today was a gorgeous warm day after several days of cold and wetness. i contacted julie to ask if she wanted to go running. turns out she was experiencing some mysterious pain on her spine, and was temporarily incapacitated. after i finished my lunch (featuring two hot dogs), i got the bike out of the basement and went over to her place to visit, with the hopes that maybe she'll have gotten better by the time i got there and would be able to go out and play. she greeted me at her door with a distinctive frankenstein's monster gait, unable to turn her head, shuffling about her apartment with a grimace on her face. we sat out on her 2nd story front porch watching all the people and cars on the street below. one of her freelance clients who lives a few houses down actually saw us outside and exchanged some work-related words with julie. not sure how long we were out there, at least an hour, the sun had went behind the house and it wasn't warm anymore. back in the house, julie showed me how she figured out her quarterly tax payments. her cat scampered away scared when she saw me, but her pet turtle in the fish tank was the most hyperactive i've ever seen it to be.
i left close to 5pm. back at my place, i ran into my neighbor jeff, and he explained to me his plans for his yard: pruning, forsythias, lilacs, and fences. i grabbed some photos in my perennial garden, noticing a few more unknown plants about to bloom. this backyard is a treasure trove of plant species, the woman who designed it really knew her stuff. the flowers just come in waves after waves, as soon as one type fades, another one pops out and takes over its place. it's still too early to tell, but i'd say there must be a few dozen different perennial species growing out there. my father came to pick me up and the whole family went down to costco in waltham for some bulk shopping. afterwards, i had dinner in belmont, some jiao-tsai heh-tse.