After a day and a half of eating someone else’s leftovers and dry cereal, I finally went grocery shopping. The highlight of the trip was a tray of mini croissants put out as samples. They were so buttery. So delicious. Puffer and I each had one and then another because why not if you had to pass by again anyway? Also, I was really hungry. After that first croissant, I was ready to fill up my cart with every delicious, sodium-filled, processed, edible, and easily-prepared product. But I resisted! Now I have more than frozen and canned food in my pantry and refrigerator.
We spent the morning driving around town hunting for the best supplies for the casket spray. We traveled back and forth between A.C.Moore and Michaels and Wegmans and Creative Florist and Costco to find the right supplies. Pro tip: buy your flowers at Costco. We gathered all our roses there and the rest of the flowers and supplies were from everywhere else.
I rarely bring home anything from those crafty stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Occasionally I will waltz inside one to feel inspired by the creative possibilities they display. Today I saw fairy garden figurines and they immediately sent my mental gears into fanciful motion. As I surveyed the shelves of mushroom houses and packaged miniatures, I imagined how the world would feel and look like when walking in the hypothetical shoes of a tiny garden fairy.
The place is called Dingle Berries and they serve coffee and tea drinks. I don’t know how I feel about explaining that I spent the morning working in Dingle Berries. I could say I was working at Dingle Berries but that sounds like I work for Dingle Berries and even if I did work there, I would hesitate to say I work for Dingle Berries as that would sound like I’m insulting my bosses or worse, that I work in exchange for crap.
The most exciting thing I did today was daydream about traveling to quaint little towns around the world -unless I count dropping off rent checks or toasting precooked chicken nuggets, which by the way is pretty exciting if you’re a hungry enough omnivore. Anyway, the reveries of villages I’ve never been to and secretive hamlets hidden from the modern traveler were not original. For example, Google “charming village” or “quaint hamlet”(not “cute hamlet”) in Images. Thousands of lovely townscapes will instantly surface, idyllic scenes of cobblestone streets and moss-adorned stone walls around the most picturesque of dwelling places. That is if you have decent speed internet access. I won’t assume you do as I’ve been battling with wifi with connectivity issues today and hopefully, by the time it starts working I can still call it a Friday night when this gets posted. That’s one downside I imagine one might have of living in a rural, semi-secluded town, where the most up-to-date bungalow is too out-of-date to have great coverage. While perfect for a two-week getaway, not perfect for streaming Netflix. Another downside would be if there was poor plumbing. I really appreciate flushing toilets. Especially in the middle of nowhere or nestled on a ledge of a lush mountainside.
That night I chased the full moon, the beautiful winter moon, and it kept getting further away. How strange and silly and exciting it was to pursue the impossible. And how small and human and somber I felt afterward.
I lost my wallet. This has never happened to me before. And the strangest(or so I think) part is that it was in my room when I last handled it, and I have eyewitnesses for this.
Anyways, a couple days of ransacking my home, my car, and even the yard, left me with a new project for the next couple weeks. That is the replace-everything-that-was-in-my-wallet and reset-every-direct-deposit-and-payments-linked-to-my-lost-card-accounts. Fortunately, there was no cash in there -only one gift card. Unfortunately, I can’t drive anywhere until I get my license card from the mail in about two weeks. That means I have to find someone to drive me and my stuff to the new apartment. I hope I’ll get my cards before then too…
The day I realized my wallet was gone it was already evening. When I couldn’t find it anywhere inside I started hunting around outside. Using a flashlight, I retraced all my steps, including digging through the recycle and trash bins. I was so distracted I didn’t notice the creature in the flower bed until I heard a rustle.
There, in front of me was a skunk, tail high and back arched in defense.
I slowly backed away. I’d never been sprayed before and intended to keep it that way. I may have lost access to my money and driving privileges but I understood then that it could have been much, much worse.
And it’s true. Really, there is nothing new about losing a wallet. It happens all the time. It’s an odd comfort to know that many others have been in my shoes and worse. If anything, it’s sobering to look beyond my personal problem and consider how a single lost wallet is one in a million lost wallets.
So thank you skunk, for scaring me in the dark and reminding me that my experience is a common enough thing just like getting sprayed by you would have been. Now I have more space to devote to higher thoughts, like how I’m going to get my bestseller on the market or when I should get started on that bestseller.
A month I ago I mentioned I got a tooth extraction. The hole in my mouth still lives. That’s beside the point. The point is, a lot of unrelated things were going on since that day and I feel I might forget some of them if I don’t share it here:
- An old friend from NY came to visit Chicago for a week and crashed at our place.
- I watched my first White Sox game… and they did not do too hot, unlike some of our Olympian athletes \(^o^)/!
- Attended my first wedding of the year…much food, much dancing…
- Saw Gwyneth Paltrow, Zooey Deschanel, and Ashton Kutcher ~(*u*)~ at Sage Summit 2016! Oh yeah, there some other celebrities too but I didn’t really know many of them beforehand like Sir Richard Branson or the stars of Shark Tank… I do now though!
- SIGNED MY FIRST APARTMENT LEASE!!! After much searching I’ll finally be moving out at the end of the month to greener pastures(well except I won’t even have a backyard and patio like I do now, much less a pasture).
- Our church moved to a new location with bigger facilities and we finally have Wednesday night services! I prefer Wednesday nights over Friday. Who doesn’t need a break in the middle of the week??
- I’ll be shifting to working part-time in the city and part-time remotely which means I can spend more time sleeping in… I love working at home and I love getting my sleep. Yes, sleep is my friend.
- Also got my first parking ticket. Apparently it’s okay to post street-cleaning signs the night before the cleaning and expect everyone to see it and move their cars…
- I tried 19 different restaurants for the first time… up until this year I hardly ever ate out. I think I may be going overboard just a tiny bit though.
- Last week I spent a random night at a spa resort hotel because of work. It was really nice but a bit big with it’s huge flatscreen and King size bed for just little ole’ me hahaha.
Okay now I’m going to spend the rest of the night eating leftover deep-dish and baking peanut butter chip cookies.