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02 Apr, 2007

That kind of Monday

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Emma called from school this morning. She’d forgotten to bring her indoor shoes, could I bring them right away? I sighed. I was sitting in front of the computer, in my pj’s, hot coffee in hand, and the sunlamp on my face.

Of course I can honey.

I herded Sarah upstairs and we got dressed. It was misty outside, raining, but not quite raining. We had our rubber boots, and made a point of stepping in every puddle we could. Sarah’s hand was warm in mine. I asked her how she did that. How can you have such toasty hands on such a cool morning? She found that very funny. Because I keep my hands in my sleeves, she said laughing.

We heard a cardinal singing and saw him high in a treetop. We’ve been seeing robins with increasing frequency.

I took deep thirsty breaths and enjoyed the feeling of the humidity in the air.

We dropped off the running shoes to a much-appreciative sock-footed girl and made our way to the village. It was too nice a morning to go home right away. We stopped at Bridgehead to check on the status of the wallet. It is the third day of the Trust Experiment. And it is still there. There was a fellow working on this computer right in front of it. I had to lean over him to reach it.

“So you’re the wallet woman,” he said. “I heard you on the radio.”
I laughed. I guess I’ll always be known as the wallet woman.

I am keeping track of the wallet in the comments of the original post, but if you’re interested you might like to know that there’s $45.00 in the wallet now. I will have to go back later today and add another sheet of paper in there too.  People have left many wonderful comments.

And now… the laundry is calling. I was under the weather yesterday and have a whole bunch of catching up to do today, not just laundry, but life in general.

3 Responses to "That kind of Monday"

1 | Bob LeDrew

April 2nd, 2007 at 10:27 am


I’ve been conducting my own wallet experiment, and this is not a shill. Men have to deal with crappy wallets all the time. Bulging in their hip pockets, misaligning them when they sit, ruining the lines of pants, getting lost. Well, I took the plunge and tried a wallet from a company called (bad name) All-ett. It’s funny looking, but ingenious. Check out their site: http://www.nobulges.com I may blog about it.

2 | Miss Vicky

April 2nd, 2007 at 4:22 pm


please do blog about it, Bob. The Webgeek’s wallet bulge drives me bonkers.

andrea, I’m so glad that round two of the experiment is going well!

3 | Sharon

April 4th, 2007 at 6:56 am


Still there a growing. NICE . You know I’m ashamed to admit I had NO Clue where Westborough was until yesterday…Well Ok I had a clue but I haven’t been in that area in YEARS. I was shocked to see the changes there. I went to the OSSD to pick up tickets for one of there performances. I’m going to bring my sil for a walk through when she comes this summer. VERY cool.


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