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I went down to Springfield to pick up the vacuum that I bought online from WalMart (a Shark Navigator Pro Lift-Off if you care). Usually, I listen to Audible books when I drive to Springfield or Bloomington-Normal, but today, I felt like listening to music. So I drove down listening to Bonnie Raitt and singing occasionally. Nice day for a drive.

My first stop was at Meijer (grocery store). I had planned to make some hummus, and had a recipe for it that called for tahini (ground sesame seeds), and I knew that Meijer had it. However, it was pricey, and they had some ready made hummus there that was a lot cheaper, so I bought them instead. Sometimes it pays not to cook.

My next stop was to pick up some food for Harlee. I managed to miss the turnoff for the store and also drive past the store without noticing it. I finally backtracked and found it. The store also had a buy one get one 50% off sale on kitty litter, so I got that too. Sheesh, Harlee's canned food is expensive -- $1.50 a can!

I decided that given my spaciness, I needed to eat something, so I went to Golden Corral, which is a buffet all-you-can-eat place. Sheesh, it was expensive ($17.99)--more than what I had read online, but I was hungry. I did gorge myself, and the food was good, as well it should be. Not planning a trip back there any time soon.

Then I picked up the vacuum. Afterward, I went shopping to pick up a few things at that WalMart, and saw some herb plants (mint, rosemary, basil, and Italian parsley), so I got them. I'd like to grow some dill, chives, and thyme as well, but it's late in the season to get them, so I might have to start them from seed.

Then I finally went home. I snuggled with Zara for a while, which was sweet and peaceful until she smacked me when I tried to get up. Obviously I don't understand that my station in life is to be a cat pillow.

Now I want to do some stuff online, and then work on the kitchen. My decluttering group is working; I'd probably blow working on it off if I hadn't said publicly that I was going to work on it.
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It's been raining on and off all day. Gray, gloomy, dreary. I had problems getting up.

I'm in the middle of the tedium known as patron load. I hand-build files that are batch-loaded into our library system. It's going well, but I brought my laptop home to 1) build another file before I go to sleep (although I'm thinking of going to sleep and getting up early??), and 2) check the test load in the morning. I might have to bring my laptop home on Friday (my Saturday) too. But I can't complain; I don't work overtime much. And this year, I WILL learn Python and write scripts to format these files!

Starting next month, I want to get serious about the Mediterranean diet. I already found a recipe that I really want to make: Feta and Spinach Couscous patties. It calls for fresh dill, and a lot of recipes call for fresh herbs. That got me thinking about whether I should grow fresh herbs in my kitchen. I have the room for them. The question is whether it would be cost effective? Fresh herbs are expensive (does anyone know exactly how much the grocery store charges for fresh herbs?), but I'd be looking at $20 for seed and starter mix. Plus electricity for a grow light. I don't know...thoughts?

I'm also wondering if it would be cost-effective to join Sams Club (no Costco in this area), but I'd have to add the cost of gas for a 45-minute drive one way. Maybe not. I guess what I should do is get a pass to go look inside one and see if they have enough stuff that I would buy. (A "frugal living" blog said that they got cheap salmon at Costco.)

I'm tired. I think that I'm going to cuddle kitties and go to bed.

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