7:00 am: Wake up against my will. No one has called. It’s freezing! These mornings sure are cold for summer. The weatherman assures me temperatures will be up in the 100’s (Fahrenheit, upper 30’s Celsius) by next week. Yuck. I’d rather have the cold mornings.
8:30 am: Actually get out of bed. I need to eat and take supplements before I get dopey again. I remember some multicolored eggs in the fridge that I purchased at a farmer’s market last week.
Waffles sound good, too, but cleaning a waffle iron does not. Thin crepe-like pancakes it is. I use a 1/4 cup scoop because I can’t find the 1/2 cup scoop. I open the box of pancake mix and find the 1/2 cup scoop. Oh look! Some small moths found it first! Clever little turds So much for pancakes. Fortunately I also bought a loaf of garlic sourdough bread from the farmer’s market. Toast it is!
9:00 am: Check Facebook and email while I eat. The garlic sourdough is strong. Good thing I’m alone.
10:00 am: Post “Noncation, Day 2” blog. I try to fix the glaring hot spot in the picture of my parents. It doesn’t work. I search the internet for a picture of my laptop skin. No luck. I manage to take a decent one myself for the first time ever.
Pictures from John’s prom and cherry picking last month distract me. I have the prom photos edited and saved,
but not cherry picking. It must be done immediately. There is no good reason for this but I give in to my ADOS anyway and work on the pictures.
ADOS – Attention Deficit Ooo Shiny
12:20 pm: Memory card is cleared. All pictures have been edited and saved elsewhere. I feel better now.
1:20 pm: Famous Amos cookies and milk for lunch. I find an email from Esther about a guy who needs editors for an on-line literary review he’s launching, called the museum of americana. He’s looking for slave labor. I’m so on it.
2:30 pm: Sahara is sitting on the chair in front of my computer. She meows at me when I approach. I lift her up and put her on the floor. She jumps on the table and walks on my laptop keys, trying to destroy my latest blog post, still meowing. I put her on the floor again. She jumps on my lap, still meowing. I’ve never seen her so vocal. I start to stand up, but she refuses to jump down. What is wrong with this cat? She finally jumps down, only to spring right back up onto my newly vacated chair and start meow again. Okay okay, I know when I’m beat. I clean off another chair containing my purse and laptop case to pull up to the table, but no sooner is the chair clear than Sahara jumps from her chair to this one and proceeds to bathe herself, purring away, completely satisfied. Unbelievable. I text Shelly: “Your crazy cat just asked me for a chair!”
3:00 pm: Succumb to a sugar coma.
6:30 pm: Wake up from my sugar coma. I flip on the computer and read an article about how sugar ages your skin. I swear off sugar.
7:25 pm: Realize I forgot to feed Shelly’s fish. It’s the first thing on my list of morning house-sitting duties. Fail!
7:27 pm: Find a spelling mistake on yesterday’s blog post. Epic fail!
7:30pm: Talk Joe into taking me to a restaurant called The Only Place in Town for dinner. I call Drew to ask if he’s eaten. He says he has. I don’t believe him. He’ll live on popcorn and birthday cake if I let him. He says he had popcorn (see!) and Wing Stop (chicken…okay, that’s better). Now if I would please excuse him, he’s in the middle of taking out the trash. I think I might faint.
8:30 pm: Shelly calls. They are in South Lake Tahoe, which is the California side of Lake Tahoe. (Nevada is on the other side.) Not too long before she called, she and Mom were laying on a bed in their hotel room watching TV. Mom was propped up on pillows at the top, Shelly was laying cross-wise at the foot. Mom got up, and the whole matress flipped up like a backwards murphy bed: the head of the mattress was near the ceiling and Shelly was at the bottom clinging on for dear life! They’re both still giggling as Shelly tells me the story.
I talk to Mom and ask about the rest of their day yesterday. She says by the time the car was done they’d had just about all they could take of Reno They headed to Virginia City, NV, an old silver mining boom town from the 1800s. It was hot. Uphill. Miserable. They walked through town, then hightailed it back their hotel in Carson City, NV, to recover in their air-conditioned room. They spent today at Lake Tahoe, which is much cooler and beyond beautiful. Tomorrow they’ll head to Columbia, CA, an old gold mining boom town turned tourist trap…I mean, tourist “destination.” Sarcasm aside, it’s really a nice place to visit.
9:00 pm: Feed Sahara. She’s waiting for me. She now understands that I’m here to serve her.
10:00 pm: Joe sends me a text from home. Drew has indeed taken out the trash AND fed the cat. He must want something.
12:00 am: Conduct my nightly house-sitting duties. Leave a kitchen light on. Go to sleep.
1:00 am: Sahara is trying to hog the bed. I remember a trick Rob taught me to make her go away: pretend to sneeze. I literally say the word, “Ah-choo!” and she bolts out of the room like a bat out of hell. I have the room to myself for the rest of the night.