i woke up and did some cleaning, finally throw out the used roller brushes that had been sitting in individual plastic bags on the kitchen floor. i organized my cabinets one more time, this time putting in the non-slip rubber pads on each of the shelves. breakfast was simple, two piece of toast.
in the afternoon i went across the street to star market to buy some groceries. i didn't think i was getting too much, and i always opted for the generic (i.e. cheaper) star market/shaw brand over some name brand, but i still ended up paying $50 for a shopping basket worth of items, mostly ingredients for a fruit and nut pilaf recipe i'm going to be making. the recipe calls for ground cloves, which i was surprised to see was one of the most expensives spices at something like $8 for a small jar. i ended up buying a medium sized bottle of chinese five spice for $5, which includes cloves and cinnamon (cinnamon was ingredient item on the recipe list). although i don't live very far from the super market, it was a real feat of strength hauling back the bags of groceries the 200 yards distance to my house (since i don't have a car, i have to walk it). my arms felt like they would rip off and the final few yards i did one of those quick shufflestep run so i can put down the heavy bags. after loading everything into the fridge, i noticed i have a real guy's fridge, where i have a whole shelf filled with cans of beverages, just the bare essentials.
later, my father dropped by for a few hours to help me hook the cable for all the rooms. he ended up going to radio shack to find the cable connectors of the proper size (rg-6). they were twice as expensive as the home depot variety, but they were 24k gold-plated. now i can watch cable in the bedroom (only regular cable though, no premium channels because the only decoder box in the house is in the living room). now i need to get 2 more tv's so that every room (including the kitchen, but not the bathroom) will have cable access.
later in the evening i waited for amanda rawson to show up. i hadn't seen her all summer long, and i was pretty sure something bad must've happened to her. but after a long hiatus, a brand new season of amanda appears to be in the works.