Words, Weights, Whatever

Thursday, August 18, 2005

***An excess of fluid***

I write exclusively at a nearby coffeeshop for many years now. Since it is a business, I purchase at least a drink and, more often, a pastry as well before settling down with that day's work.

But I also order a third item: a "vente-sized glass of iced water." As anyone who knows me, I'm like a cactus and can easily go through three to five of these large drinks with nary a pee...p.

I've changed my drinks and pastries over the years (currently it's frappuccinos and danishes) but never the water.

Well, today I ordered my obligatory purchases. I was looking over the rest of the selection to see if I wanted anything additional when the staff member (called "baristas") put the water next to my order.

"Thank--" I began and noticed another barista put an identical venti next to the first. I and the first barista looked at him and smiled.

"Thank--" Then another barista pushed between the two first ones.

"Here you go," she said and put down a third glass. She stopped, looked at the other two, then me.

We burst out laughing.

So at this writing I have two frappuccinos, a pastry, and three venti-sized cups of iced water. I'm halfway through one frap and one glass of water. I've already calculated that the restrooms shouldn't be busy for next couple of hours.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

***Thanks for the "Meme"-ries"***

Here you go, ClingingVine:

1. What was the first blog you ever saw/found?

I honestly don't remember.

2. How did you find it?

I think I was searching some sites and came across it.

3. What were the next few blogs you saw/found?

See #1.

4. How many blogs do you read per day?

I read the 29 blogs usually every other day.

5. Have you met a blogger in real life? Who? (You don’t have to list them all if you’re a blog whore.)

Yes. Life in a Day. (Whom I actually encouraged to start blogging.)

6. Which very far-away bloggers do you think you would like to meet if you lived in the same city?

Honestly, all of them.

7. Who is the most introspective blogger?

That'd be a toss-up between icyblog v1.1.0 and Me Myself and I.

8. Who cracks you up?

No contest. Tuna Girl.

9. Who is hot? (Or who do you think sounds hot if there is no picture?)

See #6.

10. Which blog is the latest on your link list? Or who did you just discover?

I honestly don't remember.

11. Who needs to update more often?


12. Do you have a favorite entry of your own?


13. What’s your favorite song on the radio right now? (OK, that’s not about blogging, but this is my meme.)

Radio's was before telepathic broadcast, right?

Monday, August 15, 2005

***Weekend Words***

Saturday we were forced to get up early as one of contractors arrived (late I might add) to work on the finish of our wooden staircase. R. and I had a pleasant breakfast at a local eatery.

The primary goal this weekend was to look for rugs. Oriental rugs, that is. The family room's complete and we needed one to put all our furniture back on. We checked out a local shop and found a nice one. We then drove up to see some lamps at Dale Tiffany.

For years we've seen the Citadel, an outlet mall, off the 405 freeway. We finally checked it out. $199 for two complete men's suits? Good pants for less than $20? Kewl!

As long-time readers know, we have an Accord hybrid with the (optional) NAV system. We indulged that system over the weekend, using it to map our way to several locations via side-streets. Thus we saw places and stores we normally couldn't see if we had taken the freeways. We visited one of the largest Borders bookstores we'd ever seen via our long trek back home. We spotted lots of furniture stores to consider in the future. Interesting restaurants and sidestores. And I felt we were traveling back in time as R. pointed to neighborhoods that looked like they were from the 1950s.

We ended Saturday reading at the local Starbucks.

Sunday we (finally) slept in. After jumpstarting our stomachs with a spicy Indian brunch, we saw more rugs over at the local Expo, followed by another small shop out in Belmont Shores . A brief respite (with coffee, of course) we then visited the bookstore, Equal Writes, and loaded ourselves with a couple of hundred dollars worth of books for our reading pleasure. Evening was spent dining followed by the movies (watching anime, that is.)

I'm glad we had this time together. R.'s schedule for the past few weeks has approached those stereotypes of physicians: the doctor's constantly busy, leaving the spouse alone. I can handle alone; that's not an issue. But I am married and want what that entails. Otherwise, what's the point? I can have roommates or "friends with benefits".

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