January 17th, 2019

Plan D

I called the pool this morning and they are open!! Plus the 9 am water aerobics class is canceled so the pool is mine whenever the traffic clears. On Thursdays, the regular gym desk guy gets a day off and a woman named Amanda works. She's great and fun. This morning when I called I asked when the pool was open and she said 'is this Susan?? I wondered where you were this morning!' ha. Turns out they did not open it until 7 so I'm, once again, so glad I thought to call last night.

I think I'm going to wait until about 9:30/9:45 and then go. That will make me done, showered and dressed by about 11 when Papa Murphy's opens and I can pick up a pizza for dinner. 2 birds. Plus no traffic.

I finally figured out that the real joy in early morning swims is that when I'm done and home again, I still have the whole day in front of me for whatever... uninterrupted whatever. Even now that I'm retired and I have all the time in the world, time is still such a luxury.

Today I slept the extra time away. I'm ok with that once in a while.

I paid off all the bills from my brother's visit. We spent so much (in restaurants mainly) that my cash back reward was $48! Also a profound luxury. And such fun.

When I installed the light in the cat bed, I was a little afraid that it might discourage Zoey from using it. Nope. It's now her go to spot, and that tickles me. And the light makes it so easy to see that she's in there and what she's up to.


I'd really like to get the miniature room finished today. I want to do some sewing and I already have too many projects started and not finished. So today the room. Then, maybe, tomorrow... sewing.

Also I need to pop up to the metro office to fix a broken bus card and then... three blocks after that, I need to check out the new 85c Bakery. They have been doing a soft opening (fewer hours) and tomorrow is their grand opening. I assume the lines will be long but, hey, worth a look.


Today I learned that the average age of people in the gym at 10:30 am is 85. If you remove the staff from that equation, the average age is 102. Seriously, I was like wtf? where did all these old people come from?? Then I switched to, wow. It's a wonder some of these people can even stand much less make it to the gym.

It was amazing. The pool was crowded but it was all old people just splashing around. There was one other lap swimmer. The water was fine. Not crystal clear but not green and a lot more clear than yesterday.

The manager was at the desk when I was leaving and I made a point of letting him know how much I appreciated their getting on that pea soup situation so quickly. He appeared to appreciate my appreciation.

I got the pizza. This sucker had better be good. A few months ago I could get a pepperoni pizza there, premade so fast, for $6. Then they cut out their 'fav' program and now I can get the same pizza for $18 and wait 3 times longer for them to bring it out. They be broken. If this pizza isn't to die for, it will be the last one I get from there.

By the time I got on the bridge to come home, the traffic had totally cleared out.

But the reason I don't keep to this schedule is that it is now 1 pm and I'm really just getting started with my day. Not good.

Oh. letmesaythis asked to see a photo of the socks I made a while back.


I did not even try to match them up either individually or in pairs. I just grabbed whatever scrap was big enough for the pieces (there are 4 pieces to each sock) and went with it. They are really good - feel good, work in my shoes, etc. The down side is that I am not good with pairs. And these require it. Finally, I put the left foot socks in one drawer and the right foot socks in another so now I just grab one from each drawer. That does help.


I declare The End

I have abandoned my miniature room. I successfully wired the chandelier and made it so it would turn on and off with the switch. And saw that I could complete the remainder but it would look like a sloppy mess due to earlier bad decisions/craftsmanship so I decided that putting any more time and effort into it would be wasteful. I learned a lot and will just call it Miniature Collage.

Terri Gordon got a different miniature room kit and, after giving it a start, decided she really wasn't into it and asked if I wanted her kit. YES!! She kindly sent it to me and it is one I had looked at and almost bought. It's waiting now for the smarter me.

I'm going to wait to start it up though. I want to do some sewing first.

A while ago I thought 'oh shit, I forgot to get something out of the freezer for dinner. pasta again, I guess.' And then, to might delight, remembered the pizza!