Yes folks, that’s right.  My baby sister, Andra Dotsey, is now of legal drinking age.  Just a reminder that time is going by so quickly already.  During each of the past few weeks I’ve looked back on the last week and thought about how quickly things seem to be going by.  I guess I’d better start doing things with my life.

On top of today being Andra’s birthday, it’s also a special date for me and Amanda.  Four years and one week ago today was our first date.

Speaking of doing things with my life, I didn’t do much today, as usual.  Work was steady enough; there’s pretty much always something to do in that arena.  After work Amanda and I went by Lowe’s to get a filter for an air purifier we got some time last year from Anna and Barry Frazelle, her aunt and uncle.  Amanda’s not been feeling great in the mornings and she figures it’s either allergies or she’s getting sick.  George Elliot, our local Irish weatherman, mentioned that the pollen count is up this year.

After Lowe’s we went by Office Max to check out paper shredders.  We’ve been meaning to get one for quite a while, and if you have electronic records of just about everything, there doesn’t seem to be much point in keeping old bills like we have been.  I got really behind in sorting all of our bills, so before we left I’d divided everything up by bills to keep and bills to throw out.  Then I had some fun with the paper shredder after we got back.

While we were at Office Max we picked up a few other things we needed/could use, like some pens (I’m particular about the pens I buy, and Amanda wanted some for work), a stapler and a 100-pack of CDs.  This is the first set of blank CDs I’ve bought (besides some rewriteable CDs) since I’ve lived in Greensboro.  I’ve been meaning to back up a bunch of pictures and such, so now that I’ve got a crapload (more) of blank CDs I have an impetus for getting it done.

Once we got back we watched CSI: Miami and Law & Order: SVU on the DVR.  We watched the end of a recap for Lost, as the “brand new season of Lost” begins in one week.  I don’t know why ABC has decided to call it the “brand new season of Lost”.  Why not just the “new season of Lost”?  Oh, and Grey’s Anatomy beat CSI last week in the ratings.  It was moved to Thursday to go up against it, the reigning number one show on television.  Seriously folks, Grey’s Anatomy isn’t that good.

After that we both got sucked into watching a 20/20 Barbara Walters interview with Terri Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s widow.  They really seemed to have something not a lot of people have with all the adventure in their marriage.

So, here’s something that’s been bothering me for a few days.  When Amanda and I went to Cracker Barrel on Saturday, they were playing Christmas music and had Christmas stuff on display in  their store.  COME ON!  It’s not even Halloween yet!  For that matter, it’s not even the month Halloween falls in!  When we went to Wal-Mart, more of the same: in the place where they generally keep seasonal items there were a few rows of Halloween costumes and decorations, then Christmas stuff!  Ornaments, wreaths, miscellaneous decor, and it’s SEPTEMBER.  Summer just ended, and already we’ve got Christmas things for sale?  I just can’t stand that.

Of course, that being said, Amanda and I have bought Christmas gifts for two people already.