September 6, 2004
glorious day! Isn't it exciting that the
very best day of my life happened to be on my
birthday? I feel so very pampered.
Everyone went out of their way to make sure I
had a very special and wonderful day and I am so
That paragraph is all that saved from the column
I wrote yesterday on my actual birthday (Sept
5th). :) I was jammin away on a
column, went to save and while it was uploading
(which takes forever), the dialup connection
dropped (which it does a couple of times a day),
which caused my Front Page program to lock up,
which caused me to lose everything I'd done.
After that happens, you kind of lose the buzz
here we go again.
That's Valerie and Josh (22) in the top row,
second picture, then Dylan and Delena, then
Delena, then me. Bottom row is Delena with
Aiden, Delena with my son, David (24) and Aiden,
and David alone with Aiden for a couple of
shots. He is absolutely the sweetest
natured little baby since Dylan was tiny.
Just an absolute precious little soul.
day was grueling. It was hot and there
were 6 of us crowded into the car driving all
over town. I loved seeing the kids.
The grandgirls were out and about with other
relatives, so I didn't get to see them, but it
was good to visit with Valerie, Josh and Aiden.
After that, we went to Chuck E. Cheese, aka
Parent Hell, for a couple of hours for the kids
to play to celebrate Nathan's birthday.
After that, we went to the mall to get Nathan's
hair cut and Delena's ears pierced (1st time).
Eric went to Barnes and Noble to look for study
materials for getting his C-10 license.
Dave wanted to go to Tower Records, which is
near there. As soon as I got into the mall
(it should be noted here that I desperately hate
malls unless I'm walking straight into the movie
theater and straight out again), Delena bailed
on getting her ears pierced and I found out that
both hair cutting joints in the mall charge $20
for hair cuts. So I ended up sitting with
the kids at the play area until the guys showed
back up again, each of them empty handed for the
things they wanted to get. Eric got ice
cream for the kids and we darted across the
street and got Nathan's hair cut at Supercuts.
Score! We were in and out in 20 minutes.
After that, it was a quick dash back to David's
house for supplies and then up the hill.
We spent a nice evening visiting and talking and
then went to bed.
Yesterday, I got up around 9 or so (kids were
being docile). Joe called to wish me happy
birthday and we had a nice talk. When Eric
got up at 10:30, we got dressed and went to
Placerville. I wanted to go to the little
Italian restaurant in town, but it was closed.
Every place we investigated was closed (our town
rolls up on Sunday and Monday). I told
Eric all I wanted was some exceptionally good
food and nice atmosphere and to relax with him
for a while. We decided to drive the extra
10 miles into Cameron Park and go to Sizzler
there. I've not had a good experience with
Sizzler since about 1994 when we left Lancaster,
California (best Sizzler ever), so I was
skeptical. It always seems like not enough
food for too much money. I had a coupon
(buy one get one free entree) so I figured that
would make up the difference in what I figured
the meal was worth. Out of nowhere, a
disclaimer manifested on my coupon that said it
was good only in Anaheim, California (wtf?), so
they rejected it and we paid full price.
Oh well, it's all good. It's my birthday,
after all. We ended up having to wait to
be seated after we paid and Eric had to go to
the bathroom, so I as I was standing and
waiting, I realized that what we'd been charged
was just way too much, so I looked over the
receipt and saw that the cashier had charged us
for 2 of my meals and 1 of Eric's. I
brought it to her attention and she handed me
$15 from the register to compensate. We
started on the salad bar, which was yummy and
the waitress ended up bringing us our food very
quickly (probably because of the wait to be
seated) and surprise! We got all three
meals! I had one of them packed to go
right away and we feasted on the rest, which was
absolutely delicious. We took out time,
going through many glasses of iced tea and
talking a good bit. As we left, I realized
I'd actually gotten exactly what my coupon had
offered. I bought one and got one of
exactly the same thing free.
After that, Eric and I went to Walmart. My
friend gave me a gift certificate and since Eric
had surprised me with a 10 gallon aquarium two
nights before, I figured I could stock it with
the gift certificate. Sadly, Walmart had a
moratorium on fish sales because the fish in one
tank had ick and the others had to be clear for
a certain number of days before they could be
sold. I did get all of the innards for the
aquarium and a few other things we needed.
We ambled back up the hill (me driving in order
to not get sick). When we got home, we got
the kids into river clothes and went to sit at
the river for a while, communing with nature,
then after that, stopped off at the cemetery,
one of my favorite places in Grizzly Flats.
The Committee just cleaned it out a few weeks
ago and to show you what a cool town this is,
they actually put silk flowers on every single
grave in the cemetery and there are over 100.
They also made wooden stake markers engraved
with "RIP" for the previously unmarked graves,
so now there are about 20-25% more graves there,
some that are just a mound of rocks, some that
just have a tree over them. It was a
wonderful experience and always is. I look
forward to our group visit this year since Full
Moon is only a week before Halloween (Samhain
for us). The energy will be very, very
strong and I can't wait. It's very much a
When we left the graveyard, we came home and I
made tacos for David, then a short while later,
he went home. It doesn't sound like much,
but I got to have close contact with each of my
children, even though Joe was by phone. I
got wonderful gifts, both for myself and from
other people and I felt completely serene and
happy the entire day. It was glorious.
Today was a kick back day, even though we didn't
expect it to be. We had great plans to do
this work and that work and ended up doing
almost none of it. I got my spoiler
commentaries done and Eric cleaned the kitchen
for me, bless him. I have a mountain of
clean laundry to fold and dinner to somehow
orchestrate. Eric is visiting with
neighbors and I'm writing to you. :)
I have about 60+ books to review over the next
two weeks, so if you don't hear from me, I
didn't die. I'm just unearthing myself
from the book mound. My publishers are
very, very good to me (and patient), so I want
to reward them with a pile of book reviews
Much love to you all,