there is no air flow and we’ve realized just how hot it can get in our attic home. we have become increasingly grateful for a little window AC unit that nate found at a thrift store, except that we only have one which has been installed in our bedroom. we progressed from eating on the couch in our living room to eating on our bed.
spring means we can finally start planting and move steadily towards nate’s dream of being self-sustaining. thanks to groupon, we stocked up on bags of miracle gro, seeds for vegetables and herbs and gardening miscellany. i have little interest in gardening, but fresh produce really is noticeably different.
Rita’s also gives out free water ice on the first day of spring. naturally we tried to stop by as many as we could. starting after church, we stood in line for about 15 minutes before being rewarded with free rita’s. we tried another one, but stood in line for a good 30 minutes and moved about two feet. on the way home, we went to the rita’s half a mile from our house, and only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes and seriously considered getting back in line for seconds. we decided to wait until later that night and planned on meeting some friends about 30 minutes before closing, stood in line for about 20 minutes, and managed to wrangle four free water ices, just in time for our friends to show up.
we are facing the stark reality of having no friends. friday night found us walking down the hill to get Italian ice at a place called Rita’s, then walking into the neighborhood behind our apartment…and ending up watching part of the local high school football game. it was a sad moment to be standing next to half-empty bleachers under glaring stadium lights, surrounded by middle schoolers running around and squealing.
the drive out here was as expected: long and boring. we ended up losing one another along the way due to bathroom stops, tolls and me getting a speeding ticket. they hover at the OH/PA state line because the limit changes and of course they catch all the amateurs. it was a nice hefty fine, but i guess i had it coming.
our stop in cleveland was well planned. we acquired a dining table and a much needed bookshelf which is currently already straining to contain the boxes of books we have and will accumulate. we were also given a bag of cleaning supplies and trash bags which were put to immediate use, and a little gingersnap candle.