Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Where did the day go?

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It seems as though I've accomplished very little today. Oh, there was plenty going on behind the scenes, so to speak, but I didn't get anything of substance done today, and that's not good.

A few sort of random remarks before I give up and turn my brain off for the weekend:

  1. Some of you know that I'm associated with FenCon, one of several local SF conventions. No, we are not associated with FedConUSA that is taking place this weekend. Different names, different guests, different focus. There's plenty of room for a variety of conventions in this town.
  2. Holy cow. Tim Russert has died. I'm gonna miss him and his whiteboard come November. Seriously, I really enjoyed watching this guy. He had an amazing sense of humor, and he played Devil's advocate with pretty much everyone he interviewed. He was a tough interview - for people on either side of the fence. That's one of the things I liked about him. He's a loss to the field of journalism.
  3. Woah. Demoliton begins on the elementary school down the street. A shiny new building has been erected on the same lot. The original school was built in 1964, and has been expanded and renovated several times. There was just no more room for expansion, given the configuration of the lot. It's sad. This is where Chris went to elementary school. As much as I hate destruction of old buildings just to put up something shiny, I know there are times when it's necessary to do so. This was one of those times. It's kind of bittersweet for us.
  4. Got a gambling addiction? Need to pawn something? It's okay to "borrow" it from the school if you're the football coach. Yes, the man was asked to resign, but the school district didn't think it was worth reporting the issue to the state education agency. WTH?

So, what else went on today? I got my new glasses. They're not quite as ugly as I remember. No, I don't think I'll be taking a picture, sorry. Went grocery shopping. Oooh. Aah. Today was payday, so that meant the BIG trip to the store to stock up. I spent a small fortune, but I bought many items in bulk - which means savings overall. Anything that will keep or can be frozen I'll buy in quantity as long as it's something I can use.

Well, the little hand of the clock is inching in the direction of the 8, and I think my last load of laundry may be just about done.

Thanks for coming by, and have a good weekend.


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