then after amber & chris went home (lol, foolish students who have school and jobs in the morning!). chi and matt and i were going to go to Sonic because i saw a commercial for those "Pecan Pie" milkshakes which sounded soooo good. apparently Sonic's hours have changed with the weather, since it was closed at only 11:30pm. instead we went to Wendy's where kachina and matt got frosties and matt and i got fries. when we got home chi and i watched mindless brodcast TV talkshows while matt fell asleep on the floor. we left around 3:30am or so. of course i was all wound up from human contact when we got home and i couldn't sleep for f*cking ever. i've been having a terrible time falling asleep for the past two weeks in particular. sometimes i don't even fall asleep until matt wakes up for work in the mornings. we got up around 9:00am today, and daddy called wanting to know if i could go shopping with him since he didn't work today, but i had to tell him no because grandma & aunt pat were coming down to kansas city to hang out with matt & i. they came around 10:30. we went to a cool bakery downtown owned by one lady who makes all the bread herself in a medieval style oven. she charges like $6 a loaf, but it's damned good bread. besides, it's nice to support people with businesses like that (i don't even think she has any employees, just a little tiny store with a big kiln-oven in it). my grandma bought me some calamata olive bread which was good & purple.
then we all went to Sweet Tomatoes which is a "salad buffet restaurant". it has a giant salad bar, and also has a bakery, soups, baked potatoes, and pasta bar. i like it because most things there are vegetarian, and anything that is questionable (like some of the soups or salad dressings) will have a red sign that says "Non-Vegetarian" on it. that is very considerate of them, because i hate having to bother employees (especially at buffets) with annoying "does this have anchovy paste in it?" or "was this cooked with chicken stock" questions. i wasn't all that hungry though, so i just got a big salad and only went to the pasta bar once. i didn't even get any chocolate lava cake, which is really good.
then we all went to Costco, where my grandma and aunt pat bought assorted grocery items. i put it on my costco card and had grandma write me a check since neither of them have memberships yet. then they dropped us off at home where i showed pat her website i made (she doesn't have a computer, but wanted to be able to show work online to people). you can see it at http://pat.homestead.com
then after they left, matt took me to the post office before leaving for work. they had *diet vanilla coke* in twelve packs and 2 litres now - so i bought four cases (ouch!). it's just as good as the bottled type - yay!
in the meantime i still have some commissions to work on. i also have to get some stuff together for the book deadline. i'm starting some new pieces i hope to have ready in time! i'd better get to work...