Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Patty Has Left The Building

How exciting is this? I met a friend and her family at Starbucks yesterday morning, and then I braved the wilds of San Juan Capistrano and hiked to a few other places in town.

Yes, I actually left the house for once. I'm sure you're shocked and appalled.

After I left Starbucks and was heading for the antique store, I stopped along the way to check my blood sugar. It was on the high side so I reached up under my shirt to pull out my pump so I could set it to give me some insulin, and the clip got caught on my bra. The Historic Town Center Park (yeah, I had to look that up) was just down the street so I walked over there, while holding my pump through my sweater, (I was afraid it would fall out even though I knew it was still hooked on to my bra), and found a picnic table where I could sit and un-clip the pump from under my shirt. Good thing the park was empty because I'm sure it looked like I was feeling myself up for awhile. (Memo to self: clip pump to jeans pocket for easy access when you're out in public.) Check out what I saw in the park. (Remember you can click the picture to see it larger.)

Every year, the city holds a Christmas tree lighting event and a candle light procession to downtown, and I never get go because I rarely leave the house. It was great to finally see the huge tree in person.

I headed for the antique store next. I was sooooo tempted to buy a red gingham tablecloth, which would have been perfect for some chicken scratch. One seller had packaged up a bunch of vintage items like lace trim, tiny doll furniture, needlebooks, and miniature crocheted baby booties, and had them all hanging on a rack. I could have spent a fortune at her booth. There were two boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments for eight dollars a piece for sale at another booth and I would have killed to have one of them. But my funds were very limited and I really wanted to get a taco for lunch. Food almost always wins out with me so I left the shop empty-handed and a little sad.

Here's my lunch from El Molino. And, this is after I ate about a third of it. My combo also included chips and four flour tortillas. The dog and I are still working on the leftovers.

While waiting for my sister to come pick me up at the gas station, I took this picture. Notice the palm tree next to the pine tree. Welcome to California.

My sister had to stop at the bank so I waited in the car and got my camera out in case it was robbed and I needed to take a picture of the getaway car. (We've had a rash of bank robberies in town lately, which makes me kind of glad I don't have any money to deposit.) Here's a lovely Bird of Paradise in the bank parking lot.

And, here I am, bored and blowing Bazooka bubbles in the car.

I really enjoyed getting out of the house. I totally need to do that more often.


Threeundertwo said...

I probably would have exchanged my car to get the needlebooks at the antique store!

Smilingsal said...

I'm glad you got out and about. We have pine trees next to palm trees too. That's a creative picture of you blowing a bubble.

barbara said...

Yay! A field trip. I think about the stock market like you did the bank - like, yeah, I probably would be upset if I actually had a fortune in there, but I don't, so lucky me! Happy 2009.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Wow, I've never read a post about you going outside! lol! I love the palm trees next to the pines. I wish it were warm here in Chicago. Winter is such a bummer. Good for you for getting out and enjoying the outdoors. I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures!

PS: I see people feeling themselves up in the park all the time...hehe...

Bunny said...

Good for you! :P Man, how awesome is that tree?

Happy New Year (tomorrow)! Do you have any plans for tonight?

Elizabeth said...

I went out today to move the car when the snow plow man came! Hah! That's it for me!

Kellie said...

That was fun, Patty! And how lucky you are to live in a place where palm trees and pines can live happily together with the birds of paradise. Will you take us on another field trip sometime? Just maybe don't feel yourself up in public next time, okay?

Diane said...

Yay! Out of the house AND great stories to boot! Just think, your headline could have read: "I Caught A Bankrobber!" You were thiiiiis close.