My August-Induced Lethargy continues unabated. Today the whole situation was made worse by the addition of pittery-pattery raindrops that inspired nothing but napping. This is not helping me in my quest to finish up as much as humanly possible before the school bells tolls.
I shall rouse myself enough to do a few bullet points for you, though. Because it is Wednesday and I like to think of myself as the sort of gal who honors tradition no matter what the weather.
*I have to start thinking about getting up earlier. It takes me a while to reset the internal clocks.
*I spent all of July getting up stoopid early. Couldn't seem to get the hang of vacation.
*Now I'm really quite settled into the vacation routine.
*Just in time to begin the process of retraining my brain back to school time...
*Almost didn't make it to the Farmer's Market this morning. Too rainy.
*Too much like a Sleep In Until Christmas kind of day.
*I got up. I put on shoes. I bought some green beans.
*I feel better for having done it.
*Frankly, I was kind of happy to be out of the house since staying home meant continuing with unknitting that inch of sock that I made by mistake.
*The Farmer's Market is right next to the discount store I frequent.
*I wanted to go there because the last time I went they had that organic, grain-free cat food approved by my vet for .99 cents a can.
*It's, like, a buck thirty at the grocery store.
*I snagged twenty cans last time to put in the Just In Case We Are Trapped And Unable to Shop Cupboard.
*AKA the End Of The World Is Nigh Supply.
*First rule of stockpiling: Determine Need.
*Cats need to be fed. If you do not feed them things they like, they shred your curtains in a highly passive aggressive fashion.
*They also tend to eye your toes alarmingly when they think you are asleep.
*The cat food was still on sale. But now it was down to two for a dollar.
*That's .50 cents a can!!!
*Second rule of stockpiling: Determine Storage Potential.
*There is nothing to be gained by buying a bunch of stuff that is expiring as you make the drive home.
*Cans were checked, expiration dates reviewed.
*Everything intact. Many, many moons before I have to start force feeding the felines multiple servings.
*I bought another forty cans of cat food.
*And then shut down not one, but two check-out lanes as the cashiers and I discussed the joys of cat ownership and the lengths to which we will go in order to ensure the health and happiness of our little fur babies.
*We compared vets, health complications and diets. I learned a little something about the healing benefits of kitty acupuncture.
*Yes. Other customers are, as we speak, complaining about me over the dinner table to anyone who will listen.
*For the record, I did not initiate this conversation. I just bought forty cans of cat food.
*I'll probably be going back for more once payday rolls around...
*Query: When did I become a person old enough that the movies of my youth are now ready to be "remade?"
*Probably right around the time I became the sort of person who giggles over cat food sales...
*I finished The Magicians: A Novel.
*Haven't gotten The Magician King: A Novel yet, though. It came out yesterday or the day before that or something along those lines but I'm not quite ready.
*I needed something different so I decided to pick up Twilight Eyes.
*I like Dean Koontz. Except for when I don't.
*This was an odd book and a little hard to get into at first. Frankly, I found the main character to be kind of unlikeable. A little whiny....although heaven knows he had good reason to be. Still, I didn't connect.
*In the second half of the book, he suddenly seemed to grow up. It was almost as if I was reading another novel entirely. I liked him ever so much more in spite of the fact that little time had passed book-wise.
*Turns out, there was a very good reason for that. Sometimes it's worth reading the afterword.
*You get to find out all about how the original novel changed and was expanded upon.
*And Mr. Koontz is very funny. Especially when discussing his overwhelming desire to shoot television executives in the foot.
*Something we've all contemplated at one point or another...
*The following video is not being presented as an example of the World's Lamest Flash Mob.
*It might make Honorable Mention...but not the actual lamest.
*Frankly, you have to give them props for making the most of a limited budget and a dire situation.
*Plus it was raining.
*And let's face it. If more people were adopting cats at the moment, this sort of thing wouldn't be necessary now would it?
I wasn't there, of course. I was home putting away cat food and napping in time to the raindrops. Which isn't such a bad way to spend a Wednesday, especially when you've got a nice, warm, well-fed cat or two to share the sofa.
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