Today I got to hang out with my friend CJ! I went over to his house to have some coffee and chat. His wife Melissa was able to be there for some of the time.
They have a very sick guinea pig (Diana), and while Melissa was feeding Diana, Diana actually started to get a little spark in her eye and started asking for and actively eating the slurry Melissa was feeding her! I got a picture of Melissa and Diana, one of CJ, and CJ took one of Hestia and me. Unfortunately I am not a good picture taker, so CJ and Melissa are out of focus. But CJ took a good pic of Hestia and me.
We went to Taco Bell for lunch, and I had Hestia on the ground for walking around in the restaurant and in line and carrying food etc. She did a great job! Of course she was on my lap (underneath the table) while I was eating. I managed to drop a TON of food on her lol! But she was good and didn’t eat any of it.
Next we headed to Goodwill, where I found The Princess Bride special Buttercup edition for only $2 on DVD! We only have it on VHS, and our VHS player is broken. CJ found a really neat shirt that looks like graph paper!
I decided to work Hestia in her seatbelt harness which has a metal service dog tag slid onto the seatbelt attachment. Not for any really good reason, I just didn’t feel like going to the back of the van to get a vest. Anyway, LOTS of people asked about Hestia in goodwill. Everyone was super nice, and they were all either petting, asking to pet, or making googley eyes at Hestia (she was happy to return the googley-eyed favor!).
We walked down to Publix, where a very nice man approached me and very nicely told me that dogs aren’t allowed in the store. I said service dog, and he apologized and said they get a lot of ESAs trying to gain access. I asked him if he knew the two questions he could ask, and he did, and I thanked him for asking the questions, as I don’t like fakers any more than he does!
On the way back to the car, we stopped into TJ Maxx for some tea. I found 100% hibiscus tea, and some peach-mango tea. Can’t wait to make some iced tea out of those!
I really like hanging out with CJ. We think so much alike. And I feel safe mentally when we are together. Normally it is hard for me to change plans last minute, or stop into a store we didn’t plan to go into. But with CJ and Hestia to help me, I managed it!
I even managed to pay in cash at Goodwill! I have a hard time paying in cash because cash is more “real” seeming than a credit card. When I see the cash I am paying, I get more feelings of “I’m not worth this amount of money”. So yay for me paying cash!