I got up unnaturally early, still a bit jet-lagged from my trip, but it was o.k. An early start is not so bad. I had lots of little errands, loose ends to tie up that weren't attended to in my absence. That was o.k. too. By the time I'd taken care of emails, bills and some household chores, it was 10:00 when I slide into my car and pulled carefully out of my small garage. I hadn't really driven in ten days, so it was a novel and new. Fall was already creeping in and a light rain meant windshield wipers. That was o.k.
My first stop was the Rental Sales Gallery in Portland. I had long procrastinated on picking up a piece that hadn't rented. Getting there early meant a parking spot right out front. Perfect. Knowing it would be a brief stop, I ignored the "Pay for Parking" sign and headed into the gallery, greeted by Jennifer who is the steady director of the place. I don't know how she does it, really. Tons of artists, tons of art. She handles it all with grace and ease.
Next stop was New Seasons to fill up the coffers with some food. I frequent the store in Sellwood and am greeted with familiar "hellos". It's nice. Food for home, and something to snack on, I'm off to my next stop...Macy's to return a dress that I just knew I would never, ever wear. Having checked that off my list, I made my way to Target where I had a long list of sundries to shop for. I hate Target. Did I say "hate". Yes, I did. But that's o.k. too.
The rest of my day continued along these lines until finally around 4:00, I'd checked almost everything off my list and feeling satisfied with what I'd done, headed home and then to my room for a nap. I love naps!
Today was the same but different! I woke up way too early again; 4:00. Yikes! I tried to sleep a little longer with little success. But, I used the extra time to get some computer work done, then headed to NIA, my dance class. After NIA, I popped into Whole Foods for a snack, where fall is in full swing.