Friday, November 8, 2013

Post 2503 - I'm Back

Hey, folks.

I apologize to my 4.7 readers for  not writing the last couple of days.

Tuesday night, after I wrote my blog post, I drove to my mother's house and spent the night.  I got up comparatively early Wednesday morning so that I could take my mother to a doctor's appointment here in the city.  Before that, though, I took her to the new Value Village outlet in Bayers Lake.  Those who live in Halifax will know that Value Village's old location was abandoned back in the Spring for a new location that is easily twice as big as the previous one, and it has expanded within that new space already, so it is probably 2.5 times as large as the original location. Mom had not seen the place since the move, so I took her there, and she was blown away by the experience. It was hard to get her to leave after just an hour.

We had lunch at Michael's Bar and Grill on Young Street. A parking space opened up directly in front of the joint just as we entered the parking area. This never happens in real life, but it did then, so I will have to put the old "they always find a parking space in the movies whenever they want one" cliche to bed, because it does happen the odd time.

While there, we saw a couple guys from work.  Afterward, Mom remarked that one of them has dreamy eyes. Damn it, but I have to agree. Working with this man can be so distracting, given his eyes.

Before the appointment, Mom hinted that she would like to go to the Sally Ann on Green Street, and since we still had a bit of time to kill, we went. She ended up buying some more blouses to go along with the ones she had purchased at the Value Village a couple of hours earlier.

Without giving out any real details, I can report that Mom's doctor's appointment went very well. The specialist was very pleased and doesn't need to see her again until probably next August or September. We returned to the Valley.

As I have mentioned before, she has been reading a lot lately. She had read an article about fair trade coffee roasters and asked me about a local one called Just Us! coffee in Wolfville.  I mentioned that there was an actual museum  in the one just off the highway, so we went there for 20 minutes or so. I bought her her first Sumatran dark roast, and she loved it along with the ginger cookie I put in front of her.

I returned Mom to her retirement home before I went back to the house and took a nap and washed the dishes I had dirtied at breakfast that morning. I dropped off a high lighter at her room so that she could read a book the doctor's office had given her and make notes therein. I left her and drove here, arriving at around 10:45pm.

I managed to get up Thursday morning and go to work. I finished a task that had been on my plate for some time.  By the end of the work day, my head was aching and my eyes felt gritty, a sure sign of tiredness. I got home from work and pretty much slept the night away.

Friday morning, Patricia went off to the cottage for one last weekend. I got up and worked my first long shift at Hal-Con, which opened today at noon and continues until Sunday afternoon. I renewed some acquaintances, including speaking with Ajay Fry of the Space channel's "Innerspace" show. It was nice of him to say that he remembered me from last year. He always make it a point to say every year that Hal-Con is his favourite con ever. This is a guy who goes to San Diego Comicon and to cons in New York and Toronto and Vancouver and who knows where else. For him to say that about Hal-Con should make all of you reading this want to go as well. 

I have thus far taken dozens of pictures, and I will be sharing some of them with you over the weekend. I have met interesting people, but none more so than a woman who makes the trip up here every year with her husband, all the way from Tennessee.  She must really love it here is all I can say.

I ended my shift around 6pm. I picked up yet another bag of magazines for my mother from yet another woman in town who reads prodigiously; she will keep me in mind for future contributions of magazines as well as novels her mother reads. My mother already has upwards of 100 magazines to plow through, but she shows no sign of getting tired of reading them, so to get all this reading material for free or nearly so makes everybody happy.

I got back to the house and fed Newbie. I was finally able to sit down and watch this week's "The Walking Dead" and the companion series "The Talking Dead". I am starting to think there is something off about the pacing of the show this season. I get that not every episode of every show can be upbeat, and that you need to build a storyline toward a conclusion. However, in this week's episode, not a great deal happened, and the way that a character's fate was determined seemed so off-handed that I nearly missed it. I am not ready to push the panic button yet, and I am not giving up on the show the way I already have on "Marvel's Shield". I am just hoping that things pick up soon. End of rant.

I am going to turn in now. I have to get up and put in another shift at Ajay's fave con again in the morning.

See you tomorrow.


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