2004-02-28 16:46:37 (UTC)


Gavin called just after John came home from work at 4 p.m.
Gavin's moving into a quad from his apartment and he needed
$200 by 5:30 p.m. so he could move in that night. The
apartment was just too expensive for him. This meant a
quick trip into town and so John and I did our errands and
shopping in Albany and Corvallis on Friday evening instead
of our usual Saturday morning.

John dropped me off at the library, which closes at 6 p.m.,
so I could pick up my holds while he went to see Gavin.
After finding a few books on the shelves and checking them
out along with my books on hold, I sat in a comfortable
armchair in the lobby while waiting for John. I looked up
and realized that there was a huge skylight, something I'd
never noticed before. I had planned on looking at one of my
books while I waited but ended up looking at the fast moving
clouds above me instead.

Several women sat in chairs near me, all speaking Spanish,
and after a while one came up to me, smiled and said
something to me in Spanish. When I didn't immediately
respond she smiled again and said "Oh, you don't speak
Spanish?" "No." I told her. "I'm sorry, I don't." She
seemed disappointed. Me, too.

We did our shopping at Costco in Albany and filled the van
with gas. By then it was 7 p.m. so John and I went out to
dinner. Hugh had a date last night so that worked out well.
Thursday evening I went to the Lenten Covenant dinner at the
church. There were seven of us, including the pastor. We
had soup and bread and salad, shared our lenten resolutions
and then made small crosses from palm fronds which will be
distributed at church on Sunday. I've made two little
preemie hats but I've found making the knitted burial gowns
frustrating as I've had trouble finding a pattern that works
well with the yarn I'm using. I'll work on it again today.
I told John I was thinking of going to see Mel Gibson's
movie, "The Passion of the Christ". He wasn't sure this was
a good idea as it's reported to be very violent and he was
concerned seeing the movie would cause nightmares. He made
me promise not to see it alone. While he doesn't really want
to see the movie himself he said if I want to go he'll go
with me. Pastor Ruth is seeing it today and said she'd tell
me on Sunday what she thought about it.