|Second update... daily goings-on
||[May. 21st, 2005|09:12 am]
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This post is just a quick recap of what I've been up to over the last few days. On Thursday, I went to see Star Wars (see third post for details about that), and stopped into Meijer to say "hi" to people. Yesterday, as per the first post, I talked to the PD in my court case. Afterwards, one of the staff at the Salvation Army was having a birthday party at the director's place (again), and I got invited. We stopped into Meijer to pick up some things, and again to say "hi" to people, then headed out to her house, where I helped her boyfriend marinate the BBQ chicken and spice the hamburger patties. Quite yummy fixings, and then I jumped in the pool and helped keep an eye on her daughter and some of the neighbor's girls while the parents relaxed and chatted.
They were all fairly good swimmers, and we ended up playing a silly version of "tag", with all of them trying to catch me. One of them cheated a bit, staying out of the pool (which made it difficult), and the program director's daughter - proving that she'd make a good water polo player - almost ripped off my swim suit when I tried to swim past her. I had to call a time-out to tighten things a bit, and the parents were snickering. They wore me out with that pretty fast (no way I could keep up in the water with two in the water and on the deck in a 40'x10' pool for very long), so we chatted about hobbies like gymnastics, softball, and swimming. I showed them a few swimming strokes, some water polo tricks, and just generally kept them company.
I had a good time, although I think the daughter was upset when I had to go (the shelter has a curfew), so I promised that I'd come back and play with her some more. This morning, I caught a bus most of the way to Parkland, and walked the rest of the way (it's a beautiful day outside). The lab's open until 1p, so I'll probably hop onto Elusive for a while and harass some of the folks there.
Like I mentioned, I stopped into Meijer a couple of times over the last couple of days. The place looks pretty good - they're redoing the flooring in the softlines department, putting in some (probably fake) wood paneling to give it more of a homely appeal to it. Most of the people I met while I worked there are still there, and they were happy to see me...
There's a bit of a bittersweet part to this update, though. ( ... only click here if you really want to read it.Collapse )
Beth and Justin have moved into their new place, and are doing well. She's Full Time in Systems now. Matt and Sara broke up (in fact, they did that the day I ran into Matt) - she took the kid. Julie's still having serious physical problems; I didn't get a chance to talk to her too much. Jodi still loves hugs. And Katie's still there, and still playing softball.