Joelle Duran (shout_of_joy) wrote in shouts_of_joy,
Joelle Duran

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My coworker Shelley definitely 'takes the cake/gets a gold star' in this post!

She's been giving me Easter candy at intervals this week, which was sweet of her. One of the chocolate pieces was done so nicely I felt guilty eating the adorable chick!

Got my new upconverting DVD player hooked up to my new 40" LCD tv Tuesday evening, and watched a few minutes of Winged Migration to try it out. Sure is nice!

Due to that bigger tv, I decided I'd have to find a new home for the plant that's been hanging in my living room the last five years or so. Its current location would be an enticement for my cats to try to climb on my tv to reach it, and the last thing I want is them tipping over and breaking a $900 tv! =P So since I drove to work today, I brought it along--and it was Shelley who took it to give it to her husband, who's an (unemployed) gardener with quite a green thumb. I'm happy it has a new home, and with someone I know. (And happy the war between me and it each summer is ended. I can keep the big living room curtain closed against the light and heat all summer long this year, and not feel guilty about depriving the poor plant.)

I drove to work today so I could stay in the city afterward and go to the Tax Day Tea Party protest up at the capital. Once again, Shelley saved the day. I forgot my camera because I spent 20 minutes this morning trying to untangle my plant from its holder before having to take a hacksaw to the holder and destroy it to get the plant free, and then rushing for work. She loaned me her tiny digital camera, so I was able to get some photos after all. Three cheers for Shelley!

The turnout was pretty good--I got there a little after 5 and they were still flowing in at 6 pm. The organizers said it was 8,000; I do know it was certainly more than 5,000, as I've been to enough 'March for Life' rallies to have a feel for numbers in that location. I was greatly entertained by all the creativity in the diverse signs and banners. Greatly entertained! Stayed until 6:45 as I wanted to get out of the city before it got dim and scary, and smooth driving home.

Flying flags
1773-style drummer
The crowd when I left

Most of all, I am intensely grateful that when Thursday comes, all this busyness and obligation will finally be behind me. I've been feeling very surly and downright homicidal over the fact I haven't gotten to write since Saturday or do art since Sunday. Now I'm free at last--I can finally get back to my REAL work!
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