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Jul. 23rd, 2012

Sooo tiiired ...

A nice weekend. On Saturday, I had a training session at the nursing home where I'm volunteering, and it was great to interact with the other 10 (or so) volunteers who were there, nice to hang out for a few hours with a bunch of people who care about serving the same demographic.

On Sunday, Shannon and I hung out together a lot, including taking a semi-long walk (it probably seemed longer than it was, because the first half was almost entirely uphill) up to the Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park, and onward up to the little "secret" waterfall above Codornices Park. It was a great afternoon together.

Today, CWC, which was good. I've started work on this year's holiday cards, since my collaging is soooo slow. If I just bought cards in a store, it would take a few minutes, but instead I'll spend the next 4 or 5 months doing the collagey thing. But, then, much of the reason I made my cards last year, and am making them again this year, is that I enjoy the *process* of making them as much as I enjoy the social aspect of *sending* them.

This year, though, I'm going to make cards in envelopes, since last year Annie's holiday postcard arrived entirely blank, because all the collaged bits just fell completely off while in the hands of the USPS. At least this way, if pieces fall off, they'll still be in the envelope, and the recipients can just creatively decide for themselves how the bits were supposed to fit together. They'll be interactive holiday cards! Heh.

Then today I discovered that my backpack has holes in the bottom. Not quite large enough for stuff to fall out, but once there are holes in something, those holes tend to multiply and grow and just generally go to town. Holes lead to rips lead to loss of your stuff. So I'm shopping for a new backpack. Yes, this is news in my life, people, because my backpack is a major daily resource. Those of us with no cars need such things. Anyway, so I'm probably going to get this backpack, which has all kinds of snazzy stuff for bicyclists, such as a front pouch that will fit a bike helmet inside, a loop at the bottom of the front that's intended as a place to clip on a rear bike light, reflective strips here and there, etc. Pretty cool!

Aside: How cool is it that Zappos does all kinds of videos demonstrating the merchandise they sell on their website? I watched their videos about three of the different backpacks I was considering, and it was extremely useful to see someone wear one, unzip all the compartments and show inside, point out nifty features, etc. I've never shopped Zappos, but I'm feeling quite fond of them at the moment.

I talked to our contractor guy (the one who did our garage, our upstairs deck, etc.), and it looks like he's going to do some work on our downstairs bathroom for us. How exciting! In particular, I will be extremely enthused about having a deeper tub, because the one that came with the house is very shallow, and so I can't really have a relaxing bath in it. If I'm going to soak in the tub, I really prefer to be more than half submerged! The contrast of hot and cold might be nice for hot fudge sundaes, but not for bubble baths. So someday soon we will have a bubble-bath-appropriate tub, and I can soak to my heart's content. Huzzah! Well, first there will be much noisy tromping and crashing and banging and plaster dust and general inconvenience, but I like to focus on the assumed exciting conclusion.

In very minor and slightly embarrassing news, I've been watching a tv show called "Kyle XY" on Netflix streaming. It's really quite bad, but I find it almost hypnotically relaxing. I just keep watching episodes and enjoying them, even though I know snooty people would frown upon this low-brow entertainment. Hm. Perhaps I should make sure to eat Spaghettios and Ding Dongs (both of which are in the kitchen right now) while I watch it.

Okay. Off to bed. Stuff to do tomorrow.

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