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Slightly grumpy; very wet 
12th-Mar-2013 09:48 pm
September 2008, Me: In the rain at Quincy Center
Had some shopping to do after work. It was raining, and very windy. Windy enough that several of the metal tines in my folding umbrella broke and started hitting me in the face and head in the wind (although they were still attached to the fabric). Rather than potentially get cut or poked in the eye, I threw away the umbrella.

The wind was being driven more or less horizontally, anyway. The front of my jeans, facing into the wind, is as wet as if I’d worn them into a swimming pool.

So I got to the grocery store. On the bright side, they had a wonderful selection of umbrellas, including a nice big strong umbrella that survived the walk home (although I thought I was going to Mary Poppins a time or two). On the less-bright side, I found the empty spots on the shelves where the ingredients I needed would be if they weren’t out of them.

Got home, and the mailbox was wide open. Somehow, the letter carrier manages to close it consistently except when it’s raining or snowing. I think s/he has a vendetta against me. Fortunately, the only thing ruined by the rain was a catalogue; my mother’s lovely and amusing letter came yesterday when it was dry and sunny. And the UPS package that was left in the open on the front steps (instead of on the covered porch), unlike the last two delivered in the rain or snow, was in plastic rather than cardboard.

However, I have a warm dry house, family and friends who love me, and a beloved honeywuzzle who fills my heart with joy. (I should just lay these jeans out in front of her bright warm smile; they’ll dry in no time.)

PS — Also, LiveJournal seems to have completely broken my ability to select a userpic. Assume I’m posting this with my clear-umbrella userpic, ’cause I can’t select it. [EDIT: I was able to pick it when I came back and edited this post a few months later.]
13th-Mar-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
That's no fun.
13th-Mar-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Ah, but when I stepped inside my house and it stopped, that felt great! :-)
13th-Mar-2013 03:38 am (UTC)
a nice big strong umbrella that survived the walk home (although I thought I was going to Mary Poppins a time or two).

I like that phrase; I hope you will let me adopt it.
13th-Mar-2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Of course! Calvin teaches us that verbing nouns is proper — surely verbing proper nouns is even more so!
13th-Mar-2013 04:31 am (UTC)
That kind of animal misery is hard to rise above when it happens, but luckily, the memory rarely lasts long. Glad you're in your warm, dry house now.

13th-Mar-2013 05:16 am (UTC)
It wouldn’t have been nearly as miserable if it hadn’t been in vain. But yes, warm dry house, and I got a dose of plumtreeblossom’s voice. And I’m about to climb into a nice soft bed and sleep the sleep of the just.
13th-Mar-2013 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you called last night, my love. I wish I could have protected you from the rain and got you all the ingredients you needed. But I can love you, and it sounds like it helped. I always will!
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