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I’m writing from the Pierre Part branch location of the King family tree. I had to stay home yesterday to wait for the internet guy to show up, so I came on over for a day trip on one of the first fall days of the year. The temps fell into the upper 30s this weekend prompting me to finally get out my winter clothes and wear long sleeves for most of the weekend. I actually packed a jacket to come over here today but didn’t wear it since it fairly quickly climbed into the mid-60s. Nevertheless I am thrilled not to be sweating today. I even slept until 7:30 this morning which would have 8:30 yesterday.
It was an extremely busy weekend for me. I had an 11-miler to run yesterday morning, and I chose to run it over by LSU and circling around on the levee by the Mississippi River. It was a beautiful morning, and I left right about daybreak. Ashok went with me and did very well with the cooler weather. I had my second favorite post-long run drink from Starbucks, a hot chocolate with whipped cream. I can’t wait until after Thanksgiving when I can have my first favorite post-long run drink, an eggnog latte. This year it will have to be decaf, but the eggnog is what counts. My mouth is watering thinking about it.
I ran into my friend Cary at Bass Pro in Denham Springs afterward, and he gave me a bag of satsumas which I promptly sampled on the way home. It was delicious, and he said he picked them the day before. I always like to have vitamin C after a long run because my immune system seems to be compromised afterwards. I’ve caught colds many times right after a really long run. But the vitamin C seems to do the trick. I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning my house, shopping at Trader Joe’s, washing clothes and waiting for the internet guy. I’m not going to get into the whole internet saga but, suffice it to say, I hate Cox Communications. I have never experienced such poor customer service in my entire life. But, I now have home internet which is a convenience that costs more than double what it cost in Memphis. I spoke with a local small business ISP provider this week, and they basically told me that the Baton Rouge area has the worst internet service in the country. Cox does an excellent job of providing poor service and ripping everybody off in the process. But, he told me, you’ll just have to suck it up and go with Cox. So I did.
When I was at Trader Joe’s, the guy that gives out the samples looked at me curiously. I asked him what he had for samples, and he asked me if I wrote a blog by any chance. Apparently, the folks at Trader Joe’s have gotten wind of my posts about them and shared the link with the staff. He said he had looked up my picture and thought I looked like the Midlife Moments author. I had to laugh. I’m famous at Trader Joes’. I made the mistake of going in there hungry, and I came out with some of their pumpkin cream-cheese muffins, sipping chocolate and organic sweetened-condensed milk. I don’t usually buy that kind of thing, but it sure looked good and I jumped on it. I had a sample when I got home, and it was worth the splurge. The sipping chocolate was thick and rich, and the pumpkin-cream cheese muffins tasted fresh and festive. It was so good that I went back and bought more sipping chocolate and sweetened-condensed milk today. They told me they were seasonal, and I don’t think I ever want to be without them again.
I went to bed early forgetting that the clocks needed to be set back. I woke up at my usual time and realized that I had more time to sleep, so I did. My brunch date got canceled, but I caught up with my friend Beth before heading out to my parental unit’s place on Belle River. I met Beth at Highland Coffees. I’d never been there, but, apparently, it’s a very popular coffee shop over by LSU. They are sadly going out of business right before Christmas much to everyone’s dismay except for the landlord who decided to push them out for a more-high priced fast food joint renter. Greed … progress … stupidity.
It was a beautiful drive through the sugar cane fields to get here and meet my new sibling, Rosceaux. My parents got an English Cream Golden Retriever who is basically an overgrown puppy. We had fried fish and hushpuppies for lunch, sat on the pier in the sun and chatted up all the neighbors driving out for the weekend and talked abut dogs and their trip to Red River. They are looking for a home for their foster cat Jake if anybody’s interested. We came in and had pumpkin cream-cheese muffins and sipping chocolate while naming off all of our aches and pains. Momma and I have a headache. Daddy’s shoulder hurts. We all want to take a nap. It’s another lazy day down in South Louisiana. I guess it’ll be dark before I head home with the new time change, and I dread getting back to the grind tomorrow. What moron decided that a weekend was two days? I think three days would have been a more appropriate cap for the week. But, nobody asked me.
Hope y’all had a good weekend. Mine was action-packed this time. Try to get some exercise this week and have at least one meat-free meal. You deserve it. 🙂