Today "J" and I got up early, particularly for a Sunday. We got various things done around the house, while it was still cool. The cool morning didn't last long though; the heat is breaking records.
In the afternoon we went to the usual Sunday brunch. Only four of us were there this week; one is out of town and the other had to take the week off.
After brunch, we did a little shopping for clothes, but we didn't see anything we wanted except spare sungalsses for J.
When we got home, we both were pleased – and a little surprised – to see that the house was still pretty clean. Often we generate clutter pretty quickly, but today it looked about as clean as after we cleaned up for our guests.
I did a bit more on the sewing project. I only sewed up one seam, and pinned the next, but I measured seam lines on several more, which will save steps later.
Tonight we wanted to check on the status of the Mars rover mission, and tried to find an update on television. We didn't know whether we'd have any signal, since we cancelled our cable service after our Oscars party. To our surprise, we still had all the basic cable channels, plus one channel telling us that we should subscribe to cable to get all the channels. We weren't sure which was sillier: that the cable company has been sending us 50 or so channels we're not paying for, or that we're getting 50 we're not watching.
Anyway, the search for Mars news didn't go well. We don't have NASA TV (which sounds like the coolest channel on television). Documentary channels like Discovery didn't have any Mars news. Regular news shows were either crimes, Olympics, or political ads. Other channels were trash TV, shopping, or more ads. We quickly gave up and searched the net with our phones.
The Mars news was good: NASA's seven minutes of terror, wondering whether their two billion dollar master-work would survive the landing, became seven minutes of triumph. The lander survived several critical stages between space and landing: the heat shield phase, the parachute descent, the "sky crane" deployment, the crane-and-rocket landing, and the disconnect from the crane. Once on the ground, it sent a picture to show that it was safe and functional.
Anyway, something about sitting in comfortable chairs in front of a screen full of moving images – even if we ended up finding the Mars news through the net – inspired an urge for popcorn. The fact that we hadn't been hungry all day, and thus hadn't eaten a regular dinner, may have helped inspire the urge too. So, we had popcorn for dinner, which was just fine.
Just before bed time, I remembered some annoying paper work that I needed to finish before Monday morning. I had started it earlier, but didn't have it finished, so that suddenly became urgent.
Now it's bed time, and fortunately not too late.