Friday: Went to Waffle House for the last time and encountered masses of teenagers in the parking lot, I'd guess post-game from the cheerleader outfits and team t-shirts. We were minorly bothered by how old they looked. After sitting down, we found out they had just stiffed the entire waitstaff on tips. Would have run them down because we had the nicest waitress ever despite their poor diner behavior, but it would have dented the car.
Saturday: Stopped by knicole1979's on Saturday with dessert Fig Newtons and saw her, Lane and the baby (so cute!). The children's consignment place wouldn't take Laurel's 3-year-old crib (they have $300 used cribs in the front window), so we stuck it in the donation bin for the base thrift store. Went to Hikari's for the last time and thoroughly enjoyed being in there at an off time -- teared up at the thought of not going there again (we love love love them) and the sushi chef cut up a pineapple for us, which Laurel thought was the coolest thing ever.
After getting home I waded into a puddle to extract Laurel and get her back in the house (she lets herself out if you don't lock the screen door) and netted 5-6 ant bites, which immediately turned into dime-size raised welts. Put Bendaryl cream on them and tried not to scratch, but took a few pictures immediately after first cream application because I'd never had welts like that before.
Sunday: Woke up with hives from the base of my toes up to my ankle from the ant bites, so not much got done. Called home to get updated on the engagement (Branden proposed to Amy Friday night) and see what Mom recommended for hives -- antihistamines and an oatmeal bath. Had v. strange dreams during the afternoon as I hadn't slept well the night before and managed to sleep through the This Old House special. *sigh*
Today: Slept with an old sock covering damp oatmeal packed on my hives so I woke up with less itch, but no water. Water service has no idea why we have no water again (this is the second or third time this has happened in the last year despite our always paying early/on time) and promised to have it back on by noon tomorrow. Whee. Went to Michael's for some plastic canvas shapes and plastic needles for a "needlework" kit to keep Laurel amused on Thursday's flights and also picked up a few coloring books for her and a cute Wilton gingerbread wedding chapel kit for Amy.
With my current bandwidth issues I probably won't get around to typing up that list, sage_and_sea, so if it's okay with you I'll just ship all the gently used <1 year old age-appropriate toys in a UPS parcel to you and you can do what you want with any toys you don't want/need.
karaksindru, what time is the D'Evelyn Dash on Saturday? I'd like to spend time at both the Dash and redqueenofevil's going-away party, but if I have to choose between the two I'll probably go with the party so I can meet her and see mountain_hiker and oracleofdoom again.