Quite a day. *g* I meant to write this up last night but the vicious post-exertion headache I’ve been getting lately set in. I keep thinking about things I want to post but by evening, I'm so fucking tired since I started trying to exercise again. But I took a break this week to rest so I hadn’t been out of the house all week and I wanted to get a few things and maybe get my hair trimmed.
Well, we arrived at the shops and passed Sanity Music to hear Whoa-oa-oa, Mona Lisa!!! Ducked in and saw the new Panic! album on sale! I thought it wasn’t out until Tuesday. However, I did not buy a copy as I have pre-ordered the deluxe version. Unfortunately, it is not available in Australia and the shipping from the US is $35 dollars. Sorry, not happening. However, Mum is visiting her friend in Washington later this year (as in, September) and said friend is quite happy for the album to be shipped to her, to be held until then.
Yes, this does strike me as being somewhat ridiculous and obsessive.
In the meantime, I’ve been listening to the stream on Facebook (the first time I’ve signed in for about two years) and omg, it’s so much fun! I think my favourite is The Calendar … or Memories … or Kill Tonight … or Hurricanes … or whatever song I happen to be listening to at the time. I liked Fever from the first listen. Pretty Odd threw me at first but with repeated listens I’ve come to really enjoy it. (I tried listening to Take A Vacation and it was … pleasant? But that was it. Not memorable.) Vices was fun from the first listen and the more I listen to it? The more awesome it gets. I want to smile when I listen to it. I like music that does that.
Right, back to the shopping. JB had the new album as well but I was buying MCR’s Three Cheers (on sale!), then heading for Dick Smith Electronics where I bought a heart rate monitor, having read this article about the importance of the anaerobic threshold for people with CFS. I’ve been having a lot of trouble finding a safe level of exercise. I keep getting the tired-but-wired reaction, sleeplessness and a bad reaction the next day. Wearing it last night and today, I’ve found that my heart rate hits my upper limit after showering and while moving quickly between tasks while cooking. This does not bode well for my exercise prospects.
Before going for a haircut, we headed to the bookstore. Our local Borders is closing. *pouts* It’s the first time I’ve had a nearby bookstore that stocked more than bestsellers and new releases. Books I saw online might actually be in stock! Browsing the shelves gave me a good chance of finding something I was really interested in! The website didn’t say when it was actually closing but we thought it was time to pay a farewell visit and that there would probably be some bargains.
Well, the place was under siege. So many people! And 75% off ALL THE BOOKS.
Whoops. Waving sale signs at me in a bookstore is a very bad idea. Fortunately or unfortunately, I had some money. So did Mum. And we came home with at least four bags of books between us. At least ¾ of those were mine. Um. I have nowhere to put them.
Um. Yes. Mostly they were random non-fiction finds. Mum said I find the most extraordinary things. (I believe she was looking at London: The Executioner’s City when she said it.)
We had a last treat at the instore café (our usual resting point at the shops *sadface*) then tried to make it to the registers without spotting anything else (hah.) When I reached the register I said to the woman that I might have gone a little mad. She laughed and said, why not? There were some good bargains. Even so, she did look a little surprised as I started emptying the second bag. And the third. *g* A worthy final purchase.
The nearest Borders now is half an hour away. The further the trip the more tiring the whole exercise is. It was so much fun having it so close. For the first time, I felt like I had a local bookstore.
*sigh* We hauled our treasures to the nearby supermarket and put them in a trolley. I decided against a haircut after the unforeseen expense of A Book Sale. (I really didn’t mean to buy books that day! I’d just had a Book Depository order! And library books!) but we still had some groceries to buy. Woolworths have stopped stocking quinoa apparently (wtf?) so we tried the gourmet greengrocer/delicatessen. The guys there had no idea what quinoa was, even when I spelled it for them. They didn’t seem to have any (grains and pastas of various kinds but not quinoa.) They did have pomegranate molasses which was awesome since the Persian grocery store has closed (dammit) and they had orange flower water which I’ve wanted to try. Plus some arancini to try for dinner (okay … I’d prefer them fresh in a restaurant, I think.) Coles turned out to have quinoa at a rather high price but a little goes a long way. Dinner tonight was excellent. I like cavolo nero much better than curly kale.
Well. It took a while to write about it but it wasn't that big a day. We were only out for less than three hours. But the filthy rotten headache suggested that that was too long and my efforts to rest were not sufficient. *eyes heart rate monitor* Let's see how we go.
I think this post is rather random but that's my brain right now. I really have to get over my perfectionism and just post.