i had nothing going on today, a day of zero expectations. by the time i got out of bed at 9:30 my roommate was already gone. i went to the cafe briefly to help my mother with some online shopping. coming back i visited the community garden to water my plants.

there are 64 plots in the community garden but very few can be considered perfect. the problem with mine is it's underneath a messy mulberry tree that sully my garden with rotten fruits every summer. i also don't get as much sun as i'd like, with a wooden fence on one side and a wall of raspberries on the other. in fact, none of the plots get a full day's worth of sunshine, and many gardeners have just given up and have perennial shade gardens instead. i ran into wayne who was very philosophical about the bad growing season we've been having. he left on his bicycle.

i ran out of dishwashing liquid and went to the dollar store to buy a new bottle. i also picked up some new soap, dial natural radiance glycerin soap with white tea and vitamin E. the ingredients are as follows:

soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate*, sodium palm kernelate*, sodium palmate*), water, glycerin, fragrance, coconut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, peg-8, sodium chloride, propylene glycol, camellia sinensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), pentasodium pentetate, tetrasodium etidronate, yellow 5, red 4.

* contains one or more of these ingredients

there's something about glycerin soap that feels clean and natural. maybe it's the fact that they're translucent and see-through objects just inherently look clean. the dial glycerin soap was disappointingly only semi-transparent. it washes like any other soap, very creamy, i honestly didn't notice much difference versus more traditional soap. i did feel cleaner though, but it may be just my imagination. a while back i bought a bar of pear soap, which is the golden standard in clear soaps for more than 200+ years. i will offer my review when i eventually get to using it. and hopefully one day i will make my own translucent soaps!

antsy for some photo action, i went to the top of prospect hill park to shoot a few infrared photos when i noticed the large clumps of puffy white clouds drifting through the sky. i reverted to my old nikon coolpix 4500 since my canon SLR can't focus with the infrared filter.

my roommate came home sometime after 8:00 (his advisor took him out to dinner at the fresh pond whole foods). with only a handful of precious weekends during his month in boston, he told me he was leaving for new york city early tomorrow morning to visit a friend and won't be back until sunday. a roommate who's almost never here during the weekdays and then goes away during the weekend? perfect.