August 2nd, 2018

Of course it works, now...

A new charging cord for my swim music player is in the mail to me now. And so, for the first time in 3 weeks, the old cord worked as soon as I plugged it in. For the past weeks, I've had to plug it into the computer, the hub, the wall, the power strip, all over the house just to find one port that would give it enough juice to charge. Today, first time, charged fine. Of course. And then I get the text that the post office will deliver the replacement today. Of course.

The Salvation Army online pickup request thing includes an email saying that on the pickup day, if you call after 7:15 am, you can get a 2 hour window. So, at 7:15, I called and plugged in my phone number and the nice recorded lady said my pickup would be between 8:30 and 11. Nice. I was hoping it would be in the morning. I was just into my second cup of coffee when the phone rang at 7:45. It was the Salvation Army ... they were here already!!

Three guys. They picked up that sofa like it was a burrito and out the door with it to their truck while handing me a receipt and a thank you, goodbye! Done! Nice.

I just clicked on a link to a page that said Northwest Local News. Your Online Newspaper. I live in the northwest and I'd never heard of this. I clicked around looking for clues and found none. Not a single hint about where this was. There was a story about a talent competition and one about a poor man whose house burned down and then a mention of McHenry County... Lots of stories and ads about buying local but no mention anywhere of where 'local' was. Finally I clicked on Contact Us and there was about About link. There I found five paragraphs and finally, in the very last one, there was a mention of their lovely southern Illinois area. Whew. Anyone looking for a job in website Q&A in Illinois? I know a site that needs some!! (And why, in southern Illinois do they publish Northwest News???)

So now that my first big todo of the day is done... On with the rest. There's a baseball jewelry up in the park this afternoon that I want to visit. He's setting up at noon so I might wander up there and pick up lunch at the same time.

The weather out is perfect. There may even be a little drizzle.

Oh and in my Use No Cash project, I used $11 yesterday at Goodwill. I hate to make them pay bank fees. So that's $12.50 since July 11. Except I do pay the housecleaner in cash so it's really $212.50. Which is still good. Very good. It would be cool if I could slide through August without having to hit the ATM. I might be able to pull it off.

This is why I don't go outside...

I live on 1st Avenue which is a really long street but a block away from my end of 1st Avenue they have had the street torn up for months. Initially they promised it would be done and back to us by May. Yeah, right. I don't walk on 1st Avenue much these days because it's noisy and a mess. But, today, I thought I'd go that way because where I was going was nearest there and I wanted to check on the progress. I understand now. They meant May of 2019. Fuckers.

It's a mess. Loud and just horrible. I don't know how the tourists stand it. Several businesses have left the area. It's just awful. BUT, it's also dusty and dirty and while I've had months and months of fabulous breathing, turns out my COPD still hates dusty dirty outside air.

I always carry some cough pills with me in a contact lens case and some water in a shampoo bottle so once I realized the lungs were really pissed and not kidding, I sucked down a pill and some water but I was not in time. It was just horrible. I barely got home. It's really hard to cough and walk at the same time. But I knew getting inside was the best bet. And it was.

But before it got bad, I was able to grab a bulgogi burrito and then went to the park where they had craft vendors. There's a British baker who was there and had lovely looking stuff so I bought some... And then I came home. The burrito was good and the chocolate stout cake with cream icing was heaven. I love the trend of making cakes that aren't over the top sweet.

I still have a little of the cough but I also have a big glass of water next to me and I'm not going outside again.

I got my charging cable for my swim music player. Works great. I got my kickstarter swim music player... it's ok. I probably won't use it that much as long as the original keeps working but it is nice to have a back up Spotify player. (It was a kickstarter that I signed up for eons ago before I got the other one.)

I also got a bunch of little around the house stuff done like all my daily pill does boxes filled - about 90 days worth! My favorite shopping bag mended. The kitchen cleaned up and my swim bag bottles (conditioner and lotion) refilled. Now I'm going to polish off this series on Acorn while I do a little crocheting.

Oh and Canada is in town. On every corner, while I was out, there were people in various modes of Blue Jay paraphernalia, studying their phone or looking around. 3 times I stopped and asked if I could help. They were so nice and grateful. One wanted the Mexican restaurant (2 blocks up, this side of the street, red door). The next group was looking for the Japanese grocery (see that pedestrian bridge? go across and then one block straight ahead). The last group was just waiting for their Uber but "is 13 Coins a decent dinner option for tonight?" YOU BETCHA! I love Canadians. If my lungs didn't hate outside so much. I'd be tempted to stroll the 'hood just looking for lost ones.