Yesterday, I awoke bright and early . . well it wasn’t so bright but it was early and thank goodness it’s not dark when I get up these days. The fridge repairman was coming at 8:00 so I had my morning planned out in my head . . get the kitchen clean, shower, laundry going and be ready to greet the repairman. He was working on the fridge downstairs . . yes, the same fridge that was repaired by a different repairman in December but he really didn’t repair it and as soon as he left — same day . . I realized it was still doing what it had been doing. Called and left a message but it was New Year’s Eve and I figured the office was closed. Never got a call back. Called again sometime in early January. Never got a call back. Vince went by and talked to them. Oh, we’ll call your wife and schedule a time when we can go by there. Never happened. I called them again and left a third message. Still didn’t get a call back so I finally called Home Warranty and said: Send us someone else!
Also yesterday, the window man was coming to change out a window for me but he thought he’d be here around 2:00 so I knew the afternoon would be interrupted and the window job was going to take a couple of hours. So, I wanted to have a good start on dinner before he got here.
And, at some point, the shower guy was coming to see why my shower doors are no longer my friend. I think I want a different kind of doors. What I really want is a shower that’s big enough that I don’t have any doors but not much I can do about that in this house.
Fridge man showed up right on time. I sat downstairs and answered email while he was here. As soon as he left, I was going to run upstairs and get lunch going, needed to pressure cook some black beans for dinner, grind wheat to make bread, start some Norm’s Rolls (or is it George . . can’t ever remember that!). Ended up that the repairman had to order a part so we talked for a few minutes and he left. Just as I was about to start stirring up rolls and put the beans in the pressure cooker (the point of no turning back), Vince called and said “Hey, it’s so pretty! Let’s go to Joplin!” Hmm . . let me call Larry and see if I can reschedule the window replacement and let me call Gary and see if I can reschedule his trip to look at the shower and I’ll be ready!
Vince needed something in Joplin that he can’t get here so he took half a day of vacation, came home got me and off we went. First stop was my favorite restaurant. Vince gave me a choice of Thai or sushi and I begged him to pick one because I love both. He chose Thai. Not sure if this restaurant is typical of a Thai restaurant because I’ve never been to another but I love it! I love everything on their menu! Mostly, I love basil! I got Basil Fried Rice with Beef:
Forgot what Vince’s dish was called but it was good too!
Then we shopped! Went only to the places on the list; got only what was on the list. That was good. We spent the entire afternoon shopping though. I don’t really dislike shopping so much when you know what you need; go in and get it and leave and don’t walk up and down ever aisle of every store along the way.
Though it seems we shouldn’t have been hungry, as we were coming home, Vince remembered that a co-worker had recommended a little hamburger joint in Lamar, MO, Eastside Station Pizza & Grill. Not the kind of place we would normally get off the road and visit. It’s a Shell Station with an added room to the side. Oh, do they have great burgers!
Pretty darned tacky of me but I’d eaten half the fries and a few bites of the burger before remembering to take a picture. That’s the kind of hamburger I’ll have dreams about! Yum!! And, their “Shake of the Month” was Cashew/Caramel so I had to have one of those. Vince tasted mine and decided he had to have one too. Who would ever have thought . . cashews and caramel! It was so good!
So, for the whole trip, other than Basil Fried Rice and a hamburger and fries, what did I buy? Sure you’re ready for this?
That’s it! Don’t worry though . . Vince did his share to bolster the economy. He was on a mission and his mission was accomplished. We’ve decided to go shopping again in September . . whether we need to or not.