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1. Called Vicky Saturday evening and talked about various things for a hour or two.

2. Changed linens.

3. Bought Susan's birthday present. I started by going to the Farmer's Market down at Steamboat Landing, but they didn't have anything that really jumped out at me. So I drove up the west shore of the lake to American Winery and bought her three types of specialty fudge. I am mostly neutral on Americana's wines -- a few each year are pretty good, most are okay, a few are emphatically not to my taste -- but I have never yet disliked any of their fudge varieties, so. I got her Maple Bacon Chocolate, Amaretto Chocolate Swirl, and Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry. :)

4. TOOK A NAP.

5. Took recycling bins to curb for pickup.

6. Took weekly photos of my back porch garden. I also ground up and spread more eggshells into each pot and bin. (I didn't post the photos until Tuesday, and the crosspost here on Dreamwidth still only has links rather than embedded images. Ah well.)

7. Made a Facebook update post.

8. TOOK A NAP.

9. Cooked my reconstructed/approximated Blue Apron recipe. (The next day, I cooked the remaining two chicken thighs in more of the spice blend and added them to the chicken-veggie mix, which helped the flavor balance a fair bit.)

10. Got a phone call reminding me that Not the IRS application website is now open, and would I please text [Person] once I have submitted my application. I may get to that Tuesday or Wednesday night. If not, it's on my list for Thursday.

11. Discovered a mouse had sprung the trap under my kitchen sink and eaten the bait without getting caught. Baited and reset trap.

12. Made a packing list and then packed for NJ. Admittedly most of this involved carrying two weeks of dirty laundry so as to take shameless advantage of my parents' washer and dryer, but even so. *wry*

13. Boiled four eggs.

14. Bought a birthday card for Susan.

15. Changed linens (and packed old ones in the car).

16. Upon returning from work and noticing an unpleasant smell in my apartment, I thought to myself, "I bet it's a dead mouse." And lo, it was indeed a dead mouse, in the trap under the kitchen sink that I'd just baited a couple days before. Blargh. I disposed of the mouse in communal compost bin (normally I leave them on the woodpile, but I think that might count as feeding my neighbors' cat?), cleaned and bleached the trap, and baited and set a clean and dry replacement trap in the same location.

17. Bagged up trash in apartment and took bag out to bin.

18. Drove to New Jersey! (Brought one summer squash along with me as a host gift for Mom, and also because I had no idea what to do with it.)

19. Washed laundry. Dried laundry. Folded laundry. Packed laundry for return to Ithaca.

20. Walked Dottie Sunday afternoon while Mom and Dad were at a church group monthly not-potluck lunch thing. She has gotten very slow in her old age, but she was game to keep going surprisingly far around their neighborhood.

21. Susan's birthday celebration! We met at the G family house around 7pm, where Cat and I admired Susan's kitten (Abbie, a gray tabby with white socks and a bit of tan around her ankles) and Susan opened our gifts.

Then we went to Yuki Hana, a local sushi place, for dinner. We got three items to share: unagi don, orange dragon rolls, and ume-shiso rolls; before the main course, Susan and I each had miso soup and Cat had the complimentary salad that came with the unagi don. We declined desert, but received a plate with three watermelon slices apparently just because, which was unexpected but tasty. I had to preemptively take a Benadryl because of raw avocado and cucumber, but it was totally worth it. :)

After dinner, we returned to the G family house and chatted for a while before Susan suggested we try some of the fudge I'd gotten her. Rev. and Mrs. G were invited to join in, and the general consensus was that fudge is good. (This is not a terribly controversial conclusion, I feel. *wry*) We enlisted Rev. G to take pictures of the three of us before Cat had to bail (since she needed to get some sleep before driving to Pennsic on Monday), and I am very glad we were able to get together like that. :D

22. Finished the beta draft of "Intervention" (my WIP Big Bang fic) and sent it to beta. \o/

23. Drove back to Ithaca. I should mention at this point that on both the drive down and the drive up, I was listening to a lecture series on tape: The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes, by Prof. Kenneth W. Harl of Tulane, which is part of the Great Courses series. There are 36 lectures in total, two per CD, and I have gotten through 17 of them. (I started on lecture 3, since Mom and I listened to some of them on a previous car trip and while I couldn't remember exactly where we left off, I knew it was past the first CD.)

I don't know why I never tried listening to nonfiction audiobooks or audio lectures on car trips before. (I specify nonfiction because I find fiction audiobooks intensely distracting; the voices never quite match what's in my head, and also the pacing tends to be indefinably wrong.) But listening to lectures while driving uses one problem to solve another in the most beautiful way. First, the lectures help me stay alert and focused on the road in a way that I otherwise find difficult -- caffeine is not infallible, and music gets samey after a while -- because I have to be paying attention to what the lecturer is saying, and relating it to previous lectures and my own general understanding of world history. Second, driving is a visual/kinesthetic task that eats up enough of my concentration that I actually CAN pay attention to the audio input, which is something I otherwise find nearly impossible and have had to resort to sewing projects or coloring books in order to listen to occasional podcasts that I decided were important enough to make the effort.

Anyway, I think I can get at least one more round trip to NJ and back out of this lecture series -- and then probably down to NJ again -- but after that I need to look into my local library's audio offerings, because I didn't get drifty even once on this trip, and I promise you it's not because I'd gotten any more sleep than usual. *wry*

...

And that is that, and I really have to remember to make these posts more often because covering ten days at once is ridiculous.
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