Katie and I had a lovely visit to the library, longer than we’d planned due to the thunderstorm that came up while we were inside. I didn’t want to go out while the rain was coming down in buckets, so we hung out until there was a break. It was a very brief break, but we did get to the car with all the books without being completely soaked.
We’d already seen a lightning strike that seemed very nearby while driving there and were hearing a lot of thunder. Two pre-teen girls who looked like sisters were sitting outside, apparently waiting for a ride—sitting on the metal bike rack. I pointed out that it might not be the best place to be with lightning nearby, and was rewarded with incredibly nasty looks. They did, however, move.
Yes, I could have simply let them play Darwinian roulette, but whatever kind of parent is letting two little girls hang out waiting for a ride alone probably hasn’t done much in the way of warning them about things like “metal attracts lightning.”
A bunch of the materials we’d requested for our Bonobo project research had arrived, along with a Charles de Lint book that has supposedly been waiting for me for over a week but couldn’t actually be found. The librarian was just informing me that the hold had been canceled because I hadn’t picked it up on time when I spotted it on the shelf. Its actual whereabouts in the several times we’ve been at the branch will remain a mystery, but I do have the book.
We picked up paperback versions of The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing. I really appreciate all the input from y’all! After reading one of them, we’ll watch a performance on video.
And the Georgia Shakespeare Festival is doing Much Ado this fall! Yay! So I’m hoping to organize a group trip with one of the homeschooling groups with which we’re involved. Unless people from here are interested in a matinee? We’d have to have at least 10 people but tickets for the matinees during the week are $10 instead of $23 or $35.
I ran into the grocery store on the way home because (gasp!) we were out of wet cat food and I feared for the integrity of my skin if I didn’t return with some. I got completely soaked and had to come home, strip, dry off, and change into heavy socks and a sweatsuit. I’m still cold. I’m actually drinking another cup of coffee (and we’re out of decaf) in an attempt to warm up.
We came home to lots of 12:00 flashiness. I didn’t realize that a storm was coming before we left, so we didn’t go around unplugging everything. The router was confused and it and one hub had to be reset, and a couple of computers rebooted, but they’re all working properly now. Happily, the UPS for the server (which is a little flaky) worked this time, for a change. We definitely need to get a decent UPS for it and I’d prefer to have them for each machine, but for now, we’ll have to settle for the surge protectors all around.