January 9th, 2006


Are stars hothouse flowers?

From US Magazine 12/12/05 "Stars - They're Just Like Us!": They Don't Mind the Cold! (picture of Reese Witherspoon on phone, bundled up in a wool hat and down coat) She talks the line! Cozily clad Reese Witherspoon took time out from shopping in Toronto on Nov. 21 to chat on her cellphone in the 43-degree weather.

43 degrees is cold?

Today was productive, too

I started out the day by taking bags of clothes to various cleaners. I used to go to a place across the street that closed recently (all the businesses in that strip are losing their leases, and a new building is rumored to be going up). So I tried a new cleaner across the street in the other direction. It's owned by 2 Asian sisters and they were very nice and welcoming, giving me a laundry bag as a new customer, a discount for paying in advance, and a coupon for next time. If the cleaning is good, I'll bring them another bag on Thursday.

I stopped back at home and took another bag to a place a few blocks down. I had been there before, but they've changed owners and had no record of me. I realized one of the sweaters had buttons attached with safety pins, so I pulled that until I sew the buttons. I was going to go shopping straight from the cleaners but as long as I had to bring back the sweater (and a washable blouse that got in the bag by accident), I stopped at Duane Reade for some items, and returned home to pick up a third bag. This went to another place I hadn't tried before.

I came back home yet again, and decided to eat something (rice cakes and cheese) before heading out shopping. I took the subway down to the Shoe Inn sale at a hotel near Penn Station. I had gotten my coat at a sale in the same place 3 years ago. I ended up with some nice Fabio Rusconi black flats, and black Emu boots lined with VERY warm furry stuff. The boots had a princess and the pea effect; my left foot was feeling the label. I'll put shoe liners in, which should help. I'm not sure these are waterproof, so I might look for shorter booties. [UPDATE: I looked at the label with a flashlight, and the boots were in a Emu box but are actually Steve Madden. http://cgi.ebay.com/Steve-Madden-Pillows-Womens-Boots-Size-6-NWT_W0QQitemZ7736012651QQcategoryZ63889QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem in black. Same price as Emu so no biggie.] I also picked up a fur collar for warmth; it's hard to see the clasp so I may need help putting it on.

I had too many packages to shlep to Burlington Coat Factory, so I headed home. I considered turning around and going back downtown, but I had been in and out all day and that was enough.

Cutting short my retirement, Dell asked me to do some extra work on Cross Sums in February. How could I refuse?