Yesterday at work we had a little excitement. At about 10 AM, the fire alarms started shrieking throughout the building with a loud announcement that a fire had been reported in the building. We all stood around for a couple of minutes wondering if we should heed the alarm, then grabbed our "important" stuff (purses, phones, etc.) and headed to the stairwell. Let me tell you, I was very happy I was wearing the comfy shoes! We got to the building lobby and then outside, where we were handed cold bottles of water. At which point it became obvious that it was drill and not an actual emergency. Although it was the first drill where I've had beverage service. ;-)
We were all herded across the street and down a block to a waterside park. Even a helicopter swung by to see what was up. Maybe it was part of the drill too?
Speaking of shoes (I was), I picked these up last night at Target.
Along with a bunch of other stuff that I've already decided I'm not keeping. Target's fit model (or models, who knows how many there really are) is just enough off from me at any size that I'm better off not buying clothing there. I realized that years ago but I thought I'd give it another shot. I brought some stuff home to evaluate different styles, etc. in a more relaxed setting, but I'm not going to settle for "almost" when I know I can either buy or make "great" so I'll be making some returns on Saturday. The shoes I'm keeping. I wore them bare-legged all day today and while they're not as cushy as the comfy shoes, they were fine and I didn't feel any need to kick them off as soon as I walked in the door. The heels are higher than they seem in this photo — between 3 and 4 inches, which is HUGE for me. I never thought I'd be wearing heels again.
Today was fairly uneventful, until the drive home. It had been POURING the last hour at work and the streets downtown were flooded. Like 3 ft. deep in places. Really. It's amazing how quickly rainwater accumulates here. Even after 22 years, I'm still impressed. So, like many other commuters, I did a u-turn from my usual route and slowly made my way through the deluge to different streets. Surprisingly, the detours only added about 15 minutes to my trip. Not too bad.
Parting Shot: The Marine is on his way back to Yuma as I type. Thankfully, the impromptu gift I ordered through Amazon got to him in the nick of time. Now he'll have something to read on the flight and over the next six weeks.