Thursday, October 19, 2006

Daily Adventures

So yesterday I was looking for the Petsmart, because I needed a new litter-box. Actually Cathy needed a new box, but, you know. The Google directions showed the Petsmart as being "1 mile, approx 2:00 minutes" away from my new home, but they were VERY WRONG. According to Mapquest that intersection is actually 1o miles from here--I found that out later. So I drove in little concentric circles all over my new neighborhood looking for this street/intersection/big store for about an hour. I was trying to make the best of it, telling myself things like, "Don't see it as being lost or looking for something. You're just enjoying a drive around your new habitat, getting to know the area. If we happen to discover a Petsmart, why, that would be lovely and perhaps we'll stop there" (The cat was in the car with me. I don't refer to myself as "we" usually.) But after an hour I couldn't fake it anymore and I had to pee. So I found the grocery store instead, where they do stock litter-boxes, thankfully. BUT. I discovered a really cute little coffee-place that's a pretty short walk from the house. I never would have found it otherwise. So Alice and I walked down there this morning. I wanted to take pictures of all the pretty things here but I couldn't find the camera, so imagine that there are nice pictures here of amazing views, colorful trees, the coffeeshop, etc. Perhaps after tomorrow I'll have them-- the camera was under the driver's seat in the car. (Don.) The only bad bit was that we ran across a *really* aggressive, very big dog, tied up in front of a convenience store. Usually I love dogs, but this was scary. If the owner hadn't come out of the store just in time and literally pressed the dog to the fence with his own body, I don't know what we would have done, other than *run* and hope that his chain held. This was a BAD DOG. Alice was totally freaked, and we walked home on the far side of the street just in case.

6 comments:

Benjamin said...

I can't wait to hear more about your adventures. I mean, you've already been attacked by a devil dog! What next? Riders in black? Baddies on bromsticks?

Benjamin said...

That's "BROOMsticks" not "BROMsticks". Bromsticks sounds like a weapon of some kind.

Amanda said...

I wish we could "discover" a nifty little coffee shop near us. the one we love is too far of a drive and has become the local hangout for highschoolers...so it's sort of lost it's charm on us. oh well. glad you made it ok!!!

Mara said...

Thanks Amanda. It's the discoveries and adventures that balance out being alone and bewildered. Sort of a yin-and-yang.

You and Jordan and Zeph will have to come visit! I heard that the fist 2-3 months are actually the easiest to travel, because the baby is still small and portable!

Amanda said...

Totally! we could pack him in my cheecks like a hamster or something. :)

Mara said...

LOL, or just a sling or frontpack or something less... marsupial!