I woke up today a mini-celebrity at MSU. Although that’s probably an overstatement. I got an article in the state news, and that’s the gist. But I was proud, as were my friends and family. It was a moment.
I had my coffee and set out to experience new things.
That I did, that I did! My mind is jumbled now trying to recollect, but mostly….the idea of savoring every moment of every day comes to mind. That’s what I indulged in. I savored every inconvenience and every interaction today. Should I recreate this day? I think it would fill many pages. And this is most days for me, crazy enough. How can you not have a million things to say? AT all times? it’s exhausting. But I want to revisit, even so soon. Even in the event that it’s not over. Shall we?!
It begins with a false start. Fridays are always a free day for me, which is glorious. But i got on my bike and intended to get much accomplished only to get called back home while i was just perusing Old Town. I bought some waxworms at the bait shop as they were out of the elusive butter worm that tantalized me previously. I scanned Preuss Pets but made no purchase. Also I nabbed a deer tail for potential costume use. Returning home, however, was no awful thing. It set me on the right track for the day as I had intended to get a haircut but knew in my heart I only wanted to get it done at an Aveda institute (which is nowhere near Old Town). My sister joined me for Chinese food as a lunch. And I made my appointment.
The next time I embarked by bike, I was to succeed in getting somewhere. I struggled with mounting the bike on the bike rack as usual, which always entertains the bus driver who picks up at the end of my street. I guess I’m a regular now with this whole “no car” putting me in the bus system more than I’d like. But I make the best, we all know 🙂 After a quick transfer, I was on Grand River and downtown East Lansing. 3:00 PM. I had thirty minutes til my appointment at Aveda. So naturally i took the opportunity to check out the Curious book store, which always treats the eyes. I set my alarm and began browsing. I wanted a nature guide of sorts, but instead stumbled upon a Pond and Aquarium fish encyclopedia that i recalled checking out as a kid at the community library. It was the very same content. Beautiful. It was the first item to be packed.
I always like when I get my haircut and the stylist tells me i have nice hair. Really thick, but nice. I have been weighed down with length and….weight….so I allowed 4 inches to be hacked off very neatly. It was no stressful procedure. It was necessary. And then i had the delight of biking around town with a short hairdo.
Though I intended to take the bus straight to the meridian mall to get out near Okemos, i found myself chasing it by bike. And then….i had biked halfway there. So I kept going. I haven’t had a functioning bike in years, and being that I grew up in the country….paved paths for biking is just so nice now! So i quickly perked up and just focused on the destinations. I knew i needed to get feeders……a little odds n ends. But mostly I just like browsing because it is the unexpected sale that is always most rewarding. Did I mention it was payday? Twas.
I browsed Pet Supplies Plus. Just a quick in and out. It never delivers for me much these days. but of note…I saw an electric blue acara contaminant that I could have acquired cheaply. And many, many reptiles half off. too bad I have my fill. Even so, I grabbed a care sheet on firebelly toads. Why not? It’s free.
I began to feel hunger and so stopped at Burger King. I have bruised a lot. A LOT. so I wonder if iron deficiency is to blame. Or maybe I’m crazy and reckless. Either way. Food. While consuming my whopper Jr. and fries, I noticed a survey on the back of my receipt promising a free burger or sandwich. So I made note.
As I biked further, I got honked at a few times. people staring. Maybe at my chest as I wasn’t keen on wearing a bra with my cami today. Oh well. I biked til I made it to Petsmart. Taking many back ways to avoid traffic.
I chatted with the fish guy. Very good deals to be had on nice fish i noticed. Silver dollars for….a dollar. That was just funny. And brown knife fish for $4. I made many, MANY notes here. And I guess at some point panda cories became super cheap. NOTED.
Here, I grabbed some wet food for my cat-child and new toys on clearance. I also needed feeders. Coupon promised free dozen crickets with superworms. I also got a coupon for $3 off next purchase with survey which I anxiously anticipated. done and done.
Next stop was the mall. Right nearby, thankfully. I meant to go to Bath and Body Works. But loitered everywhere else anyways. Schulers is my favorite entrance…offering used books and goodies. I did not buy, but a baby bongo toy was awfully tempting. I may just visit the newborn bongo at Potter Park Zoo tomorrow. I have always loved that antelope.
Distractions aside, I did take home an assortment of soaps and sanitizers. Which didn’t make my pack any lighter. I’m prepared to murder my muscles, it seems.
Lastly, I had to get over to Meijer. I figured i would pick up the bus there afterwards. It was pushing 9 PM. But i needed things that did not turn up elsewhere. Such as vitamin supplements and tupperware. Ware proved difficult to pack, but I managed. I have no qualms about removing packaging to stuff things in my backpack on these trips. Before I left Meijer, I ran into a pair of men buying a fish tank and accessories. I stopped to make small talk and told them to enjoy it before carrying on. As I was leaving I glimpsed this same pair picking out houseplants. Those boys have earned themselves a fan. Flora and fauna is essential to a healthy home, I heartily agree!
By now, the hour was past nine and lightning flashed in the distance as a rolling thunder began and precipitation followed. I boarded the bus. Free rides on first fridays, evidently. Still, I struggled to mount the bike on the rack, and the bus driver was clearly amused and laughed audibly as I rushed on board after a hasty fastening. I know. I’m a character. I cradled a bag of crickets in my lap til the bus neared lansing. It was a while. I got off downtown and knew immediately I had to bike the rest of the way. Buses don’t run late. But it was not a problem! Lansing in the dark? challenge accepted. I was not slightly bothered. And it wasn’t a far ride. Oktoberfest sounded in the background of my trip. Drunkies….best be safe biking, eh? 10 PM and I was letting myself move with gravity as it pulled the bike faster and faster to my house at the dead end and the bottom of the hill. I tilted my head back and just relished the night. I’m exhausted. I have spent all day. But I’m alive.
So that is the summary. I love the quirks and turns my day takes and makes and throws. Crazy Beautiful Life, i believe Ke$ha would say.
I’m just spoiled. By everything I see.