Update 8/24 – 8/30
Last week was fraught with “adulting” which in my world, is rarely a good thing. I am trying to be very Pollyanna about things, so let me put my rose colored glasses on and see how it goes! First, my toilet broke early last week, but the really great news is I was able to identify the problem, order the right part, and fix it myself all without having to pay for a professional. And then, my car was burglarized. Emergency cash, a ziplock bag of hand sanitizer and Percy travel back pack were taken. Truthfully, I had been using the emergency cash for people in need when I’m driving around, and I have plenty of hand sanitizer so I can chuck it up to “They probably needed it more than I do.” The Percy bag was a bigger blow because it had an emergency key to my house, and they don’t make that bag anymore, and it’s a bag I use all the time because it’s what Percy feels comfortable traveling in. But I had found an extra one on ebay recently, so this just means I go back to the old version, and will have to keep an eye out for another that isn’t falling apart. I watched a movie this past weekend that has the young lady from Moana and Carol Burnett. I stepped out of my “only watch or read things that you know make you happy” comfort zone for this one. And then I ended up crying for a good 45 min. It was a little Pollyanna in the story telling. At one point, this girl with no home, sleeping on a park bench with her tiny dog, has her bag stolen with all of her money it (it is also where she kept her pup.) It was devastating for her, and just reminded me how fortunate I am to have the same things (basically) stolen, and it’s not at all devastating. My car was out in front of my house, and since there was a spare key in the bag, my other adulting was replacing my door locks. Again, I did this all by myself, despite the fact that the previous owner managed to strip screws on every thing I try to replace or fix in my place.
Quick update: I got an email yesterday saying that someone had found the bag (Percy’s travel papers were inside, hence my contact info). I’m going to find a friend to go with me to try to get it back. Really hoping that there are awesome people in the world and less murder-y ones!)
I’m not sure how excited Percy actually is about my walking kick. Sometimes I do two walks if I can get the people to go with me (or in many cases, I find someone to walk and talk over the phone for some seriously distanced social distancing.) I was walking with Erika at one point and she delighted me with this story. Apparently, Daphne was trying to have an online class, which she must have touched something that made the video screen disappear. Erika went up to Daphne’s room, irritated and very razzlefrazzle and some minor swearing. Her eldest, Toby, came in, and fixed the issue and then turned to Erika and said, “I need some help in my room after this.” Erika follows Toby into his room, and Toby suggests that Erika take a seat and then explains, “Okay, Mom. I want you to know, that when we were in front of Daphne’s screen the video and sound were still on and probably heard everything you said, and saw your face.” Oh man, I love this kid!
Friday evening I took a bottle or two of Snoop Dogg wine over to my next door neighbors to enjoy her fire. I’m getting kind of excited about having a friendly neighbor! And bummed that I had my first outdoor hang just as the summer is coming to a close. After I changed the locks, in Saturday I met up with Becky and Jared at the park (it had been far too long!) Sunday, I went to hang out with D&J. We had a lovely boat ride and also watched Midnight in Paris in the pool. Every weekend feels like it could be the last great summer weekend – but I keep hoping the weather holds up and we have a very mild winter so my outdoor excursions can continue.
That’s about the summary – hope you all are enjoying life!
I spent the week in Anaheim at Halo Outpost, soaking up the universe I spend so much time in, and meeting a lot of really awesome fans.
I also went to see Zack Brown Band with Dr. Rach! Below you’ll find pictures of Percy picking a fight with an obnoxious “No Barking” sign, a coned Casper sleeping with his lil tongue out, and an HP funny. This was also when Casper had emergency surgery, and the doctors were able to work a miracle and save him. We also found out he had cancer, and they gave him about a month to live so we loved up on this dog harder than any dog has been loved. We got many more months more than one, but this was the week that we went from enjoying our good boy, to cherishing every moment we had with him.
We all hung outside checking out the solar eclipse while listening to things like “Black Hole Sun.”
Momela: Your father was responding to a text from June 10 2013 and wants you to know that he does respond to messages.
Frita: I thought about taking your mom’s wallet but didn’t think she’d appreciate that.