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July 22nd, 2015 at 09:09 am

This morning I got my free flatbread sandwich at Corner Bakery. I bought coffee, so my breakfast was $2.28. I also had a coupon for a free cookie, too, so I got that to eat later.

Afterwards I went to the library to pick up the first season of "Outlander," which I had on hold. Once again I was early. (Why can't I get opening hours straight?) So I walked to the station, hoping to use the facilities, but that door was locked. So I went to the main room and looked at the books. There were two I liked the look of -- a Michael Connelly mystery, and a book called "Miss Garnet's Angel," by Sally Vickers, which got lots of praise on the cover and is "complex and haunting." With this "library" I don't need the real one, except for DVD's!

Then I walked back to the library to pick up Outlander. I had already parked two long blocks away, so the point I'm getting to, is that I did a lot of walking, plus some stair-climbing, since the station is on a platform -- and I first climbed up on the wrong side of the tracks, so I had to go down and up again. A lot of exercise! On the stairs I made sure to stretch out my calves, as Kiki suggested.

Last night my sister-in-law called to say she wants to come and see me this Friday and Saturday. The main reason she is coming is to pick up her son at the airport, who is flying in from Texas. She will take him back home to Michigan, but first will spend a little time with me. This is my late brother's widow. I don't see her very often, and while she is a very nice person, she is very conservative and religious, and it is sometimes a little uncomfortable talking to her. We have to skirt around a lot of issues about which we are in disagreement! Still, it is good to keep up this contact. I don't think she gets much from her own family -- she really seems to want to keep in touch with ours, at least in a nominal way.

All this is preface to saying, I will probably eat out when she is here. She is a vegan, and there are vegan restaurants around here, so eating out will be a treat for her and a way for me to get her fed. I am not a vegan cook!

She mentioned IKEA, too. I will have to be very careful around all that delectably-priced merchandise!

4 Responses to “My Latest Ramblings”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It does sound as though you got a lot of good exercise!

    Unless I'm around fellow churchgoers, I'm probably the most boring/conservative person in a room. I really try not to impose my beliefs/ideals on others, and generally just keep mum if they bring up something I have a wildly opposite viewpoint on. Instead I try to find *some* kind of common ground to talk about. ... Of course it isn't easy when you're in a group of nine and 7 of them are smoking and making it difficult for you to just breathe... (like at the parking garage job last night waiting to go to our stations.)

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My point Smile Instead of avoiding touchy subjects, look for things you do have in common - tastes in music (maybe classical??) -- books? (classics? books read in high school??)

    Anyway, I'm sure you've already thought of this kind of thing. Smile

  3. CB in the City Says:

    FT, we do have common interests, but sometimes it is hard to keep her focused on them. She feels it is her duty to evangelize, I think. I am not an atheist, but I will never subscribe to her narrow views of what is right and wrong. BTW, I can tell from your writing that you are not like her, whatever your views may be. Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ah, that's too bad that she approaches sharing her faith like that. I've always felt that it is better to SHOW than tell. Then if somebody asks, that's the time to gently say something. IF they show an interest, then say something more.

    Amongst most groups of SDAs I'd be considered on the slightly liberal side. Smile Amongst most groups of most other churches, I'd probably be considered pretty conservative. Around people who don't believe/go to church? I'm probably viewed as pretty boring and weird. "You don't eat meat?? You don't drink?? You don't smoke?? You don't wear jewelry?? You don't go out on Friday nights or go shopping on Saturdays? Say what?? Are you a Jehovah's Witness??"

    Situations like Tuesday night where I'd like to be friendly and get to know the people ... but almost all of them were smoking. And nearly every other word was a curse word. Or when the conversation centers around drinking/being drunk. It makes me feel like a duck out of water. That is one thing I miss about working in our parochial schools - I had SO much more in common with my co-workers.

    Btw - thanks for your comment. Smile

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