the boy and the puppeh arrived late friday evening. J immediately said _mellow mushroom_ when he walked in the door, but i already had a proper dinner going in the oven so we stayed in.
saturday morning while i made pancakes and sausage, J busied himself getting christa’s old toolbox into a closet. he also cleaned up some messiness along the side entrance and determined that he wanted to install a caster to support the side yard gate, because it drags on the ground and is difficult to open and close as a result.
after breakfast (which was somehow not completed until 1pm or so) we carried the bookcases into the back bedroom. damn, those things are heavy. we did some work in the room, took the puppy for a walk, fed the cat and got fluids into him, then made it to piedmont right at 6 for dinner with christa, mary, sarah and georg.
dinner was pretty fabulous, as you might expect, it being piedmont. i had pork loin with potatoes and J had duck ravioli. we shared a cheese plate to start, i love those nibbly little plates.
after dinner, then locopops, we worked on the back bedroom some more, mainly coming up with the furniture arrangement and the desk layout.
sunday morning we decided to try watts grocery for brunch, which didn’t work out so well. we arrived at 10am to find their doors locked. staff working at the bar seemed to glance our way, then studiously ignore us. their hours weren’t posted on the door.
we decided to run one fast errand and try them again at 10:30. we even tried calling them while we were out, and just got an answering machine with no information about their hours.
at 10:30 some other folks arrived and we all stood hungrily at the glass doors. a young man came tantalizingly close to the door to flop some menus around and _he_ ignored us! finally a woman came to the door and actually spoke to us; she said they would open at 11am.
so, they lost six customers that morning. we all defected to other places; J and i went to mad hatter and had a very lovely breakfast, and argued about politics, and watched a slacker studiously ignore the no laptops on weekends rule, while also tempting everyone in the store to steal his computer as he left it for extended periods on his table while seeking some obviously much-needed coffee.
after breakfast we made a run to J’s favorite store, also known as the Big Blue Hardware Store. the big thing i got was a new faucet for the kitchen sink. mine had become increasingly non-functional, finally refusing to shut off the cold water at some point on saturday. the sprayer had not worked in years, and the cold water knob had fallen apart over the summer. perhaps all fixable, but i had lost patience with it.
we had to make a run to the Big Orange Hardware Store to find a gate caster (apparently, there is such a thing), and then once home J installed the caster, which does make an astounding difference. i had lived with that problem for so long that it never occurred to me that there was such a simple solution.
then he got to work on the faucet while i fussed around with the cat and some small chores. i did make a few key assists including screwing in the faucet itself. i have to say that it’s a thing of beauty and such a luxury to have a fully functional faucet and sprayer again. i even got a soap dispenser!
at some point sunday, moses developed a new problem– a severe limp that makes it very difficult for him to walk. i think he hurt one of his forelegs. poor little guy. he’s still eating great and everything, though.
last night after J left, i came up with a battle plan for the week that will hopefully have the house party-ready by the weekend. one remaining mystery is what the heck i’m going to do about music. the resource i would normally pull from– my mp3’s– was decimated this summer. i might just re-use last year’s playlist, which i have intact on an mp3 cd somewhere, as well as on my computer at work.