From "Two for the Dough" a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich
" My hamster, Rex, was running on his wheel, his feet a blur of pink. i tapped on the glass cage by way of greeting, causing him to momentarily pause, his whiskers twitching. his shiny black eyes large and alert.
"Howdy Rex," I said.
Rex didn't say anything. He's the small silent type."
"I stopped at a convenience store on the way and got a large coffee to go and a box of chocolate covered doughnuts. I figured if you had to breathe the New Jersey air there wasn't much point in getting carried away with always eating healthy food."
"In the burg it is possible to be born into bumhood. The Morelli and Mancuso women were above reproach, but the men are jerks."
"I hope I'm not intruding," Morelli said. "I know you weren't expecting company."
This is the opening statement that will get you into any burg house. No housewife worth her salt will ever admit to having her house not up to company twenty-four hours a day. Jack the Ripper would have easy access if he used this line."
if you read this you'll discover I haven't been thinking much at all lately.
I blame the weather.
I'm waiting for cool, sweet Autumn, waiting to feel comfortable during the days; instead we're stuck with Indian Summer and days of 28C and 32C. Days of extra anti-perspirant and talcum powder dusted on several times a day.
Where is my Autumn?
Even the last two nights have been unseasonably warm. I've turned on the fan just to feel a breeze and be able to almost sleep.
He is probably feeling some tension at my irritability from the continuing warm weather.
Monday night wasn't too bad, he woke me at midnight, then again at 2.45am so I gave him an early breakfast (only early by my standards), but last night (it's Wednesday as I type this) he woke me every hour and a half, all night until I finally gave up and sat at the table with kitchen and living room lights on until he appeared to fall asleep on the couch. Then I crept back to bed, only to have the little bugger wake up and continue the hour and a half routine until I gave up any attempt at sleeping deeply at 4.30am and got up again for coffee and reading.
He crawled under the couch for a proper sleep at 7am, so I went back to bed too, but couldn't sleep, so got up and did the shower, shampoo, dress and breakfast thing, (pancakes, yummy), then went to the shop for a few things I'd forgotten yesterday and had a nap when I got home. After lunch at 1pm, we had another nap.
So there's a lot of napping going on right now and not much thinking.
Definitely no vacuuming, which was the job of the day listed, in capitals, on my fridge memo board.
Have all you Australians out there seen the television ad for Jeep where the little kid says "You bought a Jeep." the Dad replies "I bought a Jeep" The kid turns to look at their little rowboat, turns back to his dad and says "we're going to need a bigger boat."
I love that ad!
I was reminded of it yesterday. Sitting in a bus, on my way home from somewhere, waiting for the lights to change and I glanced over to the next lane and saw a beautiful, new, white Jeep towing a big, new boat.
A brand-new, still factory-wrapped, boat. Shrink wrap on the body to cover and protect the interior and strong clear plastic wrapped around all visible chrome.
Nice coincidence, it made me smile.