Library Visit

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.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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