Just got back from Toledo, where I spent a hectic 3 days trying to find a place to live. I was generally successful, I think, so long as the guy renting the place I chose decides he likes me okay, too. It's a one bedroom condo out in Sylvania, which is about 15 minutes from Rob's house and conveniently near an Applebees, which will be my jumping off point for work. Now I just have to figure out how to pack everything up and leave what life I've built behind - again. But, I will be back in the north, and I believe Rob is worth this and more.
I worked the evening shift at my restaurant tonight. A family came in; Dad was in his Army BDUs, two little kids (maybe 9 and 4?) and mom ate with him.
As I was walking away from their table after checking on their food, an older gentleman stopped me; he told me he wanted to pay for that family's meal. I about cried right then and there. I brought him their check, and he paid (he tipped generously as well). I asked him, "You've been there?" And he said, "Yeah. Never again." I told him, "Thank you," and he said, "Thank him."
When the family asked for their check, I told them they were all set, and that the gentleman at the table over there covered it for them.
The family was touched; again, hard to not cry! Dad went over to thank the older gentleman and they spoke for a while- it turns out they're from the same hometown and didn't even know it. The family stayed for a while; Dad talked with his son about why he had to stay down here for training; the family had come down to drop him off here from out of state. The older gentleman ate alone.
What a beautiful night.
In an attempt to save everything I can for the impending move to Ohio, I want to monitor my spending more strictly. This is what I ate and spent today. (Food is my biggest monetary drain, I need to work on it.)
2x packs of oatmeal (bought before I left)
1 powerbar (bought before I flew back)
SPENT $3 getting chicken wings for lunch at Kroger
SPENT 6.52 getting the Sunday paper, razors (needed them pretty badly), and used a coupon to get a bag of FREE rice!
elbow mac (bought weeks ago), leftover tomato sauces (bought long enough ago that i needed to use them), breakfast sausage (been sitting in the freezer long enough to have been slightly frostburnt)
SPENT $15 on MARTA (issues with card, that's my 2nd $15 in 2 days.. should get resolved tomorrow afternoon)
Total expenditures - ~24.52
Also, not really an expenditure since it's necessary, I paid $30 more on my rent today, only $141.35 to go and a week to do it in. (Should be okay, long as Applebees isn't awful.)
I have this weird itchy bruising on my shin right above my ankle. It itches badly enough that I have scabs from scratching (i know, i know, stop scratching, and I try really hard). I don't know if the two are related, or why I have them. it's both legs, same spot on each. Haven't changed laundry detergent, haven't whacked my shins, haven't changed shoes or anything else I can think of. Any ideas? Ever seen this before, LJ-ers?
So I got a second job. today was my 3rd day of training and it was awful. I get no days off for the forseeable future. it's been below freezing, and I've been having to walk to work on a daily basis, sometimes walk to both works. And I'm not really going to end up making more, I don't think. We'll see. other people seem to have things so easy.. I'd like some of that. not all other people. that sounded kinda whiny. just that nothing's been going right, i can work and work and work but I don't get much of anywhere. Another month and I'll have a week's paid vacation. Still trying to figure out the moving thing.
Successfully made fish chowdah (this is how we say it in maine ;) ). I didn't have thyme like i thought I did, so I used tarragon, which Google said would replace it all right; it did, but it gave it kind of a strange sweet flavor. It's still pretty good though. Next time I'll skip the perch and only use tilapia.