Happy Place

I have been sitting out on my lanai at night more lately. I take a break from the couch and my phone and I just sit out there watching my plants grow. It’s relaxing.

It isn’t all the way quiet because I’m still running my air conditioner. It’s not hot-hot, like it is in the summer, but I don’t get much cross-breeze at my place, so it can be stuffy.

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3 Responses to Happy Place

  1. Lauren says:

    Ahhhhh….. your living fire…… that looks wonderfully relaxing. 🙂

  2. Kristi says:

    What is the fuchsia-colored flower? That looks stunning against the green leaves.

  3. Elaine Royuk says:

    You are indeed your grandpa’s grandson! He use to sit at the edge of the corn field and listen to the corn grow!

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

I saw a charge on my bank account that ended up being a crossword website I bought a membership in last spring. During distance learning, I wanted my students to be able to do a crossword I built there. I forgot to unsubscribe. Ugh.

When I see things like this, I remember Janet (from college) telling me about how her banker brother said: “People like this will never have any money.”

I unsubscribed yesterday. Goodbye, monthly charge of $5.

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Night Adventure

At around six o’clock I got a call from my friend and co-worker Josh. He was at Costco and saw a great sectional couch and decided to get it. The only problem was that they wouldn’t hold it until today. He called and asked if I would meet him at Costco, load my truck, and could swap vehicles. I headed out right away.

By the time the truck was loaded, it was getting dark. I’m hardly ever out after dark. How exciting!

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Ritual Secrets

I pick shampoo almost exclusively by the smell. I’ve been using the same shampoo for a while now. It’s Dove brand, and it’s supposed to be based on what various cultures around the world do for beautiful hair. This one is supposedly a Hawaiian formulation. It’s something-something coconut water and lime. It doesn’t really smell like limes, but it is a nice smell.

I recently went to the store to get a new bottle of it, and noticed a change in the label:

How interesting. Perhaps “rituals” sounded condescending?

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I got the first stage of the covid vaccine yesterday. Hawaii just opened eligibility to new groups of essential workers, including teachers.

I registered on Saturday, and yesterday I went to the hospital to get the shot. The line was long.

It moved along pretty well though, so I was soon getting my shot. I got advice to take Tylenol immediately after the shot, then again eight hours later. It seems to be working.

My booster is in three weeks.

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