February 25th, 2019

Annoyed for no reason

I have the best life. Really. I have all the creature comforts. I have the history of a rich, fulfilled life. I really have no bucket list as I've done all of the things I wanted to do. My days are my own to do with as I please. And I'm aware and as grateful as I could possibly be and work hard to wallow in every moment.

So... when I wake up annoyed for no good reason, that really pisses me off.

Seriously, what right do I have to even think of getting up on the wrong side of the bed?? So this morning my job is to fix my attitude. I have no right to be cranky so I need to not be.

I think maybe some of it can be attributed to stuff out and mess. I have the crochet pieces all over and the tiny room stuff out and the UW homework undone and just mess. I want less mess.

So the first order of business today is to put shit away. The tiny stuff is going into the closet. The UW homework will be finished and put into the mail. The quilt stuff will be finished enough to be once again contained in the crochet basket by the end of today. And the other extra messes will be tidied up. Including the crap out that I had to get out for the laundry center install that is just tossed on the deck.

Ok, now I feel better. Now that I have a plan.

Sometime this week, maybe even today. I am going to Hobby Lobby. I have avoided Hobby Lobby forever mainly because of the company's politics. But, also because it is not handy or convenient. And, lately, very inconvenient with all the road closures and traffic issues.

But, now I can use the new tunnel to get there and I am going to just go see. I hate with good stuff (I'm looking at you Chick-Fil-A) has belief systems that are the antithesis of mine. But, I've enjoyed the occasional chicken sandwich and I am going to allow myself a visit to Hobby Lobby.

But not before I get this place in shape. On it.



Yep. It was all the crap out screaming 'do me!!!' I cleaned it all up and then some. I had stuff in covered baskets and I even put some of those away. I used my new dining room chairs/hassocks. Sewing stuff (I cut out fabric on the kitchen counter so have all the cutting out stuff I need in a basket) in one and knitting stuff in the other. T I D Y

I also cleaned up the terrace which is very dusty right now and this led to a massive coughing fit. But one pill and one inhaler later, I'm good.

The tiny stuff is organized onto a big tray that fits perfectly on the closet shelf.

The crochet pieces are drying now and will be ready to finish putting together today and so that mess will be gone. Yes. Much better.

While I'm waiting for the yarn to dry, I think I will make that Hobby Lobby trip. My first through the new downtown tunnel.


I did go to Hobby Lobby and found just what I was looking for... nothing. And absolutely no need to ever go back. Plus the shopping center there no longer has that nice Albertson's (I'm not sure there are any Albertson's left anywhere.) or the big Staples. Where K-Mart used to be there is an Asian market that has nothing I needed or wanted.

So the long trip up there was a 100% success. Nothing I ever need to go back for.

I also tried out the new tunnel running under downtown Seattle. It is a long ass tunnel. It's two miles and feels, while you are driving it, that it's about 4 times longer than that. It's a weird experience to get to the edge of downtown, then the next daylight is the other side of downtown. I'm not sure, however, I'll use it often once they start charging tolls.

The chicken salad I made yesterday may well be the very best chicken salad I have ever had in my entire life. I have enough of everything to make more except for grapes. And the grapes are critical. Also at Safeway on Saturday, I grabbed a package of Safeway bakery cookies labeled 'almond crisp'. They are heaven!! I think, tomorrow I'm going to dip into that Safeway after my swim and get grapes and more cookies.

The Mariners are having a lovely game. I killed a solid hour sorting out my Mariner ticket situation on my Google Calendar ... I ⚾💎 for Diamond Club to each entry. Because it makes me smile.

Oh and I bought a ticket to a Seattle Men's Chorus concert in June. They are doing the 1960's. Most of their concerts are over at the University and a bitch for me to get to. This one is an afternoon concert at the symphony hall. Much better.

I got a note today, in the snail mail, from a bff from long ago. She writes that she was cleaning out a closet and found the copy of the newspaper when I was on the front page of the business section - the internet was new and I built websites. The story ran with this photo which never fails to amuse me.

me and bubba

Anyway, probably the last time I saw or talked to my friend was about when this picture was taken - the mid 90's. We met in college and bonded strongly for years and years and then went our separate ways. Her toddler is now grown, a nurse and has a 19th month old. And, yep, we will both be 70 years old by May. It's kind of strange to hear from her. Especially in snail mail. I guess I'll dig out a card and return the favor.

I am mot a good friend. Oh well.

I really hate that Google has map places with no street view. That's mean and wrong.