So it's 2010. I didn't stay up and watch the ball drop. Yep, I went to bed. It was a long day yesterday with early work and cleaning for house guests and getting dinner together. No, I didn't cook, but it still took effort. Full morning of service, that was good. Then I went to lunch with Mom and Dillon at Chili's. Salad was great. Mom teased me since the blue rails on Juug are now covered with chat mud, so my Jeep looks like all the others right now. She said she couldn't pick me out of the crowd anymore. I could use this to my advantage. I then went home and started cleaning. Colt had friends coming over for a night of Star Trek and Xbox. The house was rough, mainly picking up after the hairy cats. Lots of vacuuming and dusting, laundry, the kitchen needed attention, and the bathrooms are always an adventure. After all that, I finally attacked the massive stack of mail on the coffee table. I have a bad habit of picking up the mail and opening it, but not actually giving any notice to anything that we receive. The stack was pathetically huge, so I sorted through it. Loads of junk mail that went straight into the fireplace, the rest was organized by dates received and due. Boring!
I did come across, however, a notice from a movie rental place I haven't used for a long time. It was a bill that had been sent to a collections agency for $46. So I called the store and checked on it. Turns out, it wasn't me. There has been someone who has managed to steal my identity and it's been less than fun trying to get all this garbage under control. But, I now have her address! The movie place gave it to me, and I also received an update from my credit watch company asking if I ordered a change of address. Hmmm, busted chica. So I called my credit people and let them know what I had found out. Turns out, she has also opened another account at a jewelry store and a Sprint account. Of course, all of them are overly delinquent. I had to laugh, she has been hard to catch, but this was a dumb mistake. I just might have to forward the new address to Lack's so they quit trying to repo furniture from my house that I don't have. Hopefully this will all be settled within the next couple of months.
After a few hours of chasing my id thief, I had to return a movie I found while cleaning. It was from a different movie place, totally my bad this time. Who puts rented movies behind the TV? Really people! That took too long. Traffic was busy, I had waited too long to go. It was 5pm and everyone was getting off, so 31st was packed. I just turned up the radio and rolled along until my turn finally came. The parking lot was packed at the movie store, and I usually just pull up to the sidewalk and run to the box, but there wasn't any chance of getting close to the store. So I parked for the whole 20 seconds it takes to run across the parking lot, dodge traffic, and drop the movie in the slot. Mission complete, now pick up dinner. Pizza of course. So I cross the Loop and come to Papa Murphy's Take And Bake. Love that stuff. They too were packed. I keep forgetting it's a holiday. It took a while to order, and I kept giving up my place in line to others who are visibly more hurried than I. Had a good chat with a lady there who is moving to Michigan in a few weeks. She gave me her points on my free pizza card since she wasn't going to be able to use them. So it pays to let others cut in front in line! Pizzas and cinnamon wheel in hand, time for the long 2 mile trip home. I don't know really how far it is, but it's not far at all, just holiday and after work traffic. One of the guest are already at the house when I pull up. Colt had already gotten home, so they didn't have to wait long. Then again, it was Adam, so I don't think he would have minded much. He's Colt's older brother, so he's used to Colt's 'timing'. I somehow manage to open the door without dropping dinner, hooray! Yet, Scooter tried to dart out the door to fight the stray who has adopted us, and I totally stepped on him. That was the worst noise that cat has ever made. He still didn't get out from under my feet. So I kick the door shut and still retain dinner while waiting for Scooter to realize he is smaller than me. He eventually gets out of the way and sits under the coffee table to sulk. Brat of a cat.
I get the pizzas baking and tend to the cranky cat. He pouts for most of the night, mainly avoiding me. He sticks to Colt and Adam as if to tattle on me being mean to him. It was funny. I burned one pizza for no reason other than playing solitaire on my phone, the second was perfect. I put the cinnamon wheel in while we eat the pizzas, mostly. It's done in time for dessert. Adam had never had Papa Murphy's and I think he liked it. There wasn't much left for the later schedule guests. Colt and Adam return to the TV room, and I cleaned up the kitchen and go to my 'office' for awhile before the next one arrives. Dillon comes bearing goodies. Doritoes and Oreos, he always gets the best. They eat more and play more Xbox until Seth comes after 9:30. More eating, then movie time. They put in Star Trek and stay put for the duration of the movie. The TV room is right below my office, so I felt every explosion, warp jump, and bass note in the music. Monster boom boom speaker (sub, whatever). Before the movie is over, I've already gone to bed. Because of years of experience, I am able to sleep despite the racket going on down stairs.
The only reason I knew the New Year had arrived is because the neighbors set off fire works. That got my attention. Hope all went well with their short display, there was a lot of wind last night. Scooter then decides he's not mad at me and curls up on my feet so I can protect him from the noisy people all around. Just as I'm about to fall back to sleep, my phone starts to receive texts from bunches of friends and co-workers. I'm only able to respond to a few before I nod of mid-text. So if I didn't respond to anyone, I meant well!
Didn't sleep in much this morning. Set the Roomba to work and had breakfast. They guys are back on the Xbox and discussing going to a matinee. I'll head to the store here in a bit for bunny food and paper towels, short shopping list. Bath & Bodyworks started their sale today, so that may require a visit.