All Around the Town

I don’t often like to hear that the kids have missed the bus, 18 woke me up at 7:30 to tell me she’d just woken, the bus had gone by 6 minutes earlier I dozed until the little ones were ready for school & then we jumped in the car to go to the school, I’m so glad we live 2 minutes away, it’s a quick ride over there & not a big deal (when we lived in the trailer it was 10 miles to the school & I could never fall asleep after taking them there) it was already decided that 18 wasn’t going to school so I drove us back home & she got online while I went to bed & slept for a couple more hours.

When I woke I called 18 & she didn’t answer the phone! I came out to use the bathroom & she wasn’t downstairs, I called her two more times & left a voice mail the third time saying I doubted she was out walking in the rain on her birthday, I gave up & stood at the bottom of the stairs & yelled up to her, she’d fallen back to sleep & didn’t hear the phone, well, not really, she said she had it on vibrate & it was in her hand & it still didn’t wake her up! Very surprising because her phone was mine first & I could hear it vibrate in my work bag on the floor beside me at work with my headset on while talking to a customer & also if I accidentally left it on vibrate when I went to sleep at night & someone called, the vibration was so loud & rattly that it would wake me up just vibrating on my bedside table.

We got ready to go to the movies fairly quickly, I, as usual when I go back to sleep- had slept a little later than intended & so we rushed around a little before getting out the door around 11:30, a stop at the gas station for gas, sobe & an iced tea & danish for 18 & then to the bank to take out the money to cover the day’s fun, we discussed going to the mall for a little but I was afraid of being late for the movie & so we sat in the car & put on makeup, her- because she always wears it, me- because I had nothing else to do & I’m trying to get back in the habit of at least wearing mascara every day.

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We went into the theater & I embarrassed 18 by gawking, it’s a new one in the area & is built with the high stacked- imax type seats I had to pee so 18 went to get popcorn & sodas for us, they were huge & had huge prices, I was also more than a little shocked that the matinee tickets were $6.75! I can remember being shocked when night -time movie tickets were that much (around the time of the Empire Strikes Back that was- my parents couldn’t afford to take us so a friend of my fathers took us instead & because I’d been told it was too expensive, I took special note of the pricing on the board)

I loved Sweeney Todd, It was excellent, well acted, very well filmed & even well cast, I’m not a critic of course, but I thought the one person the critics have been saying bad things about (Helena Bonham Carter) was good, not Angela Lansbury, but very good. I admit, I have to thank a co-worker for loaning me the original so I have the ability to make a comparison & 18 said the same, that she was glad she’d seen the video of the stage production so as to know the story beforehand & to be able to pick up what was being said & going on that much more quickly. I was glad (sap that I am) that Joanna, the daughter & the sailor boy got away in the film, as opposed to the stage show, in which nearly everyone dies.

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We got out of the theater after another pit stop in the restroom, no doors, no toilet flushers, (Mine didn’t do it automatically- if it’s supposed to be automatic- it ought to work!) no faucet handles, all very strange to me. I was annoyed to find it already was 3:15, I had to be at the Elementary school to pick up the kids at 4pm from their remediation classes. it’s a 40 minute drive on a normal day, during non rush hour, this time of day is school bus after school bus after school zone & workers returning home from work, not to mention the 2 places where they’re cutting trees & have only 1 lane open between the theater & the school (31 miles on the road) we arrived at 4:01! I won’t say what sort of speeds I acomplished.

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We went by the Post Office to check the mail in the box, then dropped 18 at home, because she had a couple of friends planning to stop by & wish her a happy birthday, with the plan that the little ones & I would go to town & get something for dinner & the chocolate & frosting I needed to get to make her a cake. When we arrived home from the grocery store we found that a credit card I’d applied for had arrived, so we decided to go out to dinner, 11 & I made 18’s birthday cake while she hung out with her BF & various friends who stopped by, then, when the cake was finished cooking, we left it to cool, picked up her friend V who lives on our road & with the BF & her friend A also along in a seconds car, we went to get Pizza at Pizza hut in Hillsville.

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On the way out we stopped to get ice cream & more frosting (some people having gotten into the frosting while the cake was being made) we came home, frosted the cake, sang, ate & cleaned up, I was able to have a shower without running out of water & ended up singing that song about the big black hole named London from the movie while in said shower – thus embarrassing 18 in front of her friends to no end (I’m told) I’ve been here since I finished that & am, even as I type, falling asleep!

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