And once I got back home, I realized I was way sore. From swimming? Yeah, from swimming. Ye gods. I feel rusty at everything. August is turning out to be quite an active month, and I'm actually very glad to have it so, even if it means periodic collapses on the nearest collapsy thing and occasional complaints of "No, I'm fine, I just can't move my arms."
Got the futon bed moved up to the room last night so I actually had Monday as my First Night Ever In The New Room. It's quiet up there, if a bit warm, and I need to put a new windowshade on the left-hand window, but it's very nice. The cats, once they saw I was up in the room puttering about, took it as their implicit permission to go up there and hang out, too. I'm guessing they're not fully acclimatized to the place, because they spend a lot of time following me around when I'm home. (The little cat has taken a liking to surrealestate and I'm guessing that's because of the whole grooming thing earlier.) Last night the cats slept upstairs with me; one spent the night under the bed while the other lounged up against a wall. Then around 5:30 they decided to have a fight. Thanks, guys.
Got an email from my uncle, with pics of Aunt Becky scuba-diving and Grandpa Bob surrounded by the younger generation of cousins. My brothers and me were the only grandchildren in Mom's side of the family for nearly 15 years; then Mom's brothers and sisters started having kids and things just boomed from there. I counted 8 kids in the picture and, unable to actually identify most of them (last time I saw them all was in 2000) felt extremely chagrined that I was unable to even name all eight. I got as far as seven names, then realized the eighth must be a Mystery Kid or something. Perhaps one of those neighbor kids who always hangs around and just happened to be there when they decided to take a photo. I don't know. I'm kind of embarrassed to have to even come up with the Mystery Kid theory, personally. Perhaps a discreet email to Uncle Dave will clear everything up.
So that's the news from Hall. Stop by and say hello sometime.