1. All of my little towns have made the news recently. Lexington was voted the "Most E-Literate" city in America after someone sat down and figured out that their citizens own the most e-readers and download/buy the most e-books. My apologies to Joseph Beth, Barnes & Noble, and The Morris Bookshop. I hope this translates to Lexington being the most educated someday and not just the most well-read in the area of zombies, vampires and Shades of Grey trash.
Also, Shaquille O'Neil stopped in for a pizza at the Mellow Mushroom in Warner Robins a few weeks back. Random. And Shaun T. held an Insanity class at the Aviation Museum last Sunday, which is about 2 miles from the house. Double random. Had we known about this second one, I would have been strapping Neal's 5-toe shoes on him and pushing him out the door with a bottle of water and towel faster than you can say "burpees."
2. So Shana has me listening to freaking John Tesh when I run my lunchtime errands. His voice is like the sound of my food processor pulvarizing brick screws, but his information is usually very interesting. A few days ago, he found a study that proved that women who wore a little make-up to work (as opposed to au natural, which is my typical routine), are thought of as more competant and reliable. A dash of foundation, swipe of mascara and a dab of lipstick. Tammy Faye Bakker make-up translates to "flighty" and "irresponsible." I guess I should try a little harder. Although the only people who see me are commissary clerks, the cashiers at Hobby Lobby, and post office employees. And they probably see me as flighty and irresponsible anyway.
3. Every now and then, our gas station on base will offer a free candy bar with 8 gallons of gas. Normally, I'm driving the Pathfinder and this is no problem. I get my 4720117356294 gallons of gas and my free candy bar and I'm on my way. But this week I've been driving the Prius. No candy bars for me. I'm so ready to give this crunchy granola car back to Neal so I can once again hit the highway with free chocolate.
4. I'm happy to report that there have been no more sightings of disrespectful children on bikes or squirrels mounting the bird feeder in our yard. As far as that goes, it's been a pretty quiet week. Now, "family" members popping up out of the blue and heavy, black rain clouds? That has been a-plenty.
5. Neal has been at an Army conference all week and as I dropped him off in Atlanta on Monday, I had the same thought I always do as I pull away from the airport...I'm going to get so much done this week! And yet...the laundry is still not put away, the kitchen floor is still dirty, the bills are still stacked on the shredder, and I've been meaning to wash the sap off the car. This lead to a life-altering "ah-ha" moment for me yesterday.
Basically, I am still busy, but cross less items off my eternal to-do list when he's gone because I'm picking up his slack. And because the Army has raised him right and he is Captain Helpful around the house, there is a lot of slack to pick up. This explains why I never got around to planting an herb garden or learning a foreign language, or crocheting an afghan while he was deployed. I was too busy keeping the cars maintained, the kitchen clean, food in the fridge, and the litter box emptied. If we go through another deployment, I will be much more realistic about my goals for the year. Like, survive the year.
I hope the weekend treats you well and the sun is shining somewhere in the country because it sure as hell ain't here. Don't forget to hug the Earth on Sunday and pop over to Daisy & Elm for some upcycled Earth Day jewelry and National Infertility Awareness Week jewelry, both of which will go on sale on Sunday afternoon.
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