Saturday, May 6, 2023

Saturday, May 6, 2023, MN

It’s been quite the busy week and the highlight was a visit from Brittany on Wednesday and Thursday. She was in town for her work but had no meetings scheduled for Thursday. When she arrived, we had some dinner and then headed right to Excelsior to watch Norah and Camille’s first soccer game of the season. Their team won, but I’m not sure how - there has been only one practice and they all need some coaching and practice.  Back at their house, we chatted until about 10:00 and headed back home.  

Thursday was a beautiful spring day and we met Ben at Punch Pizza for lunch before doing some thrift store shopping. Brittany found a few things to stuff in her suitcase for her trip back home.  We just sat around talking and watching TV before I couldn’t stay awake any longer.  I had my cleaning job yesterday, so I left before she did.  It was such a pleasure to have her around and my little apartment didn’t seem cramped at all. 

Today was low key, except for some product returns that I had to make and a stop at a local garden center just to admire all of the beautiful flowers and to think about planting up the pots at my building.  

Joey and I were just hanging out when a thunderstorm rolled through the area and a bolt of lightening flashed and the thunder roared so loudly that it shook the building.  Shortly after that, the smoke alarm in my apartment started going off and didn’t quit.  As I was walking around the building, I noticed a few other apartments with alarms going off.  The manager got here right away and a technician from the alarm system company did some troubleshooting and removed it so the apartment would be quiet. The whole issue will require additional trouble shooting on Monday.  There are two other alarms in my apartment, so I should be ok for a couple of days. The lightening strike also affected the security system at the entrance, so the manager or another staff member has to stay here to monitor the front door and to keep the building secure.  I later learned that lightening actually struck the highest superficial point of the building and affected the fire panel systems, so the Fire Department was her and cleared the building but we are on “test mode” until they can figure it all out and get the fire panel system back to normal.  What a night!