personally i don't mind if we just get a case or two, maybe good for a few hours of work, milk the census for some grocery money. but i don't like being on standby, not knowing if i have work or not for a particular day until later that morning.
after reading that text this morning, i didn't go back to sleep but woke up early. i used the bathroom, it still feels a little weird being able to flush the toilet. afterwards i took a shower, the hot water is still too hot, i had to mix some cold water so i wouldn't scald myself. afterwards i went down to the basement to turn down the temperature on the hot water heater. that's when i discovered my bathtub drain was leaking into the basement. that i knew already, but now it was leaking much more severely, so that there was a puddle underneath the piping trap. i propped a bucket underneath to catch the water and called alewife co. a bit later to schedule an appointment. someone's coming over on wednesday between 12-3pm.
i went to the community garden to water my plants. all the garlic chive flowers were spent so i cut them all down before they can produce seeds and spread everywhere in the garden. i also pulled up a few dead tomato plants, trimmed any striped mallows, and pulled up some weeds. i brought along a potted hydrangea and planted it in the northwestern corner of my garden, replacing the dead one i'd planted there at the start of the season. i also picked a few hot peppers. returning home, i planted the other hydrangea, replacing another dead one in the garden. i also coiled up the old garden hose that i used to drain my hot water heater.
i wasn't home for long before i left again, this time to the UPS store on somerville avenue to return the two pairs of shoes my sister's godmother ordered but found out they were a size too big. there's a hydrangea bush i pass by fairly often that's been pruned into a ball-shape. for some reason there was hardly any flowers this summer, unlike my hydrangea bush back in belmont.
the new motorcycle battery had finished charging by last night, and i installed it today. it came with new terminal nuts and bolts, all i had to do was to cut some small pieces of silicon tubing to place underneath the nuts to give them some elevation. i put a strap around the battery so it'd be easier to remove once the riding season is over. screwing the battery into the motorcycle, i reattached the wire lead on the positiver terminal (to make jump starting easier). the bike roared to life when i hit the start button, no resistance.
for lunch i made a sub with some leftover ingredients: expiring ham, brie cheese, tomatoes, onions, hot pepper rings, and mustard. it was actually a pretty good sandwich, i surprised myself.
it was still early enough that i became antsy and wanted to take advantage all of this spare time. i kept thinking about taking a ride to chinatown but ended up riding the motorcycle to the malden 88 supermarket sometime after 2pm. i got mostly snacks. i filled up my saddlebags and returned home a bit before 4pm.
in the early evening i fell asleep on the couch, around 6:30pm. i only slept for an hour before waking back up again. for dinner i baked a frozen brick of lasagna in the oven for an hour while i took a shower. i timed it just right so my food would be ready when the celtics-heat game started, paired with a can of woodchuck pearsecco (6.1% alcohol). celtics ended up winning game 5, despite looking lethargic in the first quarter. the series is now 3-2, if boston can win another game sunday night, all bets are off.