1.) My mother in law died in 1986. She lived in New York but Tom handled the estate and so her mailing
address was attached to us. For all these many years and 7 moves, her mail has continued to follow along. Most of it has been from AARP and other "senior" related businesses but we get credit card applications and other stuff, too. For 27 years!!
Today I received more mail for her - a postcard for college entrance exam tutoring. So now that she would be 87 years old, she has landed on a list for college bound students. I think my children will still be getting mail for the grandma they never met long after I am gone!
2.) Tom and I braved the crowds and went to the outlet mall on Sunday with all the back to school shoppers. We actually had fun in the crowds. I picked up more of the Tommy Hilfiger shirts I love (in a smaller size.) For the first timer in my life I went into J Crew. The saleswoman may have been trying to flatter me by bringing me a size 8 pair of pants (I bought them in a 12) I also got a cool denim shirt with pearl snaps - now I can't wait for Fall weather!
3.) We have been nervous about Zac's job search following the end of his AmeriCorps service. He has occasional shifts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a 4 week engagement with SeaLab which is an outdoor ed camp for students - but nothing steady was falling into place. Then he got a call from REI (part time but they offer benefits!!) and then he got a call from a home brewing store in Marina looking for a part time worker. They had heard about Zac in the home brew community and got his number from someone who went into the store to buy him a gift certificate! He is thrilled that he gets to work in 2 stores which involve his hobbies - though we did discuss not spending all his money there...
We are much relieved that he is gainfully employed during this year off before he starts grad school and that he gets to do things he really enjoys on top of it. (Plus REI discount. Whoohoo.)
4.) I think I have complained about the house we are renting and have also complained about still being here long after we expected ( 7 years!!) and have mentioned one of the reasons why it doesn't work for us is the "open concept" floor plan which is inexplicably popular.
Now I am reading opinions of others who share my distaste for this floor plan. Having the kitchen open to the living rooms and dining room is noisy and messy and I cannot wait to start looking for new digs next Fall when I am promised by my husband that we will finally move.
Most of the time it was okay but there were some annoying situations, too. Has this become the norm across the country or it it just here in the Bay Area? What do you think about sharing your meal with dogs?
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