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Got *tons* of stuff done today. There was scrubbing the inside of the microwave, boxing up junk to give away, throwing away (or recycling) stuff that wasn't good enough to give away, taking out garbage, washing the bathroom rug, hunting up (and printing or requesting) various financial info for our upcoming re-refinance, attacking cobwebs (not Cobweb) in the corners of various rooms with a vigorous broom, and probably some other stuff I can't remember at the moment. There is still a lot that needs doing, but I feel that I've had a very productive day.

To celebrate, I took myself out for lunch (sweet-and-sour shrimp at King Dong, where I am very fond of the hot-and-sour soup), then wandered down to Berkeley Bowl, where I bought some berries. They even had blueberries for sale "loose" -- just scoop up how much you want and put 'em in a bag -- which I thought was cool. So I got blueberries and blackberries. I've been really enjoying having berries with my oatmeal in the mornings, so it seemed like a good way to spend $4. Also, I have some chocolate frozen yogurt, which might be nice with berries, as well.

Shannon lectured me for quite a while yesterday about how evil it is to download audiobooks off the Internet -- which I have only done a couple times, and then only when the audiobook wasn't available at any of the local libraries -- and insisted that I was risking criminal prosecution and huge fines, so I said I wouldn't do it anymore. I don't feel like what I was doing was "stealing," because it wasn't material I would otherwise buy ... it's just stuff I would either get from the library or not get at all. But I can see the slippery slope there, so I won't do it again. (I'm more persuaded by my own ethical argument than by Shannon's financial one, actually.)

We got some new blinds installed today, and Shannon seems rather giddy with the accomplishment. (It's something we've been saying, "We need to do that," about for years, but it just wasn't a high enough priority to actually get done. 'Til now!)

For the blinds to be installed, I had to move my desk away from the window in my office, and in the skinny space between the back of my desk and the wall I found all kinds of treasures, most notably my green gecko keyring flashlight (with dead batteries) and my Lucky Rock (found at Outdoor Ed when I was in 6th grade, when we were on a geology hike and our guide/counselor said that if you found a black rock with a white stripe that goes all the way around, and you keep it for 7 years, it will bring you good luck -- I've had mine for approximately 30 years now). Maybe my luck will improve.

Well, one lucky thing: I didn't get sick today!

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