Pre-Twilight, Day 3 of the New Year
I didn't give myself a holiday from work, after all, but I didn't rush to be there at 9 a.m. That would have been somewhat an impossibility, anyway, as I didn't wake up until 8:55. My long nap yesterday did not prevent me from sleeping for over nine hours. After easing around for a while to loosen my joints and put some caffeine in my system, I finally made it to the church around 10:30. I worked for about three hours, then went to a late lunch with Friend "B", who has just returned from a week-long cruise to Jamaica and Cozumel with family and friends.
I've never been on a cruise. Ever the pessimist, and not being able to swim, I concluded some time ago that if anyone were to go overboard from a cruise ship, it would be me -- so I don't take the risk. I won't go to California, either, holding a long-standing conviction that the San Andreas Fault will become highly active the minute I cross the state line, and after massive destruction, California will become an island. This conviction precludes my ever seeing the Redwoods and Yosemite but, hey -- I'm potentially protecting millions of people by staying away.
I looked after "B"'s two cats while she was away. I've learned not to try to pick up Boots, the big male. The last time I tried it, I got a nasty bite on my index finger, developed an infection akin to blood poisoning and ended up spending 24 hours in the hospital while I was pumped full of intravenous antibiotics. It's not that Boots doesn't like me; he lets me stroke him and winds himself around my feet and legs, purring. He just doesn't want anyone but "B" to pick him up.
Her other cat, Miss Sugar, is a beautiful, pure white little lady who is also a fraidy-cat. "B" has had her for 3 or 4 years, and I think I've been able to pet her only a couple of times, and then only if "B" is nearby. She didn't let even "B" hold her for almost two years. During my visits last week, Miss Sugar hid herself, or most of herself, under a covered table. She thinks that if she can't see you, you can't see her. Funny kitty!
After lunch, "B" and I ventured out to our local big-box store where the church has an account. Among other things, I'm responsible for buying the janitorial and office supplies for the church. I've had a note on my desk from the janitor since the second week in December, telling me that paper towels, toilet tissue and other necessities need to be replenished. The pre-Christmas weather was so wet and cold that I didn't make the purchases, but kept an eye on supplies, just in case. Although it's still chilly, at least it's dry. Pouring rain is not conducive to trying to unload several cases of paper goods.
While we were out, and just because we could, we stopped at the nearby Barnes & Noble emporium to look at Nook/Nook Color readers. I was more curious than anything else, because my sister gifted me with a Kindle for Christmas. The main difference that I could see is that the basic Nook has a larger reading screen than the basic Kindle, but at a higher cost -- not much, but higher. The Nook Color costs significantly more, but offers the opportunity to view magazines, children's books and the like in color.
Whether any of that is a significant advantage, I don't know, because I've not yet activated my Kindle. Sister bought me the straight Wi-Fi version which, because I don't have access to a wireless network, I am unable to use. Sister encouraged me to send it back to the place she bought it. With the company's prior approval, I have done so. She is going to upgrade my device to the 3-G model which does not require a wireless connector; a generous offer which I accepted. It will be sometime before all the exchanging is done, but I hope soon to have a report to share.
Thus endeth the third day of the New Year.