple of hours later, I woke all the way up and realized that I'd been coughing for a while. Zoey was nowhere to be found. The duvet cover!! I threw it off and dragged a quilt out of the quilt chest and went back to sleep. When the alarm went off, I realized that the coughing had stopped and Zoey was back in her spot.
Next time I'll pay closer attention. If she's not there when I sleep, check/replace bedding!!
Today is swimming at 8:30 and then I'm meeting seattlejo for breakfast. It's been way too long since we've had a good visit.
There may be a grocery visit. I don't really need anything but this may be the last day before it gets too crazy to get anything until the end of next week. There will absolutely be a complete sniffing, re-evaluating, sorting for Goodwill of all bed covers. I have lots of options and it's time to cull anyway. I sure don't need to sleep with shit that makes me cough.
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When we were kids (back in the olden days), banks had this new thing they were trying to promote - drive in tellers. One of the incentives used was handing out lollipops to every child in the car. When my sister and I were small, Mom used to hand the lollipops right over to us and they kept us entertained for a long time. BUT once we managed to get the wrapper off, she'd take 'em off our hands.
Zoey loves cellophane wrapped candies. She uses the twisted ends as handles and carries one around the house until the tails are gone and then she abandons it. I find a new one for her and we do it all again.
Tonight she got a fresh one and ohhhhh she was happy!
My decision to pass on the 6 am swim this morning turned out to be more smarter than I even knew. The pool is probably 100 feet in elevation above my condo. When I got there for the 11 am swim, there were a few tiny pockets of snow left in tree wells down here. But the pool had lots of snow on the grass and a fair amount yet on the sidewalks. I was really glad to have my boots on. The lane swimming was really crowded but the 12 pm shallow end exercise class - usually full of very large, sweet, ancient ladies - had only one participant.
Zoey is really attached today. I've done a lot of moving around the house - changing the sheets and duvet on the bed, doing laundry, fixing this, putting that away, moving from room to room. Usually she hangs in one place and ignores me but today, she's hot on my heels. The duvet is one I pulled out of the chest and have not used for a while so there were all manner of smells that need to be sniffed about it.
The reason I've not used that duvet is because it is heavy and when stuffed with my regular down comforter, it really need Minnesota to be comfortable. But, last time I was at IKEA, I bought their (dirt cheap) thinnest/lightest duvet. So today's that's the one I used and 1. It is WAY easier to get stuffed in evenly and 2. makes this sucker the perfect Seattle weight. Win!
My friend, Scott, from New Zealand sends me a wall calendar with luscious Kiwi scenes. This year he sent two! A large one and a smaller one. The smaller on is the perfect size for hanging right here at my chair. Someone coming into the room can't even see it and I can see it easily at a glance. Nice. The big one went on the bulletin board. I do love the beautiful photography that New Zeland makes. They have about 8 gazilion holidays so even if you don't write a single thing in, you always look really busy! Cracks me up.
Scott and his wife are coming to Seattle on July 4. They will be here for about 3 days which will be fun. I do need to figure out some kind of car arrangements so that the three of us can get places. Just across the street are four as-yet-unused Zip car parking places. If they start using them, that might be just the right thing. Or I could just go to Enterprise. But I need to noodle out the solution by about May since waiting to the last minute for a busy holiday weekend will not be smart.
I have been on a big jag of breakfast for dinner. Anita will not be back to cook until February and I am sick of my own cooking but I don't mind making breakfast. Breakfast variety is also easy. Sausage one night, bacon the next. Scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs... I like much of the premade freezer stuff - potatoes, waffles, french toast. So I've been cycling through the options and enjoying them all enormously.
I got up to pee at 4 am and did my first snow check. It has just started. So I went back to sleep til 6 and checked again. There was enough on the roads and it was still coming down that I decided risking the life, limb and vehicles of everyone else on road to swim was not worth chancing it. Plus, I didn't know for sure that the pool would be open. It was one of those, if you don't have to go out, don't. I didn't have to. So I didn't.
By 7 it had stopped. This pic of the baseball field makes me want to go down there (it's 2 blocks from here) and roll around the field.
The pool will be open at 11, it will be 40 degrees and raining then. Great - indoor - swimming weather.
Nothing else really on my plate today which is really luxurious.
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