Friday, October 9, 2009

Chronicles of A Left Turn at Albuquerque, continued

Since we were to meet up with Pickles and everyone else at around 10AM, Saturday morning had the potential to be an easy, restful time.

A nice workout, a shower, a leisurely breakfast.

This mimi just doesn't "do" leisurely.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed using a very nice, new, techie treadmill that made sure my heart rate stayed where it belonged automatically by adjusting the incline all by itself.

Taking a quick shower (again, I was careful to remember, this is a desert), which I reveled in no less because it was quick, was also a pleasure without any knocks at the door and yells of "Mom, are you in there?" "Yes." "What are you doing?" "Baking a cake, what in the world do you think I am doing?!!!"

Breakfast was a joy, since it was lots of fresh fruit, cut up by someone else, and made up of fruit that is too expensive for me to purchase at home topped with chopped macadamia nuts. It also was not interrupted by barfing cats and screaming kids (or, if there were screaming kids in the dining area, they were not mine, so I didn't even pay attention!).

Though it is against my religion as a janitor to leave the dishes for someone else to clear from the table, all I had to do was set my plate and fork and napkin in the busboy pan set off to the side or my convenience.

It still was not a totally restful morning.

First, there was the fact that there are computers where you can check email, which I did. Problems with paypal, of course. Had to get into the checking account, make sure those had not translated into charges that we had not made.

Then, got onto a very dear online friend's blog -- she had been back to the ER for an infection at a biopsy site and gotten the news that yes, it was cancer, and no, they did not know where it had originated. This just a year after her husband died of cancer. The one thing I hoped she would be spared.

And, of course, as I mentioned in an earlier post, there was the Angel Food snafu where Sweetie called, multiple times through the nice breakfast and the online stuff, to straighten out the mess.

Grace, for her part, was steady and wonderful and tolerated me.


Today is:

Anti-Columbus Day

Chrysanthemum Festival, Japan

Curious Events Holiday -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of High Places Kite Flying Festival, China

Felicitas -- Old Roman Calendar (goddes of good luck and joy)

Fire Prevention Day

Give Peace a Chance Day

Independence Day, Uganda

Instant Karma Day

International Alan Day

Korean Alphabet Day, Korea (Hangul Nal)

Leif Erickson Day, Iceland, Norway, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Magic Lantern Day

Moldy Cheese Day (Sorry, but I do not like the stinky, moldy cheeses, at

least not the heavier ones.)

National Day of Dignity, Peru

National Submarine/Grinder/Hoagie/Hero/PoBoy Day

Season of Glass

St. Demetrius' Day

St. Denis' Day (patron of France; against frenzy, headaches)

St. Dionysius of Paris' Day (Protector from headaches & the devil)

St. Ghislain's Day (patron against twitching)

St. Louis Bertrand's Day (patron of Columbia)

Universal Postal Union Day

World Egg Day


Birthdays Today:

Eddie Guerrero, 1967
Tony Shalhoub, 1953
Scott Bakula, 1954
Sharon Osbourne, 1952
Jackson Browne, 1948
John Entwistle, 1944
Brian Lamb, 1941
John Lennon, 1940
Jacques Tati, 1908
Bruce, Catton, 1899
Camille Saint-Saens, 1835
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, 1823 (with her husband, the first black newspaper publishers in the US)
Robert de Sorbon, 1201 (founded Sorbonne University, Paris)


Today in History:

Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (somewhere in New England, possibly?), 1000
Leif Ericson lands in L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, a definitive European landing in the "New World", 1003
The Korean Hangual alphabet is devised, 1446
Wedding of King Louis XII of France to Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII of England, 1514
Collegiate School of CT (Yale University) chartered in New Haven, 1701
City of Hobart, Tasmania, founded, 1804
Official opening of the University of Ghent, 1817
Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor, 1855
Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass., patents the first Calliope, 1855
The first US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, 1865
Aaron Montgomery starts the mail order business that will later become Montgonery Ward, 1872
The first 2-way telephone conversation over outdoor wires occurs, 1876
Washington Monument opens to the public, 1888
Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to attend a World Series Game, 1915
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) forms, 1926
Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to L.A., 1936

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