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What I did today: a photoessay

After getting out of bed grumpy (kitten hopped in the bathroom sink at 0330 and knocked some things off the counter, waking me up), I put on my big girl pants (long underwear and Ear Pops) and stood outside for about 40 minutes in near-freezing temperatures to pick up curbside donations for the Gently Used Book Sale. 75 books arrived in two donations. After I took them inside and helped log the donations and count books into boxes, I set off toward Starbucks (used another bit of my prepaid gift card on a Cinnamon Dolce Latte) and the dollar store, where I picked up some fuzzy socks and some office supplies.

Crossing the parking lot toward the road, the sun looked sad and cold hidden behind clouds:
What I did today 1: sad sun

Partway down the block, I enjoyed some exotic glyphs:
What I did today 2: pretended to see exotic glyphs

Not really, but it was fun to read them aloud complete with words for symbols ("locate, right arrow, right arrow, what is that red thing?"):
What I did today 3: continued pretending

Saw some creepy bare toes in the grocery store:
What I did today 4: potato toes

And had a very relaxing seat after I checked out while waiting for Kevin, who offered to pick me up if I bought some sparkling water:
What I did today 5: had a swinging time

After getting home I did boring early spring cleaning stuff like scrubbing the kitchen floor and kick plates under the cupboards (which was fascinating and grubby), weeding children's DVDs to donate, and eating some ranch Quakes I'd bought at the dollar store.

About a quarter after two, I put my warm outerwear back on, took my golf umbrella and the DVDs, tied neatly in two grocery bags, and squeezed through the gap in the fence to save a few minutes on my walk back to school. I met up with the lady organizing the book drive to get a clipboard and log sheets, then stood out in front of the school in case anyone brought curbside donations in the afternoon.

Some buses kept me company before classes let out:
What I did today 6: stood outside in the rain

And I unintentionally took an okay photo of myself, other than looking rather yellow because my coat and accessories are really, really pink:
What I did today 7: took a self-portrait

There were no afternoon curbside donations, but there were some carry-in ones including the DVDs I brought over. Tomorrow I will take over the books the girls weeded, a couple of kids' CDs she hasn't listened to in ages (like the Dora the Explorer soundtrack) and a board game she never really got into but will thrill some younger children.

And now I think I will take a nap while everyone else is asleep. Phew.


Feb. 4th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Excellent photo-blogging I like! And you look adorable in so much pink (although the photo made it look more purple).
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! The hat and scarf are a less bluish pink and the coat is a crazy tweed of bubble gum pink and purple.

Here's another oddly-lit but more true-to-color photo with the coat:
On the way out after Skate the Lake

It's gotten a ridiculous amount of mileage for a Target children's clearance rack find, but it makes me easy to spot walking and little kids seem to like it. One of the preschoolers blew me a kiss this morning!
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Those TOES! Yak. And that IS a cute photo of you!
Feb. 4th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
I am going to see those toes in nightmares. Ugh.

Thank you!
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)

Also? You're a Simpson. Yes. Yes you are.
Feb. 4th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
If I were a cartoon, I'd have even bigger feet. Hee.

When I turn the brim back on the hat, Kevin jokes that it looks like male anatomy.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)





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