Stef and I ran a helluva lot of errands today, spent more money than we probably should have, and ended up a little bit sick of each other after hours and hours spent in the confines of the car and in the crowded halls of shopping malls. We had a number of things to take care of, and for the most part we did take care of them. It’s just that, at the end of a day like this, you really are able to find some wisdom in the old cliche, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Stef and I haven’t seen each other as much as we’d like over the last couple of weeks and that’s made us appreciate our small times together. We smile, we cuddle on the couch, we enjoy the time together. Today we simply went beyond that point where being together is cute and nice and warm and fuzzy. Today we just started to get annoyed with one another. I can’t pinpoint a specific moment during the day where this started to happen, but you’ll just have to live with that.

We began the day with an hour spent a Jiffy Lube waiting for an oil change. Think about that for a second. It’s supposed to be a jiffy lube, right? Well, it turns out they were advising people who were waiting around that they should plan to show up at seven AM the next time they came if they wanted a real jiffy lube. I suppose this is where my bad mood started, the seeds of it at least.

After that we traveled to Cambridge to buy books for Stephanie and I. Her two books, bought from the Lesley University “book” store (a souvenier shop with a couple of texts for show) came out to more than the cost of an entire basketful of books I bought at the Harvard Book Store with my Frequent Buyer’s card. We laughed about this.

We were also looking to ditch our old emergency wireless phone and our overpriced landline in favor of two new cellphones. We spent a little more on the actual phones than we wanted, but I was afraid of phone-envy so we had to buy two of the same kind. Now we’re looking for ways to differentiate them from one another.

Stef will be inheriting our old landline number and I’ll have a new number. I promise to get that out to people as soon as I have some time to breathe. When Stef or I are at home it’ll be fine to call either one but you probably won’t know for sure that we’re both home so you’ll probably want to call the line of the person you’re looking for.

It may not sound like it, but this does make sense.

On our errands we also picked up a new filing cabinet to try and clean up the rest of the office here and a few other things. We ate at Chilis and were going to use a gift card we’d gotten but then realized we had no money on us for the tip. The meal came out to less than the amount of the gift-card and we didn’t want to try and pay for the tip with a check or credit card so we just put it all on a card and decided to save the gift-card for some other time.

We finished the night watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but only after arguing back and forth about whether we were going to watch a movie at all and then arguing about which movie to watch.

It’s time for bed now. Fortunately, I don’t think I’m sleeping on the couch.