Friday, April 30, 2004 ______________________________________________________________________________

Pay Day 

Weekends that follow pay days are the best ones. I got a very healthy paycheque this time around just because of the 104 hours that I worked in two weeks, not to mention the time and a half that I got because I worked on Good Friday. I squirrelled some away to pay off my first Mary Kay purchase, paid off all my bills (including my Visa!) and I'm looking forward to the weekend.

As much as I want it to be, this will not be a "chill" weekend. I'm still going to take it as easy as I can though, despite what the next two days are. Tomorrow I will be helping Mrs. Maguire sell all the garage sale items that were collected before the sale was called off. I'm supposed to help her paper the town and carry the items out to the front lawn for display. I'm so glad that the main garage sale was cancelled and I totally feel guilty about it. Just because we were really counting on this to contribute greatly to our monies. There simply weren't enough choirs that were interested enough to buy tables. I can't understand why, at $30/table, you keep all the profits, sounds like that damn good deal to me. I think the problem is that traditionally choirs aren't very good at getting organized, that's all. This all just means that I will not have to be present for the WHOLE garage sale though. It means that I can skip off early.

Then on Sunday is Beltane. I'm really looking forward to it. We skipped out last year because it looked like it was going to rain (it turned out to be perfectly sunny). I really enjoyed myself when I went for the first time two years ago. I don't want to write much about it now, because I will certianly have much to say about it on Monday. Suffice to say that I will have to make a pot luck dish and I was thinking of adapting my Tom Yam recipie for that. I was thinking that this is such a white person's festival and there will be all these white people food that they need something to spice it up. There's me and there's this other black guy and that's all you get for racial representation at Beltane. What I'm going to do is to do the Tom Yam recipie, but at the point where I have to add the water, I will turn the fish out onto a banana leaf-lined baking pan, add the smashed stalks of lemon grass and the lime juice and stuff it into the oven. Jim's dad is making prawns and he's making two giant ones for Jim and I just so that there will be something Atkins friendly there for us to eat. I'm really appreciative of that, especially because those giant prawns (each one about 8 inches long and 2-3 inches in diameter) aren't cheap, and I've always been curious about them. Perhaps this will inspire me to cook them myself.

I've been playing Riven lately and cheating shamelessly. My excuse is that I have already tried to beat the game and as I read the walkthrough, I can see that there are things that I would definitely not have been able to figure out for myself. I'm starting to fall in love with the game all over again though, it's so gorgeous and the puzzles are really fun to unravel. I bought the Myst trilogy ten-year anniversary special edition on DVD discs. Basically it means that I get Myst, Riven and Exile on just three discs. While Myst only shipped on one CD, Riven and Exile ship on 5-6. It was only $29.99 too, which is a steal considering current video game purchases.

I left it to the end of today to write this entry and it's already quitting time. Oh well, not that I had much to say in my fish blog anyway. Finally, I get to go home and stay there for the first time in 12 days.

posted by Joie! at 5:33 p.m.


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