Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend notes.

I was glad when the weekend arrived, even though I had no real plans. For one thing, I'd had my fill of people moaning to me in session about how the country is now going to hell, and only true Christians were going to be okay in the end. Have I mentioned how right wing this area is? Even the local county paper made no pretense at being unbiased - they couldn't even bring themselves to mention the President's win before Romney. I was struck by the wording of it "Romney wins" and then "Obama takes" - as if he stole it. I sat quietly and listened, and then gladly shut the office door behind me on Friday.
On Saturday, in spite of a family situation he had to attend to, my friend suggested getting lunch and going for a short ride in the mountains. While we were getting ready to leave, there was a thump that sounded like someone in the house. We found out later that a light (4.3) earthquake in a neighboring state had been felt in our area at that time. It was a gorgeous day to be out on the road - high of 70, sunny and clear. Once again, I swallowed my fear and focused on the beauty around me.
After he dropped me at home, I decided it would be a good day to wash my car. I enjoyed scrubbing the car down and 8 quarters later, my car was clean and shiny.
Today, I went into town for a walk along the greenway and then to run errands. I had to check out the new Trader Joe's. It's a manageable size and has reasonable prices. I found my younger son's favorite Reed's ginger beer for a lot less than anywhere else I've seen and got their chocolate Advent calendars for only 99 cents each. And the folks there are remarkably friendly. If they don't enjoy their work, they are doing a good job of faking it. So nothing spectacular, but still a lovely fall weekend.

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  1. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

    Last September, we too experienced an earthquake here on the east coast and it was the strangest feeling to feel my high-rise apartment building sway and vibrate!

    "I had to check out the new Trader Joe's. It's a manageable size and has reasonable prices."

    I LOVE Trader Joe's!!!! And you're right, the folks there are remarkably friend. It's like grocery shopping in a party atmosphere. Love the music they play too!

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    1. This earthquake was not that dramatic. Just a single, slightly off sensation.

      The young guy who was my cashier was happily singing along with Carole King, "It's too late, baby, now it's too late." Made me laugh. And we (he, the guy bagging, and I) had a discussion about the Orangina I was buying. Just so much friendlier than other grocery stores.

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  2. a gorgeous fall day is the best time for a bike ride, if i do say so myself. glad you got to enjoy that to help clear your head.

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    1. I'm trying to get out as much as I can before it gets cold here.

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  3. nice....looks like a beautiful day for a ride...i feel you on the bickering...i live in baptist mecca...oy, hoping the new week brings fresh minds....we dont have a trader joes...sounds like i am missing out...

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    1. It's always a surprise to me that people just assume I agree and won't be offended. I don't ever talk politics with someone unless I'm certain it's okay. And yes - it's a good store to have around.

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  4. is trader joe's new to your area? if so, get ready--it is an awesome store. i didn't realize the discount part until my ring up at the register. every time i go i try one new thing. i am never disappointed. ask me my favorites and i'll wax on for you :^)

    interesting about my clients. about a third are Hispanic and several mentioned voting. that was not the case four years ago. i didn't realize until after the election how extensive the president's outreach was, and how romney's self deportations blah blah mobilized the community. as it should be...

    btw, that is a new take on the earth moving....

    :^)

    love
    kj

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    1. It's not close enough to me to be a regular stop, but I like having it there for when I'm running errands in town.

      Yeah, only the timing of the quake was a bit off.

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  5. Looks like a great place to take a walk; glad the weather cooperated so you could enjoy such a nice weekend! We have Trader Jo's here; I've been in them a few times but couldn't quite connect with them, if that makes sense. I prefer Sprouts (which is probably a local chain; they were Henry's first then Sprouts bought them out). Their produce is fresh tasting and the prices very reasonable.

    hoping the week ahead is a good one!

    betty

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    1. I guess different stores are good fits for different people. Trader Joe's was just my style. We don't have a Sprouts, but we do have Fresh Market, which I like.

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  6. sounds like a great weekend. i'd love a bike ride too.
    i miss the mountains and trees, and my lousy car back home :)

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    1. All that sand - such a difference, I'm sure!

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  7. Apart from the moaners it sounds like you had a great time!

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    1. Yes, indeed. And the moaners weren't part of the weekend.

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  8. "Only true Christians are going to be okay in the end." Right, I'll bear that in mind. The part of my mind that suffers from amnesia....

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    1. I have to say, I found those comments wildly insulting.

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  9. We had a beautiful fall weekend here, too. Trader Joe's is fun just for their variety of products I can't find elsewhere. Love their customer service and upbeat attitude!

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  10. (Had to go on the desktop to finish my comment)....and sounds like some folks need to read up on the basic tenets of Christianity vs Mormonism. I find it absurd that anyone thinks being a candidate of a certain party makes them a 'true Christian' or not. Let's ask Obama and Romney what they REALLY believe about Jesus and maybe then we'll discover who the 'true Christian' really is! SHEESH.

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    1. Those patients weren't saying anything about Mormonism versus other forms of Christianity. They were saying that they believe the earth is literally going to come to an end via Obama and that only people who are "saved" will be okay. I found those sentiments across-the-board appalling and absurd.

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  11. Envy you your weather; it's 3f here, and over a foot of snow. Don't know what to think of the still-present political divide, but it does not bode well for our country. And what christianity (previous comment) has to do with politics is beyond me. Far as I know we're a secular republic, there is that 'church and state' clause, and far as I care we could put pantheist in office if he governs well.
    Oh, that creek looks fishy, too.....

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    1. That creek is unfortunately a little suspect - they've had some pollution problems.

      Christianity should have NOTHING to do with politics. We are not a Christian nation. And I was most grateful when Obama acknowledged people like me in his inaugural address. About time!

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  12. I love TJ's. Unfortunately, there are none here in Canada, so whenever I go somewhere they have them I'm in heaven wandering around the store. It's sort of pathetic really.

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    1. I was the same way. I had to stop myself from just loading up my cart.

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  13. Laid back weekends like are so nice. Just enough to do but yet relaxed.

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  14. I am amazed at how polorazied Canada is by the US election! Looks like you had a lovely fall weekend:)

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    1. Really? That's interesting to hear. I wonder why?

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  15. Youngest son and d-i-l work at TJ's, so I am not objective, but it is a great place. Be sure to get the candy cane JO-JO's during the holidays. They sell out fast, but they are so good! They also have a sea salt chocolate covered caramel that is amazing....guess I am focusing on sweets here...can you tell I am cutting down?
    We live in a very conservative area, as well. It is sometimes so hard to keep my mouth shut-and I wish the others would.

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    1. I might try the candy cane things, although peppermint/chocolate mixes aren't much of a draw for me. But I have to tell you I am not buying the salt covered chocolate thingies. I think chocolate and salt have no business together. Anything sweet and salty, for that matter. I can't understand people eating chocolate covered pretzels, for example. Why take a perfectly good pretzel and a perfectly good bit of chocolate and render them inedible by mixing them? I don't get it.

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  16. I've been meaning to try one of those coin op do it yourself car cleaning places. We have on in town, but it's already closed down for the winter.

    LOL on almost not noticing the earthquake.

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    1. I love those car washes. Way less mess than at home and cheap. And fun! I don't think they actually close them down here in the winter, although I'm sure business drops off a bit.

      :-)

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  17. You sure do have some beautiful surroundings.

    I received an eyeful of naysayers on Facebook before, during and after the election. I'm hoping that all is quiet on the western front until the next election, but I'm being silly and optimistic.

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    1. Thank you. And I'm being silly and optimistic right along with you.

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  18. Your newspaper sounds like the Drudge Report (gotta keep our eye on the theocorporatocracy).

    Another Toyota fiend!

    I've been driving them for decades...

    XO
    WWW

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    1. I like pretty much all the Japanese cars. I've had Hondas, Nissans, Mazdas and Toyotas. I do love this Prius.

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  19. I have a thing for Trader Joe's (and the nearest one is almost three hours away, so it's a deal when we get there); the employees do seem authentically happy, and I can get cheap flowers and cheeses, and it's a weird kind of heaven.

    Notice how I'm studiously not commenting on your Little Earthquake?

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    1. That's a long drive - mine is about 45 minutes away. If they ever allow wine sales in grocery stores here, with the cheap flowers and cheeses it would be perfect.

      I did notice. Not commenting on my casual innuendo. :-)

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  20. An earthquake...what a surprise! I love those quarter washers.
    I do love Trader Joe's, one of my favorite stores to roam around in.

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    1. Wish I'd known that's what it was. I hope to get back to Trader Joe's soon.

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  21. Came across this while looking for that applesauce recipe of yours....Don't know how I missed it. I live in Florida---need I say more? God's waiting room. I was in her car with a "friend" going I forget where, a few days before the election. She started in on Obama and wouldn't stop. I had ti tell her, politely, that if she didn't stop NOW, I was going to have to jump from the car. She can inflict her views on me or we can be "friends." Pick one. Oy!

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    1. God's waiting room. That's funny. I think when you have a friend who disagree with that strongly, you just have to declare your friendship a politics-free zone.

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