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: We had a great time last night at Justin and Barbara's. We only live about ten minutes away. It was a lovely night with a lovely view and a lovely dinner prepared by Justin (Michelle manned the grill). In addition to the Walch contingent, Debbie, Suzie and her son Max were there. They were fun to talk to and get to know.

Still enjoying my new job. Hopefully that will last a long, long time.

John's birthday is tomorrow, yay! We are driving to Bakersfield to see Mom and Rachel and plan on having a great time.

[Comments] (1) Broken Ocean: It's hot. I don't think it's as hot as it was yesterday, but there is no breeze and I am sweating. I should probably turn the AC on. I guess I am baking cupcakes, so the oven is on.

Speaking of cupcakes. I went to two stores on my lunch hour, trying to find the kind of frosting John wanted. Either they don't make it anymore, they don't sell it California, or groceries stores here have a really poor selection of frosting. Actually, it's possible that Macey's just had a really great frosting section; after all, I can't have been the only college student who ate it from the jar.

Anyway, after all that, I got home and discovered I didn't have any cupcake liners, so I had to go back to the store. I decided to check out the Japanese market that's just down the street rather than fight rush hour traffic again. I had been battling my suspicions that this was an actual Japanese market rather than a supermarket with a large section of Japanese speciality items. Turns out, my suspicions were correct. It was actually more of a Japanese mall. But they had what I was looking for.

In the midst of all this, it has occured to me that I'm having a bad week. I had basically the same issue as with the frosting with the bank yesterday. I never did find the bank. I did find an ATM in the mall, but it didn't accept deposits. I also spent two hours at the mall looking for a nice oxford type shirt and never found one. Plus, I've been driving around like a maniac in the traffic. Yesterday I got onto the freeway going the wrong direction. It was so crowded going the correct way that I didn't want to get back on, so I found my own way home.

Luckily, this bad-week-ness only affects me when I'm in the car, so I've still been having a great time at my job and being busy at home. My cupcakes are baking, I have acceptable frosting ready, and I am excited for a great weekend with my family and a great birthday for my hubby.

Oh yeah, and I spent over $20 in gas for the first time today. I almost stopped the pump at $19 just to make myself feel better.


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