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I didn't have to walk as much as I expected to last week thanks to:
- a neighbor giving Laurel a ride to school in the mornings and picking me up to pick her up in the afternoons,
- two Scouters giving me a ride to and from the committee meeting Wednesday, and
- another Scouter giving me a ride to/from a costume meeting on Thursday night. (I'm helping sew for the second grade's winter musical production.)

I'm looking for a nice way to thank the neighbors if anyone has any suggestions; I don't know much about them other than through their kids.

I noticed carpeting going in somewhere downstairs on Thursday and thought it must be one of the two smaller apartments on the other side of the breezeway from us, but it turns out our downstairs party neighbors have finally moved on. I met the new neighbor that moved in this weekend and she seems much more likely to not throw weekend-long parties unless her school-age kids are really out there. *wry grin*

I took Laurel to a classmate's birthday party on Saturday. I think the gift I picked out was okay -- only knowing the recipient likes Star Wars, I bought a LEGO Clone Scout Walker -- and she had a great time at the nickel arcade. She tried a few games beyond her current abilities (Dance Dance Revolution, a racing game she couldn't reach the pedals on) but turned out to be scarily good at the games where she had to hit a button to stop a countdown or a lit LED near a specific point. She redeemed her tickets for a red-winged plastic butterfly that now lives in her plastic bug house.

My cold is still kicking my butt, although Vogon hinted it may be more than a cold now since the stuff I'm coughing up is a distinctly different (and more ominous) color than what's coming out my nose. After two weeks of not being able to breathe through my nose and now losing my voice, I'm generally in a bad mood and even more so after having to wait 20 minutes for a pharmacist at Albertson's to purchase a box of Sudafed 12-Hour. When I take over the world, I am going to sentence every methamphetamine user and producer to death sobriety by waiting in government office lines.

Luckily I don't have much walking to do this week -- a den meeting on Monday night if I'm not coughing up a lung then, voting on Tuesday (no way I'm missing that and if you live in Texas, you shouldn't either, if only to vote on Proposition 2), and Laurel's ARD meeting on Wednesday.

Vogon anticipates having the car back on Friday, so I should work on getting everything he might want moved into storage boxed and ready, but I feel like crap on rye and don't know how much I'll get done this week other than general housekeeping, the sewing I've committed to (zipping together a handful of jumpsuits and basting Velcro to sew in after they've been fitted to the kids) and mailing off a disc and a sketch I promised to my sister.

"Bees" is stuck in my head, but you can share in that small part of my headspace by downloading it from la Laura Cantrell's website downloads page.


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Nov. 7th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Prop 2 is probably the only reason I plan on voting. No way I'm not being heard on that one.
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
"Bees" is extrordinarily beautiful. As is pretty much that entire record/her entire oeuvre.
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
*nods vigorously*

Do you know if her show is available as a podcast yet? I figure you'd post as soon as you know, but I've been a bit out of things lately.
Nov. 8th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure yet - I know FMU is gong to podcasting, but I'm not sure if they've made the complete jump yet. I think her show might be on break too, but I'm not 100% sure on that either. I know it was when she was on tour (obviously, since, you know, it's kind of hard to do a show in New Jersey when you're playing a show in California, heh), but I'm not sure if it's back or not. I should check!
Nov. 7th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
I'd say if you're looking for a gift, consider the means by which she helps you: Buy her a gas card!

Yeah, candles or other little things are nice, but I'd get her something like a gift certificate for a nite out (a family nite out?), or do something personal for her--a day at a spa?
Nov. 7th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
As far as gifts go, plants and cookies come to mind. Sorry it's not much help, but I imagine that's something I'd be thrilled over. Let us know what you decide.
Nov. 7th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
i've always baked for p eople. cheap, and oh, so welcome! cookies, or a cake. and as you know, that doens't really take up that much time. i would SO wait untill you felt better, though, honest and for true.
Nov. 7th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
I found out today that the mom doesn't bake much (she says she loves it but it takes forever to bake) so I think I'll go with it.

I'm making something baked this weekend anyway for a cake auction next Tuesday (the money raised goes to buying Angel Tree gifts for the families our Cub Scout pack adopts), so I think cupcakes might be nice for them -- and if I decide to play with fondant for the cake auction item, I can get some extra practice in. (:

I am starting to feel better, I'm just a little wary because I was starting to feel better early last week and then the cold settled in my chest! The Sudafed 12 Hour is really helping me not sound like Darth Vader (a little hoarse, but Laurel always wanted a pony) and I stocked up on cough syrup.

And here I should tell you that I get really, really punny when I'm sick. Vogon called several double pun violations on me while I was talking to Mom yesterday. (:
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
(a little hoarse, but Laurel always wanted a pony)

ok, ok, i knew i adored you, but you're bringing that up to a new level! how hilarious!

speaking from way too hard won advice that i don't myself follow all the time, give yourself some time to heal. if i bake cookies, that's about all i can do all day. if you're cooking anyway, it would be so nice to make some extra! i've found that when you have the stuff out anyway, it's much easier to get stuff done. for the shower, killi wants one of my cakes. i've not done one for so long.....i take a cake mix....i know, i'm a weenie....and play with it, using 6 eggs, seperating them, whipping the whites and folding them in last minute...i add sugar and vanilla, and other stuff, if i want to. i have a special large pan for that that killi keeps thinking she can sneak out of the house...HA! i've had that puppy since i was married! anyway, chocolate chocolate, with german chocolate filling and chocolate filling. :D people are going to need a glass of milk just to walk by this! (did i tell you? the shower's at scott's house, and spin, scott's roomie, picked THAT weekend to move out! in the middle of the bridal shower! and he knew about it a month in advance. aaaaaaaaaaah!!!!)
Nov. 7th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hon, no reason to push too hard. You were doing a lot better after you slept all day week before last... maybe we can try that again, just before/after work? But, I believe that you're sleeping well during the day and that's what your body really needs right now.

I have enough stuff that's already boxed up to keep me busy for a month of Saturdays. (Good thing the storage place is only 1/4 mile away.) I'll have one trip just for the Xmas stuff, alone. And, then there's all those boxes in the study, and since it's climate controlled there's nothing that says that we can't move the stored fabric over there. And, then there's all that stuff on top of the cabinets, and everything stuffed into the dining room... Fear not, I'll not be done at the end of next weekend, just with the stuff that's already boxed.
Nov. 7th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I was doing better, I was just dopey from the cold medicine. d:

I've been going back to bed and sleeping in, but how long I sleep depends on noise (like the fire alarm test on Friday) and the cold medicine. Taking both pseudoephedine and the guaifenesin and dextromethorphan liquid made me really sleepy so I slept until noon today, but I've been up since so my head would drain in time to pick Laurel up and for the den meeting tonight (already talked to C., I don't have a lot to do this meeting and she'll give me a ride home).

Xmas stuff is already boxed and labeled in the coat closet. I haven't even looked in the study or the dining room... well, there's a bunch of fabric in the dining room I mean to get folded or on bolts, and I have a couple binders and a project bag in there. But I haven't even looked in the closet in Laurel's room since you fished laundry out of it for me to wash!
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
I can totally understand wanting to drag yourself out of your deathbed to vote on that Prop 2 crapheap. But many of those props look like Bad Ideas. And I surely wonder where "small government conservativism" is coming into play on some of them. Many seem to be expanding the role of the government; especially as regards being a nanny/wetnurse to the corporations.

But, hey, at least the ballot language is bilingual. I wonder what some of my Mexican neighbours do when they have to vote on ballot issues like that. There's not a chance in hell of Ohio ever adopting bilingual ballot language or paying for interpreters to be at the polling places. Not for at least another 50 years. (And if you added Spanish, you'd probably have people demanding Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Russian, Czech and Serbo-Croatian, etc. too)
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
Maybe you should bake something for them.
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
And this, of course, was already suggested. I made awesome oatmeal-orange zest-chocolate chip cookies over the weekend. They were well-received at a house warming party. If you want to make them, just add a few tablespoons of orange zest and a cup or a cup and a half of chocolate chips to your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. It's a super quick baking project.
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
You know... I could always make one of my Godiva (white chocolate liquor) cheesecakes for them, if you like. Or, we could do just a plain one with a variety of toppings.
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