March 29th, 2007

Halloween Cat

Big Country

"I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert - "

We had rain last week, which broke the brief heat spell and put us properly into springtime weather. As a result, our rose bushes are in a frenzy of delight and producing flowers like crazy (especially the Carnival and Blue Moon climber), in addition to the orange and grapefruit blossoms, and, overnight, ALL the palo verde trees BURST into bloom - and if you've never seen a palo verde in full bloom, you're missing a treat. They go from plain, apparently leafless green sticks to glorious golden clouds, just beautiful. Many, many flowers in the desert, this time of year.

I don't want to jinx myself, but I lost three pounds! I hope it lasts!

Despite my best intentions, I STILL haven't caught up on all my writing boards. Dang it. I thought I'd have time this week, but so far, not really. I haven't even opened WordPerfect since I had to shut down the computer and try to fix the loading problems with FireFox (more or less fixed).

Yesterday I gave myself a treat of fast food - and I discovered that if you don't eat fast food often, it really IS a treat. I haven't had a Big Mac in I don't know how long, and so therefore when I bit into it, I reacted rather like the Genie in Bernard and the Genie - "Bite my beet root, that is FANTASTIC!" I also couldn't even finish the small fries, making me wonder how I'd managed to EVER eat mondo-extra-supersize-large ones, much less more than once a day!

I was out and about yesterday morning because for some reason the post office makes a tremendous deal about applying for a passport. They have these huge banners up all over the place: "Apply for your US Passport here!" No where on that banner does it say "by appointment only, and these appointments will be for three hours a day, three days a week only, depending on which post office you call." So, several weeks ago, I stand in line for almost a half hour before finding this out. I call for an appointment. The first they can get me is March 28 at 10:30 in the morning. Oooo-kay. I take the morning off. I dick around for several hours before going to the appointment. There are a total of four people in the post office, plus one child about three. I wait in line a few seconds. I say I'm here for my appointment. "Paul will be with you in a moment" (he's with another customer). He calls me forward. I fill out the form. He attaches the pictures, checks my ID. He takes my money. I leave. This took ten minutes.

Why all the fuss?

So I went to lunch and then to work. It was overall a good day. There is also a Farmer's Market during the day on Wednesday at Town & Country, plus Mervyn's Wednesday-only sales, which appear to be amazing. Too bad I had no money left.