Monday, August 31, 2009

Coffee, Liquid Smoke and hunks of Beef

Life -

Spent an hour or two wrestling with a hot water heater in the depths of my mother's root cellar. Again. If this current tact doesn't work then it's on to actually buying and installing an all new one. Frankly, at this point, that's something they should have done a loooong time ago.

I also went on a quest for some Gruyere cheese for a recipe we planned to make. Found some at Fred Meyers, but at the outlandish cost of $20 a pound and it looked old. After a bit of cell phone sleuthing, we found a cheese place at the Co-Op that was selling a much fresher sample for almost half the price. And their half pound was larger than Freddie's half pound. Fancy that.

It was the first time I'd been in the Co-Op, and it was kind of a surprise. In the same building, they have a grocery store, a fresh fish and cheese shop, a chocolatier, a coffee shop, a day spa, a hair stylist and a luxury-ish restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant looked too expensive and the grocery store was virtually empty, just a few organic veggies and lots of empty shelves. Very strange.

Writing -

Today's my last day of my rotation off, and I don't feel like I've accomplished enough, yet I'm perilously close to being burnt out. All told, I've written around 5,000 words in Graves, and I'm happy with what's there, but somehow I feel like I should have done more.

Often, sitting in front of my computer screen, I wonder what other people do for fun. I read a lot, draw and write, and watch movies every now and again, but what do "normal" people do for fun on stretches of days off like this? One of the days I decided that I would only write or read for a few hours, a decision I felt pretty guilty about. After a few hours of cleaning, surfing the Internet and twiddling my thumbs, I ran out of things to do.

The Last Sentence -

I'm riveted by the kid in the Griz sweatshirt's story.
- Graves

8 comments:

Steve at Random said...

I play a lot of golf and do a lot of visiting. Tonight we had six people around our dinner table. Writing is too much like work to do much of it at home. Reading is okay, but I read only a fraction of what you read in a year. But I always feel like what I read is a good investment in a better me.

Allison said...

The restaurant is not not actually part of the Co-Op. It is separate and much to fancy for my taste. They do sell nice wines by the glass though so I have been there to drink wine on occassion. Also, the Co-Op almost had to shut down due to lack of finances... instead they scaled back, hence the bare shelves. I agree though the place is a weird mix of things!

As for what I do with days off... usually think about cleaning and never do it, look up things on the internet that randomly seem interesting (e.g. today I have already looked up Crohn's disease, 10K races, a greek salad recipe, and teacher care packages), take mini vacations to places like Lava, read, visit my parents (to let Cali run and sit on their deck), or watch movies. Occassionally, I do twiddle my thumbs as well. This usually leads to me deciding I need a nice glass of wine and some dessert :)

Allison said...

Oh yeah, I also usually plan what I will do the next time I have a day off. Sample dialogue, "Next day off I should go hiking." or "Next weekend I should go cross country skiing." These plans rarely come to anything. Current plan: To go to the Eastern Idaho State Fair. I think this one has a good chance of happening since there is minimal effort required and food is involved.

Kristopher and Crew said...

Hahaha That's true, I do that too, like "On my next days off, I should get ahold of Allison so we can all go to that Indian restaurant...


I did finally clean my toilet that day, so I feel like I accomplished something!

I asked my brother what he does and he said sleep and play video games...

Steve, I've never played golf, thought about it, but the up-front cost is pretty daunting to me. Maybe I should take up volleyball, and have you guys put the net together for me!

randymeiss said...

I read, golf & fish with my son. Play board games with the family, and online video games by myself, provided I can scrape a few seconds of discretionary time in my very busy day.

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