1. I woke up at 3 am with burning ache all over my body.
2. Got up (still aching) at six am; Bernie informed me that our computer was nearly "full" and I needed to make space on it so he could run defrag. (It was so full, defrag wouldn't even run!)
He suggested I needed to delete a ton of pictures, which I then spent two hours doing. Results: I couldn't see that any additional space was gained! Grrrr....
3. Then B. called and said my pay check (the first one I would receive) had not hit the bank despite having automatic deposit. I started calling the powers that be at work; and either got a runaround or out of office reply. I wound up going to the campus and interrupting an "important" meeting in order to get some action on this problem.
Turns out I wasn't entered into the system, and "oh, by the way, they have no idea how much you make" back in the Florida headquarters where the check deposits are made. After some very nervy confrontations, I got promised a check on Monday morning. Double grrrrr.....I had to pitch a fit, and frankly feel that a certain VP owes me some flowers for making a lady have to do so in order to simply be paid.
4. While I was still pretty shook up over that confrontation, I headed out to Walmart where apparently it was Non English Speaking and No Memory Employee day. I did find one snarky employee who was helpful...the rest of them I needed to panomine what I needed, and then waited in line for 45 minutes while TWO other customers check out their small shopping cart filled goods. Everyone was a really good sport about how long it took the cashier to find a bar code, scan it, stare at it, rethink who she was and why she was there....and who were all these people in line?
5. Then I headed back to the apartment where the parking lot was being resurfaced. I sat in the car awhile trying to remember where I could or could not park. Made my decision and parked. Dragged the shopping bags to the elevator, and put stuff away. Went back to the car to make another run to the grocery store, only to find my car encircled with fresh asphalt, and a orange sticker on my window, and locks on my wheels.
6. Thankfully I arrived three minutes before the tow truck. As it was, I was informed I needed to pay $80 to get my wheels unlocked. If my car had been towed, it would have been the towing fee too. The fresh faced security cop said I could pay with either cash or credit card. I handed over my card, and took a seat on the curb. About 40 minutes later I walked up to the security cop car to ask how things were coming along. He informed me that was fraud activity on my credit card, and they were going to need to impound it.
7. I call Bernie, who calls Wells Fargo, who says the guy has miss entered the three digit security number multiple times (making him the "fraudulent activity") and to just give the guy my ATM card.
8. My car set free, I head out for the super market. B. mentioned that I had but $100 in my account earlier, and asked if I would like three hundred. Of course. He transferred the money, and off I went to try to find a supermarket downtown. I wanted to try different markets, so I started with "Smiths". Which turned out to be in the "other" part of town, you know, the part where you wonder if you should have perhaps carried a gun? And all the signage in is Spanish???
9. I shopped as fast as I could, grabbing fruits and veggies and cheeses and other perishables. At check out I discovered that I didn't have a "Smiths" card, which of course would save me money. Would I like one? Of course (just can't wait to stay here and fill out a form while there are lots of folks in line behind me...) Thankfully the woman behind me was in a hurry and whipped out her Smiths card, saying "here, use mine!" I could of kissed her...what an angel!
10. Headed back to the apartment where the asphalt will not allow me in the parking lot at all. B. agrees to meet me at the street curb to take the groceries, and then I can go look for on street parking. I find a place, finally, in a paid parking lot, $5 to park, and I wind up parking next to where B. has parked. Another $10 down the tubes.
11. B. informs me that I am overdrawn now. He thought I meant make the amount in my check book $300; I meant ADD $300 to the one hundred in there already. Oh sheesh.....
Well....enough about all that. The day was horrible, and the evening wasn't much of an improvement.
But like the Bible points out: "It came to pass."
Even cruddy days end, they pass, and there is a new day that dawns. In this case it was Saturday; Bernie and Jeff headed out to play a charity golf game to raise money to rebuild New Orleans, and I walked around the corner and across the street to this:
Oh shoot....I need a friend to walk with me through this...it is just too gorgeous to do alone.
I called my BGF Gail,who I knew would be awake over in Colorado Springs, and filled her in on all my former grief, and my present state of joy.
She was making crab apple jelly, and I walked and told her what I was seeing and let her hear what I was hearing, and PROMISED I would post the pictures of all of it for her to see on Monday.
Hey Gail....here they are!
And all my blogging buddies are going to get to see this event too!
This was some of them.
Wyomatoes! How fun!
The dried flowers pressed between double panes inset in old window frames: A perfect garden forever.
guitar music? This is what he looked like.
tantalizing blend of herbs, hand crafted locally.
Oh yum! What a grilled cheese sandwich that would make!
I was amazed to listen to a person ask the vendor how you eat a fig! And if they are good! How silly, since she had some sliced to sample.
Wouldn't that be fun to have on your desk in your office at work?
It would brighten up the room so much.
And are these sunflowers in an eclipse?
Patty pan squash and how do those half green and half yellow squash know how to grow like that?
And WHY OH WHY did I spend all that time at Smith's supermarket buying vegetables and fruit yesterday???
Another lovely assortment of heirloom tomatoes. They just taste 100% than the tomatoes I buy in the super market. Oh shoot...wish I hadn't bought some yesterday!
A flower blooming from what appeared to be a garlic bulb sitting on a table.
How funny....my garlic bulbs always just dry up and crumble into a papery pile.
The grapes had so many shades of color all on one cluster.
Raspberry peach jam: I hadn't run across that combination before!
So much personality, so much more fun to look at in terms of design.
This will take some getting used to!
I love this piece though.
Ya know what I mean????
Is that a great toy or what?
Sad, isn't it?
I so enjoyed the Farmer's Market, and am amazed at the variety of fruits and vegetables offered. It seems so cool to know that during the summer months on can always see the same "farmers" each week, and get to talk with them about the array of unique produce that they are producing, and get to know them a bit too.
Yes, the only thing better would to be going to the market with a friend. Thanks for going with me as far as you could Gail. Pinky swear, we WILL shop this together one day. And any of my bloggy buds: I'd love to go there with you too.
Back in the apartment the cats were glad to see me, but I didn't stay there long.
I had another errand to run.
I'll tell you all about about that tomorrow!