I want to thank everybody who e-mailed, left messages on Facebook, or called to wish me a happy birthday yesterday. You all sure made me feel very special! 🙂
Now, in case you have been living on Mars or Pluto for the last ten years or so and don’t know it, I am married to the best cook and baker in the entire world. In the entire universe, for that matter. So a while back, when Miss Terry asked me if I wanted a birthday cake, I told her I’d really prefer a batch of her famous cinnamon rolls. Cakes are for kids, but her cinnamon rolls are to die for. But don’t take my word for it, ask anybody who has ever had one!
Several years ago, we were parked at the campground at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson one Sunday morning, when our friends Barry and Jan Kessler called us from the Escapees co-op in Bisbee to say hello. I told them Terry had just put some of her cinnamon rolls in the oven, and they dropped the telephone, flew down the 35 miles of highway between us, and were knocking on the door before Terry took the first batch of cinnamon rolls out of the oven! 🙂
So yesterday, Greg and Jan joined us for a new batch of her special goodies, and I think they were even more delicious than usual, if that’s possible. What a way to celebrate a birthday!
Deadlines don’t disappear just because somebody has a birthday, so after Greg and Jan left, I spent most of the day working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. Greg had done some researching online, and discovered that I could download a free trial version of Adobe InDesign CS5.5, which is an updated version of the program I use to put the paper together, onto my iMac. The trial version is good for 30 days, and with a little more research, I learned that I can upgrade from my earlier Windows version of InDesign to the current version for the Mac for just $199, which will save me several hundred dollars. So I downloaded the trial version and got to work.
I was pleased to see that my older Windows InDesign files opened up just fine on the Mac version, and while I only got six pages finished by the time I knocked off at 11:30 last night, so far I am delighted. The iMac is so much faster than my old Dell, and it didn’t freeze up or slow down at all. Once I get used to a few little differences in the program, I think it’s going to make my life so much easier.
While I was working on the new issue, Terry was whittling away at the mountain of paperwork from our rally two weeks ago in Ohio, and stopping long enough to proof things as I printed them out for her.
About 5:30 we took a break and went to dinner with Greg and Jan. They said it was my choice, and I was torn between Texas Roadhouse and Red Lobster, which are right across the parking lot from each other. It being Saturday night, the crowd at Texas Roadhouse was long and loud. I asked the young girl at the desk how long the wait was, and she said 25 to 35 minutes. I walked over to Red Lobster, where the wait was only about 15 minutes, and our decision was made for us. We had an excellent meal, and Greg insisted on picking up the check, which was very nice of him. If I’d have known he was going to do that, I’d have ordered a couple of lobsters! 🙂
Here is a picture Terry took of me at my desk to prove that I really do work every once in a while. Trust me, it’s way better than the picture Greg took of me at Red Lobster and has on his blog today!
It has been cold and the wind has been blowing hard here for two days now, and today doesn’t look any better. But since I’ll be chained to my desk for the next few days anyway, I guess it really doesn’t matter. It’s much better than driving a motorhome in the wind!
Thought For The Day – Let your past make you better, not bitter.