Saturday, September 25, 2010

San Antonio Trip -- KMR Blues

In all of the messing around with the fridges and freezers, getting it repaired and making sure we didn't lose too much food, I realized I did not have enough KMR formula for the kittens. I didn't want the children running out while I was gone, so I set out to run errands after the repairman left.

The rental was on E, so I managed to get to the nearest gas station, which is also one of the more expensive, and put enough in to get to the cheaper gas near my other errands. Yes, I am that tight.

I hied myself to the Big Box store to get bread and ramen noodles and various other things that #2 Son will actually eat. Yes, they all eat salad and veggies when mom is home, but this cat will be away...

Then up the highway to the cat shelter to find we are out of kitten formula. Grand. I was across the street from a pet store before I came up this direction, and no time to go back. So I called and left a message for Meg, asking if she could bring some at some point in the next day or two, and went to the local produce stand.

Next up was the local mom and pop store to take advantage of a couple of specials, on items I wanted to take along. Also milk -- their no name brand is the local dairy's off label, and Bigger Girl only drinks milk that comes from the local humane dairy. As I have noted before, having a social conscience is a pain in the rump, but sometimes it is nothing compared to a hormonal teenage girl with a social conscience.

I made it home in time to get laundry on the line and the kids to school, then came back to get the place in order so I could leave town. All of those last minute things that you know no one else will do when you are gone, that you will regret when you get back if you don't get to them.

After school and a dinner of leftovers, Meg brought some KMR she had, and told me Miss W has been asked to order more. Whether she has or not, well, I'm not holding my breath.

Finally, it was time to head out and do the church cleaning for the week. Because they use the buildings until about 8pm on Wednesdays, we timed our arrival for 7:30 so we could start in the back rooms they don't use, and work our way into the other areas as they finished. It worked out quite well, and all of the pre-cleaning I had done in the two weeks before paid off. Everything was ship shape by the time we headed to the ATM at the bank to deposit the check and get cash back. Payday is very important, and must not be skipped, no matter how tight the schedule.

Back at the hacienda, the kittens were in full screaming force when we got there. Working together, we managed to unload the car, feed the kittens, finish cleaning the kitchen, get the lists for while I am gone up on the cabinet door, do my usual night time routine, and get me in bed by midnight.

I could hardly wait for morning.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mozambique

Feast of Nammu -- Sumerian Calendar (goddess of primeval sea)

First Responders' Day

Gold Star Mother's Day

Hug A Vegetarian Day

Join a Cabal of International Bankers Today Day

Kamarampaka Day -- Rwanda

Love Note Day

National Comic Book Day

National Crabmeat Newberg Day

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

National Food Service Worker's Day

National One-Hit Wonder Day

St. Finnbar's Day

St. Joseph Calasanctius' Day (patron of Christian schools)

Toad Tempting Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Ataxia Awareness Day

Birthdays Today:

Catherine Zeta-Jones, 1969
Will Smith, 1968
Scottie Pippen, 1965
Aida Turturro, 1962
Heather Locklear, 1961
Christopher Reeve, 1952
Mark Hamill, 1951
Cheryl Tiegs, 1947
Michael Douglas, 1944
Juliet Prowse, 1936
Glenn Gould, 1932
Barbara Walters, 1931
Shel Silverstein, 1930
Phil Rizzuto, 1918
Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906
William Faulkner, 1897
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, 1358 (Japanese Shogun)

Today in History:

St. Ferment is beheaded in Amiens, France, after voyaging there to preach the gospel, 303
The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Anglo-Saxon era, 1066
Columbus begins his second voyage, with 17 ships, 1493
Vasco Nunez de Balboa becomes the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the west coast of the Americas, 1513
The first printing press in the Americas begins operations, 1639
Ethan Allan, American Revolutionary War hero, is captured, 1775
Benedict Arnold joins the British, 1780
The first all-black university in the US, Howard University, is created by Congress, 1867
Yosemite National Park is established by Congress, 1890
Charles Follis becomes the first black to play professional American football, 1904
Birth of the remote control -- Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the "Telekino" and guides a boat from the shore in the port of Bilbao, 1906
Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible, 1929*
Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops, 1957
In a referendum, the people of Norway reject membership of the European Community, 1972
Belize joins the United Nations, 1981
The last of the Magdalene Asylums closes in Ireland, 1996
The Vitim event, a possible bolide (comet nucleus) impact in Siberia, Russia, 2002
China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7, 2008

*Personal family history: He was a great man, and taught my brothers dove hunting.

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