I’d been looking for friends to join me at our town’s annual Italian Festival on its opening night, Friday, and J and B told me they’d come. It poured on Friday afternoon and I called J and suggested that if it was still raining at party time, we could just go out to dinner. But it cleared up a few hours later and by the time they came over it was just super humid. We walked over to the festival, which was only just getting started, and took a quick spin through to see what was up. I thought we’d get some Italian foods there for dinner and make it a night, but we ended up just having lemonade and some pizza fritta, did some people watching, and then walked back to my place. We decided to go out to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner – beer for B, water and iced tea for J and I, and we split a couple appetizers. Then I went back home to relax for the rest of the night.
This morning GG and I got up early to go out and do some things before I had to leave for my evening concert. It was pouring this morning, but I figured the rain would pass and the weather would clear up in time for the concert. So we went to the farmers’ market, which sucked in the rain. I felt really bad for the vendors – there were just a couple brave people shopping, and they had to squeeze all their displays under their tents. And the baked goods were probably all soggy from the humidity. We just dropped off some empty containers to our favorite cherry farmer, talked to him for a bit, and left. Then we went to Ikea for a couple things – for example, a new small laundry basket to keep downstairs to help with the increase in towel laundry I’m expecting :o)
We were going to go to Redstone for lunch, but we got there a little before it opened, so I suggested we walk into the mall, since it was still raining. We ended up walking around, and got Chick-fil-A instead. It was here that I saw a poster for something I hadn’t heard of before. I knew Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, is really big on Christianity and such (the whole “closed on Sundays” thing, approving of all restaurant managers, etc.). But there was this poster for the WinShape Foundation, which explained that they had camps that taught kids “character qualities” (oh no, very Gothard-y right there!), marriage retreats, wilderness programs, and foster homes for kids! Ugh, why did they need to advertise all this via a huge poster right next to our table? I really like their food, but man, they make it really hard for me to eat there and want to support them…
After lunch, we checked out the many shoe stores – seriously, this mall is like 50% shoe stores! – and I ended up getting a couple pairs of sturdier flip-flops than my regular little Old Navy ones. I was going to get some Nike ones, but although comfortable, they were a little sportier than my usual style, so I ended up going with these classic looking Tommy Hilfigers. Also, GG discovered possibly a new favorite shoe store: The Shoe Department has a special section of men’s size 14 and up! And I was happy to see they had a good selection of shoes for my big ol’ feet, too!
When we got home, I checked my e-mail and saw that even though the rain was clearing up, and there were a few hours until a decision had to be made, our concert had been canceled! GG already had plans to go out with some friends tonight, and I considered going with him, but decided instead to take advantage of my unexpected night off to take care of some things, and let him have a night out with the guys.
Oh, and then I read this depressing article.