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Today started out as a long day. You know the type. It didn't start too badly, though I'm not thrilled with having to step out into the cold to get to the storage room so I can turn on the hot water. (I will be so happy when our house is re-piped and we can have hot water whenever we want. We've decided who will get our business and now we need to sign the agreement and put down our deposit. Hooray!)

Anyway, I felt pretty good on the way to work, and was even able to sing along with my CD a little, but almost as soon as I entered the building at work I was slammed by a headache - the kind that saps my energy and slows down my thought processes. It had been just long enough since breakfast that I didn't feel safe taking Excedrin. I thought I might be able to slip out of the office at break to grab something, but there simply wasn't time this morning.

I was feeling kind of grumpy about it, and had all but resigned myself to a dreary morning, when my day was made brighter by one of my clients. I had seen him a couple of weeks ago and had chatted with him about reading habits, writing, books - you know, things that make life good. He mentioned that he wrote a weekly column that appeared online and in several papers, mostly about his experiences as a chaplain at the hospital. It sounded interesting and we had a lovely conversation.

Today he stopped by and left me a copy of his book: No Small Miracles. I thought that was the sweetest thing! I can't tell you how happy that made me. He came while I was in the middle of an appointment, so I didn't get to tell him "thank you" in person. I'll have to settle for sending him a card.

You can read some of his essays at his website.

My headache didn't go away, but it wasn't as important after that. Funny how that works, huh?
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Today was really wonderful. I got to sleep in this morning, my laundry was pretty much finished - at least to the point where I could, and did, ignore it, I got to talk to my mom, and then things got even better. My coworker, Ron, called and offered us four tickets to see The Fantasticks at Music Circus tonight. He and his wife had been on vacation for four weeks, then came home on Friday only to leave for an out-of-town wedding the next day, then got back this afternoon too tired to use their tickets. We gratefully accepted, thanked them for the tickets and took the boys with us to see the show. It was very well done and even C, who had expressed disdain for musical theater on the way, enjoyed himself. After, we went to PF Chang's for dessert. Banana spring rolls are the best. /drools

Life is good.

I don't even mind the thought of going back to work tomorrow. Maybe that's only because I have lots of pictures and goodies to share, but I'm still surprised. :-)

Oh, and my friend, D, called this afternoon and invited me to sing a duet with her this coming Sunday. We're meeting tomorrow to figure out what to sing. Since we've both been on trips since we've seen each other, we'll probably do more talking than rehearsing, but that's okay. We're used to singing together and have compatible rehearsal styles, so unless we pick a terribly difficult piece (unlikely) we should be fine. That reminds me - I need to go dig out my songbooks for tomorrow.
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One of my patients dropped by today and brought us presents - wood cut fans. Evidently she has had these for more than 30 years. They are so pretty!



I feel so special! We keep telling her that she doesn't need to bring anything when she comes in. She keeps saying that she knows, but that she likes to do it, so we thank her, smile, and appreciate what she brings.
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Saturday's Concert )

Our youngest had worn out his shoes and was down to one pair of shorts - a real problem now that the weather is warming up - so I took him shopping. He now has three pair of shorts, new sneakers and new sandals and I have new sandals and a pair of capri pants that I need to take back - they didn't look right when I tried them on at home (too baggy, even though I'm buying a size smaller than I wore last year - yay!).

The rest of the afternoon was spent doing laundry, reading, and playing online.

Hubby's birthday is Wednesday, and since we'll be in choir that day, the boys and I took him out to dinner tonight at PF Chang's, a chinese restaurant. We had never been there, but had heard that the food was very good. We got there a little before 6:00 and were promptly seated. We had spring rolls, Mongolian beef with scallions, lemon chicken, short ribs, and chicken chow mein, all served family style, so we each got to sample several dishes. The boys split a piece of Great Wall of Chocolate cake which could easily have provided four people with dessert (most of which came home in the same bag as the rest of our leftovers) and honey and I split a plate of banana rolls, bananas rolled up like eggrolls and deep-fried, served with ice cream and caramel sauce. Oh my! I'm drooling again just thinking about it. (There wasn't any of that left to bring home, need I say.) ;-)

So, it's been a wonderful weekend even though we blew through an obscene amount of money. Thank goodness we haven't done this in a while - we'll have to recover for a few weeks before we do any more splurging. :-)

On the way home we passed the True Love Coffeehouse, where we occasionally have Bookcrossing meetups. We started bantering about "twue wuv" and "to blave" and that's why we're watching The Princess Bride as I type this. :-)
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Joust by Mercedes Lackey. This is a departure from her Valdemar series and takes place in a land resembling Egypt, but with dragons that are tamed to bear elite fighters. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, there is the feel of a sequel or series to come because several things are left unresolved. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to further adventures in this world. :-)




And now, another reason to babble on to everyone you know about your addi... I mean, your involvement with BookCrossing...

Sometimes people call you up and want to give you books!

Someone I work with called me Friday (his day off) and told me that his wife had cleaned off several bookshelves and when she had asked what he thought she should do with the several boxes of books she no longer wanted, well, he naturally thought of me and my little "book club thingy." I stopped jumping up and down long enough to graciously accept his offer to let me "dispose" of those books, and will get to pick them up tonight when hubby and I are over at this friend's house for a wine tasting party.

You know, life doesn't get much better than this... (even though I've yet to find a wine that I actually like - it never hurts to try, does it? :-))

And now I'm off to the store for a few items I need to make the hors d'oeuvres I'm supposed to bring to said party. I suck at making these things, but did figure out something to make that was pretty tasty on this morning's test run.

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