Joelle Duran (shout_of_joy) wrote in shouts_of_joy,
Joelle Duran

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The last two work-weeks have been rather ghastly, but there's always good stuff too...

     God has the best sense of humor. Last spring I'd researched new tires to get for my car and settled on a Goodyear variety, then that got delayed until autumn due to some expensive brake and engine work. So a couple weeks ago when I finalized my plans and checked out what was available at the place I went to for auto repair, I found out they didn't carry Goodyear, but Michelin and another brand. A certain name caught my eye since I have a one-track mind, and when I hopped back to Consumer Reports, I found out that the Michelin 'Defender' was higher-rated than the Goodyear variety I'd settled on (my first choice for Goodyear isn't made in the size I need for my car). Long story short, last Monday I drove home with my new tires, parked in my garage, and then smooched every one of them. I hope they were laughing up in heaven, watching that--what else am I going to do with tires having a name to remind me of my beloved t'DoL! =D

     A bit of encouragement Sunday night, when I decided to read my old 'Brann and The Defender' story (which I've never posted anywhere). I wrote it back in 1999 as a revision of the 1994-1997 version, and promptly hated it. The reason it was an encouragement was that I haven't edited it since then--certainly not since 2003, so it makes a great portrayal of how much I've learned and improved in the past 15 years. Also amusing as I read trying not to snort or gag at some of my old 'hack' habits, either!

     A treat Tuesday in the form of free bus service on Election Day. Also glad to be done with the phone ringing and constant fliers in my mailbox or stuffed in my door. And always nice to have a little good news for once, to boot...

     Thursday brought a celebration of the 25-year service anniversary for my wonderful manager Jodi. Lots of sweets and she did a Mexican theme for her heritage, which included a tasty new experience for me--she brought in homemade horchata (her variety had rice and cinnamon) to drink, and I really enjoyed it. The smell reminded me a little of the rice pudding my grandparents use to make.

     And then Thursday evening at singles' group I wound up getting a free wooden daybed! A neighbor across the street from the house where we meet was trying to get rid of it, and one of the attendees, Cheryl, had a big enough vehicle and was kind enough to drive it to my place. What a blessing!
Tags: beloved, bus, freebie, job: boss, job: other
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