Calendar integrity. I've lost it.

So I was back in the sewing room, deep into Kindle sleeve making when the door from the hallway opens and I hear the deep, loud, Bosnian voice of my house cleaner.


I stare at her astonished and say "It's Tuesday!" and she says "No, it's Wednesday" and I say "no, it's Tuesday" and we go on like that for a long time. She finally convinced me but it was not easy. I don't think I have ever been as off on my days as this morning. Every single thing pointed to Wednesday and yet, in my heart of hearts and brain of brains I knew it was Tuesday.

It was really funny. And I was not house cleaner ready. The kitchen was a mess. I had a giant piece of fabric spread out on the counter. I hadn't even hung up my swimsuit yet. Nor had I gathered the rest of the stuff to take to Goodwill or even thought about what other things I wanted to do while I was out.

But, she got to work and I got myself together and hit the road. I went to Goodwill and Uwajimaya and Daiso (where I got Zoey her Christmas outfit).


But, now the house is clean and all is fine. I made a nice little bagette for kindle and even added a little pocket on the outside for the folding stand I like to carry with me.

Then I spent some quality time with a ruler and paper and pencil, planning out the coat. I have the perfect piece of fabric to use for the test build. Tomorrow.

I think I'm going to pull out my knitting and fire up Series 3 of Line of Fire.

The ears have it...

Last night my ear attacked again so I started the drops. I'll keep them up regardless of how the ear feels for at least a few days to a week and hope I can knock some sense into this thing and make it hit the road, jack.

I looked up the dets on the ear drops and learned immediately that they were what is prescribed mostly for swimmers ear. My doctor did not mention swimmers ear but I do wonder if the pool is not the culprit. If the drops don't work, he said the next step was a visit to an ENT. But, I think an interim step - as much as I would hate it - would be a week off from swimming. So... let's work, drops, ok? Thx.

This morning I dreamed up a new coat. I made a raincoat last Fall. I love the coat but I made a fatal error. The inside of the coat is kind of a quilted neoprene which gives texture and so a little warmth BUT also makes it incredibly difficult to get off - it grabs my clothes and won't let go. And, in tweaking the pattern to make it fit correctly in the shoulders, I made the armscye (armhole) too small for accommodating sweaters or thicker tops.

So the coat will work for summer but not for winter. I now have a new design in my head and new fabric (this time with fleece on the inside) on order. BUT this time I'm going to make it out of test fabric first. Fool me twice - nope.

Also I came up with a better plan for my kindle case.

Those are the two projects I'm going to dip into today, I think.

It's very bright and sunny and cold out today. The sewing room is the warmest room in the house. Usually not a selling point to me but today... I'm going back there to work, yes, but also to warm up!


Will the next drama please step up to the podium?

I have zero clues what this might be. And there are two others with the exact same info just different tracking numbers. The labels were created on the 30th and now... crickets. Someone is just torturing me.

I know there won't be action tomorrow since the post offices are closed because Bush died. (Since when do National Days of Mourning mean the federal government shuts down?? I don't remember that ever happening before. but what ever)

Nice day here. A little sewing, a little fixing, a little organizing. Then I went up the street to Megs for lunch. I went at 11:30 to avoid the crowds. Lots o' peops had the same idea. The line was long and didn't move fast but at least I had plenty of time to suss out the sitch.

The hamburger as good but they have this "special sauce" they slather all over it and that wasn't so good. I'm trying the hot dog next time. The chocolate shake was very good and the perfect size.

But the french fries. OMG. They were possibly the very best french fries that have ever crossed my lips. So absolutely amazing. Delicious and crunchy and wonderful. I am thrilled to have those french fries so close to my house. And available every day. I need to see how well they travel and if they can be reheated. Seriously So delicious.

Also, on the way to Megs, I passed the new home of Salumi!! They were not that far away before but just far away enough and in a location that was not welcoming. But now they are in a big new place AND open on Saturdays. Yeah! Another win for my 'hood.

I think spaghetti for dinner.

Life's too short

A few weeks ago, in Safeway, they had a stack of 100 count k-cups of coffee - Signature brand, donut shop - on sale for $5 each. That should have been a clue. I've been drinking the stuff now every morning. It's mild. It's so mild that it's difficult to distinguish it from hot water.

Finally, this morning, I said no. I'm tossing the remaining cups. I've gotten my $5 worth out of the deal and now I want to go back to drinking real coffee. Happily I had some real coffee squirreled away for emergencies. This will tide me over until Amazon delivers the stuff I just ordered on Thursday. Whew.

An email this morning told me about my raise starting in January. My social security payment is going up $67. Woot! But, really, that more than covers my phone bill, for instance. So really. Thanks, federal government!

My Twitter feed is all sports this morning. The NHL is getting ready to announce that Seattle will get a hockey team. The sports bars in town have the coffee flowing to the crowds gathered around TVs for the announcement. Meanwhile, Mariner fans are crying in their beer over all the trades. Basically most of the people I follow seem to think the end of the world has come. And, of course, they all know for sure how to do it better than the professionals with the salaries.

Tomorrow is house cleaner day and so errand day and grocery day. That makes today pretty much nothing day. I have a new top cut out and ready to assemble and actually my fabric stash shelves could use some reordering, straightening.

And I think I might wander up to the new place - Megs - for lunch maybe.

And there will be TV watching/listening. My new speakers are nice. The sound is far more rich and those strange accents on Acorn TV are easier to decipher. Now I just need something to translate the idioms. Now that I can hear the words, their actual meaning is even more elusive. I get the context, of course, but the nuance often goes right over my head.

ARUG. I just read a recent (yesterday?) quote from Joe Biden saying that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president. We are for sure fucking doomed.



FedEx showed the tracking number as still at the warehouse until they changed it to DELIVERED! Way to tease, FedEx.

The Roku speakers are, indeed, a no brainer to set up and they look nice and they sound nicer. And they have neat little tricks like dialogue enhancement and sound leveling. Totally excellent. And way better than any of the sound bars I've tried over the years.

They came with two remotes, neither of which I really need. But, I have a drawer for Shit I Do No Need Now. So no biggie.

The pizza was really bad but then the only take home cook-it-yourself pizza I've ever had that was not really bad is Papa Murphy's. The Whole Foods pizza was no worse than the rest but still pretty bad. I did not do an actual taste test but I suspect the cardboard under the crust tasted the same as the crust.

Live and learn. I think I've given Whole Foods enough tries. And they have enough love from the public. They don't need me.

Now I'm going to see how the good folks in Line of Duty sound with excellent speakers!

whole foods and i have a doomed relationship

As I suspected, the doctor couldn't see anything. But, the good news is that the doctor couldn't see anything. So whatever my ear thing is, it's clearly not a Bad Thing Getting Worse. He gave me some drops to use next time it hurts. I'm guessing that, alone, will prevent any further issues.

I love the new (at least new at my doctors') scribes thing. First of all today's scribe was an incredibly attractive young man. Nice to have some eye candy. But, also, I love that I get such focus from the doctor. Such a good idea.

Anyway after picking up the ear drops and getting out of there, I was hungry and remembered the new Whole Foods is now open and they have a whole floor of food court and Amazon Prime discount. So I went. It's a pretty place with a huge selection of all kinds of ready to eat stuff. I got sushi for lunch and a pizza for dinner and some cole slaw because it just looked good.

Well the sushi was about the worst sushi I have ever had in my life. Actually, it was about... it was the worse sushi. I hope the pizza isn't as bad. What is it with me and Whole Foods? We're just doomed.

Oh and I did not get a receipt so I have no clue if I got a discount or not. I would have asked for the receipt if I had realized they weren't going to volunteer it.

So I decided to go ahead and make another breakfast casserole and eat a slice of that fresh from the oven for lunch instead of the horrible horrible sushi. It should be ready for eating in about 10 minutes.

In other disappointing news, FedEx reports that my speakers are not even on the truck yet. They are saying they will be delivered by End of Day but they said they would be delivered by End of Day last Friday, too. Sigh.

But on the up side, I discovered on the way home that an empty cafe on a nearby corner is no longer empty. It had been a weird scary looking place that was only open for a couple of years and then the place sat empty for the last year.

Now it's a fun new burger and shake joint owned by a local chef. I'm so excited. We have one place on the corner that makes a good designer burger but the music is really loud and take out is not easy. But the new place - Megs - looks to be easier, quieter and delicious. Just the kind of place I love. Not tonight because pizza but soon. Maybe tomorrow!

Go ear, go!

Everytime I feel a twinge in my ear, I'm all YES! Bring it on! I'm going to spill doctor all over you in 3 hours and 30 minutes so give me your best shot. My other ear started to itch this morning so I'm ready to get this all fixed before it kicks in.

Now that the weekend is over, we can get on with my important stuff like my new speakers coming in via FedEx. And those three mysterious packages via USPS. Important stuff!

This morning was banking morning. The first of the month is when my bank accounts get a new infusion of cash. I move it around and pay off stuff. I do keep a daily eye on most all of my accounts but once a month I do a deep dive into everything to make sure all is kosher and I have the money I need in the right accounts for the rest of the month.

All done now. And laundry done. I'm ready for whatever. Bring it on!


Seahawkians still Seahawking

It's 8 pm and I just heard the melodious (not) tones of drunks calling out SEAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAWKS. The game ended hours ago and one would think they would take their drunken selves home but no... godbless'em. They (the Seahawks) were here when I moved in more than 25 years ago so my standing to bitch is a bit rickety.

I will bitch about this fucking ear that started acting up again tonight! I went to the My Chart app and discovered my doctor has an opening tomorrow at 11:45. I grabbed it. Thanks, whoever canceled. I appreciate it.

I finally killed NCIS Los Angeles. I had several episodes unwatched and tried to clear out the backlog and discovered that I honestly do not care one bit about any of the characters any more so... buh bye.

Same with that God Friended me thing. I still have all the episodes of This Is Us unwatched. They are actually the only thing left on my TiVo. So I guess I'll get round to watching them or at least giving them a try here sooner than later.

I have plenty of other stuff on Acorn and Netflix and Amazon to keep me entertained. I'm really kind of surprised to learn that if it weren't for baseball, I could really be a cord cutter. But there is baseball so cable and I still have a wonderful relationship.


The Seahawks are playing a game at home today at 1:30. So the 'hood will be taken over with madness and screaming. And the roads will all be closed off. I toyed with the idea of not going to the pool at all. But, then I decided to go for at least half.

The Sunday front desk person is a young woman who is not only bright and cheering and fun and nice, she lets us in 5 minutes early! We have this little group of early birds on Sunday and this morning we voted her The Best.

There were some weekenders - the old Asian guy who swims a little and then gets out and does calisthenics and then gets all weird when someone swims in his lane. And the middle aged lady who walks the lanes but always and only in the exact middle and gets all pissy when someone wants to share the lane. Etc. But, on the up side, it's a cloudy morning so I didn't get blinded by the sun glare.

I still wanted to get done and get back home so I only did 1,000 yards. It was still fun and good. And I got home before they started blocking roads. Win!

Between the doors being closed and Spotify, I can't even hear the football people. I made a Christmas music playlist for swimming and just added it to my player.

A really random thought I had while swimming this morning: In high school we had to memorize all kinds of shit. The first 52 lines of the Canterbury Tales in the original language, all manner of poetry and some historical speeches. I've forgotten most of it and, while I still remember the Canterbury Tales prologue, I get precious few invitations to recite.

But I am annually grateful that we had to memorize all the words to the Carol of the Bells. It's still one of my favorite songs and to have a tongue that can keep up with the delightful patter just tickles me every year.

Laundry load #2 is in the dryer. I love cold weather but holy crap does it make laundry. Geesh. I feel like I wash clothes constantly. And it's only me and I don't even sweat. WTF?

I'm currently hooked on Line of Duty on Acorn TV. So there will be some watching of that today. And the rest of the usual.

Ooops the laundry needs switching. Alexa? When are you going to learn to do laundry?

I feel like I should post only half a swim selfie but, hey, that's what I post every day.