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Marilee J. Layman

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05:30 pm: Day of Strange
So at 10am I'm awakened by the smell of the litterbox. The good news is that everybody has used it with just the granules in it. The bad news is I'd forgotten how awful old pee smells because I've used clumping litter for so long.

I initiated my planned moving & cleaning and ran the CatGenie. It's been used by everybody today. Yaaaay!

Things have been pushed back all week, so next I took out, in five trips: 1. my coat, a package and DVD for the post office, 2. the rolling crate with two weeks of newspapers and half the trash, 3. the other half of the trash, the plastic recycling, and a bag of styofoam pieces, 4. a very large collapsed cardboard box, and 5. a slightly smaller cardboard box fill with more collapsed cardboard. I had to sit and rest a couple of times to get my heart rate back.

So I went up to the accessible dumpster and put the trash in the dumpster and the papers and plastic in the marked bins. I went to the post office where I popped the DVD in the slot, but had to wait for two people in front of me to use the machine. The first one had trouble with English and her little boy kept trying to go out the door while she wasn't watching. I showed her how to make the machine print to her in Spanish. The second one had six bubble mailers to send, but she knew what she was doing. I got mine out and headed to Public Works where I put the collapsed box and the box full of other collapsed boxes into the dumpsters.

Then I headed up to Kaiser Fair Oaks to pick up my new glasses. It's usually about a 20-minute drive, but it was 40 today because there was so much traffic, even in the middle of the day. As I got there, the entry was blocked by cones and there were lots of people out on the sidewalks -- I thought it might be a protest-- so I turned into the shopping center entrance next and turned back to get to Kaiser. Then I noticed the colored flags and the folks in medical clothes. They had a fire alarm and had evacuated. I started to pull ahead a bit to park in the shopping center (which is verboten, Kaiser people have to park in Kaiser's garage) when an authoritative guy came up waving at me and asked me to stop right where I was, in the middle of the two lanes, to block traffic from coming through. I did that (turned the car off) and he put a cone in front of the van. Two fire engines arrived and after about 15 minutes, we got the all-clear. The guy waved people back in, and the people in the cars behind me honked and then got out and started yelling at me. I told them that the people went in first, then the cars went into the garage (common sense, you'd think). They were still yelling when the authoritative guy (Mike, facilities manager, I found out later) came and told them just to get back in their cars and wait. He'd let us know when the people were in and we could go. He did that and I went into the garage and parked and went up to vision services.

I got my nice new red glasses fitted and headed past my exit on the Interstate to the one near PetSmart and got more wet food for the cats. I decided to eat at Chili's, in the same shopping center, and ordered a hamburger (going over my protein limit, but it stopped me being nauseated). I was sitting there folding cranes and thinking about how this is the 23rd anniversary of the day I broke my ankle so badly which precipitated everything else that's wrong with me when someone walking by said "Marilee?" I looked up and said "Beki?" It was someone I haven't seen in 20 years and she's only seen me 200 pounds lighter. I couldn't believe she recognized me. She introduced me to her fiance (who will be at least her fifth husband, she quite possibly had more in those twenty years), and told me about her life. Boy, that was odd.

Then I came home and took a nap. I really needed it. I may nap again before I finish online.

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From:janetmk
Date:December 29th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Yay for the CatGenie success!

Hope you've recovered from the eventful day.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm still walking a little hunched over, but I took plenty of muscle relaxation meds last night, so nothing cramped.
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From:pameladean
Date:December 29th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I just want to say, I've been reading the Cat-Genie saga with bated breath.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I can imagine -- you guys have cats, too. Now that everybody is using it, I never have to do anything other than occasionally add granules! Much less bending over & carrying!
From:desert_dragon42
Date:December 29th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
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yay for the CatGenie success! What a day you've had.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, really! I can't believe Beki recognized me!
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From:the_changeling
Date:December 30th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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There are moments in my life, when my life changed, on the seemingly random spin of fate. Sometimes, I knew they were there, others, I didn't know for many years. They are spread out behind me, like glass beads on a long and trailing wire. The moments the world changed. The wire is long but the beads are few: there are long distances between them, and their size varies. One such, was a fall at work, onto an ankle, which, had I but known it at the time, ended my career as a teacher, and also led me to becoming pregnant with Hugh.

Some of these litle glass globules on my time line are nice, some are neutral, some are appalingly bad. Sometimes I go back to the very bad ones, and stand by myself, and whisper strong thoughts in my ear. I offer the me of then, some hope from the me of now, and point out that the wire and the glass globes, will continue on.

I eagerly await being able to hear one of the future 'me's!

Morgan
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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It's not that big a deal for me. I hadn't even thought about it until I was waiting for lunch. I figure time only goes one way, so no use in thinking about how it might have been different.
From:writingortyping
Date:December 30th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
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Wow. Our day of strange was that we came back from Christmas in CT and ran into almost zero traffic.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
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No traffic from CT? That is strange! The Post has a notice for football people that Ford's arrival will make their traffic worse.
From:writingortyping
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Yeah - there were signs on 95 yesterday that indicated parts of it would be shut down today. We were VERY glad we drove home yesterday.
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