My vacation to the cabin at Loon Lake was almost epic terrible – I got out there and discovered that instead of grabbing my key to all the locks at the cabin, which are Masterlock padlocks, I had accidentally grabbed the spare copy of the key I use for my work locker. Also Masterlock. Luckily, Dad and Karen were already out there, and so I was able to borrow Dad’s key after they left and then mail it to him. However, after I got home from vacation, I could not find my copy of my cabin key. I’ve been periodically tearing my place apart trying to find it since I got home and realized it wasn’t in the center drawer on my desk, and tonight I finally found it. In a bin I’d looked in several times already, but had never fully dumped out. Note to self, don’t just paw through even small bins looking for stuff… dump it all the way out!
I had today off, and I finally got around to putting a first coat of paint on JB’s old blue Boeing bookcases. I’m painting them a brownish black color, which matches some of my other furniture, and then I’m going to put them in my living room and load ’em up! I also had finally gotten the pages of a photo album I’d been working on done and ready to print, but since my printer is acting up, I went over and printed them on Grandpa’s printer.
The new Kathy Reichs book, Spider Bones, was great, but an unfortunately fast read. It gets a little irritating sometimes how quickly I can fly through a book. Mom came across an email I’d printed out that I’d sent to Grandma and Grandpa in 1997, telling them that I’d gotten Little Women through the book orders at school and was thrilled that I’d been working on it for a week and a half and wasn’t finished with it yet. Especially then, I had such a hard time finding books that were age appropriate, but at my reading level, so I wouldn’t fly through one or more in a day. I remember checking out around 20 books from the library, and being back a week later having finished them all. It was amazing when I discovered Lousia May Alcott, and my favorite, L. M. Montgomery. Mckenna is about the age now that I was when I got into the Anne of Green Gables series, so for her birthday I got her the first three books. She said she loved Anne of Green Gables, and that’s the only books she’s got listed under favorites on her facebook page. I suppose I should warn her about the downside of reading a lot of books by a Canadian author… It got hard to spell certain words correctly in American English and have them look “right”… instead, I found myself writing them with an extra U in many words. Favorite becomes favourite, color becomes colour, neighbor becomes neighbour, and so on. You really have to be careful on written tests at school, because then you don’t have spell check to catch your errors!
I’m also loving Netflix so far. Weekend at Bernie’s arrived in the mail today, and I’ve gotten to watch several other movies through the instant streaming through my Wii – movies that I wouldn’t want to pay the $5 to rent at Blockbuster, but liked watching.
On a seemingly random note, I think my toilet’s possessed. As I’m typing, it just randomly ran. I think that means that the tank is leaking into the bowl somewhat, and then runs to fill up the tank, but there’s also a secondary problem. Drew thinks it may be a clogged vent pipe, so I’ll need to talk to management about that, but sometimes I’ll go to use the toilet and the bowl will only be half full of water. Something’s gotta be sucking the water out of the bowl, because that doesn’t just dribble out, and the floor around the toilet is dry. Creepy toilet.
I may have found out why people are trying to shop for snowboards already. I guess the weathermen are predicting a particularly nasty (read: snowy) winter here, even where we’re at (sea level), so people must be trying to get their gear for the mountains being awesome before everywhere is sold out. Though, if it’s anything like two years ago, they’ll be screwed anyway, because of road closures getting to the mountain snow!