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Aug. 24th, 2010

Felt sick much of the day, presumably because I ate eggs yesterday. Went to Walking Group, but bailed after that because I wasn't feeling well. Came home and slept instead.

Hot weather today. Bleh. It's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow (in the 90s). Double bleh.

Biked with Shannon to Home Depot in Richmond, in search of a new light fixture for our bathroom. Sadly, we failed in that quest. But we did get some other things that will no doubt be useful, so the trip wasn't wasted. And, at any rate, we had a nice bike ride along the Ohlone Greenway, especially as the weather cooled down on our ride home and was quite pleasant. There were an especially large number of clueless pedestrians walking on the bike path, though. (There is a separate, parallel path for pedestrians. But for some reason people prefer the bike path. It provides us with a sort of moving obstacle course. The worst are the people with poor control over their hyper dogs or small children.)

That's three days in a row that I've biked. Shannon pooh-poohs utilitarian bike rides (to Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Home Depot in this case) this short, since he apparently doesn't consider it "biking" unless it's done for fun and over long distances, but I'm proud of my accomplishment. Long periods have passed when I wasn't willing to bike at all, so I think I'm doing great.

On our way home, we decided to go out to an inexpensive dinner to celebrate (mostly to celebrate my achievement) and Shannon chose Oscar's. So we went there and ordered, but they had no chicken for chicken sandwiches (what Shannon always orders), so we decided to go to Bongo Burger, and I was happy because they have good onion rings, but we got there and they had closed 5 minutes before our arrival. Doh! So we ended up at Top Dog (hot dogs and sausages), which was okay, but not really what either of us wanted. Still, a bit of a treat, instead of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese (though I love Kraft Mac-n-Cheese).

Came home, and I became rather violently ill. Bleh. At least it didn't happen at Home Depot, or anywhere along the Ohlone Greenway. So I pretty much collapsed. I think Shannon was disappointed, because he was all excited to put our Home Depot purchases to good use. So he bustled around for a while, measuring things, using the electric drill, installing a doorknob, using a wide variety of screwdrivers (all of which are now littering the dining room table), etc. I wanted to help, but felt really horrible, so didn't.

When the Home Depot purchases have been employed, we will (hopefully) have a very large Monet print (of "The Magpie"), which I bought at the Musée d'Orsay some 20 years ago and love passionately and which has been sitting in our dining room unhung for 10 years, hanging on our dining room wall. I'm very excited by this. It feels like a big piece of *me* will be acknowledged.

Then, around 11 p.m., Melody and Jared (the SIL and her wonderful boyfriend) came by to pick up Tai Chi, and we are now back down to 3 cats in the house. I think he will be very happy to get home, and our cats will probably be very happy to have him gone. Things were pretty peaceful around here the last few days, but it still seemed like an uneasy truce.

Also, I got email from our latest (and hopefully final) builder, and he is coming by the house tomorrow morning to pick up the paperwork from the Planning Department. So maybe this garage project will actually happen!

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