Today started out a little slower than the past few days, and that is kind of understandable, since the girls are not with us, and Jason's first appointment wasn't until 09:00. I was up before 07:00 and went down stairs to see how Jason was and to ask if he wanted Cream of Wheat for breakfast. I was in the mood and we had time. He said, he would like to have some so I went to the kitchen, and we didn't have any. I immediately grabbed the car keys and headed off to the store to pick some up. It didn't take long too get there and back, and I looked around and noticed the pan was dirty. Now I was washing dishes, and thought, "time is running out." By the time I had the water on the stove, heating up I looked at the clock and saw that it was now just a little after 08:00. Okay, we'll have to push this until Saturday, now. Tomorrow we have to get going early so Jason can get to formation.
We headed over to the base and we got to C5 with plenty of time to spare, so Jason went on in and I laid back in the van. Actually, I went up to the building as well, but CMDR Ledyard wasn't in her office so I just slipped on back to the van. I had some time to sit back and just relax and think about what I wanted to try to get done today, and it felt kind of nice. I did make a couple of phone calls and looked at (or at least tried to) a couple pieces of email, though the sun was too bright and it was hard to see.
We got back to the house and I wanted to get started, right away, with the cleaning chores I had assigned myself, including the cleaning of the oven. The oven cleaning turned out to be a poor choice, for about an hour in to the self cleaning program it started to smoke. I flipped the switch to get the exhaust fan going but nothing happened. Smoke was starting to come out pretty good now, so I turned off the cleaning cycle. Of course that didn't immediately stop the smoke, and now smoke was getting everywhere so Jason and I turned on the ceiling fans and opened the doors. I was actually surprised that the smoke alarm hadn't gone off, when suddenly, it did. Now we have the high pitched and loud alarm going off and Gracie is roaming free, and she doesn't like that sound, at all. Jason came to me about 30 seconds later asking where she was, and I said I thought she was with him. Both of us kind of panicked a little, and went quickly looking everywhere for Gracie. She didn't respond to calls so we took off in opposite directions looking for her. Even the neighbor, across the street (he happened to be home) got involved and was driving around looking.
We met up back at the house and Jason asked me if I had checked upstairs, and I said, "No", so I quickly walked upstairs, and she wasn't there. I began to think about how she reacts when she wants to get away, so I opened the back door and went over to the hedge and said, "Come here Gracie." and she crawled out from under the plants along the fence. The alarm had gone off and most of the smoke had cleared the house, so it was good to just sort of get back to what we were doing. I called the maintenance people and they came over to fix the fan, and instead replaced the old "hood" unit with a new microwave with a built in fan. The old unit could not be repaired.
The rest of the day was much less exciting, and that was okay by me. We took care of the things we needed to get done and the rest of the day was spent just relaxing and doing whatever we wanted to do. Tomorrow will be another day, and should be lots of fun, and I'll tell you about that, tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.