My friends Joyce and Lew were up for the weekend. I was in a particularly good mood, having found out about the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award on Friday afternoon.
Scooter was appropriately cute and kittenish during the visit, and Joyce took pictures. I'm not sure why I'm holding Scooter in such an undignified manner, but that's how we were when Joyce immortalized us.
Saturday afternoon (before Joyce took the picture), we went to the Galleria. We go every time Joyce and Lew visit, generally for shopping and a movie (this time we saw State Of Play).
I had decided the time had come to buy something celebratory for myself. I've had so much to celebrate over the past year or so, and I like treating myself to things when I get good news. My celebratory fantasies of late had involved diamond bracelets, which, oddly enough, many jewelry stores at the Galleria were willing to sell me. I know, because I looked at every single one of them, before spending absurd amounts of money on the first one I saw.
I ran into Lew before deciding to buy the bracelet, and tried it on for him. I asked him if it made my wrist look fat, which is the funniest thing I've said in months. Lew encouraged me to buy the bracelet (my guess is Joyce would have too, if I'd run into her), so I did.
Sometime between six months and six years from now, I'll look at the bracelet and ask myself why I wasted so much money on it. But at this particular moment, it's on my wrist, and I am very happy. As it happens, Scooter is napping on my lap, which would also make me very happy.
See Pink Thing in the lefthand side of the picture? The den doubles as a guest room, so I don't have access to my computer when Joyce and Lew come to visit. This time I thought to take Pink Thing with me, just like I was at a hotel. But while Pink Thing is programmed with many of my favorites, I never bothered to put Bloglines on it.
So Sunday afternoon, upon Joyce and Lew's departure, I went back to the den, back to the computer, and back to Bloglines. And I discovered Life As We Knew It had won the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award from the state of Washington!
No, I'm not going to buy another diamond bracelet to celebrate. But the one I bought is sparkling even more.