Tuesday, July 19, 2005
  My old stomping grounds
I take a Spanish class on Monday nights. It's over in Fort Lauderdale.
While I dread the fact I won't get home until 10 or so, it's right near where I used to live, so I'm always happy to be in my old 'hood. That means I get to go buy my favorite shampoo at the Whole Foods Market or visit Borders. Last night, I did the latter. Read a bunch about cat pregnancy. And I'm nowhere closer to feeling comfortable with this whole labor thing..!

My purchase of the evening was a CD by Miranda Lambert. I normally never buy CDs, but I absolutely love this one song of hers and I can only hear it, every great once in a while, on this one online station. So I broke down and spent the $13.

When I brought the CD up to pay, the cashier said, "Well, she even looks like you!" Now that's a compliment I can accept gracefully: "Thank you!!" I said. "Maybe she should thank YOU." Yes, Rogelio (the nametag says "ELIO" but I'm pretty sure that's not it) is the best guy ever. I remember him from before.. every time I went up to pay, we would have a nice little conversation about whatever it was I was buying.

Also, he needs glasses. This is the CD. :D
But isn't she cute? She makes me want to go blonde(r) and say "ten" like "tin." So cute!

Then I got a cheese & sundried tomato sandwich and a root beer, like in the old days, and took it outside to eat by the water.

So hey, I got home at 10:30, but it was a nice evening. Also, Mamacat blissfully pooped IN the litterbox ON the couch rather than just ON the couch, so I was walking on air.. :D
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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