Lots of random, horribly overdue info:
As I did mention, my family visited a bit ago. There were some good things that happened
- Went to the space needle. I have not been going that often for lunch, so my pass hasn't gotten as much of a workout as I'd like. It's still fun to go, though; it just doesn't get old! They have several new interactive kiosks on the observation deck, and they're actually kinda cool. The best one is a 360-degree panorama of the city, except it was taken once per minute over a whole day, and you can cycle through them! You know that scene from Wall-E where the captain misses the morning announcements and turns back the sun? It's like that.
- Another fun thing was the West Seattle community garage sale. Almost 200 families trying to get rid of their stuff. My Mom *loves* garage sales, so I knew this was right up her alley. It was fun for me, too. I scored a ton of pyrex and ceramic bakeware (pie plates and casserole dishes) for about $1.50 per piece, an old Bell Labs coffee mug ($2), and, best of all, a copy of TransAmerica (the board game, not the movie or the insurance) for only $2! If Ticket to Ride is the lite version of Eurorails, then TransAmerica is the lite version of Ticket to Ride. But it is tons of fun!
- The other fun thing we did was check out the Pierogi Festival at the Polish Home. The all-you-can-eat part was a little steep, so we just took home a bunch of frozen ones. Now, I have never been a fan of pierogi. At all. I was raised on the horrible Mrs. T's frozen ones, along with their cheaper cousins, and they are awful. Little pouches of tough dough with a meager portion of pasty mashed potato inside. Yuck! These were from Alexandra Foods, and they were fucking amazing. Wonderful light dough, filled to bursting with meat or cheese or fruit. The best ones, by far, were the mushroom uszka. Delicious.
Saw Star Trek, in IMAX. It was... tolerable. Lots of good things and lots of bad things. Glad that it was on work's time and dollar. I'm neither anticipating nor dreading the sequel.
A winner is me! I have had some great luck recently. At our long-overdue Holiday Party (held in May), I won a gift
certificate to a restaurant downtown (Juno) that looks quite decent.
I won my light rail ticket, as I mentioned.
Also recently, I went shopping at Safeway, and splurged on a nice big bag of shrimp that was on sale. Examining the receipt, though, showed that I had been charged $27 rather than the $17 it should have been. Not one to just shrug off $10, I went back to get a refund of the difference. Except, if Safeway charges you the wrong price, apparently, you get the item free. Win!
One other thing was when my family was here. My mother also likes to play the scratch-off lottery tickets, and visit the casinos. Out of about 25 lottery tickets, I'd say 20 were winners (most only a few dollars, but still!), and as usual, I exited the casino about $20 up.
On the suggestion of a friend, I've arranged to be working nights next week, so that I can accomplish things during the working hours. I have a huge, huge list of things that need to get done. It will not be fun, but it will be worth it.
One of the things is to meet with my bank to get mortgage things rolling. I've been looking for places to buy in Seattle, and I'm not finding much. When the perfect place comes along, I need to be ready to go. Given the current state of financial affairs, I am not in any rush to buy, but if the right deal comes along, I will. If it doesn't happen in, say, a year, I'll probably just move to a nicer rental.
Vancouver Pride is almost here! How'd that happen?!?