Yes, even though I'm accustomed to being up until 2 a.m. most nights, I got up really early this morning (well, for me, anyway), and so I'm feeling a bit beat, and will make an early night of it tonight.
However, that doesn't mean I'm going to let the blog slide... below you'll find tonight's Classic Toy and Comic Book Cover posts... and here you'll find a report of my day!
The day for me began at about 7:15 or so, when I was awakened... I'm not sure if it was by Jessi or by Krypto, but I suspect the latter... because before 8:00, Krypto was trying to get me up again (on the weekends, I think he knows that he'll get a walk, so he doesn't want me to sleep in). After I made breakfast, we called some friends of ours who also have a boxer, and arranged to meet at 10 a.m. for an off-leash walk.
Before then, Jessi and I hit a few yard sales... finding a Dr. Seuss book we didn't have at the first one (which was just down the street from us) for a quarter (an amazing deal)... but the rest we stopped at prior to the walk were a waste of time, as we didn't find anything we were interested in.
After the walk, we hit a few more yard sales and estate sales... and we did strike "gold" of sorts at one estate sale! Usually, I avoid estate sales, as they tend to be overpriced, especially if they're being conducted by one of those people whose business it is to run estate sales.
This one, as I said, was a good one... Jessi found a few more children's books for our collection there, and I found a Mega Bloks Castle Playset! This playset wasn't some tiny little thing like, say, the Playmobil castle (or even the Lego castles)... this was a set that, when assembled, made a castle large enough for a child to play in!
Well, most of a castle, anyway... it made the front (with a cloth flap in place of the door), and two half-sides for either side. We're already trying to see if we can find at least one additional set, so as to make a complete castle with it... although if we find more than one set, so much the better!
I suppose, given that we're hoping to get an infant, finding this item and being so enthused about it (and it's for ages 3 and up) is kind of silly... but you know, in the meantime, my youngest nieces can play in it when they come over... as well as the younger children of some of our friends!
By the way... this playset? We paid $20 for it. Jessi did some checking on eBay, and found that was the cheapest starting price for this (with at least $25 for shipping)... and that was for used sets... a new one was at least $100 or more! So yes, it was a bargain (although it seems two pieces are missing).
After the garage sales, we stopped at a Subway for a quick lunch (NOT the one that annoyed me so much a while back, but this one annoyed me a bit more... we got two six-inch Subway clubs, both on the same kind of bread, but with different toppings on them... and they charged us for two six-inch subs, not one 12-inch sub. If I'd known they were going to do that, I might not have ordered the same kind that Jessi did.).
Next on the agenda was getting ready for a party this evening... Jessi's "adopted sister" was celebrating a birthday tonight, and we were invited for a dinner that included barbequed steak and shrimp, a pasta salad we brought, potato chips, and green salad, plus the inevitable birthday cake. After eating, everyone sat around a table and played a modified version of "Uno," in which there was no clear winner... if you ran out of cards, you were only out until someone played a "draw two" or "wild card draw four" against you, then you were right back in again (otherwise, your turn was skipped). Also, to make it interesting, I suggested we add the house rule that "draw two" cards could be cumulative... if someone played a "draw two" against you, and you had a "draw two" in your hand, you could play that instead of drawing two cards, and make it a "draw four" instead... unless the next person also had a "draw two," and they could make it a "draw six", and so on! That added an interesting variation to the game! I think I was the clear winner, as I went out three times before Jessi and I decided to call it a night and head for home.
While all this was going on, we heard that my mother was in the hospital... she had been shopping at Target, and started feeling dizzy on the way home, with chest pains, so she pulled her van into the fire station nearby, and they called an ambulance to take her to Tacoma General Hospital so they could check her out. They've got her in a room now, and put her on oxygen while they run some tests. While the concern is that she may have suffered a mini-stroke, right now we just don't know what happened. We should know more sometime Sunday afternoon, as they're keeping her overnight for observation. By the time we learned that was what was going on, it was really too late for us to run up there and visit her... but if she's going to be in the hospital for another night, we'll definitely make a visit Sunday afternoon! Your good thoughts would be appreciated. (And where's Dr. House when you need him in real life?)
On Sunday, Jessi's going up to Tacoma for a beading show, and probably won't be home until 1 p.m. or later (she's meeting friends and they're going up in a group), so I should get a chance to sleep in a little bit!
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